Unexpected miracles.

All my life, I have wanted to be a mom. I loved playing with my dolls and creating a world where I could care for little babies all day long. Preferably lots of them. I think at one point my sister got a set of quintuplet babies that I was pretty much obsessed with. I knew that one day, I wanted a house full of babies.

My journey to motherhood didn’t come without tears. Before becoming pregnant the first time, I saw lots of doctors and took medication and peed on more sticks that I could count. And the day I saw those two pink lines, I could hardly believe it. My day had arrived. I was becoming a mom.

I have been that girl who cries when she hears someone else’s pregnancy announcement. Cries, thinking, “when will it be my turn?” Not just the first time, but also the second time around. More medication, more negatives. But eventually, a joyous moment, realizing that our family would be growing.

I had resigned myself to knowing that getting pregnant would always take effort. It wouldn’t ever be something that just “happened.” There wouldn’t be a surprise, because how could there be?

But when we were ready to welcome a third baby into our lives, we decided to wait before refilling my prescription. Just to “see what would happen.” This, my friends, is where I felt the blessing of the Father. After the countless tears I cried, always wondering, never convinced my body would carry another baby, I felt God wrap His arms around me and wipe my tears. “I heard you crying, my daughter. Don’t try so hard this time. I am making you new, from the inside out. Let me grow this baby my way, not yours.”

And make me new, He did. After three healthy, amazing, and wonderful babies came into our lives, He has continued to heal my body and work miracles in our family.

For the past 14 weeks, little baby new has been growing inside me. An unexpected miracle that we cannot wait to welcome into our home. A baby that we didn’t plan for, but one that has already shown us how big our God is. How He knows us, better than we know ourselves. And sometimes, He likes to surprise us in really big, unexpected ways.


Dress to Skirt Refashion! [A little tutorial]

Refashion. Upcycle. Thrifting. These could quite possibly be some of my favorite words ever. EVAH. So when I walk through a thrift store, I tend to look with a “what could I do with this?” kind of eye.

Turn an ill-fitting dress into a skirt

I recently found this lovely green sundress:

But as lovely as it was, it didn’t fit. Not. Even. Close. Let’s just say, I’m pretty sure Taylor Swift doesn’t make clothes for nursing mamas… [and p.s. who even knew she had a clothing line?]

Simple fix: cut off the bottom and make it a skirt instead!

I found some non-roll elastic (affiliate link) in my supplies [it’s either 1.5 or 2inches wide]. I wrapped it around my waist to get the length I wanted. I sewed the elastic into a circle an then pinned the skirt around it, gathering as I went along. You could sew a basting stitch along the top of the skirt and gather it to the same size as the circle of elastic. Then serge or zig-zag the elastic to the skirt and boom – you have a new skirt!

I could’ve dyed the elastic but well, that wouldn’t have been quite as simple of a refashion and I’m not a tuck-your-shirt-into-your-skirt kinda girl anyway.

It has pockets! Yay!

[Photo courtesy of my four-year-old photographer]

Maternity Tank

In the middle of KCWC, I decided to make a little something for myself.  Something just a teeny bit fancier than my typical T-shirt. :)

And no, do not adjust your screen… I really am that pasty white.  I live in Wisconsin.  I was freezing outside while I took this picture.

This top is made from a jersey knit I bought quite awhile ago at Joann’s, from my own pattern.  I made sure to make this one long enough that it will definitely last through my pregnancy.  It will probably even be a good post-partum shirt.

I’m finishing up a couple things for my boys to round out KCWC, and then I have a few non-clothing posts coming up next week!

Maternity Pants Tutorial

Well, I said it was coming, and here it is!  An under the belly maternity pants tutorial!

DIY Maternity Pants

First, you will need a pair of pants that fit you well – at least, mostly.

I picked up these jeans at a thrift store, and like the brown pants I posted about the other day, they fit perfectly, except that I couldn’t button them.  Seriously, again?! That makes them perfect to make into maternity pants!

Cut out the zipper completely, keeping the rest of the fly intact.

Decide where you want to cut the pants.  I tried them on, then made a mark with chalk where I would want the 1 1/2 inch elastic to begin.  Then I cut above that line about 1/2 inch, to allow for the seam allowance.  Since these pants will sit below the belly, the front needs to dip down lower than the back.  In the back, I cut just below the existing waistband.

