At ten o'clock at night, a day and a half before my daughter's kindergarten promotion, I decided that she needed a new dress for the event, giving myself just one day to get it done. My first attempt at this dress: http://violettefieldthreads.com/collections/dress-patterns/products/emmaline-dress-sewing-pattern was getting a bit small, so opted to make another one for her. The pattern calls for three ruffles at the bottom, but I opted for just one to reduce the weight of the dress. The previous weekend, I found an awesome lion-print vintage sheet for $2 at the thrift store and I knew this was just right material to use:
I actually was able to finish the dress in about 6 hours, and I only sewed the bodice to itself twice!
Los Angeles Pride was coming up, so I decided my daughter needed a (duh) rainbow skirt to wear. I picked out the ROYGBIV colors from the quarters' section at the fabric store, cut them into two inch strips and then sewed them all together. Initially, I was going to make it with an elastic waist, but then I decided to make it slightly harder on myself (something I'm apparently really good at) and do a buttoned waistband instead. Of course, my machine is a complete a-hole when it comes to doing buttonholes through more than two layers of fabric, so the top buttonhole was done (not very well) by hand. I also lined the skirt with a vintage sheet to make sure it wasn't see-through.
A million years ago, I came across these crazy vivid scarves at the 99c Only store. Having visions of sewing them all together to make a curtain for my closet door, I snatched up all of the scarves they had. Flash forward two+ years, closet door project long abandoned, I was cleaning out my super scary craft closet and came across my pile of scarves and decided to make a pair of wide-legged pants for my 5 year old. I sewed two scarves together along one side for each leg, using a basic pants pattern and then just flaring out the bottom super big. Easy peasy, less than an hour later, my daughter was rockin' these babies. She definitely will not blend in in a crowd. <3
And with those words, my heart swelled and we got to work. My 5 year old decided she wanted to make a skirt, so I let her choose from my fabric stash--of course she went right to my vintage sheets. She decided she wanted a long skirt, so I helped her draw out the lines on the fabric in an A-line shape and then she cut it out. She did all of the pinning (and promptly poked herself, rite of passage!) and all of the sewing, while I controlled the speed of the machine. About 30 minutes later, she was just beside herself with pride. Best. Feeling. Ever.
After seeing this darling tutorial http://doublestitching.blogspot.it/2012/01/mod-60s-line-dress-tutorial.html I knew just the fabric to use. I'd been hoarding this awesome thrifted pillowcase for a while ($0.59, sweet!) and decided it was time to cut into it. Following the tutorial, I used one of my daughter's tee shirts folded in half and then extended it for length. This was my first time doing any sort of a collar and I just adore a Peter Pan collar. I used the edge/opening of the pillowcase for this part and tried very hard to line up the pattern. I especially like the way the closure in the back is done.
I was almost finished with the dress and was feeling quite clever that things were going so well, no issues or messing up (like usual haha) and then I tried the dress on my daughter and that was when I realized, shitballs! I forgot about the freakin' seam allowance! The dress was too small of course. So I used up the last of the scraps (thank God I saved them in a brief moment of logic!) and made some little inserts to go in the side seams.
Browsing through pinterest I came across this super cute project a while back. http://homemadebyjill.blogspot.com/2009/12/cozy-car-caddy-tutorial.html Then a little 2 year old's birthday came up and I decided to give it a whirl. I was surprised at how well it came out considering how most of my stuff comes out somewhere between an Almost and a Completely Fucked Up Let's Never Speak of This Again. I used some heavy-ish chino-type material for the back, pockets, and road, and then a kind of stretchy thin cotton for the green. You make do, right? Those corners were unfreakingholy to topstitch through and, after I bent a needle, I said, Eff it, close enough, let's move on. So one corner isn't quite topstitched all the way but I don't think I'm going to get arrested or anything. If I were to make this project again, and I probably will, I will figure out how to construct it so that, when it opens flat, the road piece is the last piece to be opened. As it is now, the part with the pockets and cars is the part that gets lifted up and the cars kind of slip out and the numbers are upside down. The 2 birthday boy didn't really seem to give two birthday boy shits about it the gift, but eh, you win some, you lose some. I think his 5 year old brother might be more interested in it, and if I can leave a place a bit more full of sibling rivalry than when I arrived, my work here is done.
After seeing this http://www.danamadeit.com/2013/05/tutorial-fiesta-skirts-for-cinco-de-mayo.html tutorial, I knew I had to give it a try. I used all thrifted materials, except for the elastic in the waistband. Next time, I'll use thinner elastic, but I just used what I had. Next time I will also spread out the lace and stitching and rickrack so that more of the skirt is decorated but the skirt won't get so stiff. But the Girl loves it so that's what counts, right?
A friend's birthday was rapidly approaching and, being dead broke, I knew I was going to have to/want to make him something. I was looking at pictures for what seemed like forever, couldn't find anything that jumped out at me. Then I came across this great sketch from Frida Kahlo, one of my friend's favorite artists. Bam, that was it. It took me two evenings and the better part of a third day to complete.
When I finished it, I got a plastic canvas-style framed picture from the 99c Store, some hideous flowery thing, painted it a neutral beige, and one hot glue blister on my palm and a flurry of foul language later, I had my friend's birthday gift.
I apologize for the slightly out of focus photos. I took them the morning after an evening of much celebration and vodka and, suffering from a case of "I can't party like I used to"-itis, they appeared in focus. Under the glare of sobriety? Not so much.