Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Too Retro

This was supposed to be a cop out for the cartoon challenge for Project Run and Play but it wasn't finished in time.  Its a vintage pattern with green Hello Kitty Liberty fabric and I feel like the combo might be a bit too much but Emily seems to like it so it will be in her rotation this winter.

I added a little lady bug ribbon to the pocket as well as the extra flower buttons.
So there you have it.  This one was a true stash buster though.  All the fabric plus the ribbon and buttons were from my stash.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Jalie 3245 love

One of the best things about Jalie patterns is the huge size range.  Kids 2 to adult 22 in most envelopes.  That said when Emily was littler I felt like most of their styles were too basic for her.  Now that she is older I'm loving Jalie 3245.  I've been making them tunic length to go with the hand me down jeans she got.  So far I've done 3 and while I don't plan on doing more for her right away I'm sure I will at some point.  This pattern is a great way to use a print without looking like a pj top.
I wanted to do a little reverse applique in the Alabama Chanin style.  I bought this design for my Silhouette then cut 2 fronts for the shirt and matched the embroidery color to the outline color of the print.
I lengthened the sleeves on this one.  Other then that its straight from the pattern.

The goal for this next one was to use up the last of my chevron fabric before it goes completely out of style.
I had enough to cut the arms, neck band, plus a big E on the front.  I thought about adding a ruffle as well but decided not to.
I decided to put a chevron heart on the back as well.  The original idea was to put a small heart on the back to look like a logo.  I ended up going bigger then planned but still like the look.  I also modified the front hem of this one to be more of a high low effect.

This was the first one I made for her.  I picked up the pear fabric at a factory sale and had the brown left over from another project.  Its basic but we like it that way.  This one has the original sleeve length and as you can see they don't make it to her elbows.

Friday, October 3, 2014

September Books

These are the books I finished in September.

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess
I really liked the idea of this book or at least what I thought the idea was.  I thought it was going to be about simplifying.  It sort of was but it was more about fasting which is different.  It was still interesting though I got frustrated because I would have liked to hear more about the actually process and  would have liked to know what the long term results were.  She left it very open ended.  Probably because it was due to her publisher soon after the experiment was over according to the book.  It was interesting though and I did clean out my closet and spend some time debating which 7 articles of clothing I would pick to wear for a whole month.  I also liked that she touched on how hard it can be to prioritize between things like buying organic, buying local, and spending less money.

In Defense of Food
I know I'm super late to this party but I've been catching up on some of the books that I put on my books to read list but never actually read.  We've been trying to switch to mostly real food for a while now.  I found the history part very interesting but felt like he focused too much on this and rushed through the 3rd part that was about what to eat.  Oh well still interesting.

Women Food and God
This one had also been on my list for ever.  Read as I heard about it on Oprah before her show went of the air.  It was interesting.  Not really about God at all but interesting.

Gerties Sews Vintage Casual
Technically I didn't read the whole thing but I have looked at the pictures and made a muslin of the pants pattern.  This book rocks and I'm so glad I treated myself.  I really want a tnt pants pattern and have high hopes for this one.  Oh and Emily loves the pictures of Gertie and would like pink hair.

Wildly Affordable Organic
This one I did read and it was pretty bad.  I mean if your up for eating mostly dried beans, onions, and high protean pasta I guess it might be great but its not for us.

100 Days of Real Food
Didn't read the whole intro how we did it part since I've read her blog but I'm loving the recipes.  Some but not all of them were on her blog but I really prefer a cookbook plus everything we've made has been super yummy.  The kids have even eaten some meat free meals.  We will be using this one quite a bit.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Justice Selfies

Emily had a teacher work day this past Thursday so she and I decided to go to Justice and look for some fall/winter things.  Here are the things we tried out.
Emily liked this skirt but we ended up leaving it at the store because it had built in shorts and that wouldn't be great for cold days.  We also didn't get the tee even though we could use some plain long sleeve tees.
Cute but itchy so this was also a no go.

