Thursday, June 12, 2014

Sewing Stream: Library Dress


This is another dress I made a few months ago and am just getting around to posting. This is the Oliver + S Library Dress pattern. I made a size 3, even though Miss H is in size 4 clothes, because these patterns tend to run a little big in my experience. It fits wonderfully!


I used some fabrics from the Hello Petal line of quilting cottons by Aneela Hoey. The back of the dress uses snap source snaps, which are very easy. This dress went together quickly with no surprises. Miss H is pretty happy with it too!



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sewing Stream: Pattern Testing for CINO


I have thought that it would be fun to be a pattern tester for while, but I never knew how people got those gigs! Back in April I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and saw that Craftiness is Not Optional was looking for pattern testers for her new Lulu Dress and Top pattern. Somehow I saw it shortly after she posted it, rather than days later, and was able to fill out the tester questionnaire in time to qualify! We had about 2 weeks to sew and submit our reviews, which was great! Except that we were moving in 3 weeks. Except I unexpectedly had my appendix out after signing up. I was mostly convinced that I'd need to fore-fit my spot. However, after a few days of laying on the couch, I was able to sit for short amounts of time at the table to cut out and sew my dress for Miss H.


This dress was a very quick and easy sew! The top is designed for knits, which is a fun switch. It would be a good project to learn knit sewing on if you are new to knits. I made a size 4 with cap sleeves and skirt pockets. I used some knit strawberry fabric (Heather Ross's Briar Rose) and some yarn dyed Essex. I was sure it would be too long for her, but she loves it because it makes her "look like Elsa." She is growing fast enough that I doubt the length will be an issue for long anyway. My dress was featured on CINO's Lulu Tester Pics blog. I am looking forward to making more dresses and tops with this pattern!



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sewing Stream: My Noodlehead Bags

I made these bags a couple months ago, but never got around to posting them. They have been some of my favorite "for me" projects. Both patterns, the Super Tote and the Cargo Duffle, are Noodlehead patterns. I have made a couple of her patterns before and enjoyed them.


This was my first bag experience aside from Amy Butler. The Noodlehead instructions are not quite as polished as Amy Butler, but they turn out just as marvelously. There are great additional tutorials on her blog and around on other blogs if you get stuck.


I bought fabric for both bags at the same time, but started with the Super Tote. I used some Anna Maria Horner quilting cottons and some Yarn Died Essex, along with a LOT of iron on interfacing. This was one of my first real zipper successes! The only change I would make on a second sewing of this pattern would be to add some substantial interfacing to the shoulder straps.



The Cargo Duffle took quite a bit more time to sew. It involved quilting a layer of cotton, batting, and some pretty thick canvas together for each bag piece. I am happy with it, but I think I was envisioning a larger completed product. The hardest part of this project was sewing the seam binding around inside the bag through the thick layers, but I think it came out passably. This thing is sturdy. It stands up easily by itself! I got to use it when Tom and I went to Las Vegas for a week, and it held up remarkably well. Halcyone has tried to claim this bag as her own several times already.





Monday, June 9, 2014

Visiting Santa Cruz

Most of you know our family has recently been transplanted from the Seattle area to the Silicon Valley. We have been here for just over 2 weeks now, and are starting to venture out and see the areas nearby. Yesterday we got to see beach at Santa Cruz! Here area few of my pictures that represent our day. 











Saturday, February 8, 2014

Swing Skirt

I started sewing the Compagnie M Swing Skirt back before Christmas, and finished it a few days before Kid's Clothes Week started. I fell in love with it when I saw the Probably Actually version.


I had some blue Essex yarn dyed linen that I had been saving for an extra cute project, and since it looked good on the Probably Actually skirt, I figured it was worth a try. I really liked the piping option, but I was out of my usual thinner piping and opted for some iron-together piping by Nancy Zieman. I will not use this kind again! It is super chunky and you can't get your fabric wrapped tightly around the roll.


In the end I like the way the skirt looks when it is worn, but this has got to be one of the rougher patterns I've sewn. The zipper doesn't line up well or look crisp at the end when finished, and the hemming needed more thinking through since some finishing top stitching had already happened. I also had a hard time determining which size to make. If I measure my daughter, I should make a 12-18 month size. In the end I went with a 3 and made an adjustable waist band.


If I make this skirt again, I will make a flat back waist band, omit the zipper, and just use elastic. I think it would also work better with quilting weight cotton and wouldn't feel quite so bulky (you sew the pockets into the hem!). I'm glad Miss H likes this skirt, because it was a bit of a disappointment to me when it was finished.