Sew the fly together [in this picture, you see my attached waistband already, because – woops! – I forgot to do this part until later.]  You can see my stitches are a slightly lighter yellow thread, on the left of the fly.  It’s much easier to get the two pieces lined up when you do this before attaching the waistband.

Next, Measure tightly around your waist, under your belly.  This number will be the length of your elastic and your knit.  For the knit waistband, you want a very stretchy knit.  Here, I upcycled the waistband of a jersey skirt I picked up at a thrift store. [The same skirt I used here and here, by the way.]

Your knit should be 2 1/4 inches wide – if you are using 1 1/2 inch elastic.  If you use a wider elastic, make sure your knit can fold over the elastic, leaving ample room for seam allowance.  The length of the knit is the measurement you took of your waist.

Take this knit and open it up, put the right sides together, and serge or zig-zag the ends. (Unless you are also using an upcycled waistband, you won’t have a seam down the middle like mine – just on one end.)

Sew the ends of your elastic together.  Fold the knit over the elastic, forming a tube, making sure the seam of the knit is inside the tube.

Pin the tube around the outside of the waistband of your pants.  Serge or zig-zag the waistband onto your pants. [If you are using a sewing machine, rather than a serger, I would recommend sewing around the waistband twice, just to be sure you get a strong hold.  Also, make sure you are using a durable needle if you are sewing onto denim!]

Ta-da!  Maternity pants at a fraction of the price!

If you make any, let me know.  I’d love to see them! [You can see the other pair I made here.]

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Maternity Pants!

Yes, there comes a day when maternity pants are a must.  That day has looong since arrived with this baby!  It is truly amazing how quickly a third baby pops out.  I have a mega problem with maternity pants – they are always too big.  Even in the third trimester.  Because maternity pants are made with the theory that your butt grows.  It doesn’t work that way for me, so I decided to make my own and solve the problem!

I had originally purchased these pants on a thrifting expedition, long before I was pregnant.  When I brought them home, though, I was so disappointed to find out that they fit perfectly, except for the fact that I couldn’t button them – yikes!  So as maternity pants, they work really well.
Here you can see the panel – I like the under the belly panels. (And hello, 18 week belly!  You are mighty large.)

By just cutting off the top of the pants, adding a jersey panel with 1 1/2 inch elastic, serging it onto the top of the pants, I have brand new maternity pants!  Yay for looking cute (and being comfy) while being ginormous!

(With the next pair I make, I’ll do a full tutorial.  I wanted to make sure these were actually wearable first!)

EDIT: The tutorial is up, and you can find it here!

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Ruffle Sweater Redo

I have had a grey sweater for a number of years, but said sweater is from my PB days (Pre-Baby days).  While I still love it, it just doesn’t fit quite the same anymore.  I mean, I was no super model in those PB days, but wearing this sweater as-is in the now Post-Baby days… well, it just made me look fat.

So, refashionista hat on! (And P.S. what great timing, since there’s a Refashionista Event going on over at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar – you’ve gotta check it out)

Turn a sweater into a ruffle cardigan

Original sweater

Cut it in half

Sew some coordinating knit fabric onto each side
(this knit was from a dress I have had since high school … seriously)

Add a ruffled strip of knit on top of the first one.  There are lots of different ways to make ruffles. I sewed two basting stitches down the center of a strip of knit and gently pulled on the bobbin threads until it was the right length. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. I also took in the arms a bit, so it was a little more fitted.

Now here’s a cardigan that does not make me feel fat.

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A Little Something For Me!

The past couple of days have been rough mommy days.  My almost three-year-old has been… sigh…. trying my patience.  So, to keep my sanity, I decided to sew something for myself.   And eat chocolate.

I have a few three-quarter length shirts from Target that I really love, so I made one of my own out of a jersey knit in this fabulous blue.

I love the wide band on the sleeves.

A little close-up to see the ruffle at the neckline.

(and p.s. how do so many bloggers manage to look cute and not awkward when taking photos of their clothing?  note to self: learn how to not look awkward…)

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