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52 Project Challenge, 2013 - Page 16post #301 of 6066/1/13 at 11:22ampost #302 of 6066/4/13 at 3:42amThread Starter
27/52: Finished a cute little jacket for DS. I used thrifted green velvety fabric for the shell, and lined it with some neat chocolate brown fabrics my sister gave me. It's as cute as a button and I'm proud of it, except... it's kinda too small. :p The pattern only went up to 18-24 months, and DS is small for his size so I figured it'd be OK (he turns two in a few weeks). But no. Well, it barely fits, but it won't last him all wonder. Pout, sulk. I really like the jacket. Oh well - the next baby can use it. (And that's not a subtle announcement, in case anyone's scrutinising!)post #303 of 6066/5/13 at 8:29pmThread Starterpost #304 of 6066/5/13 at 10:47pm
That's adorable! I love the colors. And his curly locks!
So, I rediscovered a dress I sewed years ago and wore exactly once, and I want to refashion it somehow to be more wearable. It's this view of Butterick 5030.
I don't know what I was thinking making a wrap dress in the first place. I am always annoyed by how the skirt falls open every time I sit down in a wrap dress. Add to that, the fit on mine is bad, and the so bodice gapes right open if I move the wrong way, even after I sewed an extra hook and eye at the neckline. I'm going to change the sleeves (they are a really awkward length on me), and I've got to fit the darts better, but mainly I think I'm going to change it to button all the way down the center. What I can't decide is what to do with the neckline. I could keep it as a v-neck with buttons, but I'm not sure if I should remove the collar or not. Or I could remove the collar and square the neckline. Which do you think would look better with buttons?post #305 of 6066/6/13 at 3:04am
Smokering, the jacket is too cute!
Angelorum, I think buttons would work okay.
AFM, project 10 of 52 - a mugrug for our American Sewing Guild swap last night. I got a cute handmade one in return. We do a little drawing during the meeting for fabric and notions and things that people donate. I won some fat quarters of Christmas material and announced to the ladies at the meeting that I am having twins. Caused quite a sensation! The guild may even through a handmade baby shower for me. That would be fun. I still can't believe I am 12 weeks today with twins. Going to buy a maternity pattern today to get started on some better options in maternity clothes than my current local stores have in stock.post #306 of 6066/6/13 at 11:47ampost #307 of 6066/6/13 at 2:56pmThread Starter
Yes, it is Anna Maria Horner! Mum gave me her "Handmade Beginnings" book when I had DS. I made the jacket for DS when he was around four months old, too. It is a lovely pattern (and I like that it avoids buttonholes!) - both times I've noticed the hood doesn't come very far over the head, though, which is weird. And the sleeve insertion requires some mega-easing.
28/52: A wedding cake for my friend's mother. It's a small wedding, just 25 people. I ended up making two cakes, because I stupidly used too large a tin the first time and it was very flat. So now I have a free flat fruit cake - and as it happens, a lady from church who loves fruit cake has a husband in hospital at the moment, so I might give some to her.
ETA: Ooh, my patterns arrived this morning! Very exciting. I bought some more fabric at a Spotlight sale a few days ago, so now I have enough to make three dresses - although I suspect I'll need to buy some lining and sew-in interfacing and zips. What *is* sew-in interfacing? Couldn't I use fusible instead? It sounds easier....
Edited by Smokering - 6/6/13 at 3:35pmpost #308 of 6066/6/13 at 7:55pm
Pretty cake and adorable boy and jacket :) I would use iron on interfacing. Life is short... As long as you don't melt your fabric you should be fine.
