Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Athletic Skirt Tutorial!

I know how hard it can be to find cute, modest, but mostly affordable athletic skirts.  I've tried making my own on several occasions, and after many attempts that were "so so" at making them from scratch, I finally found the easiest way - and actually cheapest too! - of making an athletic skirt.  And it also wins the trophy of fitting the best!! 

What is it, you ask...

...they're made from a pair of running pants!

So, to get started, go to the thrift store and buy yourself a nice pair of running pants :)  Lol!  But seriously, that's where I bought mine.  So my skirt cost me a whopping total of $8.  Yes, please!  I'll take that any day compared to the $60+ modest athletic wear goes for on average. 


So, I'm going to try and show you how to take the pants on the right and turn them into the skirt on the left.  It is actually very easy.  It takes less than an hour to make one of these, and that alone is an advantage to doing your workout skirts this way.

So for starters, figure out what length you want your finished skirt to be.  Mine is 25.5"...

 ... so I added an extra inch to that for the hem.  This had me cutting the pants at 26.5" long. Here is the easiest way to make sure you cut both sides even:

Measure the full length of the pants...
Make sure to turn your pants inside-out :)
 These were about 40.5" long...


Subtract the length that you need to pants cut to from the total length of them.  So for me that was 40.5-26.5 which gave me 14".  Measure that amount up from the bottom of the pant leg.  THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!


Once you have cut one pant leg, use that bottom piece as a guide to cut the second pant leg, lining it up with the bottom edge, inseam, and outside seam.  This will ensure that both sides are cut exactly the same...


Once you have the skirt length cut, trim away the inseam, making sure to stay close to the stitching...


It should look like this when you're done...


Once again, make sure the skirt is turned inside-out, and pin the two front edges together as shown, trying to follow the general angle of the seam that comes down from the waste.  This will help to avoid having a strange bump where that seam curves out...


Repeat for the back edges...


Please note that you will not be going all the way to the bottom because the angle of the seam won't allow it.  We will be filling in that "triangle" at the very end.

Next, stitch along your pin lines, and then trim away the excess fabric, leaving about 1/4-1/2" from the stitching...


Fold up the bottom edges 1"...

Pin in place and stitch about 1/8" from the raw edge...

Now let's fill in these little triangles in the front and back...

Cut two rectangles from what is left over from the bottom of the pant leg, making sure to leave the hem intact.  They don't have to be any specific shape or size.  They'll get trimmed after we sew them in...

The following directions are to be used to fill in both the front and back triangles

Turn the skirt right side out.  Spread the triangle to its natural width, and pin it to the rectangle piece, lining up the hems.  Make sure to fold under the raw edges of the skirt as well when you pin it on...


Stitch 1/8" from the edge, pivoting at the point, and stitching 1/8" from the edge down the other side.  Then stitch 1/8" from the first line of stitching, pivoting at the point again, and stitching 1/8" from the stitching down the other side as well...


Turn the skirt inside out, and trim away the excess fabric, making sure to stay close to your stitching...

Turn the skirt right side out again, and voila!  You now have a finished athletic skirt!


Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions or even any tips!!  I hope some of you might try this out :) 

Love,
Heather

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Morning Routine, Baby Pictures, and a Snow Day!

That face <3
I had some people curious as to how I established a daily morning routine for myself everyday, so I wanted to put up a quick blog post about it, and I hope some of you may find it helpful.  As a mom with a little munchkin, finding the time to you get yourself together in the morning and get done the things you need to accomplish before your baby gets up can be challenging.  Honestly, a morning routine can be challenging at any stage of life - whether single, married, a mom, or wherever you are in your life.  But I know that I found it even more difficult with the ever changing needs of a baby. 

