Wednesday, May 21, 2014
I am making a little seersucker spring jacket from a vintage pattern for my girl. I have been searching all day online for buttons for it. I am trying to find large buttons for a coat that are vintageish looking. I wanted a pearl-like shank button. I can't find any large enough. The pattern actually gives totally wrong information about what is needed for buttons but I am thinking something around 1 1/2 inches would look good. Does anyone know where I can find some? I may break down and look at some jackets in some second hand shops and cut them off but that could be costly for buttons. I don't even know if this jacket will turn out.
I was going to start Luke's t-shirt before this jacket but my husband threw out the piece of ribbed knit fabric he found in the dryer. He thought it was a scrap and trash. I was a little annoyed at first but I think it is funny now. I am lucky he doesn't throw out half of my craft stuff.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
I bought this pattern (Oliver and S Bubble dress) over a year ago and I am so happy to have finally made it. I did version A which is the one with the scallops but you can hardly see them in the photos. I took a lot of pictures since it is quite a challenge to take a picture of Miss Stella that isn't a blur from her running. The pictures I took with my phone came out better than the ones I took with my camera. But you can't really see the scallops. They kind of blend in when she is wearing it too.
I made a size 3 and it fits her pretty close to perfect. I think there is enough room so that it will fit her until the fall. The fabric is one I bought from a little sewing shop near me which sadly is closing at the end of the month. It is a very light and sheerish cotton which is why I wanted to use it for a lined dress. I just used some white quilting cotton I had for the lining.
I am very happy with it. I feel like I am starting to get better at picking fabrics I really like where before I may have been picking fabrics I really like for 5 minutes or a couples weeks. Do you know what I mean? It makes me much happier with my sewing.
I do have to make something for my boy next (not counting a matching doll dress to this one). He had to say what makes me a great mom at school for them to write on a certificate he gave me. He said I was the greatest because I "makes clothes for us". So I really have to do some boy sewing. I bought some knit fabric for a t-shirt. I hope to start soon.
Monday, May 5, 2014
I have spent a lot of time thinking about what kind of stockings to make for my little cuties. I actually did make one for Luke after his first Christmas but it was awful. I used modern fabric and a modern pattern and it just wasn't us. When I first saw this stocking on Posie Gets Cozy (which I am sure you have seen because you already read her blog because it the most beautiful blog ever) my heart stopped. I thought about it a lot and then last fall decided to make it. I can't remember when I started working on it but I bought the pattern for the cross stitch part in the middle last fall. I bought it here. That part took me a very long time. I haven't done much cross stitch. I loved it though and want to do a lot more. I bought the pattern for the letters from the same place. The bunny is from Alicia Paulson's Embroidery Companion and I think it is the same one from her Winter Woodland Sampler.
I was pretty scared to cut the stocking shape out after I did all the cross stitch. What if I made a mistake after all that time? But it came out just how I wanted. I will make a similar one for Luke but I may wait to start it until I finish a couple knitting projects that I would like completed for summer.
speaking of knitting....
I finished Luke's sweater vest last week just in time for the second half of spring and summer. Ooops. I started it back in January with the plan to finish it right away but then I took some classes to make somethings for myself and I put it aside. I hope it still fits him in the fall. It is looking a little short in this picture. Girls can wear sweater vests too, right? Details about the sweater are here.
I guess I will start making some Spring/Summer clothes for Stella. I have so many patterns I have never used so I think I will be opening one of them soon. Maybe the Rollerskate dress? I think that isn't suppose to use much fabric.
edited 1 hour later - I am going with Oliver and S's Bubble dress pattern. Stella picked a very sheer fabric that I have one yard of. It really needs a lining. So Bubble dress it is. I have to make a bag for my niece too but I keep changing my mind how I want to make it. I found a pattern I am excited about it. Now I need to find some sweet owl fabric.