Friday, March 21, 2014

Birthday again...

Hi all
I'm still trying to catch on with the stuff I made and didn't upload... One of these old debts is my 7 years old birthday.
For the dress I made her the Modkid bubble dress... I've done it before many times... and I like the results each time...

I made her a size smaller than the size she's supposed to be according to her height. Because I remember this pattern is a bit long and baggy...
What do you think?
This is one of the cakes I made for her (no photos of the other ones...)

It was for her birthday party at home. We invited all the kids from school (she's first grade, and the teacher doesn't like it if only some of the kids are invited). Let me tell you something, I have a new appreciation towards teachers! I thought I'll manage the kids just fine... I prepared some craft materials... some party games, but.. they didn't even listen to me... they were busy doing what they wanted...
It turned out fine however, because a friend of mine brought her daughter over and stayed, she's a kindergarten teacher and when she talked.. the kids listened. she saved me!!!
But I think this was my last attempt to host a birthday party for young kids on my own... I learned something! If you wish to see more of the Modkid bubble dress look here and here. Love this pattern!
This is it for now! Have a good week!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Sew Baby Wonder Jacket

Hi all! I know, I was away for so long. My computer was broken and I just received my new computer.
I lost 10 years of pictures!!!! no back up, no nothing.. and we haven't been able to restore the pictures yet..
I really hope the lab will be able to restore them!!
And I have two months of work to show here. Not too much unfortunately... because it s such a busy time in mu life... but I do what I can..
So here come the jackets I made for my little ones three months ago.

and this is the way it turned out..
This is the pattern

Aren't they cute??
I made it three months ago.. So I can't really give the greatest pattern review... but a few words I think I can manage.
It was very easy, very good in size (I made size 2 for my twins, 2.5 years old). I made the double layer jacket. the inner part if heavy fleece, the outside is flannel (for the girl) and jersey (for the boy)
I had no troubles with the instructions and it was ready in no time! I wish this pattern came in bigger sizes, I would have made my own!
I think it goes up to size 4, so I guess I have a couple of years to enjoy it! I did not try the hat yet..
but I may try it next year.I highly recommend this pattern! it's great for beginners, really easy, only two pattern pieces!!! Amazing!

I hope my next time here will be soon, not three months from now!!!!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Ottobre 02-2007-20 + 02-32007-33 - Tween Sewing

Hi all! I am starting a new Tag in my blog - Tween sewing. It seems that my 10 years old... well, she wants to wear certain things, certain colors, and a twirly dress no longer does the job :-(.
I saw first signs of it last year, but now....
. I promised her that we will buy cloths for her. and we caught some.. but.. these arehard to find forget the price, let's say it's not the issue.. some of the clothes I see are either too short, too adult like, or I just can't find a good fit. we baught some, but I also wnt to mke some.
Ottobree magazine is a good source for that. I don't have many issues (keep thinking of subsribing to the magazine and keep postponing that, because I hate tracing from their patterns!)
This time I made an effort.
I chose this top and skirt. here's what I got..
The pattern review
The top - Ot 02-2007-33
It's OK. good directions, the ft is not very good, it's too big (I made size 140 for my 140 cm girl... I thought the fit would be better, but it's too wide and too long. I don't relly minf, it'll be good for next year, but tht was not my originl intent.
The fbric is cute... very thin, from Nahlat Binyamin... when I saw it I know my girl wil love it. It's getting hard to find fabric that she likes (I mean, other than black..). I have a nother ful meters of it, need to think what to make out of it.
Anyway, nothing special about this pattern, noting complicated, I followed the instructions., no problem, but if you make it, note the sizing.
I'm pretty sure I will make it again, since I already traced it :-) but not until next winter! Then the fit will be perfect!
The skirt - Ot 02-2007-20
I like the skirt because it has an elastic waist, so easy to make. Again, the sizing is too big. I made it once for a 'draft version' and then repeated in stretch denim fabric. (the pattern doesn't call for stretch but I wanted a bit less roomy). I had to narrow the pattern on the sides, and shorten it at least 5 cms... but then it looked pretty!
Changes from the instructions:
1. Had to narrow it a bit
2. had to shorten it a lot...
3. I also gave up the back pockets..
I will make it again.. maybe soon, maybe with non stretch fabric, just to see how it works. It really is an easy and recommanded pattern.. worth the try!!
This is it for now... Goos day all

