Saturday, April 30, 2016

Matching Sallys for Cousins {April Goal Complete}

Whew! Getting this post up on the last day of April... I finished the dresses earlier this week and now the gift is wrapped and ready for giving tomorrow. Woohoo! I was busy making other projects off and on, which is why these didn't get finished until the very last minute :)



This was my first time sewing the Sally Dress pattern from Very Shannon. The one above is for my newly adopted niece. She's being baptized tomorrow so it seemed like a good time to finally present her with a token of love for being adopted into my sister-in-law's family. We love her so much and we are so thankful that God has brought her into our lives!!



I made a size 4T for Kae and a 3T for E... They are 6 months apart in age and very similar sized, although K is a bit taller. I'm just crossing my fingers that Kae's dress will fit her at some point :)



I used a very thin pin-dot chambray from Raspberry Creek Fabrics on Etsy, and the floral came from the local fabric store. It's a Free Spirit voile (I'll post the actual name of the fabric in the post with pictures of E wearing it - I can't find it online right now). Both fabrics, especially the floral, have a bit of sheer-ness to them, so I did make some knit shorties to wear underneath them as well. I also figured that 3 year olds will be running and jumping in them, so the extra coverage underneath will be nice ;)

Thursday, April 7, 2016

April Goal! {No Pictures}

Another boring goal post for another month. Sorry for the lack of pictures, but I figured it's just not worth the time to take a simple picture of two little dresses that haven't been sewn up yet :)

Yup, my April goal is to make two dresses... one for E and a coordinating one for her cousin Kae. Kae's is a gift for her official adoption which happened two months ago - eek! We'll give it to her at her baptism the first Sunday in May. Perfect goal for April!

The dresses are cut out and they've had a few lines stitched... it's the Sally Dress by Very Shannon. I've always wanted to try this pattern, so I'm excited to finally be doing it!



PS: Happy 3rd Birthday, E! :)


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WIP (works in progress) List
  • Summer Clothes for E, JT and me (patterns and fabric chosen... need to cut and sew) - up next is the birthday dress (birthday dress didn't happen! The Sally Dress is a good alternative)
  • Onesies!  - done!!! Just need to make matching skirts!
  • Baby Bag... waiting on Mom to work on the name appliqué, but I suppose I should be picking out fabric so I'm ready to go when she finishes



UFO (unfinished objects) List
  • Twin size quilt top needing a border then quilting and binding
  • A quilt top from my grandma needing quilting and binding
  • 5 baby quilt tops needing quilting and binding 
  • A pile of Christmas half-square triangles that need to be trimmed and then organized into a table runner/table topper/pillow/etc
  • A new table runner from a mini charm pack won from a giveaway recently

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Two Summer Nightgowns

Recently, I found a free flutter sleeve dress in a 4T size on pinterest (It's Always Autumn), and shortly after, Flosstyle released the Paradise Dress - a free flutter sleeve dress pattern in a wide range sizes. 

I loved the look of these dresses, and I want to gift a dress to my niece... so, I thought that I'd practice both patterns to see which one I liked better. Thankfully, my niece is about the same size as E (a little taller and a little thinner, but pretty much the same size!)



I shook out my vintage sheet collection and found some perfect ones for summer nightgowns. The lace on the top dress's sleeves was actually lace that was used on my mom's bridesmaids' dresses (she made the bridesmaid dresses that my aunt and my cousin wore... I'll have to find a picture). Both dresses went together very easily (especially since I re-used a hem for the top dress's hem, so that one went really quickly!). I prefer the fit of the It's Always Autumn dress, but it's just a single size and the 4T is just a little too big right now. Since the gift is needed by May 2nd, I have changed my mind and will use my good fabric to try the Sally Dress for the first time :)



I'm still really glad that I made these two nightgowns (not only for the fact that now I know that the style doesn't look as nice on Ev as I imagined it would)... she needed some summer nightgowns and she loves the frilly-ness of these. I love using fabric from my stash and I love trying new patterns! I now hope to make a few pajama-legging shorts to go under them. Yay for completed projects!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

March Goal Complete!

My goal for March was to finish 6 baby onesies that at the time I had cut out but hadn't sewn together... here they are!


As usual, the pattern is Peekaboo Pattern's Lullaby Bodysuit. This time I branched out and used the 3 month, 12 month and 18 month sizes along with my usual 6 month size. 



Here are the college onesies :)
One is for a high school friend of mine who also attended the same college, one is for a running teammate and one is for a math fraaaaand (we used to have math parties together... aka study groups, ha).



