Friday, October 28, 2011

Update soon

Sorry for the silence this last week and a half.  Life got a little crazy at the end of last week, and the computer I update from is on loan for a very important mission.  So, I will be back soon with some updates for you - including the craft fail... it turned into a craft success!!!!!!!

Thanks for hanging in there with me, I'll be back really soon.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

KCWC Days 1-6

Here's my recap so far on Kids Clothes Week Challenge from Elsie Marley:

Day 1 - Rested (I injured myself working last week so I had to skip Monday)

Day 2 - attached the sleeves to Marion's shirt for Halloween (tea dying tutorial here), made her Pebbles dress and Goy's Bam Bam bottom (just without the sash), made a sweater dress for Marion (tutorial here)

Day 3 - Finished Goy's Bam Bam costume (added sash and bone button), made marion's hair bone and bracelet (to mimic Wilma's necklace)

Day 4 - Rested, and got ready to do Potty Training with Goy

Day 5 - Marion's jeans - poor girl only had 1 pair of skinny jeans (in white) that fit... she needed some more.  I used Dana's pattern and used the flat front lines, and just shortened it since my kiddos have a bigger belly than hers :) and used a pair of Daddy's old worn out jeans to make.  I even put in a fake fly using embroidery floss in the same color as the seam at the bottom :) and a button.  I kept the original hem on the jeans to save a step and keep some detail, and tucked the excess material up with a hidden stitch so we can lengthen it as we go.

Day 6 - a craft fail - tried to make this Raglan T but used too big of a shirt for the pattern, so I have to take it all apart and size it down... will take a picture once I do that. 

After a break, I came back and made Marion this dress.  I found inspiration for it here and made my own pattern to make an A line dress, add the pleats at the bottom, and the collar and button at the top.  It's not perfect, but it looks great on her!  The best part... it's made from an old Oakley collard shirt Frankie bought me for my birthday when we were dating... so it's sentimental too and its probably the only Oakley toddler dress since they don't have a kids line :)

Stay tuned for Day 7, 8, 9 & 10 (it's supposed to be 10/10-17 but since I missed 2 days, I'll do it through the 19th).

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

2 Projects in 2 Hours

Would have been quicker if I didn't spend 20 minutes scared to cut the fabric.  I've never worked with fabric this expensive, and was so afraid, that I didn't touch it since I got it in February/March.  Yes, thats right, it sat for 7 months because I was scared.  Scared because it was expensive; scared because I'd heard it was hard to sew with... but I was afraid for nothing.  It was the easiest material I've ever sewn with, didn't slip, didn't bunch, hid my mistakes beautifully, and still came out as soft as when I started.

I won't go into too much detail since its a simple blanket, but I sewed them right sides together, clipped the edges, flipped them right side out through the 12 inch opening I left on one side, and did a zig-zag stitch around all the edges to finish it off and keep it square.  Can't wait for the kiddos to see them in the morning.

Next up, jeans for little miss.