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knitting update: kage, cowl, hat, beanie, and dress

I’m almost done knitting my kage sweater! Well, I’m done knitting, but working on weaving in ends, seaming the pieces together and finishing edges. The linen is so soft and lovely, I can’t wait to wear this sweater once it’s complete. And you want to know what’s exciting about this knit piece? It can go in the washer and dryer … AND it comes out softer each time! Yay linen yarn! You may be unforgiving but you do have your huge merits.

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And isn’t this the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen? A box full of beautiful colors of yarn. Just wait and see what I’m going to do with it all.

box-o-yarn

Here’s a little hint – I may be opening up my shop again for a good cause. More to come on that later (and these photos make me giggle because I was so excited, I couldn’t wait to take off the whitening strip on my teeth)…

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My friends are still having babies! And a good friend is having a little girl, so I crocheted up a familiar little hat and the sweetest dress.

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It may be one of my favorite things I have crocheted. I took some queues from this granny square crochet/fabric dress pattern but sized it down, added a shell stitch edge and changed the straps.

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Pretty excited to wrap this one up and see the mama-to-be open it up! 🙂

 

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WIP Wednesday: shower gift, quilt basting and more

Can you say, easily distracted by instant gratification projects? Well, I needed a gift for a friend’s baby shower! I had fully intended on making something for her since she is the sort that appreciates hand made. . . enter the free infant peasant dress pattern. Oh did I mention she’s having a girl? It’s so fun to get to sew little girl things. This little peasant dress was no exception, and it was so fast! It’s sized for an infant but I’m thinking it could easily turn into a tunic shirt and last for longer than the infant stage. The fabric is cheery and fun: Brook Yellow Sunshine Dots CP Designs for Studio E.

Infant peasant dress with crochet flower embellishment

I added a little crochet detail, well, you’ll see why in just a second. I mean it’s cute, but there’s totally another reason.

Peasant dress

Embraced the yellow and grey for the color theming, whipped up a bib and burp rag. Thought the ruffle would make the bib a bit more girly and fun.

Ruffle bib and burp rag

And here’s everything in completion. Oh yes, those little simply summer sandals were a part of the whole ensemble. That’s why there was a necessity to add the little crocheted flower to the dress. So adorable.

Baby shower gift

In other news, the scallop quilt top is pinned and I have begun quilting. I’m excited about the outcome of this one. You will have to wait and see for the results!

Scallop quilt pinned...

This week’s stats:
Completed projects – 3
New projects – 3 (well they were last week’s new projects that got completed)
Currently in progress – 1 getting quilted (4 waiting on the sidelines – Macaron dress, purple dress, swimsuit, stripped bag)

What’s on your WIP list this week? Head over to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday to link up and see what everyone else is working on!

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grecian one shoulder knock off

Here’s what I saw on pinterest:

So I took a trip to JoAnn’s (50% coupon in hand) and bought 2 yards of black jersey interlock fabric and decided to take a shot at trying to recreate this dress. I haven’t sewn much clothing for myself, so picking something fairly shapeless and cinched with a belt seemed like a good idea. And I think I was fairly successful at my recreation . . .

grecian braided shoulder imitation dress

The braid is a little too thick, the edges aren’t finished and it ended up being a bit too short (likely to be cut to a shorter dress) . . . Not to mention, it’s not the most beautiful tailoring in the world but it’s one step closer to understanding how to make my own clothes and use jersey fabric!

grecian braided shoulder imitation dress

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kiddo and baby sewing

I told you I would show you some of the details of the items I made at the sewcial retreat, so here we go! One of the items that people commented on most were the dresses I made for two flower girls. If I had been thinking, I would have snapped a couple pictures of the girls wearing the dresses because the wedding was yesterday afternoon! These pillowcase dresses were inspired from this dress here. I used kona cotton ‘grass’ and some brown damask fabric that we found at JoAnn’s.

flower girl dresses

From an Igloo’s dinosaur hat has been on my ‘to sew’ list since last winter. I finally got around to it at the last sewcial! Looks like Jude has a new winter hat for this year – good timing to go with his dinosaur fascination.

Dino Hat

He’s pretty cute in it, isn’t he?

My little dinosaur

My good friends are still having babies! These sets were for two of my landscape architecture classmates from college! I finished two new mama survival kits while I was at the sewcial retreat as well. Pretend like they are ironed. 🙂

The first is Patty Young, Flora and Fauna, Dandelion in Stone and Michael Miller, Citron Gray, Spa Scallop in Citron.

Sling Nursing Cover

Bibs and Burp Rags

This set is Free Spirit, Designer Beads, Beads in Apple and Patricia Bravo, Modern Affair, Royale in Sea Foam.

Sling Nursing Cover

Bibs and Burp Rags

And don’t worry, I did end up sewing a couple of things for me! That’s up in the next post. 🙂

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baby land

And the babies just keep on coming! I went to a baby shower for a friend from high school this past weekend who is having a little girl very soon! I decided that this little girl needed some handmade clothing items for next summer (9-12 month olds need handmade items too!)! I made a version of a pillowcase dress (minus the pillowcase), with a shirred collar and bias tape lined arm holes that tie into bows to secure the dress. I didn’t use a pattern for this – just borrowed a friend’s daughters little dress to get the sizing appropriate. And because little girls often show their diapers, I thought a fun little set of matching bloomers was in order. I used the tutorial from MADE but instead of creating casings and threading elastic through, I just used fold-over-elastic. A little faster and probably easier to put together. And that perfect little bow? I used a fork to make it. The fabric is Alexander Henry’s Entertaining Elephants.

