Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Keeping Busy

I have been so busy with various sewing projects that I have not had time to tell you about them! My 'current sewing projects' bag is quite full now, as you can see, and I have several other projects looming on the horizon. I say looming, but I am actually quite excited about them!

I just finished a couple of little girls' pink silk princess dresses that I hope to have up in my Etsy store next week. I am also altering a shirt that I got recently which is really cute but too big, and I have a skirt and shirt that I plan to turn into a dress.

The pink silk fabric above, and the gold flowered stuff below, I found at a thrift store, of all places! I have decided that I am going to look for fabric at thrift stores all the time, because I can get really good deals on unique pieces.

I have plans to use some money I got for Christmas to buy fabric (are you surprised?) to make a dress for an upcoming dance. I'm thinking teal-colored silk and white chiffon. A dress for a friend and a few other random items of little girls' clothing finish off my sewing to-do list. 

As you might have guessed, it's kind of an ongoing list. When I complete one project, another one comes to my attention. But that's the fun of sewing. I never run out of things to do!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Finally, Dresses!

A loooong time ago, I began making a bunch of girls' dresses out of some fabric a friend gave me. I did a few blog posts about them, as you may remember, and kept predicting that I would have them out in a week or two. But that week or two dragged out into a month - and then several months - as it turned out to be a much bigger project than I had originally anticipated!
Well, I am both excited and relieved to say the dresses are finally finished! A few days ago, I got together with some young girls from my church for a modeling/picture-taking session. All of the dresses are now up on my Etsy site.

Here is Elena modeling a couple of blue dresses. Isn't she adorable?

Josephina looked so cute in green:

And Christiana was such a great model for the prairie dresses!

You'll find these dresses and many more on my Etsy shop! Be sure to go over there and check it out!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Freedom to Buy

I love going to thrift stores and finding things that I like but that are too big for me, and being able to buy them anyway! I did that with this shirt and skirt:

For the shirt, I just took it in on the sides bit-by-bit until it fit right. The skirt was a little more complicated. I hardly ever buy jean skirts that are too big, because the material is usually too bulky to take tucks in. This skirt, however, was made of very lightweight, flexible material, and it was just so cute I couldn't pass it up!

I first took small tucks at each seam except the side ones. I know from experience that taking tucks in side seams tends to make the skirt stick out funny.

I then sewed each tuck down to make it lay flat.

Not too bad!

For a finishing touch, I ironed the godets into pleats, so they would lay nicely:

Before and after:

And front view. I love this shirt! It was so worth the time it took to fix it!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

2013 has ended and 2014 is here. Best wishes for a prosperous and blessed new year!

Several years ago, I started the tradition of making a chocolate cake on New Year's Eve to eat at midnight. After all, what better way could there be to bring in the new year than with chocolate? ;-) Each year, I have fun coming up with new ways to decorate the cake. This time, I made fudge icing and orange filling. Yum!

Do you have any fun/unique New Year's traditions?