After getting this book for Mother’s Day this year, I wanted to try out the patterns. So I bought some stretch needles (not ballpoint; I was specifically informed by the experienced women at my sewing center that stretch is better for fleece and jersey) and some super-stretchy aqua jersey and made the basic t-shirt to get started.
It was so boring I wanted to die. Don’t get me wrong, for the beginner sewist, I’m sure making a t-shirt is a triumph. However, when you can buy one for $5 at the Gap it’s hardly worth the effort unless it’s going to look awesome. So I ruffled it up and I really like the result. And the best thing is, you could do this…
Along with the arrival of autumn at our house this year came The Ick. And by that I mean we all got sick this weekend with whatever throat/sinus yuckyuck nature coughed up this year when everyone went back to school. Heh. Pun intended. Sometimes I just crack myself up.
As a result, not alot of sewing, but that’s actually a pretty good thing, because I’ve got a backlog of fall tops (three so far) to put up. But before I do that [yes that means you'll just have to wait a little longer] I have to show off a couple inspirational necklines that just had to become a part of my wardrobe. Both came from a cute little boutique shop in Plymouth called
Here’s a few new fall fabrics I picked up at JoAnn’s last week. The right two are lightweight cotton; the patchworky one on the left is a mid-weight cotton; almost a lightweight canvas. The green cotton in the back was a thrift store find. Score!
I whipped up a stroller bag with the middle print — which is just perfect for walking downtown to the bakery or thowing over my shoulder at the farmer’s market. However, little seester Kricket decided she really liked it when she was over the other day, and since it IS her birthday on Saturday, I will just have to make another one for me!
I’m having so much fun designing prints in Inkscape (open source design software for those of you who don’t want to fork over the big bucks for Photoshop) to print up on Spoonflower. I can’t wait to make some baby pants with this octopus print (below).
One of the issues I’m having though can be seen in the picture…color problems. The colors not only fade substantially when printed, but they shift as well (top is computer printout, bottom is actual fabric swatch). And for someone like me who really has absolutely no computer design experience, this can be a wee bit frustrating.
Thanks for all the good suggestions on dealing with the lack of plastic bags…I think I’m going to go without in a few rooms, use a brown bag in a few other rooms, and look into some of the recycled options for the kitchen. I also bought a tumbler composter on Craigslist this week so we’re starting that up too.
And now for something completely different…food! I do read a few baking/foodie blogs here and there (I love Orangette) although I do admit to feeling completely inept by comparison. But every once in awhile I can redeem myself:
This is one of my fave easy desserts. I happen to be a pretty big Nigella fan and this recipe is from Forever…
These little gems just went up for sale at happygiraffe. It’s never too early to start that Christmas list, is all I’m saying!
: : Naps : :
Where did my daily 3 solid hours of naptime go? Why? Why? I’m remembering though that it’s just that much more time I get to spend with my little cutie, time which will soon be just a memory…
: : Plastic Bags : :
In our quest to KILL THE PLASTIC BAG (Warning: there are far too many pictures of sea creatures with plastic bags hanging out of their mouths in that slideshow. You’ve been warned) we have found ourselves without ANY trashpail liners. This may seem like a dumb question,…
…Breanna S from Breanna’s Knit Bits! Congratulations Breanna, a new clothespin holder will be heading in your direction soon. Email me with the address you want me to ship it to.
We’re heading down to Indiana this afternoon to visit Elli and Thunk, so I’ll be back next week with more stuff to show you. Have a great weekend!
I wish I had remembered to take a “before” picture. This used to be a short-sleeved sweater from Express. I never wore it because it was too tight, but I always really loved the stripes and colors. So I flattened it on my cutting table, put my pants pattern on top (minus the butt panel; I figured this one was stretchy enough that it would fit over E’s cloth diapers just fine) and cut away.
The giveaway ends tonight. Last chance!
Thanks a ton for all the comments and compliments on the shop! It’s been so great to hear from all of you, especially all you Delurkers. The giveaway is open until Wednesday evening, but make sure you use this post if you want to be entered. I’m so excited I’ve already made some more stuff for the shop, including some home accessories, so check back. I will also be selling a women’s top.
These kimono pjs are made with Michael Miller’s Rocket Rascal’s fabric. I bought it last fall at a teeny tiny quilt shop inside Pike Place Market in Seattle (I can’t remember the name…
OK, so I was thinking this would get posted earlier, but I ended up at the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing (what a neat place — Michiganders go check it out!) for the day with a dear friend and her beautiful little girl and there went the day. You know how it goes…
But Hey Look…it’s my new Etsy Shop!
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