It’s done!

I have finally finished my very first dress! It doesn’t look as nice as all the dresses I see posted on the blogs I follow, but I’m still proud of it for a couple reasons! The first is that I actually finished it. I have a hard time finishing projects that take more than a few hours, things I have to put down for more than a night or two. The second, is, of course, that with a little help from some of you, and a lot from my Aunt Lisa, I managed to make something that is meant for just me! I’m always making things for my girls, or other peoples kids, but nothing is made for me. I’m okay with that; I am a mom and a wife, my kids and husband come first. But it sure does feel nice, knowing that I made something for me.
I can’t wait to start on my next project for myself! I think I will try something without a collar this time, since it gave not only me, but also my very experienced Aunt, some issues!Image

The pockets are really low on this dress, but I think that is because I’m so short. I’m keeping an eye out for coupons and sales so I can invest in a dress form. I really think I need one in order to make things fit me properly. I’m unproportional, so it’s hard to find the right size in ready-made clothes, it’s also tough to alter handmade clothes without a dress form. Until I can find a good deal on a store bought form, I’m researching how to make my own for a lot less!

Have you ever made a duct tape dress form? Do you know of someone who has? As soon as I make mine, I’ll be sure to post it! 

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Tutorial Fail!

I tried over the weekend to write a tutorial post for messenger bags. Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful. So instead, I’ll just post a few pictures of the bag making process, so you can see! Hopefully I’ll get it all figured out soon, so I can share how to make this easy bag! I have another bag to make, so I’ll try the tutorial again when I make it! 
I received a special request today, for a vintage style apron with the word “Nanny” across the bib. This is going to be very challenging I think! I’ve never actually done letters on anything! But that’s what this blog is about; Adventures in sewing!

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Snip Snip!

Snip Snip!

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Pressing the fleece is so easy!

Pressing the fleece is so easy!

Sewing the rick rack to the front flap embellishment!

Sewing the rick rack to the front flap embellishment!

I love how the rick rack looks!

I love how the rick rack looks!

This is the back of the strip, you can see the rick rack and fusible fleece.

This is the back of the strip, you can see the rick rack and fusible fleece.

All done!

All done!

There's a pocket under the flap on the front of the bag!

There’s a pocket under the flap on the front of the bag!

Inside pockets, with two pencil slots!

Inside pockets, with two pencil slots!


Well, I’m off to have adventures with redoing my website and designing and sewing a little girls skirt! I’ll post pics of the skirt when I get it done!

Sweepstakes! And LOTS of photo’s!

I’ve decided to hold a sweepstakes! I’m still working out the details though; I’m thinking of having two winners, with either a cute toddler girls skirt or maybe a half apron as a prize, or maybe the choice between the two.

I’m working on a couple different things this week, but it’s slow going because of school vacation and my husbands new work schedule. I have plans to make a girls skirt with fat quarters and I’m working on a pattern for tank tops made with fat quarters for my three daughters. I also have an order for a messenger bag (for Byrdes teacher) and I wanted to make another vintage apron to sell. 

Fabric for a new vintage apron!

Fabric for a new vintage apron!

Fabric for Bum's tank top.

Fabric for Bum’s tank top.

Fabric for Byrde's tank top.

Fabric for Byrde’s tank top.

Fabric for Bean's tank top.

Fabric for Bean’s tank top.

Fat quarter skirt fabric. So pretty!

Fat quarter skirt fabric. So pretty!

I don’t usually buy fabric bundles like the ones here, but they were on sale at Jo-Ann’s and I thought they would be perfect to make each of my girls a dress with! I think my older girls (11 and 6) are too big for me to be able to make them dresses, but I could make a tank top in the same style I think. My youngest will probably end up with a dress, because she is only 3, but I haven’t decided yet.
The cute butterfly fabric will end up being a toddler skirt, the one I’m thinking of giving away in the sweepstakes. I think it’s so pretty! I can actually picture exactly how the skirt will look, which is really cool! 

I’m hoping to find some time to make a couple valances for my living room, soon. Right now I only have blinds up and the room just looks… incomplete? I’m thinking I should probably hold off until we’re done painting the walls in a couple weeks, though. Right now, the walls are a nice football field green (can you read the sarcasm there??). I can’t wait for the nice light sage paint to come in (along with the lilac for the kitchen, blue for the bedroom, and turquoise for the bathroom)! 

Fabric intended for valances!

Fabric intended for valances!

This is the pattern I plan to use for the valances!

This is the pattern I plan to use for the valances!

Have you ever made your own valances? Or curtains of any kind? I’m looking for a pattern for kitchen curtains. Right now, I have a set on the door and one of the two windows, but they don’t match my kitchen. Hmmm… Maybe I could pull them apart and see how they were made, then remake them in a fabric that matches my kitchen better, since I like how they look, just not the print! 

I really need to start organizing my thoughts… I feel like I’m all over the place with so many things I want to do! I made up a list of what needed doing and when it needed to be done by, but somehow I keep adding things! 

HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE YOUR THOUGHTS? WHAT KINDS OF PROJECTS DO YOU HAVE GOING ON RIGHT NOW? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IDEA? AM I ASKING TOO MANY QUESTIONS? 😉

Welcome to the Adventure!

I am Destini, of Destini’s Designs and a sewing adventurer! I want to share the new (to me) techniques I’ve discovered, the terms I think every newbie should know and some great free patterns, among other things. 

A lot of what I make is for my girls (I do have three of them, after all) ; but I’ve been feeling pretty adventurous lately, picking patterns for my husband or myself and our apartment, that I have never tried before. I absolutely love that feeling I get when I finish a new pattern, or learn a new technique, don’t you?

I always welcome comments, tips n tricks, and links to other blogs or sites, as long as they are constructive, not destructive! Remember the old adage “If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all” when leaving a comment! 

 

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