Sunday, December 27, 2009

Quilt for a baby

A little man was born recently.

And he needed a quilt.

So I made him one.
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Amy Butler Dorothy Clutch

I made this clutch for my mom for Christmas. It was something that she started a long time ago and gave me all the pieces, thinking I might finish it. Well I finally did and gave it back to her!

The inside is the gnome fabric by Heather Ross.

The rick-rack trim on the pocket is from our Stash.
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My first doll (in a long, long time)

Having a baby niece is awesome!

Here Gretel is playing with the doll that I made her. I forgot to take a picture before the doll was wrapped, so I'll have to see if I can get another picture of her! She has a velour body, wool yarn for hair, an embroidered face, and a cotton and linen dress with ribbon sewn on the hem of the dress.

I think the last time I made a doll, it was for myself and I was about 10 years old. Making this doll for Gretel, I was working from memory of the doll patterns that I've been seeing popping up everywhere, especially Autumn's cute dolls. She sells the pattern at Bolt, but when I started the doll, it was late at night and there was no way for me to get it!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

More of the jacket

edited to say:
I wrote a review of the jacket for the
bolt neighborhood blog and you can find it here.

I heard that the class is already full, but please, put your name on the wait list, you NEVER KNOW what might happen!

So, I cut off all my hair!

And I got some pictures in my new jacket!
The double-breasted-ness of it makes it look a little odd when the top button is unbuttoned. I think I like it better with the collar up.

Here I am showing off the inside pocket that I added.
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Sewing

I have been sewing up a storm, but except for the things I've sewn for the not-yet-reading crowd, I can't share them here. This jacket is an exception! I started it a few weeks ago with some vintage wool that was in my stash. It is a fabulous heathered tweed and I had three yards, which was perfect, because it gave me enough to cut around the moth holes I found in the yardage!
I also lucked out that I had the lining fabric in my stash (from my Gram Norma, along with the wool!).
I was willing to try out the pattern, knowing that I hadn't invested much in the materials, and as luck would have it, it turned out perfectly!

It is the Uptown Coat by Favorite Things

I only made a couple of modifications. Upon close inspection of the photos on the pattern cover, and wanting as slim-fitting a coat as possible, I chose to make a size slightly smaller than my bust size requirements. I figured that a) the wool + the poly lining would keep me pretty warm and b) I always have at least one small child with me, so it's not like I spend much time in severely cold weather.

I put cording in the buttonholes to make them nice and sturdy.

A nice shot of the lining fabric (and that's the pattern peeking from behind).

It took longer to decide on the buttons than any other part of the jacket! Finally I found some buttons to cover and gave it a try!
Be looking for a full review of the pattern soon!
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Friday, December 11, 2009

elna for sale

Have you been very good?

Are you ready for a new machine?

Because this one is amazing.

Yes, you can sew on vinyl or leather or oilcloth with this awesome roller foot.

With the other feet, you'll be able to sew things that are beyond what you can currently imagine.


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