Pattern Challenge: McCalls 5919

February 27, 2010 at 11:12 am | Posted in sewing | 2 Comments
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I’m so glad to get one more project accomplished on my to do list.  A friend of ours is having their second child anytime now and I wanted to make something special for child number one.  The older sibling sometimes gets a little forgotten at these times so I wanted to be able to present her with a gift when we brought something for the baby.  It’s a special time in her life too afterall.

I use to sew clothes all the time.  Blazers, dresses, even my own wedding dress.  Yes, one day I will purchase a scanner and be able to post it all.  Over the last few years of renovating I have turned my attention to home projects.  I sew drapery, blinds, slip covers, duvet covers, and lots of pillows for myself and clients.  I have a stash of oh I don’t know…100 patterns.  Maybe more, and I ‘ve given away about the same quantity.   I use to work at a fabric store and when there was discontinued patterns they let us take them.  It wasn’t unusual to drag home one or two huge bags packed with patterns.  Hoarders?  Ya, maybe a little.  I have given many away as styles and ambitions changed.

It has been good lately to get back to garment sewing if only on smaller simpler projects like the sundress from OYW and this  little tunic above.  I think joining the Pattern Challenge really helped me to get motivated.  I especially like sewing for kids.

As for a review of this pattern, I’ve done so on Pattern Review here.

Friday night “Sew-In”

February 20, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Posted in decorating | 1 Comment
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Well the sew- in turned into a project-in, but that’s okay.  I felt really good about getting these projects  completed.  I hung twp roman blinds.   They are my Ikea hack.  There is a really good website where you can find many more creative hacks here, but this is my hack.  I bought these Ikea curtains and made them into blinds. Not extremely clever, but it solved my problems.

I’m only showing one because the other is exactly the same.  I need to add weight rods, they are a little bit slouchy just yet.

I also worked on framing and hanging a collection of arrowheads and a picture of the farm where the arrowheads were found.

I’m really happy how this grouping turned out.  The shelf holds some artifacts found on the same farm.  One of the arrowheads was actually found on our farm here in Bobcaygeon.   These were my father-in-laws and they have been left to my husband.  I pinned short descriptions under each arrowhead as to where it was found, by whom and when.  I’m glad I joined this “sew-in” even if I didn’t sew this time.  I do have a little more room in my sewing room though and maybe I can get at the next round of projects a little easier.

Putting another job to bed

February 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Posted in decorating | 3 Comments

Here it is.

I’m  happy with how this project has turned out.  I’ve raised the bed a little to give myself more storage underneath. Scrapbooking  gear will find a home under there.   (I just made you say underwear) .  Never mind me.

I had these little cross stitched dog pictures in my mudroom.  The mudroom is a little over decorated.  I crime I will admit to wholeheartedly.  I like them in this new place.  Moving them has been like purchasing them all over again.  This might be a revelation for me.  I could save hundreds of dollars moving my stuff around.

There are a few touch ups to do since hauling this beast upstairs resulted in a couple of bumps and bangs.  Oh well, the list gets shorter…then longer again.  That’s life.

I’m also very happy with the pillows.  I’m still rethinking sheet colour though.  I’d love white but, husband is hard on white.  Ummm. Maybe I could use white pillows and train him to remove them before bedtime. ?

I need a bed skirt and have been researching this.  A tailored white skirt seems to be the one for me.  I’ll likely be unhappy with the quality of pre-made skirts I can afford, so I’ll be putting yet another item on my to make list. Luckily the fabric store nearby is having a huge sale and price shouldn’t be an issue.  Time is the issue, because I’ve formally agreed to putting the house on a local house tour.  I keep putting them off every year, but this is it.  I figure it will push me to get things done.  Many many things done.

A Sundress Rant

February 14, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Posted in sewing | 6 Comments
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I should rejoice in the fact that she will still wear something I make.  This is a cute little dress that looks good with jeans, shorts or as a short dress for summer.

