Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I need these.

These are Merino Wool Jersey’s from Wow. I bought a swatch a while ago of the Passion Pink and it’s really nice. Like, really. Really. Nice. I also have a 10% discount that they sent via my email. The coupon code is KNITS111. I’m not sure if they don’t think I’m buying enough or what.


Merino Wool Jersey Knit Cognac 

Merino Wool Jersey Knit Ivy 

Merino Wool Jersey Knit Iguana

Passion Pink
Merino Wool Jersey Knit Passion Pink

I may wait until they go on sale a bit more. Even with 10% off they are spendy ($19.98/yard!!) for a cheap frugal person like me.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Whew. I’m done tuckered out.


I finished my first marathon yesterday and I’m tired. Bone tired.  

I finished in 4:05 which is a bummer because I wanted to hit that 4:00 hour mark. I’m trying to console myself knowing I was the 4th in my age group (there were only 20-ish of us) and 31th overall for women in the marathon (there were 140 or so of us ladies).


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Cool Tutorial for Those of Us Sewing for Little Girls

I was just reading Pam’s tutorial on making washable “silk” flowers to add as embellishments on little girls’ clothes. Why, had I never thought of adding these to my girls’ clothes?? Well, duh. My mother thinks I’m so creative. HA! I just know how to sew. Creative I am not.

Anyhoo, here’s the link. You don’t even have to sew your own clothes (Robyn in Fairbanks), you can just add them to anything. And such a simple idea I never thought of . . .

I also added it to my blog tutorials over on the right side of this page.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Butterick 5634 Ruffled Dress

I saw this pattern the last time I was at JoAnn’s and couldn’t resist. I finally got around to finishing it.



I made view B/C with the self-fabric belt.




I really like how it turned out. I used a fabric I’ve had in stash for a few years. It was one that my then-husband bought me to make him a shirt. I figure this is a better use of it. This is one of those A/B, C, D cup patterns. It’s interesting to look at the difference between the A/B and the D.



One funny thing is I was at JoAnn’s looking for a long blue zipper. When I came home, I looked in my zipper stash and a navy long zipper appeared out of nowhere. I really like how fitted the back is and I made zero adjustments.


Here’s a better picture of the fabric.



Here’s the nostril shot. Lovely, eh? Once I sewed on the ruffles, I flattened them with the iron so they weren’t so puffy. The V looks really crooked here but it’s not this bad for really. I do think it’s just a tad off but you can see from the top picture, that it doesn’t look like this.

School starts tomorrow (ack!) and I’m wearing this. I’m not really excited too much.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Double Duvets–Pink and Black Edition

I’ve actually been sewing! My last blog post was the pink and black cabinets I recently refinished for my girls’ room. They had comforters but they were reversible blue-tan ones. I bought four twin flat sheets from Target and sewed them together to make two duvets. I finished them off with black buttons to go along with the color scheme. I made a 10” overlap on the top so the buttons weren’t right in their faces. Can you believe how much duvets are? Even with bargain shopping, they are $30 and up. These ones, made from sheets, are about $14.


Here are the new duvets on the bunk beds. You can see that I still haven’t put on the knobs for the nightstand. It’s been so rainy I haven’t been able to paint anything.


I used my Greist buttonholer. Love that thing.



It makes beautiful buttonholes.


A picture from the park the other day. Aren’t they getting big?



Next up? I’ve been working on a dress. Yes, really, a dress.