Hey yall!! I want to apologize for not posting for the past week or so. Things have been quite hectic at our house and I just haven’t had time to blog. But have no fear followers we have plenty of make up posts coming over the next few days so get ready for tons of goodness! I can’t wait to share the rest of my items from Kids Clothing Week as well as a few new recipes and some back to school sewing and pattern drafting!
Just to let yall know what all has been going on I was sick for a little over a week which is never fun. I’m still not 100% but I am definitely feeling quite a bit better. I was also babysitting my best friends little dogs and although they might be small they are tons of work! They are miniature pinschers which are some of my favorite small dogs. I will add a picture to the post tomorrow so you can see the madness that ensued.
On top of me not feeling the best I was also taking care of Tom and his shoulder. Still no relief there for him. Although we did finally have the orthopedic appointment and I will be sharing a post about that with yall later in the week. Well, I’m calling it a post but it will most likely be a frustrated venting post BUT it has been doing a tiny but better. And we are on the slow road to recovery finally.
So that’s a quick update on where I have been and what has been going on, now stay tuned for all the upcoming goodness being posted this week!!!
Til next time yall!
So as many of you seasoned sewers out there know there is a definite difference between good quality fabric and fabric from walmart or other large discount stores. The fabric might bear the same name but very rarely does it feel the same or hold up as well. It is well worth the extra cost of the quality fabrics but sometimes it can hurt your pocket with their price even with coupons.
Sometimes for high quality cottons, especially prints, a great option is a quilt shop. They often have fabrics and prints you might not find anywhere else. On the downside quilt shops are usually really expensive and even more expensive when you live in a small town like we do with only one quilt shop. I don’t know about yalls quilting shops but ours hardly ever has sales. I keep hoping but to no avail.
I love going to fabric shops just to browse and quilt shops are one of my favorites to browse with all the pretty fabric and sewing machines too alot of the time. Well, the other day I hard about a new to me quilt shop about 30 minutes from our house that I hadn’t checked out before BUT wait for it they were having a sale. I was sold, when could I go?!? They only stayed open til 5 so that meant I would have to go without Tom. My dad and I went out there to check it out and let me just say it was a little slice of heaven. Even my dad was impressed, it would have been hard not be. I asked the shop about the sale they were having and I couldn’t believe it, $2 a yard on anything with a dot!!! I almost passed out I was so excited. Evn dad knew what a great deal this was so he decided to supplement my fabric fund and gave me $100 and told me to go crazy! Needless to say I ended up with 47 yards of gorgeous high quality cottons fabric. It made my day, heck it made my month!
I thought I’d share my new fabrics with yall, I know you will appreciate them as much as I do!! First off I wanted to share my favorites with yall!
I just adore these florals, I am headed back today to get a few more yards of each then.
I ADORE this vintage looking print with the hints of pale pink.
I love these three mushroom prints that are all part of the same line. I can’t wait to get more of them.
I love all the florals that I was able to find.
And I love that I was able to find some fallish prints as well.
I love the boy looking ones I got for Owen too.
I adore the leaf and vine prints I got, they are always some of my favorites.
I also love the fun prints I got.
The plaids are super cute just like the cupcakes and the elephants.
I hope yall enjoyed looking at my haul as much as I enjoyed picking it out. Til next time, happy sewing yall!
I couldn’t wait to start sewing for KCW day 2! I had shorts ready to go so needless to say I couldn’t wait to get into my sewing room. Day two ended up being all about finishing some garments I had been working on for the kids that were just waiting have a few things done so they would be completely finished!!!
But before I worked on finishing everything I wanted to get a pair of shorts for Owen done. This was my first Scientific Seamstress pattern so I was anxious to see how it went together. Plus I really wanted to see what a difference the waistband and leg folding templates make. I had planned on doing the shorts assembly line style since I had several cut out already. But when I started thinking about it I realized my first time on a new pattern I should just do one pair to make sure I have the construction down properly and don’t make any silly mistakes. I learned the hard way never to do assembly line style for a new pattern, just trust me and only make one to start!
