I saw this xoxo fabric (by freestyle) in the window of the local quilt store....and I HAD to have it. I just love purple (maybe a little too much ;) ) and mixed with hugs and kisses?! The skirt pattern is Portobella Pixie "Gracie." There are four patterns in that Gracie pattern. Iv'e made one of the dresses twice. I love that pattern, it has great directions and wonderful illustrations. It is well worth the $16, as it has all the sizes 6 month through 8. The only thing I changed was the bottom red/purple layer is supposed to be gathered and I didn't have enough fabric. I like the way it turned out for this project, but next time I will gather it I think for more twirliness. Abby loved it too and couldn't wait to wear it! Luckily it has been in the high 60's for several days...the perfect weather for the new outfits.
Hopefully my official sewing hiatus is over. It's still not as fun as it was in the Fall, when I was pumping out 10 outfits a week and sewing for hire. So I will tinker and only sew for my girls until this passes. They are only young once and I want to sew for them while I can. There's plenty of time for making money sewing later, if I choose. Even though I took a month off, I have already made 8 things and 4 appliques. I think I am going to keep a running tab in the sideline this year. It will be interesting to say the least.
I have enjoyed other things during my break though...I have been reading a lot, at least 6 books this year already. Also I have been taking better care of myself and focusing more on my beauty regime that I kind of abandoned when I had the girls. I have lost weight...27 lbs since October 15 which has been very fun. I now weigh less than before I was pregnant with Abby. Like a 9 year low...and before you ask (cause I know you will) I have been counting calories which is quite easy as long as there is a good amount of self control involved. I also have been keeping the house fairly neat (I am a notorious, self proclaimed slob) and have made my bed every single day. I have made my bed more times in the last 3 months than maybe in all my 10 years of marriage...it is a big deal for me! Hahah! I used to joke that the bed got made once a week...when the maid came! I just have so much energy now...I like to say that "Leslie got her groove back." ;)