Birthday dress in a Jiffy

I have a stash of patterns that my Grandma gave me, used by her in the 60's (for my dad's little sister)... some of them are SO awful it's funny, and some are just plain wonderful. this one was wonderful.

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it's the Jiffy Dress on the upper right side....

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I tried really hard to get her to hold still so I could photograph it, but this is the best I could get.

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and this is the shot of the back.... ;)

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Luckily, it really was pretty quick to make up, because her first time wearing it, we went to Busy Bee and then picnicked in the park with friends, and her dress was soon covered in meatball sub.

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but she loved it, so it was worth it.

For an adorable architect

My friend Erik is an architect/urban planner. (he's also one of my daughter's godfathers). when I got this amazing new fabric (Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander), with blueprint-y prints, I knew I needed to make him something. He'd once commented on a crayon roll of the Bean's, saying it'd be great to have something like that for his pens and pencils. Perfect. I asked him how many slots, and then whipped this puppy out: image

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he's on a 2 month trip to Japan, Spain (and maybe England? I can't remember), so hopefully this is helping him in his travels...

LAMQG scrap swap

Our October (or maybe september) LAMQG swap was a scrap swap. I was lucky enough to get scraps from my friend Nicole, and one day, while looking at the scraps, I noticed that they all went well with this peachy-pink Essex Linen that I had. so I sewed up the pieces into little bits of patchy-goodness, and made all three sizes of Open-Wide pouches by Noodlehead. image

I love that they nest

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each is slightly different, but still awesome.

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the tiniest squares are 1". the biggest are 2"

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Bags n babies

D and I stopped by the new Daiso Japan store in Torrance last week. they have cute little metal clasp frames for $1.50, so I bought one and tried it out. image

I suck at glueing.

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and next time I'll make my own shape (less pear-y), but this time I followed the pattern that comes with the clasp. (Or, rather, I followed the pattern piece and illustrations. the instructions were written in Japanese, so they didn't help me much)

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but it came out cute, and the Bean was pleased.

Since I had that linen out.... I decided to try tiny hexies...

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I printed out a sheet of 1/4" hexies (man, there sure are a lot on 1 page! I cut about 40, and used 7)

here's my late night basting...

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I used a blanket stitch to applique them onto a scrap of linen, and made a zip pouch from it. came out pretty cute, if I do say so myself!

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I've been able to get a lot done these days (even though I'm not posting much. Everything is for Fall Market, and therefore hush hush), because my little dude spends a lot of time like this:

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Another nursing-dress muslin

I had the sick 6 y/o take these pics, so my apologies for the quality (but yay him for being my photographer!) image

I made this dress up last night, based sorta on the schoolhouse tunic I wore yesterday. it's another wearable muslin (this fabric is by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman, and is a 1930's floral ditsy print. tiny red flowers on white. LOVE it), while I try to figure out a flattering and functional fit. It felt really shapeless (despite bust darts). I think the back is still too big, but adding a "belt" (aka a strip of batik selvage tied in the back) helped a lot, I think...

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or at least it did in the mirror/my head... I need to hem the sleeves and skirt, but I think this could totally work. I'm loving the pockets and the easy nursing, and it's the perfect amount of clothing for the mid-80's weather we're having.

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I put a zipper in the back (an invisible one, obvi), but because of the giant slit in the front, it's totally unnecessary, so I think I'll take it out and just sew it shut.

I love this fabric enough that I think I'll keep this dress and wear it a bunch, and now I think I'm ready to start sewing "real" dresses...

Oh, and I used Built-By-Wendy Dresses as my jumping off point. the shift dress, size L.

 

Schoolhouse tunic

I need more nursing-friendly clothing. I emailed Meg at Sew Liberated, and she was super helpful about how to use her patterns for nursing.

So I bought the Schoolhouse Tunic, and last night I made a muslin (a wearable muslin, oxymoronical as it may be).

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I think I need to take it in in a variety of places to give it a more flattering fit.

