October 14, 2014

Fair Week

We've been busy with last minute 4-H fair projects this week. 

Jake built a small box on caster wheels for woodworking. They've been working on this out in the shop, I'm excited to see the finished product. He did a canvas glue art, grew a pumpkin, made some clay bowls, and last night we baked an apple pie.


Step 1 - make sure you have all the ingredients. These are the recipes we used, I've made them many times the last several years and it always turns out great. Basic Flaky Pie Crust & Apple Crumble Pie


The fair is always a fun time for kids. I'll be working there so Jake will come along and hang out with his friends.

October 7, 2014

Simplicity 2246 - Lisette Traveler Dress

This is a dress I made a few months ago. I like how versatile it is, I can wear it with sandals in the summer or boots and a cardigan in the winter, although my fabric choice is more suited to fall.



I would love to make a denim or chambray version of this dress as well.

October 2, 2014

Union St. Tee

One of the other items I made this weekend was the Hey June Union St. Tee. This was a great pattern that included 3 sleeve options, I made the long sleeve.





I used this teal blue mira slub cotton jersey blend from Girl Charlee. It's a beautiful light weight fabric. It doesn't drape as well as I'd like though, it clung a bit to the tank I was wearing underneath.

It will be a nice layering piece this winter underneath a grey or black cardigan. I plan to make more, a stripe or polka-dot would be cute!

September 30, 2014

Hudson Pant

Our weekend weather was a bit crazy, 87 degrees on Saturday and 50 degrees on Sunday. I didn't mind the cool rainy weather though because I knew I would be in my sewing room most of the day!

I finished my Hudson Pants first and am so glad I did because I wore them the rest of the day, they are so comfortable.

I made them with this medium weight black cotton spandex from Girl Charlee and it is perfection, so soft and stretchy!




I did an online search for black 1/4" cording and when it arrived it was more of a shiny decorative trim. I did another search for black 1/4" drawstring and found what I was looking for. It will be easy to switch that out once it arrives.

I love these pants and plan on making another pair, I'm thinking olive green with grey accents for the next pair.



September 24, 2014

Selfish Sewing Week Projects - Fall 2014



I have four projects planned for Selfish Sewing Week. I didn't know that was a thing until recently but I'm totally on board! I ordered some fabric last week and it arrived today, it's in the washing machine as I type. I'm pretty sure my "week" is going to extend into several weeks though.


I ordered my fabric online from Girl Charlee. It can be tricky to tell how it's going to look when you can't feel it in person but I am so happy with all of it!

Here is what I am going to make:
1. Scoop neck t-shirt, 3/4 sleeve - Craftsy Sewing with Knits (This was an excellent class, I've already made 2 of these t-shirts and love them!)

2.  Scoop neck t-shirt, short sleeve - Craftsy Sewing with Knits (It's nice to have a basic white t-shirt, this fabric is a slub knit so it has a bit of texture.)

3. Hudson Pant - I've seen similar track pants on many fashion blogs this fall.

4. & 5. The Lane Raglan - I will use the grey fabric to construct the main parts of the shirt and use the olive lace as an overlay on the front. I'm excited to see how this one turns out!

I'll be posting photos of the finished products so be sure to check back!