Wednesday, February 29, 2012

SWAP: The Maternity Edition

I'll admit; sewing with a plan isn't something I'm good at sticking to. There's always another project that gets thrown in the rotation, but this time I've even shopped my stash. I've tried to find a color scheme that will mix & match nicely. And by golly, I think I've got it.

Swatches 1-6 are for skirts. I'm going to try to see if quilting cottons will work. Two of the six fabrics are already in my stash. :) I'm not completely sold on #4...we'll see. Number 2 is my favorite as it matches virtually all the tops I have in mind. :)
3. Stashed floral linen
5. Lightweight stretch twill
6. Stashed solid black linen

Swatches 7-11 are solid knits for tops.  I already have 8,10, & 11 in my stash. In fact, the light blue is already sewn up (but not photographed/blogged/reviewed)! 

So that's the plan. The skirts should all be fast projects. Like an afternoon each. What I really need to get sewing is the tops. :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Instant Gratification project

That's right, ladies (and any gents who may have stumbled upon this blog), I have a FINISHED project to share! And...wait for it...it only took me ONE nap time to complete!! And that's INCLUDING taking a break to make brownies with my little guy (not from scratch...from a box, obviously...I had a dress to sew!)

After searching high & low for a dress pattern/tutorial with long sleeves to no avail (actually Ottobre has them, but I have yet to decide on just one issue to order), I finally found this tutorial from Prudent Baby (ah--I love them!)

The tutorial included the sizing for 2T & I hemmed & hawed over what measurements to use for my Little, I did measure some of her current dresses but in the end decided to just go with their recommended dimensions.  (I had started this dress before, in flannel, but had decided to use my own measurements. It was AFTER cutting out the sleeves that I realized that they were Raglan, not set in like I measured. Yeah. I probably could have salvaged it, but I just threw my hands up & walked away)

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I don't like the way it balloons out at the bottom, I should have went with my instinct & took some of the width out, but other than that it is pretty cute.

I bought the corduroy from Joanne Fabrics, despite my hesitation. the last time I bought corduroy from them it was so off grain that it was un-useable. Ridiculous. But this particular corduroy seems to be good quality & it made me wish I had bought a bit more yardage.

So there we have it. Next up on my to do list is to trace a couple of patterns for knit tops for maternity. I'm also compiling a list of fabrics to order once payday hits ;)
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