Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New Project Peek

This morning I finally managed to finish the marathon of a project that's been sucking up all of my time for my full time job. It feels like the elephant that's been living on my shoulders the last week is finally gone. Phew. There hasn't been much time for sewing or blogging, or working on stuff for the shop. I'm sooo glad that it's over and life can return to it's normal level of chaos.

Here's a teeny tiny peek at a new sewing project that I've started. It's something extra special for my husband's 30th birthday in a little over three weeks. I'm not going to say much more about it because I don't want to jinx it. It promises to either be one of the coolest things that I've ever sewn or one of the biggest disasters of my sewing career. Hopefully I'll be able to share a little more about it soon, when I've gotten farther along.

Hope you are all having a great week so far!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Kids Clothes Week 2 - Review

Well, this will be a super short post because I only managed to sew one little thing last week for the babe. My full-time job workload was crazy so I spent a lot of the time that I normally spend in my studio sewing working instead. Blech. This week should be better though and hopefully I'll be able to get some of the things sewn that I have cut out.

I bought this pattern on Etsy ages ago, and it was great to be able to finally use it. I just love the illustrations on vintage patterns! It's still a little big for her but I think it'll fit perfectly late this summer when it's really hot. The fabric is a vintage cotton from my stash, the purple polka dot is also from the stash but it's new. The pattern was already cut out (yay!) so this baby only took a few hours from start to finish. It was my first time putting snaps in the crotch of a garment and they went in pretty easily. You use bias tape to face the seams and that worked like a dream. It was a little tricky to get the prongs of the snaps through all of those layers so I ended up using my hammer to get them through. I think this is the first time I've sewn a facing that I didn't curse during, so I think my relationship with facings has turned from amicable to friendly. And I just love that little peek of polka dot. The button tabs are also snaps but I sewed buttons over the snaps to match the buttons on the little side tabs. They're a little "floppy" so I might go back and hot glue them to the top of the snap to hold them better. I'll definitely make more of these. I really love the little puff sleeved blouse pattern that's also included so I might try and whip up a more dressy version with the blouse. And I could totally see the long jumper in a corduroy for fall, so cute!

Sorry for the yucky pictures. It's been so dark and gloomy here, not ideal for picture taking.