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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Kindle cover

I got a really good deal from Amazon on a 7" Kindle Fire HD. I'd been thinking about getting one for awhile, but a discount sealed the deal.

I knew I wanted a nice cover for this and I knew I wanted to make it. After scouting around options on Pinterest, I ended up using Simplicity 1630, view C.

Based on the pattern directions, my version is a bit backwards, but I had a reason - the embroidery needed to be against the flat portion of the case.

One of the things I like best about the pattern is that it can fold into a stand-up easel. My interfacing might not be the neatest, but it is very functional and will keep my device protected. I am very happy with the results!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

The cat (well, really the Mouse) is out of the bag!

I have been sewing like crazy, but except for a couple of tumbling outfits for Gracie, I haven't posted anything because sometimes my oldest son reads my blog...and the sewing was part of a surprise for him and his siblings. I am taking my kids to Disney World (along with my mom - DH prefers to stay home this time which is fine with me if he wouldn't be happy). We are leaving Saturday and they just found out today. (Yep, I pulled them out of school for a week!)

I stitched out a lot of shirts, plus made a bunch of cute outfits for my six year old and jackets for all of us. We won't want them during the day, but since it gets cooler when the sun goes down, these will be nice to have.

I used Fairytale Pattern's Irelynn dress for the Duffy bear dress and Sophia Stripwork for the Disney Fairies dress.

The Pooh dress is Henrika by Farbenmix, and Farbenmix's Sasha is the "Around the World" themed dress.

The Aristocats outfit is two Ottobre pieces (top = 04-2012-31, skirt = 04-2006-27) and McCall's 6785 leggings.

I also made her Simplicity - I added extra panels (by dividing the original ones) to use more contrast fabric coordinates). The Disney princesses are dressed for winter on the front.

Gracie's jacket is McCall's 6782. She loves Minnie Mouse and Tink so I found some great embroidery for it.

For my boys, I went with some Ottobre jackets - my two big guys got 04-2012-37.
On the back of both of them is the "What happens at Disney, stays at Disney" embroidery.

For Benjamin, I made 04-2007-28 which has a zipper in one of the raglan seams. He loves the really old Disney cartoons so Steamboat Willy is on the front and Oswald the lucky rabbit is on the back.

My mom got McCall's 5538 in two pretty shades of teal.

I made myself Butterick 5821, but since it didn't have a hood, I added one from another pattern. My favorite piece of embroidery is the little sewing mouse from Cinderella - very fitting!

I also made myself a bag to take along. I drafted it from a book called Handbag Designer 101. It's a barrel shaped back with a large exterior pocket that will fit park brochures, plus tow end zippered pockets - one of the inside and one of the outside.

You can change up how you wear it and go cross-body, shoulder bag, or even backpack style. I used some neon thread on the Disney Geek and 4 parks, 1 world embroidery.

I've also embroidered loads of cute t-shirts, but now I need to pack them because our car is rolling out early Saturday morning!

Monday, November 4, 2013

More Cheerleading practice wear!

Same patterns as previous post - totally different fabrics!

The fabrics are from the Patsy Aiken outlet - which is closing after November. Waah!!

She's such a little poser.

A back view...

 She's still working on stretching, but she'll get it!
She almost has her split!

Sorry for the sparse blogging - still working on top-secret holiday stuff!

Monday, October 21, 2013

All-star cheer girl...custom tumbling wear!

 This is Gracie...and she is WAAAY into cheer. In addition to doing gymnastics, she also tumbles with a terrific all-star cheer gym. (She doesn't do the team this year - that's on the agenda for next year though.)

This little stinker has earned her bow for mastering a back walkover and is on her way to getting her back handspring. She can do it on her own if the coach is spotting her!

She is also totally impressed with the cheerleaders at the middle school wear I teach (and they think she is adorable!), so she was very excited when I let her get a bow to match the big girls (and a t-shirt too!).

Since she goes to the cheer gym twice a week all year, I wanted her to have something slightly warmer than the sports bras she has been wearing since April.

I took Jalie 2792, a leotard pattern, and made the top portion of the leo - cutting it off at the lengthen-shorten line and finishing it with elastic like I do her sports bras.

The shorts are Jalie 3022, and like the top, they are made with navy & gold spandex.

I think she looks pretty cute. The problem is SHE KNOWS IT!


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Yes, I'm, I can't show much yet!

I have actually been burning up the needles...but most of the projects are super-secret Christmas present kind of stuff...can't post!

I did, however, finish up Vogue 8873, which is a lovely knit dress:

Don't worry - at some point around the holidays, I will have a monster picture/project dump!

In the meantime, my projects for me might be a little sparse. I do have two things in the cut-and-ready-to-sew basket, but who knows when they will get finished.

Enabler alert: Club BMV pattern sale through Oct. 6 - I scored some cute stuff cheap! (and if I stay out of Joann's, all the better...)

Monday, September 9, 2013

McCall's 6532 - made as a cheer bag for Gracie

My little girl LOVES cheerleading and gymnastics and goes to the cheer gym and the gymnastics facility 3 times a week - almost always now straight from school since she walks up to the middle school where I teach and we leave from there. She needed a good place to put her stuff, and this one should serve her well for a good long while.

The bag is made from McCall's 6532 and it has a lot of interfacing! The outside pieces (of the taco shape) are interfaced with Peltex on the outside layer and fusible fleece on the inside layer. There are two pockets on the outside - one velcroed, one zippered. Inside there are additional pockets just right for stashing a hairbrush and some cheer bows (including the bright neon orange one she earned for getting her back walk-over!). The Peltx gives the bag a lot of structure but it is still lightweight.

