Wednesday, May 29, 2013

For GranddaughterStitches

Here's a little outfit I made for GranddaughterStitches.  I know she likes easy, pull-on, stretch pants.  So I made her a pair of pink (her favorite color) leggings, and a top to go with them.  The pattern I used was Kwik Sew #K3935.

Can you see the little sweatshirt-style pocket on the front?  There is elastic everywhere on this pattern!  Neck, arms, bottom hemline, and sides of the front pocket.

The fabric was kindly furnished to me by Harmony Art, both the jersey print for the top and the solid pink jersey for the leggings, and both are organic cotton.

I just love this print, don't you?  It's called "Ohio."

Unfortunately, I always have to make do with hanging these clothes on a hanger, as I don't have a suitable dress form.

And as SonStitches says, this really doesn't look like my size!

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Ah, here I've found a better model!  GranddaughterStitches herself, on the carousel in her new outfit.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

A Doll for GranddaughterStitches

This is a doll that I made for GranddaughterStitches for her birthday.  I bought and downloaded the pattern from Retro Mama.  The directions were pretty clear and well-explained.  She has felt for her hair, the collar of her dress, and her little Mary Jane shoes.

Here she is getting ready to go in her box to GranddaughterStitches.  I hope she wasn't too uncomfortable during the journey, but I doubt it was a lot of fun for her.

The only tricky part in making her was when I sewed the body/head pieces together.  While doing that I had to stuff all four arms and legs inside that area.  It got quite crowded in there!  And then pull all four appendages out of the hole left in her side!  But I did accomplish it finally.  Whew!

I think she may have a little bit of a saucy attitude, don't you!?!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sewing Aprons

Some friends of ours, Hilla and Margaret, own and operate Twofish Baking Company.  It is an amazing, amazing, bakery, coffee shop, lunch place, and on some nights, a great place to have yummy pizza and a glass of wine.  MisterStitches goes there every morning he can to get one (or more) wonderful morning buns.  They are like his fuel in the morning.

One day I commented to Margaret that her apron was worn beyond belief.  She told me that she would love to have a new apron!  So then the ball was in my court.  And here is what I came up with.

This apron is made from a very cute "bakerly" fabric I found while on a trip to Pacific Grove, CA.  I thought it very appropriate for the purpose.  

Margaret likes her aprons to be lined, but my pattern was not for a lined apron.  So I simply made a second apron (complete with pockets) and used it for the lining. 

And this is apron number two.  Slightly different style.

The lining for this apron is 40 Ginkgos organic cotton from Harmony Art.  Harmony is always more than happy to help me out with my fabric needs! 

40 Gingkos
I was really wishing I had a dress form to take photos of these aprons.  Alas, I don't.  But here is Margaret, showing off her apron, in their sunny, bright, welcoming bakery.

*The Sticky Rolls are my personal favorite at Twofish!*

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Earth Day Celebration 2013

A little belated, but an Earth Day celebration none-the-less.  We had a fabric bag give-away last Sunday.  I've talked about Teresa, the Green Bag Lady, before in some of my posts.  Her raison d'ĂȘtre is to rid the world of paper and plastic bags by sewing fabric bags and giving them away.  Check out her website and read all about her art project.

Here are just a few of the many happy people with their new bags.  The Green Bag Lady sends bags to our "remote" location, which I guess makes us her West Coast Distribution Service. 

Below is a table with a selection of the beautiful bags laid out for people to choose.  

And here we are, ready to give out bags.  

(We always have great fun doing this!)  Jazz hands, everyone!