Saturday, March 26, 2011

Knitting Project Bag

We had spring break this week, and despite being practically snowed in (17.8" of snow.  For real.  Some spring.), I only crossed off one thing on my to-sew list. 

I have a friend who works at a local yarn shop, and a couple of years ago I made her a Knit & Go Girl Project Bag.  She said she uses it all the time and asked me to make another one.

I love the fabrics she chose!  The outer is a home dec fabric and the lining is quilter's cotton. Isn't the cupcake print adorable?

The only change to the pattern was to make it 2" taller, so she could more easily fit a pattern sheet inside.  I love how it turned out!

I think I need to make one for myself too. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Miss Molly for Miss S.

More birthday sewing!  A friend's daughter turned six last week, and when I asked what she wanted or needed, I was excited that a summer dress was on the list.  I've had the Handmade Dress's Miss Molly pattern for a couple of years, but despite E. having a super cute one made by my friend Stephanie, I've never sewn it myself.  After digging around in the stash a bit, I found two coordinating fabrics and got to work.

The pattern says it's a two-hour project, but it took me closer to three.  If I'd made the version without the ruffle on the bottom, it probably would've been quite a bit quicker.  I kind of hate gathering.

The only change I made was to cut the body of the dress 2.5" shorter than the pattern.  It's meant to be long, but I was concerned it was going to look more like a nightgown than a dress if it was nearly floor-length.  I held it up to O. for sizing, and it fell about mid-calf.   

I wasn't sure how clothing would go over as a present at this age -- the boy is usually less than enthusiastic about receiving clothes, unless it's something super specific that he asked for -- but the Birthday Girl and her female party guests were really funny oohing and aahing over the different cute outfits she got.  O. seemed a little befuddled watching them.  I heard him say to his dad, "Wow, these girls get really excited about clothes!"  Ha.

I'm not sure what's on deck next.  The birthday frenzy is over for a while now, so I should probably get started on spring/summer clothes for the kids, and I have a few things planned for myself too.


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