Monday, May 30, 2011

Its about time...

...that I give an update on some of the things that I have been working on. I promise I have been sewing. It so funny talking to people here who sew and go to Joanns and they talk about how Joanns is ONLY 30 minutes away and that isn't that far. When I compare this to Joanns being probably 3 minutes away when we were in Mesa, 30 minutes might as well be across the state. So it is hard to get out there as often has I would like and so my sewing projects have slowed down by way more than I like. I miss having a project every night. I miss walking through a fabric store and touch all the different textures and fabrics and thinking up all the different possibilities for each one. I miss flipping through the pattern books and making up my pattern wish list and knowing that no matter how well I follow the instructions, my garment will never come out looking as cute as it does on the envelope. Most of all, I miss knowing that no matter the time or day that I go to Joanns, the chances are very high that I will see one of you at the store with me! **SNIFF** Okay, enough of that pity party, onto my completed projects:
First we have my newest dress for Elsie using the Oliver + S Playdate Dress.

The Oliver + S patterns are very nick-picky and you HAVE to follow the directions precisely but I LOVE them so much because they always turn out so adorable. You look at the pictures on the envelope and you know exactly what you are your garment is going to look like. I love that this ones reminds me of something that Cindy from the Brady Bunch would wear (in her curly pig tails days, not in the braided pig tail episodes).

I finished the dress and put it on Elsie only to find out that it was waaaay too short for her (surprise, surprise) so I had to add the strip of fabric at the bottom to make it work for her. My favorite part are the buttons:

Such a pretty crystal blue. This dress also has pockets at the side seams that you can't see right away but they are a pleasant surprise.
Next is a blinged out tank top for Elsie.

I followed This Tutorial from Shwin & Shwin. I found the tank top at Target for $1 and got the jewels at Hobby Lobby. I'm already planning on making a few more in different colors because I love it so much!!! It was a great project as I caught up on some of my guilty pleasure TV (old school 90210 episodes to be exact). Here's an action shot of Elsie wearing her shirt:

Then I made a Oliver + S Ruffled Halter Top. I made one of these last year for Elsie and couldn't wait for the weather to warm up again to make her some more. This is just the first of, I'm sure, many more because they are so quick.

Sorry about the crappy photo, its the only one that I could find.
Next is a skirt and matching hair accessory that I made for Elsie.

I used My Favorite Skirt Tutorial from Everday Chaos. I love how simple and quick this skirt is but that it is so unique and darling. I had some left over fabric and decided to make Interchangeable Head Band Tutorial from The Funky Polkadot Giraffe.

Her tutorial is for an adult version but I just made the measurements smaller to fit Elsie. Seriously, the easiest thing to make. I have already made 10 in hopes that one day Elsie will keep a headband on her head for more than 10 minutes. But I like that it doesn't overpower her head but is still very girly.
Lastly is a project for me. I know, I can't remember the last time I made something for me. When I was getting ready for our cruise, I really wanted a cute cover-up but I seriously couldn't get myself to buy one knowing that if I just found the right tutorial, I could make one for myself. And by the grace of the sewing gods, I found one. I used the Beach Towel Dress Tutorial from MADE. Using a $6 towel from Target seemed a lot more appealing than a pre-made cover-up and this gave me a chance to finally attempt shirring. Thank you Jessie for giving me the encouragement to attempt elastic thread and shirring. She told me that as soon as I see how easy it is, I will want to shirr everything. She is so right.

Well, there have been many other projects but these are the only ones that made the cut. For some reason, I have had a lot of misses in the sewing project department. I wonder if I forgot to pack up my sewing mojo when we moved to AR? My next project is going to be This Skirt Tutorial. Here's hoping its a hit and NOT a big, fat miss!!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Still Sewing

I have been in a sewing frenzy and a blogging funk. You should see my family blog. The poor thing is really neglected. So I finally sat down, uploaded a kajillion pics from my camera and started uploading pics. I wanted to show you guys what I've been up to because I'm so excited!

Remember this post about this apron from Anthropologie? Well, at 1:30am last night/early morning I finished it! And I couldn't be happier with it. Isn't that fabric fantastic!? It's Joel Dewberry's new line Aviary 2. Check out all the colorways here. Love it and can't wait to get my hands on more. I finally checked out Scrapbooks Etc. in Mesa and was thrilled at their fabric selection. I wasn't expecting that much fabric! I was in heaven. Good thing I gave myself a budget and only had that much money with me. I could've spent a fortune.

Anyway, the Anthro apron. I loved the ruffles and added a pocket with ruffles.
And a flower. And I'm in love. I just sat and stared at it last night when I was done. But I'm afraid to wear it. It's white. And I don't want to get sauce or juice or sticky chocolatey hands on my new favorite apron. Ah well, that's what aprons are for. I guess. :)
Myla is back in a girly stage (although you can't really tell with her scraggly hair and pirate tattoos - thanks Maren :). Anyway, she wants to wear dresses and skirts all the time now. So I'm taking it while I can. I whipped up these quick and easy dresses using long scraps of fabric that I didn't know what else to do with. Fun, huh. The pattern (Simplicity 2377) was great.
Same dress, different fabric. They are so comfy. I want to make an adult version.
This is an older project. For joy school we had a pajama party celebrating the letter P. I made each of the kids little pillows (P is for pillow too!) with their initials on it. I loved using up some left over flannel scraps.

Love the girl, love the fabric, hate the pattern. Ever have a pattern like that? This shirt was easy, but proportionally all wrong. Too wide and too short. I had to lengthen it. Myla hated wearing it. In fact, she took it off and told me to put it in her purse when we were out for dinner. Live and learn. Check out the shorts from this pattern: And this was after trying to fix it. Maybe it's me, maybe its the pattern. Either way, I probably won't be doing this one again. I've made lots of PJ bottoms and shorts and I've never had issues like this. Anyone ever tried this pattern? I'd be interested to know where I went wrong.
And one last one, Myla's Easter dress. I used the Party Dress tutorial by The Cottage Home on Ucreate. Super cute and super fun dress. Try it, you'll love it.

Okay, so I've seriously neglected my boys. I need to get to work on some things for them. :)

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