Happy Halloween 2014 and some BIG news!

Happy Halloweeeeeen! No I have not fallen off the face of the Earth, yes I have been slacking off in the sewing department! But I have a good reason! Before we get to that I just wanted to share our costumes from this weekend. Of course I always have to pick some sort of ridiculous character, and although my we did a muppets/ sesame street theme a few years ago I stumbled upon this tutorial for the Yip Yip martians! They were/are my husband’s favorite characters from the television show and they are just so darn funny!

The tutorial is pretty great and they provide a free pattern to use for cutting. When I say pattern, it is basically a lay out with measurements to use to make the appropriate cuts in length (no pattern pieces to cut out or trace). This may be confusing for someone not too familiar with sewing and having to somewhat freehand your design, but the pictures make it easy to follow the steps. I found these really easy to make, I finished both costumes in one afternoon.

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Here we are with our belly dancer friend Rosemary! To make the Yip Yips I started with 2.5 yards of fleece for each, a bag of quilting batting (for the mouths), styrofoam balls and felt for the eyes, pipe cleaners and pom-poms for the antennas, and some black tulle to cover the mouth opening. It looks very sheer in the photos, and it was sheer, however it served the purpose. I ended up adding some velcro at the top of the head piece and tulle so that we could have an opening to stick our heads through for eating and drinking. I also cut some slits in the sides for our arms, although the real Yip Yips didn’t actually have arms. It ended up being a very cold night, it snowed! So these fleece snuggy-like costumes were perfect to stay warm.

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So as to the reason you have not seen much sewing or general communication from me for the past few months, we found out in July that we are expecting our first baby! We are so excited to be parents, and feel very blessed to have such great family and friends to support us during this special time. Needless to say, I wasn’t feeling too hot for a little while (feeling MUCH better now on the morning sickness front), so sewing kind of took a back seat. My school year also started which has obvious kept me very busy, plus I am taking two classes this semester to start working on my ESL teaching endorsement. So with all the excitement, and a growing belly, I have been working on some more craft type projects instead of my usual dresses and fashion projects. A lot of people have asked why I am not sewing some maternity clothes, but I guess I would rather put my effort (and fabric) into pieces that I know will be useful for longer than the next several months. However, I do plan to share some of my craft ¬†and sewing projects¬†with you along the way, and I promise I will do my best not to turn this into a baby sewing blog!

I hope you all had a great Halloween and please share your fabulous costumes, I love to see all of them!

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