January 2, 2015
by nakia

DONE: Starry Night Date Night Dress (aka NOT a Sewaholic Yaletown)


Starry Night Date Night Dress
Pattern: Date Night Dress
Slip: Target
Fabric: Starry Night cotton voile, Miss Matabi – no longer available
Notions: self made bias tape

This dress is most definitely not the Yaletown I’d originally planned to make.

I started on my blue floral Yaletown top right after purchasing and downloading the pattern with the hopes of perfecting the fit before getting started with a version using my precious Japanese yellow voile. I got discouraged part way through and decided to abandon (for a moment) the plan.

I moved on, worked on other things but still needed a pretty dress to wear in Puerto Vallarta. I bought some pretty aqua chambray and pulled the Date Night Dress pattern out of my stash. I bought the pattern awhile back when Pink Chalk Fabrics was selling off all its inventory. Its a beautiful dress but the fabric was heavier and less drapey – more of a casual dress than one for a fancy affair. I considered using some coupons to treat myself to some luxurious silk dupioni but I nixed that idea after figuring out that a dress made of that would not fare well in a suitcase from Seattle to Puerto Vallarta.

The pattern worked up quickly – it took me less than a day to cut out the pieces and sew everything together. The only change I made was to grade up to an XL in the hips. I got started on the slip since the voile was pretty sheer, but I spent a lot of time trying to puzzle out the bias tape straps and in the end the clock ran out. I ended up pairing the dress with a burgundy slip from my closet and although I didn’t love the look of that slip underneath, so I’ll be finishing up the white one someday.

My favorite part of the dress are the sleeves. They are flared and floaty and so pretty.

November 3, 2014
by nakia
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DONE: Amelia (Olivia) the Pig

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Amelia (Olivia) the Pig
Dress pattern: The Olivia Dress/Top (Craftiness Not Optional)
Collar: self drafted
Leggings: Target
Bonnet pattern: Sun Bonnet (PurlBee)
Ears: self drafted
Fabric: Cotton Couture in Cherry, Cotton Couture in Bright White, Cotton Couture in  Creamsicle
Notions: grosgrain ribbon, iron-on interfacing

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It took me awhile to come up with an idea for Ame’s very first Halloween costume. I (of course) searched Pinterest for inspiration. I scrolled through pictures of feathered chickens, furred black cats, tulle princess superheros, fleeced lambs, stroller dolls and just didn’t see anything I loved. I even thought about just giving in and buying a Snow White or Ariel costume from Costco. You know that was probably defeat after the boys decided they’d rather wear store bought costumes instead of lovingly, handmade ones. ;)

I was sitting on the couch playing Go Fish with Miles when we saw a commercial on NickJr for Olivia the Pig. I’d read the book not too long ago to Miles, so I was familiar with the character. I remembered how much we enjoyed reading the story and that little red sailor dress and striped tights were just much too cute. I started brainstorming immediately. Within minutes, I knew exactly how I would put it together – I already had a dress pattern, knew I could find a bonnet pattern, and figured I could google instructions on making peter-pan collars.

The Olivia dress/top pattern is one I’d sewn up many times before and what a coincidence that it had the same name as the book character? It’s such an easy and adorable pattern. It sews up quickly, Jessica’s instructions are easy to understand and her detailed photos are really helpful.

I looked at many peter pan and sailor style collars. After studying the basic construction of each style, I was able to sketch out what I wanted. I couldn’t figure out how to attach it to the dress and then figured it would be better to have it unattached to enable wear of the dress after Halloween. I sewed up a couple of  muslins before I had the pattern perfected but all in all, I think it took maybe an hour and a half to design and make (and I’m a very slow sewist). I opted to not include the buttons on this version of the dress. I’m still nervous about trusting buttons that have been sewn on by hand anywhere that Ame can reach and tug and possibly snatch off and eat.

I had a harder time finding a bonnet pattern that I liked. I ended up using this pattern and omitting the sun visor. I added bias tape around the base of the bonnet and used an extra long piece around the front of the bonnet and down for the ties. I drew out the ears myself after scrolling through example photos online. I used one layer of stiff interfacing when sewing them up. I should have used two. Once I got them attached, they flopped around and looked very un-Olivia like. :( My mom suggested making a small snip in the base of each ear and adding in a thin piece of wire to make them stand up at the angle I wanted. Thanks Mama!

So, there you have it: Amelia (Olivia) the Pig.

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life of kamm | amelia / olivia the pig


November 1, 2014
by nakia

halloween 2014

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Halloween was pretty rad this year.

The boys begged opted for store bought costumes this year, leaving me to put all of my creative juices into Ame’s. I’ll be posting about her Olivia the Pig costume next week.

I took the kids to a cute, historic downtown area not too far from home for early afternoon trick-or-treating. It beat going door to door in the dark, hands down. They got their candy, cookies and we even picked up an apple pie.

We handed out candy until we ran out, ate dinner, watched movies and went to bed. Fun all around.


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My mom came up to visit a couple of weeks ago. We took her out to our favorite pumpkin patch for pumpkin picking, tasty treat eating and farm animal watching.

Our pumpkins never did get decorated, but that’s ok. I forsee a family of Thanksgiving turkey pumpkins decorating our front porch very soon…

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September 23, 2014
by nakia

to do.

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My to-do list is

Out. Of. Control.


I chronically over-commit.
And I chronically procrastinate.
I love projects. I love lists.
I just have trouble when it comes to prioritizing and executing.
I can’t really even point at motherhood as being the culprit – I’ve always been this way to some extent.

I took time off this summer to spend my days out in the garden, running through the sprinklers and just enjoying the kids.

Now that fall is here, the cooler weather will be keeping us indoors more often. When the weather is bad, we craft. The boys paint and glue and draw. I sew and sew and sometimes crochet but almost always sew – although I’m not sure how much will be happening now that Ame is mobile and less apt to hang out in the sling without trying to make a grab for anything that comes within a few feet of her.

This isn’t a complete project list, but its close.

The To-Do List

Things for me

Things for others

  • Mr. Incredible costume - Miles – Store bought Bumblebee costume
  • Captain America costume – Kaleb – Store bought Optimus Prime costume
  • Olivia the Pig costume – Amelia completed 10/31/2014. blogged.
  • Toddler quilt & pillow cases – Sophie
  • Crib/Toddler quilt & pillows – Amelia
  • Cosi swimsuit, nylon spandex in mint & magenta – Amelia
  • Kitten dress – Amelia
  • Family photo dress – Amelia
  • “Stuff” bag for little toys – Miles
  • Fabric storage bings – Kaleb, Miles & Amelia
  • Flannel pj pants, – Kaleb, Miles & Amelia
  • Various Christmas gifts for family

Things for our home

  • Autumn dinner place mats
  • Throw pillow covers

I’m going to spend the next couple of months busting through this massive to-do list while still cooking, cleaning, being mom and wife. Eek! See? Chronic over-comitter. My goal is that by the end of December, I’ll have a stack of finished things to show off rather than an “Oh, I’ll get to that one day” pile.


September 19, 2014
by nakia

happy list: eight

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our fourth(!!!) grader | miles & big baby jack-jack

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tomato jungle | blueberry pie with handpicked blueberries

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all of my littles | the most delicious bloody mary

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the excitement of a new toy | my super guy

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peach blueberry jam | selfies with auntie kim