Sunday, September 29, 2013

Backpacks of tears.

I decided to make these backpacks for the kids. You can get the pattern from Made by Rae here.

I renamed them to being the "backpacks of tears" I probably would add "and great lamentations" to the name, but they are cute. Actually, they are not even hard to make! My problem was just that I made both of them on a day when the kids were in a baaaad mood. And me. So the three of us together in bad moods + some other life events that were not super awesome left me making lots of little mistakes sewing. I ripped out so. many. stitches. BUT the end result was great. The pattern is awesome.

It takes very little fabric, so you can spurge on designer prints. I chose prints by Heather Ross and Michael Miller. If you made them with a separate print on the sides, you could totally do this with a fat quarter= Japanese Kokka print splurge on Etsy may be about to happen in this house.

They are fully lined which was startlingly easy.

The instructions also show how to make a quilted padded bottom and straps with adjustable D-rings.

I am glad to have a promising future of not carrying their stuff on our walks, haha.

Isn't this print the cutest thing ever? I love love love Heather Ross.

I am thinking about making them to sell on Etsy. Due to the cost of notions, fabric, license to sell, pattern, (HOURS OF SLAVE LABOR)etc... I would sell them for $35 each. There are a lot of others on Etsy for the same price. If anyone would be interested in buying one, send me an email and I'll get to work. ;) I kind of want to sell them just because I want to work with cute Kokka prints or more Heather Ross, haha.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Selfish Sewing: Washi Dress

I have been wanting to make a Washi Dress for a while. I have been following the blog Made By Rae and have loved her designs. I finally bought the pattern and within two days had completed two dresses (even while battling the stomach virus). The pattern is so easy!

I have been saving this fabric that I brought back from Belguim last year. I thought it would make a fun dress, and it did. :)

I added a lace collar and vintage brass button. I also modified the gathers to be pin tucks.

This pattern runs from size XS to XXL. It is so simple to follow. There is elastic shirring in the back so it doesn't need a closure(Cheers and drinks for everyone!). After I finished it, I thought I might put it in my Etsy shop (remember, I was sick at the time, haha) but now I think I would be crazy if I did that.

I am including this as part of a fun event that I found called Selfish Sewing Week. Check it out! It is a great way to find new patterns/ideas/blogs.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Easy hoodie for kids plus sewing with knit on a basic sewing machine

I found a super easy pattern. It is for a knit hoodie/cowl/shawl neck top for children (12m-6). Really, I think the most effort was cutting out and taping the pattern pieces and cutting the fabric. The step-by-step photo instructions that accompanied the pattern were very simple to follow.

The best part? They are made out of knit! I finally learned how to sew knit on my basic sewing machine. I just needed a ballpoint needle and set the zig-zag to the narrowest width and longest length. Hooray! There have been so many things that I have been wanting to try, but was too intimidated by using my machine on knit. Fear no more!

Any who, you can get the pattern from here. It is an Etsy shop. You will get it as a PDF file, so you can use it over and over in various sizes. After looking up the link to post, I have realized that I used the same fabric as in the shop picture, ha.

My, what willing models I have. Haha! This picture made me laugh so much.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

My undying love for tea...

Chocolate coconut ganache macarons
If you are cold, tea will warm you;
If you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are exhausted, it will calm you.

William Gladstone

So true! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Hiking in Upstate New York

This is one of my favorite places in NY- right off the highway, just before Lake Placid. It has a marvelous view of Mt. Marcy and some of the other high peaks. I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours there (waiting to meet up with friends) a couple of weeks ago.

But! As lovely as it is, gazing up at the mountains from a meadow is not the same as looking across from the top of one of them!

My goal was to have hiked all 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks before finishing grad school, then it was getting married/having kids, and now it is before I am 30.

But since I am going to be 28 tomorrow, I am not sure if that goal will be met! I am just over halfway through them. If I could get a few more trips in (having babies in summer for two years in a row set me back!) I think the goal could be accomplished.

Oh, and if any of you want to give me $250 for a new tent, you are welcome. Haha ;)

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