Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Birthday Tutu

I am very happy to have finished another birthday present for Stella this morning.  I started Monday morning cutting the tulle for the tutu from Little Things to Sew.  This morning I was able to start sewing it and finished it very quickly.  I am very happy because I am usually very slow to finish anything.  

It is very purple.  I would have loved to tried to make one like the example in the book  I love the colors in the book and am starting to get a little sick of purple.  But it is the girl's favorite color and I did think she should love her present.

The tulle I bought from Joann's was all around 60 -70 inches wide not over 100 like the book said most tulle was.  I didn't look at the other colors.  I just bought all the purple.  And I should have bought one more yard.  I didn't realize that until I started cutting.  So I think if I bought more tulle and wider tulle it would be a little more full.  But Stella is a little peanut so I think this will work.

I think I'll do the baby carrier from Little Things to sew next.  I'm going to make as many things I can for her birthday from the book for the cover to cover challenge.  There are only 5 months left and I just became motivated to try make everything in it.  I want to make her a birthday dress too.  Maybe I should do the tea party dress so she can have a matching baby dress?  Her birthday is one month away so I better get going. 

*edited to add 2 seconds later: Wow! I just realized this was my 100th post!  I think I'd like to send a little surprise (I don't know what it is yet but it will be sewing related) to someone who comments on this post.  We will pick names out of a hat.  Make sure you leave your email if you are a no-reply blogger so I can find out where to send the prize to. edited again hours later - I'll pick a winner next Wednesday April 2.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Jump Rope Dress and Toe Up Socks

I had some unplanned time away from my sewing machine due to us removing some gates in our home.  It felt unsafe having the iron and my sewing machine out at times.  But I've gotten use to it and am now sewing again.  It feels so good.  I think about how lucky I am to have so many hobbies that make me so happy.  I got a real rush finishing up this dress yesterday.  I really finished it this morning but I had a good idea what it looked like yesterday.

It is the Jump Rope Dress pattern from Oliver + S.  I made view B and love it even more than I thought I would.  I wish I could make one for me.  I used a thin denim from Joann's and some Liberty Lawn for the placket, covered buttons, and pocket bias.  I totally confused myself reading directions about transferring markings but other than that it went well.  Except maybe I didn't do the cuffs right but I just kept going.  I lose some patience towards the end of a project.  And I know the hem looks crooked in the picture but I don't think it really is.

I made my second pair of socks ever and my first pair of  toe-up socks. I took a great class at Knit Wit in Portland, Maine.   I put them on Ravelry but I don't know what yarn I used and the pattern is from taking the class so I have no details..  The toe-up way seemed so much easier.  I had an awful time picking up stitches with my first pair of socks.  These are kind of plain but I love them and will wear them.  I'm looking forward to making more but I have a long list of stuff I want to make for the little cuties first.  Maybe I can try to always have a pair I am working on, on the side.  I just worry that I won't finish.


Stella's birthday is coming up and I am making a lot of presents so I expect to have lots of posts this month and lots of happy sewing time.