Posts Tagged ‘sewing’

the week begins…

It’s Monday!  What a wonderful day; a great way to end a good weekend.  We spent Friday, Saturday AND Sunday largely with the body of Christ.  It was a full three days of sweet worship, fellowship and prayer with my fellow heirs.  I really can’t think of a better way to spend the days.

This week’s ‘To Do’ list:

  • work on labels for my lip balms & liniments
  • sort clothes for our clothes swap on Friday and for project Simplify
  • mix up a special liniment for a dear friend with varicose veins
  • plant some seeds & work on the garden
  • prepare for company on Thursday (I’ll share my recipe with you)
  • doctor’s visit on Friday
  • visiting with friends on Saturday
  • and Sunday’s my birthday!!!  Party smile
  • oh yes, and don’t forget all that laundry

 

My sewing table has been taken over by a Lego city which makes sewing a little difficult.  I’ve got a couple of aprons I need to finish up plus, Abigail’s Easter skirt.  Why is it always the trim that takes me forever to get done?  I can have a garment completely done except for a tiny little thing and then I’ll take months to get back to it.  It must be some disorder or traumatic past that causes me to be this way.  I’m sure there’s a medical term for it and a pill to cure it.  And just as sure, my insurance wouldn’t cover it.  Oh well.  I’m hoping to get the silly aprons finished off this week or next.  I’ll just have to start early enough to have the dinner table cleaned up by suppertime… unless Lego city just happens to experience some severe weather.   

It’s going to be a very busy week, Lord willing. 

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Sheets to skirts…

I love sewing.  I just wish I had more time to do it.  My girls adore the skirts and aprons I make for them and it’s a wonderful way to save on clothing purchases.  A nice long skirt will run you $15 – $30 for a child’s size.  When I have to do some clothes shopping, I’m hoping to get at least 4 pieces of clothing out of that much money!  Well, it’s rare that I do get that many but it’s my target.

I’ve found a great way to get a better deal than that with a little extra effort.  Wanna know my secret?  Continue reading

summer, garden and news…

The first day of summer and it’s already well into the 90’s here.  Everything in the garden is green and huge.  The cucumbers have just about taken over everything.  The tomato plants are getting taller than me and the potatoes are in desperate need of more covering.  Believe it or not the lettuce is still hanging around though I noticed today those heads I should’ve picked yesterday were taste-tested by the woodchuck living under our shed.  He conquered every bit of the broccoli long ago and I was happy to let him have it as long as it kept him out of everything else.  Until today, he hadn’t really bothered much. 

Aprons are on the sewing machine at the moment.  All this fabric needs some new homes and hopefully I’ll be able to sell it off in cute little aprons.  I’m also putting together some patterns for dresses.  Abigail has picked out two purple fabrics from the stash and is crazy about the idea of a new purple dress.  The thought of printing out and piecing together 55 sheets of pattern from Sense and Sensibility wasn’t all that alluring when I was planning on making a single dress for myself.  Now that Abigail will need hers out of the same packet I figured it was about time I get going on it. 

Not only that… but I’m going to need that drawstring dress before too long.  I’m very happy to share that we are expecting a child come November.  : )  It’s been a nerve-racking road but joyful nonetheless.  We lost two children three years ago and I came within minutes of my own death during that time.  After all these years, being pregnant again… I find myself hesitant but really savoring it this time.  And yet, trying hard not to get my hopes up. 

 

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summer, garden and news…

The first day of summer and it’s already well into the 90’s here.  Everything in the garden is green and huge.  The cucumbers have just about taken over everything.  The tomato plants are getting taller than me and the potatoes are in desperate need of more covering.  Believe it or not the lettuce is still hanging around though I noticed today those heads I should’ve picked yesterday were taste-tested by the woodchuck living under our shed.  He conquered every bit of the broccoli long ago and I was happy to let him have it as long as it kept him out of everything else.  Until today, he hadn’t really bothered much. 

Aprons are on the sewing machine at the moment.  All this fabric needs some new homes and hopefully I’ll be able to sell it off in cute little aprons.  I’m also putting together some patterns for dresses.  Abigail has picked out two purple fabrics from the stash and is crazy about the idea of a new purple dress.  The thought of printing out and piecing together 55 sheets of pattern from Sense and Sensibility wasn’t all that alluring when I was planning on making a single dress for myself.  Now that Abigail will need hers out of the same packet I figured it was about time I get going on it. 

Not only that… but I’m going to need that drawstring dress before too long.  I’m very happy to share that we are expecting a child come November.  : )  It’s been a nerve-racking road but joyful nonetheless.  We lost two children three years ago and I came within minutes of my own death during that time.  After all these years, being pregnant again… I find myself hesitant but really savoring it this time.  And yet, trying hard not to get my hopes up. 

 

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A couple skirts…

After the success of the twirly skirt I decided to attempt an adult skirt.  I was able to get three crisp white heavy linen sheets at the Goodwill for $2.00 each.  They are perfect – no spot or tear.  I used part of one to make another child’s apron.  This one, though seen here being modeled by my son, was given to my sweet niece. 

My son asked if this apron was made for him and I had to tell him “no”.  So I’ve promised that I will make him one also.  The white one does resemble a butcher’s apron a bit.  Okay maybe not exactly but I’ll come up with a more ‘manly’ apron design for him. 

 

 

 

Another sheet was used to make one of the adult skirts – the second one.  The first one I managed was made using some leftover fabric from my daughter’s bedroom curtains.  lol  Hey, when you have it, use it!  The fabric is pretty thin and not the softest stuff in the world, so I lined the skirt using some soft off-white fabric I found. 

Making skirts without a pattern isn’t the easiest thing in the world… you would think.  I found a great tutorial on it though.  OneCraftyGirl has a super easy patternless A-line skirt tutorial and it really is super easy.   I used this to make skirt #1.  I calculated my waist and added about 5 extra inches of fabric for the waist.  Next I measured my length from my waist to about mid-calf and added a couple inches to that.  Voila!  Instant pattern using the tutorial.  Only thing… I didn’t write any of this down.  I just needed a skirt, drew it directly onto the fabric and cut it out.  Because I made a liner for my skirt I just folded the two sets of material as described in the tutorial and stacked them on top of each other before I cut them, making all the pieces the exact same size.  A little stitching and a whole lot of ironing later…

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The second skirt happened a few days later.  I used one of the Goodwill sheets for the skirt and lining.  Knowing I didn’t want just a solid white skirt, a trim of some sort was in order.  A few months ago I had made a bag that I absolutely love and carry daily.  The colors are my favorites – rich blues, greens, browns.  With just a little bit of fabric leftover from that project, I decided this would be the best choice.  Not only were they my favorite colors but with so many colors, I could wear a variety of tops with it. 

PICT1784 The white skirt is longer than the first; it’s ankle-length.  The trim is actually strips I sewed together and then cut into 6 in. long sections giving me a 2 1/2 in. trim length.  I absolutely love this skirt.  Ankle-length skirts are the most comfortable things in the world to wear and with this one, it’s like being wrapped up in a cool, comfy blanket… er, sheet.  : )

I can’t wait to make some more.  I’ll be scouring the Goodwill and yard sales for more pretty sheets over the next few weeks! 

Tops are my next project to tackle, though I don’t think I can do this without a pattern.  Sleeves are very intimidating to me.  We’ll see what I find around the internet this week.

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