A dear friend of mine got married a couple weeks ago. He is the owner of an orange 1973 VW bus. I decided he must have a matching tea towel.
I found a coloring page for the bus here, and then I just re-sized and printed on my laser printer to transfer to the tea towel. For extra fun, I used shiny silver thread for the mirror and the bumpers. It took me about 3 or 4 hours total to embroider this one.
Since one tea towel is never enough, I also did this barn yard animal towel, using a Clover pattern I already had. This one was done primarily in backstitch. I love it mostly because of the little piggies.
After a long-lived fabric explosion in my sewing room, with strips of cotton everywhere paper clipped together with little slips of paper with lengths on them, and fiddling with the smallest bits of fabric imaginable, I finished Carolina Patchworks Another Brick in the Wall quilt!
I used a jelly roll from Moda. Arcadia is the line. The background is slightly off-white (bone if I remember correctly) Kona cotton.
A friend of a friend's mom did the quilting on a long arm machine. It is a little hard to tell from the picture, but it's a leaf pattern. She also did the binding, but it's a little less than pleasing so I will eventually be ripping off and replacing. I think I'll use an orange rather than the grey that I had originally picked out in a pinch.
Definitely a labor of love, but well worth it. Took me about 6 months to finish, with a lot of other projects done in the meantime. Took me forever to get it quilted too. Had it sitting around for 4 months finished before I sent it off with my pal. It was my second foray into modern quilting, and I am definitely hooked.
I finally finished my Weekender Travel Bag. I started it sometime in early December, got about half-way through and then didn't touch it again until yesterday. I left my job for a new position, and this was one of my things-to-do-while-unemployed-for-a-week projects. I'm so happy I finished it, as I have a little weekend get-away scheduled for Friday and I can't wait to take this bag along.
I purchased the outer fabric on clearance at Hancock's for less than $5 a yard if I remember correctly. It was a little difficult to work with, but I love it. It has all my favorite colors and makes me so very happy.
The pattern instructions are very, very lengthy, which makes the bag seem much more intimidating then it actually is. They are broken down into very distinct steps. I found it helpful to check everything off as I went along so I wouldn't miss anything. I had an older pattern, so I used the modified instructions found on the website.
I would recommend being really comfortable with the zipper foot before attempting this project. You use it a lot to sew on all that piping! When I attached the side panels to the middle zippered section, I sewed it twice to reinforce. The first time was to attach it, the second time was to get as close as I could to the piping. Use the binder clips as suggested, and go super slow. It surprisingly isn't as difficult as it seems.
My lining isn't perfect, but since the bag is for me, I don't mind so much. If I made it again, I might futz with it a bit more. Overall, I really, really, really love it. It makes me so happy!
I am in the process of making Simplicity 2724. Love this pattern, and hope it turns out as well as the picture I have in my head.
I plan on making the view with the slim skirt (in black), and the top with the short sleeves and the stand collar. I am trying to decide if the ruffle is too much with the fabric I have chosen for the top part. I have asked my husband, but I'm not sure I trust his opinion since he's not really what you would call a clothes person. Plus, we have a little bet going now on what the general public at large's opinion will be. Loser buys dinner this weekend.
I made my wedding dress for my elopement to NYC. I was very happy with dress, and with the whole stress free wedding thing. We basically had to get a license the day before and pick out a spot, then on the day of meet up with the photographer and then make our way to the spot to meet the officiant. It was over and done with in no time and then we were on vacation for 4 days. Awesomeness.
Enough about how awesome eloping was, this is about the dress.
I used McCall's 4460. The white fabric is $40 a yard (gasp!) silk duchess satin. I stared at the fabric for so long before cutting into it. So silky beautiful.
I lengthened the skirt so it would fall below the knee. I knew I didn't want a long dress, what with wandering the streets of NYC, so that's why I went with this pattern. I wanted something strapless and simple.
The sash is from a different pattern (New Look 6773). It's blue dupioni silk. Note the sparkly blue shoes. They made me so happy, but not so much my feet. Had a big blister by the end which kind of sucked.