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Many finished items

I thought I'm done with the blog... I don't really have the time to manage it, and on top of that a month ago my computer, with all the pictures on it, stopped working. I'm not sure it can be fixed!!! I hope to get to that soon.
However, I realised that when starting a new item, I often refer to my blog for comments about fit, changes I made, etc. even when starting with a new pattern, I like to document lessons learned from it...
So, I'm keeping the blog. I'll do my best to display the relevant items here... by that I mean that if I make 3 items of the same pattern, identical other than size or fabric... no need to document them.
I have quiet a few months of items to display.. but many pictures are in the old (coruppted!!!) computer. So this is from the last month.
So, first, I want to show pictures from my dd's tenth birthday party!
and the birthday girl.. (I bought the dress, she really wanted and since I didn't buy her clothes for years.. I thought it was a good time :-) )

I'll use this post to just display an Henrika I made for my soon 7 years old...
I already reviewed this pattern... right here so no need to say more. A great pattern!

Will be back soo with more!!! Good weekend all!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Leilani Top - YES!!!!

Hi all...
It's almost the end of the Summer vacation here. We didn't travel this year, we didn't do too much of anything.. except working and waiting for the Summer to be over!

I didn't do much also sewing wise. But I did get to sort out some of my fabrics and patterns, and I realized that over the last two years or so my sewing 'agenda' has changed! I buy far less paper patterns and far more pdf patterns. They are cute, usually very well explained, and they arrive upon clicking the keyboard!

I hate the part of taping the pattern pieces together.. but hey, nothing's perfect, right?
SO, even though I have SO MANY paper patterns that I haven't used yet.. I bought two new patterns last month. These new patterns are a good investment, or so I tell myself, as they fit many sizes and mostly, they are good for teen aged girls...
You may remember I mentioned a while ago that my soon 10 years old no longer wants to wear dresses.. Some are exceptions, but mostly she prefers more 'adult' clothes.
The patterns that I bought are exactly that!
The first pattern is the Leilani Flounce top. You can find it here.

I made it twice already, with matching leggings (I think from the Modkid wonderful book)

Here's one

Need I say more??? How cute is that? My girls LOVE their new outfits!
The pattern is precise, clear, very well explained! The down side, as with all pdf patterns, is the printing and taping together, This is especially true since I don;t have any color printer and so have to count the lines instead of relying on the color of the lines.
There are many variations to this pattern, all detailed. I chose the cute sleeve option. The flounce on the bottom can be left out, as I did for my 10 years old girl. She said it's too childish!!!
Love it, really! I know I'll be making this pattern again!
On my next post I'll have more teen clothes to show and the the pattern that I bought.,.. soon!
Happy school year all!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

newlook 6405... old pattern

Hi all...
My computer is back to life! And I didn't fix it. Goes to show that sometimes all of us need a rest!

Anyway, I discovered it's back and right away downloaded all the pictures from the last month. I don't think I'll have the energy or time to show them all now.. But I better start! (These days are very long, finding solutions for the kids, each one in a different place, while I have to work!!! two more days, then I'll take several days off work till the school year starts!)

So the first pattern is Newlook 6405.
I made it before, several times, and then I forgot it for years!
Lately I found it again...
Unfortunately, size 10, which is the pattern I traced and used 4 years ago... no longer fits.
Since I'm lazy, I didn't bother to trace a bigger size again. Instead I just added seam allowance and in the bottom (front and back) I added several cms more, because this top is SHORT!!! So I made it twice. LOVE it!

I see I already reviewed it before.. right here I look at the pictures.. from 4 years ago.. I was so thin!!!!!!!!!!
Now I want to show you a blanket fr my 2 years old little girl... that I started a year ago. I don;t think quilts are for me. I like the result.. but not the process. The top part is fun to make, but the filling and the binding... not my cup of tee. Don't know if I'll make quilts again. Maybe only the tops with fleece for the other side of the blanket...

I have more to show.. but I'm too tired now. So, I promise!
Bye for now, enjoy the rest of the Summer!!

Monday, August 5, 2013

I'm still around...

But I have no computer!!! I'm writing now from work and I have no way to upload pictures here...
So all my projects (and I have a few!) will have to wait...
I hope one - two more weeks.
In the meantime... have a wonderful summer all!