Thursday, September 25, 2008
In the spirit of Rachel's last post on Christmas projects, I finally found the perfect bags to make for my Christmas projects. I have spent HOURS searching for the perfect bag/purse to make. I've downloaded dozens of tutorials, not entirely happy with them. This morning I checked out my favorite fabric designer's blog, Sandi Henderson (aka Portobellopixie) and found that she launched her site - Sandi Henderson Design. It is a lovely site. As I was browsing through the patterns she has for sale I found THE perfect bags to make! They are exactly what I was looking for, but just didn't know it. I ordered the pattern right away. I can't wait to get it! Now I need to browse (again) through her lovely fabric and determine what to buy. It's all so yummy it's just so hard to choose!
I am curious though...what are your Christmas projects?
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I hope my family doesn't check this website, or they'll spoil their own Christmas this year. I finished two aprons this week. I made a goal to make each woman in my family an apron using a different pattern, so I guess this will be the last Emmaline I make for a while. Oh how I love the Emmaline...I've made four now!
I know the fabric looks familiar...Abbey used it for her nursing cover!
My sister asked me to make aprons for her girls to wear at breakfast to cover their clothes and on Sunday's to cover their dresses while eating. Here is the first. I need to embellish it, and perhaps have Paige model it for me instead of my vacuum cleaner. It is rather cute in person.
Two of the aprons I'm gifting have already been posted. Four down, four to go... Eight weeks to accomplish everything. Once baby comes there are just no guarantees!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Today I was warned of a package destined to my home via the Secret Stitch. I was also warned of my sudden need to burst out into song, or tap dance once opening it. So, I galloped to my mail box, and what was there? The package, the happy inspiring gift that had a hefty expectation along with it
Here is what really happened. A sudden feeling of warmth and appreciation. A feeling so deeply routed to gratitude.
Aren't I cute? I mean with my freshly grown tomatoes from my garden and my child on the counter!!!!!! Yes, I am a model parent. Oh! and no makeup and gym hair. Awesome. This is how unconditionally loved I feel ladies.
Seriously, I am getting the Karaoke machine out, I am singing at the top of my lungs, and more importantly, I am feeling loved, and have a great apron to wear.
I cannot thank you all enough, thank you for making my year! MOOOAH!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
So I spent the last week painting the trim in my hallway. Doing laundry, dishes, mopping the floor - every time hoping it was my last... to no avail. So I've spent this week sewing. Hopefully these are my last aprons PB (pre-baby). Anyway, here they are for what it's worth.
This is a bridal shower gift for my baby sister (5 ruffle anniversary apron). For some reason I can give lingerie to sister-in-laws, friends, strangers - but my little baby sis? She still seems just 16 to me. So I made her an apron for her kitchen shower. I will let her friends get her skanky stuff. Notice the first bottom ruffle is lower on the left side? I decided it's not a flaw but a stylistic choice (and after unpicking it twice - I'd had my fill)...
side one: checks & polka dots
side two: cherries & polka dots. This apron is my ideal apron with the coveted cherry fabric. I made this Emmeline apron for my twin sister, Kelly. She is always doing so much for me & family in general - she threw me a wonderful shower in Utah, despite the fact she had 3 other major events that same weekend, she is the best and very deserving of my favorite apron style & fabric.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
When we began this sewing group over a year ago, meeting at my house one Tuesday night... who knew then what we would eventually grow into. I've met some of the best friends of my life and learned to love and appreciate this wonderful group of women. We all vary in our sewing skills (most of us being self-taught) but that's not what holds us together - it's the friendships we have made and the sisterhood we've created.
The original pattern I credit to Chelsea. She showed up in the fall of last year with a darling apron that we all ooohed and aaaahed over. Then a week later she shows up with the pattern - that she & her mom came up with. No one asked for it, but Chelsea is just like that... always giving and doing for others before the desire escapes your lips. I love this about Chelsea. Not only that - but every party or event with Chelsea is always fun. She just adds so much laughter & pizazz to any event. You know your in to laugh your arse off when Chelsea starts in on a story. She is a hilarious girl that is always a pleasure to be around. (Plus she is responsible for most of the SSC great coifs).
Where to start with Abbey?... I think just about everyone in the group thought Abbey didn't like them before they got to really know her. But in reality - she didn't care one way or the other. Her personality is closed in and you only really know her when you are lucky enough to spend time with her. You begin to realize she is a girl who speaks her mind and says things like they are. Often times making you bust out laughing at her frankness. Abbey is a go-getter. She finishes projects while the rest of us are still in the hypothetical phase. She branches out and I think has really been an integral part of this group making all kinds of things (not just aprons).
Is it kind of symbolic that Christie is our first ruffle? hmmm... I think so. There wouldn't be a SSC without Christie. She has breathed life into this group time and again. At first I was mistaken by Christie's grounded nature and quiet "you-can-do-it" ways. Only spending late nights sewing revealed the true sassss this girl possesses. Christie is the heart and soul of this group. She is encouraging, generous, and kindly. She will support whatever projects you might come up with and cheer you right to the finish line.
