Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The last Washi top for a while

Phew! It has been a busy few days!

We are moving to Upstate NY in a couple of weeks. Fr. Matt is going to be the priest at a parish there. I am excited about it, but also quite sad to leave our beloved monastery.

Any who, this photo was from a project before the craziness began. I had to finish an order for a little girl's dress, so I cut this out while I was at it.


I think it is my favorite fabric of all time. It is a cotton linen blend from South Korea.


South Korea has completely won my heart for beautiful fabrics.


I can't say how much I want to make a tablecloth out of this. Haha

Well- time to do more housework!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Another Nani Iro Double Gauze Washi top


I can't help myself.

 

Double gauze is so soft and comfortable to wear. It is perfect for summer.


I have found that there is somewhat of a trick to sewing double gauze. Mostly, it sews and cuts like any other cotton. However, if you don't give generous seam allowances, the fabric along the seams will likely begin to fray- more than standard quilting cotton.

 
Shirring the back is surprisingly easy as well. You only need to load the bobbin with elastic thread. 

I just bought some dreamy floral linen. A huge part of me wants to make another Washi top with it, but I am starting to worry that it may be too many, haha.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Confessions of a designer fabric addict.

Hello!

I have been busy busy busy. I have been making lots more baby dresses for my shop.


This is what I have in stock now. Most of these are either 0-3 months or 3-6 months. Do yo know why? Laziness. I didn't want to print out and tape and cut and insert-other-first-world-problems-here a new pattern size, haha. I finally got myself to print out most sizes, so expect more larger sizes.

Any who. Here'e the rub: I love love love designer fabrics. Designer fabrics are often much higher quality in the printing and materials- and the designs are just adorable.


The middle dress is a Liberty of London lawn. It sews like a dream- the fabric is so fine and crisp. On the right is the Spring 2014 Nani Iro double gauze. So soft and lovely.

Sewing with fabrics like this is so much fun. I am sure the dream will wear off with time, but for now I am somewhat addicted to it. I want to sell these not just to make money, but just so that I can keep making them.

If you are interested, they are in my shop!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

An elephant for Katherine

This post is very late. I made this Elephant for a Christmas gift. Katherine loves elephants, so I decided to make her one. Since then, it has become her favorite toy and she sleeps with it every night. Win!


Forgive the blurry camera phone photo. This is the only picture I took before Christmas. I sewed it while she was playing in the other room. I would hide it under cloth when she came in the room where I was sewing (when it began to look like an elephant). I did not use a pattern- I made it up as I was going along. It is made out of some baby bunting that I never used. The dress is a preemie dress that I was given when it looked like Katherine would be born early.


Since then, I have made it some new clothes. This is an altered Geranium dress and an apron. I really want to make more clothes for her. I made the mistake of looking things up on Pinterest and wanting to explode from how cute handmade doll clothing (Waldorf) can be.

When I was making the dress, Katherine told me, "Mommy, you are like a store." Haha.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Matryoshka Notebook cover givaway

Hello! I am participating in the Sew Mama Sew givaway day. I did this last year and it was a lot of fun.

This year I am giving away a re-usable matryoshka notebook cover. Fun! I just realized that I never made a pattern review post for these covers. At least, I can't remember doing one! I'll save that for later. The pattern is by Ginger Cake patterns on Etsy.


Doesn't this stack of notebooks look much better now?


This is the cover that you will win.

I will ship these outside of the US as long as it isn't illegal in that country (you would be surprised at the laws out there!).

*If you like these, I have more in my Etsy shop. :)



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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Gernaium dresses for my Etsy Shop


I've just added some fun dresses to my Etsy shop. Most of these are made with designer fabrics, which are so much fun to work with.

$30- 0-3 Months
This is the dress I made with the scraps of my Washi top. It is a super soft double gauze by Nani Iro.

$25 3-6 Months
I am a huge fan of anything Victorian, so getting this fabric was a mini-thrill.

$25 3-6 Months
This is a cute modern print by Riley Blake.

$25 0-3 Months
You can not imagine how cute this print is. Pigs!


It is a cotton/linen blend by Heather Ross.


This last dress is not actually for sale. I put it into the picture because they look cuter together. I love how the colors blend. Any who, this is for a sweet baby of my cousin. The fabric is from one of our grandmother's vintage sheets. She died several years ago. She made a huge impression on all of us cousins, so I have been so happy to have something of "hers" to give to the new baby!


**These dresses are all made from the Geranium pattern at Made By Rae. I am a licensed seller.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Nani Iro Bird's Eye Double Gauze Washi Tunic Top

Phew, that was a mouthful for a blog title, right?

I have been wanting to try sewing with double gauze for about two years. I waited and waited because it is rather expensive ($20 a yard). Once day I finally decided to splurge on my favorite-most-wished-for double gauze- justifying it by making (and selling) an infant dress from the leftover fabric scraps. I am so glad that I did because it is amazing.



Double gauze is essentially two pieces of cotton gauze that have been needle punched together to create one piece of fabric. It is extremely soft, but thick enough to not be transparent (unlike one layer of gauze). Double gauze is mostly made in Japan. Nani Iro is a popular designer that makes many amazing water color prints.

I squeezed enough fabric to make a tunic top and a baby dress (in process) out of 1.5 yards of fabric. I was cutting out of small scraps to finish the baby dress, but it all fit. Hooray!



I am pretty much in love with this top. I adore the colors and it feels so comfortable.

You will probably recognize the pattern since I have posted it several times before. It is the Washi pattern from Made by Rae. This is my 6th Washi dress/top. The pattern goes together so smoothly. I can't recommend it enough. If anyone from Made by Rae is reading this pleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease make a license to sell this soon. I'm dying here!


I made some modifications this time. I added one inch length in each of the front shoulder straps, then used the extra ease to create pin-tucks in the neckline.



I am including this pattern in the Made By Rae Spring Top Sewalong and Selfish Sewing week. Phew, two events at once!
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