Friday, November 29, 2013


As I mentioned I've been bitten by the knitting bug lately.  On a recent shopping trip with Emily we stumbled upon the bargain yarn bin and she picked out a super soft pink, white, and purple variegated yarn.  Of course being the bargain bin there was only one skein but she really liked it and I figured I'd make a cute hat or maybe some legwarmers.  To my surprise when I asked my little daughter who is always bare foot she said she wanted socks. 

me "Why?"
her "I want something you can make fast."
me "What about a hat?"
her "No socks"
me "What about legwarmers? Do you know what legwarmers are?"
her "No socks"
me "I could make those things faster then socks."
her "socks"

Then I gave up and made socks.
Here are the socks on here feet.
I'm pretty sure this is the last time she had them on her feet.  By the time I got back from putting the camera up she had taken them off.  Oh well at least they were fun to make and if you look in the background there is a little preview of an almost finished project.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Printed maxi

I have two of the three Alabama Chanin the first and the third.  One of my goals for this year was to really make a project out of the third.  Really as in not just use the pattern but also do the applique and beading.  I have not done that yet and at this point its looking like one of the many things that will be waiting till next year.  I actually made the reverse applique skirt from the first book several years ago and wear it regularly though somehow it has never been photographed and blogged about.  maybe soon but that is not what this post is about.  This post is about the maxi skirt I made using the pattern from Studio Style. 
I made a large and truth be told the midsection is tighter then I would want in the dress which is good to know since they are the same pattern.  It does stay up well though and I like it a lot.  It was too long even for me.  I ended up taking about an inch off the top since I prefer a lower rise and shortened the back since a train would not really work well with my day to day life.
I only bought 2 yards of this fabric so I had to do some creative seaming on the back.  This skirt takes a lot of fabric.  I also eliminated the seam in the front to keep from breaking up the print.  The fabric is double knit from Girl Charlie and I like it so much.  Its nice and thick but still has a good bit of stretch which is great for a fall winter skirt.

So in person I like this skirt a lot.  In photos I'm not so sure about the shirt which is two bad since I have 3 of them.  I'll keep wearing them but I so should have gotten a size smaller.  Oh well. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Trying Some Lace

I've knitted or at least tried to knit on and off for years.  I think I was most prolific when I was pregnant with Emily and wanted nothing more then cute little baby pants with matching hats.  I've been enjoying knitting quite a lot again lately.  I think there are a few reasons for this.  As Emily is getting older she is less into frilly smocked dresses for everyday, she also seems to like for me to be in the room with her if she is home even though she seems to want to play on her own after school, and lets face it some of the sewing bloggers out there knit beautiful sweater.  So taking all of that I decided it was time for a craftsy course to make sure I was doing things correctly.  I selected the knit lab class and made the scarf.
The class was pretty basic but I knew that going in and while it didn't cover anything I couldn't have found on youtube I like the scarf and learned some now things.
Mostly I'm glad I made this because it was a great intro to lacework which as it turns out I love.  Not sure if I'll buy anymore craftsy knitting classes for a bit though.  I've been doing just fine with Ravelry and youtube but I do have my eye on a few so we will see.  As for the scarf it turned out well and keeps my neck warm now that I cut my hair off.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Mama Needs a new Shirt.

My love affair with Jalie 3245 lives on.  If I'm being honest this pattern does not always photograph well since it is loose at the bottom but I love wearing it so here is another version.
My initial plan for this one was to paint gray fabric to create matallic fabric with plain arms but this just did not look good.  I ended up saving the arms since I hadn't painted them and picking up some gray on gray high quality chevron knit.  The grays don't match perfectly but I think that adds a bit to its charm so I went ahead and used pink fold over elastic for the neck.
My husband wanted a picture with the leaves in the background so here I am laying in wet leaves.  Oh well.  The skirt is the Vogue 1247 from the pattern that I put all the fitting effort into.  Boy was that worth the effort.  I've got another one almost finished so stay tuned.

