|Hello lovely blog visitors. I have so many sewing projects to blog about that it is ridiculous....who knows if I will actually get around to them all, but I am determined to get some of them up here. So today I am going to share with you a pattern that I bought a couple of months ago and absolutely LOVE! It's the Avery dress by Modkid patterns. I have been a modkid fan for years, I love the interesting patters and all the lovely bright fabrics. The Avery grabbed me straight away. It is a drop waisted dress with bottons down the front and a peter pan collar. There are a few different variations ot this pattern and it has fast become one of my all time favourites.|
|The pattern is sized from size 2 through to 10 and is available in short or long sleeves, making it perfect for winter. It is designed for woven fabrics. I guess you could use a stable knit as well, but I think this is one that is best suited to woven fabrics. Here's a picture of the first one I made|
|This particular dress headed on over to Perth for my nieces 9th birthday. She absolutely loved it (why wouldn't you) and this Jennifer Paganelli fabric was perfect for it. I added some lace and some piping and it turned out really well.|
|I have to admit, I am a little obsessed with my snap press machine, so I ditched the buttons and buttonholes and added snaps down the front instead.|
|This was such a winner that I went straight ahead and made another one for my niece, Emma, for her birthday. Emma loves blue, but is third in a family of 4 girls. She naturally wears alot of clothing handed down from her sisters, and not alot of it is blue, so I like to make her blue things because I know how much she appreciates it. Isn't she just divine!!!|
|Once again I added a bit of lace and some piping and went with snaps instead of buttons.|
|One of the things I love about this pattern is that the sizing is spot on. I have mentioned it before, but with so many new people selling pdf patterns online, it can be hard to sort the great ones from the good and not so good. I really have issues with patterns not being sized well. It frustrates me to buy them, spend all that time printing and sticking them together, sewing it up, only to find that the whole thing pretty much needs to be resized. This one is perfect. I've made it in 6 different sizes now and they have been all a perfect fit.|
|The other thing I love about this is the drop waist. It makes it so practical for girls of all shapes and sizes, especially girls that are a little older. I am finding the more I sew, that girls bodies really differ dramatically from about size 7 onwards. So many lovely dresses rely heavily on getting the waistine in exactly in the right place. That can be quite tricky if the girl is not in front of you, and you have had to rely on measurements from someone who hasn't got it quite right, or for a girl who suddenly has a growth spurt and shoots up overnight. The drop waist is perfect for older girls. The lower skirt is still quite full and girly, but it is beautifully balanced by the more plain bodice and peter pan collar.|
|The instructions are clear, well thought out, and the dress comes together more quickly than it looks like it will from the pictures.|
|And before I forget, this one is also available in short and long sleeves. I have used fabrics with busy prints here, but you could make it in plainer prints and add details to the bodice, like a pocket and some belt loops that are also included in the pattern. There will be many many more Averys in my future....|
Ladies Skater Skirt
Paper City Quilt
I've been a big fan of Made BY Joel ever since I discovered his Paper City a few years ago. I can't explain why I like it so much but I just do. Since then he's done a paper city Sydney, which I love because, although I live in Perth now, I grew up and studied in Sydney and I love it. There's also a Paper City Paris and a Nativity and they're all fantastic with a that distinctive Made By Joel style.
I have been wanting to make a Paper City Quilt for some time now. It was always one of those projects in the back of my mind, brushed aside by girls needing new dresses and the like. When I found out my friend was having her fourth boy last year, it was just the excuse I was looking for to make it a priority on my projects list. I started this quilt last October but didn't get it finished until just a few weeks ago. He is over 3 months old now with a smile that his face can't contain. He has plenty to smile about though- great parents and 3 beautiful big brothers.
This is how it turned out and I am really happy with it. If you noticed the sneaker poking out the bottom of the quilt, it's because I had to enlist the assisitance of my big boy for the photos.
And then this one wanted a piece of the action too.
I started off with a rough sketch. I rarely plan quilts properly which I suppose is a big no-no in the quilting world. That's probably why they take me so long to make.
I made the quilt top using a mixture of applique and piecing.
You can't really see in this photo but on the clock tower I stitched the hands in the place of the time he was born.
And flew a little plane in the sky pulling his name.
My backing fabric wasn't wide enough for the quilt top so I added a set of traffic lights.
On the bottom of the quilt, which is meant to be a harbour I roughly quilted some fish
and I quilted clouds in the sky.
There was a small cheer inside of me when I finally got it finished.
I hope it gets played on, gets grubby toddler hands smeared on it, fades from being washed so many times and snuggled under on the couch on Saturday mornings and rainy days. And I hope I get to spend lots more time with the boy whose it is.
Puzzle Storage Bags-a Tutorial
Jigsaw puzzle pieces are a bit like adventurous socks. There are inevitably some which ALWAYS go missing. I thought with the return of school that I would have hours at my sewing machine but it has not been so! These bags were so quick though that I snuck them in before school pick-up one afternoon. They are easy-peasy and finally your puzzle pieces will have a safe place to stay. With a window at the front you and your chubby-fingered friend know exactly what's in them.
-fabric scraps- depending on what size your puzzle is, enough for the outside and the lining.
-4 inches/10cm of thick ribbon if you want a handle
-little bit of baking paper
Start by measuring the length and width of your puzzle.
I'm an Aussie girl and usually work in metrics but after a few years of sewing I've realised America is never going to change and as I love to quilt, I've had to get my head around inches and yards. I'm using inches in this tutorial but it is so simple you shouldn't have any trouble working it out in metrics.
Add 1.5 inches (about 4cm) to each measurement and then draw yourself a nice little picture. You don't need to do this step really but it helps you see clearly the sizes you need to cut.
On my square I drew a horizontal line, 3 inches from the top. This is the front part of the bag- the 3 inch part is the fabric and the rest is the vinyl. Because of the seam I added an extra half inch to both the rectangular fabric part and the vinyl.
Then I drew a second square and added 3 inches to the top for the front flap.
So My pieces measured as follows:
-2 fabric front pieces (one outer, one lining): 9 x 3.5 inches each
-1 piece vinyl: 6.5 x 9 inches
-2 fabric back pieces:(one outer and one lining) 9 x 12 inches each
Take your two front fabric pieces and press the top edges over each of them, enough so that there is a decent turn over but not too much. This just makes it really easy to finish the top seam of the front of the bag.
Then sew the other long edges of those 2 fabric pieces onto the vinyl. The vinyl should be sandwiched in between the right sides of your lining and your outer fabric.
Then press the seam to the right side, being careful not to melt the vinyl.
Then top sticth along the seam with the vinyl, then the edges which you pressed over at first.
Use a little bit of baking paper underneath or the vinyl will stick to your sewing machine. Then carefully rip it off the back when you are done.
Now it's time to start on the back pieces.
If you want your front flap (sorry- I know that sounds dreadful!) to be cyred around the corners then trace around something round on both the back and lining.
Then snip the curves off.
Now it's time to put it all together.
Start with your lining, right side up then put your vinyl piece on top, lining up the bottom edges.
Pin the ribbon in place.
Then lay your other fabric piece, right side facing the vinyl.
Stitch around the edges leaving the straight edge at the top open.
Snip off the corners and around the curves.
Then turn out to the right way.
Press the top edge.
Then stitch it closed.
Sew on your velcro.
And that is all there is to it.
Put your puzzles in and start revolutionising that rotten puzzle shelf.
No more homeless pieces.