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Winter 2012/2013 Fashion on Instagram - Petite Curvy Mom Style by The DIY Mommy
DIY Sewing, Fashion, Life

Winter 2012 / 2013 Fashion on Instagram – Petite Curvy Mom Style

It’s been a cold winter up here in Alberta, Canada… and a busy one for us too!

We’re building a house on our acreage, and life with two kiddos is busy as it it is.

If you really want to know, my uniform of choice these days is a big sweater or cardigan, a stretchy tank and leggings (or super-stretchy skinny jeans). When I’m busy (and cold), I tend to go for “easy” and “comfy” with my outfits.

I haven’t had a chance to take any decent photos of my style choices this winter, but here are some of my favourite “selfies” I’ve posted on Instagram when I have managed to put together a look that I’ve been proud of.

Winter 2012/2013 Fashion on Instagram - Petite Curvy Mom Style by The DIY Mommy

As you can see, I still love to wear either a belt or an empire-waisted dress to highlight one of my smaller parts (a great trick if you’re wide in the hips) except for on comfy home or casual playdate days (when the big cape sweater comes into play like the lower left picture).

Scarves are an essential in the winter for practical reasons, and they’re a fun way to make an outfit special. I’ve been wearing them a lot lately!

My favourite colours this chilly winter season? They’re red, grey, emerald, coral and mint. Yes, I believe you can wear pastels in the winter!

Favourite pieces:

What’s been your go-to outfit this winter?

 

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I’ve made three more variations of the classic knit jersey style I had originally made, and I really think they’re all pretty!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

Knitting & Crochet, Life

A Handmade Christmas: Knit Pearly Girly Mittens

Pearly Girly Mittens by The DIY Mommy

I have a “thing” for cream coloured, lacey knits. When the weather dropped to minus 30°C a couple Christmases ago (this is common up here in Edmonton, Alberta!), I decided that I could use a new pair of warm, wooley mittens. Rather than buying a pair, I decided to design some using odds and ends from home. Et Voila! The Pearly Girly Mitts were born! These would make a great gift for the ultimate girly-girl in your life, or for yourself! These mittens feature a lacey ribbed edge, a feminine and practical tie around the wrist, a smocked pattern down the center, and they’re topped off with some lovely faux pearl button embellishments.

Materials:

  • Yarn: 2 skeins Lamb’s Pride Worsted (85% wool/15% mohair) in White Frost or a similar worsted weight yarn
  • Needles: 4 Size 6 US (4 mm) double pointed needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
  • Cable Needle
  • 6 faux pearl buttons
  •  Scrap yarn
  • Yarn needle
  • Thread to sew on buttons

Sizes: Women’s size medium
Gauge: 4.5 st = 1”

Abbreviations & Explanations:

K = knit
YO = bring yarn over needle to create an extra eyelet stitch
P = purl
St st = stockinette stitch
PM = place marker
K2tog = knit two stitches together
ssk = slip 1, slip 1, knit 2slipped stitches together
M1 = make one stitch by inserting tip of left needle underneath the strand of yarn between two needles, place the lifted strand on the left needle, and knit the lifted strand, twisting to avoid leaving a hole
Sl = slip
Tie st = sl next 5 st on to cable needle, wrap yarn around these 5 st twice, then K1, P3, K1 from cable needle

Pearly Girly Mittens by The DIY Mommy

Openwork Rib Pattern:

Round 1: K1, YO, ssk, P2 (repeat until end of round)
Round 2: K3, P2 (rep to end of round)
Round 3: K2tog, YO, K1, P2 (rep to end of round)
Round 4: Same as R2
Repeat rounds 1-4 for pattern
Smocked Honeycomb Pattern:
Round 1 & 2: P3, *K1, P3*, rep from * to end of round
Round 3: P3, *tie st, P3, rep from * to end of round
Round 4, 5 & 6: As round1 & 2
Round 7: P3, K1, *P3, tie st, rep from * to end of round, ending last rep with K1, P3
Round 8: As round 2
Repeat rounds 1-8 for pattern.

Smocked Honeycomb Pattern:

Round 1 & 2: P3, *K1, P3*, rep from * to end of round
Round 3: P3, *tie st, P3, rep from * to end of round
Round 4, 5 & 6: As round1 & 2
Round 7: P3, K1, *P3, tie st, rep from * to end of round, ending last rep with K1, P3
Round 8: As round 2
Repeat rounds 1-8 for pattern.

