Monday, March 26, 2012

What I made today...

 Purple Tutu
This was made from a pair of pants that I cut apart and pieced into a dress.

It ended up being a little shorter than I had wanted so I added a ruffle on the bottom

I really like the pockets in the back
 Red Jumper
This was actually made from a pair of overalls that had holes in the knees.

I cut off the pants and then added little ruffles around the legs. I still need to get some matching buttons, it's just pinned together for the picture.
 Blue Short overalls
Simple spring dress with bolero jacket

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

More dress pics

 Well, I started with a dress that looked like this...
 Then I added some decorative trim around the hem, added a decorative bow, and made this jacket to match.
I then decided that I hated the bow and the jacket.

So this is what the dress looks like today...
front: I'm still not completely in love with this bow. I am trying to do something simple/understated so it doesn't take away from the jacket...


front with jacket

jacket up-close. I still need to add some type of fastener to the jacket like a button or bow or something.

back with jacket

back of jacket
Anyway, it is now done, except for the button on the jacket and perhaps a different bow on the dress front.

Monday, March 19, 2012


I just wanted to take a moment to share with all you people who keep telling me I'm talented. Here is the real truth, I'm not. Did you notice this little guy in my last post?

 That, my friends is my seam ripper (I call him Fred). Without him, none of my creations would have ever happened. If you knew how long it takes me to complete a project and how many times I have to take things apart and start over, you would not think I'm talented at all, patient and persistent perhaps, but talented not so much. 

All kidding aside, I got a new seam ripper a while back and I LOVE it! Trust me, if you are anything like me, this is an item that is worth spending a little extra money for and learning how to use. I feel that I should also note that they are very sharp. Since my daughter cut herself with my rotary cutter, I have been EXTRA careful with my sewing supplies.

Turn an old sweater into a dress

This morning I saw this old sweater hanging in my closet and thought, "that would be a cute little dress"

So I laid the sweater out on the floor and placed one of Brianna's dresses on top.

I traced around the dress with a pencil. A fabric marker probably would have worked better, but I don't have one.
Next I cut the pieces out making sure to keep the ribbing around the hood in tact.
I then cut the sleeves the same way, by placing the other dress on top and cutting to the length I wanted. I cut them a little longer than the other dress because I want to be able to roll them up.
Then I put the right sides together and sewed the side seams. I used a 1/4" seam allowance because it's knit and I knew it would roll/fray.
I actually had to take this seam out because it was crooked. Note: ALWAYS USE PINS!!!! Especially when working with knit fabrics!
Next I sewed the sleeves in.

And this is the completed sleeve.
This is what I have so-far.  Next I pinned the hood in where I wanted it to go and trimmed the ribbing to fit the new smaller neck/hood.
Again, I used LOTS of pins to hold it together and sewed the hood in place.
And here is the finished dress. This was so quick and easy. I can't wait for Brianna to try it on!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Easter dress for Lily

Several days ago I posted this picture on Facebook asking for ideas on how to make it cuter...
This is what it looks like today...
I don't have thread that matches the flower border so it's just pinned right now.
I just pinned this bow on to make the front look less plain but I will be putting something cuter...I'm just not sure what it will be yet...
I got this knit fabric that has a pattern to make this jacket thingy. I am really not lovin' it. I think the sleeves are the reason I don't like it. In my mind, they were going to be soft, light, and flowy (is that a word?) I think they are too short and too big...maybe. Anyway, something is weird, and I think I'm just going to just start over with a plain knit fabric.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Peasant top/cropped pants

Well, here is what I made today...

 I got this fabric from the discount/remnant spot at Joann's as well.
 I really like the top, but I think the pants look like those Scrub things that nurses/Dr's wear.
 I added little bows on the side to reinforce the seam and to try to make them look cuter.

This is the back, it's pretty much the same as the front.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Ruffle Diaper Cover

I spent about half of the day trying to get this diaper cover to work.

 I loved the pattern, but I didn't want to have any open seams. After a LOT of taking apart and trying over, I think it turned out pretty cute.
 At Joann's, they have this bin (shelf?) full of random remnants that a marked down to be pretty cheap. That's where I found this fabric. I love the print. The yellow is some stuff I had leftover from some other project.
 Once again, I used this tutorial/pattern. I made a few adjustments to the pattern and added a cute little pocket.
 It is really bugging me that the buttons don't match the dress...I will probably be changing that....
So, this is the first item I have completed to sell in my shop. Hopefully, I will be able to make the diaper cover quicker next time...


 I haven't been feeling so great the past couple of days so I decided to get my knitting out. Benjamin got home from school, saw what I was doing and said, "Hey, you can do that same thing what Grandma Sani does! 'Cept she does it with 1 hooker and you do it with 2!" Yup, me and my 2 hookers, we're tight!

I used safety pins instead of placeholders because I don't have any.
 I purchased a pattern off Etsy that was supposed to be Newborn size.
 I was planning to sell it as a blessing dress, but it turned out WAY too small. So right now, Brianna has it on her baby and that's probably where it will stay.
 I had a lot of fun making this, I forgot how much I enjoy knitting. Josh's Grandma taught me to knit when I was pregnant with Benjamin. I am still pretty new at it and I don't think I would be confident enough to sell something I made so it's probably a good thing this turned out too small.