And the hometown onesies... one is actually for a 18 month old little girl. Her mom actually designed the shirt out junior year of high school for our band and choir trip to Colorado. Then the other two are for one high school friend... a softball onesie and a 4-H onesie :)



It felt so good to finish these! There is four of them that will be going to girls, so I'm hoping to sew up quick circle skirts for those. Only one of the babies is due in April, while the others will be arriving later... I work better under pressure, so maybe it would be better if they were all due sooner!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

March Goal {Sorry, no picture this time!}

I had a hard time making a goal for this month. It seems that nothing is very pressing at the moment, although I still have a lot on my "want-to-sew-right-now" list. I also have several photo books to create (I use Snapfish), and now that James is getting older and the weather is getting warmer, I've really been having a painting itch... I have several crafty projects that I want to work on this spring and summer. Sigh. There is always more to do... I love my creative side, but sometimes I get overwhelmed with EVERYTHING that I want to work on (especially when the baby hasn't been napping well...).


With all that said, I think I want to finish the onesies that I currently have cut out. While none of the babies are due this month, it will make me feel better when I have these done and ready to go - less to do later when I may have more on my plate!



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WIP (works in progress) List
  • Several dresses/tops/etc for E and me (patterns and fabric chosen... need to cut and sew) - up next is the birthday dress and then on to summer clothing!
  • Onesies! 
  • Baby Bag... waiting on Mom to work on the name appliqué, but I suppose I should be picking out fabric so I'm ready to go when she finishes



UFO (unfinished objects) List
  • Twin size quilt top needing a border then quilting and binding
  • A quilt top from my grandma needing quilting and binding
  • 5 baby quilt tops needing quilting and binding 
  • A pile of Christmas half-square triangles that need to be trimmed and then organized into a table runner/table topper/pillow/etc
  • A new table runner from a mini charm pack won from a giveaway recently

Friday, February 26, 2016

Two Baby Quilts Finished! {February Goal Success}

My February Goal is complete :)


I finished two baby quilts this month. One top was already ready for the quilting/binding process, but I ended up making another top for the 2nd quilt (even though I have several tops ready to go - I really wanted a boyish I-Spy quilt, which I didn't have on hand already!).



Here is the quilt that already had the top and binding ready. All I had to do was baste, quilt and bind. Both quilts were basted and quilted at my parents' house when we were there the first weekend of February. Mom's workhorse of a Viking sewing machine has a much better walking foot than my machine, so I know I can trust hers to work well (and quickly!) for me! 



The top fabric came from Fat Quarter Shop several years ago when I realized I didn't have many fabrics on hand that would work for boyish quilts. This is the second and final quilt made from this line. You may still see a few matching squares here and there in I-Spy quilts, though! 

The backing came from a destash purchase a year or two ago. Both quilts are quilted with straight, diagonal lines... simple yet effective!


 "Oh the Places You'll Go!" Perfect for a little baby boy!



And here is the I-Spy quilt! This baby boy has an older brother who may need some entertaining while Mom is busy with the new baby... so really, this quilt is for both the baby and the brother! 



This backing also came from an Instagram destash back when destashing over social media was just taking off. I haven't looked on the destash hashtag in a long time! But, what I did buy back then has surely come in handy :)


I hope the two babies feel loved and prayed for when they are cuddled with (or crawling over) these quilts!

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WIP (works in progress) List
  • Pattern Testing a Dress for E     (Finished! - link and link)
  • Several dresses/tops/etc for E and me (patterns and fabric chosen... need to cut and sew) - up next are the birthday and Easter dresses, but I have a bit of time before they are needed :)
  • Baby Quilt for a friend ~ the top is finished, now to baste, quilt and bind - completed!
  • Baste a baby quilt for another friend... then quilt and bind - completed!
  • Onesies! - 3 finished (link and link), several more to go... the pregnant friend list just keeps growing!



UFO (unfinished objects) List
  • Twin size quilt top needing a border then quilting and binding
  • A quilt top from my grandma needing quilting and binding
  • 5 baby quilt tops needing quilting and binding 
  • A pile of Christmas half-square triangles that need to be trimmed and then organized into a table runner/table topper/pillow/etc
  • A new table runner from a mini charm pack won from a giveaway recently

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Two More Upcycled Onesies

Valentine's Day Weekend was a busy weekend for my friends :) 
One baby boy was born on Saturday and another on Sunday. One was a day after his due date while the other one was right on time!


Both Moms (and one of the Dads!) were teammates of mine in college, so of course both babies needed SDSU creations! 

One of these is already on the way to its new home, but the other will have to wait for a baby shower. 


I still have several cut out and ready to go... more babies are on the way!


Fabric: Upcycled T-shirts along with black, blue and grey cotton lycra from various shops - both online and local