August 29, 2014

The Offbeat Oxford from Terra's Treasures

I tested this pattern for Terra's Treasures, but since I was assigned the long sleeve style, I decided to save it for back to school. It's the Offbeat Oxford. It's constructed like a regular Oxford shirt, with a few unique twists.


I've been trying to use my stash before I buy more fabric, and this was the only fabric I had that was boy appropriate and I had enough of it. It's pretty crazy, but I like the way it turned out.


Both the placket and the pocket have an asymmetrical wave. I also did the cuffs and the inner collar stand in a contrasting fabric.


I used snaps instead of buttons, which was much faster. Not that this shirt was a fast sew. But the details in it really make it look nice when you're done. 


Right now, all Terra's patterns are on sale for Labor Day. Check out her facebook page to get 40% off.

August 25, 2014

Sewing for Baby with a Rolled Hem Foot

My sewing machine came with a bunch of feet. I really only use the regular one, the zipper one, and the button hole one. Over a year ago, I looked them all up to see what the heck they were called. And that was as far as I got. Until now....

I made this bodysuit with the pattern from Stitchwerx. I thought it was cute, but a little too gender neutral. I wanted to girlie it up a little.

So I made a pair of Stitchwerx Essential Leggings with the ruffle hem to go with them. I don't have a serger, but that's where my rolled hem foot came in. I finished the ruffle bottom with my rolled hem foot. I couldn't find the link the tutorial I used, but just google ruffled hem foot tutorial and take your pick.


It's definitely not perfect, but it worked much better than it would have without the rolled hem foot.


I was on a roll (ha, ha), so I went to the Anytime at All Tee from Shwin Designs next. I added three rows of ruffles to the back, again finishing the edges with my rolled foot. This fabric was a heavier weight, and it worked really well if I do say so myself.


I didn't realize I could get edges like this with a regular sewing machine. Maybe I can go a little longer without that serger....



August 15, 2014

Baja Hoodie Take 2

So this is probably a little late in the summer to be posting this project. I finished them a little later than I originally planned to. Just in time for swimming lessons. But right now is a good time to find beach towels on clearance, so grab some now and save them for next year. This is a great way to use them!


I first made the Baja Hoodie for my son. This year I decided to make a couple for my girls. I decided to go up a size, so that they would last through next summer for them. This bigger size is perfect for when they're really cold. See below. Just don't try to walk when it's like that!


It's also great for playing with any dogs that happen to be around.


Since I made them out of the same towels, I used different colors of bias binding so I wouldn't have to constantly compare them to see which one was the bigger/smaller one. I also cut the bottom of the hoodie right on the hem of the towel to save time. That way, I didn't have to use the bias tape there.



Fabric: Towels from Wal-Mart

Binding: I made my own

August 11, 2014

Sunny Dress and Top Pattern Tour

Hi everyone! Welcome to the first day of the Sunny Dress Pattern Tour! The Sunny Dress was designed by Veronica of SewVery. You can find it here.

The pattern will be on sale during the tour (August 11-17) for 20% off with code SUNNY20. There is also a chance to win a copy. Scroll down to the end of the post and enter with Rafflecopter.


This dress was first released as a free pattern with only a couple of sizes during the Summer Sundress Series over at Melly Sews. I downloaded it right away because I loved the back. I was so excited when I had the chance to test it in a smaller size for my other little girl.


The front has a cute ruffle detail around the neck. You can also make it without a ruffle or as a top. Its a cutle little summer top, or you could easily layer it for fall (although, since it's slim fitting, you might want to go up a size for that-and then it would be perfect for next summer!)


Ta-da! She loves it too!


Here is the schedule for the rest of the week. You can check out all the different versions!
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August 05, 2014

DIY Kitty Pinata

First of all, I have to admit my epic fail with this pinata. It was supposed to be a specific kitty, but I was making it late the night before the party. And I was soooo tired, and I thought, I'll finish it up tomorrow. But then I had all the day-of preparations, and I realized after the kids had smashed up the pinata that I did something awful.

 I. Forgot. The. Bow.


So instead of being Hello Kitty, it is just Kitty. With pink and purple stripes on the side, which my daughter loved. So all's well that ends well. But I still wish it had a bow.


And here it is hanging up. Hours of work destroyed in about two minutes. It's worth it to see the delight on little faces though!


Here's how to make one.

I got all my supplies from the dollar store, so the total cost was about $6, plus some paper scraps for the face.

Note: I was inspired by this pinata and this one.

August 04, 2014

Persnickety Ruffle Sleeve Top Knock-Off

Hi everyone! I'm excited to be participating in the Knock it Off series over at Elegance and Elephants.



This is from the Persnickety Autumn Splendor line. I only had grey and white stripe, but I thought that would work too. And of course, what is a Persnickety knock-off without an over the top headband?


This top is on pre-order right now for $68. I made it with some fabric that I won from the Fabric Fairy, so it was 100% free, but with a yard of fabric, it would still be only about $10. Great deal! Hooray!


If you want to participate, there is a sew-along with two prizes awarded at random from the submissions to the Knock it Off Flickr group.  The prizes will be $100 and $50 gift certificates to Gold Star Tools.

Here's how I made my knock-off.

July 29, 2014

Nerd Alert: DIY Starwars Baby Bodysuits

Just to get this out there: yes, I am a Star Wars fan. And I am having a girl, but who says baby girls can't be Star Wars fans too? This one is going to be!

Using my Silhouette and some free stencils I found online, I made these bodysuits for her. Here is the Darth Vader stencil. And here is the Yoda stencil. The font was also free. You can find it here.


I've found that when cutting freezer paper with the Silhouette, it works best to cut with the shiny side up. That means when you go to iron it on your fabric, everything gets flipped. So make sure to mirror image your font in Silhouette Studio before you cut!


 The Darth Vader shirt says "Who's Your Daddy?" There is a story behind that for my husband and me. We met in physiology lab at the beginning of the winter semester. He had just gotten a (gag) gift of a shirt with a picture of sugar daddy candy on it and it said "Who's Your Daddy?" for Christmas. So his icebreaker was "Isn't this a great shirt?" And I thought "Poor awkward guy." So no, it wasn't love at first sight. But he did wear that shirt at the birth of our first child. He doesn't have it anymore, but now our little girl can have one that's (sort of) just like Daddy.


The other bodysuit was newborn size, so I had to make the words pretty dang small. But it says "Judge me by my size do you?"


And just in case the pink lettering isn't enough for people to realize she's a girl, I made a pink and black headband to match.