Friday, March 28, 2008

blue lipped babes

This week during sewing night we reached back to that childhood love of candied eggs and painted our lips (Jason called us freaks and I think that only made us giggle more) - if that was possible.


Here Jessica & I were working on pinning together the wonderful Emmeline apron. We are so close to the finish line.

Yet... there's always clouds trying to rain on our parade. Jessica breaks a needle on my serger and cuss words fly.

Jessica frustrated as she is just stitches away from finishing her apron. Can we say SBC? Aaaggghhh... frustration!



Tuesday, March 25, 2008

lil' miss gorgeous

This is another possible version of the Lemon dress originally made by Christie. The downside is that the pattern goes from 1-4T, and does not come in larger sizes. But the upside is that it is a nice roomy A line shape. Paige wears a 6/6x. I made the size 4T and added 3 inches to the ruffle at the bottom. The mid section is encircled with a salmon colored bias tape, 3 inches down from the base of the arm. It gives the illusion of an emire waistline. And then it is trimmed at the bottom of the ruffle with more bias tape.

The bow is bias tape ironed flat and attached via a safety pin to the inside. Result: same dress, same pattern, completely different look. Very versitile. This pattern is called New Look & can be bought at Joann's or Wal-Mart with a fabric center. This dress cost me $4 to make. $2 for the fabric and 1.58 or whatever for the bias tape. It took a couple hours from start to finish (would have been quicker but I was watching a movie - "Amazing Grace" good flick.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Made in Lemon

I finished the cutest little sundress for my daughter just in time for our family Easter party. I have to say that it is very fulfilling to make clothes for my kids! The lemon fabric is perfect for this pattern. The dress knots at the shoulders and has a sweet little ruffle at the bottom. I made a head scarf to match and added some ric rac to the ruffle and head scarf. It was super comfy and super easy. Maren and I made it in about 20 minutes together--both of us at the serger and sewing machine. It was so easy and the inside of the dress looks professional! Maren has converted me to sergerville.

Front view
Back view
Hi Mom!
All clean things must come to an end. :)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

done at last - the trilogy is over!

These skirts I made over a 6 month period. I started the smallest one (Jordyn's) back in October. I really had no clue what I was doing. It was before my Serger & Bernette days - and I can see from looking at it now how far I have come. The second one I made for the biggest one (Sadie's) I made in December after I had my new machines. You can tell it is made better and a lot more durable. Then the third one (Paige's) I finished just last week. I am glad to be done. It is the best quality of the three and will need the least amount of repair. My sister-in-law already handed me back the 1st one and told me there are a few holes in need of attention. They are cute and I don't regret making them, but are glad for the experience it provided me.

Tessa Kay SSC baby revealed!

This is Tessa all pink and cute. She looks like she could be quite the cuddly chubby baby - I hope so. I love babies with a little bit o' chub.

James loving on this baby. Gives me hope that he will be loving on ours soon.

This is the happy family. Doesn't Jen look fantastic for just popping out a kid. Her baby is Tessa Kay (Kay is after Jeremy's mom - Jeanne Kay) and she is just the most adorable baby I've seen in a long time.


The SSC shows up for an impromtu visit. Jen. Mare, Jessica hiding in the back and Christie who is part vampire and shies away from bright lights. Jen is wearing an apron I made for Tessa - it is a matching apron to her birthday apron.



this is a close-up of the mini-me apron I made for Jen that matches her birthday apron. The baby apron is double sided & so freakin' cute if I do say so myself.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Ric Rac

Thought you would all enjoy a new site
Isn't this purse adorable. It's a great way to save all that left over fabric -- "selvedges"

The Sewing Machine (song)

Just a little Wednesday magic to get us all through the week. Miss you ladies, have a great time sewing without me tonight!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

the first Secret Stitch Baby is born


I just wanted to let you all know that Jen had her baby (2 weeks early - lucky girl) yesterday. How appropriate... on Secret Stitch Night, God bless her. She is at Chandler Regional Medical Center if you'd like to drop by or giver her a call. I know she would love to hear from you. She ended up having a "c section" after pushing for a few hours and nothing happening. She will be there for a few days to recover, but she and the baby are fine and healthy. The baby weighs in at 7lbs something or other oz. (I suck at remembering things)... Anyway, I just wanted to say Congrats!! to one of our sweetest members. We love you Jen!

Easter Dress

I finished Myla's Easter dress last night at apron club and was so excited that I wanted to go home and wake Myla up to try it on her. Thinking that wasn't the wisest idea (since it was 1:00am), I waited until this morning. Come to find out, she was just as grumpy with me... these pictures aren't the greatest. But I'm just so excited that I finished my very first dress! Sorry about the bad, dark pics. I am planning on making Cade a matching tie and then we'll get better pictures taken of them. So here's the dress! (Special thanks to Maren who serged the inside of the dress for me so it didn't look like a rat lived in it!)

You can't really tell from the pictures, but the fabric has flowers embroidered into it.
Yeah, she was not happy with me. I took away her apple juice to take the picture. Mistake!
I really like the length on it. I was worried it'd be too long. Good call, Maren.
I took this picture mainly because this is the only side she'd let me see of her. :)

Sunday, March 9, 2008

My Latest Creation

I finally used the pattern my MIL sent me, the Church Lady apron. I think I say this every time I finish an apron, but this is my new favorite! I bought this fabric in the fall to make this apron for my sister's birthday (which was last month). I started sewing Friday night at 8 and finished around midnight.

As much as I love the look, I think I want to change the neck strap in the future. Those of you who have used this pattern, did you struggle with the neck strap? Also, I think the pockets may be too low. I'd love some feedback because I'm going to use this pattern again for some mother's day projects. Please give me your constructive criticism, I need the help!

Trent came up with the idea of adding trim to the top of the pockets and I love it! The pockets are kind of weird anyway. Overall, it was so much fun to zone out and sew for hours on end and I really like the finished product.

p.s. Please don't think I'm vain when I post these pictures on my other blog - my MIL doesn't check this one and I need to show it off for her. :)

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Another great tutorial!


Hey ladies! Seeing that a majority of the Secret Stitchers are pregnant or soon to be pregnant, I thought that this tutorial that I found is only appropriate! I have been looking for a way to make my own breastfeeding cover that usually cost about $40. I am not willing to spend that amount of money on something that I know I can make myself...hence the apron obsession right? I did a little research and I found us a breastfeeding cover tutorial. I don't know how easy it is to understand, because I haven't tried it out yet but I am up for a challenge! Check it out here Can you imagine the adorable covers we could make with fabric from Zoe's? My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

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