Monday, 18 May 2015

Whining....


One of my sister is getting married in two weeks. She chose "champagne" as her wedding color. I had a heck of a time finding dresses in that shade. I found one for myself but I couldn't find any affordable ones for my kids. So I decided to make my own! Why not? I can sew right?

Now I am in the doldrums. I am so not excited to do this for some reason but I MUST. The wedding is approaching. 

Hopefully I will get this project done more quickly! There are so many other things I need to finish! 

Friday, 8 May 2015

Chinoiserie Dresser

Four years ago when I made the life changing discovery of pinterest, this was one of the very first things I ever pinned. I have dreamed of doing this project for years!

I attempted it foolishly with a plastic dresser and sadly, that didn't work and I got rid of the dresser. 
 
Then this year someone on my street left this dresser pictured below in front of their house. After a day of it sitting outside I decided to give it a home! It reeked of cigarette smoke, but a little vinegar water sponge bath did the trick. I used it to keep all of my sewing supplies in.


 I know this is a sewing blog, but since it is for my "sewing wall" (I can't have a whole room for sewing right now), I figured this dresser would be okay to write about. 

I love how it turned out!



Another pinterest dream come true!

Friday, 24 April 2015

Cinderella T-Shirt Knock-Off




Did any of you get to see the live action Cinderella movie recently? I was fortunate enough to and I LOVED it. It was so cute. 


 I saw this shirt a little while after and I knew I wanted to try to make it.


This was my grand experiment. I wish I had done a better job making a copy of the original but this will do. 


 I thought this shirt was the perfect almost periwinkle color.


 I did a straight stitch for the sequins and then a zig zag stitch to attach the shoe to the shirt. It was the only way I could get it to work for me!



I did get this fluffy skirt for 60% off! Too bad my husband thought it was awful. Also too bad, I don't care! I love it!



I tried it with this skirt too and it was more acceptable to mi amor. Then I wore this shirt for the rest of the day. I'm going to call it a win!

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.



Victory!

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!