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Sewing For summer: Dresses for Bridget March 18, 2010


Here’s the first of Bridget’s summer wardrobe. She’s been wearing them with a shirt under for now. The top and bottom are Petal Knot dresses from Sandi Henderson’s Claire pattern. And I say the knots are ingenious – perfect for adjusting the dress as she grows. The blue and green dress is made from Sandi’s Farmer’s 100_4707Market fabric, and the top is voile from Anna Maria Horner’s newest line, Little Folks. The fabric is just gorgeous. I have about 10 more yards on my shelf; it’s what I spent my Christmas money on. It will make beautiful blouses too. I just can’t wait to use more of it.  The middle dress is modified from a pattern in Amy Butler’s Little Stitches book, and the fabric is Joel Dewberry. I have been itching to sew more dresses; they are just so sweet, but I have a mei tai that I need to get finished for someone before I do anymore family sewing. 

And a note on the voile: because it’s a much lighter fabric, I added a layer of muslin between the straps. Without it, I’d imagine they’d be way too thin. As is, they are still thinner than the dress made with quilting cotton, and they lay really nicely.

Oh, and the babe decided to start walking last week. All of a sudden she took about ten steps across the room before dropping to the ground. Since then, she’s been practicing every day. I love those halting little steps and huge, amazed smile.


Mom’s Quilt January 2, 2009

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I actually finished the whole thing last Sunday. It felt good to complete something ahead of schedule for a change. These fabrics are all from Amy Butler’s Daisy Chain line. I am crazy about this line ( I have it in greens too), and the blues are perfect for my mom. I am wondering how it would have turned out with a light blue solid square. I’m generally not crazy about white, but thought it made the most sense with the monochromatic scheme of the quilt. I got my inspiration for this one from a quilt I saw in greens on One Shabby Chick’s blog.


My First Quilts December 28, 2008

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Well, here they are, my first ever quilts. I think I may have a new obsession. Seriously, 2009 may be the year of the quilts. I am finding it extremely satisfying work.

Here is Cathy’s quilt, made from Heather Bailey’s Pop Garden line:


And the back:


The recipient with her new quilt:


My sister’s quilt is a stacked coins design. I knew that Ali liked the brown Trailing Blossoms fabric that I used on the back, so I chose the rest of the fabric from Amy Butler’s Midwest Modern line as well.



Peak of the back:


I didn’t get a good picture of Al with the quilt, but she really liked it.

Now, I’m working on one for my mom’s birthday. I got the quilt top done today, and I hope to quilt it tomorrow so I can bind it during the week.


Geisha Fans Skirt May 4, 2008

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Hurray, a new skirt for me!  A simple A-line in Amy Butler’s Clay Geisha Fans. P1010027


My New Spring Bag April 29, 2008

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I used Amy Butler’s Swing Bag pattern to make a new bag from some Ginger Blossom fabric a few weeks ago.

I must say, I love this bag. So roomy and easy to carry. When time permits, I want to make another and add an inch or two to the depth so it’s a little bigger for longer trips with Jonas. As is, I can easily fit all my stuff, a cloth diaper, a cup, snacks, and a couple small toys. Two diapers are pushing it, though.


I Feel Pretty February 17, 2008

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Oh So Pretty….

I’m really happy with how this skirt came out. It’s a half circle. I made one a couple inches shorter last P2170006summer, but I really like the longer length. I think it looks just a little retro 50’s. I may even make another a bit longer this spring. Then I’d really be feeling like Donna Reed.

The fabric is from Robert Kaufman’s Night and Day line that came out in the fall.

P2170007And can I say, I just discovered that I love bias tape! I have never used it for a waist before, and it is so easy. I’ve always either done a facing or casing, but bias tape is going to be my new thing for zippered waists, I think.

I am especially pleased because the last skirt I made was a sad disappointment. I used a lovely fabric from Amy Bulter’s Nigella line: Grey Passion Vine. I drafted a basic A-line skirt, and it hung perfectly well P1130003before I hemmed it, but Nigella is a home decor collection, and once the twill was hemmed, it made the bottom a bit stiff, causing it to bell out. So, I tried to take some width off to make it more of a straight skirt, but it just never looked right, so it’s now in the scrap pile and will someday become a bag or mei tai, or something of that nature. 

I didn’t get the whole skirt in the photo, so you really can’t tell there is a problem with it, but trust me, it looked a little silly.

Fortunately, I have a few more yards of this fabric since I love it so much. So, there will be a straight skirt version coming sometime.

It’s never as fun to make something a second time, so who knows when I’ll actually get another made. I have some other ideas I’d like to get to first.

I’ve had big plans for some of my Chocolate Lollipop fabric for sometime, but it’s going to be a little more involved, so I haven’t tackled it yet.


More Post-Christmas Craftiness January 7, 2008

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I made a new mei tai for our trip to Door County (which I still need to post about). It’s a faux Ball Baby Overall with an added hood. The fabric is stretch cord from Robert Kaufman.  I wasn’t sure how comfortable it would be with stretchy fabric, so I extended the shoulder straps down through the body to form and interior X. It’s really comfy and this was the first time I’ve gotten to wear Jonas in a long time. He refuses unless we’re hiking these days. If he sees me coming with a carrier, he says “Nooo,” as he runs away. 


I made myself a much needed pair of flannel pajama pants. It’s pretty sad when I realize that I sleep in thread bare pants that I bought around the time I graduated from college! A couple more pairs of these are on the horizon.

Hmmm….I can’t seem to find a pic at the moment. Oh well, they’re nothing too exciting.

On to better things….

These are bags I made for Ali (right) and Heather (left) before Christmas.

I made Ben’s mom an apron for Christmas and my mom a set of napkins and placemats. I don’t have pictures of those right now though.