Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Casey declared on Sunday that he wanted to do a Halloween craft. So we headed outside and gathered some small tree branches, painted them black, painted an old plant pot purple and made some fabric flowers. I added some stretched-out-batting to make cobwebs for a spooky look and the black ribbon for a not so spooky look (I didn't want to scare any children with the spookiness). The shiny purple pot is my favorite part and the poorly crafted flowers are my least favorite.
How cute are these little booties. Pirate booties. Get it? I was perusing the fat quarters at Joann's, like I usually do, and found the red and black stripes and thought they would make super cute shoes. Five minutes later I saw the skull fabric; perfect.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
So, I really got into the sewing groove last night and went to town finishing up Elsie's Halloween costume and at 2 am I finally finished it. I am in love that I just can't wait til Halloween to show it to you guys. I tweaked it a bit so that it was different that the Pottery Barn costume and Ty keeps telling me that it is better than the Pottery Barn one, which really made my day.
There is no doubt that this costume was an adventure because there were many times that I just wanted to throw it out the door and never touch it again but because I had already blogged about doing it, I had to follow through. From the second I saw this picture:
I couldn't stop thinking about how I was going to construct the whole thing. That was how I would fall asleep at night and it was the very first thing in my head when I woke up in the morning. It haunted me, which is pretty appropriate considering it is for Halloween right? Here are some thing that I learned through this adventure:
1. When I was starting out and I thought it was going to be a breeze (bah, what a joke) I was so naive I actually said to Ty, "I may actually sell this pattern when I am done." 20 hours and several yards of felt later, I hope to never have to duplicate this pattern for any other size other than a 15 month old named Elsie.
2. I regret ever saying in my geometry classes in middle school and high school, "When will I ever need to know this crap?" OH MY GOSH!!! I actually had to look on the Internet for the formula to figure out the diameter of a circle when you know the circumference. I actually had to bust out Ty's compass to get a perfect circle. I actually had to use geometry.
3. I learned that we actually have a compass in our house, all these years and I had no idea. And I actually remembered how to use it. Amazing!
4. I am not a pattern maker. There are people (my sister, several of my SSC sisters) who can make up their own patterns with no problem and the end result looks amazing. I am not one of them. I'm okay going to the fabric store to pick out cute, coordinating fabric for a project while someone else figures out the hard, boring, mathematical stuff.
5. I can't believe all that I have learned about sewing just from making aprons. I suggest to anyone who wants to learn to sew, to start with an apron. They are so easy and yet a great way to get introduced to the sewing lingo and techniques.
6. Working with felt is the only way to go. I wish everything can be made out of this glorious material. No need to finish edges, no ironing. Except picking out mistakes is not the greatest thing when you have battle the felt fuzz.
7. Getting measurements from a 15 month old is just plain insane. Trying to get her to stand still for a fitting is probably the dumbest idea I have had through this whole thing. Here's hoping it fits right and that she will actually wear it on Halloween.
So there you have it, lessons learned from a crazy, overly ambitious, silly-to-think-she-can-make-her-own-patterns, Halloween obsessed, mother who is going to have the cutest, little Cupcake on Halloween night.
Here's one last picture for your enjoyment (or maybe only for my own):
I love how talented people are. And even more than that, I love when these ubber-talented people share their talents with others...like us!!! I found another e-pattern website that has some of the cutest bags and baby shoes. I had to wipe the drool off of my keyboard with each pattern. Take a look at what I mean:
The 3 Button Baby Boot
The Baby Sneakers
And my favorite, The Pleats Shoulder Bag
I know, this one took my breath away as well. I love the delicate look of the pleats and shape of the bag (very Buttercup-ish huh?) with the industrial look of the buckle! I have to have this one!!!!
So go ahead and check out all the other treasures offered at ithinksew.
All photos came from ithinksew
Posted by Jill Manning at 7:27 PM
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
1. I did a couple things different then the pattern suggests. I chose to make actual bias tape and attach it following basic bias tape procedures (unfold, sew, refold, sew again - Angry Chicken tutorial is a classic!)... the pattern has you line up the raw edges and sew it differently. The finished product has the same basic look, but I feel more confident sewing it the traditional way.
2. I used a bed skirt bought from a thrift store to make the lining for the skirt instead of following the pattern directions for making a new one. I love to repurpose fabric and sew frugally! Also, the bottom of the bed skirt had these great folds that simplified and balanced the contrasting fabrics.
3. The last change I made was to use a contrasting fabric (same as the bias tape) for the waistband. These pictures were taken before I added the elastic to the waistband. So they would have been gathered an additional 6 inches or so.
WARNING: This skirt is exactly what it is advertised - TWIRLY!! You gather close to 88 inches of fabric... it way more then the pictures gives it credit for. It is the little girl dream skirt I never had as a child, but will definitely be making for both of my girls. It only goes to size 6, but I think the sizes run large and you only have to add a few inches to the length and enlarge the waistband to accommodate larger sizes.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Hi Christie! Guess we are both up blog surfing! I found this adorable apron a couple days ago and I've been searching the web like crazy for the pattern. Yet, to no avail. The apron is designed by Lotta Jansdotter . I found her web site at www.livingcreatively.com and the pattern is in her book. So, I requested the book at the library but of course, not there for a couple weeks. I found the cutest fabric and can't wait to do the applique on the other side. I'll be sure to share the finished product when it gets done. I just love this apron!! And I think I won't ever want to take it off. Who would?
Posted by Stacey at 8:02 PM
Check out this adorable apron! I am quite in love with the big bow at the neckline. It's downright dreamy! You know what's great? There is a free tutorial for this sweet Citrus Holiday apron at Sew4Home. You can find it here! While you're there, check out all the great tutorials they have. I could get lost for hours on that site.
Hmm, all the kids are sleeping. Should I take a much-needed nap, get started on this Citrus Holiday apron, fold laundry, or blog surf? Decisions, decisions.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Posted by Maren at 1:02 PM
Friday, October 2, 2009
I don't have anything glorious to show, but just to prove I still know how to sew, here is my latest project. I bought this fabric last year after the holiday for dirt cheap and decided to whip up a banner with it. I made another hodge podge Halloween banner that is cute too but can't get the pic to upload.
No matter how long of a break I take, sewing is like riding a bike. It just comes back. And boy did it feel good to sew!