Momiform MAKEover // Summer to Fall Transition Pieces
Hi Momiform Makeover readers!! I'm so happy you stopped by today and can't wait to gab about the things I made! :)
As a stay-at-home-mom to 3 young kids, it seems my momiform can always use improvement. During my pregnancy and directly after the birth of my third, something clicked for me. I realized that the level of my mood and motivation had a direct link to the way I was dressed and to the level of cray-cray, aka, messes in my house. Having struggled with some baby blues during the first year of my second child's life, I knew I had to make an effort in order for that not to happen again with my third (who is now 6 months old).
A few simple things that I now do on a daily basis have vastly helped to improve my mood and especially my productivity.
#1 - which ties heavily into this post - is to GET DRESSED. It doesn't matter too much what, just not. those. pajamas. But I still get more done and feel more motivated in non-yoga pants.
#2 - Make the bed. Seriously. It blows my mind how much better I feel when I walk into my room during the day and see my bed made.
#3 - Clean the kitchen every night before going to bed. It is like a breath of fresh air to walk into a clean kitchen at 6am.
So to get us started, here is a peek at what my momiform has looked like this summer, I am only 6 months postpartum, my clothes still don't fit exactly like they should, so it's not great by any means. BUT. It's not workout shorts and tees ;) I didn't want to spend a ton of money for my changing body this summer, so my everyday wardrobe consisted of Old Navy shorts and Target tees.
While not horrible, and it made me feel like I was getting "dressed" every day, I still was/am feeling drab and the clothes, especially the shorts are pretty ill fitting. So when Lauren invited me to join in the Momiform MAKEover, I happily accepted because I am so ready to elevate my wardrobe!
My idea for the 2 pieces I made are to transition from the heat we've been experiencing this summer to the cooler fall that we finally are getting a taste of, yay!!! and even into winter. But also pieces that are practical and easy to wear but still look and feel put together.
Grainline Studio and True Bias graciously donated the patterns for this post! Thank you so much ladies!! *The opinions shared here are all my own*
The first piece I made was the ever popular Scout Tee by Grainline Studio. I wanted an easy to wear top that was comfortable and moved with me, but still a step up from a Target tee. I definitely got that with this pattern! I feel like it's definitely more than just a step up but is still as comfortable as a knit tee. That to me says a lot about a pattern for wovens!
For summer, it pairs easily with just cropped pants or shorts & sandals. Yet, I still feel put together when I wear this. And it's easy and comfortable enough to wear all day at home or when I need to run errands.
The fabric I got from Joann's, it's a 100% cotton apparel fabric, and that's about all I can remember. It flows nicely but is still super lightweight and opaque, which I LOVE, because in the summer, wearing 2 layers is not my jam.
This also transitions so well to fall layers! I found this cardi at Target while wearing my Scout and it was like it was meant to be! :)
Throw on the boots and we're good to go. I think this is my favorite way to wear this top so far. But then again fall is my favorite, so...
The next thing I made was a labor of
ahem love. Not because of the pattern, because the pattern was amazing and a really fun sew, but because of the fabric I chose. The outcome is amazeballs and I would totally use the fabric again, but I dove in pretty much without a clue and learned alot along the way. (I will write detailed posts about the sewing of both these pieces in the coming weeks, by the way!)
I really wanted an easy to wear dress that would work for summer, errands, carrying the baby, outings, and one that covered in all the right places. I felt like this was a tall order, but then Kelly released the Southport Dress pattern and I knew it could be the one.
It is everything I hoped it would be and so comfortable too!
And look at how it cozies up for fall!! Swoon.
The cardi is one I got at Old Navy last fall when my growing belly got too big for my coats to close over it.
It was a HUGE favorite last fall/winter and I was so excited to pull it out again this year.
Combine what is my new favorite handmade item, my slightly sentimentally favorite cardi, favorite boots and I'll just live in this from now on, m'kay?
When I was taking these photos I kept wishing for a hot cup of coffee.
So I just snuggled the baby instead :)
Participating in this series and sewing just these 2 pieces has given me a serious burn to sew all. the. things. for myself. I have a few more items I hope to get done soon and hopefully get a chance to blog them too.
Don't forget to enter this way awesome giveaway Lauren has put together! Some serious sewing loot is to be had!
REMEMBER: Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter the two separate Rafflecopters! 50+ winners will be selected! Get 10% off your fabric order from now through October 1 at Michael Levine/LowPriceFabric.com with code: Makeover10
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Be sure to check out all the awesome series participants to get lots of momiform inspiration!
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(There will a different winner for each line item so we can spread the love around!)
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And the following pattern designers who graciously provided patterns for the series participants and/or contributed the following items for the giveaway:
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*Janome giveaway winner must be located in U.S.A. and is therefore on a separate Rafflecopter below. Machine must be picked up at a local dealer; it cannot be shipped.
This second Rafflecopter includes all the other sponsor items since they can be awarded internationally! You must enter both Rafflecopters in order to be entered to win both the sewing machine and the rest of the giveaway items. All patterns awarded will be in PDF format. Enjoy!