Whatcha workin' on? Pink gingham and aqua chambray is what I am working on.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Man down! When you barely touch something and bam to the floor it goes, pieces everywhere. The struggle is real. Your first instinct is to immediately order another. Then a shred of common sense intercedes with a whisper "Maybe it can be fixed?" Soooo off on the search into the cave known as the garage. Wood glue!
Sadie Stand is back on the job. Not much worse for the wear, She won't hold up a Mac truck but she can wear a toddler's dress. Whew. Though I do need to order a bigger sister for the two I have. :sniff sniff: Princess has outgrown the larger one that I have.
Keep stitchin', faithful reader.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
A summer birthday calls for a breezy summer dress. And I hope this dress fits the bill.
I used Children's Corner Emily, View B. I like the shaped bodice but will admit attaching that skirt to the bodice is a challenge. You pleat the skirt first then ease it onto the bodice. Next time, I am taking deeper pleats to reduce the amount needed to be eased onto that bodice.
I used a Swiss pique from the closet. I bought it has a precut from Bear Threads during market at SAGA Convention in Atlanta. A dream to work with. Comes out of the dryer needing very little ironing. The collar is Spechler-Vogel poly/cotton pique. A standard choice for collars for me. The dress and collar are piped with pima cotton gingham.
All in all I like the dress, those few puckers drive me crazy but I'm going with it. Its light, breezy and perfect for summer.
Happy Birthday to this sweet girl! Six going on thirteen. They grow up too fast but everyone is excited.
We are anxious to welcome our newest addition later in the year.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Princess has a birthday this week and she needs some new nighties. I have made her a couple in the past using the same pattern. She loves them so much she has insisted on wearing them even though they are woefully too small.
|Children's Corner Jane|
The knit for both came from stash. The ruffle on the floral is more narrow because I had to squeeze a size 6 out of the absolute minimum of fabric. The ruffle is even pieced to have enough length to gather. I have no idea how old the floral is but I suspect it could be 15 to 20 years old.
The other knit is a Sea Island knit I bought a couple of years ago with princely frogs and pink bugs. Her brother will be most intrigued by those bugs until he gets a gander at those pink ladybugs and crowns. He will then declare "dat for girls"
Don't be too impressed with the bows on the front, they are just slapped on there so she knows which is the front. :)
And since it is her birthday a new dress is in the works. Need to finish up so I can get it in the mail. Some things never change. This Bear Threads pique is a dream to work with.
Friday, July 8, 2016
Just a quick bubble for play clothes for our littlest one. Her mother prefers her in pastels and white but I think LG will like it. Fabrics are from my stash. Pattern is a favorite, Children's Corner Taylor
Machine embroidered caterpillar from an etsy dealer, La Stitcher. Not a perfect match but close enough to please me. Piped in yellow. I altered the front to be able to have a solid yoke. No perfect science to this. I eyeballed a place that intersected the armhole, used a French curve to shape it, add 1/4" seam allowances and cut the lining from the original pattern piece.
No ruffles on the hiney, just something quick for her to play in the dirt and on the monkeybars.
What is on your machine?
Sunday, July 3, 2016
I know I had mentioned the newest sewing magazine here,
Excuse my fly-by phone pics but I was a tad excited here people! I don't know who this sweet little model is but she is a cutie patootie! And it goes to show just how a baby grows UP and not OUT! This little day gown fits quite a while.
I have friends who have had many, many items published so perhaps they are more accustomed to seeing their things in print. Not me, I still get a real charge out of it. And seven pages! That was a real surprise too.
I have a few photos I had taken before I mailed it off. I don't want to share too many details because I want you to purchase the magazine! We need to do our part to keep any and all sewing publications in print.
It is an Italian inspired color palette using blue Japanese lawn, smocked and embroidered with ivory and ecru.
There is a little bit of lace insertion. The magazine did a stupendous job of illustrating this technique.
This photo, you can tell has all the set up of a real professional photographer, HA! Its lying on the floor of my living room in front of the window. I tell all my dirty secrets. You too can be a perfeshenul like me!
I hope you will either purchase a single copy, available through the magazine's website, Barnes and Noble or Joann Fabrics or better yet subscribe. You get quite the value for your $. Full size patterns, lots of inspiration through many projects and additional downloads from the website.
Enjoy and thanks for letting me toot my own horn for a moment. Back to your regularly scheduled programming.