I just got some grey Polartec powerstretch…actually I got 6 yards of it!! I couldn’t help myself–it was on super sale. It was almost like they were paying me to buy it. You know how that goes. So it looks like I’m going to be adding a lot grey items to my wardrobe!! I decided to start with a dress, but I wanted it to be a sporty dress. I wanted it to be like something you could find in the Patagonia or Prana catalogs. I couldn’t find the exact pattern that I wanted, so I tried to invent my own. I took the upper bodice from Jalie 2682 and added to the waistband and skirt of Jalie 3024. These two patterns merged very easily with no major adjustments. Honestly, this thing went together lickety split. I broke out the coverstitch machine to do the hems and completed the whole thing–cutting out to hemming–in less than 3 hours.
Winter has come to Boonetowne!! We got snow on Thanksgiving eve, and now our ski resorts are open and snowboarders are everywhere. Yesterday, when I was running my pre-Thanksgiving errands, I saw a young snowboarder who was wearing this awesome fleece hat. It was covered with fleece tubes that looked like dreadlocks. It was really, really cool, and it was just the type of hat that one of our smart, sassy nieces would like.
So, since I didn’t have to do any Thanksgiving cooking or cleaning, I set out to make the fleece, dreadlock ski-cap for our 8 year-old niece. I started by deconstructing a child’s hat that I had purchased (to use as a pattern) at the end of last winter. I cut it apart and traced the pattern on paper.
I then used the pattern to cut out two fleece hat pieces–one for the lining and one for the exterior. Next, I made 13 fleece tubes in pink, orange, red, and green. Before I attached the tubes to the hat, I decided to add a little Urban Threads emboidery (BTW, they are having a sale right now.) Then I sewed up the hat pieces and inserted the tubes into the seams on the exterior piece. I sewed the lining to the exterior and then topstitched. It really was easy peazy, and I really do love it. Here are some pics:
Hopefully this hat will fit an eight-year-old girl. It’s tight on my head, so I’m hopeful that it might work. We’re going to give her this hat to tomorrow–it’s her birthday, so I’ll let you know what she thinks. I hope she likes it!!! Totally tubular–do people still say that????
I’ve got a few days off from work this week and so I plan to do a whole lot of sewing and not much cooking!! This weekend I worked on a Christmas present that I have in the works. It’s a super secret project right now, so I can’t show any pictures. In the meantime, here’s a photo of just one of the many beings for whom I am thankful–Scout, a sweet dog who lets me dress her up in all manner of costumes. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
Over the past month we’ve had a few out-of-town visitors, and between the visitors and work, I was sewing furiously to get ready for last weekend’s craft fair. Each fall my mom and I participate in a holiday craft fair down in Garner, NC. It’s lots of fun once I get there, but getting ready for it involves an October of frantic sewing. One would think that I might start getting ready for this thing earlier in the year, but somehow that never seems to happen.
So here are some pics of my goods. I made multiple table runners–some with wool pumpkins and leaves and others with Urban Thread designs. They sold pretty well.
I upcycled some men’s wool sports jackets and made these owl purses. I was able to use the actual pockets and buttons from the jackets. I really liked how they turned out.
And to continue with the owl theme, I made a bunch of these little owlet pincushions. They were probably my best sellers.
My cupcake pincushions got a lot of comments, but didn’t sell so well.
Nor did my slapbracelet pincushions, but I think it’s just a matter of time until these things catch on. What’s not to love about a slapbracelet pincushion????
And of course, since it was a holiday craft fair, I made some Chrsitmas stockings. On some I used some Accuquilt dies.
And then I made a few semi-edgy ones with some Urban Threads designs.
Now that the holiday craft fair is over, I feel like the holiday season is actually here. It’s funn, but there’s something about intense periods of crazy sewing that put me in the holiday state of mind. Actually, it’s hard for me to imagine holiday season without homemade gifts. Are you making any this year? I’ve got a couple that I need to get a start on. Let the sewing begin!!
This table runner is kind of like a perfect storm. First, I should explain that I grew up in Baltimore, and have a serious fondness for all things Baltimore (including The Wire, but that is another post all together.) Second, I recently acquired a new sewing machine that embroiders. Third, Halloween is approaching. Finally, and perhaps most imporatantly, Urban Threads is having a sale. These four variables have come together with just the right timing to produce the Edgar Allen Poe Table Runner! I know it’s not your standard Halloween decoration, but I really do love it. Plus, I can bust it back out on Poe’s birthday!!
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door—
“‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
Only this and nothing more.”
I did it! I finished my fourth piece and have officially completed my first sewing contest! My fourth and final piece is a wool version of Vogue 8755.
The fabric is a cream wool blend with specks of yellow, pink, purple, and blue in it. Here’s a close-up:
This fabric frayed whenever I looked at it, so I serged all the seams. I also took the shoulders in an inch on both sides and lengthened the bodice by an inch.
And for the big reveal…Here is my mini-wardrobe:
My favorite piece in all this is the Jalie V-neck top. I just love that top. I will definitely be making many more. By the way, did y’all see that PatternReview is having a Jalie contest??? I think the winner gets 5 Jalie patterns. Maybe that will be my next contest!