Monday, July 7, 2014

Onesie PJ's

Not sure how else to title this.

Axelgirl found a pattern for onesie pj's last time we were in the fabric store.  McCall 6251  While  I wasn't jumping up and down at the thought of making them, I try to operate by the thought process if she asks me to make it, I will try.  There are very few opportunities to sew for her.

The reviews on sewing.patternreview.com were definately favorable, I had several issues with it.  First, I didn't like the way the zipper went in, so I did my own thing.  Part of the problem was I had a hard time finding the correct length zipper, and had to use a seperating jacket zipper.  If there is a next time I would also leave the back seam open until the zipper is in to make it easier to stitch it down.  My fleece had enough stretch according to the pattern, but would not stretch enough to make the cuffs.  I ended up cutting a tshirt I had stashed that was close enough in color to use.

As far as sizing, I made a medium, and it is a little big.  I think I could go down a size.  The cuffs on the arms and legs are two big as well.  I think the arms and legs could be tapered in a bit and made to fit more like the purchased ones.

She chose a purple fleece, for this one we used some Joanns fleece that was on sale for 2.99/yard.  She aslo had me applique a  butterfly in a black/gray polka dot print.  Not what I would have chosen, but oh well at least she didn't ask for matching doll ones.




I also finished another crochet washcloth.  I've been working on them when I am too tired or distracted to do anything else.


My next top projects are:

  1. Adorable Heirlooms Sew Along, I'd like to have the pattern traced by July 14
  2. Tshirt quilt.  Just need to do it in small steps, not something that can be finished at once
  3. Matching doll dress for MiniAxelgirls last skating dress.  I am going to try and have it done by her competition July 19
  4. Hem a skating dress for Axelgirl by July 18
  5. Nightgown for me
  6. Finish Wee Care gown 1
  7. Finish Wee Care gown 2
  8. Get sewing room in decent shape, including closet, returning guard flag fabric and patterns to school



Saturday, July 5, 2014

And the theme is Ariel

As mentioned in an earlier post, my niece turned 4 this week.  Axelgirl and I decided to go with a Mermaid/Ariel theme for her presents this year.  Of course there was a purchased toy to go with it, but I made her two dresses and coordinating doll dresses to go with this theme.

First is a Childrens Corner Frannie.  Both fabrics are from Joanns, outer is a novelty cotton print with mermaids in bubbles, and it is lined with their broadcoth in hot pink.  The coordinating doll dress is from Joan Hinds book Sew Todays Fashions for 18 Inch Dolls.  It is the denim dress with butterflies, without the bottom ruffle.  I forgot to buy extra fabric for this so was woring with scraps.  I had intended to add extra width under the arms and gather it in to resemble the Frannie but my scraps were to narrow.  I should have lengthened the dress as well.  It will be fine on her Bitty Baby but as she gets other dolls, it may be too short.


Next is a Childrens Corner Mary De smocked with Crosseyed Crickets Mermaid Playground.  I changed the colors to match Ariel and Flounder.  For the doll dress I just scattered 'Flounders' at various positions in the smocking.  The Doll pattern is from Children's Corner Dolly Wardrobe.  I always forget that the smocking starts lower on the doll Mary De as compared to the Childs version.  This would be an easy redraft if I would remember it early enough in the process. Fabric again is from Joanns but it pleated and smocked wonderfully.




Now I'm down to 9 things on my list.  I'm thinking this afternoon I will spend some time picking up and organizing, and maybe cut down the tshirts a bit for the quilt.
  1. Adorable Heirlooms Sew Along.  I'd like to have the pattern traced by July 14
  2. Tshirt quilt.  Just need to do it in small steps.  Not something that can be finished at once.
  3. One piece pjs for Axelgirl
  4. Matching doll dress for MiniAxelgirls last skating dress.  I am going to try and have it done by her competition on July 19.
  5. Hem a skating dress for Axelgirl, needs to be done by July 18
  6. Nightgown for me
  7. Finish Wee Care Gown 1
  8. Finish Wee Care Gown 2
  9. Get sewing room in decent shape, including closet, and returning guard flag fabric and patterns to school.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Draw String Bag

This evening I worked on the drawstring bag I had promised Axelgirl.  I used the instructions I had written up here.  Draw String Bag Tutorial The only differences were I was making just one, I put the embroidery embellishment on the main color of fabric, and did not have the small strip of accent color.  This took about 1 1/2 hours for the completion of one bag.  Fabric is quilting cotton from Joanns.



