Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A new toddler backpack in my shop.

I fell in love with this print when browsing through an Etsy shop.


I decided that it HAD to become a toddler backpack.


These days, my baby wrap only gets to serve as a backdrop for photos, it seems. Alas.



Most of my backpack sales are for custom orders, but this is made an ready to ship- if any of my readers would like it for a Christmas gift. It is for sale in my shop.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Zippered pouch giveaway

Today I am giving away one of my zippered pouches.



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This is part of the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day. Go to the link for lots of givaways this week.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Finished Hat

I finally finished my first cabling project last night. It is for Katherine. 

Her hair!!

Honestly, I was hoping it would be adult sized, haha. I find it amusing that I can cable, but still can barely determine what size it will be when finished. Gauging is still a mystery for me even though I have read about how to do it. 


I highly recommend this pattern. Remember, I only learned how to knit about two months ago. Seriously, cabling looks hard, but it really isn't. 

Cell phone photo!

I took my friend's advice and made the chart color coded. It made a world of difference.

My camera's settings still mystify me. This hat is really the purple color as shown in the other pictures. 

The design is so lovely. I will definitely try this pattern again. I made lots of mistakes that are hard to see in the photos, but believe me, they are there!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

My first Yarn Along

Hooray! I have often wished that I participated in Yarn Alongs. Sadly, though I have been knitting quite  a lot over the last few weeks, alas, I have not been reading much of anything. I recently read about an interesting book from a couple of sources: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. I think the long title is ironic since the book is about living clutter-free. Hmm.

Any who, I have just started reading it and like it a lot. The author uses an interesting method for determining what to keep and what to throw out: Does this item give me joy? Obviously, there are some things that fall out of this category, but when you really think of it- even a broom- can cause joy (I get happy AFTER I have swept and the floor is clean. Does it give joy to have more socks than what is needed and have a jammed drawer in the process? Probably not. In addition, I think we must be careful not to live for the sake of pure happiness, but, still- it makes a good point. The book also points out that most people are happier when their lives are freed from too much stuff.


And what have I been making? I am on my first cabling project now. It is a hat by Brooklyn Tweed. I was surprised at how simple cabling really can be. It made a huge difference getting a pattern that was written in plain English rather than being needlessly abbreviated. Here is the Ravelry link if you are into this sort of thing.


As you can see, my cables are not perfect! Still, it is a great learning project.


*I used an affiliate Amazon book for the link. I swear, I did not make this post for that purpose. I just thought of it while I was writing and decided to add it since I can.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Knitting

I decided, after getting sick, that Facebook is getting to be a ridiculous time waster; consequently, I decided to learn how to knit. There were other reasons too. I have been swooning over the most darling knit projects that I see on Instagram and other lovely spots on the internet.

So, after watching several you-tube videos, I started. My first hat was cute, but too small.
Worsted weight, size 9 needles.


This is my second hat. In reality, it should be the fourth or fifth hat because of how many times I pulled stitches out to start over again. I didn't mind though, because I like (so far) knitting for the sake of knitting. It is so soothing.

Irish Aran Homespun, size 4 needles.

This is my second project. It is a good deal harder to stitch with smaller needles, but I still like it. I haven't ripped massive amounts of stitches yet, though I have somewhat of a foreboding that it is still to come.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fabric hoarding pays off

I found a new addiction. These zippered pouches are the most satisfying way to use all of the designer scraps that I have been hoarding. I am thinking about making a tutorial for these. Would anyone be interested? It is quite simple- a great project for beginners. 












These are for sale in my Etsy shop..If you see something here that is no longer available (I never listed the Tardis pouch, but I can easily make you one!), feel free to message me for a custom order. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

We've moved!

I am getting back to sewing now. We moved about three weeks ago- back to our home state. Our house is mostly unpacked. Really- all of it is, except my husband's office which is in a dreadful state. The reason why is that we need new bookshelves. My brother is making them for us- I am excited about that. Until then, the room's door will be firmly shut when company comes.


We live on a lake! This picture is a little fuzzy (phone picture), so you can't see the lake outside very clearly. I will say that in person, the view is amazing. I can watch boats go by very frequently. The lake is much bigger than it looks in this photo. It is a long lake, though were live where it is rather narrow.

My sewing room (!) is a dream. It isn't much to look at yet, but it is so nice having an area devoted to sewing, so I don't have to sacrifice my kitchen table anymore. I've already been sewing a lot. I have several orders to finish. They never stop.

Our new parish is great. I used to talk about a lot of personal matters on this blog, but decided that I would rather keep my privacy since I was frequently getting new traffic from sewing posts. If any of you have been following long enough to remember- my husband is an Orthodox priest (Christian, not Jewish- though he is half Jewish :) ). We moved from our beloved monastery because he was assigned to a parish. It is in the foothills of the Adurondacks, which is my favorite part of NY.

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!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Christ is Risen!

Phew! I just finished a 30 hour sewing job. I made alter cloths for a church. I also bought a new sewing machine- a semi-industrial Juki. It has my heart.

Any who, we had a party at our house on Monday. A lot of our friends are very gifted singers. I thought I would share this video from it.


Nice, right? They are singing, "Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death and upon those in the tombs bestowing life." in Church Slavonic.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Just for fun...

I entered this for a geek photography contest. I didn't win, but I wanted to share it with you!

What happened after the Rebels fled.



I took that picture myself. On Hoth. After a ride in the Tardis. ;)

Or maybe it was Pennsylvania. I forget.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Using the Washi pattern as a top

Hello!

I haven't been posting (like usual) but I have been over-the-top busy with sewing. I decided to expand my business into sewing Orthodox liturgical items like vestments and paraments. Phew! My kitchen really is my personal sweat shop these days.

Any who, I thought I would share some clothing that I made using the Made by Rae Washi expansion pack. I think the Washi is one of my favorite patterns- it works so well with many fabrics and is quite easy to sew. You can make dresses or tops out of the same pattern. The new pattern expansion includes new necklines and sleeve variations.


This one is a chambray Washi, lined with a floral cotton. I did not use the expansion pack for this one. If I remember correctly, it was released later that day (after sewing) and I needed fifty cups of tea to recover from the horrid timing.


I always like how the linings look.


I made this one in a very soft cotton. It was my favorite. I don't think it looks home-made. At least I hope not, haha! I always worry when people ask me if I made what I was wearing.



I never said anything at the time, but I had another miscarriage the week of Christmas. It was pretty rough- I sewed a lot to help myself feel better.


I made this throw quilt as a Christmas gift as well. Quilt making is not for me! It is amusing how various forms of sewing attract and detract people. Maybe someday I will like quilting, ha.


Sure, this photo is like three months late, but I have to share the awesome. The Defiant as a Christmas tree ornament!!! (For non-nerds- it is from Star Trek Deep Space Nine, which has my heart)


And to continue with a theme- Star Trek Christmas Cookies!


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