fall 2012

DIY Sewing, Life

Sew the 15 Minute Infinity Scarf in 3 More Ways: Striped, Woven Plaid & Lace Overlay

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf in 3 More Ways: Striped Sweater Knit, Woven Plaid & Lace Overlay

Can you believe Christmas is in just over a week? I certainly can’t, and I’ve been busily finishing up some last minute handmade Christmas gifts for my family and friends.

Something I’m making this year are piles and piles of infinity scarves (remember the tutorial I posted in September?). They don’t take very long, they’re so pretty and practical, and you can personalize them with fabric choice to suit the recipient.

I’ve made three more variations of the classic knit jersey style I had originally made, and I really think they’re all pretty!

Sparkly Striped Sweater Knit Infinity Scarf

For a festive and sparkly look (like the first picture above), I made an infinity scarf with a glittery striped sweater knit. I made this one extra wide (the raw fabric measured about 40″ wide before it was folded and sewn).

Woven Burgundy & Chocolate Plaid Infinity Scarf

Plaid is trendy in a big way this year, and I made a second version of the infinity scarf with a plaid woven fabric with a slight stretch to it. This one was also extra wide (at about 44″ before it was folded and sewn). I’m really liking the look of adding quite a bit of extra width to the scarves, giving them a dramatic full look.

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf in 3 More Ways: Striped Sweater Knit, Woven Plaid & Lace Overlay

Cream Lace Overlay Infinity Scarf

Finally, I made a third version of the infinity scarf by laying a piece of stretch lace over a piece of stretchy jersey (both were about 15″ wide) right sides together. I sewed them together along the length of each side, and then completed the rest of the scarf as I did in my original tutorial. You could use a different colour of knit jersey for a more contrasting look. It’s such a romantic version of the infinity scarf!

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf in 3 More Ways: Striped Sweater Knit, Woven Plaid & Lace Overlay

Have you tried making an infinity scarf yet? Please share below if you have with a link to your finished project! Or, if you’re planning on making one for yourself or as a Christmas gift – what would be your favourite fabric choice?


Wear Flattering Coats This Winter (And Why We Can Make Snow Angels Now) – Petite Curvy Mom Style

We had a light dusting of snow yesterday (alright, it was a massive down-pouring that resulted in several inches of the stuff on the ground and school cancellations).

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It was the perfect weather for making snow angels (my little Canadian three-year-old has no fear when it comes to jumping right into big piles of snow)!

The blustery weather got me thinking about my winter coat collection. I am admittedly a bit of a coat and jacket addict, and some of my very favourite winter jackets have been purchased from Modcloth. I’ve been browsing and pinning their latest selection this week, and here are some of my favourite winter jacket picks that I’d love to share with you:

Cocoa and Waffles Coat

The Cocoa and Waffles Coat
reminds me of a country sleigh ride with a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s night. I love big shawl collars like this, and the cinched sash and roomy peplum would be flattering on a petite curvy girl like myself.
South Bank Stroll Coat in Goldenrod

The South Bank Stroll Coat in Goldenrod
is such a striking, military-style jacket in such a beautiful marigold yellow colour that’s so trendy for this year. It would look great over a dress or jeans. It has a very tailored profile and a cinched waist also which would be flattering on any body shape.

Pastry Date Coat in Apple

The Pastry Date Coat in Apple
is a beautiful, mottled shade of reddish burgundy (my pick for colour of the season) and it has a hood (which is cute and practical for winters like the ones we have up here)! The look is structured, but not stuffy.

Amateur Astronomer Coat

Finally, the Amateur Astronomer Coat
is such a classic piece with a twist – it’s in a classy navy colour and a classic peacoat shape, but it has a large folded collar that I think is so adorable.

Which winter jacket should I choose? What do YOU look for in a winter coat?

(Disclaimer: This post contains Modcloth affiliate links. If you decide to purchase clothing from Modcloth via these links, a small percentage of the sale will be given to me at no extra cost to you. It’s a win-win – thanks for helping support thediymommy.com!)


Wear Burgundy Skinnies & Tights (& Why I Finally Added My Full Body Shot to This Post) – Petite Curvy Mom Style

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I’m totally digging the fact that the colour burgundy seems to be trending again this fall. I really think it’s pretty! I’ve always been a huge fan of the colour red, and burgundy is such a gorgeous, muted variation of red that’s perfect for fall.

The above outfit featuring burgundy skinny pants is a simple and casual style that works well for mom-errands. The skinny pants are nice and stretchy (perfect with boots), and I’m wearing a flowing and forgiving blouse, cinched in the waist with a belt to highlight my waist. The fun leopard print scarf is an easy DIY, and I really enjoy how the black and white heart print of the blouse contrasts with the tan and chocolate print of the scarf.

