Simple Bounty

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Spring Sewing Underway March 28, 2011

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It’s been a long time since I’ve posted sewing projects. I made a few simple tunics for Bridget this winter, but other than that, the machine has been quiet until the last couple weeks, during which time I’ve managed to make four peasant shirts/tunics, a petal knot dress (the first since last spring), and a couple other experiments. I have also started on a couple tops for me. Ooh, yes, I guess I did make myself a couple new skirts this winter as well.

But anyway, here are the peasant tops. I just based them off of the bodice of a dress pattern I already owned, but there are also some tutorials out there if you do a search. They are super simple and quick to make. I am really hoping to do little more than buy the girl a few pairs of shorts this summer.



(Momo’s Wonderland collection, Heather Bailey’s Nicey Jane, Anna Maria Horner’s Little Folks, Sandi Henderson’s Ginger Blossom)



And this is the latest petal knot dress. Sandi’s pattern is still such a favorite. The fabric is from Momo’s Freebird collection. I just love the colors.


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My Market skirt Is Finally Finished! April 26, 2010

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100_5092It took me a month, but I finally finished my Saturday Market Skirt, and I really love it. One would think that the cutting would be the time consuming part, but gathering and arranging each tier took me a few hours, I would guess, if I were to add up my bits of time. Making sure like fabrics and colors were not stacked on top of each other nearly drove me mad a couple times! But it’s done, and yay!, it is super comfy, and cute (if I do say so myself), and it fits me perfectly.

I made a medium, and followed the instructions exactly, except I added a half inch to the waist pieces for a bit more ease. My measurements are 27.5” and 37.5”, for anyone trying to determine what size to make. It would have fit without the extra room, but I may have had to tug a bit over my hips. I also made a facing instead of using interfacing, because I didn’t have enough and didn’t get to the store. I did use interfacing to stabilize the button holes.

I could seriously wear this every day. Seriously. I’m hoping I’ll have time to make another before summer is gone. Though, I suppose I should make one for Bridger-Boo before I get too greedy with my sewing time. I’m thinking lots of pinks and greens and blues from Sandi’s fabrics.

Thank you, Sandi Henderson, for your generosity!



The Easter Dress April 7, 2010

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This is the round apron dress from Sandi Henderson’s Claire pattern. (The same pattern that has the knot dress). I love that each of her patterns has so many options. They’re well worth the money. The fabric is from Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley.

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WIP: Saturday Market Skirt March 23, 2010

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My heart skipped a beat when I visited Sandi Henderson’s blog last week and saw this. She has very generously made available a skirt 100_4851pattern from her soon to be released book Sewing Bits and Pieces.  Such a perfectly bohemian summer skirt. I have a few similar skirts hanging in my closet from my college days, but they’re so long, I’m always tripping on them and they’re a bit big on me. So, they get a few weeks of use after I have a baby, and that is about it.

I am so excited about this skirt! I’ve been rummaging through my scrap bag and my shelves. Nevermind all the other projects cut out and waiting to be sewn. This has overtaken my imagination! Still cutting, but can’t wait to start piecing this together! Oh, I hope it turns out well!

My inspiration started with the batik print on the bottom right. I made a mei tai from it to sell a couple years ago, and I love it so, but just didn’t know what to use it for. It has now found it’s home. The colors of the skirt are not ones I’d typically choose for myself to wear – the fuschia-ish purple is brighter than what I would normally go for – but the more I cut, the more I think it’s going to work. Here’s hoping.

Oh, and she has instructions for child size skirts too, so Bridget may be running around the yard in her own before the summer is through!



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.


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!



Grace’s Birthday Shirt July 14, 2008

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P7140001This is a gift I made for Grace. I can’t take credit for the cute design, though. I used the applique design on Sandi Henderson’s blog. I also used her Ginger Blossom fabric. A favorite around here lately. I’m really happy with how it turned out.