Thursday, June 30, 2011

My Productive Week Continues

I completed two more shirts, both are from the Oliver & S Ice Cream Social pattern. The first one that I made was inspired --ok, copied--from this. The fabric is different, mine I got on super sale from my local going out of business craft store that I've mentioned previously. It's called Dream a Little Dream from In the Beginning fabrics. Notice that the notch is ommitted from the neckline.

This version was made from Lisette Voile, designed by Liesl Gibson of Oliver & S.

Here is a picture of the red Lisette. Sorry about the clashing patterns.

And a final picture of the yellow Dream a Little Dream. This pattern is perfect as a playtime staple. Comfy, casual, but stylish all at once. And pretty darn easy to make as well.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Twirly Skirt

S is in dance camp this week, which means an hour or two of daily naptime sewing for me, hurray! It was so nice to have a couple hours of uninterrupted sewing today. I was able to finish this skirt. I used House on Hill Road's Twirly Skirt tutorial, found here.

As you can see, it is a very full skirt. I love the hem band and side drawstring detail. The most tedious and time-consuming part of sewing this skirt was pulling the elastic and drawstring through the waist band. Otherwise, the sewing was very quick and easy.

Here is the skirt in action. Main fabric is Riley Blake. Hem and waistband fabric is Moda Bella solid.

Monday, June 13, 2011

This and That

It's been a crazy few weeks here in our little corner of the world. A big trip, followed by illness, Baby B.'s First Birthday, and then another illness. With all this craziness, I did manage to squeeze in a little sewing now and then.

These are napkins made from Alexandar Henry's Juicy fabric that I picked up from JoAnn's. They are a total copycat from my sister. I just love them so much. I used the mitered corner technique from Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts. The napkins are 17 square inches with a 1 inch hem.

Another look at the napkins all folded and pressed. Aren't they beautiful?

This shirt I made from Simplicity 3511. Originally I made this with the flutter sleeves view, but they were stiff and stuck out awkwardly. The fix was pretty simple; I turned the sleeves into cap sleeves by adding elastic to the underside of the sleeve hem.

I found the fabric at a local craft store that is going out of business. They have a small, but amazing collection of quilting cottons. I am super sad to lose the only place that carries nice designer fabrics in our neck of the woods. On the other hand, my fabric stash is growing because I just can't pass up the discounted prices.