Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sew With Me Spring Week 2: The Ruby Top and Dress

Oh my goodness where did this past week go???? Wow, getting back into things after spring break was ROUGH!  Soccer started for the two older kids so on Saturday we had 2 games at different times, pictures, snacks, and everything else that comes with the first week of a new sport.  It was so fun, but exhausting.  I just want to sleep for 42 days straight. 

ANYWAY, last week I made The Ruby Top from Made By Rae (you can find a copy here). I used some chambray from Pink Chalk Fabrics and some Meadow by Leah Duncan from Hawthorne Threads.  Every line she's made has been sooo good for every fabric project you could think of.

This is the first womens pattern I've made from Rae.  I was worried that it would look peasant-y and busty, and blouse-y but I don't think it does! I will make the medium next time though, the front gapes a little if I don't adjust it frequently. 

I used Rae's video tutorial to make the yoke fully lined.  First of all, she's super cute, and I like that she gives these extra tutorials so you can make your garment exactly how you want it.  Such a great thing if you want to make lasting garments.  She takes you through the whole thing in the video so I didn't actually refer to the pattern at all.  

The pattern is sleeveless and next time I'm going to try a sleeved version (you need the washi dress expansion pack to do this-but she's made all her sleeves and variations interchangeable throughout her patterns, so smart!!) though I really like this as a top and think I will definitely wear it.  She also says you can try it with knit, the possibilities are endless!!! 

This is great pattern for mixing fabrics or using ones you love but only have a little bit of.  I put it on before I hemmed it and didn't want to take it off! I'll definitely make it again, and now I'm less scared to try The Washi Dress! 

Later this week I will share the Hide-and-Seek dress from Oliver + S and hopefully an outfit each for kids clothes week! Yay! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sew With Me Spring Week 1: The Everyday Skirt by Liesl + Co.

First of all, thanks for joining me! Sorry this is late.  Stuff ended up getting in the way and I didn't get the pictures I wanted, but oh well, next week should be better.  This weekend I sewed up The Every Day Skirt from Liesl + Co. Liesl is also the one who makes Oliver + S. patterns but you probably knew that already. 

I worry that things I make will look like a basement craft project executed by a skilled 8 year old.  But I thought this pattern would be a good place to start with making more structured clothes for myself, and indeed it was! 

I used a cotton quilting fabric from JoAnn's by Anna Maria Horner's talented daughter, Juliana Horner.  Next time I'll probably use something a little different, though this turned out fine, the pattern came off a little more Little House on The Prairie than wanted, but it's cool. I'll make it work.       

My measurements fell in a whole bunch of sizes so I went with the dropped waist size as recommended for this pattern, but I think it ended up a little large.  Next time I'm going down a size.  Never a bad thing. 

This pattern uses elastic in a really awesome way, so you don't need to worry about zippers or anything scary like that. I thought I would have to add length but it turned out just right.

I LOVE that this skirt has pockets.  I will definitely be making more of these and am curious to try a maxi length skirt since the shorter version is so awesome.

The only thing I would advise is that you seriously follow every single step she gives you and take your measurements.  It just won't turn out as well if you don't.   I'm probably going to have to tighten mine up around the waist just a little but the way you put in the elastic it'll be easy to fix.

Have you made this pattern before?  Do you think you'll try it?

Next week: The Ruby Top and Dress by Made by Rae

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sew With Me Spring Calendar and Links to Patterns

Alright, it isn't Sunday anymore, but here's the first few weeks of my plan if you want to sew along with me:

Monday March 24 - The Everyday Skirt by Liesl + Co.
Monday March 31 - The Ruby Top and Dress by Made by Rae
Monday April 7 - Hide and Seek Tunic and Dress by Oliver + S.
Monday April 14 - The Out and About Dress by Sew Caroline
Monday April 21 - The Penelope Peplum and Girls Pippa Peplum by See Kate Sew
Monday April 28 - Hanami Top and Dress by Straight Grain

I'm still planning to show you The Everyday Skirt I'll be back in a little bit.  It's spring break for us this week so we're enjoying a little more of a relaxed schedule this week!! 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sew with me spring (and summer)

It's no secret I have a lot of patterns.  I have women's patterns, kid's patterns, bag patterns, baby shoe patterns, and then some more patterns. 

So I'm making a goal: at least one pattern per week. 

I thought it'd be fun to share this with you guys, and maybe you'll even want to sew with me through the spring and summer!   

I'll follow the pattern, and then let you know what I liked, didn't like, adjustments I made, and if I'll be using it again, along with where you can get the pattern if you want your own copy. 

I'm working on a calendar of my plans this weekend, along with links for you to buy the patterns on Sunday so you can follow along if you want to!

I'll share my results each Monday, starting this coming Monday, and give you a heads up on what's coming next. Now, I'm giving myself a one pattern minimum, but not limiting to one.  

I'm going to start with The Everyday Skirt by Liesl and Co.  I've had this cut out and sitting around for a while, but no time to get it sewn up. If you want to sew with me you can purchase your own copy here.

*And just to be clear, I came up with this on my own (not that it's a new idea) and am just sharing because I thought y'all would enjoy following along, and it keeps me honest.  All opinions are mine and I'm not compensated or affiliated with anything...and so on :) 


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Meow quilt progress

Abby's birthday is sneaking closer every second and is now only about 2 weeks away! 

