baby stuff

a calico dress. baby style.

12:39:00 PM

I am finally able to post about something for a little girl! I have found that little girl items tend to be much for fun to make. I attribute that to my loyalty to my gender, I guess.


This is just a little dress and some shoes I made for a friend. I got to hold her baby girl last week. Made me want another one to snuggle like that all the time.


I just used a little girl's dress my mom made for a pattern and sewed it up. (Would anyone be interested in the pattern? I'd be willing to draw it up and post it if there's enough interest.) It's only four pieces with a little bias binding. Pretty easy. The little red polka dot shoes are made of flannel, lined with the coordinating fabric on the dress. I used the Stardust Shoes pattern and like it pretty well. I'd like to try this pattern for some baby boys I know are on the way.
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dress up

fall fairy crown

7:32:00 PM


I was walking home a little while ago and spotted some very adorable acorns. I couldn't resist them, so I bent down and glanced around to make sure none of my old roommates were in sight and gathered about 30 of them. :) (They used to make fun of me because I always came home with little pieces of nature- sticks, acorns, leaves, flowers...)

I knew I had to use these as part of my Mother Nature costume, so I went out and picked some green and bendable twigs to make a fall fairy crown.

After manipulating the twigs into a crown form, I used my glue gun to glue the acorn heads on. Then, I curved the crown into a semicircle and stuck the ends in a book so that the green twigs would dry curved. I know it looks a little messy, but I think the glue will be hidden by my hair. I'm quite excited to wear it.

baby stuff

baby jeans

12:26:00 PM

I made some jeans for Jack using a pair of Rob's old jeans a few weeks ago. I used the knee pants tutorial found here. I loved the little knee pads and added a back pocket, yoke and two toned stitching. I even stitched a little J on the back pocket. I was so excited to try them on him, but sadly, the knee pads ended up being closer to foot pads. Jack has really stubby legs. I attempted to make this a "wear but grow with" pair of pants but I guess that won't work. :)



Funny, the week I finished the jeans, I went to a clothing exchange and brought home a pair of darling OshKosh overalls... for FREE! along with plenty of shirts and pants for the future seasons. It made me wonder if I should quit making him clothes. If it's going to be so easy to come home with a complete fall wardrobe should I bother?

fashion

from boot-cut to straight-leg

1:08:00 PM


Has anyone else out there tried on the skinny jean, but as soon as you looked in the mirror, you realized that you failed miserably at looking semi-attractive in the style? Very few people can pull it off. I'm not one of them.

However, I'm really digging the streamlined thinner on the bottom and more volumious on the to look. I have a pair of straight-leg pants (the skinny is a version of this more flattering and classic pant) that my sister wore in high school. I've worn them so much, they are a different color and have shrunk so they are just barely too short. Time to get a new pair of pants.

I went to DI (a wonderful go-to thrift store) and got a pair of beautiful boot-cut pants. I determined that although I like the boot-cut look, I needed to replace my suffering straight-legs, so I fixed 'em up.


Here is the ever so subtle boot-cut.
How can you tell? Fold the pant leg so the hem matches up with the knee. If the hem is wider, they are boot-leg, flare or... bell-bottoms pants. If the hem matches the knee, the pants are straight leg. If the hem is more narrow than the knee, they are the skinny or tapered.


First, check your side seams and the grain.

On my pants, the outside side seam had yellow top-stitching, the inside side seam didn't have any top-stitching. This is what you want.

The grainline (see those little white lines on the jeans from the thread) on the outside was pretty much parallel to the side seam. The grainline on the inside of the jeans was not. This is also what you want.

Now I know that I can sew the line on the inside of the pant leg. I won't have to worry about trying to continue the top-stitching.

(I know it's hard to tell from the pictures, but maybe this next one will help.)


Can you see when it's inside out that the inside of the pant leg is where the slight flare is? The seam is not parallel to the thread lines going down the pant leg.



Second, pin and sew the inside seam line. Follow the grainline (verticals threads) or draw a guide making sure the hemline matches the width of the knee. Use the same color of thread as what is there. Be careful at the hem. Make sure the ends match up. You don't want people to notice that you changed something.


Third, turn your jeans inside out and chances are it will look a little off. This is beacause most manufactured jeans have gone through a specific type of wash to create a more weathered look. You can't perfectly mimic the look, but you can at least blend. Take some sandpaper and gently rub down the side seam until you think pants blend pretty well (as pictured above). As you wash your jeans, the new seam will blend more and more with the old seam.

Voila! Your new hip and flattering straight-leg jeans are ready to go!
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