Sunday, October 31, 2010

Art Sale Sewing

My goodness, it's been awhile. I've been spending all my time sewing and none of it blogging. Getting ready for the art sale (this coming weekend) has kept me really busy and I'm very excited about it. I've never done anything like this before, so there is much that I am uncertain about, but I'm sure it will be a good experience however it goes.

So, let's have a look at the goods...

Buttercup Bags
These are the same as the ones I made here. Now that I'm familiar with the pattern and made good notes about my changes to it, these come together pretty quickly.

Buttercup Bag

Buttercup Bag

Buttercup Bag

Buttercup Bag

I was hoping to use some tortoise shell rings or other hardware on either of these bags, but couldn't find any locally.

Tote Bag
This tote bag is also a repeat. The fabrics in the patchwork strip are mostly the same, but not in the same order/configuration.

Patchwork Tote Bag

I zig-zagged over each seam with an off-white thread for this version.

Patchwork Tote Bag

Inverted Box Pleat Bag (needs a new name)
This bag is a new one for me. During a recent trip to the grocery store I was standing in line behind a woman that was carrying a very similar one.  I sketched it when I left the store, but by the time I started to make the pattern I had a hard time remembering the size. I decided on a finished top band width of 12", so it can be a small tote bag or a handbag.

Blue Pleated Bag

Purple Pleated Bag

The exterior is underlined with cotton canvas and the lining is interfaced, so the bag has some weight and almost stands by itself. It's hard to tell from any of these pictures, but both bags have 3" boxed corners.

Purple Pleated Bag

When I first finished this purple-ish bag, I really didn't like it and didn't think that I would include it in the sale. I think it is the lining fabric that I was disappointed with. I had a hard time deciding on a coordinating fabric and my two-year-old was not happy at Fabricland, so this blue and purple butterfly print is what I ended up with. I think the colors are good, but the print doesn't get me excited and I don't care for the contrast between the smooth/shiny exterior fabric and the quilting cotton. The bag has grown on me a bit since then and while it isn't my favorite, I'm still going to include it.

Blue Pleated Bag

The bags have a pocket on each side of the lining. One is a large pocket divided into three sections.

Purple Pleated Bag

The other is a single pocket with two parts - one zippered and one open at the top.

Five Bags for Sale

Next up: More bags of a different variety.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Christmas Star Pillows

After last Christmas S gave me a small star pillow. She had a few of them and used them to decorate her shop for Christmas. They were not for sale, but she always had people ask if they could buy them and how much they were. So, she asked me to make some like it to sell this year.

Here's the original:

Christmas Star Pillow


It was pretty easy to copy and fun to make. I measured one of the diamonds, drew it out on paper, and added seam allowances. Each side of the pillow is made of three diamonds each from two different fabrics.

My three copies:

Christmas Star Pillows


This one, my favorite, is made from two different quilting cottons.

Christmas Star Pillow


The second is a classic Christmas plaid and gold dupioni silk.

Christmas Star Pillow


The third is burgundy and ivory, both dupioni silk.

Christmas Star Pillow


It's hard to determine their size from the photos - they're 16" across from one point to another and 9" from one "valley" to another. Each has a ribbon loop so they can be hung if desired.

Christmas Star Pillow


S and her co-worker were pretty excited about these. We talked about maybe making a larger one for a couch cushion. And maybe some Christmas table runners. Busy, busy, busy...

Sunday, October 10, 2010

For the Record

These angels and hot water bottle covers are for M's shop here in town. I've made them before and have nothing new to say about them - just posting them here for my future reference.

Angels

Hot Water Bottle Covers

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Oliver + S Jumprope Dress

It's been a few weeks since I made this dress. Like my last Oliver + S experience, I have only good things to say about the Jumprope Dress pattern. The style is as cute as can be, the drafting and sizing is great and the instructions are fantastic. But, I don't think I made a good match of pattern and fabric. The details on the dress are what makes it so cute, but with the print I used, they are really hard to pick out. So hard that I didn't even bother to try photographing them.

Oliver + S Jumprope Dress

We chose the fabric to go along with the sweater that my daughter already had and that really limited our options. The dress is still cute enough and I'm not unhappy with it, but it isn't everything I was hoping it would be. Using a solid pink for some of the details would have been ideal, but of course I didn't have the right color in my stash and I wasn't able to work in a trip to the fabric store before the dress needed to be finished. The fact that my local Fabricland is 45 minutes away now has been really irritating lately.

I'll be making this dress again in a solid or more subtle print, but likely not until summer.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Burda Skirt Again

I'm not sure what prompted it, but awhile ago I decided that I needed a green skirt. The last time I was at Fabricland I saw this green wide-wale corduroy. I wasn't really looking for the skirt to be corduroy and the color was a little different than I was hoping for, but since I had my eyes peeled for awhile and hadn't seen anything better, I thought I'd try the corduroy.

After looking for a suitable pattern, I settled on the Burda 2/2010 skirt that I've already used three times. Because of the weight and bulk of the corduroy, I didn't want to try to mess with too many details. I'll use another skirt pattern soon. Really, I will.

Corduroy Burda Skirt

One of the things I really like about this pattern is the pockets. This time I made the pocket facings and part of the pocket bag out of a cotton woven solid to reduce bulk.

Corduroy Burda Skirt

Since I'll be wearing this skirt with tights I added a lining. Adding the lining was really simple except that I cut the lining exactly the same as the skirt front, meaning the corners were cut off where the pockets go. I didn't want the pockets in the lining, and I was thankful that I had enough lining fabric to cut a new front. The waistband facing is made with the same fabric as the pocket facing.

Corduroy Burda Skirt

This is how I wore it yesterday:

Burda Skirt

I really enjoyed wearing it yesterday, but I'm not all that excited about how I look in the picture. Maybe it was a bad hair day or the fact that my jacket looks rumpled. Maybe it's just the boring pose. I did try some crazy (for me) poses, but when I looked at them this morning they looked...well, crazy. So, boring it is.

Next up: More of these.

Body Parts