Friday, July 11, 2014

More of the Maria Dress

Sometimes I find these patterns.. where one is not enough. The Maria dress is such a dress.
I showed you before the first items I made out of this dress.. right here
But since then I made it again.. and again.. and again...
For both girls for Shavoot. My 7 years old dress if from the white lycra and lace I got two months ago. I think her dress is wroth the 45 NOS I paid for the fabric!!!

Them my sister, 10 years younger than me and I guess about 20 kg less... asked for a dress too. I was happy to make her. I used size 14 of the dress and expanded it just a bit. How pretty, right???
I guess it makes it more than just a great tween pattern, it's also a slim women pattern!
So I decided.. so what if I'm so fatter then I should be.. I also deserve a dress. It doesn't look so nice on me as it is on my sister.. but what the hell..
Will I ever be thin again?
Now, just so you don't think I'm making only dresses.. I actually make a lot of stuff... but most of them are not worth a mention, juts simple leggings and shorts for the kids, I don't really have the time lately to challenge myself with new patterns, with complicated projects. I know it'll get easier, in 1-2 years.. but at the moment between work and kids...
so I'll just show a little of what I've made recently.. From the floral pink Jersey fabric from two months ago. two Olivia dress to use as night gowns, and legging for my three years old. again - worth the money I paid for it.

And last for this post - the cakes and muffins I prepared for three years old for their birthday last week... I wanted to make more.. but I didn't have the time...

On another note.. many cities in Israel are under the non ending missile attacks.. I wish us all a quiet night, and hoping to have piece as soon as possible!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

shopping!!!

I went shopping last Friday with a friend of mine. She lives right near me, but with the kids... we never meet! and we rarely shop together. This time we did and it was great.
I decided I need to follow up the fabrics that I buy, I will feel much better if I see a list of items made against the fabrics I bought.. I'll feel better for spending the money!
So here's the list of fabric that I bought this time...
These two first fabrics, white stretch and white lace, 1 meter of each, are meant for a Maria dress for Shavoot for my 7 years old.Bought them from "Kairi fabrics" for 25 NIS the lace and 20 the white stretch fabric.

also from this store I got these pretty stretch fabrics, 2 metes of the pine (I think...), 2.5 from the dotted blue, (meant for a dress for me... what d you say? too young???) and 2 meters from the floral pink... each meter for 20 shekels.. I think. Hope I remember well!
These fabrics are from "Habait Shel Silvi". I love the fabrics there... The floral denim I had doubts abouts.. it's 1.5 meters for 35 NIS. It took me awhile but now I think it'll be a pretty shorts for my girls...
The red fabric is.. I am not sure what, also from the same store, about a meter, got it for 10 shekels. looks like it'll be also good for shorts. The purple one.. it's a jersey. also 1.5 meters for 35 NIS... will make a top for myself.

The next fabrics are from Kashi. Also one of my favorite stores. The denim is black, with stretch.. I think I bought 2 meters (25 shekels each meter). the floral baby cord is a leftover, I think it'll make the cutest shorts for my one of the girls, and it cost only 10 shekels.

The next three fabrics are just cute stuff I found, don't recall the names of the stores. The floral is swimsuit fabric. will be good for something. it's a thick lycra.. 15 shekels per meter (I go only 1 meter). The denim is with some stretch, I think it cost 20 Shekels per meter. (again, I got only 1 meter).The last one is ruffle fabric. Last year I made from a similar fabric sleeveless tops for my 10 years old and for me, it was great. I think I will make more of those...

Ok then, I think this time all the fabric that I got have a project intended for them. I hope by the end of the Summer to display for each item what was made of it, and conclude.. well, that it was worth the money and that I really should go shopping again!!!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

tween sewing - Maria dress

Its Independence day here... Spring... Time for dresses!
This one dress both my tween and myself approved.. which doesn't happen too often. Usually her favorite dresses are too short or too tight for my taste...
I refer to The Maria Dress
I tried it the first time for my 10.5 years old. size 10... a sightly see through fabric. I than repeated twice more with black and white variations. I plan another dress, white one, for Shavoot. The picture fail to show how pretty these dresses are, and how great they fit my girl!

Than my 7 years old wanted such a dress too. The first version I made for her was was size 7. It was too big.. too long... didn't like it... I gave it a friend of hers, who is one year older, and the dress is a perfect fit for her. I than used the same size 7 that I traced but left out the middle part and narrowed just a bit the top parts.. This is what I got..
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Pattern Review:
Amazing dress! so pretty... Two variations of the skirts... both my girls voted for the rectangle option as more "in".
The size goes up to 14, which means I have years more to enjoy the pattern, also a great bonus!
Can't tell about the instructions, since it is an easy pattern, really nothing complicated there.. Great success! Highly recommend!
Happy independence day!

Friday, April 18, 2014

sleeveless tops - women and tweens

Hi all.
It's spring here.. Passover. we had big plans for this holiday. Both my husband and myself took days off work.. we planned to travel, do things.
Then, a week before the holiday.. my husband broke his leg.. when taking out the garbage!!!! Can you believe it?? If you think you remember such a post in the past.. yes, two years ago.. a week before the holiday I broke my ankle when doing the laundry. I think both my husband and me are not cut out for house work!!

So I'm trying to survive eight days with four kids at home!!! It's not a good holiday :-(

Anyway, trying to get ready for the coming Summer, I realized that all my kids have so many clothes! Too many to fit into their closets... The one exception is my tween... She's getting bigger and taller... and she's getting very difficult to sew for, and frankly, also to buy for! The clothes she loves are clothes that I think are not appropriate for her age!!!

I also need a few more clothes. Mostly casual wear, for work and for afternoons in the playground, since that's all I ever do...(Does it sounds as if I complain??? Most of the time I really don't, but this past week with my husband sitting and enjoying himself while I try to entertain the kids and cook.. well, it's not my best time..)

So my first Summer projects for the season are the easiest tops, two for myself and two for my tween...

The pattern for my top is KS2965 view B. I traced the pattern before, size M. and narrowed it down a lot to fit me. Now it's a great fit.

The pattern I used for my tween is Ottobre 01-2014-28. Also a sleeveless top, I made size 146 for my 140 cm girl, and I do not leave seam allowance when I cut the pattern. No need to check the instructions. I make it the same way I made my KS sleeveless tops:
sew the back and front together at shoulder and side
sew two binding peaces together
sew the neck binding to the neck opening right sides together and fold the binding back and sew..

Sp for the coming month I guess I'll concentrate on some items for my tween. I plan two dresses, two more tops, and two tights. I doubt I'll actually have the time.. but I'll try. If I am lucky I'll squeeze in a dress for myself (yes, one more for my closet, I never wear them...) and a dress for 7 years old.. we'll see.. Happy holiday all!!!

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