Monday, December 24, 2012

What no Blitz!

Every year I usually make at least 5 pairs of boys pj's but with trying to get ready for my grand-daughter's arrival there hasn't been time for much else. I did manage to squeak out one pair for my friend.

 The pattern is McCalls 4979. Since I've made it too many times to count they go together very quickly. I love the fabric, I got it at JoAnns. If it wasn't on sale I'm sure I used a coupon but I don't remember how much it cost. I also made matching slippers because they're just so darn cute. I love the pair I made for myself, they're so warm. I'm sure she will love them too. Here's the link again if anyone's interested.
 I made a couple more pair of booties, they're the free Bernat pattern. I omitted the pom-poms.

 I made another pair and went down a needle size the first pair seemed a little big for newborn. This is the same yarn, it's variegated so they don't look like they came from the same skein of yarn.

I needed a break from all the baby stuff so I've started  the Double V Cardigan. I think this is my 5th attempt but so far so good.

That's about it for me.I hope to get a lot of sewing done over the New Year's holiday.

Wishing everyone a very blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Just a Little Something

My DD requested a slouchy hat to go with the Here's My Heart Cardi. couldn't find any patterns for slouchy infant hats so I just winged it.

I'm very happy with the way it came out. Can't get a good picture without a model and unfortunately she won't be here for another month.

My co-workers Mother donated the buttons. The machine button holes were a disaster but I still love it.

Be Blessed.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

We're Back

We had a wonderful time in Texas. I didn't make this it was a given to my Aunt but it's so cute I thought I would share it. This is the apron front.

 This is the back. I may have to make these next year.

 I'm almost finished with the "Here's My Heart Cardi", it just needs buttons. It's a free pattern from Cascade Yarns.
I think it came out really cute. I have two heart buttons but the sweater calls for three, why does that always happen.
Heart detail on the sleeve.

There is an error in the pattern the buttonholes don't repeat on the facing so you end up with them on one side. I'm going to make machine buttonholes and call it done.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

I'm Gelin' and Daddy needs a new robe

A couple of years ago I made pj's with matching slippers for Christmas gifts and they were very popular however the slipper design needed some improvement as they would often end up at the end of the stairs long before I did and had no support, so I searched the internet and found the most amazing slipper pattern here. Why didn't I think of inserting a sole insert, I purchased the gel soles and they are amazing. I used flannel, fleece for the lining and faux shearling. These are comfortable and warm, though I'm not sure about washing them with the gel insoles. I can't wait to make the matching pjs.

We're heading to Texas for Thanksgiving and my Father requested (demanded) a new robe. I found this fabric at JoAnns and used my 40% off coupon but it still took all 5 yards to make it. I'm sure he will love it.

I'm off to cut out pj's. I hope everyone has a great weekend and a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

I can't work like this but I can knit

This is the state of my bathroom floor.

 It's very distracting when people are using noisy equipment.

 Which is why I haven't done much sewing lately.

 I did manage to knit a couple of these scarfs for Christmas presents. The yarn is Sashay from RedHeart.

 Instead of casserole carriers my girl friends will get these, they don't cook anyway.

 I totally missed the boat for the Carnival of Skirts but I did manage to squeeze out this top last weekend. It's Simplicity 2344, a Khaliah Ali pattern. I met Khaliah Ali years ago at a party at Jim Browns house, that was during my LA days. She's very nice and down-to-earth. The fabric is a very stretchy knit from Hancock, I don't remember how much I paid for it. This was a quick and easy project.

Hopefully my bathroom will be finished soon and I can get my house back in order. It's amazing how much one room effects all the others.

My prayers are with all my East Coast bloggers. Be safe and be blessed.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Simplicity 1806

Today's my birthday so I took the day off and worked on this top. I'm not sure what went wrong but something did, the top is supposed to have center pieces. 

It does fit so I will wear it anyway. I double checked my pattern pieces and can't figure out where I went wrong.

Oh well, I do love the fabric and I wish they had more unfortunately this was the end of the bolt.

Be Blessed.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Great Fitting Pants thanks to Blogland

 With some help from a tutorial posted on Victoria's blog, I'm happy to say that these pants fit great. She posted a link to a tutorial on pants fitting after watching it I decided to try this Connie Crawford pattern again, it's Butterick 5222. The tutorial said to make all your fitting adjustments on the side seams. I must have tried them one at least 15 times before getting it just right but it was worth it.

 I have this top cut out and waiting to go with the pants but I don't think I'm going to get to it this weekend. I only had about 1 1/4 yard of this fabric so this pattern won out. I'm making view D without the tie.

I've made 1/2 dozen booties, they're so cute and only take a couple of hours or less to finish a pair, it's a good way to use up leftover yarn. I think the variegated pair will be cute with the cupcake fabric.

