Tuesday, December 4, 2012

My new favorite dress.

So I finally get to share something I sewed for myself.
Last month I won two giveaways, one from Cindy of Cation Designs and another one from Far of Memoryseed.
From Cindy I won 4 yards of the following fabric,the Colette crepe dress pattern and seam binding!

Image from cation designs
And Far sent me a couple of patterns she was de-stashing plus some cute buttons. Among the 5 patterns she sent me was this Simplicity 5548.
So I made a dress. I have sewed tops and skirts for myself, never pants or a dress. I used the Simplicity patten as is for the bodice but for the skirt I omitted the pleat and made 4 darts instead for the back and front.
Sorry no shots of the dress in action, but here is a hanger shot, (sorry the picture is so fuzzy).

Fully lined, and edges bound with seam binding.
 The fabric was very forgiving due to the stretch and giant blue flowers hide a multitude of sins, including pointy darts, mismatched seams and wonky stitching lines.
I drafted my own sleeves. I still have two yards remaining and am thinking of making a circle skirt. Thanks very much to Cindy and Far and other bloggers who have generously added to my pattern/fabric collection. I still have to work on the Crepe pattern. That will hopefully be my Christmas dress.
Oh, and I finished my Taffy blouse, while it fits really well, I hate the sleeves, they are too billowy. So am planning to remove them this weekend and put in some new ones.
Thanks for reading, as always.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sewing for the boy.

I managed to sew a shirt for my son this weekend. It was refashioned from a t-shirt that I didn't love anymore and decided to give it a new life.
I used the Varsity Cowl pullover pattern from  Peek-a Boo pattern shop

It came together very quickly since I used the existing hem from my shirt. My knit sewing skills are still not very good but he loves it and that's what matters. :-).
I cut the 3T size and it was a bit shorter than I prefer, so I made notes to lengthen the pattern for next time.
This is the best photo I could get for two reasons, 3 year olds are wriggly and I don't have a camera so all my photos are taken with my phone :-).
I am currently sewing the Colette Taffy blouse.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Birthday card and dress

Good morning,
This weekend I made a couple of birthday gifts for a dear friends daughter. A peasant top using this free pattern and tutorial and a birthday card.
I meant to make a dress to fit a 3 year old but it turned out kind of small so it will be a top.
Here is the birthday card.
 I used some foam cutouts and googly eyes to make a smiley face.  I also used my new Carla craft corner rounder punch bought a couple of weeks ago. Love it!

The stamps are from Creative Memories birthday wishes set.
In other sewing news, I made myself a top, the Alma blouse from Sewaholic. I used some blue polka-dot fabric I had lying around for my first try (muslin). I messed on the sleeves so this one is sleeveless, but for my next try I will do better.

 Action shot coming soon.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Still here.

I haven't totally dropped off the face of the earth although seeing I haven't updated this blog since January,  I might as well have.
I lost my mojo then life got in the way so I haven't had much time to make cards as I did before and any crafting time of late is dedicated my other hobbies.
Anyhow, I made a quick card for a friend  and I thought I should share it here.
 I needed some inspiration for the card so I used the sketch provided by the clean&simple stamping blog challenge no 197.

The very interesting thing about my card is that a lot of the materials are recycled. See that ribbed cardboard? It had wrapped a bouquet of flowers from last Valentine and the flowers are handmade from a Valentine's card envelope. The twine had wrapped a gift I received last year from a giveaway win. That's why  I never throw anything away!
Thanks for reading and I promise not to be a stranger.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Flower from craft punch

Hi friends,
Today I want to share a quick birthday card I made my new oval craft punch. It's the same punch I used to decorate my  New Years cards.
Here is the said punch in action.

I punched out around 8 petals per flower, embossed the petals in the middle, then glued them on a piece of paper and let the flower dry. To hide the space in the center of the flower where the petals meet, I glued a tight coil in one and a loose coil in the other.
This card just makes me so happy. I am looking for more ways to use this little punch.
Thanks for reading leave me a comment.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Glitter paper.

A while ago while shopping for paper to make wedding cards for a friend's wedding, I came across glitter paper (I know, where have I been?). You know, paper with glitter in it. How nifty is that? Don't get me wrong, I love using the powder glitter but absolutely hate the mess it can cause especially when crafting with a 2 year old hyper-active, super - curious boy who loves to hang around mama when she is making cards. And, I have had the unfortunate experience of cleaning glitter from the carpet, not fun!
I bought only a few sheets of the paper, now I wish I had bought more :-( .
It's really sparkly and I used it to add some shimmer to an otherwise plain card.
Enjoy and please tell me what you think about my card. Have you used glitter paper before?
Whimsy Stamps challenges- happy birthday, Scrap creations- Glitter, Shopping our stash weekly- all that glitters, sparkles or shines, The crafters cafe- Happy birthday, C.R.A.F.T Challenge- Celebrations, Birthday sundaes challenge- Happy birthday,

Friday, January 6, 2012

New Year's cards, Part 2.

A couple of days ago  I shared this

Here are the rest of my New Year's cards (to see the other one out check this post).

I punched four evenly spaced holes with a small square punch on the cream paper and cut a paper strip (to look like a ribbon) the same width as the punch window and laced it through the holes (easier done than said). I cut out a V- shape at the ends to make it look like ribbon ends.
Next I glued the cream paper to my white card stock  and finished off the rest of the design.
For the first card (pink flower) I used the vortex quilling style, see a tutorial here. I hope my explanation is not confusing, like I said somethings are easier done than said.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for some birthday cards I have been working on.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


A couple of weeks ago I entered a giveaway hosted at Simple Analogy and I won. The prize? 25$ to spend at Sasha's Gilded bee Etsy Shop.
I was afraid  for the parcel since our postal workers have been on strike over the last month but finally today it arrived

Look at those paper daisies! and the lace! Oh the pretty grosgrain ribbon! somewhere under that box there are vintage paper butterflies and pretty gold rose beads.
Thank you Sasha for the awesome gift.  Visit her shop to see some of her amazing paper products.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New year's cards.

Happy new year to you! If for nothing else, its great to be alive today. I want to share with you some cards I made over the last week.My husband owns a business and he requested me to make some cards for 3 of his best clients. I said yes of course!
 Here are all the cards together.
I must say I am really proud of the card below. This was my first time to try husking and am happy with how it turned out for the orange flower. The yellow flower was made with a new oval scallop punch I bought myself for christmas :-)

Up close:

The stems are glued down to the paper with very strong glue so they won't bend. (tutorial anyone interested?) I will share the rest of the cards and how I made them over the next few days.
It's been a while since I participated in any challenges so I would like to submit my card to the following blogs:
Creative Stamp Friends- New year's cards,
Kaboodle Doodles blog- Celebrations,
Cute Card Thursday-Happy New year,
C.R.A.F.T challenge- New Year,
Paper Sundaes- Something new ( punch) something old ( quilling papers),
Sentimental Sunday's- anything goes.
Crafty boots Challenges- Celebrations,
All sorts challenges- New beginnings,
Little red wagon- Something new,
Frosted designs- something new,
Sweet stamping challenge-New beginnings

DYSU- Rainbow of colors
Hiding in my craft room- Freestyle.