Spring sewing I

14 04 2010

Finally got some sewing in for me – found a lovely marimekko-esque inspired print at my local fabric store, and used Kwiksew 3372 for the pattern.

And if you couldn’t see the print clearly enough – the girlie has you covered!

I wish I could wear skirts at work, but that is not a possibility in our plant.

Lookie at the haul that came in the mail!

2 04 2010

When we left our saga of the halloween costume, we had some lovely chalkboard fabric.

Girlie saw these on ebay.

The top and bottom center ones were in the running for her costume at this moment, and she has started leaning toward the bottom row turquoise number.

Everyone else will help with her “Nancy Drew” alter ego.


20 02 2010

Way back when I said I was working on the Sew Tessuti Favorite Top…  Well, I failed to post photos.  Here they are:

I do like it with a bit more length, but I made it as wide as the fabric, so this was as long as it would go.

Many complements and requests for me to make more.  I think a suggestion to the lovely folks at tessuti would be to give it a funnel or cowl neck for a change of pace.


Next up on the overdue list:  Valentine’s day.

Embroidered pillowcases were made for the girlie girls bestest friends.

Everyone ended up with an identical pillowcase – a big success!

Of Hats and Hair…

21 12 2009

I made myself a lovely hat, which quickly became a popular item, which I actually sold to a few friends for the holidays.  This is one order:

It doesn’t look like much on the table, but when you put it on….

Glitter Glue Princess calls it a “squishy mad hatter’s hat”!  She’s right – all I need to do is extend the body some for a cute halloween hat.

Moving past the subject of hats and on to hair.

Glitter Glue Princess decided that it was time for a change.  She took a picture of Selena Gomez into the hairdresser, after much consideration for bobs, angled cuts, and lots of pictures of hair that wouldn’t have looked good on her.  Keep in mind these pics were taken without the lovely hair straightening tools that hairdressers love to use, and that the kiddo now pines for.  There’s always xmas, right?

Here is the before:

And now the after:

Her bangs weren’t quite long enough, but they will definitely grow into this style.

Sigh….  She looks so much older now.  I definitely have a problem on my hands.

A new coat.

19 12 2009

Sorry I’ve been lax in my blog updates – too much to do this holiday season, and not enough time to do it.

I finished a nice coat for myself over Thanksgiving that I want to share a picture of:

I had to go to Minnesota for work, and was unsure if my corduroy coat I had been wearing in our balmy weather would be enough.  I didn’t think it was time to pull out the down coat, so a girl has to do what a girl has to do – make a coat for in between!

I used Christine Jonson’s Easy Coat Pattern, in the short length.  The local fabric store had some nice Polartec Wind Bloc, which was nicely reversible.  This fabric is EXTREMELY toasty, so much so that I really didn’t button the coat very much.  I ended up with a very lightweight comfy coat, that could work for business.

Oh….  And look at my facing!

By golly, she’s got it!

16 11 2009

Took the glitter glue princess to the American Girl Place in Chicago to celebrate her birthday this week.  More pictures from that later…

One sewing related thing that happened is the girlie saw this outfit:


She absolutely LOVED the skirt, but couldn’t bear to spend her own money on it – she earned money from donations to Goodwill, from the americangirl surveys we take, and from relatives.

She started looking inside to see how it was made, noting the elastic used to make the gathers.  With much excitement in her voice, she described in exact detail how it could be made at home.  It just clicked, and she realized that she could make one just exactly as she wanted, in the color that she preferred, and long enough to get to her knees. (Tall girlies have trouble finding things that feel modest enough, you know….)

Guess what lined a-line skirt is coming up on our sewing together time?

That Bugger! and a pirate shirt.

22 09 2009

Little Mickey was ill all weekend. He was worse than a baby, as he just laid around all weekend, and wanted us to hold him.  He wouldn’t eat, wouldn’t drink – I was sure he was a goner, and we had no reason for this to occur.  He had the ear mite treatment at the vet, but they were really bothering him – it wouldn’t explain him not eating.  Sunday, I got all bothered with it and started pumping him full of beef baby food and cat milk in a syringe.  He acted a bit better, even though we only got 40 mls of liquid in him.

By Monday, he was back to his little popcorn self – bouncing around and chasing anything that thought about moving.  He ate heartily – but now we can’t get him to eat dry food again.

We’ve had introductions with the other cats – Fat Boy doesn’t care if he is here or not, though Mickey doesn’t like the looks of him.  Miss Dot is not happy about his presence, and has thought about stalking him down a few times, only to be cut down by us.  Mickey just grumbles and growls at them all, even though they are up to 3X larger than him.

When I could, I passed on the little guy to the kiddo – she got to play momma for a bit.  I made her pirate shirt, using no pattern.

On the first fitting, we found that I didn’t give her enough ease, and the armpits were too tight.  No problem!  I actually figured out how to take care of both of these problems with one thing – armpit gussets running to the hem!

You’d never know it was there, and adds a decent amount of ease to the shirt.

Next item is the corset/tank top number using the skull fabric peeking out above.  Lots of shirring on the sides – should be fun.  Aaaarrgh!