Posts Tagged ‘Sewing’

Friday, October 25th, 2013

KCW :: Two Jackets

She's pretty happy with her new Tangled #meridianjacket!

It’s Kids Clothes Week again. I’m barely participating. I didn’t even make two jackets during this week I just the second of two so shhh, k? A couple of weeks ago I took the girls to the fabric store and let them pick out fabric for cozy fall jackets so I could test the Meridian jacket (and cardi) pattern for Rachael. Remember the Roly Poly pinafore (with pictures of B pre curls!)?I love testing Rachael’s patterns, they are easy to follow with clear instructions and always turn out a great looking product. The girls get so many complements on their jackets in spite of but also sometimes because of the prints they selected. Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Kids Clothes Week :: Wrapping It Up

Last week was Kids Clothes Week (don’t count of me for timely news or reminders) and I really tried to sew along. Really, the whole thing is about devoting an hour to sewing a day for a week and that’s not so bad, right? I very much wanted to keep sewing my way through some of the fabric that I picked up recently and I feel like I’ve done a good job of that this summer! I only have two or three more yards that I should really try to do something with. Not too shabby.

First, the nautical dress with the anchor applique. I used a vintage McCalls pattern (that came complete with three iron-on transfers that are still begging to be ironed on to something) to make a simple A-line jumper.

anchor 2

Then I dyed a white cotton dress that I picked up. I was shooting for an ombre effect which I achieved with moderate success. I used a denim colored dye and the sailboat applique seemed fitting.


Finally, only three years after picking up the issue of Stitch magazine that featured the pattern, I made the Oliver+S ruffle halter. I love it. It’s not exactly right. I had a number of make it work moments. I wanted to badly to use this gray bias gingham but the ruffles are cut on the bias so I lost the whole effect. (Haha, that’s funny grammar but not inaccurate.) I want to list all the ways that I botched this pattern but they are too numerous. You can see that the proportions are a bit off in the photo and that’s from all of my meddling. The O+S patter itself, as always, is fab. I will probably make another one of these before the summer’s over. I just wish it hadn’t taken me three years to finally get to it. That’s a little ridiculous.

sad face

I love this picture. It’s my favorite of them all.


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Saturday, June 1st, 2013

A Winner!

Kristy, you won! Thanks, everyone for following the Roly-Poly-Along! That was a lot of fun. You can catch up on all three weeks (15 posts, wow!) of the Roly-Poly-Along here. That’s a wrap!

the roly poly along blog tour button

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Roly Poly Blog Tour And Pattern Giveaway! (Closed)


Imagine Gnats is doing a great blog tour to launch of her new Roly Poly Pinafore pattern. I wrote all about the one I made during Kids Clothes Week here. It’s a great, easy pattern with clear, well-written instructions and we get TONS of compliments on it wherever we go. Aside from the extreme cuteness I like that, for a baby, it can be worn with or without a shirt underneath depending on the weather. I know it’s going to get lots of use this summer.


The best news though? I have a copy of the pattern to give away to you! Just leave a comment below to be entered to win and tell everyone your ideas for the fabric combo you will use on this reversible pinafore. For another entry like NeurosesGalore on Facebook and leave a comment here telling me. I’ll choose a winner at the end of the blog tour 5/31.

Here’s the whole blog tour schedule. I can’t wait to see what everyone else made! There’s lots to see in the Imagine Gnats Flickr group too and if you (sad face) don’t win, you can buy the pattern here.

the roly poly along blog tour button

5.13 Jill Made with Moxie / Stephanie The Crafty Kitty
5.14 Stephanie NeurosesGalore / Cherie you & mie
5.15 Ari Max California / Caila Caila Made
5.16 Veronica SewVery / Tara Girl like the sea
5.17 Nancy owen’s olivia / Adrianna Crafterhours
5.20 Ajaire Call ajaire / Sarah EmmylouBeeDoo
5.21 Laura Craftstorming / Jessica a little gray
5.22 Frances Miss Matatabi / Nicke kiss kiss quilt
5.23 Amy formwork design / Kat Sew Chibi
5.24 Joanne Rose & Dahlia / Amanda Kitschy Coo
5.27 Celina Petit a Petit and family / Delia Delia Creates
5.28 Christy a.Amelia handmade / Carolyn Fake It While You Make It
5.29 Bonnie Fishsticks Designs / Maria La Inglesita
5.30 Jane Buzzmills / Kate Things for Charlie
5.31 Polly Jack & GeeGee / Molly Rose & Odin

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Sunday, April 28th, 2013

KCW :: Roly Poly Pinafore



Ohmygoodness! My girl Rachael developed this pattern and was sweet enough to send me a copy. I was nervous. I’ve never really sewn anything from a pattern that I printed at home. After I printed the pattern I was still nervous. I couldn’t tell, just looking at the stack of paper, how it was supposed to go together but it’s all in the instructions. I was so happy! It took no time at all to put the pattern together after that. I was even inspired to trace the pattern for the size I needed rather than cutting out the paper so now I can make one for Avery without printing it out again.

I am super happy with how this turned out! It’s cute, cute, cute on the baby. I put it over a teeshirt and bloomers but in the summer it will be fine for her to wear it without an undershirt (I don’t know if bigger kids can pull that off). I didn’t add the pockets so I cut it out in just two pieces. It’s a lot of sewing but it’s crazy easy to put together. I was able to put it together in a single evening. Though, as always, I may have skimped on *ahem* attention to detail. That was a lot of top stitching! But I know you’re up for it. I also had to fudge the straps a little so I did the buttons and button holes backwards. Meaning the buttons are on the back straps instead of the front. In short, there were some hang ups but they were all of my own making. The pattern is great and instructions are totally clear and easy to use and follow.

