Oliver and S After School Shirt

*I need to preface this by saying she dressed herself for this picture*
Sewing has really been on the back burner lately. I started this top in August. Yup, August. And it was such an easy top to sew, that it really shouldn't have taken me so long. I'll blame it on the Halloween costume fiasco.
Pattern: Oliver and S After School Shirt and Pants. Love the pattern. I made a size 5, and added 2" in length. I should have made the 4, but I'm happy with the length.
I haven't made the pants yet, but will have to soon. Miss A told me (as she was dressing this morning) that she didn't have any gray bottoms. You see, a coordinated outfit (in a 4 year old mind) means all the elements are the same color....The things I'm learning.
Fabric: Liberty of London, "Thorpe" in sage.

Rapunzel, let down your hair.

Someone was very pleased with their Halloween costume.
And it's about stinkin' time!
This costume was, well, much more involved than I had anticipated. It was the dress that I worked on, cried over, ran to the store for even more supplies and never seemed to get any closer to being complete.
The pattern was okay. The fabric could have been worse. But man, I put so many hours in at the machine on this one. At one point, late one night (or early one morning) I found myself weeping into a wad of violet satin and wondering just what I had gotten myself into. Not quite in the fetal position, but almost. Nothing is worse than feeling like you're not making progress.
So, yes, it's over. It did get finished. And I feel like a new woman.
Someone call me around September of 2012 and warn me to not make another costume, EVER.
The construction details can be found here.
*She loves it though. When people said, "Wow, you look pretty," she would say, "I know." If only we were all that confident!

My Newest Quilt

Super fast, no pattern, thrown together and I love it. Perfect for cuddling on the couch. Enough said.
Fabric: Riley Blake "Sugar and Spice" layer cakes. I still have extra squares and yardage in the pink and green colorway.
Quilting done by: Just Sew in Highland, UT
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Two years is all it takes

Let me preface this by saying, I'm not much of a quilter.
Two years is how long it takes for me to make a twin sized quilt. Unless, of course, you know about the "I Spy" quilt I started once for S, then it takes significantly longer. Yah, I don't think my almost 12 year old son will be enthused with a, "can you find a kitty cat, candy cane and choo-choo train?" type quilt anymore. Sigh. Pathetic me.
I started this quilt in the summer of 2009. We had just sold our house, moved into a rental house (and back out of it 30 days later) and then into an apartment (for 3 months) while waiting to find the home we are now in. I really love this fabric because it is so bright and cheerful in contrast to our living situation at the time. And I love it because it reminds me of a dear (and patient) friend who took me to a great little quilt store where I bought this fabric. But mostly I love it because it is finished. Out of the "half finished, what was I thinking when I started this" bin and onto Miss A's bed.
Miss A, however, was not so thrilled to find it on her bed tonight. She much prefers the hand me down, frayed at the binding, cowboy quilt that she's been using since getting a big girl bed. I must admit, it is really soft, but hopefully she'll feel differently by morning.
Pattern: Yellow Brick Road
Fabric: Barbara Jones "Bubble Gum Basics" (I really loved this line, remember this dress?) and white Kona cotton for the backing. I'm not loving the feel of the Kona cotton though, which is too bad considering it comes in such great colors.

Some Summertime Sewing (and Blogging!)

We're having a great summer around here. We've done some much needed straightening and organizing of the house. We've swam, stayed up much too late, slept in even later, picnicked and roasted marshmallows in the canyon, visited cousins and played with friends until the mosquitoes drive us inside. S now has his own room. G is sporting braces on his teeth (and has since become a meticulous brusher). Miss A has managed to continually wear a bruise on her forehead and a smile on her face. Somehow I've managed to squeeze in some sewing.
An Oliver + S bubble dress in size 4, with 2 inches in length added. Made with the ever popular Heather Ross double gauze.
A drawstring bag made from Little Things to Sew. Made with left over Riley Blake scraps. Not a single trip to the store for this project, which makes me feel so thrifty- until I remember how little fabric this bag takes. I'd better have the yardage for one of these, the truth is I could probably make a million more and still have fabric in my stash. Sigh, I've become a fabric hoarder......

I still sew things...

Bucket hat from Little Things to Sew made with Liberty and linen.

Bear (or baby) carrier, also from Little Things to Sew made with Amy Butler and Michael Miller fabrics

Make it Pink! No, Make it Blue!

My visions of what I'd like to create are often grander than my capabilities. This picture reminds my of that. Sometimes I just need to sew something wonky and scorched by an iron so that I can truly appreciate the times I don't.
Pattern: Simplicity 5705
Fabric: Blue is satin and the pink is taffeta.