Saturday, January 31, 2009
Posted by Maren at 11:59 AM
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I stumbled on this blog tonight and got caught up reading it for nearly an hour. They have some cute ideas for all sorts of projects.
Maybe we should be friends.
P.S. I finally started sewing again yesterday. Sweet relief.
Posted by The Blakes at 8:02 PM
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
These were also featured on the home made byJill blog. I don't know if I love the fabric more or the idea of clothe shoes. I bought some at Target, but my 90% height - 4 month old is growing out of stuff fast. I just can't squeeze her little piggies into the cloth shoes anymore. So I will definately be giving these a try. For some reason it seems wrong to put hard soled shoes on a baby that can't walk yet. It's like putting a peanut butter sanwhich in a cast. For some reason it just doesn't make sense to me. Here is the pattern & tutorial from Stardust Shoes & the flikr group to see more of these beauties. You can even buy them from Felt (she ships to the states)Can't you just see Elsie, Miss Abbey & Brooke sporting some adorable matching shoes on park day?
still trying to decide which ones I like the most!
Just thinking of Jill & Rachel and their crazy obsession with birds right now. Which are way chic and oh so cute. Anyway, the homemade by Jill blog (this is not our SSC Jill, but this Jill is quite clever and amazingly crafty!)has a great tutorial for all you bird lovers out there. I'm thinking maybe I need to make one for Miss Abbey.
Monday, January 26, 2009
I decided I needed a new dry erase board for my craft room to keep track of projects or what I bought specific fabric for etc. and I was thinking about buying one or what it would take to make one from scratch with crown moulding... bla, bla, bla - then I got hit by a crafty bolt of lightning (my favorite kind) and came up with this little gem - enjoy!
1. Find an old frame with the glass still intact that is not being used. If it is hideous and gold (like the one pictured above) - get yourself a $1 can of spray paint and go to town on that bad boy, or until it is something that won't make you crazy by looking at frequently.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
My current favorite design in fabric is the damask. I go through phases...polka dots, paisley, but right now it's damask. It's taking everything I've got to order a ton of super sweet damask fabric from Michael Miller. That's why I'm blogging about it...gotta keep those fingers doing something besides clicking on the "purchase now" buttons.
Posted by Christie at 1:23 PM
Okay ladies, here is the best pic from our "photo shoot" last night. I did what I could, but my skills really aren't as great as you guys might think they are. Sorry, no trimming of poundage and such (although none of you need it). :) We missed you out-of-staters and Jenn and Jessica.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Have you ever seen the sew and see section at JoAnn's? You know, where all the patterns have the words EASY written all over them. When I saw the words easy on pattern 5273 I was sold. My good friends birthday was coming up and I thought, why not give a gift from the heart. Take my suggestion and don't buy this pattern unless your a pro. I have taken this bag apart and restitched it several times. This bag was a serious sewing nightmare! I am so happy that it's done and it actually turned out decent looking. Thanks Christie and Maren for your help!
Posted by Jessica Johnson at 1:19 PM
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Okay, so I do want to share some exciting news. The SSC is going to be recognized in a national magazine.
Recently we were contacted by Amy Palanjian who is an editor for Hallmark Magazine. Amy wanted to hear about our little group, how it was created, and a little about what we do. Jill was wonderful enough to send Amy information via email and also did a phone interview. Amy also wanted one of our aprons for a photo shoot to accompany the article.
She choose the apron that I had made to celebrate our groups anniversary from scraps of fabric from each SSC member for the big event. It was kind of exciting to walk into Fedex and saying "I need this in New York by Monday" (like I knew what I was doing). Had I known this scrappy little apron would have a moment of glory I might have sewn the seams a little straighter or sworn a little lesser in it's infamous presence. If you want to read more about the deeper side of the apron or why it's even in the running (for not being overly cute) click here.
Okay so I'm sure the article won't be more then just a few little lines, bla.. bla... bla... crazy sewing ladies.... bla.. bla... pride themselves on being called apron dorks... bla... eat more then they sew... bla.. bla... talk so much smack they need shovels... bla.. bla... - but it's really kind of exciting, and I just wanted to share it with you. I'm not even sure which issue it will be in, but we will keep you posted.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
When I had originally bought this fabric. I had intended it for an Emmeline apron (I don't own one) - so I thought the time was ripe to make myself one & I thought this fabric would be darling... until Jill introduced us to the Lilly pattern (pictured below). Then I realized the reason this fabric was created & sold at Joann's was that I would by it & make it into the Lilly. It's destiny has been fulfilled. Just take a gander...
Now my only REAL problem with the Lilly is wondering why the h... it's not double sided. Seriously, for those of you who have made it - you know all the straps & ties are double sided, so why not the middle section? Well, I decided Lilly needs to be double sided & created this second side to her sassiness. Isn't it adorable. I could so wear this in public. It's really comfy & covers the flab stylishly.
This is Christie's towel apron. I made two of these recently. A salmon pink & brown one for Rachel & this green one is for Abbey who is due at any time. I really love the towel apron Christie made for me & think this might become a regular gift for friends popping out kiddies. It's super easy (cheap) and darling - not to mention REALLY PRACTICAL. I love the mix in polka dots as well.
The bias tape is made out of a tiny polka dot on brown while the neck & ties are out of a big polka dot on brown. The bias tape you must make yourself, but there are a few tutorials out there, or you can reference this one here. It's not as scary as it sounds & you don't need any fancy tools. Just scissors & an iron. Also I placed the waist ties higher then Christie did on her tutorial so that you have the apron already open & ready to wrap.
I love the finished look, my only disappointment is how cheap thin the fabric is. Most of it is okay, but the Candy Cane stuff is paper thin. Oh, well... it's a seasonal apron & those usually get less use. This pattern in Cindy Taylor Oates Retro Aprons - D (three tiered half apron). Well, there you go. I'm off to make 10 little girl aprons for my daughters annual tea party in 2 weeks. Wish me luck.