I’m so glad that she encouraged me to try this pattern, I love it. It’s also cool because it’s reversible. The hexie fabric is a yard of Quilt Blocks fabric that I think I picked up at G Street by Ellen Luckett Baker and the floral reverse I bought at Mood while I was pregnant. I’ve used so much of my stash this week that I treated myself to a yard of new fabric today! But just one.



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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Vintage Baby :: Simplicity 1813

front outside

It’s Kids Clothes Week! This time I didn’t even sign up (because keeping it real). HOWEVER, I did happen to make this romper and it does happen to be KCW so I’m calling it even. I just won’t bother to title the post “Day 3!” as if I’m even a little bit optimistic about their being any subsequent days. I’m just sayin, maybe there will be any maybe there won’t.

Simplicity 1813 is a vintage repro pattern for baby girl summer clothes. I love a good romper and the one included with this pattern is super quick and easy. I loved making this! It was a breeze. There are only two pattern pieces and if I hadn’t been using a directional print I would have had it cut out in no time. Stupid, stupid directional prints. I used not quite a yard of Opal Owl by Free Spirit that I bought at Lake Country Patchwork last summer. I simplified it a little by using fold over elastic at the legs instead of making a casing (best modification ever!) and by using diaper velcro instead of snap tape at the crotch (I just cut it in half to make it narrow enough to fit.)

I can’t decide if I should make another romper or try one of the little tunics. I’m thinking another romper in a light gray bias gingham that I have no other plans for.

back leg



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Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Merrily We Sew Along!


I’m so excited to have worked on this over the weekend. I hadn’t seen this book yet but I love, love, love the idea of Improv Sewing. It’s pretty much the only way I sew. I also made three pairs of bloomers over the weekend using a pattern I traced when Avery was a baby and fabric I bought when Chase was a baby, followed none of the instructions and had a great time!

I worked on this project as part of the fourth episode of merrily we sew along (and just in time for Kid’s Clothes Week!). It’s inspired by the two-tee dress. (you can find this project on page 262 of improv sewing.)

This dress started as a drapey woman’s tee. It had drapey sleeves with slits in the tops. It’s hard to see but this is the only before picture I took. Avery immediately loved this shirt. To her it immediately looked like a dress and it was VERY difficult to get her to take it off in order to make any modifications at all. Anything I wanted to do had to be done while she was sleeping. She’s probably worn it 5 out of the 6 days it’s been in the house.
I started by cutting off the drapey sleeves, cutting the shoulder seam and re-closing the shoulder with a simple knot. I took in a couple of inches on the side and fixed the arm scythe… aaaand that’s pretty much it. That was pretty much all she would allow me to do. She just really likes it the way it is and, frankly, so do I and so I didn’t really follow the instructions (shocker!). Though because I felt like a slacker I added some appliqued hearts one night. I was really, REALLY worried about the addition. I was afraid she would take one look at it and collapse in a heap wailing about how I RUINED her dress but I got lucky and she loved it.
Has that ever happened to you? We have this cute little sundress that I made when Chase was little but Avery won’t wear it because it has two decorative buttons. I mean honestly. Makes me crazy.
These lovely ladies are inviting anyone who’s inspired to stitch up their own two-tee dress to sew along (merrily, even) and share pictures in the merrily we sew along flickr group.
merrily we sew along

but before you start stitching, if you’d like a bit more inspiration there’s another fabulous guest poster:

Jane of Buzzmills

… and don’t miss the posts from our lovely sew along co-hosts: casa crafty and imagine gnats!

episode four: two-tee dress is sponsored by Creativebug. we’re excited to tell you that the winner of this project will receive a one month subscription to the fabulous classes on the Creativebug site!
perhaps you fancy learning how to crochet at midnight or have a hankering to paint in your pajamas? as a Creativebug member, you’ll have unlimited access to all of their workshops, anytime. featuring workshops from some of my favorite artists like Liesl Gibson, Kaffe Fassett, Anna Maria Horner… and even improv sewing’s Debra Immergut and Nicole Blum, you’re sure to find plenty of inspiration.

so, stitch up yourself a two-tee dress and share a picture in the merrily we sew along flickr group by april 30 to be entered to win!! we can’t wait to see what you stitch up.

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Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Made Myself An Apron

I’ve been talking about this apron for weeks and weeks. All day I walk around and think if I could only just pick that up and put it where it goes I could tidy up just a little. The problem is that I’m always finding Polly Pockets that belong upstairs in the living room or finding Magnatiles that belong in the basement in the living room when I have absolutely no chance of being able to return them to their proper places at that moment.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, July 19th, 2012

She Chooses The Ikat

UntitledMonths ago I bought a living social deal for G Street Fabrics. It’s not that far, right? It’s just Rockville. But I didn’t go and didn’t go until finally it was going to expire. The deal expires today and, just under the wire, we drove out there yesterday.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Fun For Everypony

What kind of mischief do toys get into at your house?  They’re all over the place here.  Everywhere you turn there’s a pony.  Turn down the sheets?  Pony.  Put on a shoe?  Pony.  Turn on the lamp?  Pony.

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