I finished with the quilting portion of my quilt this morning, so all I have to do to finish is make the bias tape and sew it on, which is really exciting! I can’t wait to finish this and get started on my Christmas sewing, which I’m seriously slacking on.. I meant to sew a tree skirt but all of a sudden December happened and we got a tree but I never even got around to buying holiday fabric, whoops! :/ But back to this current work in progress..
This was the first time I quilted with cotton thread instead of polyester. I think I like polyester better.. It just seems smoother to sew with, at least for free motion quilting. I had quite a hard time getting my curves right on this. A few came out okay.
And the rest came out ridiculous.
I understand it take lots of practice to get good at free motion, so I’m not all THAT upset. I also know it would have been LIGHT YEARS better if my disappearing ink marker didn’t run out of juice when I was trying to draw perfect circles with a compass and so I just gave up on perfection and decided to wing it the whole time.. Apparently I’d rather have lots of mistakes and be done quickly instead of having it look nice but take a long time!! Have I mentioned I hate having works in progress? They taunt me.
Honestly though, I’m sure no one will look as closely as I do so I’m totally okay with it. I AM really happy with my piecing though, I had no issues with fabric puckering while quilting, so that is awesome!!
I’m hoping the kids sleep in again tomorrow so I can start working on the binding. Part of the reason I haven’t been able to sew or blog about it much is because Quinn has been waking up the same time as me, so I don’t have any free time. That and now he is crawling super fast and pulling himself up on everything so I can’t just plop him down and expect him to be safe anymore! This boy has been keeping me on my toes, for sure!
So this weekend I WAS going to get cracking on that quilt I’ve been working on, but Millie had other plans. I went out on Friday to Hancock’s and bought a bunch of fabric on super sale, some of which was purple Dora the Explorer flannel that I had planned on making as a pajama set for her. Millie is currently obsessed with Dora, she made me buy her the panties and everything which is funny since we don’t ever watch it, we have no cable and it is no longer on Netflix… She saw it and demanded I made it for her RIGHT AWAY. But she didn’t want the pants and shirt type of pajamas. She wanted a proper night gown. Actually, what she described to me was more of a sari (a character on one of her favorite shows was wearing one yesterday) , but I told her that actually was just yards of fabric wrapped and draped and that she might be happier with a night dress, so she agreed.
When I was preparing the fabric, I noticed this little message on the selvage:
I thought “HA, what the heck else do people do with licensed character flannel??” then went on my merry little way cutting and sewing. I made another version of the Sally dress, with little flips here and there of the pattern. I like how that dress has no closures and thought it would be great for her to be able to get it on and off by herself. Instead of having it fully lined, I just made a facing to make it easier, put some elastic in the bottom of the sleeves to make them a little poofy, and left off the pockets. I made the skirt longer and poofier because Millie always loves a lot of material in the skirts to twirl around in.
Here is a pic of the facing I made:
Fast forward to this morning. I am an awful sleeper and woke up at 5am wide awake. My mind started to wander as it often does when I wake up at an ungodly hour and I was thinking about those pjs and the warning of sleepwear. I started to get nervous that not only was I making her a night gown out of material that clearly stated not to, but that I also made it really loose with lots of material. I had always imagined that the reason sleep wear is always supposed to be drenched with flame retardants (which I hate the thought of) or tight fitting was because static from the pajama material could cause fire in the middle of the night or something crazy. I started researching cases of children’s pajamas igniting and causes of it. Because researching grim things like this is apparently what mothers do in the middle of the night.
It turns out static is not the issue at all! Death actually doesn’t usually occur while the child is actually SLEEPING. It is because kids used to have their clothes flame up from being around candles or cigarettes or any other open flame. The cases I found had one kid dancing on the kitchen table where there was a candle, and others having to do with cigarettes.
At first I thought I would be a bad mother if I let my daughter sleep in this, but then I got to thinking more. Why would it be okay to prance around during the day in a loose fitting flowy dress but not at night? A person could be around just as much fire during the day, right? It seems silly to put the warning on only sleepwear. Furthermore, we are not a smoking family so cigarettes are never near us, candles aren’t typically lit around here, and I hardly ever have our fire going since it is a gas fire and our bill goes through the roof if I light it.
