Jun 25, 2012

Every Little Thing Dress

 This is the Every Little Thing Dress made from the pattern by Shwin&Shwin. I really love this pattern and can see so many possibilities with it. I made the tunic from this pattern last month and was very excited to make the dress. 
I used fabrics I bought at a yard sale and put some small red buttons on the back, along with a crocheted flower on the front (bought on Etsy a long time ago).
The pockets are, again, one of my favorite parts.
 I put leggings on my daughter as it was a little cool in the morning...
 But as the sun warmed us all up, you can see that the leggings got quite baggy. Oops.
 And just for fun, I added a little FUN label.
 I can't wait to make some more of these dresses and tunics! Finding time just always seems to be the problem. 
So much to do, so little time...

Jun 19, 2012

Thrift Skirt Re-Fashion


This is one of those moments for me when I feel like I actually made something useful! As in, something that I will actually wear, on a regular basis. Yay!
At the last minute, I bought this skirt at the thrift store (I actually put it down, left, and came back for it. Crazy, I know). It was $4.49 and I have a weakness for jean skirts, especially founcy summery ones like this. So I bought it. But when I got home, I realized it was a tad short. As in, I-wouldn't-want-to-bend-the-wrong-way uncomfortable. And that's when it hit me - I'll put some of this sewing that I do to good use!
So I pulled out some orange/blue flowery fabric that I got at a yard sale a few weeks ago (also seen in this skirt). I did two long pieces for the bottom strip (front and back) and then hemmed the bottom when I was done. I then made a pocket pattern of my own. I sewed two pieces with wrong sides together, then turned and topstitched each pocket in place. Then I finished by pressing all the seams. 
 Though the pockets aren't huge, they can hold coins or dandelions, and what's more, they pull the whole thing together with the bottom band. I ended up wearing my skirt to the playground for a community picnic over the weekend and it worked out. I felt comfortable in my new skirt!
Easy fix for something that was very close to being stuffed in the back of a drawer for eternity!

Jun 15, 2012

Embroidered Hoop

After several episodes of Friday Night Lights, I finally finished this embroidered hoop!
 The pattern is from Sarah Jane Studios, which I bought online and got an instant download. I don't have a lot of experience with embroidery, but enjoyed switching over from sewing for a bit. Plus, I like that it's something that I can do while relaxing in front of the tube.
 I'm playing around with some other fabrics in hoops, but obviously these ones just don't all work together. 
I'm not sure whether I'll try to coordinate with some other fabrics or just hang "November" on its own. I need to look around a little more on Pinterest for some inspiration...
 As for now, I'm just happy looking at my little November girl as she is! (I picked November because it's my daughter's birth-month, but Sarah Jane Studios as all 12 months and they're all so cute!).

Jun 6, 2012

Simple Skirt



 This was a very fast and gratifying project. The fabric came second-hand from someone who didn't want it (along with some other freebies that I was very eager to snatch up) and though at first I didn't think this fabric was my style, or anything I'd ever pick out myself, I quickly changed my mind when I saw it as a skirt for my daughter.

 The person who owned this fabric before had already done some stitching in it (maybe for a pillow case? not sure) so really all I did was trim, sew a hem, and put in a casing for an elastic -- and it become a skirt! So easy. The pattern follows Dana's Simple Skirt tutorial. She has great pictures and directions on her blog.
 It's a funky print. I wasn't sure what might go with it, and so this ensemble was kind of thrown together. But I think it kind of works maybe in a kiddie bohemian way. I've got more of this fabric too, and now I'm debating what to do with it. 
Matching skirt for me??
I couldn't resist putting in a homemade label. I get a kick out of doing these, hehe.
Well, not bad for a fast, free project. Now, I'm looking around thinking...what next?

Jun 2, 2012

Dora's Map!

 I'm the map, I'm the map, I'm the MAP!
I was gearing up to make this sort of Backpack for my daughter, when my husband came home with the one above from a business trip. I figured it saved me a lot of trouble.
 But I thought Backpack looked lonely without Map, so during an episode (or two) of Dora the Explorer, I made Map to go with Backpack. I actually had a lot of fun doing it.
Materials used: felt, black permanent marker, hot glue gun, scissors, my new serger (still getting the hang of it)
 I decided to put a lot of different places on the map so that my kids could be imaginative with their adventures. Let's see if you can find the following:
-Tallest Mountain   -Tico's Tree   -Benny's Barn  
-the Troll's bridge   
- Banana Grove     -Icky Sticky Sand        -Crocodile Pond        
-Library -Isa's Flower Garden  -the Moon  
-and a random pair of bushes (ha)
Well, there it is! Happily rolled up and waiting for someone to call MAP!!