Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Summer Dress Pattern Review

 I made Mea a new summer dress using Mccalls pattern 6312.  It's a great summer dress, but it was sized too big, as you can see from the back.  All the other dresses I make in the same size fit her perfectly right now, but this one hangs funny in the back after cinching it it at the waist with the ties.  I've made some modifications to the pattern, and there are still a few more I need to do.  I decided against making the underskirt (supposed to be made of tulle with an additional lining) because I didn't want the dress to be heavy and hot for summer.  So instead, I used the same bias tape (the white edging on the bodice) to hem the dress.  I made my own thinner bias tape (just over 1/4"), too, instead of using the 1/2" packaged kind.  And I've decided that I need to sew the belt to the dress in the front, otherwise it is constantly bunching up and looking funny.   But other than that, I love the dress, and I think she looks cute in it.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

More Baby Shower Gifts

 Another baby shower, another set of baby items:

Yet another Itty Bitty Baby Dress
And a nursing cover--the kind that bows out in front so that the mother can still see the baby.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Baby Shower Premie Dresses

A woman in our ward had her baby months early. But the baby is doing great, and was even able to come home much earlier than expected. I went to a baby shower for her over the weekend, and made some teeny tiny dresses:The first is an even smaller version of the Itty Bitty Baby Dress (the baby is just barely 4 pounds), and the second is another of my adaptions of it, with straps that you insert through a buttonhole in the upper bodice front and tie a knot to keep it in place, and a ruffle at the bottom of the skirt.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Homemade Christmas Gifts

I didn't make too many homemade gifts this year. I made this wall quilt for my mother-in-law:
I used the pattern in The Thimbleberries: Book of Quilts. I tried to give it a slightly more southwest feel, though, because of their location in southern Utah.

And for my father-in-law, I made this sign:
I'm certainly not an artist, and can barely draw stick figures. But thanks to google images and carbon paper, I can pretend to be one. Even the shading is easier with a wood burner than with paper and pencil. The animal is supposed to be a fox--they see one on their property often--but mine turned out to look more like a dog of some sort. Oh well. At least the arch looks good. :)

Halloween Quilt

I'm trying to be better at having more holiday decorations around the house. Last fall, I came across a pattern for a halloween wall quilt in my Thimbleberries Guide to the Weekend Quilter book, and decided to make it using scraps from my stash (mostly Crate and Barrell, $0.95 per pound remnants). Kind of cutesy, and not completely my style, but still fun for the kids:*Note: in the book, this is under the "make it tonight" category. I'm certainly not an experienced quilter, but I don't know how anyone could make this in one evening.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Rapunzel Hair Tutorial

Unfortunately for W, she got my hair--thin, fine, and very little substance to it. She desperately wants long hair, but it just doesn't work for her. She's been asking for Rapunzel hair recently, so we came up with this solution:How to make it:

-1 package worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart, Super Saver, 7 oz, Lemon color)
-ribbon--at least 6 strands, 3@30" long, 3 @40" long, all the same or all different
-fake flowers

1. Cut 60 strands of yarn, each about 40" long. Cut three strands of ribbon, each 40" long, and put with the yarn. Tie off one end with a scrap piece of yarn, about 1 " from the end. Divide into 3 groups of 20, with one strand of ribbon in each group. Braid. Tie off with another piece of yarn and/or ribbon.

2. Cut 45 strands of yarn, each about 30" long. Cut three strands of ribbon the same length, and group with the yarn. Tie off one end with a scrap piece of yarn. Divide into 3 groups of 15, each with a strand of ribbon. Braid. Tie off end.

3. Using the braid from #2, measure around desired part of head, adjusting to fit, and overlapping ends. Hand sew and/or wrap with yarn until secure.

4. Attach braid #1 to headpiece made in #3 using the same method--either hand sewing in place or wrapping with yarn until secure.

5. Garnish with fake flowers and ribbons using a glue gun.

6. Optional: you can use 1/2"-3/4" elastic as a base to the headpiece braid. Simply measure the head with elastic, and hand sew the head piece braid to the outside of the elastic. It gives more substance to the headpiece, but still remains hidden when worn.

Good luck!

(*This was adapted from Simplicity pattern #2065, but there were some major flaws in their directions).

If this has been helpful (or confusing), please let me know!  I've had hundreds of views of this page, but I'd like some feedback.  Thanks!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Reversible, Quilted Apron

A friend of mine recently had a birthday, so I made her one of my apron creations:
They are quite easy to make:
1. Using an existing apron of desired shape and size as a template, cut out front fabric.
If you want a front pocket like mine, then cut out an additional piece with the same bottom, but only about 8-10" high.
2. Layer the front, batting, and back--in that order. Do not cut the back or batting to the same shape as the front--you will do this after you quilt. Just make sure they are both a few inches larger that the front.
Do the same for the pocket.
3. Quilt as desired. I machine stitch, using the meander and/or stipple method.
4. Trim the batting and back to the same shape as the front for both the apron and the pocket.
5. Using purchased double-fold bias tape (or make your own), sew the top edge of the pocket.
6. Line the pocket up and sew the bottom and side edges of the pocket to the apron.
7. Sew through all thicknesses vertically wherever you want to have compartments in your pocket--I like to do mine evenly in thirds.
8. Sew the double-fold bias tape on the remaining edges is this order:
a. top of apron (just the flat edge--see picture)
b. sides and bottom of apron with pocket attached (the u-shaped part at bottom)
c. tie, diagonal side piece, neck loop, other diagonal side, and other tie all in one piece--when doing the tie and neck loop, just sew the open-edge of the bias tape shut until you get to the diagonal side pieces, where you will sew the bias tape with the quited fabric between.

Why I like quilted aprons: nothing seeps through and gets to my clothes--no grease, splatters, or even water when I do dishes.