Tuesday, March 31, 2009

NYR #10, Spring Shirt

It's been a long time since I've made any clothes for myself so I decided to sew this top from Simplicity's Pattern #2892 as my NYR #10. The pattern was on sale at Joanns (only $2!) and the fabric from SewMamaSew was purchased with a gift card from Zuni (thank you!).
I just love the gathered neckline with the little ruffle at the top!
Now if only the weather would cooperate and I could wear my creation. Will Spring temperatures EVER arrive?!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

NYR #9, Judy's Cushion

Judy recently commissioned me to recover the cushion pictured below.
This cover was looking a little sad and she wanted to change the fabric to match the recent design and color changes she'd made in her room.
I took this shot to show how the cushion looked when it was completed. Then I called my husband to come and see my work. He sweetly pointed out to me that the curved part was probably the back of the cushion (DUH!) and that I put the velcro on the straight (i.e. FRONT) part of the cushion.
A quick call to Judy confirmed that I am in fact a moron and I had sewn the cushion incorrectly. The good news was that the pieces were all sized correctly so I just needed to rip up the seams, re-position the side piece, and re-sew the top and bottom pieces to the side. The bad news was that I had to rip up the seams, re-position the side piece, and re-sew the top and bottom pieces to the side piece.
Now, did I take another shot of my completed work? No I did not. In case you didn't read above, I am a moron.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

American Sewing Guild

I just joined the American Sewing Guild. More on that to come.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

NYR #8, Dishtowels

Both my Christmas and Birthday wishlists this past year included dishtowels. Seeing as that is probably the third most boring gift ever (the #1 and #2 most boring gifts are the ones my dad always asks for - socks and undershirts), no one has bought me any dishtowels.
So to show everyone how serious this request was, I sewed two of them out of some Hickory Chair discontinued fabric samples (the patterns were printed on vintage linen!). I have many more discontinued fabric samples from my days at Designers Gallery so perhaps there will be more dishtowels in the future.
For now, I am loving these two... and I can officially remove dishtowels from my wishlists.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

NYR #7, Wedding Album

This week, I finally finished my wedding album. Let's not talk about how I got married over six years ago.
The most pathetic part is that Kim, my amazing wedding photographer, sent me a bunch of pages from a sample album she had made for her clients so all I had to do was mount them on pages in my own album. Yet, it took me over a year to get around to doing this. I love this spread with the pictures in front and pictures of the cake and table decor in grey scale in the background. Did I mention that Kim is AWESOME?
To my credit, I did do a few extra pages of my own. They were compilations of the group shots. The best part of getting this project done has been reliving the memories of our wedding day. And now if anyone asks us what it was like, I can show them the pictures!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

More Burp Cloths

I made a six piece set of burp cloths in these ribbon colors for two of my friends who are having babies soon. Cute, no? In other news, can all my friends with babies/kids stop having birthdays for them already? I've gotta get some of my own sewing done! Rock still has no curtains in his room!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Scissor Holder

Because she has a subscription herself, my sister was offered an additional free subscription to Martha Stewart's Living. She gave it to me(!) and I have been surprised at how many easy and practical ideas I've gotten from this in the past 3 months!
For example, they suggested using a knife rack as an easy place to store items that you use frequently. Genius! In my crafting closet, I need to have my scissors, measuring tape, and a few other items at the ready.
And we had an old knife rack that had no home in our kitchen! So, VOILA!
I can't tell you how nice it is to have these guys within reach at all times. Thank you Martha and thank you Sarah!
And yes, I cleaned up my sewing area just for this picture. It's been a mess as I've been putting it to good use with all the baby/kid gifts I've been making. And I may have a few new tricks up my sleeve. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Quick Survey! Which bookcase arrangement do you like best?
#1: I call it "Three Fourths"
#2: I call it "Monochromatic"
#3: I call it "Organized Chaos"
Leave a comment and vote for your favorite!

Monday, March 2, 2009

More Kimonos

Once again, the kimono top pattern from Habitual has come in handy for a gift! This time, I made it for Annabelle's first birthday gift.
Yes, this is the same fabric and bias tape that I used for Sophia's shirt. I thought perhaps they could take a cousins picture together sometime.
And Rock wanted me to remind you that even if Mom's in the middle of a photo shoot, that's no excuse not to get your daily dose of reading!
And just for kicks, I made her this cute red and white version too. It reminds me of strawberries.
This way if she doesn't want to match her cousin she can rebel and put this on.