Scarf: DIY $5
Chiffon Blouse: Old Navy $29
Belt: In my closet $10
Skinny Pants:  Joe Fresh $29

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Another way I’m enjoying wearing a bit of burgundy is with these lovely tights. They work nicely to fall and winterize my summer skirts and dresses. Here, I’ve worn them with a lacy skirt (I’m a huge sucker for anything cream coloured and lacey, and this skirt is made from an ultra-comfy knit jersey which is so easy to wear) and boots.

Knit Jersey Blouse: Old Navy $19
Lace Skirt: ShopRuche.com $39 (This one’s not available any more, but here’s a similar one: Renewed Nostalgia Tiered Lace Skirt)
Tights:  Joe Fresh $6
Boots: Leatherette strappy boot from GoJane.com $27.50

Below is a full-body shot of the outfit above. I almost wrote this post entirely with the pictures showing only bits and pieces of me. These last few weeks have honestly been some of the toughest ones of my mom career due to extreme exhaustion from a sleepless baby, a really busy fall so far that’s including a new DIY house build for our family (is it just me, or is fall about one million times busier than summer anyhow?!) and some shenanigans with a rear-ender car accident. I’m thankful for a God I can trust, loving family and friends and strong coffee, but my face and body haven’t been loving me – I feel like I have bags under my eyes that reach to the floor, stringy hair and a perma-mad expression. I’ve been wearing my glasses most days because my eyes are so tired that they sting when I put my contacts in.

While my youngest was having her afternoon nap, I shot the below picture as my 3 year old girl looked on. I looked at the final photos with disdain, shaking my head at all of my imperfections.

“This looks like a tired, fat mother”.

My little angel-girl, with her eyes sparkling (she loves taking pictures and seeing pictures): “Can I look, mama?”

“OK”. I’m smiling, but I’m feeling defeated.

My baby peers into the camera and looks at the preview. I hear an audible gasp as she says:

“Wow! That is wonderful. You are beautiful, Mama!”

And that’s why I post the photo below.

Wear Burgundy Tights for Fall - Petite Curvy Mom Style by The DIY Mommy

Despite the imperfections I see in myself, despite my less-than-perfect few weeks, and despite my lack of sleep I have two little girls that think I’m beautiful. I have family and friends that think so. I have a heavenly Father that thinks so. I have a job to do that requires so much more than physical “perfection” – being a mother is a beautiful thing.

I’m reminded of this eloquent post I read a short while ago that reminds us mothers to “stay in the picture” despite how we see our physical selves. How true (though it’s a tough mental and emotional block to battle)!

How do you feel when you see a photo of your mommy self?

DIY Family Food, DIY Recipes

9 Favourite Things to Bake With Pumpkin

9 Favourite Things to Bake with Pumpkin by The DIY Mommy

I’m admittedly overly proud of a little, perfectly round orange pumpkin we harvested from our greenhouse this week. I really shouldn’t be, since my gardening capabilities are next to nil and I have a strong aversion to weed-pulling. But, I really do love the little guy and I’m so excited to bake something pumpkin-y and carve it into fun things with my girls for fall!

I love baking (and apparently pumpkins), so I’d like to share with you my top nine favourite pumpkin recipes that I’m dying to try out this autumn. Don’t the look absolutely delicious?

  1. Pumpkin Caramel Pretzel Bars by Sugarcrafter – There’s something wonderfully addicting about sweet + salty and this recipe has just that!
  2. Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Brown Butter Frosting by Two Peas and Their Pod – Um, need I say more?
  3. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by My Blessed Life – This is a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe with some pumpkin and spices thrown in.
  4. Starbucks Pumpkin Pound Cake by Something Swanky – A relatively low-fat coffee cake that looks delish!
  5. Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Vanilla Sheetcake by Picky Palate – If there’s anything I like more than pumpkin, it’s vanilla. What do I love more than vanilla? Cinnamon rolls. This looks amazing.
  6. Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze by Pretty. Good. Food. – A brown sugary coffee cake with a crumb top – yum!
  7. Petite Pumpkin Spice Donuts by Blue-Eyed Bakers – Aren’t these cute and tasty looking? And they’re baked, not fried.
  8. Ooey Gooey Caramel Pumpkin Blondies {with Chocolate and Walnuts} by Lauren’s Latest – Pumpkin, chocolate, chips and nuts in a buttery bar with whipped cream on top… sorry, dieters!
  9. Cinnamon Mini Cheesecakes with Pumpkin Pie Frosting by Gimme Some Oven – I’m most excited to try these lovelies. I love the idea of a pumpkin flavoured icing!

