Monday, February 23, 2015

More February Finishes for Ev

A few more February finishes... it's been a good month for finishing up a few small projects that have been in my pile for awhile.

This was my first time sewing the Lulu Dress and Top from Cino. Here's a link to the pattern. I've had the pattern pieces and fabric cut out for a few months now and I was getting nervous about sewing the elastic casing with the knit fabric. Thankfully, I was worked up over nothing! This pattern was a quick sew... especially since I didn't hem the skirt :) I love making play clothes out of knits - they are a lot faster to sew than cotton clothes without all the hemming and seam finishing that you need to do with cotton!

This is the dress and cap-sleeve version... grey interlock from JoAnns and a blue, sparkly knit from Hancock. It's big on her now, but should be great by the time summer rolls around... 

Both knits from Hancock - the blue is very thin. I used the sleeveless top version of the pattern. This should be perfect for playing my parents' lake cabin! The top fabric is not as stretchy as the interlock, so it may not fit as long, but it should still work for most of the summer.

You've already seen this dress - it was E's Birthday dress for my ALYOF February goal. I finally took the time to try it on her and take some pictures. It fits and it should be perfect for her birthday in a few months. She loves the shoes I recently found for the summer. They have "bows" on them, haha ... aka flowers...

And finally, here is the purse I made with some of the skirt scraps and leftovers from the solid fat quarters. I had the ribbon and the pom-pom trim in my stash. Those pom-poms were not fun to sew, so I was happy to use them up! 


This isn't a WIP post, but I just wanted to see how the old list and the updated list compare. I love feeling productive!

  • 1 baby quilt needing binding (done!)
  • 2 baby quilts needing quilting then binding (progress: quilting done with one half way done with binding and one needing the entire binding)
  • 1 lap quilt needing quilting then binding (on the back burner)
  • 9 baby quilt tops needing backs (done! Now, 3 of them need to be basted before quilting and binding... the other 6 will go on the back burner)
  • 2 cotton Easter/Spring for E that are part-way done and one matching "purse" (done!)
  • 2 knit dresses for E that have been cut but need some sewing done (done!)
  • 1 pillow top ready for quilting and then needing a back (back burner until those 3 baby quilts are done... can you guess what my March goal will be?!)


On a final note, we recently took the crib out of E's room! Her big girl bed was already in her room, but we took out the box spring, so the mattress is just sitting on the floor between the bed frame. She has slept great at night so far with her naps being decent.  We are so glad we started this transition when we did... once we started thinking about it, we're glad we don't have to fight the summer sun at night. Her room is pitch black at bedtime, which I'm sure helps her fall asleep without being lured to play in her room. So far so good! 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Two Dresses are DONE! {ALYOF}

My February ALYOF Goal has been reached!
My goal was to finish two dresses that I had started for my daughter.
The goal post is here and I was number 83 in the goal linky party.

Here is the dress I created for E's upcoming birthday. 

The bodice, sash and skirt lining fabrics are all from my stash, as were the buttons and the ribbon. The skirt patchwork came from a fat quarter bundle I recently won (from The Intrepid Thread through Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday... post here). It was one of those prizes that I just had to cut into right away :) 

The pattern is the free Party Dress from The Cottage Mama. (I made two of these last year - link!).

The second dress I made is being reserved for Easter (most likely she'll be wearing a long sleeve shirt and tights under it!). Both fabrics and the ric-rac are from my stash. The pattern is another free pattern from The Cottage Mama - this one is called the Summer Picnic Dress. 

I started the photo shoot by using an old school desk to hang the dress on. Well, this desk is usually E's snack desk... She jumped right into the middle of my shoot and gave me this look when she realized that she wasn't going to get any snacks right that second. She makes us smile :)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

WIP Wednesday and February Goal {ALYOF}

ALYOF February Goal: Finish two Easter/Spring dresses for E! I have a little bit of a start on them, but I still have quite a bit to do on them. The scraps from sewing the patchwork skirt are to be made into a pillow cover and a purse. That fabric was recently won in a giveaway, and I found matching fabrics for the bodice, sash and skirt band. The other dress is from stash fabrics. Both patterns are free from The Cottage Mama

Then, there are these... 9 baby quilt tops that I finished last month. Four are spoken for as I have several friends who are expecting. The others will be kept on hand for future friends' babies. With our #2 on his way, I know I won't have as much (if any) sewing time and I want to be somewhat prepared!

Do I even dare mention these? Two baby quilts ready to be quilted. One for our Gus-Gus and one to keep on hand! These need to be quilted before I can baste the four quilts needing to be done, as I don't have enough safety pins for all these quilts I need to work on!


So, I've updated the WIP list that I started last December... lots of fun still to be had :)

(a list that does not include projects that have fabric pulled but haven't been cut into yet!)

1 baby quilt needing binding
2 baby quilts needing quilting then binding
1 lap quilt needing quilting then binding
9 baby quilt tops needing backs (then quilting and binding)
2 cotton Easter/Spring for E that are part-way done (and one matching "purse")
2 knit dresses for E that have been cut but need some sewing done(!)
1 pillow top ready for quilting and then needing a back