I frogged the sweater. I just know there wasn't quite enough yarn. I did start it out of some imagination and it is looking very cute. DH said the colors make it look like a mop but what does he know about knit ware? Not much I think. I don't know why I haven't knit more baby things out of sock yarn? Afraid it would take too long apparently. But I am to the underarms and it is going good so perhaps that is illogical.post #309 of 6066/7/13 at 5:46am
Today I am going garage saling - there are two different listings for "fabric" garage sales. I want to make myself some maternity clothes and bought myself a Butterick pattern B5763 yesterday (on sale for $1.99 at Joanns through Saturday) that I think is really cute. Now to get some crisp cottons and light voile fabric to make myself a new wardrobe for the summer. My go to pants are about to be "no go pants" because my twin pregnant belly has definitely started popping out the front. It is interesting to see how body proportions change in pregnancy even though I have only gained 6 pounds but eat lots of food every 2.5 to 3 hours.post #310 of 6066/7/13 at 4:52pmQuote:Originally Posted by lilacvioletiris
Today I am going garage saling - there are two different listings for "fabric" garage sales. I want to make myself some maternity clothes and bought myself a Butterick pattern B5763 yesterday (on sale for $1.99 at Joanns through Saturday) that I think is really cute. Now to get some crisp cottons and light voile fabric to make myself a new wardrobe for the summer. My go to pants are about to be "no go pants" because my twin pregnant belly has definitely started popping out the front. It is interesting to see how body proportions change in pregnancy even though I have only gained 6 pounds but eat lots of food every 2.5 to 3 hours.
not arts and crafts related- but those belly bands are WONDERFUL for this point! They really will keep your pants up :) Target ones are cheaper and work just as good as the expensive ones as well.post #311 of 6066/10/13 at 1:14pmpost #312 of 6066/10/13 at 11:34pmpost #313 of 6066/12/13 at 2:34pmThread Starter
rere: Neat! I love how you just casually mention making 7 pairs of pants in one day. :p
Momsteader, that's awesome! Well done! Also, wow, you have a mighty garage.
I was in another sewing rut for several days, but last night I got out one of my new vintagey patterns - the one you suggested, Angelorum - and made a muslin of the bodice and started adapting it. I haven't got the neckline quite right yet, and I still need to figure out the button band and the neckline facing and the collar; but I'm getting there. I think. Pattern adaptation is hard! I keep second-guessing myself, and it seems like every time I slightly adjust my posture everything goes haywire.post #314 of 6066/15/13 at 12:57ampost #315 of 6066/21/13 at 7:34am
I finished that quilt yesterday- my neighbor loved it- king size is really pushing the limits of my machine! It did turn out pretty lovely too :) And I turned a pair of jeans into a skirt. I haven't really been too productive lately- but I guess I still finished some things! I probably need to spend some quality time in my garden but cleaning out my sewing room is still on my to do list....post #316 of 6066/23/13 at 10:01pmpost #317 of 6066/24/13 at 12:13amThread Starter
Nice! That is a cute print. :)
My dress project is a bit of a disaster. I've got as far as making the bodice, including sewing the lining niftily round the armholes to conceal the seams (which took forever), but despite my best attempts at pattern-drafting it's a bit too loose round the top and extremely snug around the waist; and I wrestled with a recalcitrant button-band for ages before realising the collar was slightly off-centre, so now I have to cut them off again and hack a bit off one side, hoping it won't be noticeable. And the sleeves, which looked tight on the pattern picture and OK on the muslin, look worryingly leg-of-muttonish on the final article. And I suspect I'm going to have to add not one, but two side zips in order to get into the darned thing. And I'm not even sure I'll be able to breastfeed in it!
I chucked the whole thing in the sewing cupboard when I had to clear the table for guests, but I'm feeling very disinclined to haul it out again. I have to, though - DD really needs a coat and some more leggings, and DS needs a few shirts, and I don't want to start making them until I've finished the dress. But right now I'm thoroughly over it.post #318 of 6066/24/13 at 9:52ampost #319 of 6066/24/13 at 10:16pmThread Starter
Well, a friend had her baby last night, and despite the fact that I had nine months to make her something and can't visit her for a few days anyway because of my cold, I felt an uncanny panic to make something immediately. So I did her a wee apron-dress today. It looks better in real life. :p So that's 29/52.post #320 of 6066/25/13 at 11:06am
Can I join this late? You ladies have really inspired me! I will say I will complete 10 items by the end of the year. I have completed on banner which I sew my DSs trail badges on and now I have to finish the other. I want to teach myself to knit and crochet. Would making my own vanilla count in this?
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