Which pumpkin recipe is making your mouth water?

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf by The DIY Mommy
DIY Pregnancy, DIY Sewing, Life

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf

By Christina Dennis

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf by The DIY Mommy

I love scarves; they are the epitome of fall accessories. They’re perfect for layering and transitioning lighter fall clothing into cooler weather and scarves can add a beautiful pop of colour or pattern to what might otherwise be a dull outfit.

Infinity scarves are a kind of tubular scarf that’s attached at both ends. They’re usually stretchy, and you can wrap them around your neck once, twice, or sometimes three times for different looks/warmth levels. This type of scarf is a breeze to make, and I’d love to show you how!


  • 2 yards of very lightweight fabric (I prefer stretchy fabric like rayon/cotton/bamboo/polyester knit jersey but you could also use woven lightweights like cotton voile, cotton lawn)
  • hand sewing needle + thread

I used Designer stretch Polyester Jersey Knit Floral Purple/Teal/Grey for the floral scarf and a polyester jersey I found at a local fabric store for the leopard print scarf.


Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf by The DIY Mommy

Cut your fabric in half lengthwise so that you have two long strips (you can make two scarves out of two yards!). Fold the fabric in half again lengthwise with the right sides together. Pin and sew the raw edges together (I used a serger, but you could use a regular sewing machine with a 5/8 inch seam).

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf by The DIY Mommy

Pull the tube to the right side out, and then pull one end over the other so that the right sides are together again and the two raw edges meet, as pictured above.

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf by The DIY Mommy

Here’s the trickiest part (and it’s not even that tricky), but it gives the scarf a cool twist that helps it lay flat: Twist the inside layer so that its seam meets the opposite side of the outer layer’s seam, as pictured above. Basically, you’re twisting the inside layer 180 degrees. Pin the raw edges together..

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf by The DIY Mommy

Sew the raw edges together leaving a 2″ opening.

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf by The DIY Mommy

Turn the scarf right side out and hand-stitch the opening closed. Voila! Your scarf is ready to be worn & loved.

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf by The DIY Mommy

Twist it once for a drapey look.

(I like to model scarves in front of my messy bookcase and beside my full basket of laundry.)

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf by The DIY Mommy

Twist it three times for a snug cowl.

(I also like to modal scarves in front of my fridge, at night.)

(Giveaway closed as of 09-30-2012 @ 10:00 pm MST.)


Knit a Maternity Tank Top

by Christina Dennis

Knit a Maternity Tank Top by The DIY Mommy

This sweet little knitted maternity tank top was a pattern I designed pre-children – back when I had time to fiddle with knitting! It’s from my old knitting blog, and I’d like to offer it now to you free. I love the little flower embellishment on the neckline – this would be a cute little embellishment for just about anything!

The “Glam Bump Top” is an easy-to-knit, chic maternity knitted top. It’s knit in the round from top to bottom with no seaming and minimal shaping. Short rows in the front allow extra room for a growing Baby Bump. The simple stockinette stitch is accented by garter stitch detailing in the neck piece, the center panel and the bottom hem. The look is completed with an elegant knit flower accented with a button center. Knit in a light silk/mohair/wool blend, this piece is a perfect transitional top from summer to fall. A great gift for a mom-to-be or for yourself!

Knit a Maternity Tank by The DIY Mommy

•  Yarn: 1000 (1000, 1500) Yards ArtFibers Sylph in colour #14 (or a similar sport weight yarn)
•  Needles: Size 5 US (3.75 mm) circular needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
•  1/2” button to coordinate with yarn
•  Sewing needle & coordinating thread

Woman’s Sizes Small (32-34” bust), Medium (36-38” bust), and Large (40-42” bust)
Top is designed to be fitted in the yoke and then very loose in bust & waist.

22 s and 35 rows = 4”

Abbreviations & Explanations:

K = knit
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
k3tog = knit 3 stitches together
M1 = make a new stitch by knitting into the stitch below
KF&B = make one stitch by knitting in front & back of stitch
KF&B&F = make two stitches by knitting in front, back & again in the front of the stitch
P = purl
St st = stockinette stitch
Garter stitch = in the round, alternating K and P rows
PM = place marker
Wrapping a stitch in a short row = Work to turn point, slip next stitch to R needle and bring yarn to front. Slip same stitch back to L needle. Turn work & bring yarn in position for next stitch, wrapping the stitch. Hide wraps in a K st when RS of top is worked in a K st as follows: on RS work to st before wrapped st. Insert R needle from front, under the wrap stitch and then into the wrapped stitch. K them together.

