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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Scirocco Dress from my brother's old sheet!

I LOVE this dress!!  Yes it's made from a sheet which used to cover my little bro in the 70's!  When I found it in my Mom's linen closet recently and asked if I could have it, I think she thought I was crazy.  Then the other day when I was looking through my patterns to figure out what to sew for KCW I came across the Scirocco Pattern by Figgy's on my hard drive.  I think it was meant to be. 

I put all my thread on top of the sheet and asked Allie to pick which one she wanted.  She chose purple so I then used purple binding tape to accent the pleat.

I loved sewing up this pattern but I did change a few things.  The instructions for how to avoid top-stitching just didn't make sense to me.   Besides I love top-stitching and used the purple thread for a reason!  So in the end I stitched around everything in purple.  I also am not very good at narrow hems.  I don't have a rolled hem foot and I know my weaknesses, because of this I chose to cut double the flounces and line each one.  This allowed me to sew around the hem and then turn the flounce right side out.  Looks much better than it would have if I had tried to narrow hem them!!

My oldest daughter is a bit miffed at me for using the sheet for a dress for Allie.  She wanted me to use it for her but c'est la vie.  Sorry Jess I will make you something else soon :)  Speaking of Jess, she took the pictures of Allie.  The baby bunnies are about a week and a half old now.  Their eyes are still closed but they are looking more and more like bunnies everyday.  I can't believe how fast they grow!

I know it may be hard to get a real sense of the dress from these pictures but I love them anyhow.  Great job Jessica!

My little model!  Jessica also did her hair.  It's Jess's chore every morning to get Allie's hair brushed and pretty.  She figured out a few weeks ago that if she takes the time to braid Allie's hair on Sunday night she can leave it in all week!  I also hope it helps keep the dreaded lice away.  The kids school is horrid!!!  I get a notice every week that there is lice in the class.  Now that I've grossed everyone out, scroll down and check out more pics of my youngest cutie pie.

Happy Sewing!

Banyan Pant and Scirocco Dress Digital Layouts

I used one of my all time favorite kits to scrap the Banyan Pants I made.  It's called Allie's Pals Moose.  I used to sell my digital creations and despite the fact that I loved this kit it never really sold very well.  I still love it though and I especially love it for scrapping Allie.  The fact that the pants are almost the same color as this background paper is a bonus.  I am loving orange lately!  The pants are actually red but the bright sun made them look almost orange I think.  My Allie is such a character!

I scrapped the Scirocco Dress with a few kits.  Since they were all created by me I don't feel the need to label each thing here.  I do love how it turned out though.  I haven's scrapped in (cover your eyes Digi Scrap Friends!) over a year!!!  After selling my kits for 5 years I was just burned out.  I do wish I had not given up my digital scrapbook freebie blog but I plant to eventually upload some freebies here.

New Babies at our House!

 One of our bunnies had babies!  This will be a one time thing but I really wanted the kids to have the experience of raising babies.  Fudge, the momma bunny, has been such a great mother.  She was really aggressive while she was pregnant but she is surprisingly willing to let us pick the babies up.  As long as we bring her grass or some other treat to keep her happy.  Like all nursing mommies she is very hungry!  There are 7 babies.  Two black one which look like seals to me :) and 5 white and broken.  I haven't counted how many are grey broken and how many are black broken yet.

Banyan Pants in Red

I'm starting a new thing on my blog.  I'm going to let my kids take the majority of pictures.  I know this will drive some of you nuts.  So not professional!  But I am hoping it will give them each a sense of accomplishment when they see their pictures up here for the whole world to see.  These pictures of my very first pair of Banyan Pants by Figgy's were taken by my son A.J.  He's almost 12.  I think you did a great job of capturing your little sister on camera A.J.  You certainly show her energy and style :)  Now if I ever get a pattern testing gig I will do two posts.  One where the kids take the pics and one where I take the pics.  I am not much better to be honest.  I just don't have the patience and I am really hoping that my oldest daughter will take over picture duty soon.

I uses some heavy weight red fabric that I purchased at a garage sale last summer for these pants.  I chose white thread because I love top-stitching and I love contrasting thread.  It shows my mistakes off so nicely :)

I have to say that I love this pattern.  I love the fit, I love the style and I loved the instructions.  I am not good at following directions, it just goes against the grain for me for some reason.  One of my goals for the next few years is to learn to follow patterns and sew much better.  The problem with always drafting my own items is they are almost always first drafts.  Unless I want to sew them multiple times to make changes they will always be flawed.  So I am going to try to use more patterns.

Allie likes these pants a lot.  They are a bit big on her, which I planned.  She doesn't really need any clothes right now so these will be for the fall.  I know right, fall sewing already!  Well I do have 4 children and I want to make them each a few pieces plus sew for myself a bit so I figured I would start early.

I would still like to take some pics of these pants myself or get Jess to do it but for now I am just happy that I got them onto the blog.  I think they turned out beautifully.  Some firsts for me when sewing this pattern were, the zipper fly (yay I did it!!!), the cuffs at the bottom and the 3 piece waist band.  All in all I would say these pants were a definite success.

Happy Sewing :)