Sunday, January 4, 2015

Starting the year off strong.

Since the new year, I have accomplished a few things.  Of course, I expect that level of productivity to go away when I go back to work tomorrow.  Because I am not sewing for guard goody bags, or flags anymore, I will not have those deadlines to motivate me, or cause me to get as much done.

Several things were quick and easy finish up something that was already started, and a few were new projects.

One of the new projects was a machine embroidery hoody for Axelgirl.  The embroidery design was from SewCuteDigiDesigns  I was pretty happy with how it stitched out.  Confetti dot looks nice for applique, but it is a pain to trim.  Hoodie was from Joanns.  Axelgirls school colors are red and black so we did the design to match that.

I finished up a skating dress for MiniAxelgirl and her doll.  I had started this last year, and just had to do the straps.  Pattern is one I drafted myself, using the Kwik Sew patterns to get the basic size and shape of the leotard and sleeve.

Doll dress to match girls skating dress.  Again I used the Lee and Pearl 1055 for the basic shape, then made the necessary bodice changes to match the girls dress.
Axelgirl got new pjs.  First is a ME top with everyones favorite snowman, Olaf.  Embroidery design is from mysewcuteboutique  Other than being a little lower than I would like on the tshirt (operator error) I am happy with how it sewed out.

The t-shirt was to go with a pair of Olaf fleece pj pants.  I found the fleece at Joanns.  Pattern was Simpicity 1520, with buttonholes added at the front for drawstrings.
I got new PJ's too.  Pants pattern is 3971.  I had to make some adjustments so I was happy with the fit.  Lets just say I'm not a standard pattern size.

The top is Simplicity 8922, which I believe is out of print.

This is another hoodie for Axelgirl.  The design is from justsewpretty,  This is the third time I have made this design,   Once for her, and once for me with it saying color guard mom.  I had forgotten what an act of love trimming the letters from confetti dot was on the applique and how much it shredded the thread.  It probably took over 3 hours this afternoon to do the design.  But, I know it will get used.

3 crochet pot holders that were in various states of completion that I finished up.

My next top 5 include:
  1. 3 new lanyards for work
  2. Skating pants for mini axelgirl
  3. Nightgown for me
  4. Curtain for sidelight in great room
  5. Smock 1 wee care gown I have downstairs.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Year in Review

Based on what I have in my blog, and a few things I remember doing but not documenting, I have completed 139 pieces in 2014.  I wonder how 2015 will compare.

Here is the breakdown

Guard Flags-14

Machine Embroidery Projects-49
     This can include anything from a quick easy stitch out, to something more complicated like the coin purses I did for the guard.

Smocking/Embroidery on Wee Care gowns-5

Construction of Wee Care Gowns, does not include smocking or embroidery-14

Construction projects, does not include smocked items, may be clothing, pillowcases, skate dresses, etc, some projects also had Machine Embroidery but are not counted in that total.  Also does not include doll sized items.-30

Smocked Construction-3

Crochet -3

Hand Embroidery-2


Doll Clothes-7

Quilt, width of a double, length of a king, hand quilted-1

Not sure what my big projects are going to be this year.  I don't have to make flags anymore, won't be making things for the guard goody bags. So I need to think about what I want to do.  Maybe practice my technique on doll clothes, more Wee Care for sure. I'd love to be able to make patterns fit me, but I'm hoping to loose some weight first.  Finish up my kits from previous classes?  Who knows.

For now, my next top 5  are

  1. Finish practice dress and matching doll dress for Mini Axelgirl.  Her mom bought the fabric about 2 months ago, so I really need to get it done.
  2. Construct nightgown for me that is already smocked.
  3. Alterations/Mending that need to be done
  4. Finish up Wee Care projects that I have.
  5. Find things to ME.  I switched to Embird about 2 weeks ago, and haven't had much chance to use it.  The computer I was previously using with out of date software finally died, and I had to do something about it.  Axeldaddy had been pushing me to make a decision for a while, so hopefully this will work out.

Happy New Year

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Final projects for the year

I have been in a sewing crunch lately.  I put things off until the last minute.  I really want to make time to sew at least three times a week next year.  There are lots of other goals as well, but that is the only one that pertains to here.  I am going to count these as the final projects for the year.  There are a few more things in progress, but I will add them to the January information.

Below are the projects I have finished since my last post.  I need to do better about keeping up with posting, and sewing.

First is the test dress for Mini-Axelgirls first USFS test, pre-preliminary moves.  Fabric is from Spandex House.  Pattern is based on Kwik Sew 3508 size 10 with the hip seam and skirt redrafted.  The back neckline was scooped lower to accomodate the criss cross straps.

