This adventure is starting to turn into a nightmare!

I have been working on getting this darn collar on my dress (vintage Simplicity Pattern 7048) all stinking day and STILL can’t seem to figure it out! Image
Am I doing something wrong? Is there a way to change the pattern to take the collar out without making the dress look funny? Should I just scrap this and start fresh? 
Image

Advertisements

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!

P1020412 P1020419

Snip Snip!

Snip Snip!

P1020432 P1020459

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!

What a week!

Thank goodness it’s Friday! Between my older girls being on school vacation, the oldest one getting sick and my husband having a new schedule at work, I’m exhausted! I haven’t done all that I had planned for the week, which is a disappointment, but not a surprise really. It seems like every time I have a plan for what I need to do or want to do, something happens (usually one of the girls gets sick) and I don’t get to do it. 
I have a new-found respect for those bloggers who do a sewing tutorial (or any tutorial really)! I was working on doing a tut with the messenger bags, but it seemed like every time it started looking good, I would try to insert another picture, and the whole thing would get messed up… I’m still learning my way around this whole blog thing lol! Hopefully I can get it figured out this weekend and get it posted for you to see! 

Well, I’m off to get my girls and myself ready to go out with my Aunt Karen for the afternoon! Hope you all have a great day! 

 

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? 😉

Vintage Apron

I absolutely love this pattern! I found it at sew4home.com ; if you’ve never checked out this site, you should do it now! They have some awesome free patterns, not just aprons, but lots of other great things! 

My Beans wearing the apron I made for her. It's the same pattern I am using for the class apron, just without the flounce!

My Beans wearing the apron I made for her.

I picked out the fabric from JoAnn’s, like always! 

P1020341


  It took me a couple days to finish this wicked cute apron, not because it’s a difficult           pattern, or a poorly written tutorial, but because I hate bias tape binding. Using it on     straight edges is really easy; it’s the curves that give me trouble! P1020372P1020369P1020363I had the most trouble with the pockets! They’re almost heart shaped, very cute, but a wicked pain!

The straps are adjustable!

The straps are adjustable!

Done!

Done!

I love how pretty it is! Some lucky raffle winner will get this cute apron, along with a bunch of baking items at the Basket Bonanza at my daughters’ school next month!

The wheels in my head are turning… I wonder if I could do a raffle here on my blog! Maybe make a fabulous small basket and include an apron with matching pot holder (or child’s apron), a few baking supplies (measuring spoons, mixing spoons, measuring cup) and some recipes.

Does anyone know how to do a raffle on a blog?

Vintage 1975 Dress

I found this pattern at Savers! It's never even been used!

I found this pattern at Savers! It’s never even been used!

I am feeling really good about myself right now! Not only did I find a wicked good deal at JoAnn’s on Simplicity patterns ($1 each, sale ends today and is only in-store I think), but I also found some really great vintage patterns at Savers! The fabric I am using for view 1 is actually old sheets I found at the Sally Shop (aka The Salvation Army Store). This is my very first woman’s dress pattern; if I mess up, at least I didn’t spend a lot on the fabric!

I am not at all sure how to do these tucks and things. I think I'll be visiting Google a lot today!

I am not at all sure how to do these tucks and things. I think I’ll be visiting Google a lot today!

 

Tucks and Soft Pleats... Google, here I come!

Tucks and Soft Pleats… Google, here I come!

I did try to print out the unisex pj pants pattern over the weekend, so I could make those Pat’s pants for my Jim Dear, but I couldn’t seem to get it to print right! I couldn’t figure out why only some of the pages were printing; turns out a bunch of pages ended up on the floor by my printer, which is in another room! My 3yr old, Bum, was bringing me the pages from the printer, so I didn’t see the dropped ones until bedtime. Looks like I’ll have to give it another go this weekend and make sure I get the pages out of the printer this time! 

Does anyone have any tips or advice for me, as I begin my first dress? I am so excited to get it started, but first I have to visit Google I think!

 

 

Organizing your space

I’ve learned over the last few weeks that keeping your sewing space neat and orderly is an absolute must! I have a very small space right now, so it’s pretty difficult to keep it all organized, especially when you have three little girls and have been sick with the flu…

Before a quick clean up.

Before a quick clean up.

Somehow my sewing table ends up being a catch-all when I don’t use it every day. There was everything from a flashlight to tissues, fabric to school glue sticks; it was an eyesore. I’m not even going to get into what my ironing board looked like!

Up close to the mess known as my sewing table. Yes, my walls are football field green...

Up close to the mess known as my sewing table. Yes, my walls are football field green…

The Patriots fabric is for a pair of jammie pants for my husband. I found a great free pattern for unisex pj pants at Simplicity! I cannot wait to get started on them this weekend. For some reason my Jim Dear tends to go through pj pants like crazy… They always end up with holes in them! I promised him I’d make a dozen pair for him if they are cheaper to make than to buy. I think that would make a great post when I start them!

After a ten minute tidy! Much better!

After a ten minute tidy! Much better!

I would like to put up some kind of pegs or hooks for my ruler and cutting mat, in between the two windows, but that will wait until I have painted the walls. I should say repainted actually! We liked the football field shade of green at first, but the living room is just too dark to have a color like that. We’re going with a nice light shade of sage when we paint in a couple weeks.

I have so many projects sitting in the queue that I can’t wait to start on, now that I’m feeling better! That flu really knocked me on my bum; I fell behind on housework and projects! I’ve been going around my apartment like a mad woman wiping everything down with Clorox wipes, trying to kill the nasty germs responsible for all the misery of the last week or two.

So what projects do I have waiting for me (besides the pj pants)? Well, first both my older daughters have special class projects. Each of the classes at their school are putting together themed baskets to be raffled off at the “Basket Bonanza”. Byrdes class is doing a baking theme, so I am making an apron with a matching oven mitt (I haven’t found a pattern yet). Beans class is doing a stuffed animal basket, so I thought I would make an adorable marshmallow bunny from Dandelions and Lace.  I also have two teachers from their school asking for messenger bags. I’ve also got several girls dresses and some woman’s blouses I want to try out. Oh, and I want to find a 1940’s style button down house dress pattern to try out. 

Tomorrow, I’m spending the day shopping with my sweet husband and youngest daughter, Bum. I can’t wait! We don’t get out just the two of us anymore, but even with our 3yr old in tow, it’s a special day!

What do you have in your queue? Are there any special projects you’ve been wanting to try, but haven’t had the time for or maybe felt overwhelmed by? I’d really like to know, so leave a comment!



 

 

Previous Older Entries Next Newer Entries

%d bloggers like this: