Monthly Archives: November 2016

Thanksgiving and Sewing

It certainly has been a busy month or so and promises to finish the year out being just as busy!  I’m sure that many are experiencing the same thing!  Right after my last post I flew up to Michigan and enjoyed a week visiting with my mom and dad and my sister.  The weather was unseasonably warm there, as it has been here, so it was a beautiful week to be there.  This time was especially nice for my folks since our daughter and grandson spent the first couple days with us as well and then at the end of my visit our son and daughter in law drove up from Chicago for an afternoon.  It’s been a long time since my folks have seen the kids and this was the first time that they met their great-grandson.  What a special blessing!  I’m so thankful for the time that we were able to spend with them.  🙂

Since returning home I have been sewing a bit as well as preparing for our Thanksgiving meal with family and friends.  We had 23 for dinner!!!  My sweet husband cooked 2 very large turkeys for the day.  Food and fellowship was wonderful!  We have so much to be thankful for!!!

My first jumper completed was made to match some cute leggings.  I sewed the Children’s Corner “Lucy” dress – it’s so quick and easy and I know it fits so well.  The embroidery design comes from Bunnycup and I stitched it out on a frame from some other designer.  It’s been a while and I’ve forgotten whose frame it was.

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The next sewing project included making 3 matching jumpers for the 3 little granddaughters. Again, the leggings were purchased – I believe from Target – so that drove the design choice for the embroidery.  I went to the “Lucy” pattern again.  The embroidery design was from Digistitch – the reindeer seemed to be a perfect match for the leggings.  The little girls are loving the jingle bells stitched to the ribbons!  I wonder how long they will stay attached?  Hahaha!!!!

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After completing the 3 jumpers, I decided to work on something different.  I chose this partially completed pinafore and blouse.  It has been languishing in a partially completed state for at least 3 years now.  I knew if I didn’t finish it now, Eva would outgrow it without ever wearing it (I started it thinking Ella would wear it – that was 4 years ago!!!).  Students will recognize this pinafore since I’ve used it to demonstrate some of the construction in my Bee-Utiful Pinafore class.  This is a different version of that pinafore.  I’m thrilled with the way it turned out.

The pinafore fabric is line piqué and is trimmed with gingham.  I used the matching gingham to line the bodice as well as to make the matching blouse.  This will be so sweet on Eva and will look especially great with her big, blue eyes!

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The bodice embroidery is a Martha Pullen embroidery club design from many years ago.  It stitches out beautifully and seemed to be perfect for this bodice.

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I love the sash/bow on the back of the pinafore – it makes the outfit adorable from both the front as well as the back.  🙂

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The scallop hem detail is similar to the original class pinafore, but with a slightly different shape to it.  I don’t always like making the same thing twice!  LOL!

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Today I believe that I’ll finish up the Christmas decorations!  I’ll be pondering my next sewing project as I decorate.

I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends and has had the opportunity to squeeze in some sewing time as well!

Kathy

 

Something Quick!

Where does the time go?  I have such good intentions to post sewing things, but then life happens and weeks go by.  I have continued to sew and have been working on some new ideas, classes and sample garments.  I won’t show those yet – not until they are ready!

My favorite event of the past month has been a workshop with Cindy Foose!  Our guild had her come and teach for 3 days – it was such fun!   Cindy is a wonderful teacher and I enjoyed her class immensely.  If you have a chance to take a class from her – go for it – you won’t be disappointed.

Yesterday I decided I was going to sew ONE thing.  LOL!  So I did.  Between cleaning, sorting out things that I need to let go of (sewing supplies!), printing class materials and meal prep, I managed to cut out and sew a pair of pants.  Not a huge accomplishment, but I met my goal.

I found this cute top at a consignment store and paid only a couple dollars for it.  It is by Orient Express and is well made, very lightly worn and the smocking is so pretty!

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I’m not a fan of the bias band being sewn down by machine, but I’m not about to correct that.  In my stash was some wonderful pants weight twill from Patsy Aiken.  It has been aging for a few years.  🙂  It was a perfect match for the top, so it was chosen for the pants.

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I thought that the top was a bit plain, so I added the rick rack to the top.  Just like that I have an outfit!  Score!!!

Today I hope to cut out and sew a quick jumper.  I hope to quickly find the embroidery design that I’ll use on it.  I don’t know about you, but I can spend hours looking for the perfect embroidery design.  😛  After that, I have a few Christmas outfits to complete – only a couple weeks until Thanksgiving, so I’d better get on it!!!

Happy stitching…..