Also, Millie doesn’t actually put her pajamas on until we are upstairs and about to hop into bed. There are certainly no candles or open flames upstairs.
So I decided I feel TOTALLY comfortable about her wearing this to sleep. Parenting is all about informed choice, right? And I actually feel WAY MORE comfortable knowing this dress is not treated with chemicals.
So without further adieu, I present Millie’s new night gown, full with bed head and everything :)
Here is a close up of the sleeve, I like the extra fun it gives it:
Millie REALLY loves this, when I was done she took it and ran to her room to put it on. It is super cozy, the first flannel dress I’ve ever sewn. And, of course, Dora.
She loves the skirt and I can tell she totally feel like a princess in it. Just look at that curtsy!
Now I just have to cross my fingers that she doesn’t beg me to let her go out of the house wearing this, lol! I’m not usually one for character prints unless they are pajamas.. That and we are getting our Christmas tree today and I really hope she opts to wear something nice for the pictures and not this ridiculous Dora dress!!
*Please use your own judgement on whether or not you decide to let your children sleep in loose fitted or untreated fabric.
It’s been almost a week since I last posted. This is because I’ve been really busy doing the most awful free motion quilting ever. It is a good thing I’m keeping this quilt because I’d be ashamed to give it away!!
Just look at that craziness! I’m trying to circle around the triangles. Some look semi decent, others look ridiculous!! I keep jumping around accidentally. I know I just need to keep practicing so it is okay hopefully I will eventually get awesome at it and I will end up loving the amateur way this was quilted. Hopefully.
I’m so excited I finished the top to my quilt today!
I’m pretty excited about this one! I really love the fabric! On top of being ADORABLE, it is really soft to the touch too! And I’m pretty proud at how *most* of my triangle points came together really well! I read how a lot of people have some serious issues with that part of the process with triangle quilts. I find it hilarious how this is my 4th quilt and I have yet to make one where I’m NOT sewing on the bias, ha! I guess I like to make my life challenging.. I just end up loving the designs of quilts that aren’t just squares. I feel like even if it is a little frustrating at times, the end result is TOTALLY worth it.
I’m also REALLY happy I finished it today, because I don’t have a design wall so I had to lay it out on the floor, and this weekend we are having and early Thanksgiving at our house, where there will be probably over 30 people and therefore having little triangles all over the floor would not have been a good idea. It was sort of necessary to finish it up, lol!
I went to my local quilt shop today and got awesome fabric for the back and binding, I can’t wait to finish it up, but that will have to wait til next week, gotta get ready for the huge family party!
I had to take a pause from sewing my quilt to make this new pattern from Figgy’s, the Steller Dress. They just came out with their new patterns a couple days ago and I had to grab some. I was printing up the pattern pieces yesterday and Millie grabbed the papers and said “Mommy, mommy, you have to make me this dress project, right NOW!” Of course, I got REALLY excited that she was not letting me, but forcing me to sew! We checked out my stash together and she told me which fabrics to use. I got the scissors and started cutting out the pattern. This is where my troubles began, lol!
I assumed she had grabbed all the papers from the printer, so I cut stuff out and started cutting fabric. I couldn’t figure out why the pieces weren’t fitting together, so I ran to grab my computer to read the directions. It was then that I realized there were more pattern sheets and my pieces weren’t big enough! Duh!! So I fixed all that and re-cut new pieces, fussy- cutting the cows and mushrooms. I sewed all 4 of the patchwork sleeves together. I prepared them to attach to the bodice. I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t line them up properly. Back to the instructions… DUH!! I did them all upside down!!!!! I would have to re-cut the cows and mushrooms AGAIN. There wasn’t enough fabric in my remnants that Millie had picked out to cut everything out a third time, so I had to unpick ALL THE SEAMS that I had sewn AND serged on ALL FOUR sleeves. That realization is when I decided to walk away last night and deal with it in the morning!!
So this morning, I grabbed a coffee, my trusty seam rippers, put on an episode of Once upon a Time (yes, that is a guilty pleasure of mine) and started ripping. 12 sewn and serged seams later, I was ready to start afresh. Millie had school today so I had a lot of time to get cracking. I am SO happy to report that I ran into ZERO snaffoos today and it all came together amazing! Probably because I started to actually FOLLOW DIRECTIONS.
