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Of course you can join! And we're all pretty much making up our own rules here, so vanilla counts if you say it counts. :) That reminds me, I have a bottle of vodka and some beans waiting to be introduced...

 

30/52: Made DD a pair of slightly fancy leggings last night. Of course, it didn't help that I cut the bottom panel on the wrong grain, and this morning they were far too tight. But it was pretty easy to cut off the bottoms and do the bottom panel again, stretchily.

 

 

Right now I can't get to the shops for interfacing, which I need for my dress; so I can guiltlessly ignore it for a bit and make DS' shirt, which I cut out a while back.

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Welcome Mamatowill.... anything counts in my book!Welcome.gifgrouphug.gif

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Sleeve cuff plackets are hell.

 

That is all.

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Hi Mamatowill!  No.  I wouldn't count vanilla.  Just kidding :)  You make up your own points and projects!  It is cool:)  I have had an epiphany.  I have been hating my sewing room because it is too full.  Well obviously I need to move out something.  My upholstery machine is getting moved to the garage today.  That will make so much more room it will be amazing :)  Then I can have my serger and sewing machine both set up all the time.  See how wonderful that will be  and how much more productive I SHOULD be?  But seriously on my list- scrunchies and pillowcase dresses for Operation Christmas Child.  I would like to make about a half dozen sets.  

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I went and bought fat quarters of the fabrics I am thinking of using in my nursery today.  I had been thinking gingham, but when I saw this beautiful primary color selection of Moda Swirls, I was in love.  Now I have to convince my DH that "rainbow" is a good theme for a nursery.

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I went and bought fat quarters of the fabrics I am thinking of using in my nursery today.  I had been thinking gingham, but when I saw this beautiful primary color selection of Moda Swirls, I was in love.  Now I have to convince my DH that "rainbow" is a good theme for a nursery.

Rainbow is an excellent theme for a nursery...  just like 'eric carle' the hungry caterpillar or any of those board books ;)  so many different things you can do with 'rainbow'  You can keep that rainbow base for many  many years and just trade out accessories.   Great awesome idea mommy!!

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31/52: Rural-looking checky shirt for DS. Ottobre said it was a "basic" shirt pattern, but it was ridiculously complicated for a barely-two-year-old; a yoke and pleats on the back, collar with collar stand, kind of unusually-constructed button band, a buttoned faux pocket flap, proper cuffs and the aforementioned hellish sleeve plackets with pointy bits. There were pictured instructions, but they were very confusing. Had to rip 'em out several times, and the fabric was fray-prone and kept shredding, and I had literally NONE left (I bought the fabric ages ago, when DS was smaller!), and it was all very angstful and turmoily. But I eventually conquered them... kinda. They don't look so neat on the wrong side.

 

Anyway it's done, and I'm pleased with it. Would take a photo, but the ungrateful shirt-wearer seems to have broken the camera by bashing it. Sigh.

 

And I got three metres of interfacing and another invisible zip the other day, so I am theoretically ready to tackle my dress again. I tried the bodice on and it was less awful than I remembered.

 

iowaorganic, what *is* an upholstery machine? I've never heard of such a beastie.

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Sorry the dress is giving you such fits, Smokering!  And I was all enabling about how it wouldn't be hard!  Still looking forward to seeing the finished product, if you have something to take a picture with :/  Oh, and cuff plackets?  That does sound rather hellish.

 

I've been knitting and spinning, and the projects are going great, but I'm just not feeling into it.  I'm mostly just annoyed at my lack of functional summer clothing and wishing I could be sewing instead.  But the knitting is so much easier to accomplish with the littles around.  So I knit, and feel vaguely annoyed about it.  But, I've got a plan to get some sewing done this week.  They are predicting record highs (up to 109 F!) this week, I NEED some breezy clothing. 

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Ha! Not your fault I'm inept. :) Or the wrong shape for patterns-as-written, if it comes to that. I think I know what I need to do from here on in, I just have to do it. But first I'm making DS another shirt out of an old one of DH's. I'm cheating - using the original cuff plackets.

 

Funny, I find sewing easier to do with kids around. If I try to knit DS climbs on me and pulls the ball of wool and rips my work off my needles if I'm not looking. And I suck at knitting, so I'm usually trying to count furiously while the kids shriek around me. Last time I attempted to knit something, DS pulled it off the needles after I'd laboriously managed an inch and a half, and I gave up. I should probably start another knitting project to do during DD's music lessons, though. Buttonholes are my go-to portable sewing, but I don't have an unending supply of those.

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I finished both of the boys banners/hanging/whatever it is called to display their badges and buttons from our camping trips. My littlest helped with his winky.gif.

 

My oldest has outgrown all of his blankets so I was thinking I was going to be forced to buy a new one. I was at Walmart the other day and they have easy fleece blanket projects on sale for 11 dollars! This is the type of blanket where you cut fringes on two sheets of fleece and then tie them with a knot. My mom made my oldest a Thomas the Tank Engine blanket when he was little and this is the same type of blanket just bigger and with a hockey theme. I am hoping to be able to do it tomorrow before he gets back from camping. It says on the kit that it is an afternoon project and my mom said to use a square knot on the fringe. Now I have to Google how to tie a square knot. 

 

I bought items to also make these cute headbands that I saw online for my niece. I am very excited to try them.

