Thursday, 28 August 2014

Union Jack Pillow

Sometimes a girl just needs a Union Jack in her life.....
I'm mostly British so it should be okay that I have one of these in my room right (wink, wink)?
The awesome thing about sewing is that a person can do so many things with that skill to fix up wardrobes and homes and save money in the process. I used an old pillow and old fabric to whip this up. I had to run to the store to get a few things but only had to use pocket change to pay for them!!! I'm in love with the look.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Parade Day Dress

I had a vision for this dress for a year, and it finally came to pass! I love the fabric and although I sewed the skirt to the dress incorrectly a few times (!!!! late night sewing!!!!) I did practice some new techniques that I have been converted to, namely using seam binding on the collar and using a zig zag stitch over a small ribbon to gather. Both can be found on the amazing Coletterie website. Sign up for their email "Snippets". I always learn so much from them!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Downeast Skirt Knockoff

To start off, I have not been offered anything by the Downeast company to write this but I must say that I really am obsessed with their clothes. Also, I totally clipped out this picture of a skirt from their catalog because I am that nerdy.

I found a similar looking print on sale and I finally got around to using it. I didn't have quite enough for my pattern so I had to improvise.

I love it! A-line skirts are my favorite. 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

The Up Dress

First things first...she is so cute I can't hardly stand it! 

She needed a new dress so I decided to not selfishly sew for myself all of the time. Also I needed to share some fabric I wanted to use for myself originally but on second thought decided would look much better on her.

It's the "Up" dress because of all of the balloons, like in the incredibly adorable movie. It's a bit big now but I figure she'll grow into it.

Love you sweetheart!

The Elsa Dress

Life has been so busy! I did take the time to make a special dress for my little one's birthday.

It isn't perfect but my little one loves it.
I used felt to make the snowflakes at the bottom of the dress.

Happy birthday sweet girl!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Easy Peasy Yoga Mat Bag

I don't always do yoga, but when I do, it's the dollar store kind. Also, I have to awkwardly store my yoga mat in the corner of my closet and it sometimes unravels and yeah, it needed better storage options.

Luckily I had a yard of fabric in my stash a friend had given me that seemed like it would work perfectly.

I just draped it over the yoga mat and left a generous amount of fabric on each side to make a bag. I cut it out this way.

Then I turned it inside out, right sides touching, and sewed with a 5/8ths seam allowance. I cut the edged with pinking shears, turned it right side out again, and poked the points of the bottom of the bag with a small crochet needle. 

Finally I turned the top under a few inches, sewed it all around except for a small hole to thread a 1 inch grosgrain ribbon, threaded said ribbon, and tied it up!

I worked maybe 25 minutes on this project tops! I'm debating putting a shoulder strap on it but this works for my purposes. Projects like this are great confidence builders. I need to do more of them!

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Sorry, I've been Busy

Well, a lot has happened. We moved from our house into an apartment. Then, lo and behold, two weeks later the sale of our home fell through. The buyers had some problems they were not upfront about. It's pretty tragic. So right now my life is a bit of a mess. Keep us in your prayers that our home will sell, will ya? It's back on the market.

In other news, I won a giveaway from one of my favorite blogs, Lucky Lucille! Look at those vintage notions and that beautiful fabric! Thank you so much Rochelle. I love them.

Also, my sweet, spunky strawberry blonde had a birthday! Long ago I think I had or saw a Sleeping Beauty Barbie that had a reversible dress (you know, because in the movie Aurora's dress turns from blue to pink, of course!). So I made her a reversible dress for her party because, why not? 


I just took the top of a basic dress pattern for girls to make the bodice. I made two in the two different shades. Then I made dirndl skirts in the two different colors for the bottom half of the dress (or in other words, one must take a square shape of fabric, thread the top scrunch it together to make it fit the top). I was considering making a tutorial, but lets be honest. It's just a miracle I blogged about it at all!

Wish me luck on my house! I'm going to need it!