Let’s just say I worried for nothing with this pattern! The instructions were very clear and everything went together just like it was supposed to without any hiccups in the construction at all! I could not have been any more pleased with how quick they went together and how cute they look finished. For some of the other pairs I think I will be adding cargo pockets to some as well as side pockets. But for the first time I kept them super simple just like the pattern called for. The sizing was great and they went together so quickly. Heck I can probably get out the next pair in under 30 minutes. These ended up taking a little under an hour to get all the way finished. I did make a few changes. I too stitched the top of the waistband casing to define the elastic channel better as well as stitching two lines over the elastic after threading it through to keep it from shifting and rolling. I tend to do this with most of patterns though. It just find it makes the casing look alot better as well as work better too. Let’s just say I will be making many more of these pants/shorts in the future. Stay tuned for the full review later in the week.
Next it was time to finish some things I had been working on for Miss Claire. I had the first of my staple sundresses almost completely finished, I just needed to finish top stitching the bottom ruffle and it was good to go. I really love how this dress turned out and the colors look so good on Claire. She has been dying to wear this one so I guess it’s a good thing I got it finished finally!
Next up were the second pair of ruffle shorts I had started last week but hadn’t finished yet. (In my defense I was waiting to try try the other pair on Claire and I kept forgetting, had to check the fit since it was my first time with the pattern. I still plan on doing a top to coordinate with the shorts in some of the purple knit with a matching woven print, I’ve been thinking a gorgeous gray to go with it. The ruffle shorts just needed the crotch stitched and the waistband put on. Less than 5 minutes and they were complete! I used my serger for most of the construction of these so they went together so fast. I love a quick and gratifying sew, they are the best!! I know Claire will love these as much as the red ones which she refused to take off once she tried them on. With her being ten I will take that as long as I can get it!!
In the meantime though I realized the upcycle E’Claire top I had almost finished worked perfectly with it! I’m just in love with this outfit. It is one of my favorites I have made for Claire in a while. Not too girly or young but absolutely adorable on her and the best part is that she loves it as much as I do!! Score for stepmamma! That’s what Tom has started to call me lately and it seems to have stuck, luckily I don’t mind it. The E’Claire top just need topstitching around the bodice and the bottom hemmed and it is DONE!! Heck it didn’t even take that long to finish it. I was on a roll!!
I ADORE this outfit!!!
Finally I decided to modify one of the bodices I had cut out and ready for an E’Claire top. I had added some yellow to the pattern so it would have a contrast band and I was loving how it looked. I had planned on print bodice, blue skirt portion, yellow contrast band as well as yellow straps. I decided to cut the center out and take some of the yellow fabric and ruffle each side then cut it to fit the bodice. This left the bodice with an adorable yellow ruffled strip right down the middle. I can’t wait to finish the top up I know it is going to be absolutely adorable.
I can’t wait to start sewing tomorrow and get this top all finished up! So far I’m loving KCW and all I have gotten accomplished so far. Stay tuned for what goes on for Day 3! Let me know what you think of what I have gotten done so far!! Till next time happy sewing yall!
The section of the garden which has corn, squash, okra, tomatoes, green beans, and English cucumbers.
Tomatoes, green beans and more tomatoes.
Coen, squash, okra, green beans, tomatoes.
Little okra growing, my favorite! Grow okra grow!
Some of the grape vines. Not quite ready yet.
Side View of the garden.
One of the many apple trees.
3 more of the apple trees.
Apples almost ready!
Apples not quite as ready.
One of the many fruit trees.
So tasty and so yummy!!
Peach tree, almost ripe!
Such pretty peaches!
The other section of the garden and Krista picking veggies. This side has zucchini (already picked), squash, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, Chile peppers, poblanos, green peppers and corn (already picked).
The eggplants growing away.
Such a pretty little slice of paradise.
Fruit trees and the big barn.
The big barn.
The best part a good old fashioned rope swing!
And finally to leave you a shot of our house across the field. You can see our green tile roof and chimney poking above the trees!
I hope yall enjoyed the pictorial of our garden as much as I enjoy picking fresh veggies! Til next time, happy gardening yall!
So today was the official start of Kids Clothing Week otherwise known as KCW in the blogging world. In case you aren’t familiar with KCW let me tell you a little bit about it. It happens 4 times a year and lasts a week each time. For that week you pledge to sew for your children for 1 hour a day, at least, sometimes it can be hard to stop. For many sewers out there it is hard to find time to sew for your family so a challenge like this is always a good chance to make some things for the little ones in your life. Throughout the week I will be sharing my projects with you all and I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy planning them.
