Saturday, August 29, 2009

Projects from Stash Fabric

I've been cleaning out some of the fabric stash that I have and came across this bright orange batik. The fabric reminds me of tie dye retro look so I decided to make a pillowcase dress and short set. I can see this being some great everyday fun wear for a little girl. What do you think?

Monday, August 24, 2009

Annette Reversible Sundress Customer Creations

These are dresses made from the Annette Reversible Sundress Pattern by a mom who is just beginning to sew. As you can see she has caught on quite well and made these dresses for her beautiful daughter. Not only did she do a great job, I'm sure lots of love was added to every stitch.

I always put the fabric flower on the bottom right but I like it in the center. Another great idea from a customer.
Thanks M for sharing these.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Emily Dress and Annette Reversible Sundress Customer Creations

I was excited when I checked my emails and found these customer pictures using the Emily Dress pattern and Annette Reversible Sundress Pattern. Big dots and stripes makes such a great combination for the bright and colorful Emily Dress and the monkey prints are too cute.

"Here are the dresses I made using your patterns today. I love your patterns!!!!!"

Thanks R for sending these pictures.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Pillowcase Dress for 2nd Birthday Girl

My "adopted" grandchild turned 2 and her she had a polka dot birthday party. She chose this print by Michael Miller called Retro Dots for the birthday dress and wanted a simple pillowcase dress for the special occasion. Here is the finished dress and a picture of the birthday girl.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Back to School Sale - Buy One Get One Free

Buy One Get One Free Pattern Sale

Now is the time to stock up on some patterns and start making some cute outfits and dresses for the school year and the holidays.

Buy one of my clothing patterns for $9.95 from my Etsy shop and get another of your choice free. All you have to do is purchase the first one and put a note in the Message to Seller section letting me know which one you would like for free.

The sale starts today - August 16th and will end Thursday, August 20th at 5PM Central.

All of my patterns are in pdf format ready to print on standard 8 1/2" X 11" paper. Included with the instructions are lots of color pictures to illustrate every step of the way. Each size is separate so you can print only the size you need.
These are the patterns you can choose from:

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

More Fabric

I love buying fabric and enjoy searching for just the right one for a special project. Here are a few of the pieces I've found recently that I will be using in some of my future sewing projects.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sunny Wrap Dresses

This past weekend I made these two Sunny Wrap Dresses.

This one I lined in black broadcloth and did not make it reversible. This fabric has been drawing me in at All Brands for awhile and I recently caved in and purchased some to try with the Sunny pattern. Wouldn't this be a great fall look with a black long sleeve underneath?

This Sunny Wrap Dress is reversible. I tried out a new embroidery design I have called Funky flowers from Linnie Pinnie. It's actually an applique but I loked the look of just the outline. Since I was experimenting with the design, I felt the flowers were too far apart so I added some butterflies to fill in the blank spaces.

This is the reversed side of the above dress out of Jane Sassaman's Prairie Gothic Print that I love so much.

Back view.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Ava Sundress

This is my latest sewing project from the Ava Sundress Pattern. The front was inspired by a design I saw in a boutique I visited recently. I randomly placed circle appliques with black and white fabric. Look closely and you will see the recipients initials on one of the circles. Since I don't have an embroidery machine that you can combine designs, adding a design within a design was something new for me.

Using the two black and white fabrics from the appliques and a pink microcheck, I made handmade braided trim for the straps and added the black and white bow to complete the look.
The fabric I ordered is in and I have lots of ideas of what I want to do with it. Looking forward to some serious sewing this weekend.

I've had numerous requests for a boy pattern and recently tried something I think will work well. If time permits, I hope to make another test or two and work on the design changes. Depending on how it all works out, I have a similar idea for a pattern for girls. Maybe I'll have it far enough along for a preview next week.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Beach Vacation, Pictures, Sewing

This past weekend was a family trip to the beach. It was so nice just sitting on the balcony watching the ocean and spending time with family. It's been over a year since I had any type of vacation so it was enjoyed and much needed.

I love taking pictures and carry my camera everywhere. My camera has lots of features but I don't use many because I don't like reading instructions. Since I'm a visual learner I prefer to have someone show me things. Anyway, while relaxing at the beach I experimented a little with some of the features, one being color accent. You choose the color you want it to capture and everything else is black and white. Here is what it looks like.

I took an extra day off work when we got back and spent almost all day sewing. I've been ordering fabric and trying some new ideas with the embroidery and sewing. (Pictures posted soon). Even though I enjoy sewing, there are times when I get lots of ideas that I want to try. The problem is I start several projects trying to do them all at once. I should get more organized with ideas and have a journal or notebook to keep them in for those times when I don't feel very creative.