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How To Add Body to Long, Fine Hair - The DIY Mommy
Health & Beauty

How to Add Body to Long, Fine Hair (+ My Favourite Salon… With Childcare!)

I have a horrible, horrible confession to make. As much as I love fashion and beauty, I haven’t been to a hair salon in 20 months. 20 months! That wasn’t a typo.

Between chasing around two rambunctious kiddos and building a house, upkeep on my hair has been one of the last things on my mind. A couple of weeks ago I caught a glimpse of my bedraggled mane in the mirror and gasped (just a little). My hair was Split End City, and there were bits of silvery grey strands poking through at alarming intervals (yes, I’m 30 and I have grey hair… it’s a brunette’s curse).Continue reading

Sew an Infnity Dress with a Built-In Tube Top by The DIY Mommy
DIY Sewing, Fashion, Life

Sew an Infinity Dress with a Built-In Tube Top

Once upon a time, we weren’t building a house and I had one baby instead of two. I had time to sew things for other people and sell them.

One of my most popular creations was what I called “The Venus Dress” – a knit jersey dress with two long straps that could be tied around the body in numerous ways for tons of completely different looks. This style of dress is often called an infinity dress or convertible wrap dress.

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Health & Beauty

9 Favourite Easy Updos for Moms

As a busy mom on the go, I find myself stuck completely in a hair style rut.

My hair’s either down, long and straightened, or I flip it up in a silly ponytail-loop concoction.

Here are some gorgeous looking updo tutorials that I’m dying to try. They look simple to do, and I think they’d take this mom-hair to the next level.

9 Favourite DIY Easy Updos for Mom Hair

  1. Easier Than It Looks Updo from The Small Things Blog
  2. The Top Knot
  3. Rope Braid Chignon from The Beauty Department
  4. Three Twisted Buns from A Cup of Joe
  5. Fishtail Braid from Camille Styles
  6. Quick Twist for Med and Short Hair from The Beauty Department
  7. The Simple Gibson Tuck
  8. Pretty Side French Braid Low Updo from Love Meagan
  9. Knot Your Average Pony from The Beauty Department

How do you wear your mom hair? Which of these ‘do’s is your favourite?

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?

Life

Wear Plaid (and More Plaid) This Winter – Petite Curvy Mom Style

It’s officially freezing cold here, and it does get really cold up here in the “frozen north” (which is what I’m endearingly calling  my country home west of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada).

We had a huge dump of snow again this week, and it’s time to layer clothing and wear big boots. It’s time to pull out all of the comfy, flannely, heavy things I can find and put them on.

I’ve always had a love for plaid prints, and this year I’m seeing plaid trending in a big way. Plaid reminds me of winter and Christmas and coziness. I had a bought of strep throat last week and then my family had a bad cold this week, so nothing seems more joyous to me today than wrapping myself up in layers of sweaters and scarfs and soft plaids and sipping some coffee (coffee!!!) after playing outside with my girlie (for only as long as we can bear)!

Wear Plaid (and More Plaid!) this Winter by The DIY Mommy

Today I wore something that I thought I never would – a plaid jacket with a plaid scarf… and they did not match! It freaked me out a little, but I’m really digging the mismatched look lately, and there are golds and browns in this DIY infinity scarf that coordinate with this gorgeous jacket from Ruche. It’s a fun, country cozy look that I thought was cute! The sash on the jacket cinches my petite & curvy self at the right spot, and I’m wearing my favourite boots (which are buried in the snow).

Scarf: DIY with this tutorial
Coat: New Bedford Plaid Coat from Ruche.com $52.99
Jeans: Joe Fresh $29
Boots: Leatherette strappy boot from GoJane.com $27.50

Underneath this jacket is one of my current favourite sweaters. It’s just so easy to wear, hides my mom-tum and it’s really warm:

Wear Plaid (and more plaid!) this Winter by The DIY Mommy

It’s a cute poncho cape from ModCloth and I think I snagged the last one, but you can Shop ModCloth here for similar styles! They have adorable sweaters and coats this season.

Here’s hoping that the rest of our December is sickness-free and that we can enjoy Christmas without constant nose-wiping and coughing attacks.

What do you like to bundle up in when the weather’s cold?

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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:

Orders of $35 & up Ships Free.

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.

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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).

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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!)

Life

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

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

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

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

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?

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