Tuesday, December 31, 2013

First set of flags are done!

The first set of flags are done!  This is my big accomplishment this week.  There were 8 flags in this set, all of the same design, but with 4 different background colors. These are made from poly china silk/lining material. They involved appliqueing a large design onto the background, trimming the background away underneath, and fray checking.  Lots of little issues with this one.  I can't share pictures just yet, but will share this one.  To reward myself for completion I ordered the 4" and 5" Gingher Julia scissors to go with the 8"  ones I received for Christmas.  Here is a peek at the flags, boxed up and ready to go.  I need to pick up the basement and start on the next set which is 14 flags.

This week I also finished my Wendy Schoen Le Jardin Sewing Box.  I decided not to put it into a Sewing Box, but have sent it off to be framed.  This was a class I took with Spirit of St. Louis Smockers, several years ago.  Not sure how long ago it was.  I realized after I sent it off, I made some mistakes on threads on the center section.

Friday, December 20, 2013

One of these things is not like the other.........

Below are pictures of part of Mini-Axelgirls Christmas present.  They are all skating clothes for her American Girl Dolls.  But one is different, can you guess which one and why? We will be playing this game with her when she gets the gift. I'll tell you the answer at the bottom.

I have misplaced the patterns I have drafted for skating clothes for AG dolls.  This really frustrated me.  This meant I had to start over, so each dress has a little tweak or two to get a better fit/look.  Don't know what took me so long to think about putting Velcro in the back of these.  In all the ones I have done in the past, I have never done this, and it makes them a lot easier to put them on.

To draft the basic pattern, I traced 3 different patterns onto my tracing paper, each with a different color sharpie.  One was Kwik Sew, a Butterick, and a Simplicity.  The KS one on its own might have worked, but it was an empire waist and I wanted the lower, on the hip skirt.  The skirt had to be drafted from scratch.  It is a full circle, a little longer in back.  This was done by starting with the panty pieces, slitting them, spreading them, then adding the lines around it.

Color blocked dress (front only) with lavender/orchid lycra and silver on white hologram.  This hologram is really nice, as it reflects a lot of colors.  Lower scoop neck in back.

Ariel skating dress.  Mid section is nude mesh.

Basic skating dress.  Hot pink velvet bodice and panties with tie die velvet skirt.

Black lycra practice pants with hot pink with silver hologram bottom and waist trim

 Rapunzel skating dress.  This one was probably the most challenging of the 6 to do.  Skirt is two layer, bottom one a pink glistenette, top a dark purple glitter velvet.  Sleeves were the biggest challenge.  The velvet is pretty thick and hard to gather tightly.  all ribbon was sewn on before construction.  Next time, I would gather the sleeve ruffles a bit more.
 Green and blue skating dress with handkerchief skirt.  Bottom layer is royal mesh.

So were you able to guess which one was different?  If you guessed the first one you are correct.  The other 5 are duplicates of skating outfits I have made for Mini-Axelgirl.  The top one I have not made for her, yet.  That will be the rest of her Christmas present.  There is not a good way to get current measurements without making her suspicious, so I decided to do it this way.  There are still some dresses I haven't duplicated for her dolls yet, but I don't have any of the fabric left.  I would like to do those at some point as well.

Below is a lanyard I made for secret santa exchange at work.  The person whose name I had has asked me in the past to make her a lanyard, and I hadn't done it yet, so this was the perfect opportunity.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

What I've been working on

3 months since I have posted.  Wow.  I really need to be better for my own benefit about posting.  I know I have done things in that time but not taken many pictures.  Here they are, in no particular order, other than what I remember

First here are the color guard flags I made for last season.  I promised pictures but had to wait until they had performed.  There were 16 of each flag.  The white were easy as far as flags go.  The blue and orange ones took about 5-7 hours each.  I have stuff for 2 sets for winter guard in the basement.  Once the majority of Christmas sewing is done, then they take priority.  Jan 15 is my target date for them.

What else have I done in those 3 months.  There have been some things but not a lot.  I am probably leaving out items as well, as I am getting sloppy about remembering to take pictures.

3 sets towels for Christmas gifts, embroidered with this from www.designsbyjuju.com  No pictures taken

Elegant Christmas Embossed Monogram

16 drawstring backpacks, as made in previous posts for the Winter Guard.  No pictures taken.  They are made with a gray bottom, and a lavender vine/heart pattern from Joanns.  Their name is embroidered on the purple section in gray.  For the coaches, it is embroidered in purple.  Here is a picture of the accent fabric.

The band did not get to go to homecoming due to a competition.  So one of the parents organized a band-coming for them.  I got to make my first 'fancy' dress.  It is one of the big 3 patterns, can't remember which one.  Fabric is the Joanns Casa collection satin with glitter.  She chose the feather fouf for accent on the belt.  Unfortunately I don't have any pictures from the night of the dance, because I didn't put a card in the camera.

Our band does something special for the seniors at each competition during the season.  Different parents volunteer to donate snacks or other goodies.  We had 18 seniors this year.  I ordered some drawstring bags from Oriental Trading, and embroidered them with a music note and their names, and loaded them with goodies.  Gatorade, chips, cookies, and gum.  The bags were just the right size to hold this.

At the overnight competition, A bigger gift was given where we all chip in.  They decided on pillowcases.  I did the embroidery for these  Again there were 18 of them.    This is what was embroidered on them.  This was a sample of the stitchout for approval before I started.  Again, I forgot to take pictures.

Again, no picture, but I embroidered a name on a baby blanket for my brother to give as a baby gift, he purchased the blanket.

Then there was Christmas sewing for my niece and nephew.  

My nephew is getting a Thomas toy for Christmas.  So his item had to be related to Thomas.  Again, no picture.  I purchased a pair of sweats, a white T-shirt, and Thomas underwear.  The white t-shirt was embroidered with a train design in the colors of Thomas. I had actually purchased a Thomas embroidery design from a seller on Etsy, but it did not stitch out to my satisfaction, so I went another route.

My 'slightly' spoiled niece is getting a My Little Pony toy for Christmas.  To go with that she is getting 2 dresses.  A Mary De, and a Lucy, along with coordinating doll dresses. She is getting MLP Panties as well.  The smocking is based on Cross Eyed Cricket Pretty Little Ponies with some changes.  Embroidery design is from www.designsbyjuju.com.  Blouse is Mary De blouse with Carol sleeves.  

Tonight I decided to start on Mini-Axelgirls Christmas present.  She wants a new skating dress.  Since there is not a good way to get new measurements without raising suspicions, I decided to make her a doll dress in the style of her new dress.  Went downstairs and to start and my skating dress patterns for dolls had disappeared.  This left me to recreate them.  I really don't like any of the ones that are commercially available in the fabric stores so I have modified them over the years.  I had some notes on my KwikSew pattern and went from there.  I made two dresses tonight.  I only took pictures of the one Mini Axelgirl will be getting a dress like.  Don't know why I didn't take the other one, but I am too lazy to go back down.  

Hopefully for my own record I will do a better job of updating what I am working on.  There are probably things I forgot, but I can't remember

My next 5 projects are:
8 color guard flags-set 1
15 color guard flags-set 2
Mini Axelgirls Skating Dress
Several doll skating dresses for Mini Axelgirl