This was actually a really easy dress to make and I highly recommend it! Very clear and easy to follow instructions (if you read them!) I only did a couple things different. Instead of just top stitching the patchwork pieces together, I decided to make it interesting and use an embroidery stitch with gold metallic thread for fun. I love what that detail adds!
I didn’t use a stabilizer for my knit as the instructions recommended, but I had no problem with it using my built in walking foot. (yay for Pfaffs!) Sewing the binding on top, I didn’t want the raw edge that the pattern calls for so I just sewed it on the opposite way, stitching right side of the facing to the right side of the dress and flipped it over that way so I was nice and clean.
Again, Millie was in NO mood for decent modeling, I took about 100 pictures, and 95 of them were blurry and 100 of them had her making crazy faces. I can’t believe how fast this girl can move! At least most of the crazy movement was due to the face that she LOVES this dress, she feels totally beautiful in it :D I should have her pick out the fabrics more often! They may not be the fabrics I would have chosen, but at least the dress will get worn!!
I will definitely make this dress again, next time picking the fabrics myself ;) I do love how Autumn-y the colors she chose are though!
*I am not affiliated with Figgy’s patterns, just a superfan :)
I don’t know what my deal is with the laundry. I used to hang almost EVERYTHING to dry. These days, 99% goes into the dryer. It is probably because I do the laundry for 4 people now and I just can’t be bothered with that much laundry hanging all over the house at all times. That and I’ll admit, I’m super lazy.
But last night when I pulled Millie’s skinny jeans out of the dryer, my heard sank into my stomach :(
Was it the material? The fact that I used a 4 thread overlock? It looks like it was torn perfectly from the bottom stitch, like it created a perforated edge.
I can probably try to patch these up, but they probably won’t be perfect and to be honest I am no good at actually getting myself to do mending. I have a pile of things that need to be hemmed or buttons fixed, etc. I wear pants with ripped hems because I’m too lazy to take the 2 minutes it would take to fix them. I guess mending just doesn’t bring me the joy that creating does.
So hopefully this will teach me a lesson to not be so lazy about taking care of the things that I care about :(
So I’ve started on a new quilt (this one I’m keeping for myself!), an isosceles triangle quilt with Briar Rose fabric. I’m pretty excited about this, I have been eying the fabric forever and actually had a good time cutting out the triangles, which is weird because usually cutting is my least favorite part of the quilt process. I guess now that I’m on my fourth, I’m finding love for all parts! So first I found it mildly irritating with a dash of cute when Ellie decided to “help” me sort out the pieces where I wanted them to lay.
Everything was going smoothly, I got her to stay away for a while, had everything pretty much where I wanted it to go, trying to be totally random about it with no like patterns touching. Started sewing things together. Then stupid me sewed two like patterns together.
I thought about ripping the seams vs. letting it stay that way. I decided to rip the seams. But before that, I had to put Quinn down for his nap. When I got back to my sewing room, already a little frustrated at my unpicking task, I found my two turds WRESTLING on my laid out pieces!!
Those jerks!!!! What a mess!
Now I have to go back through the process of sorting AND fix that part :(
I was pretty excited when Millie asked for a sweater JUST like Quinn’s, using only the mushroom fabric that I have way too much of. I finished it up yesterday morning, amazingly quick. I guess since I’ve sewn the Bimaa Sweater now 3 times, hoodie version twice, I am REALLY fast with it. I woke up before the family and only took about 30 more minutes after they woke up to finish it :)
I used leftovers from an old tee of Jake’s for the sides of the hoodie lining. I like how it breaks up the pattern a little. If I had more of the tee shirt material I might have used it for the arm and waist bands, but I didn’t so mushrooms it was!
I could not get this girl to pose! All she wanted to do was dance around and make silly faces. And she refuses to take those shoes off! I kind of adore them, though.. These purple pants don’t match the sweater, but they totally match the shoes and since this girl is dressing herself these days, I should just be happy that she actually will humor me and wear what I sew her at all, I shouldn’t have to worry about her matching the things I make!
She also is obsessed with the scarf I made her, and all day wouldn’t wear the hood from the sweater, would just wear the scarf on her head, ha! She had all sorts of patterns going on with her wardrobe today!
