Friday, 17 April 2015

Anna's Coronation Dress Hack!

 So I am a super girly girl who LOVES costumes. I have been this way since I was a little kid. I always dreamed of having different play dresses that looked like they were from movies I watched (especially the ones from "Slipper and the Rose". The costumes on that show were intense!).

 My kids love Disney movies and I couldn't help myself. I found a pattern for this green dress and I had to make it. It is the following (called S0748 where I'm from).

 There were so many details to this dress! It was a labor of love, but the just the thought of doing the small, intricate, never ending patterns in applique on the ribbon gave me a headache!

 So I decided to take a short cut. I purchased a flower stencil and painted the design on the ribbon. I call it a "hack" but it still took me hours! And I couldn't make it look flawless I'm afraid. Still, it is done! I probably never would have finished if I had tried it the other way!

 My little one loved it! She was jumping up and down so much when she saw it, it warmed my heart.


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Kitty Bib

I made a kitty bib because, well, I could. It was a big hit!

I blogged twice in a week! It's a miracle!

Now I'm working on lots of projects but I'm trying a new sewing technique, if you will. I am doing all the prep work for several projects all at the same time. Cutting out several patterns at the same time. Washing different fabrics at the same time. Ironing fabrics all at once. Cutting patterns all at once. So far I like it! I've heard it is a time saver and so far it has been!

Monday, 30 March 2015

This and That

 I'm trying to let go of a lot of expectations of perfection and just do things that make me happy. 

 The sewing machine cover I had made before didn't make me happy so I modified it.

 I adore this fabric on the side but I'm never sure what I should do with it. So I put a bit of it in a place I can see more often!

My happy place! I cleaned it up for the photo but I think I should leave it this way!

 I also finally tried my hand at making my own bias tape binding. It wasn't as scary as I thought! I think I will make more of my own in the future. I used this helpful tutorial.


I used the tape on this bib made from a towel! This is the best bib ever! My kids can't reach around and pull it off of themselves! It rocks my world. Here is the link to that tutorial. 

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Baby Steps

This is an exclusive behind the scenes look at my chaos

I bought this book pictured above two years ago while it was still hot off the press. I was very much consumed with other work so I kept putting off and putting off tracing its patterns. It seemed so hard! I didn't want to order MORE fancy (expensive) materials like Swedish tracing paper and all that. It seemed so time consuming to trace it all out. 

Well I got brave, bought Freezer paper from the grocery store and traced two patterns I've been dying to try while listening to books on tape (have you read the Thirteenth Tale? IT'S AMAZING!).

Hopefully I'll have some decent dresses when I'm done!

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Tulle Time

I got tickets to the ballet to take my older girls and MIL to see the ballerinas. I've had this Oliver + S book for awhile and I've always wanted to make the play tutus in it for my kids. This was the perfect excuse to do so! I had to really play around with the tulle to get the fluffy thickness I wanted (one yard thick is too small for my kids!). I've had some bad experiences with tulle so I was glad these turned out. My girls loved them!

We got to go to a special before the show party to meet the ballerinas! They were so sweet to all the little girls.

I unfortunately couldn't take pictures during the show, but let me assure you they were very good dancers! We had such a good time.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Downton Jammies

So I bought this lovely fabric online, thinking the "castle" would be a smaller print. I was going to make a shirt out of it, but then I decided pants would be better with the bigger prints. I only had enough fabric to make capri jammie pants, but that's okay.

If you thought I couldn't be more nerdy, I just proved you wrong!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

The Jane Austen Quilt

When one has a favorite author, it's only natural to make a quilt in their honor right?

Well, I saw this pattern in a craft book called "So Jane". I thought that for sure I could make this entirely from scraps in my fabric stash, and I did!

I've read Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, and Emma. Every one of them was so enjoyable. Jane Austen had a gift! I love her wit and the romance in her stories.