Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Take three.

Here we are. Simplicity 4589 the third. This time around I felt a lot more confident, enough so that I didn't refer to the directions--a good feeling.

I also took more time to enjoy the process. I made my own bias tape and instead of using the serger, I used the bias tape to finish off the inside seams.
I also used bias tape to hem the bottom. Not that anyone else would notice.

I revised the pattern a bit by flaring it out on the bottom. I have a favorite pair of capri pants that flare a bit and thought it would look nice to have the shirt follow the same lines.

I think I've gotten my money's worth out of this pattern, don't you? I still have some fabric that is begging to be made into a shirt. Just one more.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Simplicity 4589 -- take two

Thanks to Nikkishell and Berlin's Whimsy for introducing me to this pattern. I'm now officially addicted. I keep thinking of ways to tweak it. This time it was creating a pleated front instead of a gathered one--so much easier for me. There are already plans for another two of these. I love how summer shirts (and the sleeveless ones, especially) require so little fabric. One yard, that's it.

Amber set up a flickr group for this pattern as well. Check it out. It astounds me how just changing out the fabric can make it seem like a totally different shirt.
fabric: $2.99 quilter's cotton from Joann's
trim: Michael Miller's organic cotton bias tape

Sunday, July 20, 2008

I stayed up...

until 1 this morning making this. The kids and hubby were camping in the backyard. I had the whole evening to myself, and I'd just intended to cut the pieces out and sew it some other time, but I kept going and going, and then next thing I knew it was 12:30 am and all I had left was the hem, and I figured I'd just go for it. I'm on my 3rd cup of coffee today, but all is well. I have a new shirt to show for it.

pattern: Simplicity 4589 fabric: Black Bailey by Michael Miller

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

First Sight Tutorials

Hmmm. I see I forgot to clip the threads before taking pictures of these bean bags.
The party was fun! The bean bags were for the bean bag toss. I made them from Michael Miller's First Sight fabric. Even though the fabric is intended for infants my two year likes it too.
He had to take a break from playing to chew a hangnail. Yes, he got that habit from me, I think. I'm sure it's an instinctive thing, though, since I haven't been able to get my feet up to my mouth in many years.

My tutorials using the First Sight fabric for these rings and many other baby projects are being highlighted this month on Kathy Miller's blog . Enjoy!

Friday, July 11, 2008

party prep

My oldest is having a birthday party tomorrow. We're planning a good old fashioned at-home party. I'm getting a bit tired of the blow-up-jump-all-over-the-place-throw-too-much-money-away-on-the-venue type, so we're trying this out for a change. I'm even making a homemade cake, which is pretty much unheard of in these parts. Anyhoo, we're basing it on the field day concept and will have several stations where kids can do a bean bag toss, try to throw a frisbee into a tent, balance ping balls on spoons, etc. My personal favorite is the scooter slalom, where the kids will have to sit on their bottoms and work their way around an obstacle course. Dude! To be a kid again.
Have I mentioned--I found a new crafty friend? She was over on a playdate, and I was telling her how fun it would be for the boys to have scooters like they use in PE class. I was thinking to buy some, but she talked me into making them. So a couple weeks later, we did, and they turned out to be super easy. They're made from plywood that's 12" x 12". The edges are sanded smooth and there are 4 swiveling casters attached to the bottom. I stained the scooters with watered down acrylic craft paint. I suppose I should polyurethane them too. Eh, maybe someday. Anyway, about my friend...not only is she a fab woodworker, but she sews clothes too. And she totally "gets" the blog thing, because her sister is a blogger too. Niiiiice :)
Well, I'm off to decorate a cake!
p.s. In case you were wondering, that's masking tape all over the playroom floor. Racetracks.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008


My 20th reunion came and went and I'm happy to say that even though all the prep stressed me out, it went well.
I feel like I'm all caught up on the lives of my high school girlfriends. It's been ten years since some of us have seen each other and we decided that that was ten years too many--so we're going to start a new tradition by getting together next summer so we can laugh our bums off like we did this weekend. Hee hee. I can't wait. I used to think my ideal vacation would be to hang out in a quiet lakeside cottage somewhere I could enjoy a peaceful weekend of knitting and coffee. But now I know that I'd rather stay up too late for my own good laughing through high school yearbooks and listening to old choir tapes--the highlight of which was listening to us butcher a song in French. Il est bel et bon. I looked up the translation of it: He is handsome and fine, my husband is, There were two gossiping women in the village, Saying one to the other, do you have a good husband? He doesn't scold me, or beat me either. He does the chores, he feeds the chickens And I take my pleasure. Really you have to laugh to hear the cries of the chicks and hens: Co, co, co, co, dae, little flirt, what's this?
What's this, indeed? Can you imagine a bunch of Christian school kids clucking like chickens in French, bragging about having non-abusive husbands that pleasure us? Oh my!!!! Good thing we had no idea at the time what we were singing about. We just thought we were better than the choir of our competition school because we knew how to sing in French! Now you know why I'm so messed up. Not really. Well, maybe a little.