Sewing Up A Storm

*All professional photos in this post were taken by the very talented Brandi Hoffman Photography.

I haven’t been sewing up a storm, per say, but I have been busy sewing. And now that it is the Christmas season my sewing list just got longer. I did manage, however, to sew a dress for the Doll Face for our family pictures.  The last family pictures we had done where when I was pregnant with her, so it was long over due. I really wanted to make something special for all the kids, but time was not my friend and Doll Face was in desperate need of a wintery dress so she won out.

Earlier this summer Violette Field Threads released the Matilda Dress and the Rosemary Pinafore and I knew immediately that I needed to make one for Doll Face. It is not in my usual style of dress, but there was something vintage about it that I absolutely loved!

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I thought I was going to make a mustard yellow polka dot dress with a navy blue pinafore but found this gray damask in my stash and knew that was it. It took me forever to decide on the lace trim though. Should I add it, should I not. I couldn’t decide. I had never sewn with it before and I had a hard time visualizing it with the damask, but once I bit the bullet and bought the whole spool (yikes!) I knew there was no turning back.  The directions for both the dress and the pinafore were easy to follow and I adore how it turned out. And I’m happy to say that I am not as afraid of lace as I had been.

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Here is our whole family, including the Honey Bear. Don’t ask how we managed to get everyone looking at the camera because it was no easy task, especially with those hay bales temping my little dare devils. The top I’m wearing is the Parisian Top by Go To Patterns. I made it last winter and it has become a quick favorite. I used a thick knit I found at Hancock’s so it is nice and warm. I’m not a huge fan of 3/4 length sleeves, and I don’t know why I made this top knowing this was the sleeve length, but I really like the way this looks on me. I may just start wearing more 3/4 length sleeves.

Currently, I am making lots of angel and shepherd costumes for our kids program at church, then it is back to my Christmas sewing and a coat for our oldest, Buddy Bear. If I manage to get all my Christmas sewing done in a reasonable time, I will be sharing a tutorial for this fox dress I made early this fall. If not, be on the look out before the new year!

Foxy Dress

Until then Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mama Bear

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“Swap”ing Things Around

This year I want to expand my sewing abilities.  Most all of the sewing I have done has been beginner-intermediate level, and none of it, with the exception of two pieces ever, have had any appliques. I made this quilt several years ago that has appliqued elephants around the outside. It was this experience that made me not want to try it again for many years.

Elephant Walk Quilt

Then I made this jumper for Doll Face. This was all free-hand and did not have any stabilizing base so it slipped around and puckered in places. It’s not a very clean looking job, but it was cute anyway.

Little Birdy Jumper

Earlier this month I signed up to do a Valentine’s swap. This is where you are given a persons name, and you are to make something small-ish to send it to them. Since this is a Valentine’s swap, the recipient does not know from whom they will be receiving their little gift. Some of the things people been posting on the swaps FB page are beautiful! I can’t wait to see what is sent to me. I search Pinterest for some inspiration and found this little mug rug and knew I had plenty of scraps in my stash to take a stab at it.

Love Birds Rug Mug

This is going to give me some practice at not only applique, but micro applique and free motion quilting.  I have never in my life tried to do this. I love the look it gives quilts and, like I said before, I want to expand my skills. Plus, with the small size of the mug rug, I shouldn’t have too much difficulty learning this new skill. I’ve gotten started on the applique and have been playing with the different decorative stitches on my machine. So far I am happy with the results, but I ran out of red thread and I need to get to the store for more. I’m also making a mug cozy to match. Until then, I need to make some curtains for my husbands office. (They will be done this week! I promise!!!)

Hugs!

Mama Bear

New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year everyone!! I hope y’all had a blessed Christmas! We had a flurry of activity during the holiday season. Children’s choir for church, two school Christmas plays, Sunday School parties, adult choir at church, three Christmases, and then the new year. (We don’t do anything for new year since the majority of our children are 4 and under.) During all this, we also had a yucky little tummy bug roll through the house and I was trying to sew stuff, on top of being stressed about some non-sewing things. Oh! And Doll Face decided, the week of Christmas, that she no longer wanted to be in diapers. So it was potty training boot camp, too. Talk about crazy!! I had a mini meltdown Christmas eve night. It was not pretty, but I felt much, much better.

School has been back in session for a week and it feels good to be back in our normal routine. There are always so many things that I want to get done on the days that everyone is at school, I hardly know where to start! But I managed to make a small bin for some of the boys toys and I have finally started on a dress for one of my nieces for Christmas. (Yeah, a little late. I know.) I don’t believe in new year’s resolutions, because I know I won’t keep them. So instead, I’m going to make some small, doable goals for myself. And if I don’t get to some of them, then that’s ok. I’m not going to stress about it.

I need to put away a ton (and it probably is a ton) of clothes, rearrange the rooms, paint one of the rooms (eventually), do a mini upgrade to the upstairs bathroom, clean all the windows down stairs (inside and out), paint miles of trim, sew, and sew for myself. I also want to do a few sewing swaps.  I’ve already joined a valentines swap, so I’ve been scouring Pinterest for ideas. I think I know what I’m going to make. I can’t wait to get started!

That’s not a comprehensive list, but it’s a start. And we all have to start somewhere.

Until next time, Mister E says stay cool!

Stay Cool

Mama Bear