Jenn at http://iservethequeens.blogspot.com/ Congrats, Jenn! Y’all have to check out her blog…the post about the family trip to the baseball game nearly made me wet my pants…she’s hilarious. Plus, any woman that loves baseball has to be an awesome person (even if it’s American League…boo designated hitter rule) 😉
Using the Sunny Day shirred dress tutorial on the House on Hill Road blog, I put together a summer dress for Aidan last night and finished it up today. The fabric is Alexander Henry’s Folklorico Sombreros fabric that I picked up on sale at Hancock Fabrics this week. The shirring is super easy to do. I’m totally making myself some maternity tops if the Army will ever give us a chance to ahem…make me require maternity tops. 😉
Next up: a mess of pillow case dresses. Some from vintage pillow cases, some from some more fabric from my trip to Hancock’s.
…to get your comments in for the book giveaway. I’m drawing at noon EST and putting them in the mail today as we’re leaving tomorrow morning for vacation.
Inspired by an adorable little girl in my Vacation Bible School class last week I decided to make Aidan some fun, cool little summer outfits to take with us to Texas. This outfit was super easy to put together. I used an old McCall’s 4805 pattern that I found at a thrift store for the shorts, appliqued the fabric on the t-shirt with Wonder Under and a tiny little zig zag stitch and then lettuce edged the sleeves. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
One down, 4 to go.
I found a beautiful antique/vintage bedsheet at the thrift shop here on post and it had the most beautiful trim on it that screamed, baby dress. My best friend, Maria, just had a new baby girl, Mia Isabelle, in April so I decided to make her a dress. I used McCall 4424 to make it. I’m a tad afraid I made it too long…we’ll see. I’ll give it to her in July when I get to meet Mia.
Of course, it started to rain big fat raindrops as soon as I started taking pictures so I had to move to the porch.
I didn’t love how the waist band looked so when I went to Hancock’s today, I found trim that matched perfectly and some adorable pink satin ribbon and added. I think it looks precious.
The trimwork that inspired me in the first place.
I hope Maria and Mia like this dress. It sure was hard work!
My next projects (that I hope to get done by Friday) are some shorts with ruffle trim and t-shirts with lettuce edges on the sleeves and appliques from the fabric the shorts are made from as well as a few pillowcase dresses. Back to the easy stuff!!
Don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway!
Yep, I’m divin’ in…I’ve decided to do a giveaway to thank all of y’all for helping me with my placket woes. All you have to do is post a comment here between now and noon (Eastern time) on Friday, June 29 and I’ll I draw a name for a collection of books.
The collection will contain:
So, leave me a comment and point me to your blog (if you have one), I love looking at new blogs!
Ok, truth be told, I hate it when people say that…being a space nerd and all since the original quote was “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” But that’s a post for another day and another blog. 😉 Anywho, back to my original thought, we have a placket! After 4 tries on my own, 2 with my mom’s help over the phone and 1 with help from y’all, my wonderful blog friends and some posts on a sewing forum, I got nowhere. I did get a thoroughly chewed up continuous lap piece though:
So today I took it all apart, cut a new lap piece (thank goodness I had a lot of fabric…this dress is made from a vintage sheet) and went to my favorite local sewing shop and in about 2 minutes, the owner happily showed me exactly how to do it. Once I saw it done it looked so easy…why couldn’t I have figured this out? So here she in, in all her glory:
It looks weird because this fabric tends to keep the holes that are left after you stitch a zillion times and then rip it out. Now, all that’s left is finishing stitching the facing to the inside and attaching the buttons.
Yet again, I am lost. I’m sure you’re all beginning to think that I need special ed classes instead of teaching in them with all of my problems with pattern instructions! 😉 Ok, here’s the deal, I totally, completely 100% don’t get this…here are the pics to help explain:
Say what now? I might as well be reading the Spanish underneath for as much as I understood this. The picture is even less helpful.
Here’s my “Continuous Lap” piece (with pins to show where the circles are I transfered from the pattern). You’d think they could name this with something that helped you figure out what the heck it’s for.
Here’s the skirt back with the slash cut between the reinforcing stitches.
I kinda played with it and I spoke to my mom on the phone and I’m wondering if it’s supposed to look like this?
If so, where do I baste? It looks like from the pattern diagram that the basting should be horizontal.
Do I unfold the 2 sides that are flipped up, baste the lap band on then flip those sides up as pictured and stitch the sides of the band to the edges of the slash?
If you haven’t realized, I’m pretty confused!
I’m inspired to work on clothes for Aidan now and have found a lot of great inspiration around the internet.
(I know this is an apron but I think it’s a cute design idea for a skirt for Aidan)
SO ready to sew…unfortunately, I have to pack to go out of town for the weekend. Ugh. I’ll start Monday, I guess!
I finally finished this freakin’ dress…I’m not sure I love it. It kinda has a maternity-ish vibe to me. That and when I look at it, all I can see are the little mistakes and problems with it. We shall see. I’ll take it with me this weekend to my step-sister’s wedding and see what my mom thinks. Ugh…back to making fun clothes for Aidan. Making clothes for me is WAY too hard!
In the end, I HATE zippers…from hence forth, all clothes that I make will have velcro. 😉 I tried putting it in the way my mother does it but it totally didn’t work so I found some zipper tutorials on the web, read through them and then just frogged out there and did it, basically making it up as I went along. I should’ve put it higher…there’s sort of a gap between the top of the zipper and the neck of the dress but by the time I finished it, I was so exasperated, there was no way I was ripping it out and starting over, so there it sits…good thing I have hair that will cover it up.