Sunday, December 19, 2010

Blue Corduroy

I found this blue corduroy on the recent trip to Goodwill. Are you beginning to see a pattern here== all this Goodwill shopping. I love it.  Anyway, the price on the fabric was $7.99 so I took off the rubber bands and unrolled the fabric. It appeared to be about 4yards of fabric-- or approximately $2.00 a yard. It is a nice soft almost feather wale corduroy.

So I made Madison a pair of pants and an aline top.  The top pattern is the Martha Pullen aline pattern shortened and the pants are an out of print Simplicity pattern. Not sure where the Machine applique is from but I think maybe Designs by Juju.

I also made Wyatt a pair of pants from the fabric and I believe there is enough left to make one more pair of pants. Not bad for $8.00. I love a bargain.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Stocking

Several years ago I began making Christmas stockings for the grands to have at our house. As I remember I made Tripp and Emma Kate's stockings at the same time. Laster, as each grandchild was born I made as close as possible identical stockings.

This year we have Abby our newest addition. I was unable to purchase velveteen in our small town and had her mother look at her local Hobby Lobby. One day the idea came to me that I could probably go to Goodwill and find a velveteen dress and cut one from it . So that is exactly what I did. It is not as good of a match
in color as I would have liked and I may replace it next year but it will certainly work for this year.

I used the same machine embroidery that I used on the previous stockings.


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Sunday, December 5, 2010

OOhh So Soft Minky

I looovee minky. It is so cuddly soft I think I want to wear it too. Probably not age appropriate though. darn...

I actually bought this minky on  a trip to Joanns a couple of months ago with the intention to make dresses for Emma Kate and Madison for Christmas. But when I got ready to make them I decided that was just not what I wanted to make. So I opted instead to make pants with a monogrammed t shirt in stead.  They will probably get more use out of the pants and shirts. Probably better for school in the winter.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Wyatt wearing his new jacket

I got this picture of Wyatt wearing his new jacket yesterday. I thought I would share it. I intentionally cut the sleeves longer so that maybe he could get more wear out of it but maybe I need to shorten them. What do you think? I can do it if needed when we go at Christmas.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Fall jacket

I really seem to be in a sewing slump lately.  I just can't seem to get in the mood lately to work on anything. 

I believe every fall since having grandkids-- which would be 8 years now-- I have made each child a jacket in the fall.  For the most part no one needed or wanted one this year. but recently when at my daughter's house for the birth of Abby she asked me if I would make Wyatt a jacket.  You see sewing slump or not if a grandchild needs something made Nana will oblige.

So this is what I ended up choosing for him. The outer fabric is chocolate brown corduroy and the lining is John Deere fabric. Can't wait to see if it fits him and how he likes it.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

We have so much to be thankful for in this wonderful country we live in. Grateful to God for giving us his son so we would have the ultimate freedom. Grateful to the people who have gone to war to fight so as a country we can enjoy the many freedoms that so many others don't have.

I am truly blessed and can honestly say I have all I need. I am very thankful for these blessings because I know so many are without.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Abigail Rose

The past week was a busy but happy week. Abby made her appearance the day before Mom was to be induced. She is such a sweet little pretty thing. She is a good baby to boot. Mom and baby are doing fine. She was welcomed by big brother Wyatt.

Friday, November 5, 2010

I made these peasant dresses for Madison and Emma Kate last week. I like the way they turned out. I don't have the eye for coordinating fabrics that I wish I had but I am pretty happy with these.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Who doesn't like a bargain?

I love getting a bargain and especially when I wasn't expecting one.
Last weekend 2 of the grands were at our home on Saturday morning and i made a donut run for breakfast. I passed a yard sale on the way to the donut  shop and thought I needed to stop on the way home. I just happened to know the folks having the yard sale and knew there were small children in the family.

So here I'm showing my haul...

first I got 2 tops for myself--- for $.50 each

Next I got Wyatt a pair of Levi jeans and a pair of Old Navy overalls-- I think it was $2 for the overalls and $1.00 for the jeans.

Next I got 2 receiving blankets for the new baby--

Then I monogrammed the white one

Next is a really soft fluffy pink blanket....for $.50

The picture doesn' t do the softness justice at all.

And last of all a little shirt--- I think it was 25 or 50 cents.

And now are you ready for the grand total................$5.50................can't beat that. Like I said who doesn't like a bargain.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Coming home outfits.....

I'll continue on with th ebaby clothes. I made 2 different outfits for Lindley and Wes to choose from to bring the baby home from  the hospital.

I used the same pattern for both gowns but made enough changes to the pattern that they really look nothing alike.

The pattern I used is Grace Knott's Baby nightie pattern. I have used this pattern over and over because it is the perfect size for a newborn.
The fabric is ballet pink imperial batiste with smocking at the yoke and sleeves. The bonnet is from the Children's Corner book.


