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Friday, February 12, 2016

Spring will be here soon, right? The Magrath Dress

From the cold depths of February in Ohio, I bring you a little bit of spring.

A new pattern for girls--a dress and tunic with a unique style and lots of room to try out some fun fabric combinations. 

I got to test this one for Abby at Sew Much Ado. Like the other Sew Much Ado patterns I've tried, the Magrath Dress is easy to follow and professional. If I can do it, any sewer can do it. This is the perfect Easter dress. I would like to try my hand at a really edgy one with faux leather sleeves and maybe a lace overlay skirt.... 

A faux-sweetheart neckline!

Contrast zipper and back detailing

The pattern includes helpful tips on how to best set the sleeve and help with zipper installation. There are even pictures to help you (me) along.

Thanks to my beautiful model, Grace and to my nice husband for trudging out late after a long day of work to take these photos for me! 

Friday, October 23, 2015

It's in the bag!

I've been busy.
In two weeks time, I made my first bag, convicted a man of rape, and ran a marathon.
I'm tired.

But the bag I made...there's nothing tired about it.
I was pattern testing again.
I so love pattern testing. I have come to realize that I'm an externally motivated person. A deadline, someone counting on me--you've got it. Otherwise, my projects tend to languish...

Anyway, it's the Airdrie Bag by Abby at Sew Much Ado.

Airdrie is a messenger-style bag with tons of pockets to hoard stash your stuff.
A front flap pocket with a magnetic snap (yup--I installed a magnetic snap).

Interior pockets--a dividing zipper pocket, and customizable elastic pockets.

There's some side gusset pockets and a back zippered pocket too.

Overall, it's a great all-purpose bag. Diapers? Check! Laptop and files? Check! Gym stuff? That too.

Oh and the pattern--as always with Sew Much Ado patterns, the results make me proud of what I can accomplish. I am so impressed to see a more complicated, intermediate design made accessible to a variety of skill levels. Don't be afraid to tackle this pattern.  I have never made a bag before. The instructions are clear and easy to understand. And as one of my fellow testers said, once you make this, you are going to want to MAKE ALL THE BAGS!! It was great fun to make and it's even more fun to carry.

The fabric is from Sew to Speak. It's Bari J. for Art Gallery Fabrics--panache, a cotton canvas.
The lining is April Rhodes Wanderer line, Sacred Seeds Tigerlilly.
Interfacing, fleece and most hardware is from Joann's. (I say most because a wonderful new local friend that I met during pattern testing loaned me a slider ring. Thanks Maya!)  

Oh--and here's a marathon picture too. Just in case you were wondering. This was around mile 24. I was SO happy to see my family. It gave me the boost I needed to finish those last few miles.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Aurora Tank

A few things:
1. There's a sewing competition over at Sew Mama Sew. It's called the Super Online Sewing Match.

2. I wish I was a competitor. (I entered, but the ladies they picked are super talented and have sewn a lot of things, way more than me.)

3. But, there's a Community Match! And I'm playing along at home. I'm going to try and post projects on the same schedule that they do--just to see if I could do it.

4. So here's my entry into round one--it can be any shirt or blouse. The contestants did a Sutton Blouse by True Bias, but I wanted to make something from a pattern I already had on hand.

5. The Aurora tank: I made a size small and it fits perfectly with no adjustments needed. This was actually a "wearable muslin" that turned out much better than expected. I made it from fabric in my stash--a not too stretchy knit stripe and an old maternity shirt that I hacked up. I can't wait to make more of these.

 The front, untucked

The back with a cute little pleat.

Tucked into a skirt--I wore it like this to work with a cardigan over top.
And man--lipstick, jewelry, and nice shoes could sure help a girl out!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Pretty In Peplum

This is an older project that I'm now just finding time to share.

I got to test the Pretty In Peplum pattern by Abby at Sew Much Ado.

This is the second pattern I've tested for her (the first one is here) and I just love how everything I make using her patterns turns out so well. They look polished and I managed to sew 2 dresses in one night (even though I had to stay up way past my bedtime to do it).

This pattern is a must-buy because it's so versatile. You can do a top, a dress, short sleeve, long, three-quarter, sleeveless, make it a tank top, the list goes on and the little peplum adds a dash of style.

I was assigned to test two different size dresses--one little and one big.

The little:

and the big:

Although it looks like a shirt and skirt, it's actually a dress.
I just love the fabric!
It's April Rhodes ( a fellow Columbus resident) Arizona, Desert Blanket in Desert.

Look at how the peplum swings.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Growing Up

Dad: "Come say goodbye to G and J."
Nick:"Dad, I busy with something."
Dad: "OK, well, take a break to come say goodbye."
Nick: "No Dad! I working."

"Nick do it."
"Don't bother me."

Independent, but a mamma's boy.
Curious and rambunctious. I think we alarm people at the grocery when I let him run wild. I'm sure they are thinking that I'm crazy or a bad mom or worse. I don't care. He won't be confined to a cart.

At 2.5 he speaks in full sentences and remembers things better than I do sometimes.
He says "thank you" without prompting (most of the time).

He loves blueberries and has the perfect way of saying "berries."
He calls our dog Ginger, "Dinder" and loves to pet her and our other dog, Buddy.
"You're so soft." Referring to the dogs and me. When I tell him that he's so soft, he says, "no, I not soft mommy."

"It's so sunny. I need my glasses."
He sings Happy Birthday and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Eat My Chalk Dust

I tried it!
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!

I got it from a cool local shop: Edwin Loy Home

Here was the inspiration piece:


Here is the before of a dresser that I bought at a local antique store:

It was already finished very nicely--I think with chalk paint and wax. For a minute I thought about leaving it as is.  But the grey on the dresser wasn't playing well with the grey on my walls. And I wanted yellow. I lucked out because the grey underneath made for some nice distressing.

Sorry for the poor quality iPhone pictures. As usual I only had a minute and was snapping at night. Once I get it all pretty-ed up on top and  hang the mirror (or something) in a proper place, I'll get some better pictures. 

But I'm happy with how it turned out. And using the chalk paint was very easy. I did sand lightly before I started, but only because it appeared that the dresser had previously been waxed. I don't know that it made much of a difference.

The color is a mix of English Yellow and Cream. I was hesitant to mix them and I didn't think that cream was the right color to mix the yellow with (I had been thinking of using Old White or Pure) but the nice lady at Edwin Loy Home assured me that this would get me the color I wanted. And she was right! I probably mixed it at a ratio of 1 part yellow to 2.5 parts cream. Super scientific. I just poured them together in a bowl until I got what I wanted.

The wax was intimidating. I used an old t-shirt and really rubbed it on there. Who knows if I did it properly? The one thing to remember is to wax first, then distress, and then wax again.

Now I'm itching to try Milk Paint a la Meg Duerksen.
The chalk paint didn't really distress much on it's own and I really like that extra-chippy look. What else can I paint?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Somewhere over the rainbow

Nick turned two!
And we had a little party.
It was loosely rainbow themed.

Lots of 'loons

I made the swag by taking 4 balloons and tying them together with twine threaded through the tied-off part of the balloons. Then I strung 3 sets of four on a really long piece of twine. It was easy, but there were some sore fingers from tying all those balloons. And clearly I didn't fill the red ones with enough air. 


We hung it on our new barn. It looks pretty artsy, no? I really wanted to get a picture of me and Nick in front if it, but the day got away from me. As usual.


And, a sour cherry Mojito. It's Martha's recipe. Although I can't recommend it. The cherry to vodka ratio was off. Too many cherries, not enough vodka. The basil flavor didn't come through either. But that could have been user error.