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Christmas dress

September 26, 2016

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Edited after Christmas to include a Christmas pic

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This Christmas dress was made for Bailey for Christmas when she is 6 years old.  She chose the fabric and style.  The pattern is from Kikoipa Patterns the Boho Dress available here on Etsy.   I like that the fabric is very much Christmas fabric but also can be worn at other times in the year (Valentine’s Day!?).

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Reversible hat

July 4, 2015

   
For the first time since starting my job 10 months ago, I got my sewing machine out on an evening. I was determined to start and finish a sewing project on a weeknight like I used to do. 

It’s challenging to fit in hobbies these days around work, kids, household demands, exercise and everything else. And exhausting to start sewing at 9pm knowing I’m up at 5am. But a reversible fabric hat is the perfect project.

And Bailey models it beautifully. The predictable pink side and the pretty purple-toned reverse.

If the rest of the summer is anything like the last week, this hat will get a lot of wear this year.

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Memory quilt 1

October 26, 2014

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I was approached by a friend of a friend to create memory quilts from their children’s baby clothes.  I love the different fabrics here, made up of onesies and sleepsuits.  There’s such great texture.

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Christmas tree skirt

October 26, 2014

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Two weeks ago I was granted a crafting weekend away with a good friend. It was incredible to have two nights and two days to sew non-stop. First on the list was to finish a commissioned quilt top (more to come in another post) and quilt it. That was Friday night. Saturday I spent the entire day on a new project– my Christmas tree skirt.
I adore this pattern (2010 Fat Quarterly Special Holiday Addition) and for my birthday in September I requested a stack of gorgeous Christmas fabrics. It was easy to follow and quick moving (even with the distraction of a Friends and Sex And The City marathon– another blissful treat!!).
After finishing the top it was time to quilt. The pattern showed gorgeous pebbling quilting which looked like snow to me so I decided to do the same. I found it hard at first but then far easier than stippling! Completely love this new quilting method. I finished it around 11pm and was thrilled to complete it in a day.
Sunday I made a bag start to finish, which I’ll post about soon too.
I’m hopeful this craft weekend away is an annual event (or maybe twice a year?!). It was a complete dream.

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triangle quilt (qal) finished

July 31, 2014

 

 

 
I’m so pleased with this quilt.  I started it back in March and finished it quickly with the exception of the binding.  It was with The Sassy Quilter‘s QAL and although it got intense some weeks (having to complete all rows in a week!), I loved the push to finish it within a few weeks.  
I loved trying out the concentric circle quilting.  I’ve been scared to try it on any gift or commissioned quilt so I thought it was a perfect project to experiment with, esepcially with the triangle contrast.  I love the outcome and will definitely do this again in the future. 
Finally  finished the binding this last week and it’s ready for use this weekend camping!
See the progress:
Thanks to Paula for the great guidance and motivation.  If you’re tempted to try it, I definitely recommend her tips/tutorials.
children, create, dress, fabric, sew

mermaid dress

June 30, 2014

 


For Bailey’s 4th birthday we had a beach party.  She wanted to be a purple and pink mermaid so I promised her an amazing mermaid dress (silly mommy for setting such expectations!). 
I started with purple sequin fabric and tutu tulle (purple and pink).  The sequin fabric was see-through so I had to line it for it to work as a skirt.  I used a tshirt of hers (which she never wears) for the lining and made a skirt.  Then I alternated colors of tulle and created a “mermaid tail” base.  Initially, I planned to just create the skirt and pair it with a tank top (maybe adding a bit of mermaid “bling” to embellish).  But then I remembered how much she prefers dresses to skirt/top combos so decided to maximize the chances of her wearing it and create a dress.  This caused some issues, because I couldn’t easily just attach a tank top (as I wanted to) since she wouldn’t be able to get into it.  The mermaid base was too tight to fit over her head and she wouldn’t be able to step into a tank top.  So I used the purchased tank top to create a halter top for the dress.  I chopped off the top, creating a tube.  Then flipped it upside down (for a nice finish at the top), sewed it to the skirt, added elastic at the top and then used the cut off peice to create halter straps.  Perfect! 
When I first revealed it to her she cried.  (I did too, but not in front of her luckily).  It was heart breaking.  She is very shy and I think she panicked she’d be too much of a focus if she wore it.  Plus it was definitley different to other “party dresses” she has. So I quickly showed her images of mermaids and she slowly made the connection in her head of the dress looking like a mermaid.  I added a massive tulle bow to the top and she was smiling. 
At this stage I was just hoping she would wear it once, without frowning, for a photo. Surprisingly, on the day she loved it. After an initial issue with a very scratchy bow which was later removed, she happily wore it throughout her party when she wasn’t swimming and paired it nicely with her still-smelling-of-chemicals-from-the-factory-in-China pink heels.  It definitely was helped by a four year old party attendee saying “wow, you look like Ariel [from Disney’s Little Mermaid]”.  I could have kissed that child!! 
She was a beautiful mermaid and I am pleased the dress will get future wear as an addition to her dress-up box.

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hats hats hats

June 30, 2014
 
This year’s gift for birthdays has been hats.  I found this fantastic pattern on Etsy for floppy hats and have become a little factory for all birthdays March – June.  Five made so far, but Orla and Bailey still don’t have one, so I think another two will soon follow.  

I, disapointedly, haven’t taken many photos (and it’s hard to take a good photo of a hat without a model!) but luckily I have this adorable one of my nieces.  Not quite matching, but coordinated hats.  They turned 3 in May and they are the most well dressed three year olds ever– check out their skirts and sandals!!

It took a few hats before I realized I could easily adapt the pattern to make them reversible.  I love this pattern!   Maybe I’ll try to sell some…

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