Friday, 23 May 2014

A Summer Dress and Bag Making

Easy and Fast Dress Pattern  

 Decided to turn some pretty poly jersey fabric into a cute light weight summer dress.
 This fabric drapes beautifully giving the gathered skirt a really feminine appeal.  Still to be hemmed and photographed on my body.  I love the fit and it's very comfortable.

Another Make-up Bag
I pieced some fabric leftover from the black and white duvet cover and ironed on some fleece 
for more body.  I think I'll line this with a stiffer poly lining fabric instead of the usual heavy nylon fabric I picked at Value Village for $1.49. 
Floral Brocade 

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

May Already!! Feeling inspired at last!!!

Where does the time go????  It's already been over a month since I lasted posted.  What have I been up to......well......I confess. I have not been very productive.   Kind of having a hard time getting motivated.....been in the doldrums.  Feeling better now!! Sewing again and crocheting too!! 

And I baked some bread....
Got my machines serviced.
Bracelet - Two of my faves...roses and hearts.
Love this colour - a bronzy-pinkish!  Matches a bracelet I made earlier. More to come with bracelet making! 

Healthy Pineapple Oat Muffins

Yield: Makes 12 muffins
  • 1 cup rolled/old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoon maple flavouring
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup white or whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.  Line a 12-cup muffin tin with liners or spray..
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together oatmeal, pineapple, milk, egg, maple flavouring , oil, raisins and sugar.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt Make a well in the center and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir until just combined. Distribute the batter evenly in12 muffin cups. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. Remove the muffins to a rack to cool completely. They freeze well which means, for me anyway, I have one when the mood strikes not because I see them in the cupboard!   Quite delish indeed!

Started weather permits.  For-get-me-nots came up everywhere.
Found some old pins too....very British!
And some old needle cases among my Grandmother's belongings.  I only hope someday my Grand daughter will be thus enthused! 

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Here's a Post I Forgot To

Winter Dress
It's still waiting for a hem.......
Pants Pattern
I've made quite a few pants using this pattern, here's a plain charcoal grey model.
Comfy stretch denim shorts from the above pants pattern.  I dropped the waist 1" all around.
I love this pretty knit (another Value Village find). Using this KS pattern but adding a wider neck finish.  Haven't cut this out yet.
Skirt Pattern
I lined the yoke of this skirt to help reduce some of the bulk created by this fairly heavy cotton lycra blend. 

More UFO's Turning Into Finished Objects!!

 This has been my go to pattern lately.
 Of these 4 UFO's, three are based on the pattern above.
 This black knit turned out great - it nips in at the waist and fits smoothly over the hips.

 Dress from New Look 6735 in progress.  Matching thread for double needle stitched neckline.
 I added extra length to the hem and sleeves of this top with double folded banding. 

Finished in time for a night on the town!! Fit like a glove and very comfortable!  Wish I had someone to take proper pics for me!! 

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Two More Finished Objects!

 Finished.........boot cuffs and cozy boot slippers for my niece working in Fort McMurray!!

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Some Finished Objects and Some Objects in the Planning Stage

Finished the apron and made a pair of matching pot holders.  I love the gathered skirt so much!  And the big pockets.  I quilted as I went for the pot holders.  So fast and easy!

Anyway, the gathered waist on the apron got me thinking about some summer dress sewing.  So I dug up some suitable fabrics from my stash.  Three cottons cotton/blends and a lovely border print rayon.  The rayon will gather so beautifully without a lot of bulk.   

It will become my first  Cambie dress.   I just love the waistline and the sweetheart neckline.

 Then I found some floral sheer fabric I bought two years ago.   And a remnant I think would be the perfect lining.  I just have to decide on a style I like.   I like the shape of both dress patterns shown below.  I'd go knee length though.
Least of last was my funny Valentine dress!!   Made from a couple pieces of fabric found at Value Village last fall.  I bought it with the intent of making my granddaughter a Christmas dress otherwise I wouldn't have had any red fabric on hand - I never wear red!  So it was a fun project and I used up every bit of fabric.  The lace has been in my stash for 30 years........

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Make-Up/Travel Bags and Hanger Cover

Set of bags I made for my sister-in-law.

Also a hanger cover with a hidden zippered compartment.  Perfect for hiding valuables!  Or if you're like me, a perfect place to hide things that you don't want to forget where you've hidden!!   LOL