Baby, It’s Cold Outside

It has been a cold (and I mean cold) December and January. There are only a few things in my life that benefit from it being so cold out, and my sewing is one of them.  I finished all of my self-imposed Christmas sewing projects.  I was able to finish baby gifts for three baby showers.  My kids and husband got some new pajamas.  And my machines are dialed in and ready to rock.

My teaser from last time was my tree skirt.  I got it finished with time to enjoy it this Christmas season.  I love how it turned out!

My kids were the recipients of some new pajamas on Christmas eve, as was my husband.  That’s our tradition at this point: pajamas and a new book on Christmas eve.  My husband is not in the pictures online.  The picture with him needed to be censored.  Let’s just say my adult male pattern making skills need some work…

I used the Alex and Anna PJ pattern from Peek-a-Boo pattern shop for the kids.  It’s my favorite pajama pattern for knits.  Now that I’ve made it several times, it is quick and easy.  I may or may not have finished these on the 23rd of December.

I also made a few A&A PJs for baby gifts in size 3 month:

The baby shower gifts did not stop there!  I whipped up a few Lullaby Line baby gowns and matching hats, as well as burp cloths, bibs, and a car seat cover.  My sister is expecting her first and quite a few of the things I sewed were for her. She raises snakes and lizards as a hobby.  You might notice a theme with some of these gifts.

I think that about wraps up my sewing for the last few months.  I’ve been productive with the weather being so cold!  I also managed to find time to study for my Academy of General Dentistry Fellowship exam (I passed!), and will become a Fellow at the ceremony this summer.  I am excited about the award, but the ceremony is in Vegas…in July…enough said.

In other cold weather news, the boys went downhill skiing at our local ski hill for the first time last week and loved it!  They also started swim lessons.  They have been busy boys!

I think that’s about all I’ve got for cold weather news!  Happy New Year!

~Ingrid

 

It’s Beginning to Look…

Like I don’t blog here anymore 🙂
All joking aside, another year down, another triathlon or two in the books.  I love training for those races, but man, it eats up my sewing time.

The family update: My family and I have had a fun summer and fall!  We’ve taken several family trips, had a few local getaways camping and to hot springs, and enjoyed our Montana summer and beautiful fall.  My oldest boy started kindergarten this fall and has already lost his first tooth!  My youngest started sleeping (through the night) at the end of the summer, has been at the same Montessori preschool this fall, and is becoming quite the entertainer. The sleeping has been a huge change for us.  I think it had been 5 years since my husband and I slept through the night.  I am finally feeling like a human again without the aid of high amounts of caffeine to function!

Besides the gym bag, I really haven’t done a whole lot of sewing.  I trained for another Ironman 70.3 that was in June, followed up with some local races, and just haven’t made the time for my sewing.  Not that I don’t have numerous projects that I want to get done.  No excuses, I just haven’t gotten to it.  Here’s what I have been up to:

I made a toddler backpack for G’s first day of preschool back in February.  The only modification is the zippered pocket on the front.  img_2207 img_2211

A Peek a Boo Lullaby Line baby gown for a gift.  img_2483 img_2482

And I am currently working on a quilted tree skirt for Christmas for our tree.  It’s my own design, with inspiration from Pinterest.  It has 8 blocks of quilted trees on a white background.  The backing will be red, as will the binding.  I love how it’s looking! This is just a teaser until I get the whole thing done 😉img_2787

And with that, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Cheers and happy crafting!

~Ingrid

 

 

Girly Gym Bag

I’ve been working out.  A lot.  It goes with the territory of training for a 70.3.  My gym bag was feeling a little small to haul around shoes, a swimsuit, and all of the other paraphernalia that I’ve been carting to and from home to workout at the gym.  So I decided I would make a new one.

I’ve been saving some Amy Butler fabric for a bag, but didn’t have a pattern yet.  It was fate when I saw my favorite local fabric store offering a class for the Girly Gym Bag.  I was unfortunately unable to take the class, but I went and purchased materials and the pattern anyway.

I love how this bag turned out!  It’s stiff on the sides thanks to some fusible foam, and large enough to haul swimming gear, running gear and a change of clothes.

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I did make a few modifications to the pattern, based on what I wanted:

I did not add a flap to the outside pocket, as seen on the pattern envelope:

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I honestly didn’t like the look of the half circle pocket, so I omitted it.

I also made the end pockets mesh instead of cotton.  I really like how that turned out.  The top of the mesh is finished with a piece of fold-over elastic that you can find at almost any fabric store these days.

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The other pattern modification is an inside pocket.  If I were on my game, I would have added a zipper, too, but since it was a new pattern I didn’t get to that.  The pattern itself does not have any interior pockets.  I would have liked to have seen at least one or two.

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While I was at it, I made a small toiletries bag that I could carry from the bag to the shower.  It’s lined with a terry cloth to absorb any spills that might happen, but also makes it extremely washable.

Overall, I liked this pattern.  It was easy to follow for the most part.  I could tell that it was made by a quilter, most likely, because of how the pattern pieces were cut out and assembled.  There were a few things that an apparel company would have assembled differently, I think.

The cons: sewing fusible foam got a bit thick for my machine in a couple of areas. The adhesive got all over my iron (press cloth, anyone?), which I know is my fault, but…

If I were doing it over, I would use my darker fabric for the body of the bag and handles, and lighter fabric on the pockets, just to hide dirt.  It’s great as-is, but that would be a design choice I would make in the future.

I hope you all have a great Easter weekend.  I am hoping to get outside in our gorgeous Montana spring weather!

