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Sewing For summer: Dresses for Bridget March 18, 2010

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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.

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a Little Of This, A Little Of That…Makes For A Very Long Post March 6, 2010

Filed under: Sewing and Crafts — katieosborne @ 3:36 pm
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The blog’s been quiet. I know. I’ve been blogging in my head the last few weeks at least. In the car – before I fall asleep – but none of those thoughts have actually made it onto this canvas. And the thoughts flow so well at the time, but I’m aware that I’ll never remember how I wanted to say what I wanted to say when I finally have time to sit down. Maybe I need to start carrying around a tape recorder. Maybe then I’d actually write about some of the things I really do want to say.

Anyway, I guess this is a “catch up” post to say, I’m still here and we’re all doing okay.

image_thumbSo, first on the catch up list: my sweet friend Lisa at Grace Upon Grace nominated me a while back for a Beautiful Blogger award, which was very kind. Thank you, Lisa.

In accepting this award I have to follow these rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated me for this award.
2. Copy the award & place it on my blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated me for this award.
4. Share 7 interesting things about myself.
5. Nominate 7 bloggers.

However, I’m going to have to bend (break?) the rules a bit, as, through the years, I have whittled my blog reading down to my four that I can’t do without because really, I just don’t have time to read everything I’d like. So, Lisa’s is of course one of those – oh, and her husband, Bob, but I don’t know that he’d be appreciative of such an award.  The other inspiring women I like to read are Amanda Soule at Soule Mama, Anna Maria Horner and Sandi Henderson at Portabello Pixie. Being that the latter three are professional bloggers who don’t read my little blog, I guess I don’t really have anyone to nominate, so hopefully no one will strip me of my award for not following the rules completely! 🙂

So, onto my seven things:

  1. My sister and I grew up in a home that was built by my grandpa. My mom also grew up in that house. It was situated in a hill that was perfect for sledding in the winter, and next to the woods which were perfect for exploring in summer. When I was about ten, he built a house on the extra lot next door for himself and my grandma. It was really special to be so close to them.
  2. I spent my childhood and youth trying hard to be a good girl, in college said “forget this, despite everyone thinking I’m so good, I’m a constant failure,” and finally met with who God really is when I was 23 and realized that being good enough has nothing to do with it.
  3. My husband and I met online before it was a “normal” thing to do. I don’t know, is it normal now? I think it was the perfect way for us to establish a relationship because I am rather introverted and somewhat self conscious with people I don’t know well, and it takes a long time for me to let a person know me. I am much more at home writing, and it was really great to email back and forth most every day for a few weeks. We talked about so many things from religion to literature and music, traveling, family – we were able to share a lot. By the time we met, I felt certain of what kind of person he was.
  4. We plan on home schooling our children. As the time draws ever closer, I’m starting to feel a bit apprehensive about such an undertaking, but I’m also looking forward to being such an integral part of my kids’ learning and learning alongside them.
  5. A dream of mine for my family is to live in a big old house in the country where we can have chickens and a cow and a big garden in summer.
  6. I’ve always been interested in personality types. I’m an INFJ, with a rather weak J…which is probably why my life isn’t more orderly. When I took the Myers-Brigg test earlier in life, I scored as an INFP.
  7. I love singing musical theater and have always wanted to be in Oklahoma! and Into The Woods. Someday yet, maybe. It’s been a long time since I’ve done any performing. It just doesn’t fit well in my life now and those two opportunities have never presented themselves.

And on the crafty front…..

I’ve finally started sewing a bit again over the last couple months. I’ve made three dresses for Bridget – pictures to come – and finished a skirt for myself last weekend. I much prefer skirts to shorts in the summer, and my goal over the next couple months is to make one item of clothing for me or one of the kids each week. I have so much fabric on my shelves; I hope to buy a few pairs of play shorts and tees for Bridget and do the rest of her wardrobe myself using what I already have.

I think I’ve finally found my perfect skirt. This skirt is so completely me. Everything about it. It’s love. Love. Love. It’s the yard sale skirt from Heather Ross’ book Weekend Sewing. I think I will feel very at home in this skirt…and the many to come! I’m not into fashion. I have little idea what’s in style. Since having kids, myyard sale skirt wardrobe consists of jeans and tees. But I really do feel good wearing something that is an outward expression of what I’m about. I think sewing gives me that opportunity so much more than shopping at the mall, and I’m really looking forward to trading in my current uniform for my summer skirts. So, perhaps it’s not so much that I’m not into fashion, but more that it’s hard to satisfy my real style at the mall….at least without going broke at Anthropologie!

