Friday, April 30, 2010

Spring Top Contest Take 2

Here's another shirt for the Spring Top Contest on the Made By Rae blog.

The last time I was down to the wire for something was in collage. Man! It was fun to have a goal and a time I needed to be done (8pm est). Most of my projects are stretched out over days, weeks, or months.

Simple Pin Tucks on the front. Darts on the front and back to fit. Cuff on sleeves and simple 1" hem. I designed the pattern with the help of some news paper and practice fabric. I purchased the fabric at Jo Anns this weekend.

Spring Shirt Contest

I finally got my act together and sewed a shirt for the Made by Rae Spring Shirt contest. I've wanted to sew a shirt or two for this since the first time I saw her post. I didn't however jump on it, like she advised. So here I am, the last day of the contest, finally with a finished shirt. I literally just finished it. Ha! and I have one more that I'm working on . . . we'll see if it gets done by 8pm tonight.

I made the pattern for this shirt with inspiration from a shirt I already have (pictured below) and THIS shirt from Anthropology . I got the fabric from Jo Ann Fabric.

It was really exciting for me to make this shirt from scratch because I've NEVER made a shirt before. I love t-shirts! and wanted to make something with knit that I would wear often. I'm pretty sure this one's a keeper!

The sleeves are double layer. I did the hem on the inside to hide the stitching line. Below is what you see from the outside.

Simple binding around the neck and a small placket of fabric on the back to add a little extra embellishment.

I'm linking this post to a blog all about things people wear! Great idea.
make it wear it

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Busy, Busy

I realize I've been MIA for the last week or so. Life is a little crazy right now . . . but, there is a reason for my absence. We are moving across the country in two and a half weeks and planning a trip to Europe the week after we move. It's been keeping me a bit occupied these days.

It is ALSO so beautiful outside! I've been using my camera a lot lately, taking pictures of people and nature, when I'm not inside planning.

The good news is, I just listed 2 more bags in my ETSY shop . Okay, so maybe I have been sewing :) Go check them out!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Plastic Bag Holder

I finally got around to making a plastic bag holder today. We've had a large pile of plasitc bags - growing and taking up space - in our closet for too long. After coming across this blog I was reminded it was time to finally make one of my own! I would have loved to use different designed fabric like she did, but I didn't have enough "cute" fabric to go together.

Elastic on the top and bottom makes it easy to put bags in and take bags out.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Baby and Toddler Towel

When my son was born my sister made him a towel. I love her towels! A hood for the child's head and enough towel to wrap around them is perfect. Here are some pictures of the towel she made (green).

You can get a better look at the seams used for the fitted hood.

I found a large bath towel at Target for $2.75! The hand towel to match (for the hood) was only $.75. Seriously a great deal. I decided to made another hooded towel for my son since we bathe him about every night and like the hooded towels best. I'm not a huge fan of the black color, but it gets him dry.


Monday, April 5, 2010

Car Pouch

Here's a car pouch I've had in my sewing projects for a while (um, December) needing to be finished. The great idea was to give it to little B for Christmas. Well, that didn't happen. I had my sewing machine out last night and decided it was time to finally finish it!

I found the tutorial HERE . I helped my sister make one for her son and our nephew for Christmas. Theirs looked more like the one on the tutorial. I decided I would use some bias tape to finish off the edges. I had yellow left over from THIS project. I like how it brightens it up. What a perfect use for leftovers!

Right now it's lacking a way to secure the pouch closed. I'm going to sew on some ties. Velcro would be a good idea too, but I don't like how the rough end snags things.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

New Listings

I received my cotton webbing in the mail Friday! My bags were almost finished, besides the strap, so I was able to sew on the handle and complete them 100%. I listed 2 more lunch bags in my Esty Shop .

Friday, April 2, 2010

Waiting . . .

I've been waiting for my cotton webbing to come in the mail. Our local Jo Ann's was all out so I ordered it online. While I've been waiting, I've been doing a lot of hand sewing. With Velcro.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Something Fun and Random

Sometimes I do random posts that aren't necessarily sewing/craft related. Today is one of them.

My brother had an Aerobie when we were kids (pictured below). It was so much fun to play out in our large yard throwing it around. Accidentally, someone threw it into the river (right behind our yard) and it was gone :( It was a pretty sad day.

I saw THIS give away today and enjoyed reminiscing old times. I would love to have my son grow up throwing one of these around in our yard. I just wanted to pass this link along and let you know they are awesome! I hope I win.