I've finished 4 more blocks for her quilt, making a total of 6. That's only halfway, so I've got some work to do.  I spent some time this afternoon cutting out the rest of the block pieces so it'll just be a matter of sewing them together next.  

I said before how fast they are and they really are.  The longest part is the cutting.  I'm hoping I can sew these up tonight with a bit of Veronica Mars to keep me company.  

I've never seen the show before now and am a little into the first season now. Pretty fun to watch! And totally reminds me of high school (though I was waaayyyyy less dramatic) and a little bit of Twin Peaks, but much less creepy.  So that'll be fun.  

Next week is Bens spring break, and though he does need to work, it will be excellent to have the tiniest respite from the full time regular chaos.  Happy almost Friday!! 

Monday, March 17, 2014

More cat blocks

It's been slower progress than I'd like but things have been busy.  

Here are the next few cat blocks I have finished for Abby's meow quilt for her birthday.  I finished the top and now just need to do the rest. 

Fingers crossed I have an amazing week and can finish it this weekend, her birthday is this Wednesday!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

You can call me Matt

"Mom, just call me Matt"

Um....and just like that he's practically grown up.  He will be 5 years old soon and the attitude growth has just showed up in the last week and a half. 
No longer does he believe that 100% of whatever I say must be true because nothing beats what Mom says.  We're at about 89% which is still awesome, but I can see that he's starting to come into his own, and the sparks of becoming an independent person are there, just flickering behind his gorgeous eyes.
One of the girls he has preschool with told me that he looks really nice when he smiles (after he was out of earshot of course), and it made my mom heart grin because she's totally right. 
I don't seem to do as much sewing for this man child as I do for the girls and there's a reason for that.  If I make something he doesn't like, he won't wear it.  No fighting about it, it'll just get lost at the bottom of the drawer never to see the light of day again, until it's too late...and he's too big for it.
So I'm particular about what patterns I try for him since he is our only boy (so far).  He saw me making two Bimaa Sweaters for Abby, and requested one with a red hood. 

And so it was done.  Probably not as quickly as he wanted, but he is always so grateful and excited anyway.  I love making things for him.  

Drawing class

If you guys are anything like me you already follow creative bug on several different places, and have seen many people talk about this recently.
If not, you should get yourself on one of those lists, follow them on one of their platforms, and go sign yourself up for Lisa Congdon's Line Drawing class.  It's the most fun I've had learning something in a while.
Lisa is so sweet, and teaches in such a wonderful way that is kind, exciting, and just wonderful.  If she ever does any more classes I will take every single one of them.  Seriously, I plan to.
Just look what I've been able to do with her lessons! It's so much fun.  
There are four lessons in this class spread over four weeks and these doodles are from weeks one and two.  Next week is week three. 
I just wanted to share because I thought you might be interested in doing something like this and it you've been wavering, consider this a friendly push from me to get you going! I hope you share your progress too! 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Red Scrap Basket

For the February Handmade Birthday Club, we made fabric scrap baskets from the pattern in Sunday Morning Quilts, which is a fantastic book with lots of creative projects and gorgeous pictures.
I picked red, though it's one of the colors I use the least, so I'm not sure why, but it worked out fine.
I've never sewn a 3D object like this before, and it was a little challenging.  The directions in the book were excellent, it was just tricky for me to do.
I used fusible interfacing to give the basket some standing up power instead of cardboard, and omited the label because I don't have any vinyl.
I imagine it will hold a good amount of red scraps!  My piles aren't well organized so really, this is a project I should do for myself someday!  But don't hold your breath : )

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Meow quilt - the first two blocks

I've made quilts that my kids use, but none really specifically for them, with their wants in mind as far as design goes, so I decided this would be the year!

Abby loves cats and as luck would have it there have been some delightful cat related quilt things made lately.  As much as I want the kids to love their quilts, we are trying to find that delicate balance between total pink barftastic disaster, and things look good together happy place where moms live.  Make sense? Excellent. 

I'm using the Meow pattern from Aneela Hooey for Abby's quilt and a mix of fabrics from Lizzy House's new line Catnp, as well as some other prints Abby picked out of my stash. 

The blocks are really fast to put together, and I'm really in love with this cat fabric! Fingers crossed she likes it as much as I do so far! 

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Nessie Top

This might be the quickest turn around I've ever had between buying a pattern and using it.  Less than a week, I think? Anyway.

The Nessie Top, from Craftiness Is Not Optional, is just as amazing as anything Jess has made.  The part that took the longest was tracing and cutting the pattern in 4 different sizes.

I had only a small amount of the teal floral and wanted to stretch it. I'm still holding onto small pieces to use as pockets in another project. 

I sewed up two shirts lickety split last Wednesday night using the color blocked option and long sleeves in the 4T and 12-18 month size.  Yes, Sam is only 6 months olds and already wears 12-18 month clothes... 

Abby wore hers all day and loves it, almost as much as I do.  I'm quite pleased with how these turned out plan to cut out some more very soon!

Lest we forget that I do have a son, I have something cut and waiting to sew up for him also.  I haven't found as many boy patterns that I like that I think he will wear so I'm hoping this one goes well...