Sew Cute

I sewed this weekend. I had some fabric, a couple of cute pinterest patterns burning a hole in my pocket, and a three day weekend to boot! What better time to tackle some quick projects. Both turned out pretty well, so I thought I’d throw a picture or two up on the blog.

A gift for my dear friend K’s birthday! What girl doesn’t need a cute little zipper pouch. I tried this pattern out for Christmas for my sister too, and liked the results, so I thought i’d throw one together as a birthday gift as well. Hopefully she’ll like it.

Pattern can be found here.

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Bow Pouch with the necessities! Happy Birthday pencil and swirly straw!

Next up came a pair of City Gym Shorts. Seriously, such a cute easy pattern! I think next time i’ll invest in some nicer fabric and add pockets, but I am looking forward to wearing these come warmer weather.

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City Gym Shorts!

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Look Mom, I sewed something for me!

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Yay Bathroom Selfies!

That’s all for now folks. Happy Tuesday!

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Long Time

Hello! Long time no blog. What can I say, there are periods of life that are just too busy, not meant for blogging. 2015 was a blur of growing, grieving, aerial training, pole dancing, and curling up on the couch watching Doctor Who with my love. And yes, I said pole dancing. It is both incredibly difficult, and incredibly therapeutic. I am convinced that my aerial/pole training was responsible for the maintenance of my sanity the past year.

So why start blogging again you ask? Well there is this little project I want to document the process of. My dear friends wedding dress. Now I have always said I would never, never ever, never ever ever, make a friends wedding dress. But when Y called me up last fall and said “hey girl, i’m engaged, I would love if you could do this for me?”, something clicked. Perhaps it was her unwavering confidence in my skill and creativity, perhaps it was the opportunity to really throw myself into a design project again, perhaps, perhaps, perhaps. There really is no set explanation, just the answer of yes, I would love to do this for you. Documenting it will allow me to look back so that should the situation ever arise again, I can look back and either say “sure, that was fun. I could do it again.”, or “ha! never again!”.

Either way, here we go. Sketches have been sketched, muslin has been bought, colors have been selected (yes, color). Stick around for the ride.

With that, I leave you with three pictures from the past year. Happy 2016!!

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Big Buddah in Hong Kong

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I call this photo, Holding my breath this hurts so bad…. wait look how strong my abs look.

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Queen of Hearts and Kung Fury

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I Did It!

And by it, I mean I made a baby gift that wasn’t a crocheted afghan. A blanket yes, but not an afghan. Nope, this time I tried my hand at a quilt. A quick cozy little blanket for a soon to be little boy. It has a few kinks (it was my first quilt after all), but I am pretty ok with how it turned out. If I ever make another quilt, there are definitely a few tools I will invest in (rotary mat), but this time it went ok with the basics I already owned.

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Hopefully it provides many a night of good snuggles!

Happy Tuesday!

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It’s a Cake!

I baked a cake… and took several pictures. It was the first time i’ve used my cake decorating tools on a full cake, so I was a wee bit excited that it wasn’t a disaster! It was both my parents birthdays recently, and I wanted something classic, but still pretty to look at. End result, classic yellow cake with chocolate frosting.

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I picked up some sparkler candles to test out. They didn’t sparkle, much to my dismay. A new brand will need to be tried next time.  On a funnier note, they kept relighting as well, even after blown out. They weren’t advertised as trick candles, but they added some extra entertainment to the birthday celebrations.

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I’ve been on a bit of a baking kick lately. Any thoughts on what to attempt next?

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Baby Afghan…. again

I made another baby afghan. Shocking I know. This one was started about 4 months ago, and I finished it just in time! My boss and her husband have been going through the adoption process, and they finally got their sweet little miss about a week ago. I finished the afghan only a few days before they found out. Good timing indeed!

Being as we are both textile designers, I selected this particular crochet pattern because it resembles a woven basketweave exactly. I didn’t use an exact pattern, as I did with other baby blankets, but used a youtube video instead. Find the video here. I used this video to understand the basics of the stitch, and then came up with the dimensions I wanted the blanket to meet. Once I finished the body of the blanket, I completed it by doing a bobble stitch around the edge.

I was pretty pleased with the end result, considering it was my first time not using a pattern. Take a gander!

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I used the Bernat softie yarn, in a light variegated blue. Yes, I used blue for a girl. I cannot stand gender stereotyping colors, so I just picked a nice snuggly yarn. I hope she likes it. Happy Tuesday!

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Flower Power Pillows

I LOVE making gifts for people! Always have, always will. It’s always been a matter of if people want a homemade gift though, so I usually resort to buying them. Needless to say, I was delighted when I asked my friend what she wanted for her birthday, and she asked me to make her a nice throw pillow. After discussing a few pattern ideas and looking at some inspiration pictures, we settled on a really beautiful flower concept.

Wanting to make sure the gift still had an element of surprise, I chose the fabric and color scheme by myself. I chose a heavier weight cotton poplin and started by doing an hombre in orange RIT dye. (Please forgive the poor picture quality, as all of these were taken in the evening with my iphone.)

IMG_1031After cutting out pieces for the front and back of the pillow, I made a small template of what I wanted the petals to look like in varying sizes. These I then used to cut out my petal pieces, with the big pattern pieces in the darker sections, and the smallest in the lightest fabric sections.

IMG_1033I cut out a plethora of petals, stitched two pieces of each together, and left the flat end open to turn. Next I used my serger with a safety stitch, but i’m sure that a standard sewing machine would work just fine! After stitching, turning and pressing each petal, I serged the openings closed, and worked on my layout.

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IMG_1038After finalizing my layout, I stitched each petal down, and attached the front of the pillow sham to the back. I had to hand stitch the center rossette.

Voila!!

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I also made a small accompanying pillow.

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I think they turned out pretty cute for my first go around with throw pillows. Now I just need to make a few for my own apartment.

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