Thursday, March 22, 2012

Fabulous Fabrics

I tell ya.  The danger in loving fabric so much is that you are apt to fall head over heels for crazy expensive baby slings.

Isn't this Ergo Baby for Petunia Pickle Bottom Organic Baby Carrier in Peaceful Portofino divine?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring Tablecloth

Fresh, bright, and new!

I love the idea of welcoming spring with a new tablecloth.

One of these years, I'm going to celebrate each holiday by sewing up a tablecloth to match the season.

They are oh-so-simple to make by folding over the edges.  I don't even miter the corners, though I suppose you could if you wanted to get all fancy. 

They have all manner of gift potential (housewarming, wedding, Mother's Day) but is it just me or are tablecloths oddly personal?
You kinda gotta know a person before you can go bestowing a handmade tablecloth on them.

Narrow fabric widths don't really make it possible to create full-size tablecloths, but decorative square tablecloths are easy enough to create.  (This particular tablecloth is for an island counter.)

Now, all we're missing is a set of matching napkins....and some Ric Rac.

Ahhh, the sweetness!

Another Nursing Cover

I finally threw one together for myself.

With such unseasonably delightful March weather, a lighter covering was in order!

It only took me a million hours in the fabric store to pick out this print.  The people watching me bounce around with my fussy two-month-old must have thought I was making something pretty darn important for it to require all of that deliberation.

Isn't it perfect though?  You know, in an understated, classic gray polka dot sort of way?  It has a lovely sheen, too, almost like a sateen.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

More "Dress Up" Clothes of the Catholic Variety

While I don't have any boys old enough to dash around in priest capes pretend play Mass, I do have a two-year-old girl more than willing to model this kid-sized vestment which will be heading south to a godson (and nephew) of mine whose birthday is coming up soon. (It is too large for her, btw.)

I stole this boy gift idea from a friend. (Is this what you have in mind Meg?)  Hard to find kid vestments out in the market these days!

The elaborate roll collar wasn't exactly planned, but hopefully you can't tell?  I had cut the neck hole too big for a simple bias binding and the roll collar came to my rescue.

Can't have vestments without a stole...

I wised up this time around and chose a cotton blend fabric with a wee less wrinkle in it.  Launders up beautifully!


Anybody up for a sewing trick?  Two words for you, my friends....

Painter's. Tape.

It's a sewing staple around here,  I use it to mark out guidelines.

Super fast, easy, and effective!  Great for people who are too lazy don't feel like using pins and markers, or for people who find it unsafe to leave sewing supplies out and about where little people might snatch them up and get creative.  My ZouZou, for example, thinks pins are for filling up holes in sewing machines.

Never a dull moment around here.

Wishing you equally exciting sewing adventures!