Friday, November 19, 2010

The Christmas Dress 2010

Ok, I finished this dress on Tuesday and made the headband on Wednesday while the kids were at their PE/Art class (we're homeschooling now - more to come on that later). I'm very happy with how it turned out if I do say so myself. Fabrics used for the dress were all from Anna Maria Horner. The dress fabrics were from her new collection, Innocent Crush; and the sash was made from some of her first line of luxurious voiles, Little Folks collection. Can you tell I'm a fan of hers?! The pattern used was one that I have created myself. I've posted several variations of it in the past here, here, and here. New features of the pattern used on this dress were the 3/4 length sleeve (embellished with lace), and of course, the sash. I used a tutorial that I just happened to come across online to make the headband, and I can't remember where it was, but basically you just wrap fabric around a pipe cleaner and twist it to your desired size, then sew to a flower cut from felt and attach to your headband. If I can find the tutorial again, I will edit to give credit to that person. Hope you like. I'm thinking of listing it in my shop for a limited time! ***Rosette Headband Tutorial by Sew Hip Mama

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Above All Fabric Wish List

Ah. Create a wish list from an online fabric store for a chance to win $100 to shop at said fabric store? Why, yes. I'll play! Actually, I've mentioned Melanie before from Above All Fabric. She is top notch when it comes to customer service, she runs great sales, and I get a ton of my fabric from her. I think the greatest thing about Melanie is that she makes you feel like you are very special to her, and we all know that life is about the relationships you make with people. Not only does she help me supply my fabric addiction, but she has chatted with me through email or on twitter about personal things like my decision to homeschool my kids, holiday plans, and many other things. She even knows my favorite fabric designer! Anyway, without further ado.... here is my Above All Fabric wish list:

1. Anything from Anna Maria Horner, but I especially love her new voiles and velveteens, which Melanie is stocking in her store just for me!:) Also, I would love any or all of her new patterns.

2. Anything in any form of Tula Pink's new line, Parisville. Oh be still my beating heart. Have you seen this?

And that's it. No big shock, right?!! Of course there are tons of other things I would love to have from the shop, but these are the tops on my list right now! Now, go make your wish list too so that you can have a chance to win! Instructions for contest are here.

**Edited to add to my wish list....
-this, the schoolhouse tunic, a pattern I have wanted forever to make for myself. I have seen others that have made this and it looks so cute on!
-and this, the hoot-n-nanny tote, a pattern I have adored ever since Trish (of Two Peas in a Pod Designs) first posted a picture of it on her blog. I was so excited when I saw that she was going to make it into a pattern! I love it! The cuteness can't be described. You must see it!

Monday, November 15, 2010

pink fig holiday giveaway

Head over to Chelsea's blog at Pink Fig and enter her fabulous Holiday giveaway! She's giving away 2 quilts made from her beautiful new fabric line, Miss Modd! Can you believe that?! She has all the details over at her blog. You can enter the giveaway from now through December 1!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

the notting hill hobo by Bari J

Towards the end of summer, Bari J Ackerman asked me to test this pattern for her and send her the sample so that she could use it in her booth at Quilt Market. I quickly said yes, as I was so excited and flattered on top of that. I have been following Bari since I found her blog a couple of years ago and she was about to debut her first fabric line for Windham, Full Bloom. She has been a constant source of inspiration to me since that time, and she has been so willing to reach out with encouragement. This was my second bag to test for her. I'll have to blog that first one. I still haven't done that. Actually Bari gave me a choice of patterns this time, and I chose the notting hill hobo. The funny thing is that I consider myself to be an awful bag maker. I get so confused with lining and the fusible fleece and interfacing and magnetic snaps.... But I really liked the style of the bag and I wanted to challenge myself. So, after a couple of times of ripping the bag apart and some help from a friend, (thanks Carrie!), I finished it and off it went to live my dream, a trip to Quilt Market! I am thankful that Bari asked me to do it, and also that she was patient with me as I literally got it to her at the last minute. The pattern is great and actually very easy. (I think I just got caught up in the whole 'I think bags are hard' thing.) There are a couple of different options and sizes so you can personalize it to your style. Mine is the large, patchwork version and I used her special technique (which is outlined in the pattern) to applique the flower and butterfly to the front of the bag. Fabrics used were from Bari's newest line, Country Lane.

Friday, November 5, 2010

costume juggling

I thought I'd better get this picture up before the end of the week! Up until a couple of days before Halloween, the kids were planning to dress up as Snow White or Ariel and Ulysses S. Grant. (Yeah, Samuel had to do a report on U.S. Grant last year for school in which he had to dress up for the presentation, and so we had bought him a U.S. Grant costume in the spring. We worked hard to convince him that this would be a very cool trick or treat costume, and I thought I had pulled over one of the best scams of the year when he told me that he indeed wanted to dress as U.S. Grant for Halloween, but alas, the mass produced, Target skeleton costume won out in the end. And since we had to go buy him the skeleton costume at Target, and the little princess was along, we also had to purchase a new costume for her to wear. The good thing was that since it was so last minute, the costumes were all 40% off.) So, I give you, the scary Skeleton, and Barbie Thumbelina. And no, I have never sewn Halloween costumes. I just don't have it in me. Truthfully, Halloween is just a 'holiday' (and I use that term loosely) that I barely tolerate.