Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Very Best of Summer


Not a lot of sewing going on this summer but I'm not complaining.




Be blessed.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Life Lessons - Vogue 1167

I cut out these khaki's a few weeks ago and was finally able to finish them. Along the way I couldn't help but see the life lessons this endeavor highlighted.

First gravity always wins. I have learned that I always have to raise the crouch and lower the seat - gravity.

I had almost given up on this style of pant but once I watched the tutorial that Victoria linked it has made all the difference. By constructing the inseam first it allows you to really get a good fit. I also included a nude knit tricot tummy control panel, something I've seen on RTW pants.

 Life lesson - don't forget what you already know. The welt pockets are terrible. I didn't interface them and needless to say I'm not happy with them but the pants fit so well I'm going to wear them anyway.
 
At least now I have another style of pants and I will make these again and get those welt pockets right. I've had the fabric so long I don't remember the details but it is a bottom weight khaki. Overall this is a very good pants pattern just beware of those darn welt pockets.

Be blessed.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Let's Get This Party Started

I had this cut out when Faye announced the sew-a-long so of course I said sign me up. I love her sew-a-longs, I always learn something and love seeing what everyone makes.
  
I am finally on the Vogue 8815 band wagon and not a moment to soon. As everyone has said this is a great top. I only had a 9 inch invisible grey zipper so that's what I used.
The fabric is grey ponte knit from Hancock. I am in love with this stuff, although others have mentioned problems with pilling I haven't noticed it on my other garments but I started to hang dry and avoid the dryer in hopes that that helps.
Not much to say about this top that hasn't already been said. I used fusible tape to stabilize the hems and used my double needle. I also made fabric binding for the neck because I didn't have grey bias tape. Great top, I plan to make more when Spring finally does arrive.

Happy Sewing

Friday, March 22, 2013

Addictive

 This book should come with a warning that you could become addicted to making these adorable little critters.
My second one, and I think she's just the cutest little thing.

 I made a rattle for her head with a Christmas bell and a few beads. I hope my GD likes it.

 
Then I saw this free rubber chicken pattern on KnitPicks and since I had the yarn I just couldn't resist.


He's a little cock-eyed but I still love it and he also has a rattle in his head.




We're supposed to get more of this over the weekend so hopefully I will get some sewing done.

Maybe my GS will have a chance to make another snowman.

As you can see he didn't get much help with this one.
 
Oh well he gave it a really good try.

Monday, March 4, 2013

It runs in the family

I just had to share all the crafty goodness that my cousin sent for my GD. As you can see she loves her embroidery machine and this really makes me want one but they're just too expensive, maybe one day.

This is a blanket that she made and added this sweet design.
 A very cute burp cloth.


Sorry for the dark picture I don't know what's going on with my camera.

 Another adorable burp cloth.
 A personalized baby wipe container.
 Too cute sleeper. This is embroidered on the bottom.
 A onesie taken to the highest level of cuteness.
 
  I got this book from the library and had to make one of these cute toys.
 
Here's my octopus, isn't it cute.


And I will leave you with the little one who started this cuteness overload.
I hope to get some adult sewing done this weekend but every time I think that I end up baby sitting, I'm not complaining, they grow up much to fast to miss an opportunity to spoil her.

Be Blessed.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Simplicity 1504

I've had this pattern for a couple of years and when I saw a similar version on PatterReview I was inspired.  I purchased the cream colored fleece at Hancock's last year but I couldn't find the trim I wanted there but I found this cheetah print at JoAnn's. I know exposed zippers are all the rage but I'm not feeling that trend and I didn't want one in this jacket so I changed it up a bit.



 I think I spent as much time if not more on the lining. I had a very pretty lining fabric that I wanted to use but it wasn't enough so I did the sleeves in a different fabric.




 That pretty lining fabric pulled terribly so I interfaced the entire back and front.


 I also finished my GS's star blanket. I love the way it came out. Now I have to start on one for my GD.



A friend made this adorable blanket for my GD but after I washed it several of the blocks started unraveling. I don't think I can fix it and I don't have the heart to tell her.


I hope everyone has a great weekend. 

Stay Blessed.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Finally Some Sewing

I was finally able to find time to sew something for myself. The turtleneck is from a very old pattern for a bodysuit. The jacket is McCalls 6408 a Nancy Zieman pattern. The fabric is ponte knit from Hancock.

 
Gratuitous cute baby pic.

Be Blessed.