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sewing and curves class

This mess might make some people anxious, but it makes me so (sew?) happy! I am actually sewing again – hooray! My machine is fixed! There are projects planned and some are even started. . .

I am still working on the curves class with some very exciting projects to come from it. This is the first project of the skill that I really want to learn, piecing together curves. It’s a simple little notecard project but I felt like it was great to get my feet wet with this one. I’ve got two others are are in the works right now.

One notecard’s already in the mail and the other has a good home as well. In other, less exciting news, I am continuing the handmade baby items for the current baby boom. More slings!

 sling

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curves class

And no, I don’t mean the one where a bunch of women work out together. Earlier this year, I signed up for a sewing class that focuses on improving your ability to sew curves over at Stitched in Color. Every week, there are several projects to complete and of course, I am several weeks behind since I managed to get myself quite sick. I am finally well rested and no longer confined to the couch and I finished the first week of the class projects. And let me tell you, it feels good to be sewing again. It’s been far too long.

The first week is essentially a warm up to curves. What I’m most excited about is learning to piece curves for quilting. But that will come, later on. . . The first project? Some fabric bunting from my stash of ikea fabric. Pretty simple to whip up!

Second project, a bib. I know, I’ve made a ton of these but I’m a rule follower so I’m going in order of the class. And it will end up as a gift to one of my many friends that are pregnant now.

flannel bib

And the last project of the first week was this beautiful clamshell pillow. This one was stinking hard for me! I felt like my machine wanted to suck the fabric down into feed dogs and I couldn’t keep things quite lined up correctly. And I even pinned! You guys know that I don’t normally do that! BUT I like the end result. It’s not my best work but I learned a lot from it. And that’s the point right? Now I just have to find a place for this pillow to live . . .

Best part about all of this is that I haven’t spent any money on the supplies. I’ve been using my stash of scraps and existing fabrics. Pretty awesome to finally be using them up!

We’ll see if I can finish the next week of class this week and continue to stay ONLY a week behind!

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2011 in photo review

What a year, what a year. Turns out it looks pretty incredible when you look at it in pictures, so here we go!

Crafting – in review:

1. green crocodile scarf, 2. Little Leaves Quilt: Finished!, 3. divine hat, 4. Charm Square Baby Quilt, 5. Pillow Case Dress, 6. Patio Cushion Redo, 7. Completed projects. . ., 8. hand me down dress to paper bag skirt, 9. My little dinosaur, 10. Charm Squares Baby Quilt, 11. Crochet Slouchy Hat, 12. Crochet cowl scarf, 13. Wonky Star Mini Tree Skirt (or Pants?), 14. Bacon!, 15. yarn wreath, 16. catherine’s wheel scarf, 17. Socialite Skirt, 18. Noodlehead Gathered Clutch, 19. Maxi Dress, 20. Robot’s Valentine

Cooking – in review:

1. Starry Chicken Pot Pie, 2. Nutella Truffles, 3. Linzer Cookies, 4. Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins, 5. English Muffins, 6. Mango Avocado Mahi Mahi, 7. Corn Vichyssoise, 8. Popsicles!, 9. Pioneer Woman Enchiladas, 10. Cherry Mini Pie, 11. nutella shake, 12. pumpkin pie filled, maple cinnamon frosting topped, cupcakes, 13. fried goat cheese salad, 14. sushi, 15. french toast!, 16. dark chocolate sour cream bundt cake with dark chocolate ganache, 17. eggplant parmesan, 18. Nutella no bake cookies, 19. Challah, 20. Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Travel – in review (Estes Park, CO, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Playa de Carmen, Mexico, Chicago, IL, Taos, NM):

1. Royal Hideaway , 2. Royal Hideaway, 3. Royal Hideaway , 4. here comes a wave!, 5. Morton Arboretum , 6. on the dunes, 7. to the water!, 8. Hobbit House, 9. cadillac ranch, 10. bridge in Taos, NM, 11. royal gorge, 12. outside of the Hobbit House, 13. Playing in the Surf, 14. Beach Bum, 15. Downtown Estes Park, 16. Estes Park Rocky Mountains

Well, when you look at things this way, it’s been a very busy year!

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a few more sewing clothing attempts

Can’t get enough skirts lately! Found this one on pinterest . . . it’s another Paperbag Skirt tutorial. I used quilting cotton and I’m not sure how I feel about it. It wrinkles really easily. I need to get acquainted with other clothing fabric options. I do like the shape and the feel of this skirt though and it was pretty easy to make. Oh! And a very successful side zipper installation on this one! No elastic! Woo hoo!

