Our link up is going to be extra fun today! Marte from Compagnie M. is co-hosting with me! She's got a really fun blog with LOTS of awesome free patterns. Make sure to check her out along with everyone else's sewing projects! The link with the most hits was Surf's Up Board Shorts Review
My husband and I got a kindle last Christmas and have loved using it. It came with a fantastic leather case, and we used it all the time. About a month ago my husband won another one from his school. This one didn't come with a case. I figured it would be way more fun to make a case for myself than for him, so he took the leather case.
I didn't have any stiff interfacing, but I did have lots of iron-on fleece. I used iron-on fleece on both the outside fabric and the lining, so it has lots of cushioning.
I really love the outside fabric. I got a small piece from Joann's about a year ago and couldn't decide what to do with it. Luckily, I only used a little of my small piece, so I can use it again. I added some quilting to the front to highlight the cool design. I free-hand stitched it on my machine with the foot removed.
A few weeks ago a client came to me and asked me to make a blessing dress from her wedding dress for her baby girl. I was really excited to work on it because I rarely get to make something for little girls! This is her wedding dress. If you can see in the picture, the dress has diagonal gathers across the bodice and back.
She wanted the blessing dress to mimic her wedding dress without being exact. I did a sweetheart neckline, diagonal gathers, a gathered skirt, and little cap sleeves. The back is pieced with the gathers on the bottom piece and has a lapped zipper and ties. I think it turned out really cute, and my client was happy which is the most important!
My friend had a quick engagement and decided to order her dress online. The picture of the dress was beautiful and perfect, but when it showed up it was not what she expected! Fortunately, she came to me and I was able to fix it in 24 hours just in time for her bridals. My other friend was the one who took her bridals, and she did a fabulous job. (The three good pictures are hers!) You can find her at Etre Photography, and you really should check her out because she is AMAZING!
Here is the awful picture I got before I changed anything (I was in a hurry!). The dress is supposed to be a mermaid style, but didn't fit her waist or hips. It wasn't lined under the shoulders and sleeves. Also, the back zipper wasn't tight against her back.
I took it in from high waist to low hips to give that lovely mermaid fit. I built up the top, so it was lined like she originally wanted.
I fixed the zipper on the back which was the weirdest fit issue I have ever come across! It was like the company didn't have a straight center back seam! I also added a French bustle which she only used when she was walking around.
It turned out beautifully! I am amazed that the lining I added blends in so well. You can hardly tell that there was any change at all!
I’m reading a really interesting book right now called, Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. It is becoming more and more apparent that most people would rather turn towards online relationships because we can control them. This only leaves us feeling more lonely. I can see some of these tendencies in myself, but I really worry about my son growing up in a technology-filled world. I know there is no going back, but how do you teach your children to work through their emotions on their own without being dependent on technology? How do you remember that people are most important? The link with the most clicks was How to cut patterns perfectly by Sugar Tart Crafts
I've been living in different apartments for 5 1/2 years and still have some ahead of me. Over the years and with the help of Pinterest, I have collected lots of temporary decorating ideas for apartments. I hope you can find inspiration here to dress up your apartment without hurting anything!
This is how I started when I decided to sew Henry a collection. I drew a picture of all the items I wanted to make. I wrote notes for each one. As you can see, I changed mind a lot! Also, some of the scribbles are for when I finished something.
And here is every piece! I can't believe my ideas went from paper to form so quickly. It's such an amazing accomplishment, and I love seeing it all at once! I can see my ideas flow and where I used the same fabric. Thanks for encouraging me and following along! It was so much fun!