Wednesday, March 31, 2010

this week

My sewing "studio" (corner of my room)

custom bag for Aunt Carol --done!
she requested a shorter version of my market tote.
Also working on-- plaid skirt for myself using Cal Patch's book, Design-It-Yourself Clothes, I'll post that when I'm done. I'm way into that book as well as this book by Wendy Mullin, Sew U dresses. My new dressform will be arriving this week and I am so stoked! I plan on making some new clothes and especially dresses for myself this spring. Project Runway here I come. I just wish I lived anywhere remotely near a fashion district so I could get some appealing fabric. Joann's is leaving me cold. They sure could use some younger, hipper buyers!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Rockin' Pajamas

Travis likes his new pajamas. They were made using New Look pattern 6932

I used the freezer paper stenciling idea from Made. It was really fun do try! My daughter loves dragons and ravens, so I will be making a raven shirt with her soon.

I wanted to put some text with the guitar, "Travis Rocks" was suggested by 11 year old brother, James.

New camera is here!

Yesterday I received my new camera that I ordered from Amazon. It was time to retire the point-and-shoot I've had for the last 5 years and return to a more manual model. I chose the Canon Rebel Xsi after doing some research and finding a super good deal on Amazon which included free shipping! I was keeping an eye on the price, but wanted an easy to use SLR. I can already see why this model received such high reviews. I love it already!

I was finally able to take a picture of Angus inside the house without those creepy glowing eyes from the flash!

I have much more experimenting to do, but I have to say I'm happy with the accurate colors I can achieve without using a flash inside the house! That was what I missed most about my old manual film camera.

Here's a random picture of Liam!

Monday, March 15, 2010

More sewing for Tiny T

I've finally gotten around to sewing some clothes for Travis lately. Here are the pants I made for him using this tutorial. I love the big patch pockets on these. I think these would be cute in a striped fabric, like a train engineer.

Right now I'm finishing up a pair of guitar pajamas for him too. I'm on a roll! I will post those when finished. Hopefully my new camera will be here by then. It's challenging enough photographing a moving toddler!

one of his poses...

"I'm done with getting my picture taken now,
... go away."

Friday, March 12, 2010

for the Library Auction

These guys are going for a great cause. The annual Whipple Free Library silent auction!

Messenger bag for the auction. Black corduroy and 'Koto' fabric. I believe it's by Alexander Henry. This has a ton of pockets.

Another auction item. It's a bonnet and sundress in a size 2. If Travis was a girl he'd be wearing this! I made it in Amy Butler blue and ivory paisley fabric. This is from a New Look pattern which I've made and given before as a new baby gift. These are just fun to make.

Monday, March 8, 2010

cute and easy hat!

This is Travis' new hat which I made from this pattern.
It was so easy, I will probably make more! Next I have to show off the cute plaid pants I made to go with this hat.