Is now the time to confess I have been completely locked out of my flickr account?
Is there some other way to use flickr without a yahoo account? I got a yahoo email specifically to join flickr and had my account name stolen TWICE. I refuse to go through the hassle of reclaiming it again. Surely there is something new and wonderful everyone is using to share their sewing? Suggestions?and by the way, I sewed this cutie skirt for the cutie girl last night. Happy Spring!
I am currently in the running for mom of the year.
one groovy girls dress at a time.
In a frenzy of spring cleaning I decided to take down some 1980′s knotty pine paneling and re-do the kitchen walls. I stuck the kiddo on the kitchen table to show off this just finished dress against the clean empty wall, something there isn’t any of in our house normally.
I bought this fabric in Barcelona, before this girly was even a thought in my head, and stashed it away for a unknown project.
It is a lovely lightweight cotton that is top stitched with a lovely thick white embroidery and has a cotton lining that is a delicate backer to the embroidery.
The fabric was well suited to this little project, sweet little elastic puff sleeves and it is somewhat formal without being too crisp.
The pattern was super great, just enough fullness in just the right places. I made a big fat hem in case I might be able to let it out and get a few more months out of it later on.
Things here in Philly are cold. Cold enough to have me wistfully reading seed catalogs for the spring, contemplating Florida real estate, and sewing spring dresses.
So far only 2 little spring dresses for the queen.
I made the size 3t, it seems right on the mark, my girl is tall and skinny and it works great. I was able to use 2 half yards of complementary fabrics, not including the sash, for the red dress. Huge win, I have lots of half yards in the stash!
The pattern is pretty good, I might make a fully lined bodice next time, but otherwise, pretty darn good.
And now that I see this picture, maybe a shorter ruffle sleeve…
I did a button and ribbon loop instead of the hook and eye. It still doesn’t sit exactly right, but I like it…
11 degrees outside right now, plenty of time to sew a few more dresses for spring.
It is rather boring, but my spare moments have been spent sewing more drawstring bags, I think I could sew them in my sleep. I ordered another yard of custom print logos from Spoonflower.com and made a good dent in my fabric stash. Tomorrow is the holiday concert for the dance school and we hope to sell them all at intermission.
My husband and I just celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary (when did I get so old!) and we bought a new camera to celebrate. I think my last few posts of terrible pictures finally drove my husband to it! Now, to learn all the settings and make some gorgeous quilts to photograph.
I finished up the initial order of 14 dance bags, here is the 2nd half that I delivered yesterday. I hope they sell out and I get to make some more!
Now to finish up the wedding quilt for *ahem* next weekend (left this one a little late!) and then to start Christmas presents!
One of the loveliest people I know has started her own dance school. Every Wednesday morning we make the trek for my daughter to dance in her dance class with three other 2 year-olds. While Ms Stacey is in there herding cats I have been scheming fun ways to show her how excited I am about her new business. I have 15 of these bags in the works, only these 7 have gotten finished so far.
I designed 25 logos on one yard of fabric in Photoshop. I uploaded it to my new favorite website, Spoonflower and in less than a week it arrived in the mail! (no paid endorsement here, but if they felt like giving me a few free yards I wouldn’t argue)
Now to figure out how to price them… how much would you pay for a one-of-a-kind dance bag?
On a recent family trip I thought we had lost our daughter’s favorite purple raincoat. I took this as an opening to finally use the laminated cottons I have been clutching for a while.
It was later discovered that while we did not lose the purple raincoat, we did kill the camera in salt water, so I am back to an older, less sophisticated photography device for a while!
I made this from a Japanese pattern. I wish I could tell you the name of the book but it looks like this…
I made it in the size that translates to 4T so the Little Miss can wear it a for a few years.
I added a flannel lining of pink poodles that I have been hoping to use for her.
This was Little Miss getting fed up with the photoshoot.
Here is a closeup of ribbon that I finished the lining with. I love it TOO much!
And a closeup of the snap closure. Stiched down on one side, big snap on the other.
We do theater. My husband and I met in college doing theater and we have been lucky enough that we have been working in the theater ever since. My husband works for a huge summer theater program and we try to support the shows and now mini-me is stuck doing the same.
Sometimes there are smaller sizes but this time the smallest they had were children size 10-12 shirts. Obviously too big for our 2T girl.
I laid a favorite tank dress on top of the tee-shirt and cut the sides and arm holes from the A-line the dress provided. I did a quick stitching with a stretch stitch up the sides on my machine. I used the finished edges of the sleeves and added some ruffle for the smaller arm hole size and was able to sew it very quickly into a shirt that fit much better. And she was pleased!
Here you can see the sleeves pretty well. I replaced the boring white buttons with strawberry buttons which she loved.
You can see the dress is a little long, I used the finished edge of the tee shirt as the bottom . If the artwork had given me room I would have trimmed a few inches off and added a ruffle, but the art was so close the bottom and moving the neckline would be way too much work. Hey, maybe this way it will still fit her for our trip to Disney next fall!
I have two boyfriends. In the past I have sewn them quilts and pillowcase backpacks. They are 6 and 3 and I am here to tell you that I am out of things to sew for them that they might appreciate. Well, out of things to sew now that I have sewn them these capes.
Which they loved. ‘Cause my boyfriends don’t lie, they tell you how it is.
The new best place to take pictures of my sewing on my daughter is the funhouse mirrors at the Please Touch Museum.
I finally got her into the dress I made her weeks ago. It will fit much better next summer, but for a little smock dress I still love it this summer.
She insisted on red socks and who am I to argue? I myself have a red and aqua project coming along that I hope to share next week.