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.
My best friend's son turned 5 and it turns out his favorite show is "Finding Bigfoot." I thought this would be as good a time as any to finally bust out that freezer paper and give stenciling a try. I can't believe I waited so long--I'm going to be stenciling evvvvverything!
I stenciled a tee shirt for him using pictures found on the internet and then traced onto freezer paper while holding the paper up to my computer screen. Here is the back, which makes me laugh every time I see it:
And then I made a little logo-type picture for the front:
I really wanted to include "Bigfoot Research Team" around the logo like the picture that inspired me but my letters kept coming out all wonky and I decided less is more.
I paired the tee shirt with a copy of "Harry and the Hendersons" and that there was one happy little 5 year old.
After seeing this awesome creation http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=384006.0 , I decided that my daughter needed her own version. After scouring the thrift stores for a while, I came up with eight different sheets to use. I wound up using another for the backing and another for the binding. This being my first "quilt" (I am reluctant to use that term, acknowledging the AMAZING real quilts that I know people are capable of creating), I do not have the proper skills or tools to do it the "right" way, so I did it The Cankle Way hahah! I used one of my daughter's blocks to trace squares out of the sheets, cut them out--by hand! No fancy, time and arthritis saving tools here!--and then, because I was afraid that maybe the sheets wouldn't hold up so well over time, I ironed on interfacing. And then cut them out again. (Don't judge me for making sooooo much extra work for myself! Okay, go ahead and judge, I deserve it.) Here are all of my squares stacked up:
And here they are all laid out in the pattern I finally decided on:
I sewed all the squares together, realizing how important a little thing called "accuracy" is in quilting. Very few of my blocks line up, but I quickly decided that it added to the overall charm. Right? Well, lemme tell you, this quilt is et UP with charm! And that was as far as I got in this project for almost a year. Almost a year, it sat in my craft closet, haunting me...until finally, I had had enough of sitting around, not doing anything about my unfinished projects (there's a few in there, waiting for some attention...). I pinned like crazy (still wasn't enough, more charm!) and sewed the top to the back with a cozy wooly blanket in between. Then I set about making over 60 feet of binding one weekend when my daughter was at Grandma's. Note: it might not be advisable to drink vodka while attempting to iron up binding because it is entirely possible that you just might knock the iron onto the floor and burn the rug. Here's my 60+ feet of Rug Burning Binding:
Finally, I hand-sewed the binding and voila! I was finally done! One twin-sized, full of CHARM quilty blanket for my daugher.
10 vintage sheets from the thrift store: $20 Interfacing: $20 Cutting all of it by hand: arthritis Ruined rug: $75 Vodka: $15 Daughter preferring her Dora the Explorer blanket: priceless
Last weekend, my 4 year old daughter slept over at Grandma's, so I took that opportunity to go out and drink and party and stay out all ni--whoops! No, I took advantage of our temporary Kid-Free Zone by sewing my daughter a skirt! I must be getting old.