Thursday, July 17, 2008

Barcelona Skirt Addiction

This is the 4th Barcelona skirt I've made this summer (plus the two Barcelona Not-So-Reversible Wraps I tried to invent). This time I made a plaid one for a friend. We don't have the same body type at all (don't I wish we did) yet the medium size Barcelona skirt fits us both beautifully.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

E. Jr.

I have two boys so I don't get to make a lot of cute, sweet things for them. I love love the Black Apple dolls and decided to try my hand at an evil boy version. And here he is: E. Jr. Obviously I skipped the pink cheeks and beautiful, hand-painted eyes. Sharpie worked well for the mouth. (The real E. is suggesting I color the teeth gold like he's wearing grills...) The hair is authentic to the real boy who has mean cowlicks and an eight-head, rather than a forehead.

The real E. is delighted with E. Jr. He asked what would happen if we stuck pins in the doll. I told him he needs to be a very good boy--or else he'll find out.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Not-so-reversible Barcelona Wrap Skirt

This is a typical I-need-to-make-something-NOW project. Translation: it was fun to make and I learned some things along the way, but the end result is far from how I imagined it. The story begins with my desire for a wrap skirt. I've seen lots of draft-your-own pattern equations online and in mags but that requires math. Math is not a friend of mine. So I thought, Amy Butler's Barcelona skirt pattern fits beautifully and is easy so why not use that? The next day, both of my kids end up out of the house so I start on it. I cut three front panels from each fabric. The goal was a chambray/gingham reversible skirt. I have tons of this light chambray so cutting was fine, but then when I got to the blue gingham (had only 2 yds), things got sketchy. I won't belabor the details here, but lets just say I had to piece together one panel and ended up funking up so badly that the gingham is now only really a sweet lining. I had to kiss truly "reversible" goodbye.

I tried to make it up to myself by making matching covered buttons (instead of a lumpy waist-tie). The buttons seemed like a good idea; why tie a bow around my worst feature?

They I decided to trim with rickrack. Nothing screams "homemade" like rickrack, I know, but it's black. And it's already done. I was pleased with how it sandwiched in between the two layers. I had not tried this before. I stopped myself from using it around the entire hem. It just runs up the front edge.
After wearing this skirt for a few hours now, I wish I had made the waist tighter. Also, because the Barcelona fairs out at the bottom, it hangs a little funny at the bottom corners. Next time, I'll cut the sides straighter (like every single wrap skirt pattern I've ever seen). I'll probably also go with the traditional tie. Maybe I'll get to it tomorrow.

Conclusion: for less time and money than a movie, it's not a bad project.

Welcome Matilda

A beautiful little painting arrived yesterday from Amanda Blake's Etsy shop. "Matilda" sits on my dining room mantel and her eyes follow me around. She is so petite she can fit almost anywhere. I'll be moving her around my house for a long time--looking for just the right spot.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Pillowcase Dress

I love the 70s vibe of this pillowcase. And it was just the right size for a dress/tunic for this young lady.

To make: remove the casing at pillowcase's open end. I used that to make the matching belt. Cut two diagonal arm openings from the two top corners. I cut 2" in from corners and down about 6 inches. Cut the top end open and hem down to make a drawstring casings (front and back do not connect). Thread soft cotton rope through to create the shoulder drawstrings. Then hem to dress or tunic length. You could also use the belt fabric to make matching shoulder ties instead of the rope.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Vintage Linen Wristlet

I love this fabric (formerly someone else's kitchen curtians) so much that I havn't been able to cut into it for more than a year. Today was finally the day. I'm happy to say I like how the wristlet turned out. Ever since I learned to sew a lined zipper pouch last month, I can't stop. They are so easy, useful, and satisfying.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Tunic Number 2

I was very excited to make this more tailored version of my first tunic. I was really inspired by the Wiksten shirts But now I see why she only offers them in small sizes (I thought perhaps she only had skinny friends). It could also be the fault of my photographer (who just turned 7). I sort of wish I had not bribed him with chocolate to take mommy's picture because now the spell is broken. In the picture it looks more scrubs than chic. In my mind, it is crisp and flattering. Maybe I need a new photo, one where I angle my body a bit instead of aiming my headlights straight into the camera. But I'm out of chocolate.