At least I know she is super happy about having clothes that mommy makes her :D Man I love the dickens out of this crazy girl!!
Quick question, does anyone know of a fabric line with princess sharks, or girly sharks? Quinn is wearing a shirt today with sharks all over it and she begged me to make her one just like it but with girl princess sharks. :/ Seems both ridiculous and amazing! Maybe she should create her own fabric line ha!
I made this amazing Infinity cowl scarf for Millie yesterday. I saw it on Living with Punks. There is a free download of the pattern on her blog. It was SOOO fast and easy, if I don’t steal this one for myself, I will totally make more. I know it fits me because I have already worn it, ha! The only thing I did differently was instead of edge stitching the hole closed, I used a ladder stitch and hand sewed it up so there would be no visible stitches :) I used the leftover fabric from Quinn’s Bimaa sweater. I didn’t think there actually was enough fabric, but thank goodness this stuff had the exact same stretch in both directions so I was able to swing it :)
Sorry for these ridiculous pictures, Millie has been nothing but silly lately and she will NOT take off this princess dress no matter how cold it is outside (it was 30 this morning!!) I had plans of putting her in a shirt that actually WENT with the scarf, but that just wasn’t happening. The above picture was her “serious model pose”, she put her foot up against the wall and had her most serious face on. Notice the shoes, by the way. She also refuses to take them off. We stupidly took her to Costco and walked past the toy aisle, she spotted those Minnie Mouse light-up shoes and just had to have them. We tried to convince her to tell Santa about them, but after much fussing, she won the battle. We only asked her to clean her room in exchange. Fair trade!
Really. Silly girl was in NO mood to wear this thing seriously!
OH it is probably because she decided that THIS is the way you are supposed to wear it. All day she’s been wearing it on her head like this, and freaks out if it isn’t perfectly over her head with her hair perfectly in place under it, lol!
We have a girl who KNOWS what she wants! Hilarious.
Man, it feels good to be back in the sewing chair!
When I woke up this morning it was 36 degrees, which is CRAZY cold for Texas. My house was 60 and I was FREEZING. I realized my kids are NOT prepared for the winter season when it comes to clothes!
I have really been lacking motivation for sewing since I really love sewing little summer dresses the best, but I know that it would be ridiculous to sew a light little frock up right now. However, this snap of chilly air got me excited to make some warm things for the kiddos :) Also Millie had a day out with her Gramski so I had the time to be able to make something, yay!
I have been wanting to make Quinn a hooded Bimaa Sweater, I made Millie the cowl neck version during Kids Clothes Week and I loved how easy it was to put together and how snuggly it is on her. I actually cut out the pattern for him the same day I cut hers out, but never touched it. I even bought this awesome super soft Aztec/ Native American fabric at Joanne’s for this a couple weeks ago! So it all made today’s sewing pretty convenient since all I had to do was cut and sew.
I used my serger for this 100%. I never even turned my sewing machine on. I LOVE projects where I can just zip right through them with that machine! It goes so fast and I don’t have to go back to finish any edges. LOVE IT.
I didn’t have enough of the main fabric to do both the inner and outer hoodie, but I do have tons of this mushroom fabric, also purchased at Joanne’s when the store was relocating, I think I paid $2 for the entire bolt! I have since been trying to use it up. There is a LOT left. I don’t think mushrooms have ANYTHING to do with any Aztec type prints, but whatever. Or maybe they do? No, they took peyote, not mushrooms as far as I know, lol! Maybe I shouldn’t link a drug reference to my 7 month old’s sweater.. it does give it a little pop of cheer though :)
Anyways, I love it, such a quick sew and should keep him nice and warm for the 5 days of cold weather we get around here :) And maybe I CAN get away with making a dress again soon.. After all, the forecast calls for temps in the 80′s this weekend, ha!
Taking pics of this was kind of difficult, Millie was jumping on top of me and since Quinn just started crawling recently, he wanted nothing to do with sitting still. It was pretty funny though, his little hood got in his eyes and he couldn’t figure out how to get it out, he was only pulling on it and making it worse, it totally made me crack up!
He was very happy and thankful when I fixed the problem :D