Sunday, April 20, 2014

Traveler's Dress--Selfish Sewing

Does anyone else get a little self conscience putting pictures of themselves up for all to see? Well I do...but this dress is finally finished and I want to document it. Plus sewing for one's self is kind of fun and I want to encourage others to do it too!
The fabric is something I picked up at Textile Fabrics last summer. You can see the various shades that go from the darker green (shoulders) to the yellow (legs). I carefully cut the placket and sleeves so that they would match. The collar is just what was left over.
 The pattern was classic Lisette style...easy to follow and well written. However, I take issue with the lack of collar stand. She kind of did a pseudo collar stand that was just part of the collar and I did not like the way it looked or laid (it seems like she does this with a lot of her patterns). So I spent an entire movie picking it out and then drafted my own collar stand as well as a new collar ( I kind of used the pattern piece as a reference for that one). The new one looks so much better than the first. I like the way it lays and looks. 
 And as for the dress...I got a lot of comments on it at church today. That being said...this was not a great dress for sitting down. Standing up this dress fit perfectly and there was even wiggle room. Sitting down, it would gape at the placket. So I'm not sure if it's me or the pattern. Another interesting thing, thanks to my very pale legs that kind of blended in with the yellow at the bottom...my husband thought this dress was much shorter that it really is. So if you want to create the illusion of having a short dress on, just match the bottom color with your legs:)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Introducing the Shortie Nightgown

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When it comes to sleepwear, this would be my signature look...comfy, classy and vintage.
Here at our house, the girls kind of prefer nightgowns to sleep in, which are almost always made by me. It's always fun to mix it up and try new patterns and ideas though...you gotta do what you gotta do to keep things interesting.  This time around I went with a vintage/old fashioned look.
As for the pattern, well I'd like to introduce to you a new nightgown plus bloomers pattern by Chelsea over at GYCT. And she's got a lovely group gathered to show you just what you can do with the Shortie Nightgown and Bloomers pattern.
It is a great staple of a pajama pattern, with several options to mix it up...top and bottom, sleeveless or with sleeves.  It was a breeze to whip up, with easy to follow instructions. And best of all, Clara loves it and says it is super comfortable!
 Like I said, she's kind of a nightgown kind of a gal, so I went with the nightgown length option. I also had this vision of an old fashion, pure white nightgown with lovely details to make it special, so I went with my vision and made it out of Kona cotton in white.
 I really wanted to add the little pleats and pin tucking details to the top, so the only change I made to the pattern was to add 4 inches to the front piece by laying the middle side of the pattern 2 inches from the fold instead of right on the fold. This allowed me to add a total of 6 pleats and 14 pin tucks to the front. Then instead of gathering it to the yoke as instructed, I only gathered the little parts left on each side. The pleats and tucks act a little like the gathering, in that it kept the front piece nice and roomy for a much more comfortable sleep. I also added lace at the sleeve and bottom hems to give it that old fashioned look. Okay, I take that back, I did change one more thing...I added 3 more inches to the bottom hem for the off the charts tall gal of mine, plus she likes them long.
 We had a little fun with this 'photo shoot' where she wanted to pretend to sleep with her favorite stuffed friends...outside.
 This is a pattern that I will definitely be making again...easy to cut and assemble, probably an hour tops. I'm actually itching to try it in a knit.
So head on over and pick yourself up a great addition to your nightgown sewing repertoire.
Chelsea's also got a great give-a-way as well as a sale (use Shortie20 for 20% off this week) going on.
  



Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Little Sewing for Me

My old bag/purse was getting a little worn out as it's at least 5 years old, so I figured it was time for a new one.  Yes the fabric is the same as from the pillows, but I wanted something darker for the inside. I also added a pocket and a magnetic snap to keep things closed.
 I rather like the new one and can't wait to put it to use.

Monday, March 24, 2014

And the Lucky Winner is...

And the lucky winner is...Cindy Mak! Thanks for all who participated and stopped on over to see my little spot in Blogland!


Monday, March 17, 2014

200th Post and a Celebratory Give-a-Way

A Rose in our Flower Garden last Spring
"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things."
Always one of my favorite musical/movies and songs from a movie. It's a nice reminder of what is important and how the little things can bring us the most happiness and sense of calm. And since this little piece of 'blog-land' is important to me, no matter how insignificant is it, I thought I'd celebrate my 200th post with a give-a-way that includes some of my favorite things.

   Just wanted to say "Thank you" for stopping by and reading my ramblings.
What are my favorite things, you ask? Well here's what you'll win:
marking pen, point turner, some vintage trim, 3 fun fat quarters, embroidered quote (one of my all time favorites by an unknown person), chocolate, herbal tea,



So you will have till the end of Friday, March 21st to enter. I'll let you know on Monday, March 24th who won.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

I Jumped the Gun


To all my lovely readers who saw the 200th post about a give-a-way...that was a little early and wasn't supposed to post until Monday. So come back then and find out more! This is going to be fun!
 This is just a gratuitous picture until I have something craft related to put in this post...it's the 199th so I needed to do something:) I have plans to finish a dress today and then post about it so I'll just have to update this.

Monday, March 3, 2014

A Little Tip and Something Beautiful

I love doing rolled hems, with my rolled hem foot...really I just hate the ironing part of doing a regular hem, so I avoid it when at all possible. That being said, I hated how the rolled hem looked when I first start a hem.  My solution...tissue paper. Just take a piece that extends an inch or two from where you want to start. Then start sewing on the tissue paper and start your rolled hem as normal. No more wonky hems at the beginning. Then all you have to do is tear away the tissue paper.  It's that easy!
 Now on to something beautiful. Today we woke up to ice coating everything...the joys of living in the South, but just far enough north to be on the edge of freezing weather. This meant the kids got off school, but by noon things weren't too bad and some of my kids had places to go. Just down the street from our house is a stream and just as I was about to drive over the bridge, this beauty of a Great Blue Heron flew down and landed. I grabbed my camera and got a couple shots off before he either decided there wasn't anything to eat there or that it was just too cold.
 As I think I've mentioned before, if I had to pick my dream job I would be a photographer for National Geographic, just so I could travel the world and take pictures of nature...she never ceases to amaze me.

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