Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Ocean Jewel Shirt

I call this shirt "Ocean Jewel".  I bought the fabric at Walmart (a remnant I believe, and a couple of fat quarters).  This was my second VFT Clara, but up a size from my first.  It fits her much better!  The ruffles took some time--and they always do--but they're always worth it! I added two shiny emerald buttons for that extra special somthin'.  She'll actually wear this shirt, yay! I love this adorable shirt!
 Also, I made the green leggings from VFT's Piper legging pattern.  They are super quick and easy to sew up.  And green is such a hard color to find! It seems one can only find massed-produced leggings in black, white, pink, and purple, and sometimes an aqua blue.  Other colors such as red, yellow, green, and orange and next to impossible to find--they have to be specially ordered online and cost 3-4X as much.  Thankfully, I probably only paid $3-4 for the green knit fabric (at Joanns, and its actually a nice weight, not to thin or thick!) and not too much of a time investment!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Easy Hearts of Te Fiti

Okay, not exactly sewing, or even sewing-related, but I thought these hearts of Te Fiti were too cute to not share!
I made these as pinata stuffers/party favors for my daughter's birthday party.  Her theme was obviously Moana, and so I figured I should make something to go along with that theme--Hearts of Te Fiti were perfect!  I was originally thinking of making the hearts with polymer clay, or spray painting river stones.  But, as it happened, I was strolling through Walmart and came across some green glass gem stones in the home decor aisle.  They were $1.  I figured I could try drawing the swirl onto the gem with a green permanent marker.  And violá! It worked! The marker showed up well and didn't rub off!  FYI- the hear of Te Fiti is a swirl with some other (seemingly) random markings.  The small gems and the marker tip didn't allow for an exact replica of all of the details in the heart, so I just did the swirl (that's all anyone even remembers about the heart anyway) and a couple random markings just to give the impression that the heart isn't just a swirl. The girls LOVED the hearts of Te-Fiti! They were such a big hit! And as an added bonus, the gems "glow" when you put them up to the light, just like the real one!  An extra girl showed up to the party, and her mom asked if she could have a Te Fiti heart.  I didn't have any extra, so I made another one for her right there on the spot. It took all of of 30 seconds to make it!

So there you have it--a cheap, quick and easy Heart of Te-Fiti.  Hey, even if you just need one, it's still only $1!

 A back of gems and a permanant green marker is all you need!  Also, there were shiny gems and dull gems in the bag.  I used the dull gems.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Scrap Wad

This is what comes from 5 sewing projects--a beautiful scrap wad!  And this is what actually made it to the trash can; the rest is scattered all over the floor.  Sewing is messy!

Princess Shirt

I found this princess fabric at Joann's.  It is ADORABLE.  Unfortunately, the shirt I chose to make out of it didn't do the fabric justice.  I think it is just too baby-ish for an almost-6-year-old.  Maybe its the eyelet lace I chose to trim it with, or maybe its the fact that it is a shirt and not a dress, even though it looks like a dress.  Like, it looks like a really, really short dress on Eesa--she looks like she's wearing a dress for a one-year-old even thought the bodice fits.  Yeesh.  Eesa likes it, but I don't. I'll see if my niece wants it.  Otherwise, to Goodwill it will go!

Valentines Day Dress

 Here is girly's Valentines dress for this year! It was made on a whim (i.e. NOT planned) but I like the way it turned out!  I used the Clara pattern from VFT.  I used some thrifted fabric I've had in my stash for YEARS.  I was glad to finally use up that fabric!  I love the "conversation-heart" pattern on the fabric.  I had purchased some pink polka dot fabric that I was going to pair with some other fabric I had in my stash and make her a Valentines day dress out of that, but this came along and so I'm saving that fabric for something else! I had a heck of a time choosing the buttons in the middle. Yellow heart buttons would have been my first choice, had they actually existed.  I could not find yellow heart buttons ANYWHERE.  Or for that matter, pink heart buttons! Those would have been my second choice. So yellow round buttons it is.  Okay, enough rambling, here are the pics:

She's wearing a pettiskirt underneath so the dress was really fluffy!

I like that this dress isn't the typical red-and-pink Valentine color scheme.  I think she can get away with wearing this dress whenever and it won't like too "Valentiny".

Pink and Brown Rose Shirt

 I made this adorable blouse a few months ago.  I made it from thrifted fabric so it was as cheap as free.  I probably wouldn't have picked out this particular fabric (I'm not a huge fan of the colors) but it turned out cute enough! I used a combination of patterns for this shirt: the Clara (modified "sleeves"), the Pepper (for the bodice), and Penolope (for the skirt portion) all from VFT.  Here she is modeling her new shirt!


The back.  Kam snaps are the best things ever! 

The side.  Come to think of it, I don't think she needs the back ties.  Oh well. 

Strikin' a (goofy) pose!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Ruffle Sleeved "Clara" Shirt

 I finally conceded that it was time to buy the Clara pattern from VFT.  I initally thought that it was too babyish and a little night-gownish.  But oh my goodness, am I ever glad I bought the pattern (on sale for 5 bucks)! The cuteness far outweighs any babyishness it may have. And as for the night-gown look, I have made a few nightgowns from the pattern, using the original (curved bodice) pattern style.  For everything else I use the straight bodice option.
This is the first shirt I made using the pattern.  I used thrifted fabric, so I this shirt was mostly free.  It was good that I did, because it seems this particular pattern runs small. She wears a 5 in all of the other patterns from VFT but a 5 in the Clara pattern is just too darn small for her.  And she is skinny! Hmm.  So now I use a size 6 pattern and it fits her fine.
This pattern is fairly easy, although the "sleeves" (I'm not sure what they are actually called-but they are simply gathered strips) take some time.  But they're worth it because they definitely make the dress/shirt!  I made this a couple of months ago (Jan '17). Girly refused to wear this shirt for the longest time, but she finally agreed to wear it the other day! It will most likely be her last time because it is so small on her.  I can barely get it buttoned!