Saturday, December 29, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I finished sewing Lillian's Christmas dress today! It is from Ottobre magazine, 4/2003 issue, pattern #2 for the top and pattern #5 for the dress, size 62 cm, though I lengthened the dress part 3 inches to make it wearable without pants underneath. If you have the magazine and look closely at the model, you will see that the pinafore dress is really quite short and is modeled with pants underneath. I made a previous dress in this pattern prior to her birth and discovered recently that it does indeed need the pants underneath at it barely covers her diaper. Whoops!
Link to the magazine showing the pattern: http://www.ottobredesign.com/lehdet_js/2003_4/sivut/8.jpg
Overall I'm pleased with the results. The shirt was a challenge for me as it was the first time I have done a placket, and that placket was tiny and on lycra knit. Overall though it was okay and the dress hides most of it anyway! Now I just need a go out and get her a nice pair of cotton tights in white and we're all set. :-)
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
This I actually finished last week but am just posting. I had a small scrap of this tools motif canvas fabric left from another project so I decided to make Noah is own library book bag. The bag dimensions are pretty small (don't have it handy to measure), but it will hold 2 or 3 of his little books or chunky board books he likes to check out. This will allow him to be just like big brother with his own bag!
For the bag for anyone interested, it is very very simple to make a bag like this. You need 2 pieces of fabric the size you want the bag to be plus seam allowances. I actually used one large rectangular piece and the left side of the bag does not have a seam (i.e., I folded the rectangle land sewed the bottom and the other side). For this bag I did do French seams so the inside looked nice and finished and would not ravel. To do this, sew the seams first WRONG sides together with a scant 1/4 inch seam or less, using your judgement honestly based on the type of material and raveling properties. Then turn the bag RIGHT sides together and sew your seams again, usually 1/4 inch, 5/8 inch or whatever you feel appropriate, just making sure it is larger than your first seam. This will enclose the original seam inside the new one, leaving only finished edges. At the top, I turn down 1-3 inches (depending on the size of the bag, what looks good visually) and sew the hem all the way around. Then I attach the handles. This time I used purchased nylon webbing handles. I got the nylon webbing from Joanns Fabrics when they were 50% off. When the "notions wall" is on sale, so is the webbing. It's a great time to stock up then!
Monday, December 17, 2007
On Saturday we went to Home Depot to choose a Christmas tree. Here are Zach and Noah posing before the HUGE selection of them before getting down to the hard work of actually choosing just one tree and agreeing which one!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Then, today, I discovered something amazing - the "blog this" button on my Flickr photo. Huh? I clicked it (of course!) to see what that did. I can link my blog directly to Flickr and make my life a whole lot easier?! But wait, only a selection of blog sites are supported by it, blogger being one and homeschoolblogger not being one. Well that is a bit of a deal breaker on continuing to do most of my posting over at homeschoolblogger. I'll keep it and maybe do my regular and sewing posts here and homeschool blogging there? I don't know yet but this whole Flickr photo thing is fantastic - expect to see a lot of kid photos and sewing projects now! :-)
This is both an update and a test of linking my blog with Flickr photos. I thought I would share some of my Chrismas sewing. This is a new set of PJs for Zach, made from the Kwik Sew for Children's book. The double sleeve comes from instructions from Sewing Mamas, www.sewingmamas.com.