Below is one of the two dresses I made for my 4 yo niece for Christmas.  All fabrics were from Joanns.  Pattern is Pink Fig Vintage Jane, which has been discontinued.  You can find it on Amazon and Etsy right now.  She was given a pair of red leggings to wear with it.  I did ME her brother a tshirt to coordinate, but forgot to take a picture.  I have seen some pictures on FB, of him in the shirt, and would show those, but they don't show the ME really well.

This is the coordinating doll dress for the above dress.  I drafted the pattern using one with an elastic neckline and raglan sleeves from on of the Big 3 pattern companies.  I'm hoping she got some use out of these.

The second dress for my niece was a Mary De, smocked with Janet Gilbert's Snow Queen.  I had to do the smocking twice, as the first time the sisters did not come out the same height.  This was due to operator error, not the plate designer.  I also made a coordinating doll Mary De with a crown from Designs by Juju.  Dress fabric was from Joanns, applique fabric is from a stretch hologram scrap I had.

This was a quick and simple fob I made, though it was my first time working with vinyl.  It was from Bean Stitch.  My trimming could be a little neater, but Axelgirl was very pleased with it.  Red and Black are the colors for UCM.  Of course Axeldaddy didn't understand why I had to buy $25 worth of snaps and snap tools for one small project.  She currently has this attached to her guard bag so she can identify it from the rest of them when they are all piled together.
Next are some doll skating dresses made for Mini Axelgirl for Christmas.

This doll dress also had a matching dress for MiniAxelgirl but it must have escaped the sewing room without being photographed.  I tried a new to me pattern for the base for the doll skating dress Lee and Pearl 1055.  I was quite pleased with the fit.  Of course, I made my modifications to the pattern to match the style I was looking for.  Pink Fabric is "Lipstick" milliskin from  The print is one I had scraps of.  Luckily I had enough to do both the doll and girl skating dress, as they were out of stock on the fabric I really wanted to use, and didn't find out until it was too late to order a different fabric.

This matches this dress made as a competition dress for Salsa music.  Again, I used the Lee and Pearl pattern making slight tweaks to the skirt pattern, so it could be cut out as a full circle so the mesh would not have side seams.  I want to make a few more changes to the skirt pattern and make that the standard one I use for the dolls, as most dresses I make for girls have a circle skirt with no side seams. 

Not for Christmas, but MiniAxelgirl needed some new skating pants as well.  These are made from Jumbo Spandex from Spandex House.  This has less lengthwise stretch, but plenty of cross wise stretch, and is a heavier than standard spandex.  Peace sign accents were from scraps I had.  Both this and the heart print scraps were probably from Spandex House 4 years ago when Axelgirl was doing track and cross country.  They would run in Sports Bras and Lycra shorts on Friday so I made her several sets.
Next is a shirt I did for Mini Axel Girl.  The shirt is from Blanks Boutique with the design from Lynnie Pinnie and using their Strawberry Limeade font to add her name

I also did a ME monogram on a jacket a friend was giving to her daughter.  Colors are not showing up real well.  It is a neon yellow with gray monogram.  I used the 2 1/2 inch font from here. Vine Interlocking Monogram

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A few finished projects

I haven't updated in a few months, as I really haven't been sewing.  I had two projects I was working on, that were pretty labor intensive.

First was a tshirt quilt for Axelgirl.  There are 48 tshirts on this quilt.  It is the width of a full size, and the length of a king.  The tshirts are interfaced with cheap Joanns interfacing before construction, and the sashing is plain cotton.  I would estimate about 200 hours in this project.

Next was Sky Blue by Gail Doane from her book Sew Cute Couture.  I did it in the fabrics as pictured in the book.  I made it for MiniAxelgirl, and made a size 8, but it may be a tad big.  I didn't get to see it on her tonight. I did do the flowers on the collar with an extra thread to make them heavier.  I didn't like how they looked as the book told me to do it.  The dress took longer than usual to construct, do to the faggoting and a few other things.

My next top projects are:

  1. Skating dress for MiniAxelgirls first USFS test.  Fabric is ordered, and the style is pretty straightforward.  Just need to redraft the pattern, as she has grown since last Christmas
  2. Christmas present for my neice.  I am using Janet Gilberts Snow Queen smocking plate, and she will be getting the Ice Skating Elsa doll as well
  3. ME a tshirt for my nephew with a Christmas theme.
  4. Pink Fig Vintage Jane dress in Christmas prints for my neice
  5. Skating pants for MIni Axelgirl

Other thoughts include, matching doll dress for MiniAxelgirls last competition dress, matching doll dress for MiniAxelgirls test dress, night gown for me, wee care gowns, and who knows what other projects