ruby dress and top

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I’m in love.  I found the Ruby Dress and Top pattern on Made by Rae.  This is a PDF download.  No waiting in the mail.  I used the video tutorial for the yoke.  Love.  So much love that I made two dresses and a top.  I have another top cut out and waiting.  There are only three pieces to cut, so the simplicity of this pattern is very appealing.  Each item took me about two hours.  Saturday, while Nick was outside with kids most of the day, I made the two dresses and cut out the tops.  Sunday I made the top.

The last thing to do was to whip stitch the bodice.  I did the dresses Saturday night while watching TV, Sunday night for the top.  This was not included in the sewing time I mentioned.  Still, three garments in two days is pretty great.  I have never sewn anything for myself that looked this professional.  I have experience with gathering and bodice yokes, so that helped me greatly, but the outcome is thrilling.  Did I mention that I LOVE this?

The top is made of fabric that was given to me.  It’s vintage.  Yellow dress is Walmart $1/yard fabric I bought years ago.  The last dress is made of Amy Butler Daisy Chains and scrap blue that I think I also got for $1 per yard. (I have used this blue for Desmond’s Treasure Pocket Pants last year.  Pattern is found in Sewing for Boys.)

No zippers or buttons!  Hurray!  I’m am definitely not good at those skills yet.

Another feature I love about this pattern is that you can use any sort of fabric.  Woven, knit, silks, voile- anything works.  Different fabrics can make this look casual or dressy.  Very versatile look as well.

I love shopping in my fabric stash, don’t you?  Really.  Make this.  I receive no perks for pushing this pattern, except that any reader who makes this will be very pleased.  From one friend to another, you won’t be disappointed.

 

sewing frenzy

Lately I’ve been on a sewing frenzy.  I am working on clearing out my mending pile.  I’ve completed most of the projects I started and never finished.  I even started and completed new projects.

So far, I completed the following projects:

Four maxi skirts (a black one is not pictured)

One T-shirt skirt (not pictured)

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One patched pair of jeans

One April Bag

We have been experiencing lots of yucky wind, so I’ll be hitting up the sewing machine lots more this week.

What are you sewing?  What’s on your wish list?  My husband has been asking for a shop apron.  I think that is coming soon.  I do believe it’s time to finish Josie’s birthday quilt.  I thought I’d finish it last August.  :/  I have bad timing.  I admit it.

 

 

a project for the year

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I have fallen in love…with a book. Have you ever done that? The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt is the read in which I speak.

Their letters recorded in this book, are responses to a magazine inquiry in the 1920s.  The magazine asked it’s readers if they would wish their own daughters to marry into the life they are currently living.

The warm letters are written in such a way that I fall more in love with this life just by reading them.  An added bonus, is that on each page is a quilt block inspired by the detailed descriptions of the letters.  It also came with a CD for 106 paper piece templates, and instructions for assembly for lap-size to King-size blankets.

This is my project for the year (or perhaps years) to come.

Do you have any grande plans for crafting in 2013?  What are they, do share.

sewing mama

Just before Christmas I learned a new sewing skill or two.  My very sweet neighbor taught me four quilting techniques.

Paper piecing:

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All Piece Quilting:

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Applique: (the hearts shown)

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I’ve sneaked down the street a few times as of late.  Not only is her house draped with decades of beautiful quilts, but it’s silent.  It’s good for mama to escape into quiet moments now and then.  Just cheerful chatter and the humming of a sewing machine can refresh even a most filled and exhausted mind, such as this one.

What have you been stitching?

more, yes more, baby pants

It’s that time again.  The time where Desmond is growing and needed more pants.  That’s all I seem to make anymore.  Baby pants, baby pants, baby pants.  Ahhh.  I need more skirts and home sewing in my life don’t I?

These pants are improvised, using some vintage fabric that was given to me. I was also given the elastic…so these were free.  I like free clothes!

Possibly more pants to come…or maybe skirts.  Just to switch it up a bit.

P.S.  I have discovered the iPhone touch.  I know it’s a little late, but I am loving the FREE app Sewing Kit lite.  I have measured and stored all the kids so I always have it with me, whether I’m sewing or buying fabric.  I’m slowly moving into the 21st century– at a turtle’s pace I might add ;)

sewing snippets: Finish a seam without a serger

I don’t have a serger.  I would love a serger, but it’s not in the budget.  Sewing pants for babies and PJ’s for myself has taught me something important.  Strong seams are very important.  No one wants to split their pants.  No one.

I’m not sure if I completely made up this technique or if I just thought of it also.  I haven’t ever seen this anywhere, so I thought I’d share it here.  Instead of stitching over the same place twice, I fold the seam over and sew it again.  I love this because (like a serged edge) it doesn’t become a unraveling mess.  I have used pinking shears and still get a tangle of seam after multiple washings.

This is also a super strong seam.

I hope that helps you in your Handmade Christmas sewing.  If you’ve seen this before please leave a link in the comments box.  I would love to see if anyone has a different variation.

I used the ruler to show you that you fold the seam INWARD before you finish the seam.

Your finished seam.
Here's the other side of the finished seam. See how closely the stitches are?

I sure hope this helps you as much as it does me.