Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Romper Update time: I did not meet my goal of finishing Levi's overalls. This project is making me CRAZY! It was going so well...
So I ripped the seams and read the instructions again. And again. And again. And then I consulted a few books. Turns out I was being asked to stay stitch, except the instructions didn't say to stay stitch. Annoying. I was pretty happy with my clipped seams though!
I repinned. And reseamed. And this is what I ended up with:
In other news, I bought fabric for the watch me grow chart and stitched my jelly roll strips together.
I'm not sure if I have any readers out there besides my husband and the delightful Sara of Sweet and but if I do, why not leave me a note and tell me what you're working on? It doesn't have to be crafty! Oh, and take a minute to offer Sara of Sweet & Crunchy your healing vibes. She sprained her ankle. Yeah, that's just what she needs, what with being over seven months pregnant and having two kiddos under four to wrangle! Heal quickly my friend.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I am loving working on the romper that I told you about on Sunday. I cut the pattern out that night and the following afternoon I cut the fabric pieces.
The Sewing Bible, solved. For example, stay-stitching. I had no idea what this was. Now I know! It stabilizes fabric to prevent stretching during the sewing process and does not show in the final garment.
I've sewn the centre seams and the two side seams, including finishing the seams (with a zig zag stitch), plus finished my edges. I'll admit that my seam ripper got put to good use. I read recently that one should not hesitate to rip seams one is unhappy with and I took that to heart. Why end up with a product I'm not totally proud of, right? I also had to take an extra trip up to Fabricland because I didn't buy snap tape before and the project really needs it. I think I am about half done this project. Next steps are interfacing for the front and back tops of the romper, finishing all the hems and buttons. I'm going to use these huge red buttons I've had for a while. I don't think I'll make button holes though. I'm planning to use velcro instead.
My goal this week is to finish the romper by next Wednesday so that I can post photos of L in it for you to see! I'm making the 12 month size, so it'll be big, but he looks cute in anything!
Queued: I'm going to take the plunge and commit to a quilting project. I want to make a growth chart and I'm deciding between two tutorials. The first is The Embroidered Growth Chart from The Longest Thread, and it actually a guest post from from Emily of The Student/Teacher, who I started reading a couple months ago. I really like the simplicity of the design, plus it doesn't require a ton of fabric. The other is the Watch Me Grow Chart from Moda Bake Shop and is by Crafty Gemini. There is more piecing in this project which is good from a learning perspective and it also requires just a jelly roll, plus two yards of additional fabric. I'm not leaning one way or the other.
My goal for the week for this project is to pick a tutorial and the fabric. I'm going to have to do my buying online. I called all the quilt stores in Toronto and no one carries Moda jelly rolls. I was really surprised since they are so popular on the blogs.
Can't wait to hear what Sara has been up to this week! And anyone else who's been working away. Join in the fun!
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Prudent Baby's Beginner Baby Blanket #3 tutorial. This will be a gift, but I hope I can eke out something little for Levi with the scraps, like a soother clip perhaps.
The only new fabric is the middle one in the above photo. These will become a patchwork something. Maybe pillows for the living room. Or a tote. I love the prints and I'm slowly collecting additional pieces that match. This could become my first quilt. We'll see. Clearly I am undecided.
The new fabrics are currently being washed and dried. I'm going to start cutting my pattern. Exciting!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Sally's tote was very well received. I'm really happy with the end result, so much so that I wanted to keep it for myself. I will be making more, as it is fast, easy and makes a great gift.
And now...lessons learned in pants version 1.0:
- Babies have short thighs. Knees are higher than you might think. This is only important if your project requires knee pads. Ahem.
- Cloth diapers require a high rise. And a lot of room in the tush. If you think you've left enough room, add more and maybe then a little more.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
I've been working on a pair of pants for Levi. I decided to follow a tutorial rather than buy a pattern. I chose Made's Knee Pad Pants which are pretty freaking adorable. Using a pair of Levi's pants that are a tad too big, I drew a pattern according to the instructions, and cut my fabric. Everything was going swimmingly, or so I thought. I sewed the crotch seam and the inner legs. I cut the oval knee pads and began to sew them on. I found this rather difficult and my seams are not even close to perfect, but these are rough and tumble pants so I'm okay with it. I'm even willing to show you my terrible seams! Note, the oval will be filled with straight lines.
At this point I decided to put them on Levi to see how they were fitting. And this is when I discovered that the legs were too narrow. Oy! The fabric is a thin denim with no stretch. What to do?
Enter side stripes in the same co our as the knee pads. Right now I'm basting them and then I'll try them one Levi again to make sure they fit! I'll keep you posted.
In other news, we had begun solids. Despite his expression in this photo, Levi is loving food. Last night he devoured patty pan squash. My concern that the slightly bitter taste would turn him off was totally unfounded. The boy likes him some vegetables!
Whatchu lookin' at Mama?