Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I don't generally have a thing for poultry (I mean, I enjoy eating
them), but I fell in LOVE with this print today at my sewing machine
It's destined to be a cute wraparound skirt (this one from weekend
sewing). And it will meet it's destiny TONIGHT. Jumping to the head of
I MUST wear a chicken skirt tomorrow. Must must must!!!
Monday, June 29, 2009
I'm trying to come up with a pattern that i like for baby playsuits.
i need a lapped collar (check)
petite chest area (check)
large diaper area for cloth diapers (check)
elasticized ankles so pants stay on instead of dragging along behind (is this only a problem with my children? regular playsuits allow her to crawl her legs into the torso area, so the whole thing stretches out, and the legs slither along behind. so weird!) (check)
snap crotch (no check)
I HATE SNAPS!!! no, i LOVE them in store bought stuff, and HATE them in homemade stuff.
snap tape looks silly, but hammering or using pliers to do snaps is incredibly difficult, and has been hard on my fabric (when i make knit outfits, the snaps i put in always cause runs after a few washes)
so i'm asking for a snap press from my dad for my birthday (in 3 weeks). they look so big and garage-y that i think he'll get it for me (my requests for fabric and sewing stuff in the past have usually been dealt with by him handing me money and telling me to get what i want, rahter than having to be a man in a sewing shop)
here's my attempt at patternmaking though. ugliest fabric ever (i hate orange, and neon orange is the worst of the worst, IMO). somehow it's cute on the baby though.
i think i want to make the armholes a teensy bit smaller.
back to the butcher paper!
so after wasting lots of time
Saturday, June 27, 2009
It took more time for me to figure out the knot shape than to do the sewing, oddly enough...
I totally freehanded them out of scrap fabric from a pair of D pants. I just cut the shapes I wanted freehand, sprayed them with quilt basting spray, and stuck them on the shirt, then used a zigzag stitch to sew 'em down.
#1 was this coffee cup sleeve and instead of using courderoy, I found this uphosltry remnant that looks a LOT like cardboard.
I also bought C this porcelain coffee cup, so it was a coffee themed father's day.
the only picture I had on hand that was the right size was one of D that I cut from our still unsent xmas cards...
he LOVES showing Papa that it's a picture of HIM.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
the neck is too big, and the suit isn't long enough over her cloth diapers, but it's so cute anyway!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
So here's the train cake I made for D's 3rd bday. He wanted a train party, so obviously he needed a train cake. Now, yes, I could have bought a Thomas cake for less work/money, but a) I'm a pretty decent baker, and I wanted yumminess, not store bought fluff, b) I don't like buying into the hype. (although, i admit my son owns 85% of all the Thomas trains, I really try to avoid the other thomas junk, so my goal was to make a REAL train cake...)
I used blueberries instead of candies for the coal...
and, again inspired by martha stewart's cupcake book, I came up withthese train track cupcakes. I piped royal icing onto yellow lollipops to make the railroad crossing signs, and on the cakes to make the train tracks.
i'm pretty proud of them, cause i came up with the concept, not just the execution....
I've been making quilts for our college friends to celebrate their weddings... this is the most recent one, and I'm super proud of it.
it's a copy of the invitation (which I've misplaced, so you can't see how awesome of an enlarging job I did. Take my word for it, it's SPOT ON!) I used reverse applique, and free motion embroidery to duplicate their invite...
I'm learning how to decorate... meaning, I played with the decorator tips I own...
So, conveniently, my husband's birthday was a week before my son's birthday party, when I wanted to do a train cake (pics to come), and I needed to practice using my tips.
Here's my C's b-day cake.
inspired by Martha Stewart's new Cupcake book...
and some "stout cupcakes with stout icing" also from said book... C wanted beer cupcakes, so I made them with craft beer instead of just Guinness (Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout!), and then played around with decorations on top. I was pleased...