This For That

I have signed up for my first swap and I couldn’t be more excited! Missy at Crafty Carnival is the host; if you’re interested, you should sign up while there’s still room (only 20 spots and half of them are already filled).

My little pea of a brain is already at work on ideas for my little creation!

Shirr Frustration

My new sewing machine, while wonderful in so many ways,  does not seem the slightest bit interested in shirring. This is a problem, as I shirr on so many projects — including the almost-completed green chicken outfit. Ugh.

Mama’s New Shirt

After I finished the Bitsy’s new outfit, I cut out and sewed this cute Amy Butler top for me. It’s the Cabo Halter pattern and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out — especially because it’s got a zipper. I used some sale fabric from JoAnn’s to make it, just in case I really messed it up. I think I’ll be making quite a few of these, since they’ll be perfect for our steamy summers.

The Ottobre top and bloomers I made Miss L are finished. They turned out so cute! I love the Heather Ross fabric and think it works so well with the set. As soon as I can get the young miss to agree to a fashion show, I’ll snap off a few pics and post them.

I think today’s project will be the oft-discussed-yet-never-cut-and-sewn green chicken outfit.

Oh, I completely forgot to mention yesterday’s big sewing news: I killed my sewing machine. My poor, $70 Brother cheapie from that big ol’ store I despise died during a sewn-in elastic waistband. It made this awful noise, I smelled some smoke and that was it. Goodbye, little Brother. It was a good 2.5 year run. My new machine is also a Brother and only slightly more expensive. It’s so quiet! And I love how it sews (the Cabo Halter was my first start-to-finish project).

Heather Ross Redux

I so love the Heather Ross fabric that I used for my sweet spring/summer purse that I pulled it out of the bin tonight so I could make an outfit for Miss L. When I’m done, she’ll have a sweet bikini-top-and-bloomers set that’ll be perfect for summer (and our upcoming trip to the beach).

Off to cut and sew!

My Favorite Model

Sweetie Pie let me take her picture today in her new Fresh Cut duds. She also wore it to school today for her school pictures. Perhaps it will draw attention away from her shiner!  

Fresh!

Since my poor girl is not ready for her close-up, I opted to take pics of just the outfit — which is why the top of the bodice looks so distorted. Grr. Oh, well. You get the general idea. I love this Fresh Cut fabric! It is just so romantic and girly. I wish I could remember where I found the pattern for the flower. If someone recognizes it, will you please let me know? I’d love to give credit where it’s due. 🙂

This is the outfit Miss L will wear for her class pictures on Thursday. Perhaps the black eye won’t be as noticeable by then. Yeah, right.

ETA: Thank you so much to Autum for recognizing the flower! I followed Blair’s tutorial and can’t wait to make more.

Derailed

I had plans to sew yesterday. I was going to work on an outfit for Miss L using that green chicken fabric. I ordered pizza and was getting ready to go when ..

One Frisbee, two teenage boys and a three-hour trip to the ER later…

My poor baby girl. She’s still asleep and I am dreading what her eye looks like this morning. Thankfully, no stitches were required and the eye itself is OK. But the eyelid looked just awful last night, all swollen and bruised and crusty from the tiny cut that looked much worse than it was because she wouldn’t let me clean it.

Groovy Cool

I stumbled upon the manual for my sewing machine a couple of weeks ago while looking for … something. I can’t recall exactly what. Anyway, I’d never read it. Not one page. Does that make me a bad person? Good, I didn’t think so. 🙂

It was nice to finally know what all those accessories that came with my machine are for. (It’s a lovely Brother that I bought for maybe $72 at that big store everyone — including me — loves to hate.) I have a zipper foot! I have a buttonhole foot! I have a button foot! I have a second spool pin!

Say what?

Yes, I have a second spool pin. It’s purpose? So I can use a double needle. See the fun things you learn when you read the manual?

I found some of those elusive double needles at the sewing expo last weekend. Tonight, I finally got brave enough to give one a whirl.

It’s so cool! I threaded it with two colors of thread so I could see and it’s just so neat! I did a double row of straight stitching and then tried a nice zig zag. I tried to take a picture but it’s like a cave in my dining room so there’s really nothing to see. I’ll try again tomorrow afternoon because I’ve just got to share! ha ha ha!

In other news … I got the new outfit sewn for Miss L. She’s been intensely cranky the past couple of days so there was no fashion show today. I’ll try tomorrow or else just photograph it without her modeling.