Sewing with leather: success!

  I dream of leather bag making, but something always to go wrong. Skipped stitches, broken thread, etc.

I think this time, since I stayed SUPER simple, I actually achieved success!

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I used Isocord (Isacord?) machine embroidery polyester thread for all the sewing. it's super fine, but WAY strong.

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I put in a metal zipper from Momen+. They have the bestest zips in the whole world.  The leather is SUPER soft and supple, I bought it as a scrap in downtown LA.

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It's lined with a print of London Calling II lawn by Robert Kaufman.

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inside, with the fabric only, I put in a simple divided pocket on one side. Since the fabric is lawn, it's super fine and easy to sew multiple layers.

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so here it is, all done. And it totally looks awesome. so I think I might be brave enough to try something more complicated. we'll see...

 

 

Birthday/camp sewing

image This boy turned 7 this week. he requested a full Luke Skywalker/Jedi costume. Pants (pegged so they bunch up), Tunic (over a white t-shirt, and with the flappy vest-y bits sewn on to a simple shirt), and, of course, the jedi robe.

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he also "needed" (I.e. has been hinting since Xmas that he would really like) a smaller amineko that is easier to take places. Here they are doing yoga at a mall fountain.  I used sock yarn and a "C" crochet hook. 2 days of constant hooking, finished in the parking lot with 2 minutes to spare!  His name is Pierre la Vert. (I also made that stripy green shirt for his birthday)

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LUCKILY for me, his birthday was wednesday, and today is Hollywood Dress Up Day at their camp.  So, obvi, D wore his new costume, but the Bean was desperate for a new costume too.

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last night at bedtime she finally decided on Cinderella's fancy dress, so here it is.

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It does twirl, but I've decided that I HATE gathering knits. Also I'm not a huge fan of dirndl skirts in general, SO much bulk at the waist! I might actually remake this one, if she's going to wear it a lot, with a nicer (read: circle/a-line) skirt.

now back to work!

(all jedi fabrics from Joanns, Green t-shirt fabric from the -by-the-pound section at Michael Levine's, and the princess dress is the dreamy Laguna Cotton Jersey from Robert Kaufman in Aqua and Cloud)

 

I drafted all the patterns myself, but if people want them, I can scan them in, so let me know!

Snow White (aka: My Crowning Achievement as a Mother)

I dunno if I'll ever be able to top this. I'm bouncing off the walls with self-pride and anticipation of The Bean's excitement in the morning. image

 

Look at the perfect pointy waist bit!!!

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I put a big red ribbon bow in the back, because.... why not?

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it's a little long, at her request.... I sorta want to get it above the knee, but she can have it long for a few days, and then I'll hem it for good... right now it will probably hit mid-calf.

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It's all cotton knit. The bodice is navy interlock, the sleeves are blue t-shirt jersey and red tissue jersey, and the gold skirt is cotton/poly interlock from JoAnn.

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I'm seriously SO proud of myself I could BURST. It came out so much better than I had hoped.

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(Here's a work in progress shot, after I hand-stitched the tear-drops, as I started cutting away the blue to show the red...

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I always get nervous when I start cutting, but SQUEE isn't it cute?!?!?!

 

Another Robot Dress

  I'm working on getting another dress pattern up and running, and so I have been testing my pattern frantically.

One of The Bean's friends recently had a birthday, and since they're the same size, I decided to make a dress for her.

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Since they're besties, I thought they might like to have similar dresses, so I used Funbots again.

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I love that it's got the pinks, etc, that girls seem to love, but it's not princesses. Robots and science are COOL!

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and here's her Robot pose. I'm still not sure what a Robot does with arms like that. ;)

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I know it's a hit, because she did NOT want to take it off to give to her friend.

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But she did, and they were SO excited to have coordinating dresses at preschool yesterday!

 

 

Quick 'n' Easy

I whipped out a tablet cover/case/pouch-thing sleeve for C to take on a trip. 30 minutes, including quilting!

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I'm super lazy though, so I didn't change the white bobbin thread to match the black top thread. I actually think the white flecks are my favorite part.

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I've been hoarding this fabric for years, (originally purchased to make him camera straps, but he said he didn't want straps), so I'm thrilled I finally got to use it! It's lined with flannel to keep the screen safe.

bags and greens.

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Another 2ball knitting bag (this one for my friend Liberty)

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A fold-over purse, (is it a clutch if it has a handle? Mostly copied from my friend Natalie's awesome bag) is my new favorite make.

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A shirt for C. Fabric is a yummy flannel from DryGoodsDesign, pattern is a Vogue pattern. Made it with short sleeves to test the fit. C has the worlds biggest shoulders, so I'll have to grade up the chest/shoulders before I make another.

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The Vogue shirt got buttons within 24 hours of being made, unlike this one, which sat, WITH BUTTONHOLES, for 2 years, awaiting only buttons. Lucky C got 2 shirts this week!

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And finally, the greens. I'm working on an all green Scrappy Trips Around the World at D's request. But Crockett thinks it's yummy...

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Modern Bliss

I used some scraps from sewing up a Modern Bliss lap quilt to make a little mug rug: image

I'm taking a Craftsy class (strip paper piecing) to improve my skills, and this was one of the blocks in the class. I feel much more confidant with my paper piecing now, and am bummed that I've now done all the blocks. I might need to get a paper piecing pattern book (suggestions welcome)...

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(this is the back. I'm loving wide binding on the back right now)

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I put lots and lots of quilted rays on this one. the whole finished block is 7.5", so it's quite small.  A little bit of sunshine in perfect weather right now.

I also used some bits to make a little dress for the Bean. she's so funny, because she's super girly and pink and wants dresses, but also climbs trees and roars when I ask her to pose. LOVE her. (also love that she's tiny enough to make clothes for from scraps)

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Sailor's Delight doll quilt

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quilt back

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quilt front

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I was trying to figure out the colors to use on this quilt, and the Bean came along to "help" then she sweetly asked if she could pick the fabrics, so she did. and my spectrum mug rug became a purple/gold/pink doll quilt just like that.

Selfish socks!

image I've knit C several pairs of socks before, but this is my first pair of socks!!! I have happy feet!

so I remember, these are the tools, etc used.

Yarn: Fyberspates Bamboozle, in Foxglove, bought here

needle: Addi Lace, 32" circular US1/2.5mm

ridiculously cute stitch markers, bought from Fripperies and Bibelots, and they make me SO happy! I was excited everytime I got to go past a stitch marker, because they're SO cute! (I bought the minis in stars and hearts, and LOVE them. seriously. go buy some. they're SO CUTE)

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thin enough to wear with my sneakers

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eye of the partridge heel, for pretty durability

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Russian bind off, for stretch

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If you look closely, you can see 2 skyp stitches on the outside of each foot. that's how I differentiate between top and bottom. (this was PRE-supercute-stitch-markers, but I like it)

A quilt for Kai

whipped out a UFO and bound it quickly so I could gift it to a surprise arrival. (Our friends got the call Friday that their new baby was ready to adopt on Sunday, I found out on Monday). image

it was sort of an idea tester quilt, so it's definitely not perfect, but hopefully its imperfections will make them feel like it can be used and spat up upon, etc, right?

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it's all Kona and ROAR (both Robert Kaufman fabrics, ROAR is designed by the same person who did The Circus, which I LOVE), and I LOVE them, esp. in this colorway. so bright and cheery!

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I made this quilt just to test out quilting on my new machine, so it's not awesomely quilted, but it'll get the job done (those aren't stains, they're just dew from when I took the first pics)

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