 As for the fit of the shirt I may bring it in a bit more at the waist next time but I'm torn.  I think its a bit loose but I tend to prefer body skimming to body hugging so we shall see.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Something Little

This post hardly seems worth writing but then sometimes we all make things that are less exciting but needed. 
This is yet another pair of the Lil Blue Boo leggings made from pink jegging knit from JoAnns.  I even did the little fluffy bits on the bottom.  Its not so much that I think this is the best legging pattern ever as it is that I have it traced and tweaked so I can't imagine I will be using another one for her any time soon.  I've added some length and lowered the rise a bit other then that it is straight from the pattern.  Hope you like.  I'll show you something a bit more exciting next time.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Lollypop Dress

You know those projects that seem simple enough, by all mean should be easy to complete, but for some reason turn into a comedy of errors.  That is exactly the experience I had with this little dress.  First I messed up a bit pleating the insert and didn't want to fix undo the whole thing.  Guess what this is always a bad idea!  That lead to the insert not being big enough bc I only smocked the good part.  Then I needed to add it to the dress the same way I add them to tee shirts except that I couldn't find my fabric glue and decided to press on anyways.  That leaves the back a bit rough though and so I wanted to add a bit of minky to cover the messy bit and sewed it in crookedly twice.  I should have just lined the whole front.  Oh and by that point I was so fed up that I didn't bother to change my serger thread so you can see the gray showing through a bit at all the seams.  If your still here you've made it to the pictures of the finished product.
This is the best picture I have of the smocking.  Emily picked the plate out of a few that I bought a while back and never quite got around to making.  I know she is going to out grow some of these cute little things soon so I'm trying to use them while I still can.
I used my Fabenmix Olivia pattern for the dress.  I've made it a bunch of times over the years and its still my go to for a super plain knit dress.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Kitty, Minion, with a side of Dragonasaurs

I know this flies in the face of much of the sewing community but I don't love making Halloween costumes.  I'd so much rather make actual clothes any day of the week and with my sewing time somehow dwindling these days my feelings regarding this have only gotten stronger.  I did end up making one costume this year though.  Emily decided she wanted to be a kitty and all it took was a google search for me to realize that any kitty costume I was going to be willing to put my daughter in would have to be made by me.
Yeah that's right I wanted something nice and old school that zipped up the front.  I had Simplicity 2885 uncut in my stash.  My mom and I are not sure which one of us is responsible for this copy but we do know that she made it twice previously.  Once for my and once for my brother.  This was a new uncut copy though so who knows where it came from.  I made her a small bc that was the smallest size on the piece I opened first.  The xs probably would have been better but oh well.  I didn't make the head piece or tail since we found the ears, nose, tail, and bow tie combo kit on sale for 5 dollars.  Emily picked the lovely pink and black fabric.  Its even better in person bc it is soft and has shiny dots all over.
Elijah wanted to be a Minion.  I had every intention of just buying his but I couldn't find one in stock anywhere so we ended up putting it together.  The hoodie is from a consignment shop, the overalls are from amazon (and be still my heart they are a adult small), the goggles are welder's goggles also from amazon, and the black gloves are the super cheap ones.  He only dressed up to go to trunk or treat at my husbands office.
Since her big brother was passing out candy on Halloween Emily decided to go trick or treating with her little neighbor friend.  We all decided he was a dragonasaurus since he was sure he was a dino but his costume had dragon wings.

So there you have it another year down.  They are already planning for next year but I won't be taking anyone seriously until about October 1st.  With any luck they will both want something that can be purchased or maybe not this one was pretty fun to make.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ramona wears slacks.

Emily and I have been reading the Ramona books.  Some days I'm not sure if this is the best idea as Emily identifies a little too well with Ramona but I loved them as a kid and am enjoying sharing them with her.  An interesting side effect of reading Ramona is that Ramona mostly wears slacks or as we would say these days pants.  This combined with my unwavering rule that people who go to school must wear leggings or playground shorts under skirts and Emily has really warmed up to wearing pants.  Once or twice she has even chosen to skip the skirt and just wear a shirt and leggings.  That meant these cute little monkey pants were finished just in time.
These are the Dorje pants from Sewing Clothes Kids Love and yes they two were conceived during September, started in October, and finished in November.  I made a few of these way back when I got the book and had forgotten how much effort these little pants take.  I'm pleased with the results though.
The fabric is a cord with hearts and monkeys that I picked up on clearance this summer.  The trim is from the apparently soon to be closed Patsy Aiken outlet (sob).
They are a bit big but we all know she is going to be taller by the end of winter.  They are also looser then she is used to but I think that is just the style of the pants.  We are so used to skinny jeans these days that wider boot cut pants stand out.  She seems to like them though so I'm calling it a win with the added bonus that they match a shirt she already had.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Emily's Party

Not a whole lot of sewing going on around here lately.  I've been knitting some, running a lot (I'm a certified coach now), making things on the rainbow loom (turns out my kids like the stuff not the process), and then I tripped while I was running today and skinned both hands plus one elbow.  Anyways all is well and I do have one or two things coming but in the meantime I thought some of you might like to see I pic from Emily's party.
She had it at Art Buzz Kids which is really Wine and Design but no wine at kids parties.  It was really fun.  They all painted super bunny since Emily is a big fan of bunnies.