Thursday, July 21, 2011

B in her Bonnet

I made a teeny tiny Peekaboo Sunbonnet from a Made by Rae pattern for a friend who is due to deliver a baby girl next week.  This is the newborn size.  The cuteness factor is almost unbearable, wouldn't you say? 

Here is the reverse side.  Bitty Baby was a great model.  She looked where I wanted her to look.  She didn't try to grab the camera or scream when I wouldn't give it to her.

I made one for B too.  In size 1-2.  It fits really well, with a little growing room.  This was a quick and easy sew.  Probably under 2 hours without kids around; a bit longer if you are working around naps and such.  The polka-dots are DS Quilts by Denyse Schmidt found at JoAnn's. 

The reverse side is Kaffe Fasset Kite Tails.  I love this pattern.  I want to make more bonnets.  I'm tempted to make one for S too. 

One last look at Baby B in her bonnet.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

WIP: Daisy Chain Sampler

I'm taking a little break to work on this Daisy Chain Sampler Embroidery designed by Alicia Paulsen of Rosy Little Things.  I bought this as a kit, but you can buy the PDF pattern here.  It's slow work but deeply satisfying in a different way than sewing.  I don't know exactly how to explain it, but I get the same feeling when I knit and crochet.  I think it has to do with the process, that rhythmic motion of your hands and fingers at work and the tactile experience of the yarn and needle.  For a few years in my twenties, knitting, and later crocheting, was something that I turned to for it's therapeutic powers.  Quiet, peace,  tranquility and balance: these were things that I found.  It is deeply absorbing and is taking me away momentarily from my sewing.

I love each and every letter that I've finished so far, although of course the stitches are far from perfect.  I am learning as I'm going you see.  The instructions are written  and illustrated so clearly that even a novice can pick it up pretty easily.  I did, however, have to google french knots and found a video tutorial for those tricky stitches.

In sewing news, I have two peekaboo bonnets cut out.  I will get to them before this weekend when we will finally have some sun.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Week Ends

I must say this week has been so fun.  Although I did miss S, caring for one easy baby was a nice break.  I got so much done.  S finally has some cute summer clothes that will hopefully last her through the school year.

Here is another twirly skirt, this time I used Lisette voile and poplin for the hem and waist.  I think I like the voile and poplin better for this skirt.  It is still nice and full but drapes better than quilting cotton.

I even had time to make the teachers at S's dance camp thank you gifts.  Below are Rapunzel zippy pouches made from a Skip to My Lou tutorial, found here

Since the camp was based on Disney's Tangled, I thought it was appopriate to use Heather Ross's Rapunzel fabric.  I love how this turned out.  Heather Ross's fabrics make the simplest things look beautiful.

 And the project that I am most exicted about.  I had bought S a knit romper from target a month ago for our Disneyland trip.  It was super cheap, maybe under $5, and as cheap clothes go, cute but plain.  It was a solid hot pink with a little ice cream cone iron-on.  I really liked the cut of the romper though and decided to make s one out of nicer fabric.  I'm so glad I did because it turned out so cute.

I used the target romper as a pattern, just laid it right on top of the fabric and started cutting away.  I added bias tape for the edging of the shorts and the top. 

I'm hoping to keep the momentum going.  Both girls need sun hats.  Hmmm, maybe an Oliver & S bucket hat for S and a Made by Rae Peekaboo Bonnet for B.  Stay tuned...