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trick or treat!

Hope you all have an awesome Halloween!

Had to quick use up the cutest Halloween fabric I bought a while back by Riley Blake.  Jeni‘s drawstring bag tutorial was the perfect choice, so I decided to make 4.  My girls love them, they even carried around candy in them for a while until they decided to sneak upstairs and eat most of it.  Of course.

The other two are headed to their teachers, filled with a little Halloween treat inside.

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my little monarch

Thank goodness for pinterest and friends.  Seriously, I was about to make Natalie her ‘sock’ costume that she wanted to be and then I saw my friend Kristin (skirt as top) pin this awesomely cute butterfly.  A sock wouldn’t have been so bad, I actually had some creative ideas for it, but I’m so glad the butterfly came along.  Don’t worry, Natalie had a whole list of possible costumes and luckily, a butterfly was near the top!

The instructions were really great, just discovered I should have bought more colored felt so I could have decorated both sides instead of just the back.  Oh well, next lifetime…

Meanwhile my little butterfly is pretty darn happy wearing her wings.

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I’ll take that as a yes, sew-a-long it is!

Thanks so much for all your sweet and kind comments about my skirt and I’m so glad there was so much interest in a sew-a-long.  Fun fun, I can’t wait!!  I think with the hustle and bustle of last minute Halloween costumes and decorating it would be fun to go with the week of November 7-11.  That should give everyone enough time to gather supplies and grab the pattern, right?!

Just to get you started here’s a few little bits:

Pattern: Simplicity 2226, I made view C with belt loops and no tie belt.  Simplicity patterns are available at Joanns, Hancock fabrics, hobby lobby, etc.  Hopefully there’s a sale running somewhere, usually on sale they cost $.99 or $1.99.

Fabrics: (This is directly from the pattern envelope) damask, pique, twill, sateen, lightweight wool and wool blends, challis, crepe-back satin, jacquards, laundered silks-rayons, silk linen, brocade, satin, shantung, soft lightweight linen and linen blends.

I think a fine wale corduroy would also work well and of course any quilting weight cotton, too. I should also note that none of the sizes on the pattern require more than 2 1/8 yards of 44″ wide fabric, most requiring just 2 yards!

Zipper: one 7″ zipper

Other supplies needed: thread, hook/eye, lightweight fusible interfacing 1/2 yard would be more than plenty.

Here’s the following breakdown of what the sew-a-long will probably look like:

Picking your size and tracing/cutting pattern pieces, fusing on interfacing

Creating pockets and main body of skirt.

Sew waistband and assemble to main skirt.

Inserting zipper (might also give it a whirl with an invisible zip which I think might be even easier), and finishing waistband.

Hemming & finished skirt reveal.

TBD: if anyone is interested I can hopefully figure out a linky party so you can all check out each other’s skirts!

Oh and I just want to add a teensy little disclaimer here:  I’m am by no means an expert nor do I know all the answers to questions that may come up, I’m just excited about getting to sew with friends and to be able to help as much as I can along the way!  Thanks and I truly hope you’ll join in!  ♥

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fall skirt

wheee! this was a fun one.  I love it when I spot a cool fabric and have an immediate project for it.  Couldn’t pass up this awesome print for $3.95 a yard at hancock’s the other day.  I knew it was meant for a skirt.

I chose the Simplicity 2226 pattern after seeing Karyn (Make Something) make it earlier this year.  It’s a great little pattern!!  It does really go into a lot of detail for a beginner, it’s a learn to sew pattern.  The only thing is that it didn’t go into seam finishing much, which is okay, but I really want to make something that will hold up for a while instead of shred apart after a few washings.  So I added my own finishings and it should last a while!

I was thinking it might be fun to do some kind of sew-a-long type thing using this pattern, would anyone be interested?  If enough people want to join in, I think it would be a great one for lots of figures, I think it’s quite flattering.  And of course with a skirt, the options are pretty endless. Let me know and happy Friday!!!!!

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crowns of flowers

Have you ever seen someone else’s project and wanted to make the same thing right away?  Well that’s what happened when I saw Maureen’s felt flower crowns.  I finally begged her to send me some felt flowers and ties to make one for each of my girls.  And if you stop by Maureen Cracknell Handmade you can follow her Felt Crown tutorial to make some of your own.  Awesome, right?

I’ve been meaning to make these for so long, I don’t know why I put it off, they were so easy and fun to make. Very little sewing involved, so a great project for beginners!

I mostly got poses like this pout, our little photo shoots don’t always go how I plan.  :)

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