Custom Leotards

If you follow me on Facebook or subscribe to my newsletter (see sidebar), you probably know that I now make and sell Custom Leotards! 

You may ask “Why Custom?”. Wouldn’t it be less effort if I just made general sizes and could keep the costs down? Yes, but then I would be no different than the big box stores, or large manufacturers, right? Well, I started this business because I saw a need. I was spending up to 50.00 per off-the-rack leotard for my own gymnast and none of them fit her right. She would complain that the shoulders were too tight, or armholes too snug, or tug on the bottom because it wasn’t long enough in the torso. If we went up a size, it hung off her like baggy elephant skin. When I discovered I could customize a leotard to her particular measurements, I heard an angelic chorus it fit like a glove. Or rather, like a leotard should fit. It suddenly didn’t move around as much when she moved, and this freed her up to be concerned with more important things she was doing, instead of fussing with her clothing.

I then started to notice the fit of other gymnasts’ leotards, and realized it was not just my girl that had this problem. You know how once you identify a problem, you cannot unsee it? And here’s the kicker: EVERYONE HAS A UNIQUE BODY!

Hence, Flip and Bend was born.

Custom leotards

I have just recently opened it up to anyone in the contiguous United States. SO, if you are interested in purchasing a cutsom leo, you can request to join my group. I wanted this to be more than a store, but an interactive community. I ask you two questions as part of my screening process. Please answer them so I know a little bit about your needs and if you would be a good fit. I encourage parents to share photos, and I share photos of my gymnast in order to show fit, so I made it a closed group to respect privacy.

custom leotards

With that said, if you are interested, I would love you to join!

Hope to see you there.

More Senior Photos

Are you tired of these yet? I hope not because today I have more Senior photos to share. I don’t think I ever will tire of these. This time, I had the honor of photographing one of my daughter’s best friends, whom we have known for many years now, and completely adore.

More Senior Photos

More Senior Photos

More Senior Photos

More Senior Photos

More Senior Photos

More Senior Photos

Can you tell that I am having so much fun? I adore these photo sessions capturing this time of life and these amazing young humans.

What have YOU been working on?

Another Guy Senior Portrait

With School starting up again, Senior portrait time is in full swing, and I am loving it. I had the privilege of doing Another Guy Senior Portrait. This time it was for someone my family has known for 9 years. Sheesh. Where does time go?!

Guy Senior Portait idea

I always ask the people I photograph to choose a place that means something to them. Even their own home. I want them to be able to look back at the photos and not only connect to their younger selves, but to the place itself, where the photos were taken.

Guy Senior Portrait idea

The other thing I do is I give minimal direction. These young people all come up with some fabulous poses, and positions, that are all part of who they are. If I asked them to stand a certain way or pose them, it wouldn’t be as natural. And honestly, they come up with things that are way better than anything I would! I just follow the light.

Guy Senior Portrait idea

This is the second “guy” photo session I have done, and I am finding that no matter the gender, these young adults really all shine in their own ways. So far, everyone has been up to the “challenge” of being in front of the camera lens. And for some of us (*ahem* that is why I am behind the lens) it is certainly a challenge.

Guy Senior Portrait ideas

Not so much for this young man.

Guy Senior Portrait ideas

Goodness these are super fun.

Guy Senior Portrait ideas

Have you taken Senior photos? What do you normally do?? What is your favorite part about it?

Baby Gifts

I am about to become an Auntie again, so of course I had a good excuse to make up some adorable baby gifts!

baby gifts

These two gifts are my absolute favorites to make for new babies. You can see others I made here, here, and here.

baby gifts

I know babies kick shoes off, but I cannot help but make them anyway. Just simply adorable. Everytime I make them I remember just how tiny babies are.

baby gifts

We cannot wait to meet the new little one. I hope our brother and sister-in-law like these gifts.

What is your go-to baby gift to make?

Guy Senior Photos

I never realized it before, but I have only photographed girls for their Senior pics…until now! I did my first ever Guy Senior Photos this past weekend, and it was so much fun. And what’s even better, I had the privilege of photographing The Bee’s close friend. Someone we have known for 4 years now.

Guy Senior Photos

Guy Senior Photos

Guy Senior Photos

Guy Senior Photos

Guy Senior Photos

He’s such a serious person…. mostly.

Guy Senior Photos

The thing I appreciate the most about doing these is just how very unique each of these young people are. I love discovering their true selves through my lens, and seeing their personalities shining through. It seems to be difficult for most people to be in front of the camera, so I never give direction. I don’t want the photos to look over-posed and unnatural. Instead, I let them lead, and I find that by the end of the session, they have opened up and are having some fun. That’s really what it is all about, isn’t it?

Simple Leggings Pattern tour

Simple Legging pattern tour

Welcome, if you are stopping by on the Simple Leggings Pattern tour! As you may know, the fabulous liZ and Elizabeth of Simple Simon have released this girls leggings pattern that fits sizes 2T-14. If you follow this blog at all. then you also know that my gymnast practically lives in leotards and stretch pants, so this was a perfect fit (pun intended)!

Simple Leggings pattern tour

Firstly, let me tell you about how incredibly easy this pattern is….

Simple Leggings pattern tour

SUPER EASY! Like so easy it only has one pattern piece, three seams, one elastic casing, and no hemming necessary! Holy stretch pants, that is my kind of pattern.

Simple Leggings pattern tour

I used a spandex blend that was labeled “active wear”, which was a dreamy match for these. Of course if you wanted a more casual everyday/schoolwear look, there are other options. Simple Leggings would look great in any knit!