Today for the start of KCW I worked on getting several patterns prepped for the week for both Claire and Owen. Which ended up taking quite a bit longer than I thought it would, it always seems too! Some of the patterns I prepped today were the Easy Fit Pants by The Scientific Seamstress, The California Dress and Peplum by Everything Your Mama Made, La Tulipe by Tie Die Diva, The Jocole skort, The Twirly Tshirt Dress, The Beverly Belle by Izzy and Ivy and The Petit Pan Top by Winter Wear Designs. I can’t wait to start sewing up some of these. I know better than to think I will actually get them all sewn this week but I’m going to try to get as far as I can. With school starting back soon it’s a perfect head start for the kids back to school clothes.
Twirly TShirt Dress
New patterns ready to go
Can’t wait to make this one
Once done prepping the patterns I decided to start on some shorts for Owen. I was using the SS easy fit pattern shortened to knee length short. For Owen I made a size 7 which is still just a tiny bit too big for him but I bet by the time school starts they will be perfect. I went ahead and got the pattern drafted then narrowed the legs just a little bit so they wouldn’t overwhelm him. I’m thinking I’m going to add pockets to a few pairs of them so he has somewhere to put anything he might find. Kids need pockets, less for us to get stuck carrying!
I pulled fabric for the shorts, I already had some in mind that I had purchased a few weeks ago. Which reminds me I need to post about the awesome fabric haul I got that day, I LOVE sales! I was able to double fold my fabric and cut both pieces at once which meant the cutting went quickly for once! When cutting I place my pattern on my fabric and trace, usually with a sharpie, much more affordable than fabric marking pens, then while resting my arm on the fabric I cut out my needed piece. I decided to go ahead make 5 pairs to start with. I got all 5 pairs cut and ready to start sewing for first thing in the morning. I cant wait to get to work on these, i know they are going to turn out great! They should go together quickly from the looks of the diretions as well. Stay tuned for more about the shorts tomorrow!
Fabric for shorts.
So far for the first day I spent about 3 hours on things for KCW today, not too shabby. Once I get the shorts done I will be doing a review of the Easy Fit Pattern by the Scientific Seamstress so make sure you keep your eyes open for that.
If you are taking part in KCW I’d love to see what you have made so far and please share your blog so I can follow so I don’t miss out on any great creations!
Til next time happy sewing yall!
As I was taking out one of the dogs earlier today I noticed this little guy on the deck so I stopped to take some pictures of him! We have been have tons of little frogs all around but most of them have been the ones that like water and small. This guy was much bigger and just as calm as can be.
He just sat there and let me snap away and amazingly enough the dog never even noticed him, lucky frog! Til next time yall.
Today I was working on one of the tops I shared the fabric for earlier in the week and I thought I’d share a picture with yall! I’m in love with the fabrics for this top, it is going to be perfect for summer and so cute on. But with the fall coming this top will transition very well over a long sleeve tshirt. I LOVE when a top can work in more than one season and this top definitely fits that criteria! I plan on finishing this first thing in the morning so I can get it fitted on Claire and make any adjustments needed to the pattern.
I chose to use the E’Claire top for the pattern and kept it very simple without anything extra. The logo looks great and the color of the bodice really flows well with the skirt portion. In the picture you can see all the pieces laid out and ready to be assembled. There are two bodice pieces, facings and skirt pieces as well as four straps since they tie over the shoulder. As you can see in the picture I have serged most of raw edges to prevent fraying and keep the seams nice. I will also serge all seams after being stitched. I can’t wait til tomorrow to finish. I want to go finish it now but I know that everytime I cut my machine on when I’m tired I end up spending way too much time with my seam ripper the next day and go to bed irritated at the stupid mistakes I made. So instead I decided to share this before bed to get yall ready for the finished garment. I hope yall are as excited as I am to see the finished product tomorrow. Til next time, happy sewing yall!