Knit a Maternity Tank Top by The DIY Mommy


Directions are for Women’s Size Small. Stitch count for Medium & Large are in parenthesis.

Neck Piece:
CO 120 st (132 st, 144 st) onto circular needles, join in round being careful not to twist stitches. PM at join.
Work 8 rows in garter stitch (4 ridges)
Next Row: K4, *K1, KF&B. Repeat from * to last 4 stitches. K4. 168 st (186 st, 204 st)
Work 7 rows garter stitch (4 ridges)
Next Row: K4, *K2, KF&B. Repeat from * to last 5 stitches. K4. 212 st (236 st, 260 st)
Work 7 rows garter stitch (4 ridges)

Arm Holes:
Next Row: Continuing in garter stitch pattern, work 24 st (28 st, 32 st), BO loosely 59 st (64 st, 69 st), work 48 st (56 st, 64 st), BO loosely 59 st (64 st, 69 st), work 24 st (28 st, 32 st). 96 st (112 st, 128 st)
Next Row: In garter stitch, work 24 st (28 st, 32 st), CO 38 st (44 st, 50 st) using backwards loop method, work 48 st (56 st, 64 st), CO 38 st (44 st, 50 st) using backwards loop method, work 24 st (28 st, 32 st). 172 st (200 st, 228 st)
Work 4 ridges garter stitch, ending with a knit row

Make Ruffle: [KF&B&F, KF&B] 12X (14X, 16X), K 38 st (44 st, 50 st), [KF&B&F, KF&B] 24X (28X, 32X), K 38 st (44 st, 50 st), [KF&B&F, KF&B] 12X (14X, 16X). 316 st (368 st, 420 st)
Next Row (beginning of St st body pattern with garter stitch panel in center front): K 60 (70, 80) back st, K 38 (44, 50) sleeve st, K 45 (55, 65), PM, P30, PM, K 45 (55, 65), K 38 (44, 50) sleeve st,K 60 (70, 80) back st
Next Row: Knit
Next Row: K to marker, P to marker (St st panel detail), K to end of round
Work in pattern (St st with garter stitch panel in center front) until piece measures 10” from front neck top
**Making baby bump: Next Row: K 60 (70, 80), K 38 (44, 50), PM, K 45 (55, 65), work 30 st garter st panel, K 45 (55, 65), wrap stitch and turn
Next Row: P 45 (55, 65), work 30 st garter panel, P 45 (55, 65), wrap stitch (see explanation, top of page) and turn
Next Row: K 45 (55, 65), work 30 st garter panel, K 45 (55, 65), K 38 (44, 50), K 60 (70, 80)
Work 3 rows as per normal pattern**
Repeat from ** to ** until front piece measures 19” from front neck top or desired length
Next Row: Purl
Next Row: Knit
Repeat last 2 rows 6X
BO loosely


CO 7 st
Row 1 : Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K1, M1, K5, M1, K1
Row 4: Purl
Row 6: Knit
Row 7: K1, M1, K7, M1, K1
Row 8: Purl
Row 9: Knit
Row 10: K1, K2tog, K7, K2tog, K1
Row 12: Purl
Row 13: K1, K2tog, K5, K2tog, K1
Row 14: P
Row 15: K1, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K1
Row 16: Purl
Row 17: K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1
Row 18: Purl
Row 19: K1, K3tog, K1
Row 20: Purl
Row 21: K3 tog

CO 4 st
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K1, M1, K2, M1, K1
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: K1, M1, K4, M1, K1
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: K1, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K1
Row 8: Purl
Row 9: K1, [K2tog] 2X, K1
Row 10: Purl
Row 11: K1, K2tog, K1
Row 12: Purl
Row 13: K3tog

Weave in loose ends & steam or wet block all petals.
Position the 5 large petals evenly in a flower shape on the left side of the neckpiece of the garment (or on side preferred).
Tack down petals with sewing needle & thread in center as well as outer edges so that petals will not fold.
Position the 5 small petals evenly in a flower shape on top of the 5 larger petals.
Tack down small petals with sewing needle & thread in center.
Position button in center of flower and sew.

Weave in all loose ends of garment.
Steam or wet block if desired.

Glam Bump Top pattern © 2008 Christina Marie Dennis of TheDIYMommy.com
Christina has made every effort to produce a pattern void of any errors. If you find any, please report them to christina(at)thediymommy(dot)com, and the pattern will be changed accordingly. This pattern for personal use only and is NOT for resale. This pattern may not be photocopied, or distributed in any hardcopy or electronic form without the written consent of Christina.