Is it a bird?
Is it a plane?
No. Its a winner!
Victoria, who said – “I think it is an incognito forest creature and we will not know what it is until it reveals itself. It will definitely need two arms which could be cut from another fabric and it also needs a tail. Then of course, it may need clothing or a backback. Maybe a baby. Maybe some friends. It could be the beginning of an entire stuffed species who will bring about world peace. And all of this for a dollar in a plastic bag on a fabric store counter. Cool!“, is our UFO sewing project winner.
She had PZ at the mention of “baby”. Thanks everyone for commenting and I may have another UFO giveaway in the future. I picked up more than one bag of strange vintage precuts. Stay tuned!
The Truth Is Out There…
Phew! I finally made it through all the blogs on the SMS May Giveaway Day. If you have some time, or actually a LOT of time, and you’re feeling lucky you should definitely check it out! If you’re looking for MY giveaway, its right here.
Now I can get back to sewing and blogging and heck!, even parenting. When the SMS Giveaway Days happen, I kind of shut down. Anyway! I’ve been trying some new stuff around here. I’ve got the new serger now, and finally sat down and pulled out some of my vintage knits to play around with. Here is what I made in approximately 15 minutes.
If you look closely, you can see the necklace that PZ made all by herself. I actually think its pretty awesome and a really cool way to get your kiddos thinking in patterns.
We worked for about 2 hours on necklaces on Sunday. I pulled out all my old beads and jewelry making supplies. It was kind of neat to see all the old stuff. This was something new for the girls. We’ve made felt jewelry, but this is the first bead work we’ve done. We all got frustrated many times, beads rolling off the elastic string, Quinby choosing to toss more than floss. But we got through it and both girls are very proud of their work and so am I.
Here’s a last picture of the knit dress. I wanted to show a close up of it so you could see the cute vintage fabric. It’s blue alligators at the beach! This was another Knittn’ Kitten find from awhile ago.
After the great shorts fiasco yesterday, I decided to switch over to tops. I did this little top to “go” with the sailboat shorts I made on Sunday. I had seen this picture from katie did‘s blog when she first posted it and the little shorts are actually what I liked about it, but the ruffle on the top caught my attention as well. So I just decided to free hand a similar top and it came out a little strange, but wearable.
The straps still need some adjustment. PZ wasn’t feeling particularly willing to stand around trying the shirt on over and over again. Unfortunately, she gets super freaked out when trying clothes on with pins, so I end up sewing it before I have her try it on and having to redo it several times before I get it right.
I also almost finished an apron top for PZ, but we had friends come over for burgers on the grill. Yeah! It is finally starting to get nice enough to eat outside! Sunny Portland days here we come!
I’m very excited for Elsie Marley’s Kids Clothes Week Challenge. I’m planning on making the bulk of my girls’ spring/summer wardrobes this week. Yay! All last week I’ve been pinning tutorials and inspiration photos and am ready to start sewing. In case you are just hearing about KCWC or are still trying to find that perfect piece to sew, here are a few of the tutorials I’ve been considering.
Schwin & Schwin’s Petal Sleeve TopMakin’ It ImMACKulate’s Summer TopPrudent Baby’s Pillowcase Dress
Everyday Chaos’ Apron Dress
From an Igloo’s Shirred Twirly Dress
Me Sew Crazy’s Old School Shorts
Sewing for Scarlett’s Smock Top
This has been a crazy week. I’ve been fighting a cold since Tuesday and literally haven’t done anything since then. Luckily I finished this cute little nightgown for PZ on Monday evening. She’s been wearing it all week and I really need to get a picture of her in it.
She had asked me to make her a nightgown because baby sister has one I got at the resale shop by Mini Boden. She wanted it to have yellow roses on it. As fate would have it, I just happened to snag this pillowcase at a rummage sale last summer and see this tutorial a few weeks ago. Kismet I tell you!
In other news… I just bought a serger! I’m so excited for it to get here. I’ve been thinking about getting one for what seems like forever and I just took the plunge! Now I’ll be able to do all those cool repurposed t-shirt tutorials I’ve been drooling over. Yay!
I don’t sew with knits. I have a walking foot that I bought awhile ago so I could start sewing knits, but I can’t figure out how to attach it properly to my machine. In truth, I’m not even sure I bought the right one for my machine! Anyhoo, enough of my absurdity. I didn’t even use the aforementioned walking foot on this project. Just jumped right in and made a mess of things.