I would not really recommend the pattern. There's no boning and you need a really snug fit in the bodice. I made a muslin, but I somehow must have missed marking something because when I put the real dress together the first time, there was some serious bust gaping issues at the top. Had to rip out a bunch of work (in silk, no less) and take it in. At least I had to take it in, and not out, I guess. That would have been a disaster. Anyhow, the way they have you do the lining is terrible, so I would not recommend following the directions on that part, or really any of the directions. It's simple enough you shouldn't need them, and they just complicate the situation.
I worked on this sucker forever and it really was a labor of love. At one point, the zipper pull feel off (don't ask) and I thought all was lost, until super-hubby-to-be stepped up and got it back on. Tis precisely why I married him.
Anyhow, I was quite happy with how it turned out and just wanted to share.
I made this little zippered pouch for a friend who lives and works on an organic farm during the summer. I figure if anyone is going to appreciate my vegetable art, this girl is it (she was also an art major in college).
I can't draw very well, so I found a coloring page of an eggplant to use as my base shape. You would think that an eggplant is a simple enough shape to draw, but I can't even manage that.
Anyhow, I used some corduroy leftover from my stash from when I used to make corduroy inserts for pants. I didn't realize how much I have. I think I'm going to need to make a whole series of vegetable pouches to get through it.
I used a 6 inch zipper and the pouch probably measures about 6x5. The eggplant is 3 inches from top to bottom.
I've only done appliques once or twice before, and this was the first time I attempted again in about two years. I am very pleased with how it turned out and I can't wait to drop it in the mail.
Applique close up:
For the inside lining, I used the same green fabric that was used on the eggplant:
I've been working on this dress here and there for the last couple of weekends. I'm pretty proud of the way it turned out and couldn't wait to share.
Unfortunately I did not get a good picture of the back.
Here's the info:
Pattern: New Look 6375, view A Fabric: Cotton Gauze from JoAnn's Size: I made the size 14 according to my measurements. Really, I'm probably right between a 12 and 14, and I totally could have gotten away with the 12 on this one. Too many times I have chosen the smaller size and then ended up crying when I could barely zip it. Time: If you didn't keep f-ing it up like I did, it probably would have taken 2-3 hours of sewing time. Instead I got real friendly with the seam ripper. All total I put in the zipper 3 times because of the aforementioned sizing issue. Comments: I wasn't a huge fan of the way they put the elastic in the back. They had you sew it all the way across, which kind of took away some of it's elastic-ness. That was definitely frustrating, because if the elastic had retained it's elasticity, I wouldn't have had to take the zipper out 2 freaking times. Needless to say I would do it differently if I made it again. Other than that, I couldn't complain about the pattern. In fact, I'm thinking about making view E later in the summer because I really like the fit of the dress.
Also, I tried a couple of new techniques on this dress which could account for all the ripping. I tried an invisible zipper for the first time, and did a blind hem on my machine instead of sewing it by hand like I normally do. I am a fan of both new techniques and will definitely be using them from here on out.
I think it's pretty hot, especially with the red shoes.
I received my package from Rosered today. It had some sweet stuff in it!
It included a jean pocket pouch with a neato Buster pin on it, a super cool drawing of GOB, Buster and Tobius and an Argyle handmade book (to represent my fave, Buster). The book is beyond cool. The cover lining is maps, because of Buster's study of cartography. Here's a pic:
Then there are these really awesome pages that have pictures of teeth on them. I laughed when I saw them, because it seems like something my friend Melissa would include in a book (if she were one to make books). Check it:
Thanks for everything rosered!
And that is it folks - everyone has sent and received. Thanks for participating and for being such great swappers!
I used some Lamb's Pride worsted I had in my stash - the color is Chianti. I also used some handles in my craft stash too (can you tell I'm on a craft diet/budget and therefore had to use what I had on hand?). I still haven't decided what color contrasting yarn I should use so I have to add that, and of course, a totally cute little flower. But here she be: