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Back to the Future

It’s been a long time coming, but my embroidery machine has been repaired and I’m back, baby!  I have a few listings back on Etsy.  I started with EVMB designs that were most inquired about while I was “on vacation”.  The Baptismal/Christening Onesies and the Drinking Buddies Onesie (St. Patrick’s Day version).  Please go check them out.  If you have an upcoming baptism or christening to attend the Baptismal/Christening Onesies would make a great gift and keepsake.

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In the meantime, I’m working on my pattern making skills with a simple version of the Coachella short and I have designs in the works for some boho baby fashions using organic muslin fabrics.

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Favorite EV modern baby on Etsy for shop updates like this.

Follow me on Pinterest (see sidebar) for the latest in baby/child fashion, accessories, gear, and nursery designs.

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Our family is in the process of moving to a new nest, but as soon as we are settled I hope to start posting DIY blogs and videos to help you keep up with the latest trends for your little one.

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Go on and VOTE! Blog-tastic Giveaway!

It’s Election Day!  Yay!  And after you choose our President and vote yes or no to same sex marriage or to allow casinos in PG county (if you live in Maryland), hop on over to Patching Hearts

where you can enter to win a free onesie (boy or girl choices sizes neborn-12 months)

Giveaway Personalized Girl Onesie

Boy Giveaway Personalized Onesie

or a pair of boots (infant/baby sizes 1-6)

Giveaway Boots

made by yours truly, here at EVmodernbaby!  You can enter a maximum of 8 different ways today and then continue to enter by commenting on Patching Hearts everyday to optimize your chances of winning.  Not only is Karen and awesome mother and great friend, but she is a talented mommy blogger, so be sure to “follow” her blog whether you enter the giveaway or not!  Have fun and I hope you win!

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Pinterest is the DIYer’s dream come true

Internet surfing got a whole lot easier when Pinterest came along.

Let’s face it, though they love to use the excuse, men aren’t alone in their tendency to be “visual” creatures by nature.  We all love pictures, visual aides, and a link for directions.  Recipes, crafting tutorials, color palette inspirations, style ideas, hair braiding tutorials, funny quotes, etc…  Pinterest has it all!  My latest obsession… free patterns for children and baby clothing, of course!  So, I’ve set myself a minimalistic goal (which may still be way too ambitious, considering that baby #4 is coming out whether she wants to or not this Wednesday… that’s the day after tomorrow… I just threw up in my mouth a little) I would like to try to complete one of these Pinterest inspiring patterns a month.

And for the month of March…. dun da da dun…..


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Adventures in Tutu Making (cont.) tutorials… free Tututorials!

I was going to name this post “Why Tutus Will Probably Never Be Sold Here or here, or “Why You Should Just Splurge and Buy Your Tutu here or “Why $12 Tutus from Target Are Awesome”, but I thought that it might be much more fun to watch you writhe and wriggle trying to make your own before you ultimately come to the above conclusions anyway.

The following tutorials will explain at great length why all of the above titles are very appropriate.  Since I first decided that my daughter M-U-S-T have a pettiskirt tutu 3 years ago, (this was conveniently, just before every department store in the world decided to sell them dirt cheap), I’ve read dozens of tutorial websites and narrowed the best FREE tutu tutorials down to the following 2.

Link #1… for math lovers…

The above link includes a tutorial that involves an insane amount of math.  In fact, before I waste any more of your time here are the first two steps…

1. Measure
Waist: ___________________
Length of desired skirt: ________________
All the bounce makes the finished skirt appear shorter; consider adding extra length.

2. Work out how much fabric you’ll need.

Divide length by three______________ ___ = (a)
This is the width of the yoke and tiers.  Are you adding extra seam allowance?  Add it now.
2 rectangles of satin, (a) wide and (waist + 4 inches) long.______________ ____
1st Tier
Strip of chiffon/tulle, (a) wide and (waist x 6) long.______________ _______
2nd Tier
Strip of chiffon/tulle, (a) wide and (waist x 18) long.______________ _______
Hem Ruffle
Strip of chiffon/tulle, 5 cms/2 inches wide and (waist x 36) long.  ___________________ __

Total amount of chiffon/tulle to buy

Answer: A LOT.

Chiffon or tulle will come in widths of anywhere from 91.5cm [36 inches] to 162cm [70 inches].  How much you need will depend on that width.
E.g.    I am making a SINGLE layer, little girl’s tulle pettiskirt for a 51cm [20inch] waist. 
Adding up the length of the tiers, I need a strip of tulle 12.5cm [5 inches] wide and 1219.2cm, or 12.20 metres [480 inches] long!  The ruffle is going to be 5cm [2 inches] wide and 1828.8cm – or, 18.29 metres [720 inches] long.  That’s INSANE!
The store has 132cm [52inch] wide tulle.  How much do I need to purchase?
132cm [52 inches] divided by the largest width I need – 12.5cm [5inches]
= 10.56 (or 10.4 if you’re using inches)
That means I’ll get 10 and a bit strips out of any length of that tulle.
Take the total length of tulle needed– the tiers and the ruffle.  For me, that’s 3048cm [1200 inches].  Divide that by the number of strips I’ll get out of the fabric – 10.56.  Answer?  288.63. Round it up.
I need to purchase 289cm [2.89m, 113 inches] of 132cm [52inch] wide tulle!
If I were making a DOUBLE layer pettiskirt I’d obviously double that.

Got all that?  Go you!
Now have a little lie down.  Treat yourself to a hot chocolate and a Tim Tam or six.

I’m not sure what a “Tim Tam” is, but after I did all of the math, I’m thinking that it must be equivalent to Valium.

Link #2… Mystery Sized Tutu from Martha Stewart…

The above link is fabulous and it includes a video tutorial (albeit short; just a small segment from the taping of the Martha Stewart Show).  There is no math involved.  Though that may seem to be a bonus, the length of the tutu is a mystery until the skirt is finished.  I was making mine for my 5 year old and thanked God, after all of that work, that I have a two year old as well because it ended up being pretty short.  The layers and layers of shirring leaves you constantly guessing on the final length.

A quick summary from someone who has made a handful of tutus:

Tutus aren’t that cheap to make.  The average cheap chiffon is around $2-3 a yard (plus shipping).  In general you will need about 6 yards of chiffon, 1/2 a yard of satin, a ton of thread, a couple of spools of elastic thread, and 1/2 yard elastic for the waist, etc…  You’re looking at an average cost of at least $20 a tutu for a 2 year old, $30 for a 4 year old, $40 for a 5 year old, and so on….

Tutus are an extreme pain in the butt to make.  You can buy the chiffon pre-cut and there is a reason why someone is actually making money selling it pre-cut… because it is a GIANT pain in the *ss.  However, pre-cut chiffon is about triple the cost of the equivalent uncut yardage.  There is A LOT of fabric to cut, piece together, shirr, and piece together again.  I found myself many a time, tangled in a long line of chiffon wishing that I wasn’t such a stubborn “Do-It-Yourself”er and just shell out the darn $65 for someone on Etsy to make it for me!  Like this Etsy store for example…

(I swear that I am in no way affiliated with the above Etsy store.  I just think that their products are not only adorable, but reasonably priced and feel comfortable recommending them!)

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Now through December 12… EVERYTHING SHIPS FREE!!!

Now through December 12, 2010 everything at ships FREE!  (USPS standard, US lower 48 states only.  Hawaii, Alaska, and international shipping discount rate applied.  Must order by December 12th to guarantee that shipment will be received in time for Christmas).

Just enter coupon code ILIKE3FLEWIN at checkout!

Also, I’m working really hard at making the store user friendly.  If you click directly on “Store” (don’t select off of the drop down menu), you will notice a new product “Category” list.  This list makes shopping much easier.  Not only can you locate with ease the TYPE of product for which you are shopping, but I’ve also categorized things by SIZE!!!  YAY!!!

New this week:

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…and here is your first tutorial link!

Ahhh, so I noticed, in my “About” page, that I would offer tips and tricks for the beginning sewer.  Since I’m a beginner myself, I’ve noticed good help is hard to come by… except for the occasional tutorial on YouTube, but even then you have to have a pretty substantial background in sewing.  For instance, the most popular tutorial search that I make when I sew is “how to add a zipper”, but you have to know what type you want to do (lapped, invisible, centered, etc…) and you install zippers at the end of your project which makes it oh-so-tricky because if you screw it up… well, you’ve just screwed it all up.  Crap!

So, I thought the first tutorial link should be the easiest and most requested by mothers.










Shew… I know, I worked really hard on this post for you guys;)

Actually, I didn’t at all… in fact, I didn’t even make sure that the link to to tutorial worked.  Good grief!  Never fear, all is working perfectly well now!

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The store is now open!  Officially!

Up for sale are:

The “O”-la-la Boot, Size 0-1

Posh Boots, Size 2, 3, 4 (Size 3 is “imperfect”, so it’s on SALE!!!)

Aspen Chic, Size 5 and 6

They make a great gift!

Message me to order another size!  These items are also listed on Etsy!