The next choice is still the Grace Knott Baby Nightie pattern only this time open in the front.  It has a madeira hem with hand embroidery and bullion roses. There is a bullion rose at the tip of each point on the madeira hem. I used gathered french lace at the neck bias and around the sleeves.





Sunday, October 17, 2010

More baby things

Here are a couple more things I made for the new baby. These are her jackets.

The first is I guess what is called a rosebud fleece. I thought I was making size 3 months  but it turns out it was equivalent to 6 months. She will be born mid November so maybe she can wear it by February.


The next is white chenille and should fit a small baby with no problem.


I can 't wait to see her wearing these.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Recent Goodwill loot...........

In the last year we have had a Goodwill open in our town. I go a couple of times a week usually. I have gotten some real bargains there... at least to me they are bargains.

Well the other day I was there and browsing through the baby things.. gotta shop for the grands you know even if they aren't born yet.
I found what may be my best bargain yet. There on the end of the rack hung a heirloom Strausburg dress. It had been washed and the satin trim on the collar and sleeves was pretty wrinkly and I thought might even be ruined but I thought for 99 cents I could use it for a paint rag. I took it home and washed it and pressed it and I am pretty darn happy with it. It is size 24 months and when the baby grows to that size I will wash it again and this time give it a good pressing and pass it to her.

I also  found a little sweater and gown that day to go with a recent gown and sleeper that I had gotten there.

All 3 items were 99 cents each for a total of jsut under $3. Not bad ..huh?? 

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Friday, October 15, 2010

50th day of school

Today is the 50th day of school where my grandchildren go to school. My daughter asked me if I would make one of the granddaughters a poodle skirt to wear. So of course I did.

I used rickrack for the leash and with the left over satin I made a tie belt fot it.

Friday, October 8, 2010

I've been busy in the last few months making things for the new granddaughter that is due next month.  I haven't posted any pictures here on the blog of the things I have made because I wanted them to be a surprise for my daughter. I have given the things to my daughter now so I can begin to share then here. Hope you don't get tired of seeing my sewing.

These 2 gowns ar ethe last thngs I made. The top portions and the sleeves are made from knit while the bottom is made from minky. I love minky. Couldn't you just curl up in a minky robe on a cold night?

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Burp Cloth tutorial

 I know that there are many tutorials online for burp cloths but a friend requested a tutorial and I needed to do a blog post. So I thought-- why not take care of two things at once.

First off I don't really worry about specific measurements in the beginning. I just place the diaper on the fabric with ends extended either end. Place right side of fabric to the back side of the diaper with lower edge of diaper and edge of fabric even. Stitch approximately 3/8 inch -- could be a little more just an even seam allowance.

Next trim sides of fabric 1/2 inch wider than diaper and the width of the border you desire plus 1/2 inch. Press 1/2 inch hems on sides and lower edge.

Then press fabric border toward diaper at seam where fabric is joined to diaper. 

If you wish you can add rick rack or pom pom trim before top stitching. Other wise just top stitch around the fabric .

You can also add machine embroidery to the burps or  leave off the fabric border and just add rick rack to the lower edge.


enjoy and thanks for stopping by,

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fall Outfits

Well the fall sewing has begun. I have made a couple new outfits each for Emma Kate and Madison. First off I made chocolate brown twill pants and white interlock knit shirts monogrammed in chocolate brown.

Next up are gingham peasant tops and matching corduroy pants. I usually add elastic at the chest area to the peasant tops to give a little more shape but this time I added the sew in elastic about  an inch and half from the hem.

Also I made a knit pillowcase top for Madison tunic length. I photographed it with the jeans I picked up at Goodwill but she will probably wear it with black leggings and a turtleneck as the weather cools off.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I wanted to share this little outfit that I recently made for my granddaughter. Actually it started out for one granddaughter because it seemed to run small--or I cut wrong or something. I loved the fabric the top is made from. I am pretty sure I got it at Hobby Lobby. I had had it in my fabric stash for a while as I did the pants fabric. The pattern was in Sew Beautiful magazine.

And here is a picture of the little sweetie modeling it.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Baby Quilt

I always make a baby quilt for each grandchild. I want each quilt to be different and to be more than just a quick quilt. well, with this baby being #6,  I am beginning to run out of ideas.  Recently my friend Carol made a small quilt that I really fell in love with. Her quilt was the inspiration for this quilt. Please go visit Carol's to see all her wonderful creations.

I went to the local quilt store--BTW I couldn't be happier that we have recently had a quilt store open in our small town. See, there has been really not much of anywhere to purchase fabric except for Walmart and another place that is really to junky to shop very well.

I am not artistic so I didn't think I would be able to draw the flowers and I bought a floral fabric and just fussy cut the flowers out after fusing fusible web to the back. I used 2 different size rick rack for the stems.

This was my first attempt at quilting but I really enjoyed it.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Another daygown

Today I will post another of the  daygowns being passed to Lindley for her baby.

This is another of the Grace Knott smocked gowns.