Omg!! How did I ever live without Wonder Tape?!? It is is the absolute best invention ever for sewing. I don’t know how many of you out there are like me and love to sew and make absolutely adorable creations but DETEST pinning. Well, needless to say, I am not a fan of pinning, at all. No matter how much I pin there always seems to be slippage when I actually go to start sewing. Or else I end up stitching way too far in or my lines just end up wavy. Obviously pins are not my friends. But Wonder Tape by Dritz it is my new best friend. Not only does it prevent slipping and keep everything lined up exactly how I wanted it BUT you don’t even have to iron it!! But wait for it, it gets better, it doesn’t gum up your needle while sewing and unlike interfacing it washes out in the first washing. And no special feet are required to use it.
So let’s learn a little more about the amazing product that is Wonder Tape. Manufactured by one of the most prominent sewing companies, Dritz, it can be found in most fabric and sewing stores. I prefer to use the 1/4 inch and it has been absolutely perfect for everything I’ve used it for so far. Typically at Hancock’s you can find it in the ten yard rolls but online you can find it in larger rolls. With a ten yard roll I usually get several outfits done, it really depends on how much I use it on each outfit and if the outfit has ruffles or not. I have gotten in the habit of using it alot more than I originally thought I would, it just is such a great tool.
When using Wonder Tape you will be amazed at how many uses it can serve. I love that when I sew with knits it keeps them aligned properly as well as keeping them from stretching out the fabric as it feeds through the machine. Which is super helpful to me because it means that I can put more focus on my stitching and feeding my fabric through straight. This makes Wonder Tape an amazing tool for beginning sewers that allows them to focus and work on their technique. The fact that Wonder Tape doesn’t require ironing makes it that much better. With the Wonder Tape all you have to do is put the tape on the fabric you’d like to adhere your other item to pull off the backing tape which actually comes off am really easuly, even on a person lacking fingernails like me, then apply your other item. And you are good to go. Stitch away just like normal then when the garment is complete just wash it once and like magic the tape just washes away! Leaving perfect straight stitches and even fabric!! How awesome is that?!? I’m telling yall I don’t know how I ever survived sewing without Wonder Tape. Here is the link to the Wonder Tape on Dritz’s site http://www.dritz.com/brands/showcase/details.php?ITEM_NUM=3411
Let me know what yall think, I highly recommend giving Wonder Tape a shot, it will change the way you sew forever! Til next time, happy sewing yall!
Wonder Tape in action, just peel the backing and attach to fabric, easy peasy!
Currently I have several projects that I am getting ready to start on for Miss Claire. I thought yall might be interested to see what I have decided to make and the fabric choices I made.
First up on the list is the adorable upcycle using little Levi’s left behind shirt. This is going to be an E’Claire top with the tallest bodice and skirt piece without a hem band or a ruffle. This is a
self drafted pattern that I tweaked and mashed from other patterns. Super simple and super cute. The fabrics I chose for this one just screams summer fun and beach to me. I know Claire has been wanting something with the batik print since I bought it. So I know she will love the fact that I used it in an outfit for her. I can’t wait to see this one on her!
Next up is a gorgeous light cotton stripe in pretty summery brights. I chose to pair this one with a bright orange that matches the stripes perfectly. I will be using my self drafted Staple Sundress pattern. For this one I chose the regular bodice and chose to do a hem band instead of a ruffle. The hem band will be in the orange as well and the straps will be in the stripe print. I know this one will be adorable on her especially the bright orange color, it always looks great on her.
I have had this stunning large paisley pattern in my stash for a long time but it is a small piece so I knew whatever I used it for it would have to be a small section. That meant it was a perfect candidate for the E’Claire top again. I am doing the bodice in a slightly larger than normal height in order to maximize the print and really allow it to shine in the shirt. If I had used the smallest bodice then there would not have been enough of the pattern visible. I am doing the skirt piece in a matching blue and the straps and ruffle are in a light yellow color that really brings out the yellow in the print. I think this is one of my favorite ones I have cut out, I just hope it looks as cute on as it does in my vision!
Finally we have this super cute print that i had bought several fat quarters of. I decided to keep it simple again and chose to do another Staple Sundress this time without any ruffle or hem band. The skirt and straps will be in the dot print while the bodice piece will be a cool pool blue. I know Claire will love the brightness of these two together and the fact that it doesn’t have a ruffle makes it even easier to run and play in. I personally know this one is going to look adorable on her and the colors are just perfect for this time of year.
Stay tuned to find out how they all turn out, I plan to work hard on them this weekend. Until next time, happy sewing yall!