Well, I think next time I attempt KCWC, I will have to plan it out much in advance. Our Walking Dead Season 2 cd came in from our library, and that chewed up some time in the evenings, and I probably needed a better plan and a cleaner workspace. However, I'm happy to have Halloween dresses sewn, and I did get 2 skirts finished that the girls can wear this fall, and likely for Thanksgiving. They were unplanned as we happened upon a random jelly roll while out shopping, and I just went with it! I totally intended on just making more tiered skirts til I came across this darling tutorial for a Ruched Strip Skirt. It was super fun to make and didn't take as long as I feared it would. I think it's going to look super fab with the new completely impractical tall boots my eldest just got, and how fun is the ruched vertical stripe??
While the last thing my youngest needs is more clothes, it's pretty hard to not make her something as she feels super left out if I don't. I have this sweet dress from Gymboree that both girls have worn; the skirt part of it has these strips of fabric that are fantastic. I've been thinking for years that I could or should attempt to re-make it. I decided to try making a simple skirt since I already had the strips! I am hoping the strips don't fray too much as I just ironed the edges over and top-stiched. I pinned the strips and the waistband to the top of a basic skirt and sewed it all down. If I make another one, I'll try to make a tutorial up. The strips were super time consuming last night, but it's so worth the look. I kind of winged it on measurements and I've had to cinch up the waist quite a big since she's so petite (it basically fits my 6 year old if the elastic isn't stretched!). It makes a fun long skirt for now, and if the fraying isn't horrible, she can probably wear it forever, especially if I replace the elastic someday. I should learn how to make an adjustable waistband. Hmmm. Loving the fall colors from our random fabric find...and I see more jelly rolls in my future, gets me over that cutting fabric hump to actually sewing something!
Finished the girls fairy dresses, basic peasant dress base. I used a circle skirt on the orange, but kept it square, and I'm loving how that flows. On the red, I cut the dress wider at the base, and I did an overlay and cut it with a bit of a scallop. Not loving how the hem came together, but it's certainly good enough for a Halloween costume! Both have tied extra fabric onto themselves for belts/headbands. I got one Christmas dress cut-out and realized that I need more fabric for the second one. Spent some time staring at my star fabric trying to decide if it will be good as a circle skirt; it's cute, but I need to figure out how to make the waist band covered as she doesn't love the elastic touching her. Not bad for a day, not sure if I'm going to get much more done this week.
Really wanted to participate in this sewing challenge this year, but the beginning of this week was just too crazy! However, I have most of the day today to just chill with the kiddos and go nowhere. Projects planned-finishing up a fairy dress, circle star skirt, tiered corduroy skirt, apron dress, and possible Christmas dresses...even though I forgot to order the ribbon trim I wanted on them!
We're heading into the holiday season, and I'm making lists of things I'd like to make. While I've made Christmas cards in the past, I've found I'd rather be sewing or making a scrapbook. However, I love to share family photos with our friends and relatives, and the cards at Tiny Prints are just perfect! Check them out here: Photo Christmas Cards The hardest part is narrowing it down to my favorite photos...and then
picking a card layout. Tiny Prints even has circle shaped cards this year, too
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October 29, 2012.
I'm a SAHM with two beautiful little girls, an awesome husband, two cats, and a house we're slowing making into our dream home.
I love to play with photos and save our memories, and I am fascinated with cutting pieces of fabric and creating something useful and beautiful. Handmade makes me happy.