Sunday, December 30, 2012

sewing some long arm shirts for my daughter (or trying to do so)

was on my to do list for a long time.
Unfortunately, this list is unbelievable long :-)

But by now she is old enough that I can sew for a short time while she is playing around me.

So today, while cooking, I made this shirt for her.

The pattern is a german basic sewing pattern I purchased for a steal price during december:

not so bad, but the pattern is not really flattering for her toddler tummy...

I wanted to make a Raglan shirt for a long time - I love the look and they are very comfy to wear.
So when I saw yesterday that Laura from "Ellie inspired" hat an offer for her play ball Shirt (all of her patterns are still on sale! , I decided to  buy it. I love the conceptional design her patterns - all the basic informations she provides, the supply informations, and the format she choose, like a small book. Very comfortable to work with.

Look what I produced with her pattern:

How did the shirt became a dress / tunic?

I love to add an extra inch to the seam of the shirt, so they are not too short ( I hate to short, tummy revealing shirts). I think this extra inch was the first error I made. And then: I didn't fold over the seam twice, but only once (I don't like bulky seams). Making the addition, there are about 2 inches I "added", and if you take them away, the tunic becomes a shirt again.

I have to admit that I was even thinking about making the shirt in a size 3 instead of a size 2, so that it will fit a while. Luckily, I didn't do it *lol*

I think about adding a little bit of embellishment to the dress so that it doesn't look like a nightgown any more *g*

But the fit is really good.

Don't you like the cute deer fabric? I found it on etsy, it is a four half yard bundle, and I made these two shirts with about half the amount I bought. So there is more to come :-)

Next position on my endless to do list: a fleece jacket for my son, and some shirts. Hope they don't turn out as dresses as well. Not sure he would wear them *g*

Sunday, December 23, 2012

merry christmas the german-american way

In Germany, the most important Christmas day is the 24th.
And so our main celebration and the "Bescherung" (the gift giving) will be today.
Usually, the family gathers in the afternoon, and our family always went to church to see the nativity play in which our daughter paricipated for 6 years in a row, then we had "Kaffee und Kuchen" (coffee and cake), a tradition my american friends can't really appreciate, then the "Weihnachtsmann" (Santa Claus) came to bring the presents for the kids. Unfortunately, he sometimes came while we where still in church.

As usually, we will trim our tree in the morning of the 24th. But I think, next year we will go with the american way and set it up in the beginning of december. It just makes more sense to me :-)

So my kids are looking forward to a lot of presents tomorrow afternoon, and then to filled stockings on the morning of the 25th. They appreciate all things american that mean even more presents :-)

I didn't make a lot of handmade christmas gifts this year, I was just too busy working. But that's okay with me.

For a friend I made an "owl beauty pillow" last week, I knew she would love it, and it is such fun to make it:

It is embellished with woven ribbon and pompom fringe, and on the bag it has a pocket on the back  to store some secrets or an iPod:

(Just in case you think you have already seen this, it was in an Ottobre magazine this year)

And for our favorite neighbors, and Tessas gymnastic teacher, I made some angels (embroiderd in the hoop) and added some candy in nice bags:

I plannend on making at least 5 more for more of our neigbors, but I think it depends on how early my daughter will wake up tomorrow if I will still make it or not :-)

I wish you all merry christmas,
thanks so much for stopping by

Friday, December 21, 2012

Seeking a friend for the end of the world

I assume it is not to late yet, as we have 12.30 am PST and I am still alive.

So, if I am right, go and get this movie out of a red box or or where ever you can find it:

Seeking a friend for the end of the world.

Saw it this evening with my hubby - just in case :-)

Totally loved it. Great actors, wonderful story, so much fun.

Great to forget about all stuff that has to be done until christmas.

Have a wonderful, peaceful fourth Advent (the last weekend before christmas).
I think we all need a lot of peace this weekend. No more dead kids, please.
My heart goes out to the families in Newtown who will have their worst christmas ever. The first of many.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

small presents

Every time  I have to come up with a small present, I go back to a beloved pattern:

Lieselotte Hoppenstedt.