Back in the summer right after we bought our house and moved in, Joanna went through a major sleep regression.  I mean MAJOR!  She went from sleeping through the night, to being up every 20 minutes allllll niiiiight looooong.  And to make matters worse, she would only nap for 20 minutes at a time during the day when she had been napping for 1.5-2 hours at each naptime.  Insert a very tired mama.  Lol!  I was surviving on coffee, coffee, and more coffee.  And I was wondering if there was going to be any light at the end of this "sleep for only 20 minutes" tunnel.  I was over a friends' house one day (Hi, Jenna!) and she was telling me how she had her toddler on a schedule and how it was so nice to have the same set routine every day, always knowing when he would get up and when he would take a nap and stuff like that.  So I shared with her how I was struggling with getting Joanna to sleep more than 20 minutes at a time, when she had been sleeping through the night just a few weeks prior.  My morning Bible time was becoming non existent because she wasn't sleeping long enough for me to get anything done, and she was usually getting up when I did between 5:30-6.  I would try to do my devotions while she was playing on the floor, but that usually didn't work out too well.  And forget exercising.  That was practically impossible with only 20 minute naps.  Jenna encouraged me to put her on a schedule and helped me through some tips on how to adjust her to being on a schedule.  I got home that evening and immediately sat down and wrote out a schedule to start the next day.  And it changed my life!

Fascinated with the diffuser lol
The first thing I did was to decide how much time  I actually needed in the mornings.  I knew that I wanted to run, shower and put myself together, and have my Bible time before Joanna got up.  So I gave myself 30 minutes for each of those three things.  Which meant I had to get up 1.5 hours before I got her up in order to get it done.  So I set her get up time as 7:30, and my get up time as 6.  And no matter what, she was not getting up before 7:30, even if she was awake when I got up at 6 because I needed that time to start my day off on the right track.  That meant that there was some crying during that 1.5 hour time slot for a few days (I know it's hard, mamas, but it's ok to let them cry!  They will be fine!), but in less than a week of being on a schedule, she trained herself to go back to sleep after she woke up when she realized I wasn't coming to get her.  After a few more days she started just sleeping clear through until 7:30 without even waking up before then.  Oh yeah, and naptime?  Her 2-hour naps returned, and now she takes two of them every day!  It's amazing!  And she is even sleeping till 8:00 most mornings now.  I'm starting to back up my get up time another half hour to 5:30 since I am running longer and following it up with extra workouts, which helps me feel not quite so rushed.  And it has been amazing.  She still has a few days where she wakes up before I'm ready to get her up, but instead of sitting down there and screaming, she now talks and babbles away until I come and get her.  It is so sweet to listen to!

So, mama's that are struggling to get their day off on the right foot, I would encourage you to put your kiddos on a schedule.  It doesn't even have to be a full day schedule.  I honestly don't follow a set schedule throughout the day now.  I just make sure to get her up at the same time each day, and then I put her down for naps when I notice she is tired, because each day can be different with that.  But at least set a routine wake up time for your little ones, and then decide what you need to do before they get up and how much time you need to do it.  That will determine when you need to get yourself out of bed :)  There will still be some days where you need the extra rest and so the schedule goes by the wayside, but that's ok.  Use it as a guide.  Don't live in bondage to it.  But it should at least help you to have a more productive morning, start your day on the right foot, and be a happier, more prepared mama with happier, more contented children.  Knowing that I can get those three things done before Joanna gets up has helped me be able to focus on her so much better and just enjoy the rest of the day with her so much more!  I'm thankful!  I hope these little tidbits help <3



On a different note, the temperatures on Monday were in the 30's (say what?!?!?!) and we were finally able to take Joanna out in the snow for the first time since it was so warm and such a beautiful day!  My parents bought us the sweetest little sled for her and we enjoyed a nice family walk.  Joanna giggled and smiled the entire time <3 I would say she is a fan of the sled and the snow!  But then she is also my little outdoor bug, who could stay outside forever and never come in.  She gets that from her mama, who loves being outside and is way too excited to have a garden this year so that she can spend the majority of her days outdoors working in it :)  But anyways,  I'm now typing this while listening to the blizzard conditions outside...so I'll post some sweet baby pictures from Monday and pretend it's still that nice out while I go make myself a cup of tea :)  Lol!





Happy Thursday, friends!!  I hope to be posting more soon :)

Love,
Heather