Wednesday, July 31, 2013

My Fix for Uneven Buttonholes... and some advise, please

Here it is. My very first attempt at buttonholes. Not too shabby... But not too straight either.

Yes, I practiced on scrap fabric. And, yes I measured and marked the appropriate spots, etc., etc.

But lets' face it folks. Math is not my friend. All that measuring and dividing fractions and such. This is the best I got.

To top it off, the middle buttonhole is not even the same style as the others; as BB was very quick to notice. She's very observant, that one.

Despite her slightly annoying very helpful observation, she was very happy with the result and saw no problem with the buttonholes not being aligned. Gotta love her! I, on the other hand, kept picturing myself at her birthday party with friends' parents looking twice at her buttons and saying... "So, you made that dress, huh?"

My Fix?  Uneven buttons!

Now (unless they read this blog) they might think the unevenness is just part of the charm! Really, that philosophy mirrors my outlook on life. It's the little quirks that make life special... and accessory choices can make a HUGE difference on one's perspective :)

My fancy ma-sewing-machine (that's what BB calls it), has this super-cool automatic button-hole foot. It did take some time to figure it out. But once I did, it really was so easy. I can't believe I have shied away from buttons for this long. 

In fact, I was feeling so giddy that I used the ma-sewing-machine to sew on THE ACTUAL BUTTONS! I didn't even know I could do that! I just noticed it when I was reading the manual trying to figure out the whole button-foot-thingy.  It took... like... two seconds to sew on a button. And no thimble required :)

Now for the advice part. The bottom of the dress has a long underskirt that has a peek-a-boo effect. In my opinion, the blue fluffy is too long. When I suggested to BB that blue-fluffy was too long she was shocked that I would even utter such words. No such thing as too much fluffy, mom.  What do you think? Should I trim it? Or leave it be? My husband thinks it's fine. But, let's face it, what does he know about blue-fluffy?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Crown Creating: Let the Summer Crafts Begin

Summer is officially here! It's that time of year when I can pretend to be a stay-at-home mom. It's just enough time for BB and I to have some fun together, but not so long that we drive each other nuts (I hope).  

OK, so I do technically have a few days of work left. But I decided to go ahead and bust out one of the summer projects I have been planning for us.... crown creating!

As you can tell from the pictures, BB had a lot of fun with this project. I asked her to draw the shape crown that she wanted. Then I cut that shape out of felt and sewed it together.

I got to use some of the fancy stitches on my sewing machine. You know, the ones that look cool on the newer high-tech machines but never actually get used.

BB chose the green felt among several colors I had laying around. I also let her rummage through my "stash" to pick out her embellishments.  She glued them on with fabric glue.

I even let her use my special fabric scissors to cut the ribbon. Daddy doesn't even get to use those ;)

This was a great project for us to do together. I can see us making a lot more magical crafts over the summer. I'm hoping to see lots more of that magical smile.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The J.Crew-ish Inspired Dress

I think I used a seam ripper more than a sewing machine for this dress. I almost gave up on it. And I am so glad that I didn't. I think I have a new favorite.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

iPad Pillow

how to make an iPad pillow
I love my iPad. And I love watching TV shows on my iPad in bed. I don't love holding it up with my hands. Yes, I have an iPad case that folds in different shapes and angles. But. It. Always. Falls. Down. grrrrrrr...

Then I saw a beautiful tablet stand from Taryn at from Pixels to Patchwork. I love what she did. She made a tablet stand that is attractive AND functional. She included a great tutorial to boot!

I immediately made one, making some modifications to her design to suit my needs as well as my fear of zippers (There, i SAID it!). This sweet little pillow has become a HUGE hit already. And I made it from stuff I already had laying around my stash pile! Score :)

Because I strayed some from Taryn's original plan, I am also including a tutorial. Here goes:

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Easy Peasy Transformation: from Misses Skirt to Little Girls Dress

I love to recycle clothes. So much so that I am often the recipient of second-hand garb. Friends and coworkers give me so much. I like to think of myself as the pre-Goodwill.

Here is one skirt I received not too long ago. It's cute, but not quite my style. Of course BB immediately loved it because it has pink in it and it's all girly and flowy ;)

Warning: The following transformation is ridiculously simple. I whipped this baby out in about 15 minutes. This is a super-fun project that I highly recommend trying at home :)

Here's what I did:

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Upcycled Sweater Skirt

Have you ever had an item of clothing that was occupying precious space in your closet for years even though you never wear it? I have been hanging onto a camel colored sweater dress for no apparent reason.

It had a hole in it, but I liked it so much that I just couldn't part with it. I'm not sure why I never thought of this before, but I turned it into a skirt.

This was such an easy idea. If you can sew knits, you can do this. And, while you may not have this exact sweater dress in the back of your closet, I like sharing these ideas because, well... who knows what you will come up with!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Some Minor Adjustments

I fell in love with this dress at first site. And, as many love stories go, it turns out this one could use just a few minor adjustments.  

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Liebster Award!

I have been nominated for The Liebster Award!

And, to be totally honest I had to do a little bit of research to learn exactly what that means.  The origins of The Leibster Award seem to go back to a German blog; liebster means dearest in German.

Bloggers nominate fellow bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers. Once you receive the award, you must pay it forward.

A huge shout out to Lisa at One Red Shoe and Agy from Green Issues for nominating me :)

So here goes...

Saturday, January 12, 2013

BB Sews a Skirt!

I'm a proud mama today! BB made her very first sewing project today. She's been pretend sewing ever since she got a toy sewing machine last fall. It was a great way for me to show her some of the basics.

Then at Christmas I got an extra sewing machine. BB was so excited that I designated it was 'ours.' I promised her I would show her how to make a skirt for herself.

I found this adorable fabric while I was at the fabric store today and I just knew it was the one. When you know, you know :)  You know?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

How to Make a Guitar Strap from a Belt, or Just About Anything Else

Santa brought our little performer her very own guitar and mic this year. She has been playing and singing like nobody's business.

The only problem? The guitar didn't come with a guitar strap, so it was hard for her to play it standing up with her mic.

Last week I walked into a music store thinking I would just get one there.  They ranged in price from $15 all the way to $40!! Immediately I knew I could just make one ;)

I had several materials just laying around that would have worked fine. I let BB make the final choice, and she picked this rainbow colored belt.

This project took literally about 10 minutes. Well, if you don't count the time that I spent looking for my supplies because I couldn't remember where I put them before my nap... sigh...

Here's what I did: