Monday, September 28, 2015

Making progress

I worked last night and a bit this morning. The dress is coming together. I'm pleased. I messed up a bit on the collar but it's not too bad.  Cross my fingers but I think that this will be the first time I haven't rushed to finish a Halloween costume.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Starting a new project

I started on a Halloween project for my daughter.  It's a dress.  My first dress.  Wish me luck!

It's this dress.  Well. This is the starting point for my dress.

If you look, it sends you to this other dress called the Emma dress for the pattern pieces.  It's a bit confusing and I'm still trying to wrap my head around it.  So far I've cut out the pieces, but haven't gotten to the sewing yet.

There are three parts to the Emma dress.

Feeling blessed

I was able to go to a free class at my local fabric store, Hart's fabrics, today.  The class was a class called Fabric 101 and it was a part of their National Sewing Month celebration.  The class was so informative (Thanks, Kiki!)  I have to say the selection of fabric at Hart's is amazing!

The quality and beauty of their fabrics is like none other I've ever seen.  You can visit them at  You will be amazed by the selection!

It was really difficult not to leave the store without any fabric!  But I did (Phew!)  I did purchase something I actually needed a set of Ball point needles and Microtek needles as well.  Something I figured out that I needed after participating in the class.

The store also has a wonderful blog as well with lots of fun projects and the ladies that work there are talented and helpful.

Thanks Hart's fabrics for having this class!  I loved it and the other women in my class seemed to as well.  I was a little bummed a few weeks ago that I missed the french seams class, but hopefully, cross my fingers they will have something like this again!

Monday, September 21, 2015

So Sew Easy Sewing Swap

I was lucky enough to stumble onto a sewing swap on a blog I follow, So Sew Easy.  It was the first one I've ever participated in and I loved it.

The swap had a few suggestions for the swap. I guess I missed the voting time, but I was excited to see things that I could actually make for the swap.  
  • Zipper Pouches
  • Simple Tote Bags
  • Pin Cushions
  • Mug Rugs
  • Pot Holders
I was very excited to sew up a fun zipper pouch for my swap partner and add in some fabrics and findings from my stash. Here's what I sent to my swap partner. 

Here's what I received from my swap partner.  Thank you, Nancy! The zipper pouch is beautiful. 

Thanks to Deby at So Sew Easy for arranging the swap. I will definitely participate in another swap.  I had a lot of fun with this one!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Felt fire set

In the midst of organizing, I found a lost project that was cut out but never sewn together. It's a really cute idea for a felt camp fire from Twin Dragonfly Designs.

I believe I have had this project in the works since last year.  It was a gift for my son.  My son has been asking to go camping for a while and he was kind of excited by it and wanted me to finish it of course.

So far I finished three logs and the main fire piece.  I started the rocks and I need to finish sewing by hand.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Recovering a chair seat

I have had this chair in the house to recover and refinish for years.  No really years!

My husband made a new craft closet for me since I lost mine when my son was born so I was inspired to at least cover the chair I would sit on. In the midsts of reorganizing my fabric I found the perfect fabric. I totally forgot I had purchased it. 

I love the results.  Maybe I will actually refinish the chair sometime soon.