Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015

Me Made May - Week 1

I have to be honest and say that I am kinda shocked that I was able to make it an entire week wearing something that I made! So here are the garments/outfits I wore for the past week.

*Waring: there are some pretty terrible selfies here lol*

Friday 5/1/2015
Saturday 5/2/2015
A photo posted by Hilary Smith (@youngtexanmama) on

Sunday 5/3/2015

Monday May the Fourth Be With You aka Star Wars Day

Tuesday 5/5/2015

Wednesday 5/6/2015

Thursday 5/7/2015

This past week has been so much fun and I am loving wearing the things that I have made. It is such an amazing feeling when someone compliments my outfit and I can say (probably too excitedly) that I made it! 

Before starting Me Made May I didn't have any intention of actually wearing something me made every day because I didn't think I had that many things to wear but I am so stoked about it that I seriously want to make all of the things! 

So what do you love most about wearing your handmade garments? 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday Finish - Dear Watson Bag

Today I am excited to share with you my most recent finish. It is the Dear Watson Bag by my real life friend Felice Regina! We're HMQG peeps, and I cannot even explain how crazy talented this girl is! When she asked for pattern testers on her Instagram, I emailed her right away.

I knew I didn't want to purchase any fabric for this, since I am trying to work through what I already have. So after a few days of pulling random big cuts of fabric out of my stash, I finally found a winning combination. My Avengers comic book fabric and an amazing champagne colored leather.

The thing that I love the most about this pattern is the versatility that it has. The pattern comes with the options to make either the more challenging view A, or the more beginner friendly view B. I started out with view A, but as the bag progressed I decided to change up the straps to better accommodate the leather I was using.

I really love how the straps turned out, and the changes I made worked well with the pattern over all. I like the option of having the shorter strap for daily use (I've already been using this for the past week as my daily purse and it is perfect!). I haven't used the longer strap that much yet, but I am planning on using this bag when we go to Disney and I know the cross-body strap is going to be super useful!

I didn't add interior pockets because I simply wanted to finish the bag, but Felice walks you through a fantastic method for putting in a zippered pocket and a slip pocket for the interior. When I make another bag like this for my sister, I am going to include the extra pockets in the interior.

As you can see, there is plenty of space for all your goodies. For me this is a good "mom" purse because it has plenty of room for when William decides he needs me to carry something for him.

Speaking of William, he took this last picture (hints the excessive blurriness) but I like that the picture gives you an idea of where the cross-body strap lets the purse hit when worn that way. I cannot say enough times how much I like this purse and this pattern.

Felice is releasing the pattern on May 2nd, so be sure to head over to her shop and get yourself a copy!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Me Made May - 2015

The other day while reading the Etno Fabrics Blog Tour over at Lucky Lucille, I came across something interesting. She mentioned working towards participating in Me Made May. I have seen the various Me Made May hash-tags out there and I have always wondered what exactly it was all about.

What is Me-Made-May'15?
Me-Made-May'15 (#mmmay15 for social media interaction) is a challenge designed toencourage people who sew/knit/crochet/refashion/upcycle garments for themselves to actually wear and love them. The me-made and self-stitched challenges have been taking place for five years now and they work on both a personal and community level. The participants decide the specifics of their own challenge pledge, so that the month is appropriate and challenging for them (more on this below). For example, a very common pledge is for a participant to aim to wear one self-stitched or refashioned garment each day for the duration of May 2015. -Source

I have no where near enough items to be able to wear something handmade every day of May, but this challenge is interesting to me because the handful of handmade garments I have rarely get worn. Yes I'll wear them to HMQG meetings, or to QuiltCon, but never just because. I really want to change that, and I think the Me-Made-May challenge is a good start.

