Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Tomorrow we move on to day three of KCW. Have you made grand plans? I have. I have a sundress and two pairs of lace leggings to sew. But wait………what is the lovely piece of red fabric I see dancing in the corner of the sewing table…
I thought for the first day of KCW it would be a good idea to finish up two dresses that I started a couple of weeks ago for my granddaughter Mackensie. I was itching to start a new project, but I knew that if I did I would just push these dresses aside and think ‘I’ll finish them later’ and forget all about them until I want her to wear one of them. Do you do that too? I get near to the end of a project and am already thinking of the next one. The anticipation of starting a new project can be overwhelming and the lure of beautiful fabric and adorable patterns hard to resist! But, I managed to restrain myself and was able to finish both dresses this afternoon. I also cut out two pairs of stretch lace leggings and another sundress that I will sew up tomorrow.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Do you ever make sewing mistakes that are so stupid, you can’t believe you did it? I do. OFTEN. You’d think I’d learn. But no. My Fibro brain was going full force when I cheerfully sewed the wrong piece of elastic to the pair of pj pants I was making. Naturally I thought everything was fine. I attached the elastic to the top of the pants, after carefully measuring and ironing a quarter inch fold over. Then I folded the elastic and fabric down and sewed again. As I was mentally patting myself on the back, I noticed a forlorn piece of elastic glaring at me from beside my sewing machine. I looked at the pants, only to see a waistline fit for an elephant, not a two year old boy. It was four inches too big. That poor pair of pants sat reproachfully on my cutting table for two days, until this evening when I couldn’t avoid them any longer. The elastic had to come out. Forty-five minutes later the offending elastic was gone. Have I mentioned how much I hate unpicking? Especially when it is a pair of navy blue flannelette jammies, with matching thread. Elastic casings are starting to look better and better.
And another thing. On Sunday evening I wrote a post about the swoon cardi I made for my step-granddaughter. I was being lazy and wrote it up using Blogger, instead of Windows Live Writer like I usually do. Apparently Blogger was having issues and refused to save or post my post. I tried for over an hour to make it work, then finally copied and pasted my post onto WLW. Problem solved, right? Wrong. About an hour later I checked my home page for something, and nearly cried. The post I had worked so hard on, was exactly the same as the post I had written before it. Lesson learned. If you are going to be any length of time between writing posts, check your last post! In case you are wondering, I deleted the first post. I can make a fool out of myself very easily. I don’t need my blog to make it glaringly obvious to the world thank you very much.
Next on the agenda, a purple re-fashioned dress for my step-granddaughter. I love a fast and easy project. Lexi loves purple. I found this long sleeved tee for $1.00 on clearance at a local store. I knew I wanted to make a dress, but I didn’t really have anything suitable colour wise, and I didn’t really want to use quilting cotton. I found the perfect tie neck top in my closet. It is hard to tell on a monitor, but the purple flowers are exactly the same colour as the tee. It looks like the sleeves are incredibly long in the photos, but they aren’t.
PicMonkey isn’t co-operating at the moment, so I haven’t been able to edit my pictures yet.
The skirt is the bottom of the top, and I used the neck ties for the front waistband and ties in the back. I thought it looked a little plain, so I made matching yoyos and sewed them to the bodice with a little added bling.
I think it turned out cute. Lexi loves and and it fits perfectly. Proof that occasionally I can do something right!
Until next time, Happy Stitching!
Monday, December 16, 2013
Hello again! Are you ready for Christmas? I’m not even close. The decorations are up, some of the baking is done, and I’ve sewn a few gifts. By this time every year I am starting to panic, worrying that I’ll never be ready on time. But when Christmas Eve rolls around, I realize many of the things I thought were important aren’t. All that really matters is that we are together as a family. So this year I have decided to enjoy the days leading up to Christmas, and not worry about the little things that don’t get done. They don’t really matter anyway.
While raiding my stash a few days ago I came across the top from an old pair of my Christmas pj’s. It was bright red, with an embroidered tree on the front. It was big enough to cut out a who tee for MacKensie, but I also found some soft white knit that would work perfectly.
She was busy watching Santa on t.v, and wasn’t impressed when Nanny wanted her to pose for pictures, hence the grumpy face.
I used the Bimaa Sweater pattern by Lou Bee Clothing on Etsy. I cut the neckline higher and sewed a rib knit collar. I think the shoulder seams look high because it is a heavier weight fabric. I cut around the tree on the old tee and sewed it to the new one with a decorative stitch (little hearts). It’s funny, my machine has several decorative stitches on it but I never think to use them. I think it worked perfectly here. I have made the Bimaa several times, and I know I will use it many more times in the future. I think I had better cut a size larger next time. MacKensie is growing like a weed!
Until next time, Happy Stitching!
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Hello! I bet all two of my readers have been biting their nails, anxiously waiting for me to write a post. Well, wait no longer, here it is! Although I haven't been posting, I have been sewing, and not just for Christmas. Although as usual, I've taken on too much, planning massive sewing sessions with handmade gifts for everyone. But, that's another post.
