Monthly Archives: September 2008

Saturday Games

It’s already 4:30 here and I’m wondering, “Where did the day go?” Much of it was spent with a friend who visited from out of town – even though we talk almost every day we never seem to run out of things to discuss. The rest was watching a football game where Taylor cheered. Of course, it was a family event – even Easton made it out for this one. As for sewing, I have a few more rings finished in the Happy Stacker project (photos coming soon) and all of my supplies purchased for The Office Swap.. I should be set for a bit of sewing andor crafting tomorrow! What is everyone else up to this weekend?

Miscellaneous Ramblings

Did anyone happen to catch the Martha Stewart show on Wednesday? It was all about blogging (and how to create your own) – now you have a chance to have your weblog featured on Martha’s site. Read here for more details.
The top contestants from this season’s Project Runway show their looks during New York’s Fashion Week (warning: spoilers ahead). Who designed your favorite looks?
I finally narrowed down my next project to 3 pieces from Ottobre Woman 5/2008 – which means that I also went fabric shopping. Purchased a steel gray cotton broadcloth for the dress that graces the cover of the magazine and an Italian reversible knit in charcoal and off-white for the ‘hoodless hoodie’ jacket. I’m also planning on trying out the crossover, collared shirt as well, but intend on raiding my stash fabric for this one.
My latest Craftster swap, I Love The Office US Edition, has started and I’ve already begun brainstorming. Be prepared for some interesting Office themed projects coming soon.

Linky Thursday

There’s a new project up at the Sewing Republic – a purse organizer. I’m thinking this would make a great Christmas gift this year.
JLo won’t be the guest judge for Project Runway’s season finale.
Create your own version of a Faberge egg and you could win a music system worth $999!
Quite some time ago I wrote a post about the demise of Timtex. Although I had a lovehate relationship with the thick interfacing, it’s departure affected several patterns. Amy Butler has revised a few of hers that used Timtex and replaced it with Peltex. You can read more about it and the patterns it changed here.
If you’re a member of Pattern Review, be sure to vote in the very first PR Awards.
I used to have a beanbag chair as a kid and loved it – now you can make one for yourself in your favorite fabrics.
Kids won’t be left out at Burda Style, the latest pattern is a playset for girls.
A great article on fabric & copyright laws.
Do you have an eye for color? Take this quiz and find out (I had to stop working on it – I nearly went blind looking at all those squares)! [link via encue creations]
Create a quick and easy baby blanket for a gift.
Hoodie has the apron I made up on her site along with a retro style made from her latest fabrics.
Whip up a hanging pincushion. [link via Craft Gossip]. Of course, this one with an attached thread catcher is pretty handy too! [link via Craft]
Craft Daisies new book club read announced – “Lotta Prints”.

Wow, I Did It

Going into the Happy Stacker project, I had my doubts that I would finish even the first ring. Why, you ask? First off, there’s hand stitching involved and anyone who frequently reads this blog knows that I don’t care for hand stitching. Secondly, the construction is much different that what I expected – I envisioned that it would be sewn together in a much ‘simpler’ fashion, instead, there’s sewing inner and outer gussets, turning pieces inside out and sewing part of the piece, etc. And let’s not even get into all that circular sewing! I’m happy to report that I put my preconceived notions aside and made one ring:

I started of by sewing the first ring, I figured it would be the hardest to construct (I have more difficulty sewing on a smaller scale). I hand stitched the inner gusset, but not trusting the strength of my stitches, I went back over it with the machine – Easton is already a bit rough on his toys so I’d hate for him to find a way to rip open a ring and pull out all the stuffing. I also found that the instructions weren’t that difficult to follow either – even though they were different than anything I’ve constructed before. Actually, it’s quite cleaver how they are sewn up! With one ring down, I have 4 left to go – maybe this will be done before the beginning of next week after all.

Two Pairs

I hope you’re not tired of seeing booties because I have two new pairs to show off:

I had started these earlier last week, but had the sole linings left to hand stitch. I finally finished them up while watching television last night. The first pair is a Halloween themed set using 2 fat quarters that I picked up at a local quilt shop. The second, is using a guitar (exterior) and keyboard (interior) prints that I received in a personal swap.
I’ve decided that after I finish up the Happy Stacker, I’m taking a break from making baby items – I’m burned out on them and am ready to start sewing up some clothes for myself. Although my body hasn’t quite returned to it’s pre-pregnancy shape, it’s as close as it’s going to be for awhile so it’s time to build up the wardrobe with clothes for my new measurements. I haven’t decided what to make first – anyone have any suggestions (i.e. what your favorite pattern)?

Happy Stacker

After several weeks of having the Happy Stacker stare at me on my sewing table, I finally decided to get started on it last night. Although it looks rather uncomplicated, after reading though this pattern, it’s going to be a project that takes awhile to construct – the fabric and pattern cutting alone took me an entire night! One thing that I did do to make the process go a bit faster… ironed the interfacing to the material before cutting. According to the directions, the interfacing should be applied at a 45 degree angle to the grain line of the fabric to keep the doughnut shape round. I may have ‘wasted’ more fabric by adding the interfacing to the material first, but it allowed me to keep the grain lines of the material and interfacing aligned properly and saved me some cutting time. Now the hard part, lots of circular and hand sewing!

Baby Swap Arrival

After a bit of a scare from the post office (I had a delivery confirmation that said my package had arrived, but I had not received anything in my mailbox), I’m happy to report my Baby Swap package safely made it to my doorstep yesterday. I have to say, I was not disappointed! Here’s what I received

An absolutely adorable diaper bag! Not only is it exceptionally made, but it was inspired by one of my Wists – the XPOSED! bag (baby themed of course). The reverse side is in a beautiful print which is also in the interior (my partner even sent me the rest of the material!). She also made another item from my Wist – Monster Kitty…he’s even more adorable in person. Lastly, she made Easton a “Born to Rock” tee. With the cool weather we’ve been having, he’ll be sporting this shirt soon. An absolutely fabulous package – I’m so happy that the post office didn’t lose it!
In other news, I received my Alabama Stitch Book that I won in the Sewer-Sewist’s contest! I’ve only had a chance to glance through it, but I’m hoping things will quite down tomorrow and I’ll be able to sit down and read through it (although we are also going to attempt to make our own beer, too).

Linky Thursday

September is National Sewing Month – enjoy the excuse to sew!
Project Runways 6 is delayed until January [link via Celeb Warship]
Decorate for fall – stitch up some fabric pumpkins! [link via Craft]
I could have used this tutorial when I was pregnant – T-shirt to maternity tee makeover.
Win a hat pattern from You SEW Girl.
Perfect for gift giving, DIY fabric envelopes.
Send you child back to school in style with handmade school supplies – here’s a great tutorial for a zippered pouch.
Handmade, eco-friendly bags for sale with proceeds going to a family trying to adopt.
These knitted beer coozies are absolutely adorable. Speaking of knitting, the fall issue of Knitty is up (which means I’ve added more items to my Wists)
With the cooler weather already here (at least temporarily?), it means that comfy flannel can’t be far behind. Here’s some great tips from and Superbuzzy on how to care for and sew your fabric.
If your fabric looks too new, distress it. Here’s how.
It’s not too late to enter this contest (winner picked tonight!) for a free e-book pattern from You Can Make This. There’s also details about a monthly sew along – with prizes.
Cute and easy to sew tie-on slippers, perfect for gift giving! [link via Whip Up]
Outgrown a favorite top? Extend your shirt’s life by adding fabric panels. [link via ReadyMade]