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Stay at home wife. Work gets in the way of sewing! Transplanted to Utah because of husband's job. I love all things home and sewing/crafting. I always have a notion to sew, but sometimes other home endeavors take my sewing time. I will also share the results of those efforts while still focusing on my notion to sew.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Dress

Oh my goodness, can I just tell you all how much I love this new pattern!
Colette Patterns hits a home run on my scoreboard.
The Moneta is a simple, but essential wardrobe builder.

I did not make a muslin because I didn't decide until Friday which dress I would make for Easter.
So, with limited time, I opted to just sew this one up right out of the envelope,
or off the computer as the case may be (I purchased the digital version).

The fit is very good.  I cut a straight size medium, but I added
3" to the length and 1" to the sleeve length.
There is, however, one small issue - the front neckline gapes just a bit.
Not a pattern flaw, but a physical body flaw!
That will be an easy adjustment on my next go round.

I already planned to wear this scarf with the dress, before I even sewed it.
So, it all worked out.
Fabric:  Aqua solid by Riley Blake
May you all have a very blessed Resurrection Day, my friends.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Kitchen Redecorating and a Sewn Accessory

We are in the middle of a kitchen re-decorating project.
While the painters are painting my outdated, golden-oak cabinets
with a new, bright white lacquer finish,
I've been busy sewing up a few little items to add some sweet details to the whole look.
I used the toaster cover tutorial from Sew 4 Home as my guideline.
Mine is not a toaster cover, but rather a food processor cover.
Four squares bordered by ric rac serve to accent the front.
Self-made piping is sandwiched between the edges.
It may seem an oddity, but I enjoy making piping. 
 I chose to use my serger this piping go round.
So easy, so quick, and beautiful finished edges.
 All fabrics are Early Bird by Cosmo Cricket.
That cute cheery cherry lining makes me smile.
Updating and brightening up a room in my home
by adding new, handmade details is such a satisfying endeavor.
Are you making any home or wardrobe changes to welcome in the new season?
I'll be sharing some garment projects shortly - stay tuned.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Pint-Sized Crochet Cape for A Pint-Sized Girl

Can I just say how much fun it is to crochet cute little things for cute little people!
Okay, I'm a bit smitten with my grandchildren.
This cape is from the Winter 2013 issue of Love of Crochet magazine (pg. 81).
I love that the neckline is ruffled.
The fit can be adjusted with the drawstring.
A button just below the ruffled neckline
adds additional security to prevent slippage off the shoulders.

The yarn is Martha Stewart Extra Soft Wool Blend in gerbera daisy.
The magazine version is done up in garnet red with a matching hat for Christmas.
I chose to crochet a spring version.
After all, most spring dresses for little girls feature short sleeves or no sleeves.
It's chilly in Utah in the spring.
Need I say more?
The icing on the cake (that truly is what it looks like)
is the white trim that is worked on the front loops of three rows.
In looking at the magazine photo, there are four rows of trim.
The pattern calls for three rows.
I like it best with three rows.
The pattern sizing is child 2-3 years.
My granddaughter is 3 (almost 4) and it fits beautifully.
She giggles as she twirls to show off her new cape.
Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

Using a Favorite to Teach a Friend

Yes, it's yet another charm pack table runner.
You're probably tired of seeing this pattern by now,
but c'mon,
look at those gorgeous spring colors
(Printemps by 3 Sisters for Moda).
Plus, this is the perfect beginner project.

Since it uses a charm pack, there's no cutting.
You can just get right down to the fun - the sewing!

And when your friend asks you to teach her to sew
you immediately suggest your 'go-to' table runner.
The quilting can be as simple or as intricate as you wish . . .
and it's always easier to see from the batting side,
before the back is sewn on.
My friend, Deanna, also loves her new table runner.
Now go, teach somebody to sew.
You will both be blessed.