Pillow Case Dress Bloomers

 

 

 

And speaking of baby showers, I am hosting one this upcoming weekend (pictures will be coming of this – I am super excited about the theme!). But part of my gift is a handmade necessity – the nursing cover in Patricia Bravo’s Bohemian Soul, Rhapsody in Day.

Rhapsody in Day Nursing Cover

 

 

An old coworker of mine is expecting her first little boy so I sewed up a nursing cover and sling (with teal interior) in Michael Miller’s Metro Living Ring Dot in black.

Metro Living Ring Dot Nursing Cover Metro Living Ring Dot Sling

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summer maxi dress

One of my resolutions for this year was to sew some more clothing for myself so when I saw this tutorial for a simple maxi dress, I decided to give it a go. It’s super simple (four seams total + finishing one edge) and would give me some more experience in sewing with jersey fabric. I found some organic cotton jersey on fabric.com, cut out the pieces, fit my sewing machine with a ball point needle and set to work. I ended up deciding to make a few alterations to the tutorial – mainly creating two trapezoid shaped pieces, with a 33″ width on the botton and approximately 26″ width on the top. I wanted less gathering on the top and creating a taper in the shape of the dress accomplished that. I also added a slit on the right side to allow for easy walkability (is that even a word?). Add a belt and it ends up looking pretty polished (just pretend those tan lines aren’t so bad).

Maxi Dress

Simple, but effective. And very comfortable. I gathered quite a bit of the fabric in the back, and I like the effect that it had.

Maxi Dress

And sometimes my shoulders get cold, so I added a little shrug and thought it looked pretty cute that way too.

Maxi Dress

And because I am a bit of an overachiever (and addicted to pinterest), I made the necklace that you see.

Finger Knitting Necklace

It was fun revisiting the ‘finger knitting’ that I grew up making. I never knew what to do with the yards that I used to create, but this seems to be a pretty functional use! I used some hemp string, wooden beads and copper chain that I happened to have just ‘lying around’! I like it better with the thicker chain, but hey, you make do with what you have.

Finger Knitting Necklace

And in case you’re curious to try this out for yourself, here’s the pinterest link to the tutorial.

Source: psimadethis.com via Beth on Pinterest

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tank dress

Ahhhh finally. Some sewing for me! I decide to take a break from all the custom orders I’ve been working on to whip up a little something from myself to enjoy!

I don’t generally consider myself a trendy dresser. I tend to try and purchase items that are going to last me more than one season and I’m slow to adopt any ‘current’ styles. This season though, I’ve been seeing a lot of those tank dresses around and tons of tutorials for them. Since I worked in an office pre-child, I really never bought many shorts and now that summer is most definitely in full swing I’m getting a little hot wearing jeans every day. Enter simple tank dress. Nice and cool. No need for a strapless bra. A throw it on and go type of style. The very reason I adore dresses.

Since I am still being very cautious on where we spend our money, I decided to try and and replicate one at home using items I already had. The only thing I bought was some wide elastic for the waist. I referenced a couple of tutorials to guide me, but really kinda made it up as I went along.

Tank Dress

The tank top was one I bought years ago while I was still interning and it shrank up just short enough that it’s annoying to wear. I have a policy in my closet: if I haven’t worn it in a year, it gets given away. Well, I decided to give this one away until I considered repurposing it for a better use. So it lived in my sewing room until yesterday.

The skirt fabric is one that I bought on clearance awhile ago without any purpose because I loved it so much. It’s a sheer black with white embroidered flowers. Very fun. Because it was sheer, I lined the skirt with some black cotton.

Tank Dress

I am really happy with how it turned out and that it only took one nap time to complete! Although, in my head it looked more casual that it ended up turning out. I think it looks more dressy than I thought it would. I guess I’ll just have to make another one with a ribbed tank top for a more casual look and next time I’m adding pockets!

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Simple Kid's Sundress

A friend’s daughter turned four recently and I since I don’t get the opportunity to make fun little girls clothes for my child, I jump on the chance to sew up cute little dresses. I took advantage of Habitual’s Free Simple Sundress Pattern to create this cute little dress.

It was a quick little sew that I got done during one of Jude’s naps (thank goodness he takes long naps!). The hardest part was hemming the armscye (er. . . never heard that word before either? It’s really just the armhole). I struggled with getting the seams to fold on a curve but it ended up still looking cute. One of the things that stuck out to me in the tutorial was the attention to detail. The interior seams are french seams which lends itself to a nice finished look, even on the inside! I really like that the dress can become a shirt once the child outgrows the length of the dress. In all honesty, I kinda wanted to make this little dress into a shirt for myself it turned out so nicely – it looks like it’s from an upscale boutique. Hopefully this is the beginning of a lot of sewing in my new sewing room in the new house. 🙂

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My First Handmade Dress!

I did it!

First Article of Clothing!

I made the Anda Dress from Burda Style out of some sheets on Friday. Ok, ok, it may look a bit like a glorified hospital gown, there were some severe alterations to even get it as fitted as it is now. . . When they say the pattern runs big, they weren’t lying! But I am excited that I actually made something that I could wear out in public and not be totally embarrassed by. I also finished up another clothing sewing project (what can I say, it was a productive weekend), but more on that later. . .

Update: I forgot to give credit to the Angry Chicken Bias Tape Tutorial for helping me through my first use of bias tape. Thank you!

On another note, be careful to not strain your eyes when you are sewing. Sew in good light. As I found out Sunday morning, you can get eye hemorrhaging (which looks so gross that I will spare you the pictures) from eye strain. Yuck! We’ll see what the eye doctor says today.

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