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!

 

 

Dress testing

Last week we were at Disneyland, and TheBean asked for one of the (overly-priced, nasty-polyester) dresses in the BibbityBobbityBoutique. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Disneyland. But... ICK. She's never seen any of the princess movies (her choice! Darren has, and I'm fine with them)... But the dresses.. I see these kids at D-lamd, tottering around in uncomfortable plastic shoes, soaked in sweat in these dresses, unable to run and play and climb, and I just CAN'T DO IT.

SO. I remembered reading some blog some time ago about making the dresses from T-shirt fabrics... I searched, and couldn't find the one I remember, but it seems that it's such a smart idea that LOTS of moms have done it.

The key is to start with a simple dress, and then embellish it with enough details that it resembles the princess but is still washable and comfortable...

So this morning I re-drafted a simple bodice with puffed sleeves and a full A-line skirt.

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it passed the spin test

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the sleeve band was too big

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the bodice was too short, and the neck too high...

that's why it's just a muslin. But it was comfy, and she's sleeping in it right now, so I can't fix it.

After looking at LOTS of pictures of Snow White (who knew there were SO many versions!?!), I'm starting with the sleeves. I'm going to reverse applique the red bits of her sleeves a la Alabama Chanin at bedtime tonight.

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I'm already plotting the next dress!

(the blue is from an old t-shirt of mine, and the red is a scrap of silky jersey remnant from JoAnn)

 

Funbot Dress!

  I had a little bit of Funbot fabric left over after making all the stuffed robots, so I decided my Bean needed a dress. She LOVES robots.

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she couldn't hold still, she was so excited.

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I used my HennyPenny dress pattern, modified a little bit to have a back opening and a facing. (and, as always, I put pockets on the dress. This girl LOVES pockets as much as she loves robots)

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I love this pattern because a) it's quick and easy, and b) the large pieces allow a special fabric to really shine. No fussy cutting or chopped off robots or anything.

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she's a perfect size 4 (and she's 4.5 right now).  Below is a picture of her "being a robot:"

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I'm not sure what kind of robot she is.

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but she's SUPER CUTE!

 

Funbots!

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I'm making some robot toys for the Robert Kaufman spring quilt market booth. They're completely inspired by Ann Kelle's Funbot fabric. And BOY ARE THEY FUN!

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This boy gets bonkers everything he gets to help play with them as I make them.

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They completely bring out his inner silly.

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(His #amineko, Green, is in for the fun too)

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He thinks we need to make another one that's even BIGGER.

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So that's what i'll be doing tonight.: )

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With his "help" stuffing. Of course.

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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Merry Xmas to me!!!

I've had an industrial Singer straight stitch garment machine for years, and it sits in my living room and is used daily. But I can't quilt on it. I also have a Bernina Artista 730 which I DO quilt on, but only small stuff.

um. I don't do a lot of small stuff.

I have 3?4? queen or bigger tops just waiting for quilting. So, for the past several months, I've been researching sewing/quilting machines, and trying to find a solution. Most people seem to love their Janine Horizons, but I LOVE front or side loading bobbins, not drop in. Like, its a deal breaker for me.

Won't do drop ins.

Then my super talented friend Janice of Better Off Thread bought a Juki TL2000, and my mind was blown. Absolutely everything I want at a price I can (almost) afford. I ordered it yesterday (I got the 2010Q, floor model from Sewing Machines Plus), and because they're only like a hundred miles away, even with (free) ground shipping it arrived today!

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I grabbed a stack of 2" squares (leftovers from Fall Quilt Market 2011), stitched them together (only 4 leftover), then put on my walking foot and went to town. The stitching is almost too perfect. Like, it looks storebought/factory made, which is kinda great, but not my style. Maybe I'll turn it into a wall hanging for my daughter's preschool? Or just a doll quilt? (Suggestions welcome!) I'm ridiculously excited. I'm gonna do a baby quilt tomorrow night, and then try to quilt one of my giants on Saturday. :)

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