Now, there is a clear consensus among reviewers of this book that it is beautifully done with lots of great patterns; however their are many errors, so many that I’ve read a lot of people who say they’ve shelved the book. I was aware before starting this wrap skirt, that it was one that needed revision – an extra panel was needed for comfortable coverage. So, I went to Heather’s errata page where it said, “at least six panels are needed for this skirt not five.”  So six it is, or so I thought, but apparently even the errata has errors because in actuality the book itself calls for six, not five. How I didn’t think this all through better beforehand, I don’t know, but apparently people have been using at least seven panels. Fortunately, my waist is pretty small, so my six panel skirt will work out just fine with a discretely placed safety pin a third of the way down the back – just in case, you know. Next time I will add the extra panel, and there will be absolutely no worries about flashing people.

Another thing I have to tell you: if you’re planning to make this skirt, you need more yardage than the 2.5 that’s called for, even if you’re not adding an extra panel. I followed the pattern exactly and used just under 3 yards. I’d say buy 3.5-4 yards – a lot for one skirt, but worth it.

The fabric is Joel Dewberry from a few years back. I bought four yards of it for a swishy sundress a long time ago, but let’s face it, dresses are just not practical when you have either a nursing little one or are hoping to be pregnant. And while I really do like the fabric a lot, it was not one that I would have been totally heartbroken over if my first go didn’t work out so well.

As far as family life goes, we’re hanging in there and hoping for spring. Winter with a three year old and a baby is long, and we’re all tired of being cooped up. Both Jonas and I have had a hard time behaving ourselves some days.

 

Weak In The Knees February 20, 2008

Filed under: Home,Sewing and Crafts — katieosborne @ 1:54 pm
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Yes, Joel Dewberry makes me swoon.

(But not to worry, Ben. It’s purely a fabric thing).

P2190002 He quickly became my favorite designer after discovering him last August. Almond Sparrows from the Aviary line and Forest Ironwork from Chestnut Hill are the two most cherished pieces of fabric in my collection, and I love many of his others too, as you can see from my little stash.

And now, he’s done it again with his new home dec collection, Ginseng, that is coming out this spring. I am salivating, especially over the Spice Collection. Stunning. Gorgeous. Inspiring.

I am already dreaming up a living room around this palate. Granted, we are still living in this old duplex, with no immediate plans to move, but we do hope to buy within the next year, hopefully a little sooner. Hopefully. And we’re going to have a living room, right? So, I figure, I can’t go too wrong, on buying some yardage at a discount now, through my fabric coop. We’ve talked about buying warm brown furniture, when we replace our current beat up, stained up sofa. It will work perfect.

And Ben, this is nothing to raise an eyebrow at because I’ll actually be saving us money since I always pay for my fabric out of the money I make sewing. Think of the curtains, pillows, etc you won’t have to spend money on!

So, back to my dream of a Ginseng living room: Taupe walls. Nice, warm, inviting. Comfy, child friendly, brown sofa, as was mentioned above. And then, here we go:

Orchid Print in Ivory for curtains. Nice and airy.

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And then, I’m thinking, we buy a sofa, right? But instead of dropping a bunch of money on matching chairs, (good furniture is SO expensive), we look for one or two interesting and well constructed arm chairs at antique and resale shops and reupholster them. I’m sure that’s a project I can handle.

I’m leaning toward Bloom in Chocolate colorway or perhaps Wildflowers in Flax for the chair(s). Maybe one of each? I think that might g et too busy. I do love them both, though. Wildflowers would make lovely bedding. Uh oh.

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Throw pillows in Modern Bud, Rust. And some floor pillows in Spade Damask, Rust.

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Fabulous.

Now what about Anna Maria Horner’s new home dec line? Dining room?

Okay, I am getting a little ahead of myself, but a girl can dream, can’t she?

 

Tweet Tweet January 7, 2008

Filed under: Sewing and Crafts — katieosborne @ 7:41 pm
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I took some time after Christmas to make myself a couple things. I’ve been dying to make a skirt from my beloved Joel Dewberry Almond Sparrows. Yes, the last project I did for myself was a bag in the same fabric, but I just love it so. I think they’re too matchy to wear together though.

I did a drawstring waist, which I have not done before. It’s not the most flattering skirt with the light background, horizontal branches, and extra fabric at the waist from the drawstring waist, but I don’t care. It makes me happy.

 

A Little Something For Me November 28, 2007

Filed under: Sewing and Crafts — katieosborne @ 10:39 pm
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I rarely get to sew for myself, so I finally made a little something:

 It’s the Simple Bag project from Patchwork + Quilted Gifts and the fabric is from Joel Dewberry’s Aviary line.

 I’ve been lugging a diaper bag around for the last 17 months. I thought it was high time for something smaller.