When I think of Jen, I think of sincerity and someone who would bend over backwards for you anytime and any place. She is sweet and means what she says. Jen is a trouper and will show up in a moments notice if you tell her it's apron night (and she's forgotten) or ask her for help with anything at all. Jen likes everyone and tries to make everyone comfortable around her. Jen is kind, thoughtful, and best of all she usually shows up with something delicious to munch on.
Beka is our late bloomer. She used to show up just for the social atmosphere. She wasn't interested in sewing as much as just hanging out & having a break from her adorable twin boys. What we didn't know was that lurking underneath the surface was a sewing diva just waiting to leap out. Beka is quiet and I spent many a times wondering, "Is she laughing at me or with me?" and just recently I can tell we laugh more often together on most things (although I wouldn't be surprised if she still laughs at me - I like being a dork and most find it funny). Beka adds so much fun and camaraderie to any gathering.... And best of all she's just about ready for the biggest leap of in sewing - buying her own machine. You've come along way baby!
I don't think it's symbolic that Rachel is the body. Rachel has used this basic body pattern countless times to make numerous aprons for others. Rachel is always doing things for other, but unlike most - it's unexpected and always a welcome surprise. Rachel loves gatherings and is a social diva. She is a fantastic hostess and someone I try to take cues from.
The Third Bottom Ruffle:
This piece of Jill came from one of her first aprons - the 1940's house apron. I still love this fabric!
The icing on the cake goes to Aubrey. She is one person I wanted to be bff's with before I even met her. She is a maverick and stands above the crowd. Aubrey had the foresight to see beyond our little cluster of females and pioneer ahead to create a satellite chapter of our group. I love Aubrey's warmth and generosity. I no sooner mentioned some fabric was adorable then she was sending it to me in the mail. Our Utah chapter wouldn't have a prayer without our fearless Aubrey, who continues to shake things up in the vanilla state.
Here's some burp cloths I just did. I'll do a picture of all 12 of them when I'm done. I'm planning on giving some away for baby gifts. They were so easy too. Thanks "sew mama sew" for the tutorial. I still have yet to take a picture of my hooter hider because I gave it away, but I'm still planning on doing that. I actually am going to our ward's first Project Night tonight~all the women bring whatever they're working on to the church once a week. It should be fun! I'm showing a couple ladies there how to do the nursing covers. I'll obviously direct them to Maren's great tutorial as well :) I'm also cutting the pattern out for the birdie sling bag and working on that for the next couple weeks I'm sure. I have to get it done b4 the baby comes or it'll never happen. Hope you have fun at Jill's this Thursday!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
2 Tbs. oil
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Here are some ways, suggested by the nationalsewingmonth.org website, to get more involved:
* Teach a family member or friend to sew.
* Volunteer your time and teach sewing to a local youth organization like Girl Scouts and 4-H Clubs.
* Make it possible for someone to learn how to sew. Give employees time off work so they can volunteer their time; or donate fabrics, equipment, and sewing supplies.
* Sew more often. If you haven't been sewing lately, find out what's new in the sewing world at a local fabric or sewing machine store.
* Join your local chapter of the American Sewing Guild at http://www.asg.org/ and participate in its activities.
* Register for a class at a local fabric store or sewing machine dealership and take a friend.
* Contact your local public television station and make a contribution that supports sewing programs.
* Create your own sewing circle of friends; it’s fun to sew with others!
Monday, September 8, 2008
So Saturday Jen threw me a wonderful shower with all my awesome apron dorks there to support, give love, eat yummy food, and of course share their amazing talents. I couldn't do a post without showing off their handy work.
This is just a really cool extra. A little pouch that you can Velcro to the strap with a place for cell phone, credit/debit card, or cash. Your not having to lug 2 bags around. And face it, would I really want a Desitin lid to come off inside my purse? yuk. no thanks! I'll just have to be cute & trendy for once in my life.
This last item was made by... okay so it was a gift to myself, made by me, and to be used for my convenience. It is the 3rd nursing cover (aka hooter hider or knocker blocker) I've made & my favorite (probably because it is toile, and we all know my obsession). But I wanted one for when I'm in the hospital & people ( aka nurses, interns, food ladies, etc) just pop in and out of your room to check this or probe you with that. I wanted just a shred of modesty while I try my luck with breastfeeding baby #3. So, that's it. I really applaud Christie, Wendy, Pongobaby.com Lady, & Abbey (featured in an earlier post) - for their creativity and amazing talents. You girls Rock!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Detail of the bottom edge.
I followed the great advice posted to our site under the comments & changed the tutorial to include the advice. I sewed the neck band directly to the boning & it did improve the overall shape. Check out the cute embellishments. Good choice Abbey & good luck with your future lactation endeavors.