Tuesday, January 31, 2012
A new addition to a favorite old style. I have been making ruffle pants since I made my first pair of pants. Boy, that seems like ages ago. But it's still my favorite kind of pants to make. This pair for my older daughter features a lovely Sandi Henderson fabric from her Meadowsweet collection. This print has very unique colors. I decided to play up the orange and fushia combo by adding cargo pockets.
I used a pocket pattern designed by Patty Young for her Chloe Dress. I added the ribbon ruffle to the top edges to give a cargo pocket the girly treatment. This pockets look really cute on because of Patty's round design... they have their own volume and sit out just enough to draw the eye and give an otherwise straight leg some personality. Not that the fabric I chose needed any help in the personality department. My daughter (who also needs no help in the personality department) wore them today with a grey long sleeve tee and she got compliments right away.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Below is another ruffled nursing cover. This one features Heather Bailey fabric.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
JoAnns first, but then I'm on it. Pinterest makes me giddy.
So I fondled her scarf for an appropriate period of time and inspected the size of the crochet hook she used and the next morning I was off to buy my own giant crochet hook and super bulky yarn. The results are 2 scarves in 2 days. The first one pictured is with Lion Brand Yarn in Cape Cod Tweed and a random mustard colored yarn I got at Big Lots last year. The second one pictured is Sensations Sumptuous Yarn in Teal. As a side note, when you can't decide what color yarn to buy, it helps to have a 2 year old in your shopping cart because they just want to hold them all like the skeins are stuffed animals and the result is that you simply must buy all the colors because there's no crying in
baseball JoAnns. If there is crying you simply give out candy loving discipline.
If you see something you love, go make it!
If you see something you love, go make it!
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Saturday, January 21 from 9am - 3pm
We'll squeeze as many volunteers as we can fit into my sewing studio in Chicago, IL.
Join in on the fun as we cut and sew dresses for our partner church in Nairobi to distribute to little girls in the Kibera slum as well as in schools with which they partner. Help bring a sweet smile to a young girl’s face and enhance the ministry of Nairobi Baptist Church at the same time. No sewing experience? There’s still plenty you can do!Donations of various sorts are welcome and the list of needs can be found online. Grab some supplies, a friend. You can come for all or just part of the time.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday Nights, 7:30pm - whenever:
Feb 6: Clothing refashions - bring some of your old clothing and we can turn it into something new! Get ideas ahead of time on Pinterest. You can also find items to use at thrift stores.
Feb 13 and 20 - No sewing socials.
Feb 27: Baby Gifts - how to make nursing covers, ribbon lovies, burp cloths and diaper clutches.
Come as you are, beginners and experts alike.
You can pitch a few bucks in the tip jar to cover the cost of any of my fabric you use or you can bring your own.
Feel free to invite a friend.
Bring your own machine or use my guest machine.
Please enter through my side/basement door so as not to ring the doorbell and wake up sleeping kids.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
The kit includes two sheets that I made from cutting apart a queen size duvet cover from Ikea. The price per yard was way cheaper than buying raw yardage. I love the black and white print with graffiti style alphabet. The fabric is light weight so it will be perfect for draping over tables and chairs and will let natural light into the fort. I sewed two ties into each corner, plus two more into the middle of each side of the sheets. That's 16 pieces of tie per sheet. I made the ties from bias tape. I had lots of scrap pieces of bias tape from past projects so I ended up with lots of different colors = fun!!
|All packed away in a drawstring bag.|
I found some pink and white rope and the clamps at Home Depot. The rope is nylon, so hopefully it will hold up to many years of use. The clamps are in the paint tools aisle. They are also magnetic and cost a bit more than I wanted to pay, but they were the best solution at the time and it was critical that they opened wide enough and could be used by a 4 yr old. The clothes pins came from JoAnns. The duvet cover from Ikea came with 2 pillow shams so I cut one down and sewed a storage bag from it so they girls can clean up easily and always have their Build A Fort supplies ready to go.