Monday, February 15, 2010

Ready for Spring!

I'm so over this nasty weather! It's depressing! Cold and wet! We got a little snow the other night but it did not stay with us that long.My therapy for this bad weather is to sew up spring outfits! So that is what I have been doing. I have lots of ideas for Easter outfits and I'm excited to get started on them.Here are two outfits I have done so far. This is what I have been calling "Snail friends". The pattern I used is "Ashley" by Bonnie Blue. Fabrics are all by Fabric Finders. The snail applique design is from
I've actually had this fabric for a little while.One day when I was working at the shop I noticed that we had alot of trims that had that shrimp color in it. Nobody was buying it. So I went around the shop and gathered up everything that had this color in it, came up with my favorite combination , and cut a yard or two of everything. I do this alot. I really don't have a solid idea of what I am going to do but I'll buy it and then play with it when I get home. I really like how this turned out!
This outfit is what I call "Target Bunny". I used "Ashley" for the top and "Jillian" for the pants both by Bonnie Blue designs. Both fabrics are by Fabric Finders. I was thinking about this fabric one night , trying to come up with an idea of what I could do with it. For some reason I thought it would be cute to applique a pink Easter bunny on it.I know, this print does not scream Easter outfit but I like to do things that are a little unexpected. The next day at work, Tabitha was buying this same print and she told me she was going to make her little girl an Easter outfit with it! How funny! She brought it in for me to see when she finished. She did it the opposite way from what I was thinking but she still used the bunny applique embroidery , just like I was thinking of doing. I love to see what she does, we always have similar taste and I like to bounce ideas around with her.She gets me motivated!

Yesterday, mom brought me some Valentine gifts(I love Valentine goodies!).I got this big beautiful basket with all kinds of goodies in it. Sorry, I didn't get a picture of the whole thing because I tore into it right away so I could get to the cookies!!Well, it had all kind of treats in it, including this soap, which I think is just hilarious.Last night I went to mom and dad's house for supper and I found out that Daddy actually got me the big Valentine basket! I think this is sooooooooo sweet! He usually never gets us anything for Valentines day so this was super special. I asked him if he had picked out the items himself and he said no. I asked him if he knew that he got me "naughty soap" and he looked a little shocked. Mom started laughing, then I realized what he might be thinking. I explained that it spelled out naughty! LOL

Friday, February 12, 2010

Sneak peak

Sooooooo,as you can see, I've been very busy this week. I've made all these outfits...................Haha,just kidding!Wish I could sew that fast. You(my very special blog readers) are getting a sneak peak at the garments that I made for a "Sew Beautiful" article for the upcoming issue. Yep, little 'ol me has her stuff in a magazine!!!! I think it is the coolest thing to ever happen to me. I had so much fun doing this.They let me pick what season to work with and I chose(of course) spring/summer.We have kept the outfits hidden so that the reveal would be a surprise for everyone.Boy has it been hard to do that! If anyone was shopping around on our webstore last night you might have come across the kits for these.That's why I decided to go ahead and post them.Hope you enjoy! Here's a link to the shop if anyone is interested in purchasing the kits. Pattern-"Retro remake" by Sew Beautiful.
2. "Emery" by Pintucks and Pettiecoats

3. "Claire" by Bonnie Blue

4. :Teaparty Sundress" by Oliver +S

5."Bibbed Romper" by Sew Beautiful Patterns

6."Lindsey" by Bonnie Blue Designs

7.Pattern is "Virginia" by The Children's Corner

8.Pattern is "Yoke Dress" by Ellen McCarn.

9. Pattern is "Penny" by Petite Poche

10. Pattern is "Macy" by The Children's Corner.

11. Pattern is "Marcy" by Bonnie Blue Designs.

12.Pattern is "Analise" by Portabellopixie Patterns.

13. Pattern is " Bibbed Romper" by Sew Beautiful patterns.

14. Pattern is "Sophie" by The Children's Corner.

15. Pattern is "Blair" by The Children's Corner.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Mom tricked me

This dress pattern is from the book "Sewing with Whimsy" by Kari Mecca. It's called "Dizzy Dots" in the book. The directions were great, until I got to the part on how to finish the sleeves. It simply says to turn under edges and hand sew or topstitch.That was too unfinished for me so I had to cut some bias strips to turn under the edges .I added the tie sashes at the waist to add contrast to all the rick-rack trim. You could also use ribbon for trim cause it is not applied to a curve.I'm happy with this dress and will use it again cause I think it has lots of design possibilities! I remade this dress because someone wanted me to do a tutorial on the sash and loop holders(hey Kelly). I will get to it as soon as I can.

Love this dress pattern. It's called "the Sami dress" and is available from This pattern is great if you have a print that you love and really want to show it off.I tried something new(for me) on the ruffles by using a rolled hem on my serger.Really like the results! You'll probably be seeing me use the rolled hem more often in the future!

Somehow my mom tricked me into going to Atlanta this weekend. She had to go to an awards banquet that had to do with her job and she told me that we could visit my brother and then go shopping at Ikea(I love that store). We did all that, but what she tricked me on was the part of what I was going to do while waiting on her during the banquet.She told me there were hotels and restaurants right next to the conference center and I could just "hang out". Ughhhhhhhh. She was wrong! We got there 2 hours early too!Which means that I would have to wait 5 hours! I called my big brother and begged him to come pick me up.He lives 45 minutes away from where we were but he drove all the way down there to pick me up. He even took me out to eat! He has got to be the world's best brother ever!!!!!!! After he came to pick me up, I ended up having a great weekend. This trip cut into my sewing time though. That's why I only have 2 outfits made. Today I am working on a custom order for a friend that needed a baby shower gift.So hopefully I can finish that up so I can mail it off this week. This week should be very busy.I've got to finish up some projects for the shop for an exciting event that is about to happen!!! I'm about to burst with excitement about it!!! Promise to reveal what it is all about next week. For now, I'll share with you my latest sewing creations.Bye for now!