Happy crafting,

Ingrid

 

 

 

2015 in Review

Yes, it’s February.  I have a million reasons why I haven’t posted in 9 months, but I’m sure we all have a million reasons why we don’t keep up with everything in our lives all the time.  I’ll try to post more this year.

Last spring, I decided to train for an Ironman 70.3.  It took up a lot of my free time that is usually reserved for sewing.  The race was in August in Lake Stevens, WA.  I trained with a good friend.  We took selfies biking 40 miles before work, swam in lakes, and raced until we almost dropped.  Going into it, I thought I’d do one and be done, but now I am planning on doing another 70.3 in June.  It’s addicting.  (For those who don’t know, an Ironman 70.3 is a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run…and it’s as crazy as it sounds.) I had some serious bike envy at the race with all of the NICE bikes there.  But at the end of the day, it’s a hobby, just like my sewing.  I don’t need a seven thousand dollar bike or sewing machine to get the job done, but boy, they sure look (and I’m sure function) nice!

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I did end up doing some sewing throughout the year, I just didn’t find the time to post it.  Here’s my year in review in pictures:

Numerous Peekaboo Alex & Anna Winter PJ’s:

 

And several Peekaboo Lullaby Baby gowns created for gifts:

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And a ruffled diaper cover, appliquéd onesie, and crochet hat, also for a baby gift:

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The ruffled diaper pattern is a Tie Dye Diva pattern from Craftsy, I believe.  The crochet beanie is a modified pattern from Inner Hooker, which can be found on Etsy.

That about wraps up my sewing for 2015.  I started making a tree skirt at Christmas time, but have yet to finish it.  It will be lovely once it’s done, but it still needs to be quilted.

I believe that’s about it!  Shoot me questions in the comments if you want!

Ingrid

 

Retro Dress for a Wee One

A while back (a long while) I had a friend ask if I could make a custom dress for her daughter for a wedding.  I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do it time-wise, but when she said she didn’t need it for 9 months, I hopped on board.

She wanted me to create a dress similar to the one that she would be wearing in the wedding, and didn’t want to shop around for a kids version.

This was the inspiration for the dress:

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I promptly headed to JoAnn fabrics to see if I could find a pattern with something similar to it so that I didn’t have to start completely from scratch.  I found a Butterick pattern that had the nuts and bolts of what I was looking for, Butterick 5980:

The black and white polka dot was from fabric.com.  Michael Miller’s Dumb Dot in Black/white.  I believe the lining was from JoAnn’s, a basic black, as was the tulle for the petticoat.

Getting back to designing the dress, the challenge was to create a collar and a full back, while still keeping the front fairly similar.  The butterick pattern had an option for a bodice, so I used that for the back of the dress.  I created a front bodice piece similar to the inspiration piece, and a collar modified from a shirt pattern.  I moved the back zipper to the side for ease of construction with the collar.

Here is the finished dress:IMG_0639

I like to finish seams with my serger so that it will wash and wear well.  I pre washed all of the cotton prior to assembling to make sure the black and white wouldn’t run or fade easily.

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Close-up of the collar:IMG_0642

The black bow was made out of excess material from the lining and hand-stitched in place.

It turned out well, and I even got it to the recipient with a few months to spare 🙂

Here it is in action with it’s cute model 🙂

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That’s all for now!

Happy crafting 🙂

Ingrid

Big Butt Baby Pants

More baby clothes!  I bought the BBBP pattern from Made by Rae when F was a baby.  I don’t think I ever got around to whipping up a pair for either of my little chunks, but finally did for a friend’s baby shower.  They are super cute AND easy!  Bonus points for the instructions being easy to follow and pieces easy to assemble.  I think the instructions had even been edited for troubleshooting.  So awesome.

My gift recipient’s nursery has a retro/bike theme, and I just happened to have the perfect flannel sitting on my shelf for it!

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The pants turned out great!  The big butt part accommodates a cloth diaper nicely.BBBP close up

I added an appliqué onesie of the bike to make the outfit complete.bike appliquéoutfit

A couple matching burp cloths and bib later,burp cloths

and this baby gift is good to go!

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You can find instructions on how to make the appliquéd onesie here, and I believe I’ve mentioned how to make a bib here.

Happy sewing for your wee ones.

Cheers!

Ingrid

Pajamas!

Hi ladies and gents,

I realize it’s been awhile.  The thing is, I’ve been sewing.  I just haven’t had time to post about it.  Fear, not!  I am back…

I made my kids some pajamas for Christmas, and they love them!  I think that’s what inspires me the most about sewing for other people–seeing the excitement they get from something I made.  It makes me happy.

These pajamas are awesome.  I used Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop‘s Alex & Anna Winter PJ’s pattern.  It was easy to use, especially since it’s a PDF download.  And it comes in a huge range of sizes!

Finished jambesThe monster knit fabric and ribbing was from JoAnn’s.  They didn’t have actual ribbing, so I bought a knit with good stretch for the cuffs and neck.

ShirtThe best part about these pajamas was that I got to use my serger for the ENTIRE project.  I’m pretty sure (two months later) that my regular machine didn’t even touch a seam, except to sew on the label.

cover stitchI even got up the nerve to use the cover-stitch on my serger for the hem (i.e. read the manual to use that stitch!).  It top-stitches on the outside, and serges on the bottom to create a stitch similar to using a twin needle.  It’s freaking awesome!

And the sizing was spot-on!  No adjustments needed, as demonstrated by my two models:IMG_1108

After seeing how well they fit, I promptly went out and bought more knit fabric to make a couple more pairs of jammies!

Cheers!

Ingrid