Monday, February 28, 2011

Crochet sunsuit









A little while ago maybe a month ago now, I came across a blog that had this sunsuit posted. She was looking for inspiration, but didn't crochet. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to make it. I bought it that day, it took a little for me to get started.


So my finished product is no where near the pattern. A few problems I ran into...I crochet loose, very loose and I got this project to do on a ride back to PA (14hours). So when I left I only had the hook that it called for. I still tired to go with it and realized when I had finished the front part of the bloomers it was not going to work. So at that point I made the front, the back. Then I made a casting to put elastic in instead of making the crochet elastic like. Next change was crocheting the front and back pieces together at the seams instead of sewing them. Then I attached the straps a little different.

Things I wish I did different...check my gauge, thinner straps, thinner bloomers. I fully intend to try again, but I think it will wait until the next trip back to PA.


and also make sure she likes it :)


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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Oh no...where is ducky



The last couple of days little Savannah has been sick :( But what has made it worse, yesterday we lost her ducky on our bike ride. She did pretty good last night, but this morning she was walking around "quak quak" I felt so bad.


My sick little girl, she has fallen a sleep each day when we bike to get Austin



The only picture I could find of the duck...We only allow the blankets out of the house when the kids are sick



New
So this morning I made a special trip to Joanns and went to work. I was most nervous about the face, but it seams the face was not that bad, but the feet and hands needed work. I bought the wrong silk edging so I will have to go back this weekend to get the right stuff. Also I tried to die the furry side yellow and it didn't work. I have not had much luck with coloring fabric, I don't know what I am doing wrong. She was pretty happy when she got up from her nap.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The newest projects





I am combining these projects because I don't know how to schedule out and I seem to misplace the post I want to write, so this post will be a 2 for 1 :) The only thing they have in common is FUN.

About 2 weeks ago my son kept asking me for a mustache he could wear and play with. So I cut one out and glued it to a dowel rod and said here...that was a no go! He wanted something he could wear and not hold...something to do with Toy Story. He is obsessed with Toy Story 2 at the moment.

Anyway today he asked again and I went right to work. Pretty easy I cut 2 shapes out of black felt, 1 interfacing and for some reason I had clear elastic, but hey it was perfect for this project. Stitched everything around and a happy little man I did have for the rest of the night. Kinda fits right in with Celebrate the boy month over at Made and Made by Rae, Don't ya think?

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Ok the next one, I was really scared to do, but that never stopped me before. So a little history here. I took about 2 years in high school of cosmetology. I didn't complete it for some reason, but to this day I am the only one in the house that pays for a hair cut. Obviously because I can't cut my own hair. I do give actually hair cuts with styles, but never anything this bold. My daughter came to me last night and asked me to cut her hair (thinking she just wanted a trim), my response sure why not. Then she gave me a picture and fear entered my eyes after much convincing I agreed with her understanding that I could not guarantee how it would come out and I would do my best. When I finished I braced myself for the cry...but it never came. Instead I got hugs and thank you's the rest of the night. With her being in middle school I was really nervous about the outcome and I can say I was never so happy to have a good outcome...no stitching back together on this one.
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Monday, February 21, 2011

My favorite by far

This has been my favorite outfit by far. I have had it made for about 3 weeks but it just was not warm enough to wear. As soon as I felt it was appropriate it was on!

The pinafore was the same tutorial I used in this post last year. This was were I was able to see the difference in the way my clothes were made. Was black the right choice for a fun summer outfit...most likely not, but I am still using my fabrics up, so black it was.

The base of the bloomers were from Made, I just added the ruffles. LOVE those ruffles.




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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Pot Holder contest

A little while ago Prudent Baby posted about a pot holder contest to win 1 of 2 sewing machines!!

I was so excited I started mine the night it was started and sent it in January 26 and had to wait until Valentines day to see who won. I am sad to report it was not me :(. There were so many pretty pot holders to choose from I don't know how the judges did it.

I thought it would be a great idea to have a apron with a pot holder attached to it. This way you always have pot holders within reach and I wanted to stand out.

I love how it turned out and use it daily.

I had my lovely daughter model it for me. She takes much better pictures than I do. We are only 4'11" so on a normal height women it wouldn't be so long.



here it is in action, I left it unused since she was modeling for me :)



I still think it was a great idea

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bike vest




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A while back I posted about this walking assist. I got the original tutorial from Make it and love it. I made it and didn't really use it much. Savannah decided she would hold off on walking until she was good and ready...almost 15 months old! However I have started to keep just about everything to reuse. So when my little guy started riding his bike, I pulled this out.




I just love those legs


I know it's flowers, but I was hoping he would only use it for a week or two (my hubby was not happy)

I re-sized the shoulder straps (I think they could have gone a little smaller) and added a handle to the back. It worked out great. We were riding without training wheels in less than one week. Now If I could get him to start on his own. It's kinda hard because he is really short (just like his mama). He is 4 and only in the 5% for his height. I have to say he is determined and really working hard on it.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Spring wardrobe


I have been tucked in my room late at night for the past week working on Spring like clothes for Savannah. I have to say I am getting better at the construction of the clothes and I can contribute it all to the million of other bloggers who are willing to share their knowledge with me. Nothing makes me happier when someone makes a comment about my daughters outfit and I can say...I made it :) I probably have about 2-3 more outfits to post and then I should be done. She is growing so fast I have to save some materials and ideas for then. I do have to admit that one outfit I just complete last night is the same tutorial I used for an outfit last summer, but I loved it so much she will probably have one until she refuses to wear it.



this skirt came from sewing in no mans land

She gives great patterns for everything she makes, and I so wish I was smaller so I could fit in her adult clothes. But for her tutorial on this one...I choose not to pleat the top, so I only cut it at 7 in instead of 8, looking back I wish I cut it a little shorter maybe even 5. But this way it will fit her longer. The skirt is made out of a thrifted shirt I bought when I was in high school, you know when it was cool to wear men's shirts? So I also didn't cut the top part as long because I was working with a small men's shirt. I was happy to find a new home for the shirt.


This next outfit came from my maternity top. It was a cowl neck, so for the skirt I just cut it at the seem and added elastic at the top for a quick and easy skirt.

This is what happens when you let the little one wear something before pictures are taken

I had intended for it to be a dress, but it was to short and it became a top, that she wore with white leggins

This is material I bought last fall. I was so excited to to find this fabric in the store and then it sat until now. This is the reason I am trying to use fabric and items on hand before I purchase new items in the store. For this I just used a old shirt on hand. I ran out of gray and green thread so I serged the ends. My plan was to get thread and finish the sleeves and hem, but I think I like it the way it is

I also found a way I like to finish the neck and sleeves (when I make a sleeveless shirt/dress). I think I did for one of the shirts I made for myself last year. I think it makes the neck nice and clean.



For the bloomers I used Dana's pattern and tutorial


I can't lie here I did buy this fabric at Hobby lobby, when I drove by 2 weeks ago. I had a 40% off any item. It was originally 9.99/yrd. It was the only color they had so I made it work. I bought 1yrd and got 1 skirt, 1 dress and 1 bloomers. So I think it was worth it.


I got this idea from another blogger Me sew Crazy, who I found through a linky party (love them). I was glad she gave me the idea, I was worried what I would do with the extra fabric. Savannah looked like a little flapper earlier when she had on a silver long dress up necklace. I finished the Neck line and the sleeves as I did above.




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