Sunday, July 15, 2012

Jammie Shorts!

I get sucked in by the wondrous I 'need' to make shorts?  Well...there is this Shorts on the Line thing going on over at Imagine Gnats, so I guess I do!
I've never made shorts before.  Frankly, the thought of putting those pieces together kind of threw me (and it still seems a teeny bit magical). I kind of winged it, looking at both this Pajama Shorts Tutorial and this Shirred Shorts. I had picked up this fabric in the clearance section of walmart, thinking of making some kind of play dresses for the girls. It's super sheer...which is why these are definitely for sleeping in/playing around the house and NOT for public. :D  I made them a bit longer (mostly in the hopes of upping the 'appropriate' factor for my 6 year old), they kind of remind me of the old school koolats. She was a little disappointed when they weren't a skirt, but once she put them on...didn't want to take them off as they are super comfortable.  Considering we're in a crazy heat wave, sheer and light is all good.
     I also finally shirred something!  I did the waist band with the elastic thread I bought a few weeks ago, intending on trying to make some sundresses (which are totally on the to do list now).  It really is super fun. I think I enjoy making dresses and skirts a bit more, but picking up some sewing skills with some of these 'challenges' I'm finding!

Friday, July 6, 2012

String Quilt WIP

I've got sooo many novelty prints that I've kind of 'outgrown'.  While I'm trying to trade or sell the usable chunks (anybody interested???), I took a ton of the scraps and cut them into strips.  I made pretty big 8.5"x8.5" blocks, and I decided to use a very teeny creme strip to make the 'diamond' center stripe.  Just helps tie it together a little bit.  It's loud and not very clean and modern, but the girls are excited to have something new.  I'm trying to decide if I should add two more block to the bottom and make it long and twin bed sized, or add three more blocks and make it a larger square.  I'm leaning towards square at the moment, 'cause...I'm just not sure it's something I'm ever going to want as an actual bedspread!  However, it might be a perfect play/picnic blanket. I'm even tempted to try the Prairie Point tutorial for the edges...although this might be too much effort for a scrappy quilt.  We'll have to call it practice for a cooler one.