Monday, March 31, 2008

Projects in the Queue

Just thought I'd list out these things to try and keep myself accountable :)

  • Baby gift for "E"
  • Baby gift for "K"
  • Emmeline apron #1
  • Emmeline apron #2
I got the pattern for the Emmeline apron last week. Since I made a slew of aprons last year for everyone but myself, I thought I deserved one.

Apron #1 will be in these fabrics:
Chocolate Lollipop by Anna Maria and Duet dots by Timeless Treasures
I love the aqua/brown combo! The ties will be done in a dark brown.

Apron #2 will be in these fabrics:
Jitterbug by Cosmo Cricket

Again with the blue/brown combo, yes, but it's oh so cute!

If only it was so easy to pick the fabrics for the baby outfits! I'd probably be sewing more often!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

A New Addition & A Little Clean Up

I'd like to introduce you to the newest addition to my sewing set up.
Isn't she lovely?! I've been wanting a coverhem for a while now and so I had to snap one up when the price recently dropped! I'm looking forward to learning how to use her!

Before I allowed myself to sit down and get to know my new machine, I made myself get the sewing room into order. My fabric shelves were getting unruly again, so I decided to ruler fold everything. Here's a neater version of what it looked like before I started...
Getting started...
and all finished!
Ok, well, it's not completely finished. I mean, the fabric is all folded and put away, but I still need to figure out how to organize and store my yarn. I'm thinking a wide 2-drawer Rubbermaid thing will probably do the trick. Eventually, I think I'd like to replace my plastic shelving with some chrome shelving, but that will have to wait for a little while until some other reno projects around the house are finished.

So now that that is all out of the way, I need to order new curtains. Jay wanted to install French doors to separate the (empty) living room from the craft room, but I suggested hanging curtains instead. It'll be less expensive, no doubt and I think will do just as good of a job. It's also a good excuse to get rid of the current ugliness that's hanging on the curtain rods right now... blech!

A few words about ruler folding. My eyes say it's a thing of beauty, my back would thoroughly disagree! I was more than a little doubtful that it would work for my thicker fabrics (fleece, sherpa, terry, etc), but the folds weren't nearly as bulky as I thought they would be and they did take up less space than I thought they would.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Sweet Baby Things

I'm so behind on baby gifts. I can't figure out why, but sewing hasn't appealed to me in such a long time. Maybe it's the tracing and cutting... those are my least favorite parts. The actual sewing part was actually nice these past few days.

New Conceptions 9-12m

So, the above outfit is about 4 months late... oops! Hopefully it will fit its intended recipient, the 9th child of one of my good internet friends. I met her when we were pregnant with our almost 11 year old girls! It's the New Conceptions Baby Essentials pattern that I like so much in size 9-12 months.

The below outfit is only a few weeks late. It's for a friend of Jay's who's wife just had their 4th baby. I made this one in size 3-6 months and am hoping the kid hasn't really chunked up yet!

New Conceptions 3-6m

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

For My Pretty Ballerina

This is a wrap top for Kenna. I made her a quickie one a few months ago just to try out the pattern and to see if she liked it and she's worn it ever since, so I thought it was time for a new one. Plus, she just got a new leo and leg warmers and the old one doesn't match :) This is from Ottobre 3/2006 and is made from black cotton lycra. I omitted the ribbon ties because she prefers to just tie the front.

Next up... Sweet Baby Things. Surprise, surprise, right? It has been a while! I've got a quilt in the works too!