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Thursday, June 30, 2011

A slightly different creative project

My sewing has slowed down for a few days because I have another big project - a kitchen & dining room makeover. We got Rustoleum's new Countertop Transformations and Cabinet Transformations kits. So far, we have transformed our formerly white laminate cabinets to "English Cream" and will be finishing with the glaze and top coat later. Next, the late 90's green marble-ish laminate counters will get a granite look from the "Java Stone" kit. The upper walls will be "chocolate Truffle" (really, more of a light caramel color) and "Blue Bayberry" sponged with copper metallic wash for the bottom walls. We also bought some tiles for the back splash that have shades of cream, brown, and copper. I'm really excited about this. My kitchen has taken a lot of abuse over the last 12 years and this is an affordable facelift for us.

My final kitchen/dining room project will be a new valance - from Butterick 5057 (the one on the bottom right - view B).

I'm making it my goal to get the whole project done before the new Ottobre (and the Knipmode July issue I ordered yesterday) hit my mailbox.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ottobre preview is up

Want to peek at the latest Ottobre due out 7/8?

I think there are some very cute things in this. I already have plans to make the long sleeve tops with some pretty Oliver & S knits I picked up today at Elegant Stitches.

Luckily, I should be able to get my big kitchen project done in time for my new Ottobre to arrive and the fall sewing to start.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Little Miss Cheer USA

Gracie had her first encounter with cheerleaders at a high school football game last fall. She was impressed. When the local high school had a junior cheerleader day, I signed her up. She had a blast. When I found a really affordable cheer class going on this summer for girls 4-6, I enrolled her. She loves it.

Of course, sewing anything for Gracie is super fun, but sewing a little cheerleading outfit was just a blast - lots of fun details. This is her 4th of July outfit since I used patriotic colors and a USA embroidery with fireworks behind it.

We had a photo shoot on our neighbor's trampoline. She was in her element.

I think she likes it...Simplicity 4040.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

McCall's Fall pattern picks

First Simplicity, now McCall's has their new fall looks on the web site. I am equally pleased with their offerings!

Here's what I'm eager to pick up:

6394 has some great lines (and cup size pattern pieces!)

This pattern (6395) looks really fun and reminds me of a Cynthia Steffe pattern Vogue put out last year.

I'm not usually a jumper person, but this is so cute and would look great with leggings. (and cup size pattern pieces - yes!)

I can't resist Palmer/Pletch patterns for their great fit instructions. 6399 looks like a winner.

I'm a skirt person and these are just my style - 6402.

I like the cut of 6403 - might make the shorts now and the pants later.

6408 is really cute.

6391 will be great for Gracie!

I also think 6389 would be cute on Gracie.

I also like 6386 - would make up quick and easy from my stash of Patsy Aiken knits.

I can get some brother-sister action for my little two out of 6393.

6409 bags are really fun.

I love this quilt (6412) - I want to make it using scraps of fabric I used to make things for Gracie. How sweet would that be?

Okay, now I really need a pattern sale!

Summer style for Mom

I've reached a point in the summer where I hesitate to sew for the kids (unless it will cross seasons), and that means Mommy needs some new looks!

The bright floral minidress (Joann's cotton twill) is a DKNY pattern (Vogue 1236). I think it needs some red knit bike shorts/boy shorts to go under it so I can play with the kids without flashing!

The blue and aqua skirt is a Cynthia Rowley pattern (S2192) made with Amy Butler twill I picked up at a sale last fall.

The blue print blouse is a Rachel Comey design (V1247) made with a rayon voile by Kaffe Fassett.

The blue geometric print dress is Kwik Sew 3521 made with cotton twill from Joann's.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Simplicity Early Autumn picks

The Simplicity Early Autumn collection is up and I'm excited. There are a number of patterns I would like to sew.

This would be cute and simple for Gracie - definitely begging to be embroidered or appliqued!
I think the round pillow is especially cute - reminds me of a velvet pillow my grandmother had with this type of really interesting smocking/pleating.

I can't resist Amazing Fit patterns - always looking for ways to tweak the fit.
I really like the lines of this Project Runway dress.
I really like the red outfit on the left.
More cute dresses from Project Runway - including a Kate Middleton knockoff.
I like the Chanel inspired jacket.
I can see making a great lightweight casual jacket from this pattern.
Nice basic skirts - love the contrast details on the gray version.
I particularly like the style of the green top.
More cute Project Runway options for Gracie.

I'm pleased to say that the overall selections are very wearable and not weird - a great trend! Now, I just need a Simplicity sale!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sweet summer dresses

 I just finished up two dresses for Gracie - both very different, but I don't know which I like better! The first one is Ottobre (3-2010, #20) with contrast panels of fabric. I embroidered a stack of flamingos on there, too. This dress makes me want to go to Florida...

The next dress is a Farbenmix pattern - Williemetje and it is super girly once you add the ruffles. I did a test fit (in which I discovered I needed to adjust how the armholes were stitched) and then I added more gingham in ruffle form. 
You gotta love the cowgirl hat as an accessory! 

Friday, June 10, 2011

Backpack purse - done!

How cute is this? I love backpack purses and this one turned out so summery and fun.

BTW - This pattern (see post below) would make a perfect size toddler backpack (with shorter, adjustable straps).

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Let the summer sewing begin

As I have shared before, I am a teacher, and that job gets super crazy at the end of the school year. I am excited to report that the kids left at 12:15 and my sanity began returning at 12:16. This week I gave state mandated child abuse testing, sold OUT of yearbooks for the first time (!), and dealt with the end of year crazies (both in terms of kids and all the end of year stuff teachers must do). I still have to work tomorrow and two days next week, but the pressure is off and I have time to sew tonight!

Last week I cut small backpack style purse from Taylor Made Designs' backpack pattern booklet. I am finally going to embroider and then sew myself a stylish new bag like the one on the upper right cover:
The material I am using is two Kaffe Fassett prints and I plan to leave off the cute button embellishment since I am doing machine embroidery.