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(can you tell I'm tired? Last night we had a very sick kiddo)

I made a size 14/16, based solely on my bust measurements, but I think I could easily fit into a 10/12.

But it was pretty easy to make, and works like a DREAM for nursing with a nursing tank underneath,

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I added pockets in the side seams, just because I like pockets.

The fabric is red Cambridge Lawn, and I have no words to describe how awesome it is. SO soft, but still densely woven enough to be durable. Here in LA, wearing 2 layers is often too much, but a tank and a lawn tunic is JUST bearable. and it will be perfect for the colder days. I think I'll add some trim or something to the front, but as it stands, baggy and all, it's totally wearable, I LOVE the fabric and the color, and look forward to making more (smaller) Schoolhouse Tunics in the very near future.

Edges...

I'm trying to figure out how/where to stop on my Tangerine Tango EPP top. image

not the side, just the edges....

In theory, every hex should have a square on each side, and then triangles to fill the gaps...

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If I only do completed hexies, though, 2 of the sides have these hugely uneven edges:

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and since the other two edges look so cool, I'm just not sure what to do.

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So maybe I need to add in the squares, and then cut them into right triangles to make a straight edge on those sides?

 

Thoughts?

Changing pad

I needed a simple changing pad that would easily fit in my bag image

so I made one (pencil for scale), using this awesome red/white print (Pop Posies by Nancy Mims for Robert Kaufman, coming soon).

I love this print. It looked like plus signs to me until I used it, and now it looks like a cool latice to me.

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it has simple velcro on the non-baby side

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and cute Cat in the Hat laminate (also RK scraps) on the baby side.

with thin bias tape to finish the edges.

so simple and awesome.

 

Double -ended zippered bag

D needed a pencil bag, and was told to put pencils, erasers, and markers in them. I had this idea to make a bag that's double ended, but searching on the internet for "double-ended bag" or pouch or anything double-ended only produces boxing results.... I'm not sure if I just don't know the right search terms, or what, but I couldn't find any tutorials or patterns or images of what I wanted, so I took a deep breath, grabbed some scrap fabric, and tried out my idea....  

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it worked! (this is the second one, of nice fabrics. the proportions were off on the first one)

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I used scraps from the sample quilt of Don't Be Crabby by Laurie Wisbrun for RK (in stores in December)

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see, zippers on either end.

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D approved, and filled it with his pencils and markers quite happily

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Baby pants, etc

there's something ridiculously appealing about baby butts. .. He's way too small for the basket, but it's so cute, we use it in the front yard when his big sibs want to ride bikes out there...

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he's so teeny and smooshy!

he's had his first photoshoot (for the sleep sack pattern I still haven't actually written...)

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I've been knitting him a hat in my spare moments...

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so I made a little bag for my small knitting projects... it's about 8" square.

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and I sewed the little dude a bunch o' pants... ok, some are shorts (I used 1/4 yard cuts and scraps to make them all, so they came out different lengths... I don't think he minds)

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progress is being made on the cutting space...

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catch up.

Sooo, it was really hot, and I was knitting a lot, and I wound up having to take my knitting to the hospital, and finishing it there, while holding this little dude.

and then I came home, and made a quilt,

but totally forgot to take better pics of it before giving it away.... but I used Angela's brilliant book, and tried lots of different quilting on it...

(this is after it's been through the washer and dryer to make it cuddly)

I tested out my sleep sack size

made a couple more, in these lovely new fabrics...

My sleep sack in VROOM and Bonny Bloom Flannel

finally finished the top of my summer sampler

using Kona colors: White, Coral, Cerise, Crocus, Curry, and Aqua (say that 10 times fast!)

I'm MADLY in love with my micro-sashing. MADLY.

now I'm trying to figure out how to quilt the behemoth I made for my dad, and to decide on the quilt back for the above quilt, and to catch up on my Handstitched quilt, etc....

and Fall Market prep starts next week...