The pattern looks like a purse sized bag, but it is really a zippered tote. It's a good size bag (even for a grown woman...this is a six year old who is carrying it). I think it would work well as a gym bag for any number of sports.

I used black twill for the bottom an
d added an embroidery and ribbon embellishment to the velcro pocket. I used a raggy applique and chevron print for the cheer monogram on the side with the zippered pocket.

This bag is kind of a beast to sew thanks to all the peltex, but I love how the finished product came out and more importantly so does Gracie.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The RED for Ed. collection

As a public school teacher, these aren't exactly the best of times. Especially here in North Carolina where our legislature has attacked education 20 ways to Sunday, but teachers aren't taking in lying down. We are standing up for our schools and encouraging support for public education, a backbone of our communities.

Enter Red for Ed. days.

Many, many teachers wore red on the first day of school (this past Monday) - myself included. The plan is to make RED a Wednesday institution this year and I decided that was a good reason for a mini-collection.

The first look is a red (broadcloth with a hint of lycra) blouse from McCall's 3541 with a blue and red plaid skirt (view C) from Burda 7147. Both of these pieces will mix and match with a number of things already in my wardrobe.

I also made another plaid skirt in a red tartan. This one is a "Suede Says" pattern - Simplicity 2233. It is view B, the medium length circle skirt with a very narrow waistband.

I accessorized it with a red statement necklace (I'm calling it my "Red for Ed" necklace!) and a red patent leather Ralph Lauren belt I got 75% at Dillard's clearance sale.

The final pieces in the collection are from McCall's 5978 - a sweater set from grey, black, and red leopard print sweater knit. It's very soft and sewed up quickly.

Now who's ready for RED?!

Friday, August 23, 2013

More teacher clothes!

 I made up McCall's 6503 in a medium-weight woven. With the fall colors, it works for early fall in a warm climate like North Carolina. In fact, this was my dress for Open House (meet the teacher) at the school where I teach. I hand stitched the overlapping front to be sure I didn't have a PG-13 moment and the dress lays nicely.

The dress has a side zipper, but I was still able to accommodate an FBA by adding two inches to the bodice and gathering at the sides by the bust.

This is my second Simplicity 1622 - this time with 3/4 sleeves. I think this is such a cute style and easy to wear.
My last new item is from the Nov. 2012 La Mia Boutique - design #22. I inserted piping into the front seams to highlight the design. The navy print is a stretch cotton I picked up in New York City - very comfortable to wear.

While these will be great for work, I also have 4 RED items on the table and ready to sew. Why red? Well, it's RED FOR ED because public education is under attack in North Carolina and I will be wearing red on the first day of school and every Weds. this school year as a show of solidarity with my colleagues and support of our schools.

I work hard teaching middle school and I sew to relax, so it will be extra fun to make up a few things to wear for this cause. I hope every sewing teacher who sees this (and every parent, too) has a great start of the year and appreciates the hard work teachers do and the difference we make in students lives.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New Fall tops for me

I have a couple of completed tops for my fall wardrobe to share. The first is one that will be lovely for casual wear. It's a kAtheRine Tilton Vogue design - 8691. I made it in a stretch velvet print I got for $1.99 a yard at Pennsylvania Fabric Outlet last summer. It's long enough to be perfect with leggings - back hemline even longer than front.

The second top is one for work - New Look 6816 - very quick to sew and great for a print like this since it has few seams to break up the design.

I should add that the black pants are from Loft. I just got them and they are the best fit I have ever found in dress pants. I just don't enjoy making pants for myself, so when I see these go on sale, I will be buying some more!

Next up - a dress and a skirt for me ;-)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Cuteness alert!

 When I found this "Disney Nerds" t-shirt on the clearance rack at a Disney outlet, I immediately thought about the cute embroidery designs I had seen that would match it. Of course, I got the $7 t-shirt, and decided to make one of my favorite little girl skirts - Farbenmix "Insa" to show off these designs.

The Nerds logo is stitched directly to the skirt (before I joined the last seam in that overskirt), but the 5 little "nerds" are all stitched on hot pink felt and then added to the skirt.

Big brother Jamie has declared this one a must for the first day of school. (He likes the Disney Nerds as well - even has Nerd Stitch on his bathrobe!)

I also returned to another tried and true little girl favorite: Ottobre 4/2011's jeggings (#20, 29 depending on size). I originally made indigo and black denim knit pairs (a couple of years ago), but when I found denim-like knits at Joann's in hot pink, purple, and aqua, I had to pick up all three colors with this pattern in mind.

She was into modeling them by way of handstands. Daddy helped spot her after she almost wiped out a couple of her brothers' Lego houses. ;-)

With jeggings at Justice costing a ridiculous $26 a pair (on "sale" of course), I cannot bring myself to buy them when I can make even cuter ones custom for her.

On a side note, I will not totally deny her Justice or GapKids, but I am very selective about what I will buy her. There are some things that are just wrong (particularly at Justice), but as long as I can balance out her fashion desires with fun mama-made swag like this, we are in good shape.

 We also seem to have a lot of "crazy face" going on at the moment. She just lost another baby tooth tonight so the open mouth was for that as well.

Brother Benjamin is also a master of the "crazy face" look.

Next projects: a couple of tops, a dress, and a skirt for ME!