Paper Bag Skirt

I saw this one hour dress quite some time ago, but it was when I was still scared of jersey. I tried this one out at the sewcial awhile back. I must say, it didn’t go quite as planned. I had the kinda happy accident of making the neckline too big. Oops. Luckily it kinda looks intentional. I like the off the shoulder look. Unluckily it is a bit too short, so it’s more of a tunic than a dress. I was hoping to achieve a look like this with the navy dress, mustard tights, boots and cardi for fall but I might have fallen a little short (ha, pun intended).

One Hour Tunic Dress

Another pinterest find here. I stole one (actually two) of my husbands undershirts (sorry honey, I’ll buy you more) and actually made this one twice. Once it was a little too short. . . the way the tutorial goes, you cut of the bottom of the shirt to make the ruffle. I have a long torso. It was too short. So I used my short shirt to make the ruffle from its bottom and then just took in and cut the arm off another shirt. Kinda a fun look.

White Shirt Refashion

Hmm and I had one more easy shirt to show you but it seems as if that picture has been deleted! To be continued. . .

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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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hand me down dress refashioned

One of my good friends often cleans out her closet and bequeaths me with her hand me downs. I love this arrangement! Sometimes though, I’ll get something from her that I really like . . . except for this one thing. In this case, I loved the fabric and colors in this dress. It was comfy! But! It looked a bit like a nighty and it was WAY too short.

hand me down dress

Unwilling to give up on the fabric, I decided it needed to be a skirt and a bralette. Easily enough, with a little seam ripping, the two pieces came apart! I hemmed the top of the skirt and then used some elastic thread to ruche the top.

hand me down dress to paper bag skirt

Here’s a close up of the ruching, I started it about an inch down and then ironed everything flat when I was done. Don’t judge my hemming job. . . the fabric was a little slippery!

hand me down dress to paper bag skirt

Here’s the bralette – I just created casing for the elastic at the bottom. Easy peasy. Who knows if I’ll ever wear it, but it’s cute!

hand me down dress to bralette

My thought was to wear the dress like a paper bag skirt. I think it turned out pretty close! I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out!

hand me down dress to paper bag skirt

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Another ‘Sew’cial Getaway: Summer 2011

I’d say the second sewcial getaway was quite a success (read about the first here). Ah, so much fun. This is just a quick recap of our weekend at the Wimberly Quilt Ranch! First off, it was such a fun house – the work room was amazing. Huge cutting table at the right height, walls to stick your quilts (or other crafty projects) on, great natural lighting, the craziest animatronic irons I’ve ever used. . .

The workroom

Throughout the house there were many handmade items – including some Texas quilts. The one on the left was quilted with stars – how appropriate!

Texas quilt Another Texas Quilt

The backyard was so beautiful in morning light. I love the sun shining through those gnarled live oaks onto those red chairs. It was a LITTLE too warm to spend time out there, but I admired it from the screened in patio in the mornings.

The backyard

Do you see those little spools of thread as lights? It’s all in the details. . .

The screened in porch

One of the bigger projects I set to work on was sorting all the fabrics my scrap bin. As you can see, I let the collection get a little out of hand.

Before - scraps

But I tackled it! I have some scrap buster projects in mind to use some of these great scraps!

After - scraps

And here’s a quick snapshot of the projects that I worked on this weekend. Two dresses for myself, two flower girl dresses for a friend’s wedding, a dino hat for Jude, two new mama sets and a tote bag. I will do better write up of them when I take some better pictures of the projects individually. 🙂

Completed projects. . .

Thanks ladies for such a great time – I always enjoy sewing with you! And I can’t wait to do it again. Good food, good music, good conversation all while sewing. It’s perfect!

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Patio Furniture Redo

When we moved to Austin, we bought some patio furniture from Target. We put it out on our deck and then proceeded to experience the rainiest summer in Austin in many years. That left our patio furniture looking, well, weathered. The cushions certainly took the worst of the beating – especially because I tried to wash the covers. You are not supposed to put outdoor fabric in the washer or drier. Oooops.

Before: The Patio Furniture

Don’t they look so sad and saggy?

Before: The Patio Furniture

Even a little moldy. The fabric was just falling apart.

Before: The Patio Furniture

I decided I would try to make my own simple cushions in some fun colors to make the patio area pop. Turns out, it wasn’t that hard! (And do you see my new potting bench in the background? Finally a place to keep all of my gardening tools!)

Patio Cushion Redo

I love, love, LOVE the chevron striped pillows that match this rusty red color. I feel like they update the look the patio furniture significantly. Patio Cushion Redo

Thankfully the batting and foam were still in good condition to be reused. I measured the old cushions and cut the fabric to match. The backs and pillows were simple – I didn’t add any zippers because I can’t wash these in the washer anyways! The base cushions were a little more complicated but still pretty simple. I sewed the sides together into a loop and then pinned it, wrong sides together, to the top. Then sewed the other side to the bottom leaving enough room to insert the foam. Turned everything right side out and hand sewed the openings shut. Boring sewing, but with a big finished impact!

Patio Cushion Redo

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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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