Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Welcome New Friends and Sewing with Friends!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by for the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day, I had so much fun finding new blogs and entering giveaways, I even won one myself! Super awesome. Maybe the best part is my blog has grown to 18 followers now, I'm practically bursting at the seams with excitement. I'm so happy you new readers saw something you liked in my short history to take a chance on following me. Okay, enough gushing, I'll play it cool now.  

I haven't had too much time for sewing these past two weeks, we went on a short camping trip before Memorial Day and then I have been working like a fiend since we got back and have only  been able to fit one day of sewing in the last two weeks! But it was a good day, so it made up for the dry spell before.   My best friend Alicia is a great knitter and decided she needed a new bag to hold her current projects and some extra yarn. She picked up this pattern ages ago and we finally got around to getting it sewn up. 

It was a pretty easy sew, just a little time consuming. She literally spent the whole day with me, from noon until 10 pm, although we did have to go to the fabric store and stop for lunch, we were probably only sewing for 4 or 5 hours. (Which still seems a bit excessive for just a bag, but good company/gossip makes the time go by fast) The 7 outside pattern peices all have to be interfaced, and then you layer an additional 2 kinds of interfacing in the body, so this bag has some serious heft to it. Once we got everything cut out and interfaced things went much faster, it's just a basic bag pattern so there wasn't anything too head scratching, but sewing through all those layers of pellon and making due sew in interfacing instead of fusible slowed us down considerably. The most frustraing part of the project was the completely erronious yardage requirements on the envelope. I understand giving a little wiggle room, I appreciate that, but when a pattern calls for 7/8 of a yard so you can cut the 31" straps on the lengthwise grain instead of just placing them along the length of the fabric is ridulous. All you need is 1/3 of a yard to cut those straps and you would still have a sizeable chunk leftover, instead of almost 2/3 of a yard acording to the envelope. Times 2 because there are straps AND  contrasting straps. Almost a 1 1/3 yd extra is unnaceptable to me. End rant. 

When we finally got it all sewn up we could see that it is huge. HUGE. The more I think about it the more I wonder if it will be too big to just carry around as a project bag, not only is it big it is sturdy, but hopefully it will work well enough for her to pack up all her things to take to knitting circle.  While trying to take these dismally poor photos late at night I stuffed all the yarn I have, enough to make two hats for everyone I know, which is about twenty skeins (hats are as far as my knitting skills go) and it didn't even make a dent in the bag, so I stuffed it with some fabric remnants to try and plump it out to it's full capacity.  It still could have taken more.

Here is my adorable friend modeling her new bag! Looks good on her, I know. Alicia was very sweet in taking my daughter Lily's council in selecting the colors and I think they turned out great. I think Lily might have selected polka dots, that girl is wild about polka dots.  
I think sewing with friends is probably the best way to sew, so thanks for coming over Alicia! Next time I attempt to pick up the knitting needles again you can expect some frustrated phone calls!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Edit: Giveaway closed! The lucky winner is Quilterbell! Thanks for playing along everyone!

It's here! Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway Day! 

The day each year I go around clicking and commenting like crazy trying to win cool stuff!  All that clicking has paid off since even though I haven't won a single thing, I have found some of my most awesome, favorite blogs through giveaway day, so I figured I would celebrate my 10th post (!) with a nice little giveaway of my own. Who says a two month old blog can't join in on the fun? 

This year they are extending it from just one day to a whole week of giveaways! After much deliberation I decided to offer up one of my new favorite patterns, 
The Oliver + S Badminton Dress. 
I have already made half a dozen different incarnations of this pattern and will be making many more. You can make a top, a skort, or a dress just from one pattern! I love getting a lot of bang for my pattern buck. ;)

I will give away one Badminton pattern in your choice of size 6m-4t or 5-12 to a commenter picked at random from this post.  I will ship anywhere in the world, so everyone is welcome!  

To enter, just leave a comment with your favorite summer dessert! Because, why not?!  The post will be open for comments until Friday the 25th until 5pm, And I will be drawing the winner at random by Sunday the 27th so leave a comment and maybe you will be the lucky winner! Make sure to leave an email address if you are a no reply blogger so I can contact you, if I don't hear from the winner within 48 hours I will pick a new one.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

A long overdue KCWC day 7

This was my final piece of children's clothing I completed for KCWC, yet another class picnic shorts, this time in pink and white linen, made up in 4t. I got most of these shorts completed Sunday, but did have to finish the rest of it up on Monday, as I had to recut and resew the entire waistband have entirely mucked it up and was faster just to start over than unpick all of my seams. Other than messing around with the waistband these came along much faster the second time, and they fit really well, despite Lily being almost completely sized out of the smaller range of the O+S patterns.

super wrinkly, partly because they are linen, mostly because she had been wearing them nonstop since the night before.

It has been raining in Portland for the past week nearly nonstop, so I took advantage of this cloudy yet not quite raining weather to try and get some modeled shorts shots. (try saying that 5 times fast) Rumor has it the weather will be in the 70 degree range later this weekend, if so maybe I can get some of the girls wearing their coordinating shorts!!

More gratuitous shorts/cute kid pictures....