We found the pattern in One Yard Wonders.  It is called the Simply Beautiful Sundress.   We searched for a few minutes for the skirt pattern piece and then realized it is cut from directions.  Not a problem.  There are only two other pattern pieces for this dress, a bodice front and back.  Very simple, but we had a few problems.  I learned how to sew from the major pattern companies and I am use to their methods.  I like the marked pattern pieces that tell you where side seams are, give you notches to match up and etc.  This has none of that.  What was confusing was the diagrams that don’t follow what I feel the written directions are saying.  The diagram shows the back and front bodice pieces being attached to the skirt at the front.  It looks as if the back is backless?  I used what little common sense I have and assumed the seam where the front and back bodice are attached together would be the side seam and that these should match with the side seams of the skirt.  An elastic is attached and it is a little strange too.  The directions tell you to mark it in quarters and attach to the dress.  I assume this means front, side seam, back and side seam.  The elastic is pulled more on the back and less on the front.  I guess this is to allow for booty.  A little more fullness at the back?  Makes sense but this should be shown or explained.  Lastly,  it directs  you to topstitch to hold this seam allowance down towards the skirt.  Topstitch on a gathered seam?  This would look messy .  I can’t see topstitching on the one in the picture.  It’s  patterns like this that make me appreciate the back views and line drawings that the big pattern companies have.

We got lucky and happened to have a great match for the bias tape.  The fabric is Amy Butler Midwest Modern Ohio Sky.  It was really nice to use and I love the look for summer.

I’m the type of person who likes to follow the directions.  I’ve heard others say they use patterns as suggestion only and as a general guide.  I like to make changes, but I expect the pattern I’ve paid for to actually make sense too.

Here are some pictures of the back, front and inside sans daughter.

Thanks for the rant.  Next project ..

Friday night Sew-In

February 10, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Posted in sewing | Leave a comment

I’ve agreed to join a sew-in and you should too.  You don’t have to sew, any craft project you would like to do will suffice.

If you click on this button to the right of this blog you can follow it to Handmade by Heidi’s blog and get the badge and details there.  The next Sew-In is Friday February 19th.  I’ll be blogging about my project the following day.  Hopefully it will be complete but, even if it isn’t I’ll share.  Sounds like  a good way to get me moving. 

Oh, and the best part is there is a GIVEAWAY on February 21st  that you will be entered in if you participate. Lovely.

Pillows for my new bed

February 8, 2010 at 10:33 am | Posted in decorating, sewing | 1 Comment

While I wait for someone to hang my new headboard, I thought I would make some new pillows so the transformation of the room would be more impressive. 

I went to Ikea the other day.  I am worried that my bedroom is becoming a little too ikeafied but, I couldn’t resist the funky patterns and the PRICES.  wow.  My daughter noted that I am using more black.  She is worried I’ve left all colour behind.  I think the red stairs should keep me going for a while though. 

Anyways, I made this.

And then I thought I should add some buttons because it was pulling a little on the back where the envelope closes.  I grabbed some buttons from my handy stash

and voila. 

 I think I like the back better than the front! 

I found the damask print at Fabricland and the other at Ikea.  I wasn’t sure about putting them together but, now I like it.   I’m very excited about how these will look with the new headboard.  Better get to work on a couple more…

Yet another project

February 2, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Posted in decorating | 1 Comment

I bought these old tin ceiling tiles several years ago.  They have been hanging around the basement and sometimes the barn for many years.  I finally had the time and man power to use them for a new head board.

I designed a fairly simple project here.  I wanted it done quickly and as cheap as possible.  We have had the pleasure of having a handy man for the past few months.  He is able to help my husband with the farming, horse barn building and me around the house.  He hangs things, pictures, quilts, lighting, shelves and whatever I need him too.  I have been taking advantage of his skills and thought he could handle a small furniture build. 

I was busy so he primed and painted the tiles silver. This is something  I don’t often allow others to do.  I am admittedly a paint nazi.   After priming the first time we saw that they needed a little extra steel wooling.  (yes, I created a new term)

Anyways, he did a fine job and then he attached them to a 1/2 inch piece of plywood.  He left 5 1/2  inches top and bottom and 3 1/2 inches on the sides.  He attached  1/2 thick pine boards across the top and bottom and then the sides.  From there he attached a board across the top which projects 1/2 inch out.  Under that he put a small piece of trim to finish it. 

I am priming it and painting it black.  My daughter says I’m going emo.  Always a critic.


I’m hoping to be done this week.  My handy guy is only here til Friday so I better be done so he can hang it.  Very exciting… for me anyways. Sad eh?

On a sewing note, I’ll be making boxer shorts for the husband while paint dries.  Don’t think I’ll have any volunteers to model them though.

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