I really love the clean form of this pouch, and the pattern is as versatile as the pouch itself. You can make it of one fabric or two, add embroidery and or woven ribbon (if you are German, always take both *g*).

Today  I made one for Tessas beloved day care teacher:

I hope she will like it!

Up to some last minute gifts, too? Have a productive week :-)

pattern: Lieselotte Hoppenstedt / Farbenmix (available in english too!)
fabric: isso ecco by Lecien, corduroy by sew mama sew (2011)
woven ribbon: Farbenmix

Friday, December 14, 2012

Did you know...

that Sweat Fleece is not stretching?

I didn't. I just thought that Fleece is strechting, Sweat is stretching, so Sweat Fleece would be too.

But that explains why my five year old now has a really hot pant:

And why it wasn't a good idea to take a fitted girls pant pattern anyway *lol*

it should have been a comfy sweat pant. Obviously, it is not.

I wasn't under a lucky star, as, after reopening the basting and attaching the front and neck band, I ended up with this result for my christmas tunic dress:

yuck! Don't know what went wrong.
But I have to ripp all the seams open again and give it a new try.

These are the moments I think about selling my sewing machine and buying industrial manufactured cloths instead.

Have a great weekend

Monday, December 10, 2012

no time, no sew

Really, I have no time to sew at all at the moment.
And I had so much to do....

Nevertheless, I decided to participate in a (german) christmas dress sew along this year. And it is not for the kids, it is for ME!

I think the last piece I sew for me was made in what? June?
Now it's my term!

If it wasn't for the sew along, I would have a new UFO by now - no time, you now! But the sew along keeps me going

Today, I basted the dress so I could try it on - wanna have a glimpse?

I love it!

I bought the wonderful Amy Butler Cameo Voile at the cyber monday sale at the Intrepid Thread - 3 yards of voile for less then 30 bucks. I really love this fabric.

Now I have to reopen the basting (sigh - it looks and feels so finished already) - after working, cooking,  homework, chores... working again.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tea collection wrap dress knock off

I do love the style of tea collection.

If I would have the money, my youngest would wear the whole collection. Unfortunately, she is the youngest of four, so I am not able to spend 30 Dollars on a tiny dress in size 2. Especially as she herself doesn't care if she wears some stylish brand or Walmart or Thrift store. So no excuses to buy expensive stuff :-(
My favorite dress is the wrap dress. If available, I would buy it in my size, too.

Then I found a pattern on the Internet. And thought: That... could be it...

I had to make some alterations, and I am not done yet, but have a look:

La piece de resistance:

and my knock off:

next time I gonna make the neckband wider, and I think, then I will be where I want to be :-)
Next time I will have a look around for some tea collection style fabric too. I know I already have some in my washer room.

pattern: Lieblingstunika (favorite tunic), only available in german
fabric: German interlock

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Up to date :-)

Did you see the beautiful tablerunner on Ellison lane today?

Guess what I was working on the last days? Yes, a table runner! Okay, mine is not as sophisticated as that one (I love it!), but my whole family liked it. All kids, boys and girls, and my husband. Never happend to me before....

This was my first time quilting in 3/4 inch wide stripes across the quilt. Not sure if I will ever do it again *g*
I only quilted top and batting, and then sew together top and backing right side on right side, leaving an opening to turn out. I love the modern, sleek look without binding! What is just another way to admit that I am not very good in bindings either.

Next table runner is already in work - this one will need a washing each other day, I am sure.


fabric: Joy charmpack by Kate Spain for moda
backing: Leftover of a JoAnns fabric from last year

Friday, November 16, 2012

First try

The first try with a new sewing pattern is always extcing - could be good, could be a major waste of time.

I love this pattern, but will have to make some adjustments the next time.
And avoid some technical errors.

But I love the pictures I took from my daughter.
She is not quite a great model, but it makes me laugh:

I needed all this pictures so I can discuss my errors with my online sewing group.
I think my fault was that I did not stretch the fold over elastic enough. And this special one might be to heavy for the fabric.