Pearly Girly Mittens by The DIY Mommy

The pattern

Ribbing:

CO 42 st evenly onto 3 double pointed needles.
Work in Openwork Rib pattern until ribbing measures 2.5” from start.
Next Round: K2tog, YO, rep to end of round.
Next Round: Working in K3, P2 rib pattern, increase 4 st evenly across round

Thumb Gusset:

Right Hand:

Round1: P12, work 19 st in Smocked Honeycomb pattern, P3, PM, M1, P1, M1, PM, P to end of round.

Left Hand:

Round1: P7, PM, M1, P1, M1, PM, P3, work 19 st in Smocked Honeycomb pattern, P to end of round.

Both Hands:

Round 2: P12, work 19 st in Smocked Honeycomb pattern, P to end of round (slip markers as you go)
Round 3: Work in pattern as established (Smocked Honeycomb pattern in center front of mitten bordered by reverse stockinette stitching) to thumb gusset, M1, P to marker, M1, work in patt to end of round
Rounds 4 & 5: Work evenly in patt as established
Rep rounds 3 – 5 until you have 15 thumb gusset st between markers, ending with a Round 3.
Next Round: Work in patt to thumb gusset, remove markers, place thumb st on scrap yarn, CO one st, cont in patt to the end of the round
Cont in patt as established until mitten measures 6.5” from ribbing (or to desired length).

Shaping Top:

Discontinue Smocked Honeycomb pattern and work all st in reverse stockinette.
Round 1: *P2, P2tog, repeat from *.
Round 2 – 4: Purl.
Round 5: *P1, P2tog, repeat from *.
Rounds 6 – 8: Purl.
Round 9: *P2tog, repeat from *.
Cut yarn leaving a long tail. Thread tail onto yarn needle and draw through remaining st. Pull and fasten on the inside of the mitten.

Thumb:

Place thumb st onto 3 double pointed needles and pick up an extra stitch on both sides of the CO st. Work in reverse stockinette until thumb measures 2” from base.
Next Round: *P2tog, rep from *.
Cut yearn leaving a long tail Thread tail onto yarn needle and draw through remaining st. Pull and fasten on the inside of the mitten.

Wrist Cord:

CO 3 st onto a double pointed needle and knit one row.
Do not turn work. Push stitches to other end of the needles.
Swap the RH needle with the LH needle, pull up the yarn and K the 3 st again.
Rep for each row until cord measures 20”.
Bind off. Thread knitted cord through eyelets created at the top of the ribbing. Tie in a bow where desired.

Finishing:

Sew 3 pearl buttons with needle and thread in the centers of the Smocked Honeycomb pattern (use picture as a guide).
Sew in all loose ends.
Block if desired.

Pearly Girly Mitts 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 contact Christina, 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.

DIY Parties & Holidays, DIY Sewing, Life

Sew a Ruffled Apron with a Heart Applique

DIY Ruffle and Heart Apron by The DIY Mommy

One of my friends needed an apron for a costume this month. It had to be red gingham with a white ruffle and heart applique, so I set to designing it from scratch. I absolutely loved the result and I think this feminine little apron would make an adorable Christmas gift for a friend (or make a smaller version for a toddler’s dress-up collection)!

This is a simple project, and a great one for beginner seamstresses. It requires little fabric and can be whipped up in about an hour.

Materials:

  • 2 yards gingham fabric (I used red & white gingham – you could order only a yard, but then you will have to cut the apron tie in two pieces and stitch them together making a visible seam)
  • 1/2 yard white eyelet fabric
  • applique adhesive paper

I purchased my fabric for this project from fabric.com:

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Directions:

DIY Ruffle and Heart Apron by The DIY Mommy

Cut 3 strips from the white eyelet fabric that are 3 inches wide and 44″ long (or whatever the width of your fabric is – mine was 44″) for the ruffle. Cut a 5″ square out of the white eyelet fabric and the applique adhesive paper, fuse them together (according to the directions on the applique paper’s packaging), and then cut out a heart shape (I free-handed mine, but you could also print out a 5″ wide heart and use that as a pattern). Cut a piece of the gingham fabric that is 4″ wide by 70″ long (for the apron tie – use the full length of the 2 yards for this so that it is one continuous piece) and one that is 16″ long by 35″ wide (for the main apron piece).

DIY Ruffle and Heart Apron by The DIY Mommy

The ruffle: Sew the three ruffle strips together, and then fold the entire strip in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together. Gather the raw edge (I use a serger and adjust the tension, but you could also use a regular machine basting stitch and pull the threads to gather).