 

Has anyone ever used Kool Aid to make tie-dyed shirts? Would any colour of Kool Aid work? I want to tie-dye some shirts for my kids but I can't afford to buy the kits so figured Kool Aid might work. Any advice would be appreciated.

post #331 of 606
1. Blanket for Marley (rainbow)
2. Blanket for Abby (white and pastel)
3. Blanket for SC baby (mint and white)
4. RTA furniture (2 bar stools, 1 lamp, 1 butterfly table)
5. 3 intense journals for therapy
6. Blanket for CM ( grey, green, blue, yellow)
7. Blanket - pink and grey for HH or donation
 
 
I'm about 3/4 done with a mint and creme blanket.  I really want to get that one done this week.  I have box of yarn my mother sent, still major anti climatic but I have so much yarn and projects I can be working on.  Crochet is calming for me right now and I NEED TO STOP BUYING YARN.!!!!!
 
I want to make some 'baby legs' for my niece for the holidays.  If I do them now in size 12 mos?? that should be good.  She is like 15 lbs now and 3 mos.. I have the yarn ;)
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MamatoWill, I don't think koolaid will actually dye cotton shirts.  It will stain them, but it will probably also bleed in the wash or rub off on your body.  I've used koolaid to dye animal fiber, but it only works with fibers that accept acid type dyes (protein).  Cotton and other plant based fiber needs to be dyed with fiber-reactive dyes. 

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Mamatowill- how about sharpies?  Look on Pinterest but I am pretty sure sharpies and alcohol maybe?  And since it is back to school time you should be able to find a deal on them.

 

Smokering-  My upholstery machine is just an old super heavy duty Singer.  It is a beast for sure but can sew through boot leather :)  I haven't actually used it on any...  upholstery... though.  

 

I didn't move it out.  I am tired and hot.  I feel like taking a nap.  And I have been sick.  And my oldest is at camp so I have to do dishes and change diapers...  Poor me.  But I did make 2 pillowcase dresses yesterday for Operation Christmas Child.  And got a guilt trip about not having 5 ruffled scarves knit for some lady I don't know.  Whatever.

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I think knitting is easier to get done for me because I can do it while I'm feeding the baby, though he is starting to get a bit grabby, so I have to distract his hands with something else.  I guess I knit often enough that neither kid seems interested enough to want to climb in my lap to watch/interfere if they are happy playing.  And there are times like last night, when my MIL dropped by and we were all chatting.  I would have felt rude running the sewing machine, but knitting is non-intrusive.  Also, my sewing machine lives in dh's office, and he vastly prefers that room to stay pretty kid-free because a lot of his stuff is within reach and breakable.  I have a baby gate I can put up so I can get a little done while the kids play in the living room, but that never lasts long.  And my almost 4 yo figured out how to open it. 

 

I'm super impressed that you do your buttonholes by hand.  I have to work myself up to do my hems by hand instead of machine. 

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I'm super impressed that you do your buttonholes by hand.  I have to work myself up to do my hems by hand instead of machine.

Well, it's only because I can't figure out how to make my machine do decent ones. It always chews up the fabric and produces a gappy, bulgy, horrid-looking buttonhole. I'm probably doing it wrong. But if I'm not in a hurry to finish a garment, I quite like doing 'em by hand... I can listen to podcasts or watch TV shows .

post #336 of 606
1. Blanket for Marley (rainbow)
2. Blanket for Abby (white and pastel)
3. Blanket for SC baby (mint and white)
4. RTA furniture (2 bar stools, 1 lamp, 1 butterfly table)
5. 3 intense journals for therapy
6. Blanket for CM ( grey, green, blue, yellow)
7. Blanket - for HH or donation (pink and grey)
8. Blanket - for HH or donation(mint and creme)
 
Next I have 3 random skeins of sugar and creme.. I think I will make some wash cloths/rags to add to the HH/donation pile.  The stuff works up rather quickly and I can change the pattern each different cloth so it keeps me from getting overly bored.
 
My next major blanket is purple, green and shades of blue for "mr. d".   I should ideally have it done by friday but if it doesn't happen then I'm aiming for Friday July 12th 2013.
 
So far I have 6 blankets this year.  No progress on cross stitch and I have a bin of bibs to get done.  Ugh...  When school starts and I'm back to subbing, maybe I will feel like stitching again??
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I finished my oldest's blanket-yippee!biggrinbounce.gif It is not bad for my first attempt. My littlest has it in his head I am to make him pj's. I haven't sewed in years and I have never completed a clothing sewing project. Anyone have suggestions for easy pjs?

 

Also thanks for the advice on dying the shirts. I will have to look into how to do it cheap.

post #338 of 606
1. Blanket for Marley (rainbow)
2. Blanket for Abby (white and pastel)
3. Blanket for SC baby (mint and white)
4. RTA furniture (2 bar stools, 1 lamp, 1 butterfly table)
5. 3 intense journals for therapy
6. Blanket for CM ( grey, green, blue, yellow)
7. Blanket - for HH or donation (pink and grey)
8. Blanket - for HH or donation(mint and creme
9. Washcloth - for HH or donation (green/white)
 
Finished up one random skein of 'sugar and creme' last night, made one huge washcloth for the 'gift/donation' pile.  Still have 2 skeins left.  I'm not loving this project but I really want to get it done and move on to something sweet and cute again.
post #339 of 606
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mamatowill: Google "easy toddler pants tutorial" and you'll find some good easy tutes. Often they involve tracing round a pair of existing pants. There are versions with only one pattern piece (no side seam down the leg), and very simple elastic-in-casing waistbands. They work for knits or wovens.

 

For a top - I dunno, a long-sleeved raglan T-shirt pattern? That'd be easy. A proper PJ jacket that buttons up the front is a wee bit more complex.

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32/52: Another shirt for DS, this one out of an old shirt of DH's.

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