Next week, next try *g*

Have a great weekend

pattern & knit fabrics: german (Erbsenprinzessin and emmeline-design).
Please feel free to ask for further details.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Two caps...

for my younger children.
We had a lantern parade, a typical german thing to do on November 11th.
If you want to participate in one, check out the announcements at the german saturday schools in your area, I am sure you will find one (next year *g*).

Even in California, there is sometimes need for a cap, because it can be windy and cool-ish.

I didn't sew this pattern for a long time, and I was to lazy to read the instructions again.
cap Nr. 1 will go into the dumpster ASAP:

number two turned out really well:

Guess who likes to wear his cap and who takes hers of every ten seconds?

Both had a lot of fun:

pattern: klimperklein

fabrics: all knits, imported from Germany.

Monday, November 5, 2012

I didn't make anything for halloween.

I mean, I did not sew anything for Halloween.
It was just not important enough for me to use my rare time to make a costume for one day....

But I made a handmade birthday gift today, for a friend of my daughter's:

Pouch with Zipper, the pattern is Lieselotte Hoppenstedt by Farbenmix, the main fabric is Tula Pink turtle bay olive (Prince Charming).
The woven ribbon is by Farbenmix, too,
and the name is embroidered by machine (I love my embroidery machine!)

And as a dear coworker, who is always carsharing with me, had her birthday saturday, I gave her a zipper pouch to and inside was a large shopping bag - we will have the new law charging for paperbags in January, too (finally!!!) so I think she might have good use of it.

these are two wonderful Lecien fabrics (Isso ecco series), the same great linen/cotton quality as Kokka fabric, and you get the prints for about 6.50 Dollar now - a yard!
I ordered mine in this etsy shop - it was here after two days only, and every request of mine (more? even more?) was answered in instants....

Have a great week,

Thursday, October 25, 2012

hand made birthday gift

I made a doll carry cot for my daughters baby.
She loves to carry it around and often snuggles it in whatever she finds - teatowls, quilts, blankets, or even (used) cleaning cloths *yak*

So I thought this might be a good idea.

I own an ottobre magazin, with a pattern inside:

I won't lie to you: it was a pain.
I really hate this o so short how tos in the Ottobre. No pictures, no explications, just a lot of guessing.
I made it, though - using my own way sometimes because I just couldn't get what I was supposed to do:

I hope she will like it an leave my cleaning cloths alone :-)

 corduroy : sewmamasew (last year)
lining: Lecien / folkheart

Birthday girl

but Friday my litlle daughter turns 2.

Last year she had a birthday dress made with "Children at play" by Sarah Jane.

So, this year, guess what? I choose "Out to sea" by Sarah Jane. I really love this fabric series.

The dress is done, just the buttons on the back are still missing. Tomorrow is another day :-)

Monday, October 15, 2012

I would be able to scream: Done!

But I can't, just because I ran out of thread.

4 inches before being finished.

It just soooooo mean:

and I don't have any similar thread at home.
So, trip to J tomorrow.

For the back, I used some Anna Maria Horner little folks flannel.

Just the best for the doll :-)

(I bought this flannel in Germany (!) about 2 years ago for my daughters receiving blanket, and  I have only a mere half yard left).

Friday, October 12, 2012

I just couldn't stop...

... and went on until midnight.

This is my favorite arrangement for the blogs. I think.

the good thing about it: I am done. I don't need more blogs for the doll quilt.

the bad thing about it: I am done. It was so much fun, I would love to go on.

I followed the suggestion and made fussy cuts for the middle:

Farbenmix: Eulenreigen (corduroy)

Monica Lee: Now we are goin places

Riley Blake: Hoos in the forest

Farbenmix: Flora Fox

Farenmix Flipies

Kate Spain: Terrain

fortune cookie from a San Francisco fabric 

I already now which fabric I will use for the back, I have some Anna Maria Little Folks flannel left ( from my daughters receiving blanket). So I gonna have a head start :-)