Sunday, March 24, 2013

Little Pincushion Swap.

Sweet Little Pretties hosted a pincushion swap this past month and I joined in the fun.

I had never made a pincushion before and I, myself, did not have one. I am currently using my grandmother's little magnetic canister that is stuffed with pins.

My mother had the tomato pincushion with the dangling strawberry in her sewing room when I was growing up. I was very fascinated by it and wanted to eat the strawberry! Her collection of straight pins were dull, just the silver ones with little heads. I would get excited if a pearly one somehow found its way onto the cushion. I would insist she use it on the items she was sewing for me! The tomato pincushion with the dangling strawberry is long gone now.

Just about anything will work to stick your pins in for safe keeping! There are so many cute styles and creative designs for pincushion out there.

My partner lives in the UK and said she is partial to pinks and purples. Luckily P is also fond of pinks and purples so there was a large variety in my scrap stash to choose from. I went with the round design that was was tufted with embroidery thread. I finished it off with some green felt and a purple covered button. I added a little purple flower button on the underside too. It's amazing how much stuffing can fit inside!

You can view some of the pincushions being swapped on Instagram by using the hash tag #littlepincushionswap or visit the Sweet Little Pretties web page for the link ups and stories!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Pattern Testing!

If you are a mom like me then you too are saddened by the selection of clothing that stores offer for girls. Either it is poor quality or it is a wildly inappropriate option for a child.

So, I have taken to buying basics and making clothes for P that are tailored to her style. Sometimes she insists I do not make her this or that. She would rather buy it but for the most part she likes to choose the fabric and watch it be made.

I was very excited to have the opportunity to test two  Pattern Anthology patterns offered in their Sun & Surf Collection. I tested the Carousel Top and the Boardwalk Skirt.

The Carousel Top:
It is a darling knit top that has a sweet little keyhole detail in the back. This was my first time sewing with knits and I do not own a serger (yet). I used a solid pink interlock knit that was easy to work with. The pattern offers a lot of tips about sewing with knits. This pattern sewed up very easy with simple and clear instructions with photos at just about each step. P's chest measurement is 26" and the size 7/8 fits perfectly through the shoulders and a good length too. I sewed this up from start to finish in just over an hour. This pattern is sized 12 months to 12 years.

The Boardwalk Skirt:
This skirt is dreamy. In fact, I might size it up and make one for myself. It is a double layered drawstring skirt with an elastic back waist. The under layer peaks out a little bit with a ruffled hem. I made the size 8 in this and should have sized the waist down. P needed the length of the size 8. This pattern also sewed up beautifully with clear instructions and photos for the steps. The waistband is a bit tricky but in the final pattern two options are given for the waistband. I sewed this in about two hours. This is P's favorite item I have made her. This pattern is sized 6 months to 14 years.

You can see the entire Sun & Surf Collection at Pattern Anthology. The collection is only available for a limited time. See other patterns by these designers at: Go To PatternsSee Kate SewBlank Slate Patterns, and Shwin Designs

You are sure to find something divine to make, sew and inspire you!

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Monday, March 18, 2013


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Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Great Read.

Seeing a lousy movie in the theatre yielded a much desired preview of the upcoming "Great Gatsby" movie. I was drooling over the scrumptious costumes. Not to mention Leo & that cutie Toby McGuire too.

I had never read the book. I knew nothing of the story just something about a rich guy blah blah blah.....

I started reading the book.

3 chapters in this is a conversation I have with my mother:

Me: "I started reading the 'Great Gatsby'"

Mom: "haven't you read that already?"

Me: "No, this is the first time I've read it. I don't know anything about it."

Mom: "Oh." pause "it's a really sad sad story." pause "I read it so long ago and I don't remember the story so much. I just remember it was so sad and tragic and sad."

I didn't pick up the book for at least 3 days after that. I hadn't reached the sad, tragic, sad part of the story and I was not too sure I wanted to.

I continued reading with anticipation of so sad, tragic, so sad in the forefront of my brain.

A couple chapters later....still nothing of sadness.

And then "BAM!" out of nowhere, it hit and didn't stop! Just kept on.....

And the sadness came. The tragic came. The sadness continued to the end.

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Knight.

For several days J had been asking for a shield. He needs this as he is always fighting dragons and thus could use the extra protection. While he patiently waited for a shield to arrive he would resort to using whatever happened to be within arms reach: a throw pillow, a book, and even his breakfast plate complete with breakfast.

He really needed a shield!

So here is what I made:
I took a pizza box and cut out the shape I wanted. Arranged felt squares over the top, cut them out and sewed them together with bias tape. Cut felt for the back and sewed two pieces of wide elastic for the handles. Sewed front piece to back piece, right sides together leaving an opening at the bottom and turned right side out, slid the pizza box shape in and stuffed the front a bit to give the shield some bulk and some padding when he rams into the dragons. Finally I hand sewed the bottom shut and presented it to my knight.

It measures roughly 13x12 inches.

He loves it but has misplaced his onto more medieval weaponry crafting.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Numbers Game.

J is turning 3 this week and I couldn't be in denial more.

Even though he is not having a party we will be celebrating him! It would include donuts at every meal if we lived closer to a Krispy Kreme! We don't, so instead of donuts I like to make him a little t-shirt with his age on it.

If we get invited to a birthday party for a little friend this is usually my go-to gift. I'm going to share with you how to make one in case we don't live close enough to be invited to your child's birthday and you still want a shirt (I am also happy to make these via special request and mail them along).

Birthday Shirt:

1. T shirt in the appropriate size (I recommend getting a fun solid color in a quality weight. Do not buy a Hanes pack of under shirts because they are thin and crappy.)
2. Fabric scrap to coordinate with your Tshirt.
3. Fabric bonding (used for appliqué) such as Steam-A-Seam or Heat-N-Bond
4. Number stencil
5. Scissors
6. Iron

How to:
Wash & dry and iron your Tshirt.
To get a number stencil, in Word program, enlarge number to desired font size for front of shirt (I usually enlarge to 600). Print and cut out.
Pin number pattern to fabric scrap and cut out. Cut out number pattern in the fabric bond too.
Follow directions on the fabric bond for how to iron (some use a dry iron at a low setting others use steam and a high heat setting).
Iron number to shirt.
Embellish with machine stitching around edge or embroidery stitching. Add any other embellishments you choose but remember to not use little things that could pop off and get choked on by the little wearer.

Your little birthday darling is now looking quite charming!

This is J's shirt from last year. (sniff)