I recently purchased the Scarf Neck Cardi patterns (women's sizes S - 2XXL and girl's sizes 3/4 up to 9/10) from Swoon Patterns. I have made both a woman's cardi, and one for one of my granddaughters in size 4. The pattern is a quick and easy sew. The front princess seams give the cardi more shape, and the irregular pointed hem is a nice design feature. The only thing I'm not thrilled about is the lack of a facing for the shawl collar. On the cardi that I sewed for my granddaughter, I left all of the edges raw. On the woman's version, I hemmed the collar and hems by hand. (which seemed to take forever) It worked well on this version because it was made from a textured sweater knit and the stitches were hidden. I wouldn't hem one made from jersey or tee shirt fabric because it would show and I think look messy. A raw edge looks great on some items, but not others. The next time I make one in a lighter weight fabric, I may cut the front panel/shawl collar twice to make a facing. I know that it will hang a little differently, but I think it will give the cardi a much cleaner finish. The only other thing that I noticed on the women's pattern, is that the arms seem long. Just measure before you cut and you will be fine. Other than sleeve length, the fit seems spot on. All in all, I would recommend this pattern, for a quick satisfying project for beginners and seasoned sewers alike.
In my infinite wisdom, I forgot to photograph the ladies cardi. It is sitting on my work table, waiting patiently for me to hem the sleeves. I'm going to have to finish it up in the next day or so because it is a Christmas gift for my Nan, who lives 2000 miles away.
I made my granddaughter's cardi from a light weight super soft jersey and some faux sequin fabric, both from my stash.
I'm not to thrilled about the cheap faux sequins, but 5 year old Lexi is all about the bling, and she is thrilled. Oh well, I'll just call it a wearable muslin and be happy about it.
Next up is a sweet little upcycled Christmas tee for MacKensie. Until then, Happy Sewing!
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Monday, June 24, 2013
Well. Obviously I missed posting the rest of my makes for KCW. Life has a funny way of intervening on even the best laid plans. But I did sew, honest! I sewed summer clothes for Brady, my ‘adopted’ grandson.
Four simple stash-busting tank tops, and two pairs of shorts. I made the tops by tracing around one of his little tee’s. Easy – peasy, and perfect for using up remnants of fabric! On two of the tanks I serged around the edges in a contrast thread for interest. On the other two I used this (scroll down on page for tutorial) method by Carolyn of Handmade By Carolyn to attach the neck and armhole bands. I find it so much easier and neater than struggling with knit ribbing or trying to hem neatly. I’ve done this on all of my knit projects since, and will probably always will. These two tops were made from men’s tees, and I was able to use the existing hems, making it even easier.
The shorts were made using an old Simplicity pattern that I can’t remember the number of, it’s been used so many times. They are simple elastic waist shorts with front pockets, easily made in about an hour. I don’t have a picture of the little man wearing any of my creations, but I have to post one of the cutie himself! He was too busy enjoying his cake and ice cream to smile for the camera….
Thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Are you sewing along for KCW? This is the first time for me, and I’m determined to sew every day. I’m still working on my stashbusting as well, so it will work out nicely. My son is dating a lovely girl with three young children, whom I refer to as my ‘adopted’ grandchildren. I have plans to sew several summer outfits for each of them, and my granddaughter MacKensie. This afternoon I put the finishing touches on skirts for MacKensie and Lexi. The fabric is a poly-cotton that has been in my stash for about a year. It doesn’t show very well in the pictures, but it is white with red, blue and yellow flowers and green leaves. One day I will learn to take pictures in daylight, I promise. The colours are always so washed out otherwise! It really is quite pretty fabric, perfect for Spring, if it ever arrives. I plan on making both girls tops in a coordinating colours, once I find something in my stash that I like for them.
I only took a picture of one skirt, because they are both the same, except for size. This one is a size five, MacKensie’s is about eighteen months. They were super easy to make and probably took me about three hours to make both. They are lined with crisp white sheeting with a lace edged tulle ruffle. The waist has a self ruffle with a button at the center front to make it easy for little girls to put them on properly. It is difficult to see in this picture, but the little dark blob is actually a cute little charm. I found them here, 'Hand Made' charms on Ebay.
I am finding that ‘shopping’ from my stash a lot of fun. I have forgotten what lovely fabric pieces I have stashed away, and each time I search for a piece for a particular project I am thrilled with what I find. Tomorrow I plan to make a top and shorts for Lexi, with remnants from this outfit I made for MacKensie before she was born.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Stashbusting theme for March is sewing for the season change. I sewed this little outfit for my granddaughter in February, but no matter, it fits the theme! I have a few more items that I’m anxious to sew for her for the coming warmer weather that I’m hoping to get to soon. I love this little outfit!
Unfortunately Iphone pictures at ten o’clock at night in the bathroom aren’t all that flattering. Surprisingly enough, the colours are fairly close to the real thing. The only difference is that the pinks are closer in colour than they appear.
