Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Coming Soon...

Wow, it has been a while since I have posted. Life is hectic.

I am anticipating more free time as the holidays approach, so I made a couple of Black Friday internet purchases to prepare for a couple of projects that I have planned. I bought:

I splurged and got the regular and invisible zipper feet...

With my new purchases, I am going to try making my very first dress! I bought a pattern several weeks ago and have been itching to get started, but I promised myself that I would not start until I had time to finish... And, I am still a little afraid of zippers. I am going to practice my invisible zipper skills while making covers for the throw pillows on my BF's couch before I tackle the dress.

I am also going to try making a shirt from a jersey knit material. The twin ballpoint needle is for the hems.

Updates soon on these projects and more. What are you working on these days?

Saturday, November 12, 2011


I have reached the point in life where many of my friends are having babies. One friend had a little girl a couple of months ago. It was impossible to resist making something cute for her to wear. I found a pattern for adorable tiny baby booties.  (Why do we use extra adjectives when talking about baby stuff?) Get the pattern here.

I wanted to make sure that the baby had something to wear her shoes with, so I made her an appliqued onesie, as well.

Another friend has a Christmas due date. I made booties and matching onesies for her baby shower that I attended earlier today. I had to make a University of South Florida onesie; both of the parents-to-be are alums. Go Bulls!
The colors look different in the three photos, but it is the same fabrics. Promise. I got the idea for the tie from another blog, Crap I've Made. You can get the tutorial here.

In addition to a baby shower today, I also attended the first birthday party for my best friend's son. Using leftover fabric from the baby stuff, I made the birthday boy a shirt to wear for his party. Which do you think he loves more: the shirt or his cake?
I learned something new while making the birthday shirt. Sewing Tip Learned the Hard Way #3: Fabric stabilizer makes an applique on a knit fabric look so much cleaner and nicer. I used Sulky Totally Stable. (Well, I used it on the second half of the last project...better late than never!)