Monday, April 27, 2015

My Newest Little Blue Dress.

I have learned so much about myself by blogging.  I really only started sewing my own clothes about a year and a half ago.  I mean I made skirt prior to the NRW fast but that was about it. So over the past year, I  learned important things like how to fit my shape (still learning) and what styles make me happy and comfortable.  I also learned silly things like my most recent discovery which is that I tend to sew the same colors back to back to back.  I look over the blog and there is burgundy, burgundy, burgundy and now blue everywhere!  How funny and maybe even boring.  lol. So here is my latest blue creation.


This dress started out as another Audrey but at the first try-on point I found out it didn't fit right.  The fabric is amazing but doesn't have the stretch needed for a comfortable Audrey dress.  Thankfully, I had a little fabric leftover and between that and the failed dress I was able to squeeze out this dress.


I blogged about this dress already here.  It starts out as Butterick 5313 (best neckline ever!) but I changed the skirt quite a bit.  This style dress is my "I can completely overeat at a BBQ and no one else has to know about it" go to look.    The fabric is a knit jersey blend from Girl Charlee!  I love it but read carefully only 30% stretch!  


So let me cheer for successfully saving a wadder and super pretty fabric!!  YAY!



Saturday, April 25, 2015

A Celebration of Nose Diversity!

Oh my goodness, I made a quilt!  I am not a quilter. I have made a few in the past but they were just straight strips of fabric....no corners, tips, points whatsoever!  I am NOT good with small details in quilts.  So, every nose on this quilt is different (poorly sewn) but I love it anyway.  No one (not even foxes) wants to be the same as everyone else anyway...right.

A broken-down corral in our neighborhood where the foxes live!  How perfect is that?

So what caused me to make this cute quilt?  Well, it all started when I won a few prizes for the Crazy Dog Challenge.   YAY me!!! One of the prizes was a Riley Blake fat quarter bundle with foxes on it. It was a nice size bundle and I felt like I HAD to use it well.  I can buy fabric and stash it forever no problem but win a bit of quilting fabric and it just haunts me.  So cute fox fabric calls for a Fox Quilt. 


I had enough fat quarter to do the lap quilt.  I recently started watching a 1-year old during the day so I sewed up 6 blocks a day during her naptime.  They were fun to sew and the quilt top was done in a week and a half.  It was fun and I will make other quilts in the future but sewing clothes will always be my favorite!

Friday, April 10, 2015

My "OH MY" nightgown!

My Carolyn pajama sewing marathon inspired me to overhaul my pj situation.  So when I spotted Burda's vintage style nightgown (Burda 12/2014 #134), it moved right to the top of my to-do list.  I envisioned myself looking super cute in my new pink nightie cooking pancakes in the morning ect.  Then the fabric arrived and oh my goodness.....no cooking pancakes in this number (well....unless the kids are out, the blinds are bolted and the doors are triple locked...lol).  This fabric is SUPER sheer!!


The fabric is cotton lawn from Fabric.com.  It is great quality but when I ordered it I didn't realize it was this SHEER!  I went ahead with the project because the fabric was perfect for a first muslin.....no worries if it failed.  


I really love this pattern.  It went together really easily and the pleat in the back is super cute. My experience with the Carolyn pj really helped with this pattern because so many of the techniques are the same.  The pattern says to use lingerie fabric but I think a flannel or shirting fabric would be great too.  So next time I will head for the other end of the spectrum. 


Overall, I am pretty happy with the results.....my husband is too.  LOL.   I will be making at least one or two more of these and hopefully I will be able to model the next ones for you!