I used Butterick 5017, but added ruffles to the pants.
The fabric is adorable. MacKensie loves cows, so the little cows on the fabric are a hit. The pink and white polka dot fabric is cut from a pillowcase, also from my stash. These little outfits don’t take alot of fabric, but every bit counts in my stashbusting quest!
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The first one is made from a soft, pretty knit with sequin swirls on the fabric. Although it looks brown in the picture, it is actually a lovely shade of grey, one of her favourite colours.
The second is made from an ultra soft knit, a black back ground with white/grey accents.
The third is made from a cosy ivory sweater knit. I actually made two in this fabric, one is for her friend.
Unfortunately I miscalculated with the ivory scarves and made them a tad short, so they are more like a long cowl instead of infinity scarves like the others. But my daughter was still able to wrap hers twice around her neck, so they aren’t too bad.
In total I made four infinity scarves in under two hours and was able to use about two and a half meters of fabric. I call that a win win!
Join me at these parties!
Wow Me Wednesday @ Ginger Snap Crafts
Lil' Luna Link Party
What We Wore, Read, and Made Link Party @ Rae Gun Ramblings
Made By Me Wednesday @ JACS Studio
Whimsy Wednesday @ The Melrose Family
Look What I Made @ Creations By Kara
We Did it Wednesday @ Sew Much Ado
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
(ack! I knew my camera pics weren’t great, but I didn’t think they were this bad. Time to get my camera fixed!)
I used these patterns,
Simplicity 8939 from 1970, in size 1
Simplicity 5706 from 1973, in size 1
They were both very easy to sew, and I’m sure I’ll use them again. The second outfit I used Simplicity 8939 to make the pants in a lovely aqua cord, and fashioned my own little top/tunic in micro fleece to match. Please disregard the old, stained onesie underneath!
Oh! I wish these pictures were better! The aqua colour is so vibrant and bright, the photos don’t do it justice. Oh well, you get the idea anyway.
I guess I should have said I made three outfits, but I forgot all about this last set. I cut out this little top and pair of shorts last summer and never got around to sewing them. No matter, now she has a new set for this year!
All in all, I think I’ve done fairly well with my stash busting this month. With these items alone I used up 7 pieces of stash fabric, (includes lining for jumper) or about 4 meters. I still have a few more items to blog about in the next few days, so my total is rising and my stash is (slowly) going down!
Until next time, Happy Stitching!
Join me at these linky parties!
Look What I Made @ Creations By Kara
We Did It Wednesday @ Sew Much Ado
Wow Me Wednesday @ GingerSnap Crafts
Lil' Luna Wednsday Link Party
What We Wore, Read, and Made Link Party: Seuss Features Edition @ Rae Gun Ramblings
Made By Me @ Jaqs Studio
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
It’s time. Waaay past time. My fabric stash has completely taken over my basement. So I’ve joined The girls at tumbleweeds in the wind and cation designs for their Stashbusting Sewalong! You can follow any of these links to all the details,or click the button in the right hand sidebar.
First, you take the pledge,
I, Anne Maskell, commit to using 20 pieces of stash fabric in 2013. I also pledge to use as much of my lace, buttons and trim as possible.
It is totally up to you how much you pledge to use! Each month there is a different theme for sewing. Again, it is totally up to you if you follow or not. As long as you are sewing your stash, all is well.
Next, post pictures of your stash. I took pictures of some of my stash. The stuff in dressers and rubbermaid totes was too much of a pain to get out. You’ll just have to believe me when I say they are there and full! (2 6-drawer dressers and 5 large totes)
As you can see, it is piled everywhere. It’s really embarrassing. I have so many beautiful pieces ready to use, but because there is so much, it gets pushed to the back and forgotten. Does anyone else have that problem? Well, this year I intend to remedy that. Or, well, at least some of it!
In the next day or so I will be posting the outfits I just finished for my granddaughter. I actually used five different pieces of fabric. I’ll give you a hint, the two pieces of aqua coloured fabric was used to make one outfit!
Sunday, October 21, 2012
My most recent project for Dad was a clown costume for work. It was a lot of fun to do, and I will post pictures as soon as I have them.
Now back to the reason for this post! I made MacKensie a super easy skirt for Halloween. All I did was cut a long rectangle, sewn together with one side seam and my first-ever yoga style waistband. I will be using this method to make waistbands fairly often, it is so easy!
Getting a picture of the skirt on her was more difficult than actually sewing it. She is always on the move these days so pictures are literally taken ‘on the run’.
I put the skirt on her to try on after a quick diaper change, so nothing matches. The waistband turned out a little big, but still wearable. Hopefully it will still fit next year. This is the only pic of her standing still – sort of.
As usual, she is wearing someone else’s shoes. On the wrong feet no less.
And here she is seconds after the skirt came off. She’s too busy to stop and put her pants on! Lately she has been obsessed with keys. She discovered the lock on my cedar chest and has been trying to fit a key in the lock ever since. It is so hard to believe she is fourteen months old already. Time passes so quickly!
See you next time!
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