Close up of embroidery design.  Design is from here: Color Guard Embroidery Design   I used the 5X7 .pes format, and did all of the embroidery in black, as her school colors are Red/White/Black.

I'm just going to make it my top 10, and then narrow it down to 5.  Hopefully I can get a few things finished up and stay on top of things.


  1. Finish niece's birthday present.  They are pretty much done, just need a good ironing and to be shipped off.
  2. Stay on time for the Adorable Heirlooms Sew Along.  I'd like to have the pattern traced by July 14
  3. Tshirt quilt for Axelgirl.  She has picked out the tshirts she wants, now to just do it.  Definately not an evening project
  4. One piece pajamas for Axelgirl
  5. Matching doll dress for MiniAxelgirls last skating dress.  I decided tonight to try to have it done by her competition on July 19.
  6. Hem a skating dress for Axelgirl.  I actually purchased one, thinking she would get several uses out of it, but it looks like there will be just one.  Needs to be done by July 18
  7. Nightgown for me
  8. Finish Wee Care gown 1
  9. Finish Wee Care gown 2
  10. Get the sewing room in decent shape, not perfect, and get some of the old guard flag fabric back up to the school.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Catching up..........

Well it has been a long time since I posted anything, and honestly, not much sewing has been going on until about a week ago.

Here are the long overdue pictures of the photo album:
In the hoop design here http://fivestarfonts.com/photo-brag-book-cover-in-the-hoop-5x7
I did change the wording to the name of the guard show this year.  I found the photo albums to cover in the party section of Walmart.  They were about $1.00.  Another mom provided pictures from the season for the albums.  Sorry the photos are upside down.





I also did some towels for Axelgirls graduation party.  I can't remember where I bought the design from.  The design looks a little wonky as it has been washed.  It did lay flat originally, but I was in a hurry and didn't preshrink the towels.


I finished the coordinating pieces for the Le Jardin Sewing Box that I posted earlier, but still don't have them framed, or ironed.


While not much I also crocheted a dish cloth.  The ones I did about a year ago are starting to fall apart.


That is all the sewing I can thing of that I have completed.  I have several in process things

I am currently working on two dresses with coordinating doll dresses for the 4th birthday of my niece. I hope to have these done this weekend, as her birthday was July 2. Pictures will be posted after she recieves the gift.

I have started a sew along with Sew Adorable, for Gail Doane's Sky Blue, I have just finished the embroidery which wasn't scheduled to completed until July 14 for the sew along. I am using the fabric as shown in the book, Sew Cute Couture.  Hopefully the dress will fit Mini Axelgirl when completed.



I have a nightgown pleated for me out of Liberty of London that needs finished smocking/embellishing, and construction.


I also have to Grady Gowns/Wee Care gowns from Spirit of St. Louis Smockers to work on.  One is partly smocked, and needs finishing along with construction.  The other needs smocking and construction.


Obviously based on above, I need to become focused to become more productive.  I have changed my top projects based on requests/needs/changes.  Hopefully some older items will reappear in the future.

The top 6 currently are:

  1. Finish niece's birthday present.  There are two dresses for her, and two for her dolls.  At this point I have given up on the bsy for her, but if I have time this weekend, will add it.
  2. Drawstring bag in UCM colors for Axelgirl to keep her guard stuff in
  3. Stay on time on the Adorable Heirlooms Sew Along
  4. T-shirt quilt for Axelgirl
  5. Axelgirl loves one piece pajamas, so I have a pattern to try and make her one
  6. Matching doll dress for MiniAxelgirls last skating dress
  7. Hem a skating dress for Axelgirl by July 18 for a test session