Simple Leggings pattern tour

Not only are they really wonderful to wear to the gym, but also paired with “street clothes” such as a t-shirt or dress or shirt and skirt combo, (like most people would wear), too. I know she is going to get a lot of use out of them, and has already requested more! Honestly, they took me about 10 minutes to sew up (it took longer to photograph), so I wouldn’t mind making a whole closet full!

If you want to purchase your own copy, you can do so here.

Thank you for stopping by!

Fairytale Senior Photos

Do you remember all the kids I have witnessed graduating High School (like here, here, and here) in the last few years, capturing them with my lens and being in awe of just how fast time really goes? Well, my oldest is a Senior this year, and it was time to photograph her for her own Senior Photos, and mark this time before it passes all too quickly.

If you have followed us on this journey here, you know that The Bee marches to her own fashion drummer. She loves vintage apparel, and often ends up finding real treasures. Upon finding this Vintage 1979 Gunne Sax prom/bridesmaid dress (for a whopping .50 cents) and being true to her nature, she requested a “Fairytale” Fantasy photo session. We had so much fun.

Fairy Tale Senior Portrait

Fairy Tale Senior Portrait

Fairytale Senior Portrait

Fairytale Senior Portrait

Fairy Tale Senior Portrait

Fairy Tale Senior Portrait

Fairy Tale Senior Portrait

I thought that I would have more time when my kids got older, and now realize how silly that is. Creating “more” time somehow, when our lives are broader, and fuller than ever before. When they learn to ride bikes, we run alongside them to help, then let go, while remaining there, watching, and waiting to see if we need to comfort or cheer, all the time with encouraging eyes. No less involved from that stationary place, in the road, as we observe with conflicted hearts. We are currently running beside her as she figures out where her life is headed and what contributions she can make in our world. This last year of High school will be full for all of us, as we prepare to let go a little bit, while watching and waiting to see what is needed, all the time with encouraging eyes.

Skirting the Issue donations

I finally carved out some time to sew up a few skirts to donate for Skirting the Issue! As you have probably read in the news (if you read that sort of thing), WA state has been having a heat wave as well as much smoke from wildfires in Canada. WA state isn’t known for it’s hot weather, so keeping cool inside has been, uh challenging to say the least. Unfortunately, my sewing area is not cool, and I had to figure out the coolest time of day and the perfect angle of the fan to get this done.

Skirting the Issue donation skirts

On the up side, I usually have all sorts of fun novelty prints in my stash (they are my weakness- especially food fabrics). I find they are perfect for these fun skirts.

Skirting the Issue donation skirts

There was only a little bit of this muffin fabric in there, but it was enough to make this size 6 skirt. I used this handy dandy sizing chart that Simple Simon & Company offers FREE every year.

Skirting the Issue donation skirts

I found that nacho fabric at the Sew Expo this past year and was saving it for something special. I’d say this qualifies! These are 4 size 10 skirts all ready to go.

If you haven’t sewn up any yet, you have until the 15th of August to get them linked up (to qualify for one of the prizes). If you need some inspiration, I put together a little for you here.

Hope all of you are staying cool!!

Skirting the Issue

As you may know, I am one of the Virtual Assistants over at Project Run and Play, and this month is a wonderful event called Skirting the Issue. If you are new to this series, you can read about it over on the Simple Simon blog. They have added making quilts and pillowcases for the boys and girls in Foster Care, as well, this year.

 

So I thought I would put together a little inspiration for you! Click here to see the post that belongs to the photo above.

You can see the ones I donated in 2015, here.

And the ones I donated in 2014, here.

Check out my Skirt as Art, to go the classic route.

Want to make some skirts for teens? Try this pattern!

Making a circle skirt? I have a tutorial to help you!

Once you make up your skirts (or quilts or pillowcases), take a photo and link it up for a chance to win a brand new Babylock Sewing machine!

You can find me behind the scenes over on Project Run and Play. Come join us over there for lots of inspiration, tutorials, and free patterns this whole month!

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Release of the Grace Tankini

My partner in crime…er um craft over at Project Run and Play (we are the Virtual Assistants), Audrey, just released her second pattern, the Grace Tankini. It just so happened that The Bee needed a new swimsuit, and I was more than happy to sew one up for her.

Grace Tankini by Savvy Patterns sewn by F&B Creations

Firstly, let me give you the specs on this pattern.

  • So many choices (2 tops and 4 bottoms- plus high and low waistbands). I chose to make the ruched top and plain sporty skirt without pockets. Since there are many different body types out there,  you can choose how to mix and match for your body. I find that flattering swimsuits make all the difference.
  • It is beginner friendly. Audrey gives you lots of resources and tips and tricks for sewing swimwear.
  • It has sizes 0-18. That covers all sorts of bodies!
  • There are options for a shelf bra, inserting cups, power mesh, and inserting boning if you so choose. Or not. Totally your call.
  • It is on sale this week for 25% off here.

One of the things I really liked about this pattern is there are no fiddly little pieces! Each piece is substantial, and easy to sew together. I cannot tell you how often when sewing things with tiny pieces, I forget or lose one of them! Also, this one would be super easy to grade up or down. The lines are clear and easy to distinguish from one another (trust me, not all patterns are like this!).

I chose to attach the swim bottoms to the skirt so they are one piece, but you could also make them separate. I told you. Options!

Look at that side vent! Super cute detail. I love things like that. The pattern walks you right through it. Easy Peasy.

So grab your copy of the Grace Tankini today, and get to customizing a swimsuit for your figure.

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**Although I received a copy of this pattern for free, as always, all opinions are mine all mine.