Book Report Dress came to the rescue!
white wool felt bow and the black fabric-covered headband that I made matched this outfit perfectly.
Pattern: Oliver + S Book Report Dress (difficulty level: 2 out of 4 scissors)
Modifications: I added one inch in length to the bodice and one inch in length to the skirt
Fabric: fine wale corduroy (got the idea to use light weight corduroy from Cindy at Siestas and Sewing) I've worked with stretchy corduroy before when I sewed up a pair of Oliver + S Art Museum Trousers. I got frustrated with how the paper pattern pieces kept sliding on top of the corduroy with I was trying to cut them out. This time around I traced pattern pieces onto freezer paper and ironed them onto the back of the corduroy. Much better results!
Notions: 6 white and black cat buttons (made in France) because someone around here likes kitty cats >^..^<
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
This Let's go fly a kite's flickr photo caught my eye and it lead me to the Lil' Loom.
All that is needed to make a Lil' Loom is a wine cork and 2 push pins.
Happy rubber band bracelet making!
Monday, November 18, 2013
We made Mary, Joseph, Jesus, an angel, 3 wise men, 2 shepherds, 1 gray donkey, and 1 white sheep.
Our inspiration came from:
- painted cork people with wood bead heads from KJ from let's go fly a kite who linked to this one
- wood peg and wool felt nativity set
- wine corks (for bodies)
- wood beads (for heads)
- wool felt (for clothing, angel wings, donkey fur, star of Bethlehem)
- wool roving (for angel hair, wise men beards, sheep wool)
- nails (1.5 inches in length, used to attach the wood bead to the cork)
- craft gems (for the gold, frankincense and myrrh)
- pipe cleaners (for angel's halo, wise men's crowns, shepherd's staves, and to hold up the star of Bethlehem)
- permanent markers (to add faces to wood beads)
- toothpicks (for the legs on the donkey)
- scraps of beige yarn (leftovers from a knitted sweater and bunny, for the hay in the manger)
- cardboard tube (for manger)
- cardboard box (packaging from a doll my daughter got, for the stable)
- cardboard circle from a frozen pizza (for the base)
- hot glue gun
Monday, November 11, 2013
The pattern and instructions came from the book We Make Dolls! Top Dollmakers Share Their Secrets & Patterns by Jenny Doh. It's called Red Riding Hood and was designed by Suse Bauer.
It was so nice that all of the supplies (fabric, felt, button, embroidery floss, stuffing) were basic, you know, what most crafty people already have on hand, so all of these came from my stash and no need for a trip to the craft/fabric store.
One thing I really liked about this craft book is that the pattern didn't need to be enlarged so I didn't have to make a trip to the copy machine.
This doll turns out kind of long, 18 inches!
Red Riding Hood is a little gift for a little person :)
Off to my next project...
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Just a quick announcement today to share that there is a super fun new handmade children's clothing series coming up just around the corner. It's called the 12 Days of Christmas and is being hosted by Suz of Sewpony and Laura of Craftstorming.
Sewists from all around the world will be contributing, offering inspiration for sewing children's holiday garments, it will also be fun to learn other peoples Christmas traditions.
You are invited to join in on the fun, too. Sew some Christmas clothing for your child/ren and add a photo to the The 12 Days of Christmas flickr group. I hope you will join us.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Are you thinking about and planning for Christmas? I know I already am. Maybe this photo tour of the Bachman's Holiday 13 Ideas House will offer you some inspiration. This time around the theme is "A Cozy, Contemporary Nordic Celebration"… simplicity, a clean white or ivory slate with layers of fresh green and traditional reds… Northern European influences, metallic accents, natural driftwood pieces...
Are you interested in 'visiting' some of the previous Ideas Houses? If so, these are just a click away: Fall 13, Spring 13, Holiday 12, Fall 12, Spring 12, Holiday 11, Summer 11, Spring 11, Holiday 10, Summer 10, and Spring 10.
PS I hope you get a chance to visit this Holiday 2013 Ideas House (there are so many more ideas to see than are in these photos) it is open November 7th - December 15th, 2013.