Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A flower Girl Dress

I have been very busy and haven't had alot of time to post but I will do a quick update. I have sewn a tube top shirt, another bike basket for another niece , a flower girl dress ( which I can only take a quarter of the credit for ,Im working on 28  place mats centerpiece things for my brothers wedding, I finished Madison's quilt finally and made 3 accent pillows . I dont have pictures of the tube top or the quilt and pillows. I am going to do Madison's room all in one shot and surprise her. I have to make curtains yet and do another coat of paint on the nobs on her bed. I also want to cover a chair a she has. Anyways here are a Picture of my daughter in her flower girl dress and a picture of the bike basket :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Riley Blake Contest!

Riley Blake is holding a contest for quilters to make a quilt out of Riley Blake fabric you can check it out here
edited to add, I should have read a bit better . The first contest is over for apparel but there is still the quit and home decor contests that can be entered , so get sewing!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

shrug it off

I was going through my shirts the other day to find one to wear, and I came across a couple shirts that had all sorts of stains on them!


I really loved the neckline on this shirt, so I wanted to try and repurpose it somehow...

I decided to try a shrug! I figured if it didn't work, oh well. It was probably going to end up in the garbage anyways...

So I cut the shirt up the middle in the front (have I told you how much I love working with knits just because it doesn't fray?), then cut it across width wise right above the highest grease spot.

Bad bacon!!!

I put on a new hem, rounded the front, and this is what I ended up with!

I am still debating taking in the sides in the back, so it doesn't hang out so far.
Once I get more thread.

Bonus -- it matches my new tank top!!!

So what do you think?

Next item to sew for myself: AN APRON!!!!!

Monday, June 20, 2011


I finally made a shirt for myself!!!

I don't know why it has taken me so long to do this... maybe because kids clothes are so fun?

Or if they don't quite turn out the way you wanted it to, they will still wear it anyways?


So this is my first attempt at making a tank top for the summer:

I had some of that stretchy material left from the failed skirt attempt (see earlier post -- I made it for myself but gave it to my daughter instead, because it didn't quite turn out the way I wanted it to... :oP)

I had found a pattern online that looked pretty nice, but when I did the top bodice part, I hated it. So I ended up cutting up the skirt (LOL even Alyssa wasn't wearing it!) to make a new and improved bodice based on a dress I have in my closet. Who needs patterns???

I just fooled around with it, came up with different things based on what I have in my closet, and this is it!
The straps ended up being too long because I didn't realize how much they stretch! lol
So I will have to gather up the bottoms, but it will have to wait until I buy more black thread.

Note to self: Buy two spools of every colour, or bigger ones at least!!!
I go through thread like water....

Monday, June 13, 2011

ear candy

From bad...

to drab....

to FAB!!!!

Note to self....

buy more earrings to fill it up!


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Itty Bitty baby dresses and baseball

This past little while I spent some time making things for babies -- two friends' baby girls, and my own baby! Well, he isn't so much a baby anymore, but he is still MY baby!

:o) shows you how to make the itty bitty baby dress, which I have been waiting to make for a long time.

This first dress I made for an almost 11 pound girl, so I had to size it up a bit. It ended up being a bit too big still, but she will get to wear it over the summer. :o)

I am just a little sad I didn't take more photos of it, but I wasn't thinking blog material at the time. I was just excited I had made my first dress in *gasp* over 20 years! Sewing class in high school, and for some reason I can't remember what grade that was...

The material is from Momo freebird, and the green is T shirt material that I used for softness and a bit of colour punch.

This second dress I made for a little girl in our church, and she hasn't gotten it yet! :o)

This girl is much smaller than the first girl, so I got to work with smaller pattern pieces!

I don't know if that was what threw me off, but this little dress was much more time consuming to make. I had to undo stitching a few times, screwed up the bodice lining, and even the bias at the bottom! Argh!

But this is the finished dress, finally!

I added a sweet piece of crocheted lace I had sitting in my ribbon stash and was the perfect size for the front of the dress!
The fabric is from my stash of nondescript fat quarters and extra pieces...

I also added my own little touch on the bottom bias -- where I screwed it up! LOL

But now you can see it was made with love...


Hope this little girl -- and her mommy -- likes it!

I picked up this cute print at Fabricland the other day -- they are having great sales right now!

Or they may be over already, I don't know. But I spent $38 there and got 7 yards of material, two spools of thread, and two bias tape packages. Not bad!

Anyways, I was looking for cotton to make a new crib sheet for Aiden's crib (yes he is 32 months old and still in a crib -- and will be until he learns to climb out! lol) and saw this sweet American Pastimes print from Marcus...

How cute are these little baseball players???

Aiden loves his new sheet and played in his bed for fifteen minutes after I put it on his mattress just to hang out with the players...

And he went to bed very happily that night too!