DIY Ruffle and Heart Apron by The DIY Mommy

Round the two bottom corners of the main apron piece (I use an ice cream pail lid as a guide) and then pin the ruffle to the sides and bottom of the main apron piece, raw edges together. Stitch together, fold the ruffle down and then top-stitch about 1/4″ away from the seam as shown above. This helps the ruffle stay flat!

DIY Ruffle and Heart Apron by The DIY Mommy

Apply the heart applique to the lower right corner of the apron (about 3 or 4 inches from the edge) and satin stitch it to the apron.

DIY Ruffle and Heart Apron by The DIY Mommy

Gather the top of the apron so that it measures approximately 17″ wide.

DIY Ruffle and Heart Apron by The DIY Mommy

Find the center of the apron and the center of the apron tie piece (by folding each in half). Pin them together, right sides together and raw edges aligned, with the centers matching. Sew together using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

DIY Ruffle and Heart Apron by The DIY Mommy

Fold the apron tie in half lengthwise, right sides together, and pin. Sew the ends together using a 1/2″ seam. Then, sew the strap together on either side of the main apron piece, ending the seam about 1/2″ from the apron (as shown above).

DIY Ruffle and Heart Apron by The DIY Mommy

Finally, fold the remaining raw edge of the tie under 1/2″, pin it to the apron, and sew it about 1/4″ from the folded edge to the apron.

DIY Ruffle and Heart Apron by The DIY Mommy

Your pretty little ruffled apron is done! Now, go bake some cinnamon buns or give the apron to your bestie as a cute Christmas gift.

Commit to A Handmade Christmas This Year with The DIY MommyThis post is part of The DIY Mommy’s “A Handmade Christmas” series. Would you like to commit to giving handmade gifts (made by you or someone else) for Christmas this year? Join me by entering here!


 

Life

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).

Snow Day by The DIY MommySnow Day by The DIY Mommy

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!)

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!

Supplies:

  • 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.

Instructions:

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.)

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DIY Crafts, Fashion, Life

9 Favourite Fall Fashion Styles for the DIY Mommy

By Christina Dennis

Fall has to be my favourite time of year. To me, even though the leaves turn and fall, it’s a time for fresh beginnings and new dreams. I love sipping warm spicy drinks in the brisk weather, and I’ve always enjoyed dressing in more interesting layers and fall-ish fashion.

As a mom – and as a crafty mom at that – I like to find outfits that are just as practical as they are interesting & creative. Jeans are my go-to pant, and stretchy layers work so well with an on-the-go lifestyle. Here are my top 9 favourite outfit ideas for fall this year for a DIY Mommy:

9 Favourite Fall Fashion Styles for The DIY Mommy

  1. (Image Credit) Nothing says “autumn” more than a scarf, and I love this colourful scarf paired with a mustard yellow blouse, trouser jeans and medium brown accessories. Easy and casual!
  2. (Image Credit) For a “mom’s night out”, this forgiving wrap is gorgeous and glamourous. Tall brown boots are a fall classic, and the teal purse adds just the right pop.
  3. (Image Credit) Brights can be worn in fall too! Here, happy hues of yellow and aqua transition into autumn via cardigan and casual jeans.
  4. (Image Credit) Coloured jeans can still be worn in cooler weather with a monotone, neutral scarf and cardigan combo paired with brown accessories.
  5. (Image Credit) This floral scarf is so sweet worn with a feminine blazer in a nubby textured fabric. I like the contrasting striped shirt underneath.
  6. (Image Credit) Here’s another fabulous example of bringing bright colours (mint & blush) into fall with heavier fabrics and a warm scaf.
  7. (Image Credit) A bold striped cardigan is paired with a black shell, pumps and pops of yellow accessories. Trouser jeans are a must for fall!
  8. (Image Credit) Fern green and mustard yellow are classic fall colours and pair nicely here with chestnut brown accessories.
  9. (Image Credit) A pop of coral makes this casually cute outfit sing! A tan biker jacket is a nice classic paired with a skinny jean.

What is your go-to “mommy uniform” when the weather cools down? Are you a jeans girl? Prefer maxi dresses & cardis? Comment below; I’d love to hear!

(P.S. I’m working up the courage to possibly do regular features of my own style – I’ve noticed a lack of fashion blog posts for petite-ish, curvy moms. Please let me know if this might be something that would be interesting or not!)

(P.P.S. Want to make your own scarf? Click here for a DIY!)

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

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