Category Archives: sewing

bubbles and chickens

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I had posted the other day about testing a couple outfits and even had a picture of one of the finished ones. Sometimes getting the pictures done can be difficult. There are distractions like chickens, finding an uncluttered spot, and impending storms. It is usually a frantic ten minutes hoping for a decent picture. 

The first set of pictures is the sunny day suit from whimsy couture. I skipped the interfacing in the bib and HIGHLY recommend it if you make it. It kept scrunching up and I kept pulling it back.

The second set of pictures are the rhianna ruffle pants. I did capris. I loved these little pants but getting V to take pictures was particularly hard that day. I felt like I was running after her.
*NOTE TO SELF- get good camera fixed!!!

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day off = morning of quiet fun

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I finished one of the items for testing. I just love how these little pants turned out. I decided to make a appliqued top to match. Now all I need is my model home so I can get some better pictures.

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I like this site called Rookie. It’s a magazine aimed at teens but I think plenty of adults read it too so I don’t feel too weird about it. Tavi Gevinson- the sixteen year old who started it also has a blog called the style rookie that she started at like 12 or 13. She is quite well known in the fashion world. Crazy, but she is brilliant and I like her writing. SO ANYWAYS, on rookie they do photo shoots and have made these great flower headbands and so I had to try my hand at it. I found a headband on my dresser yesterday buried under a bunch of stuff and I had a bag of roses someone gave me and some fake flowers left over from Easter.

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Sewing

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Lots of new plans in the sewing department. I recently purchased three production licenses from lilblueboo.com to make their twirl skirt, halter dress, and sienna dress. I have made these before and love them because they are so fast and easy to make and you can use recycled shirts as your material.Yay for low overhead and recycling!!

I renamed my shop stripes and ruffles. I think it balances the two things I like to sew. I love sewing with recycled materials and I love using designer fabrics and creating ruffly, girly outfits. http://www.etsy.com/shop/StripesandRuffles
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I am also finishing up an apron for a cupcake birthday dress for a special childhood friend whose daughter is turning three. I did one last year for her, too.
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I have some white fabric coming that I have some dye plans for. I have two bottles of RIT all ready for it. I want to sew a few dresses using hand dyed fabric. I am obsessing over ombre on pinterest right now.

I will also be pattern testing for whimsy couture and create kids couture this week. I love pattern testing because it gives me a deadline and usually forces me to work on things I normally wouldn’t do. I am doing some fancy ruffle pants for CKC and a sunny day suit for WC.

My nice camera got the top ripped off while we were in Tennessee so I am going to try and drop that off to get repaired this week. Hoping it doesn’t cost a fortune. At least I have my back up canon power shot.

tinkerbell romper

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Violet has been obsessed with Tinkerbell lately. I saw this tutorial on Samster Mommy and had to make this little romper set. I had two t shirts from who knows what previous project that were just the right color. One was for Aaron and it was banana republic, but we won’t tell him that. I pretty much followed the whole tutorial except for the arm part, i did that a little differently. I just cut pieces out of the sleeve and added elastic thread to those and then added them on.

Alice in Wonderland

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I never get dressed up for Halloween. I think two years ago I put a sparkly cape on over an all black outfit for school. However, this year I have THREE reasons to get dressed up and so I thought I would have a good time with it seeing as I have more time for it now. I bought the kids their costumes. I have never made them costumes before. Maybe next year?
SO, I have a class party, a friend is having a potluck( night w/o kids!!!) and the actual holiday itself.
I made two parts to this costume which were simple but I am still really happy and proud about the way they turned out. I made a petticoat and an apron trimmed in lace. I went to Joann’s and bought about 4 yards of this nice lightweight cotton that happened to be 50% off. I did not use all of it. I did make the petticoat wrong. I only ruffled the bottom tier instead of doing the bottom and middle but I still like the way it came out. And that is the beauty of making things for yourself. You can customize it exactly to what you want.


The apron was incredibly easy. I added the lace with no problems. It came together in like an hour-with interruptions.You know what I mean. Please excuse the dirty carpet. I have other things to do,


So I had bought two dresses at the thrift store because I just wasn’t sure what I wanted. Last week, I bought a beautiful blue formal dress and this week was a printed blue cotton dress. I think the formal one looks WAY better than the other one but it still would have worked. All I have to show for those are super bad cell phone pictures but I will add more on Halloween with a real camera.
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repurposed pants

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These PJ pants were headed out-they were too small. I decided to cut them and serge the edge.Now they fit him like underwear. I think I need to work on my serge hemming skills but they should be fine. Total time- 5 minutes. One less thing for the thrift store and one less thing we need to buy.

quilted idea

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I really want to make a quilt and so I thought I might begin one using cut up old shirts that were headed for the trash. At least if I mess up, it won’t be on expensive new fabric. I made two fabric sheet “squares” that will be included and I cut up an old pillowcase. I tried to start last night but my machine was giving me problems with the bobbin. This morning I got a few squares put together and I think it will be way harder than I imagined but I am going to take it a piece at a time and just have fun with it.