 I'm going to make the pink jumper.

 This is on my needles "Here's my Heart Cardi", it's a free pattern from Cascade yarns. I took this picture a couple of weeks ago. I should be done soon.

I hope everyone had a great weekend.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Stuck in Baby Mode

Not much sewing going on here I finally finished my second casserole carrier. I saw this version online and decided to try it since I had purchased the Teflon fabric. I think it came out ok but for amount of work it's not really practical for Christmas gifts so I'm going back to the original design.

 I had to add batting and quilt it, I'm not a quilter.

 But back to what's had me totally preoccupied -- baby stuff. I'm so excited I get to buy baby fabric, and you really only need a yard for most things.

 I picked these two pieces up at Hancock. I have no ideal what I will make but it will be adorable. I LOVED sewing for my daughter but I didn't start sewing for her until she was 4 or 5 so I missed out on the baby stuff, not this time. Grandma is ready.

Here's proof of just how ready I am, how cute are these Wizard of Oz mary jane booties. It's a free Debbie Stoller pattern on Raverly. The yarn is leftover from the slouchy beret I made for my daughter.

 With all the bling going on in the yarn I opted for plain red buttons, they're so stinking cute. I also wasn't knitting when my kids were growing up so I'm going to make up for that with her. BTW, IT'S A GIRL. My DD had her ultrasound last week and I'm thrilled.

Hopefully I can focus on something else this weekend and finally get some sewing done. The weather is getting cooler and that always motivates me.

Saturday, August 25, 2012


This is how I feel. The last couple of weeks have been harrowing. My daughter had to have a 25 cm cyst (that's almost 10 inches) removed. She didn't tell me she was pregnant until we got to the hospital for the surgery. Talk about a tense 2 hours. I wanted to run up and down the hospital hallways shouting hallelujah when the doctor finally came out and told me that my daughter and the baby were fine.

 So of course since then I've had baby on the mind. I started the hat right after the doctor gave me the good news. I just started the bootie or I should say sock because I cannot for the life of me follow a bootie pattern. We won't know for another week whether it's a boy or girl but as you can see I'm obviously hoping and praying for a girl. Honestly after what we've been through I'm just very grateful that they're both ok. She's due in January.

Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. (Psalms 127:3)

I'm sure girls are too.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Chrismas in August

My co-worker is always telling me to get started early on my Christmas gifts since she knows I make most of them. This year I'm listening, my go to gift this year will be the casserole carrier.

This was my test run, this is gifted fabric, I'm pretty sure it's as old as I am. I will probably keep this one for myself because I don't have the heart to give this to anybody.

The pattern doesn't call for the binding but I thought it needed it. I also added a piece of elastic to hold a spoon.
 I will give this one away, for this one I purchased coordinating quilting fabric.

I had the quilted fabric I used for the lining. I did find the teflon fabric but I would have to line it with batting and quilt it myself. Not feeling that at all.

Only 9 more to go. I'm going to try and do at least two a week but I'm sure I will get bored with them and sneak in some sewing for myself.

I hope everyone had a great weekend.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Butterick 4549

I was able to crank out this top to go with my denim skirt. It's Butterick 4549 and the fabric is more of the madras I bought when Wal-Mart got rid of their fabric department. I think I paid .50/yd.

 Matching the plaid was kind of impossible.

 I will leave you with a couple of pictures from last night concert. This is me and my friend Christine.

 Me and Moe, she's the one I made the top for.

We had a blast and I just want to let everyone know that Frankie is fine, Frankly Beverly and Maze put on a great show. And I finally got to wear this dress I made two years ago.

I hope everyone had a great weekend.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Late to the Party

I'm late to the Rachel Comey skirt party. This was a pattern review favorite last year but I'm just getting around to making it. I only had one yard of this gifted stretch denim and I was determined to make a skirt but couldn't find a pattern that would work.

With some very creative cutting I was able to squeeze out this pattern and I'm so glad I did. I added as much length as my fabric allowed, the inside pocket is cut from some old jeans and my waistband is pieced together but I still love it.

I used a tip from the Sandra Betzina's Fast Fit book and inserted a tummy control panel. It doesn't make it look prettier but it's totally worth it for the way it fits.

I only used the binding for the yoke and pockets, I ran out and was to lazy to go to the store so I just serged the rest of the seams. Didn't have an invisible zipper so I did a lapped zipper.
As everyone else has said on PatternReview this is a great pattern, for me it was great after adding the length otherwise it would be scandalously short and at 51 no one wants to see that. Now I have to make a top to wear with it. This is the Macy's Music Festival weekend so I don't know how much more sewing I will get done. Last night was great and I have high hopes for tonight.

Happy Sewing.