Sunday, August 31, 2014

City Gym Shorts

Just like everyone else on the interwebs, I've made some City Gym Shorts. I stopped myself at two pairs. But these shorts are so easy to whip up, they could be very addictive!

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For this first pair I used some extra bias tape I had left over from another project, so it's a little wider than called for. I don't have one of the fancy bias tape makers, so having some already pressed tape ready to go really saved some time.

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The umbrella fabric in this second pair is from a fat quarter pack of Riley Blake fabric I found at Tuesday Morning for a steal. Who knew they carried quilt shop quality fabric?

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I gave K a couple of choices for the back fabric and she chose this Park Slope print because her favorite color, right now, is "really dark pink". You'll see more of this fabric in another project soon!

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Birthday Dresses

Way back in March, this girl turned 5.

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And even though it was quite a messy time in our lives, I still managed to continue my tradition of making her birthday dress. (See previous birthday dresses here: Two, Three, and Four)

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I had originally planned to use the Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress pattern, but I decided I was too pressed for time and needed to make something more simple. Thanks to Pinterest, this Striped Relay Dress from iCandy-Handmade was floating around in my mind and was just the quick sew I needed.

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This was the first time I made her a dress out of knit fabric and she absolutely LOVED it! Every time she wears it she talks about how comfy it is. My fear of knits is slowly fading. I've made her a couple of Recess Raglan t-shirts in knit fabrics too. Maybe one of these days I'll get around to showing those off here too. :)

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I paired it with a navy blue cardigan from Target. Coral + Navy = Love.

And, like every other little girl in the world, she loves the movie Frozen. Back at the time of her birthday, we were deep in Frozen obsession mode and she was asking to watch the movie every day. So I made her a Queen Elsa dress as a gift.

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I made it very similarly to how I made her princess Halloween costume a couple years ago. The girl loves to play dress-up and that costume is still in heavy dress-up rotation. Even though it's getting a bit small, and to be honest, a bit shabby looking. But, oh, does it make my heart happy that she loves to wear something I made for her so much that it's getting worn out.

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I really should make her a princess dress in every color. She's just so darn cute when she's in dress-up mode.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Back

It's like the new thing in blogging to not post for months at a time now, right? I'm just trying to fit in with the cool kids.

Really, though, we've had a very stressful few months for our family. It involved finding our "dream house", and then losing it. All because the bank made a mistake and refused to correct it. I can't put into words (and I don't know that I want to), how absolutely frustrating and heartbreaking those couple months were for us. I lost 10 pounds during those weeks-- it's called "The Stress of Fighting with a Bank" diet. I don't recommend it.

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House zipper pouch. Original design.

BUT the story eventually has a happy ending. We sold the old house and found another house, ironically on the same street as the "dream house". We're all moved in and LOVING being back out in the country. Didn't realize how much I missed the country life!
The sewing didn't totally stop during those rough months, but the energy to photograph and write about it did. Plus, it's difficult to get into a sewing project when you have to constantly keep your home in "show-able" condition for potential buyers.


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Cathedral window pincushion. Tutorial here: http://gogokim.blogspot.com/2011/12/cathedral-window-pin-cushion-tutorial.html

Now that we're feeling settled I'm hoping to get back to my poor neglected blog. But there's been a shift in the blogging world, hasn't there? People just aren't posting like they used to. Seems like more and more people are making the switch to Instagram. I've thought about making the jump, but I think of this blog as my way of documenting my projects. And how much can you "document" in a few words?

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2 Sided Zip Pouch. Tutorial here: http://www.sewcanshe.com/blog/2014/3/22/2-sided-zips-a-handy-case-tutorial-from-sewcanshe

So I've sprinkled in photos of some of the little projects I've done over the past few months. I plan to share a couple of the more "significant" projects in their own posts. It's hard to get back into blogging after you've taken an extended break (this post has been sitting in my Drafts for a couple of weeks!). Wish me luck. :)

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Open Wide Zippered Pouches. Tutorial here: http://www.noodle-head.com/2012/06/open-wide-zippered-pouch-diy-tutorial.html

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

WIP Wednesday - 1/29/14

I've slowly been whittling away at what's left of a Terrain layer cake. Among other small projects, I've used the fabrics for a dresden plate quilt and my recently finished Sprocket Pillow. That leaves me with quite a few funky-shaped scraps and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to do some improv piecing.

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I know I've still kept my lines nice and straight, but there was no plan to the design. Just randomly added scraps as I went. I'm not quite sure what I'll do with it... maybe another pillow to match the Sprocket?

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I've also been making little quarter square triangles with some Kaffe Fassett fabric. I'm not usually drawn to these fabrics, but I love the quilt on the cover of Material Obsession 2, so I thought I'd try out using these fabs in little patches. My favorite fabric pairing is there on top.

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I started out with 3" squares, so when I trim them down they'll be 1.5". Tiny!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

More Knitting

Because what else can you do when it's -3 degrees?

I've knit both of these patterns several times before. They are my go-to's when I just want to knit something and not have to think about it too much. First up, my favorite basic hat pattern: the Kim's Hats pattern from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts.

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I used Martha Stewart Extra Soft Wool Blend yarn in Lilac. I don't know if these photos do it justice, but it's a lovely grey-purple. I love this yarn because it's soft and priced for a knitter on a budget, like me! I've used this yarn for a Sophia Cowl and a Brattleboro Hat. It knits up beautifully.

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It's big on her, but she makes a much better model than me:

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Next up, another Palindrome Scarf. Cables look fancy, but they're really not difficult. If you want to give cables a try, this is the pattern to knit.

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I love the thick, squishy fabric created by the cables. For this one I used Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable in color Winery.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Fighting the Winter Blues...

...with bright, pretty fabrics!

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This ridiculously cold winter has been a tad soul-crushing. Maybe I'm being over-dramatic, but I've never dreamed of moving south more than I have in the last month. So something happy and bright was in order! I grabbed some of my favorite fabrics and made a Sprocket Pillow using Cluck Cluck Sew's tutorial.

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Fabrics are from Kate Spain's Terrain collection and they just make me happy to look at them. I'm a *bit* of a Kate Spain fan (see my two favorite Christmas quilts here and here!).

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Okay, so maybe I've even got a Kate Spain nail file. :)

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And on the back...

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And in other pretty fabric news, I visited my local quilt shop this weekend and made a few purchases (yay for Christmas gift certificates!)...

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I was looking for fabric for K's birthday dress and couldn't decide between these two prints, so I got them both! And, yes, that bottom fab is another Kate Spain fabric. Her birthday isn't until March, but last year I was still sewing buttons on her dress an hour before the party, so I'm trying to think ahead!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Boxy Pouch

I was looking for a quick-finish project this weekend and a search of my Pinterest boards led me to this Boxy Pouch.

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I think I must have some sort of winter-induced brain fog going on, because I had to use the seam ripper on this little project more times than I care to count. Maybe that's why I chose this summery fabric-- I'm subconsciously counting down the days until spring!

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Instead of making fabric tabs, I used a flowery grosgrain ribbon for the zipper pulls and I added a handle for easier carrying.

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It's a great size to hold a small knitting project. I'm well on my way to finishing another Palindrome scarf!

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The boxy shape makes it easily collapsible. It's pretty cute folded flat too! Next time I think I'll make it a bit smaller in laminate fabric for a make-up pouch.

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