I saw this little tutorial over at Make It and Love it (Ashley always has such great tutorials and ideas. I’m a follower. ), on the same day that I just happened to buy a “boring” orange tee shirt for PZ at the resale shop. After sitting on it for a few months, I finally dragged the shirt out of my HUGE repurpose pile on Wednesday night and set to work. I tried sewing the skirt onto the knit shirt 3 times and this is the best I could get. My fix is the ribbon belt also a repurposed item. It once was a bow on a present many moons ago.
Not my best work, but I still think its pretty cute. Orange and stripes and hearts – what’s not to love?!? I hadn’t sewn anything since getting back from Hawaii and it was nice to work in my newly cleaned studio. That is until I got to the naughty knit part. Anyone out there with help on the walking foot front I’d love to hear from you! Otherwise I think I’m headed back to the store next week to get some advice.
I know these are awful pictures and I promise to post some later in good light, but PZ’s bday party is tomorrow and I’m neck deep in cake and cupcake decorating plus I’m hoping to get a dress finished tonight. You can at least get a sense of the shape and cut. The fabric is gorgeous and I’ll post a close up of it later, too.
This is the first shirt I’ve ever sewn for myself. It was WAY harder than it should have been for such an easy tutorial. I tinkered with this and ended up having to cut down the neckline at the end. I’ll probably try making another one of these before our Hawaii trip next month.
I saw Fiona Bell’s (Their Nibs) book, Sewn with Love, on Sew, Mama, Sew last November and immediately looked it up and bought it on Amazon. I was so excited. This book looked like just what I needed to expand my sewing kids clothes knowledge and help me refine my style with all the little vintage details. These are exactly the kinds of clothes I like my girls to wear and didn’t look intimidating like the few vintage patterns I’ve picked up and tried to decipher.
Now its the New Year and I have time to sit down and see if this book is as good as it looks. There is only 1 review on Amazon as I’m writing this and I’m a bit confused as to why. Usually these sewing/craft books are blogged about like crazy. I’m thinking maybe its because Fiona doesn’t have much of a web presence. At least no blog that I can find. She is on twitter, so I’ll probably let her know how this little experiment goes.
The book covers sizes 0-3 months to 7-8 years and has patterns for boys and girls and even a quilt and a few toys. It has four sections – Babies, Playtime, Parties, and Bedtime. I have no babies anymore so I’m going to skip that section, but other than that I’m going to attempt to try all the patterns in the book. Sounds like fun, right?!? Like a Julie & Julia kind of thing. If you’ve done or want to do any/all of the baby patterns I’d love to hear from you and of course I’d love it if anyone out there would like to sew/craft along. Feel free to join in. I consider myself an intermediate sewer and it would be nice to have someone to bounce questions off of.
I’m having Hubs print out the Button-Through Dress and the Dirndl Skirt today so will be starting work tonight.
My friend Julia asked me to make some overalls and dresses for her twins and some twin friends. I used a pattern from Ottobre‘s Spring 2009 magazine.
I made a pair of blue striped overalls too, but forgot to get a picture! Julia promises me I’ll get a picture of all the twins together later in the summer so I’ll make sure to post that.
I helped PZ make herself a felt flower headband from a little kit. She was so proud!
The girls and I created this handsome guy one rainy afternoon. Believe me, we could have an army of these guys with the amount of rainy afternoons we’ve had this spring.
And this is my upcoming project – bloomers and a tank for my friend Anne’s 10 month old daughter, Opal. I’m hoping to finish it today or tomorrow. So let’s see, with my going rate that should mean you’ll see pictures of it in about a month! Ha!
If you are looking for my SMS giveaway posts either scroll down or click here for HumbleLuna’s (the tail) and here for Sister Diane’s (ebook). I know it feels like I’ve become a giveaway blog, but I promise I’m still here. Motivation has been a bit of an issue lately. I’m hoping I can get a good deal done this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
I wanted to show you guys something, even if it isn’t one of the presents I’m working on. (I’m taking pictures of all my finished presents and will post them after Christmas so you guys can see the last hurrah). Here are some “fancy pants” I made for Q. I found the black wool, think peacoat material) at Mill’s End and the vintage lace at Knittn’ Kitten. PZ saw these and immediately asked where hers were, so I’m going to have to make her something similar. Is a 4 year old too old to have ruffles on the butt? I kind of think maybe. Perhaps I’ll put the ruffles down the sides or on the knees. Let me know what you think!