These came as a set.  I wasn't thrilled by the fact that the under shirt is a tank but agreed to buy it once she promised to leave the jacket on no matter what.  Her school doesn't allow tanks unless you have on a jacket or sweater.
Emily still loves anything Paris related.  Lots of shirts at Justice this year, possibly every year, are cropped and a little see through so this one needed a long tank underneath .  We got the tops but skipped the track pants since she didn't love them and has plenty of pants this fall.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

super nova shirt

I ordered this super nova fabric from Girl Charlie to make myself a skirt but when I opened the box Emily squealed so it became hears.  Its also really too thin for the fitted skirt that I had in mind but I may order myself some for a loose dress or top.
I also lucked out because I had a small scrap of knit fabric in my scrap bin that matched the pink in the fabric just perfectly. 
A friend gave me quite a few pairs of hand me down jeans that fit Emily beautifully so we have been doing mostly tunic style tops for this winter.  This one is from Ottobre 4/08.   Emily is in the smallest size.  The only change I made was making the cuffs much longer.  We like a long cuff in these parts.
Hope you like.  There has been a lot of sewing but not showing going on around here  so I will try to get caught up in the next little bit.  We are getting some early tastes of fall here so getting these things finished is becoming a bit more urgent.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

This is Em in Grade 1

Emily started 1st grade a few weeks ago.  Thanks to a bit of a scheduling mess up on my part I was unable to walk her to school or pick her up after.  I was at work over both of those times though not most of the time in the middle.  Oh well she is no worse for the wear and Daddy did a great job taking pictures. 
Moment of truth here.  I actually didn't want to make a back to school dress.  She has so much stuff and I had several mommy projects I wanted to use my sewing time on (both completed but not blogged) so I made what I thought was a great offer.  I said I could make her a dress or I would take her to Justice to buy a back to school outfit.  Well ladies they don't sell this dress at Justice but I am glad for at least one more year she picked mama made over tweeny goodness.
This is the Rose dress from Otto 1/08.  My first ever Ottobre and this dress was on the cover.  I was sure I would make it the moment she was big enough.  I did not do that but as I was thumbing through trying to decide what to do with this fabric that had been in my stash for almost as long I decided it was time.  I made a 116 which is how tall she is these days.  I still added a bit of length and decided that dress was a bit of a strong term.  This is a tunic.  A very cute tunic but a tunic just the same.  Good thing I had some green knit fabric that watched some of the writing.
We are both pleased with this one even if she didn't need any more clothes.  I'm not sure if I will make it again or not but certainly not till spring.  Right now I'm focused on things to wear with the great pile of hand me down jeans she got for winter.  And maybe making myself a few new things from the patterns I simply had to by recently. 

OH and these are part of the stash diet.  The only thing I had to buy was an invisible zipper.  I even did a pretty good job putting it in.
Oh and I forgot to mention but the leggings are from the lil blue boo leggings pattern.  I just traced a size bigger then last year and they are great and still a fav pattern.

Friday, August 29, 2014

August books

I'm trying to read more.  Mostly because both of my kids are required to read for school but also because its one of those things I rarely take time to do but still enjoy.

Rain Girl
This one is I bit like watching a police procedural show in a good way.  I didn't figure it all our right away but the ending also wasn't shocking.  It was entertaining.

The Paper Magician
Neat little story.  I'm guessing its going to be part of a series.  It was fun to read in the same way teen fiction can be fun to read but without the 16 year olds.

If I Stay
Granted I'm not a teenage girl but this book stunk.  Maybe I'm just sick of teenage love stories but I ended up skimming more and more as I went on because it was just boring.

The Secret Garden
I'm pretty sure my mom read me this book at some point.  I know I had a copy of it in my room for years.  All that said I couldn't really remember the story so I decided to read it again.  Not shockingly it was good.