Sunday, March 10, 2013

Birthday {Felt} Cupcakes

Are you a cupcake fan?  Me too!  Especially the felt kind :o).  This little half-dozen batch of cupcakes was made for a sweet four-year-old girl who invited us to her super cool and fun Pinkalicious themed birthday party.

If it helps you to get a sense of proportion, the ribbon is 1.5 inches wide.  I know you've seen me use this ribbon before and I'm sad to say that I'm running low on my stash!  I bought it's perfectly pleated goodness in the basement of a shop in Toronto about a decade ago and haven't seen any since.  Any ideas where I might find more?

Included in the gift was also a small table cloth (about 17x17) I made out of a half of a yard of purple cupcake fabric, six small napkins, and the little metal platter.

Word to the wise, if you ever decide to make small napkins, it's a great time saver to start with them all attached the long way (which is hard to explain, but easy to do) and then cut them apart before you press and sew the sides.

I think I finally figured out a good 'recipe' for the frosting.  

My five year old decide which poof colors to use with which felt colors.  They are hot glued on.

Inspired by some of the cool cats on Etsy, I picked up a treat box from the cake aisle of the craft store.  The girls decorated it with stickers.

Lots of fun for me, the girls, and hopefully the birthday princess!

I Have A Rule About Buying Pom Pom Trim

When you find it in the clearance bin for $.25/yard, buy it all!  You never know when you might need 20 yards of poms and you had better be ready.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Blogging {and sewing} Might Be A Bit Light

Hi Friends!  Just wanted to bop in and say that blogging might be a bit on the light side around here.  I will try, try, try, try! to get to the machine as often as I can, but I'm in one of those parenting seasons that poses a bit of a challenge.

Hey Mom, there's nothing in here to eat!

You see, I have a beautiful bouncing baby boy that is just tall enough to pull things off of tables....wet things, dry things, hot things, cold things, sharp get the picture.  I shudder at the very thought of using an iron within twenty feet of the dear child.  Alas, daytime sewing is off limits during his waking hours.

And then, there are my two little princess who love life so much they want to savor every moment -- especially the moments after lights-out when I would like to be sewing!  Oh ya'll, we've been clocking some pretty late nights around here...

all dolled up for Christmas last year

I do have a project, a birthday present, that needs to be finished by Saturday.  If, God willing, I get it done, I'll try to post a pic or two.

Please do still check in with me from time to time -- miraculous sewing opportunities might just pop up and brand me a liar!  I hope so!  But if they don't, know that I'll be thinking about this place and  dreaming of having enough energy to do some sewing.

If you have free hands and time, carry the sewing torch for me?

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Store Bought Clothing -- Inspiring Details

Some sewers, sewists?, are apt to criticize store bought clothing, but I'm not one of those people!  I love to look at ready made garments to learn about construction and get new inspiration.  Here are some delightful details from my own closets.

This Ann Taylor Loft skirt has inside-out decorative seams that are ingenious!

A lovely use for that scalloped embroidery stitch, don't you think?

These next pictures are of the inside of a child's coat.  Contrast binding!

Polka dots!

If the garment requires binding anyway, why not have some fun?

Contrast linings are fun too, come to mention it, but I don't have any in my closet.

The next set of pictures is of a summer dress with some pretty petite trim inset into the seams
This one is of the back bodice.

Subtle but interesting.
Time and talent went into this construction -- though I'm thinking nimble fingers created it in a fraction of the amount of time it would take me to do half as nice of a job!

(I found two of these dresses at Goodwill in just the right sizes.  Score!)

This last pic is of a pocket ruffle on the back of a pair of child's corduroys.

A bit of velvet trim and gathered fabric changes the whole look.

Oftentimes I'm in such a rush when I sew that I forget to invest a bit of thought into the details and that is such a shame!  Next time I have the opportunity to put together an item of clothing, I will definitely have to take it up a notch.  How about you?