Category Archives: Sewing

Sew fabulous!

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I get excited about things very easily, so when my friend Mary said her granddaughter was coming into town I had a bought of inspiration. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at clothing for a while and just around the same time as I found out Lily was visiting I came across the Perfect Pattern™ for such an occasion! I was rifling through posts at The Cottage Home blog and lo-and-behold there it was. I got to work almost immediately. (The following morning counts right?) And in a couple short days (spits and spats where time permitted), I had a completed Party Dress!

Sadly, the lighting was terrible for progress shots — and I’m awful at taking a moment when in sewing mode to step back and snap a frame. Since it all came together so fast (fast enough that I’ll be able to get it to her before they travel back their long journey home), I’m not too upset about that.

The pattern itself is brilliantly simple and there are so many options for play! I had so much fun choosing the colors and prints (yes, there’s another one to be made) that I almost didn’t make it out of the store.

For Lily, a self-proclaimed “girlie girl” (4 years old and knows darn well who she is and proud of it), there had to be pink. Most assuredly! The texture of the suiting was wonderful, but a bit of a pain to work with. I hate when fabrics won’t lay still and do what I say, when I say it. But I eventually “wrassled it down and hog tied it” into submission.

I learned a couple neat tricks while working on this pattern, particularly about shoulders on a fully lined dress bodice. Learned that slow is fast (though I should already know that one after years of messing up because I got too excited to slow myself down). And I learned that a self-lubricating sewing machine is absolutely wonderful and I no longer feel anxious about having bought it!

I can’t say enough how much I loved this fabric (and I have extra! Scrappy projects here I come)! And the buttons! I got purple ones for the other little dress (for Miss Kassi who will be turning a year old in October). I’m resisting the urge to make a dolly sized one… and a doll to go with it. A hippity hoppity tooth bunny dolly ’cause soon enough Lily’s going to hit that age and all the little baby teeth are going to come popping out and her big-girl teeth are going to start coming in… Ah, children.

And now… the full monty!

Terrible photos, I know, but Miss Capa approves! And on that note, I must be off to deliver the finished product (before Miss Capa decides the dress makes for a wonderfully soft and comfy bed).

Warm regards,
Am

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Lazy Lady Living Large

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Say that five times fast. Phew! Must be alliteration day.

Alright, so I thought I’d be better at this than I have been. I didn’t exactly mean to go three weeks without a single post… and while I’ve had time, per se, I haven’t had much to talk about. It’s been rather dull around the Cat House – not that nothing has been going on, but rather it’s just been the same old same old. We’ve planted more in the garden, sealed the drive, and finally finished cutting down the 45-year-old overgrown privet hedge. Nothing to lend itself to photographing or talking about… or things too tiring to have the energy to talk about.

It’s been terribly hot of late – the hottest I’ve seen an April in many a-year. And after many days of overcast heat, muggy and taunting of rain, it finally happened. Watching the steam rise from the pavement was rewarding, even if it was extra humid and still a little too warm.

As well as cooling things off a bit, the rain has given the Yuccas a burst of bloom. Somewhat sad they’ll be moving to a new home here in the near future.

What mother doesn’t know, won’t hurt her. There’s a special reason why I was so intent on getting the guest room turned storage room back into form – other than the obvious one of needing craft space. Indeed, unless the unforeseen happens we will be having guests next month! And for a whole month at that! But it’s hush hush. Loose lips sink ships and while Bev couldn’t manage to surprise Mother for her birthday, I’m a secret keeper and good at it.

Now that I’ve set up the (temporary) crafts room I just had to make something! And what better to do as a one day project than to make a cover for my new Tablet! I should really say that it technically took more than one day (and more than one try) to get the design down since I had to make it up… no Burda or Butterick patterns here.

I had a lot of fun with this, picking the fabrics and putting it together. One try got scrapped, one turned out slightly too small before I had gotten very far and became a pillow cover instead (up-cycling for the win)… and well they do say, third time’s the charm. I do love the colours and I have plenty of scrap to make some other fun projects with – now if I can find that vintage macramé book I know’s around here somewhere!

And lastly… we’ve made headway on the stained glass project! This was a commissioned piece, my first working faux stained glass – and let me tell you, it’s fun and frustrating all at the same time! I’ve had the designed laid out for a while now and was slowly magpie-ing the supplies necessary to get it started. The hardest part, I discovered, is keeping my hand from shaking while squeezing the lead-look stuff out of the bottle. We’re certainly getting there! It’s definitely something I have to work on in spats. I made the mistake of spending a while day lining it and my back and hands paid for it later. I’m really excited about it – the craftiness is one thing, but actually working on an art piece is something I’ve missed… even if I’m not designing jewellery and wielding a torch, it’s still very rewarding to think this will be displayed in someone’s home.

Today, though, it’s planting (potting some palms for the patio) and dentist… hopefully the last I’ll see of him until I get my bridge done in December. Getting rather tired of having a case of numb-face once a week.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Warm regards,
Am

The cat’s in the bag…

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Well, actually right now she’s on the table, nuzzling me as I type. What’s in the bag is my mother’s birthday present! Sneaky beast that I am, I’ve managed to get it all done while she’s not looking and tatted the bag for an extra special little something. What’s in the bag? (Other than a cat having once been there?) The answer: Shabby Quilted Bunting!

It’s been my secret project for a few days now and I’m super pleased with it! It’s especially for the laundry room, to fill a space she insisted needed another cute sign and “Am could make one for me (nudge nudge, wink wink)”… thus the idea was born. It looks lovely next to her Three Little Kittens Laundry Service placard.

I had to hang it up and give it a test run. (It sure looks pretty in my window… perhaps I shall make one for myself.) I’m tickled at how well it goes with the room it is destined to inhabit.

Such a fun project too! Quilting the little squares together and shabbily appliqué-ing the letters! And it was fast, I honestly surprised myself by only taking a couple days (a few hours at a time) to finish it.

And there you have it, happy bunting to make laundry time prettier! All that’s left is to find some vintage scarves to paper the bag with and it’s ready for gifting! Hurray!

Have a wonderful day!

Warm regards,
Am