So we shall see what happens. I am hoping to finished up a couple on in progress projects before May rols around. But I'm not 100% positive I'll make that happen; we all know how busy life is. :) 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Etno Fabric Blog Tour

Hey everyone! I am so happy you are stopping by today for Pat Bravo's Etno Fabrics Blog Tour. For those new around here, my name is Hilary and I blog every now and then, here at Young Texan Mama, and you can also find me over on Facebook & Instagram.

It was on Pat's Instagram that I saw her post about needing people for the tour to showcase her new beautiful Etno fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics. So I emailed her right away and crossed my fingers that I would be chosen. I was so excited when I got the email saying I was 1 of 20 wonderful ladies that were selected!
As soon as I found out I was part of the tour I knew I wanted to make a dress. I have worked with Art Gallery Fabrics in the past and I knew that they have a wonderful drape and that makes the quilting cottons a magnificent weight for making garments.

 Pat sent me yardage of this gorgeous print Sauvage Sky North. The color is absolutely devine. You can see the other prints in the Etno Collection HERE.

The dress I made is the Kim Dress by By Hand London. I'm going to do a full review of the pattern this week. Here's a hint: it is pretty darn awesome!
I lined the bodice of the dress in the same print in Artic. The dress has an invisible zipper, and I was dreading sewing it in because I always have issues with them. But I purchased this invisible zipper foot for my machine, rather than using the generic plastic one from Joann's, and it made sewing in the invisible zipper a dream! Seriously the best looking invisible zipper I have ever done!

Anyone who knows me personally, knows that I am pretty darn goofy 99% of the time... I think it has something to do with my love of Disney and Theatre/Performing arts background. So quite a few of the pictures my mom took for me featured a lovely face like the one below :)
I seriously loved taking these pictures because I love this dress. The gathered skirt has so much fullness that was super fun to twirl and wear all day long. I tend to avoid making dresses with a gathered skirt because they tend to add extra bulk to the waistline, and no girl wants extra bulk at their waistline. But the weight of the Art Gallery Quilting Cotton is light enough that you really do not get that bulk.

We had gone out to Bellington Farms right outside of Houston to take some of these pictures and for my munchkin to enjoy their Easter weekend fun. He had a blast, except for when he realized that there wasn't any candy in the eggs he was hunting for. This little man is one of the main reasons I became so active with quilting and sewing, I honestly don't think I would be where I am today if it wasn't for my desire to make him a quilt when I was pregnant.

This dress is a wonderful addition to my handmade wardrobe. I am looking forward to being able to dress it up a bit and wear it to work, or throw on a pair of sandals and rock it on the weekend.

Like some other Art Gallery collections, Etno also has 4 prints that are knits and 2 that are voile. Which makes the entire collection perfect for other types of garment sewing, and the quilting cottons are of course perfect for quilting. Don't miss THIS free quilt pattern.

I had so much fun making this dress, and being a part of the Blog Tour! Be sure to stop by Lisa's blog and check out her post from yesterday, and then tomorrow check out Sharon's post over at Color Girl Quilts.

The entire Blog Tour Lineup can be found here at Pat's Blog. There have been so many gorgeous projects shared already, and I cannot wait to see what is next!

Thank you everyone who has stopped by today! I hope y'all have a wonderful Easter, and a fantastic week!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Life Lately - We Tied the Knot!

Some exciting things have happened recently! Jeff and I finally tied the knot on Pi Day, and it couldn't have been better! We had an intimate ceremony with just close family, and then a dinner afterwards. It was perfect and wonderful, and everything I wanted it to be. Plus now we have the best anniversary ever :) 3.14.15

I got the cake topper in this cute little Etsy shop called emilysteffen. It's glittery and adorable and exactly what I wanted. (do you see a trend lol) My mom surprised me the morning of the wedding with the adorable Mickey & Minnie art. It definitely made me cry! She knows me so well.

Jeff has been, and continues to be, such an amazing man and loving father to our little muchkin! I hit the jackpot with this one, and I am so so so happy to finally call him my husband. I am looking forward to seeing how our photographers pictures come out, and I can wait to share them with you guys!