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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.


Diaper Bag: Done May 21, 2009

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P5210003I must say, this is the most clever bag pattern. It is Anna Maria Horner’s Multi-Tasker Tote. Cutting the fabric, I had a difficult time visualizing how the pieces would fit together, and it was really a pleasure to watch it take shape. It is a bit more involved than the two other bag patterns I like: Sandi Henderson’s Market Bag and Amy Butler’s Swing Bag, but it is well worth the time.

While not a diaper bag pattern, this is a large bag, and I can’t imagine how I would ever fill it up, were I not using it for my little ones. The interior has one pocket that I sewed down the middle to make into two compartments, perfect for my phone and keys. The exterior sides have four pockets – good size for sippy cups, snacks, and small toys and books.

And yes, I finally made something for myself from Anna Maria’s Sketchbook fabric that I love so much. If it looks familiar, I made a bag for a Christmas gift out of the same fabric.

I also made a matching changing pad that you can see peaking out in the second picture. It’s backed with terry cloth and there is a layer of fleece in the interior to give it a little padding.

Now if this baby would just decide it’s time to come out….today is the due date, but there’s nothing exciting to report here. And I thought this one was going to be early. So much for my intuition!



Christmas Sneak Peak December 20, 2008

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Here’s the gift for my cousin’s wife that I mentioned earlier this week. It’s the Market Bag by Sandi Henderson, and the fabric is from Anna Maria Horner’s Drawing Room line.The interior is a light pink twill. I really love this bag. It’s nice and roomy and has a fantastic pocket – two actually, but I only did the interior pocket because I didn’t want to take away from the interesting print.

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I’m not going to post my sis and mom’s gifts until they receive them, but here’s the quilt top for my mother-in-law’s present. This is my first experience with quilting, though it’s something I’ve wanted to get into for quite a while. So far, I’ve just sewn the quilt top together, but I’m a little nervous about the actual quilting process. I love the freshness of these fabrics. They’re all from Heather Bailey’s Pop Garden line. I’lll let you know how it comes out!