August 16, 2013

Morning Glory

 Pattern used Burda Style 8/2009 Blouse #117

 I used this light weight almost see through fabric as my muslin just to see if I liked the pattern. I really did not care if it turned out with the fabric as I have a lot of it and it is not my favorite.

The blouse is snug on the hips but I like how it fits else where. I typically wear it with blue jeans and flats but today I was in the mood for red.

August 15, 2013

Vintage Butterick 5307 Dress

 I made this dress in March of 2012 right after my hysterectomy. I needed a comfy dress that would help camouflage my swelling. This pattern was larger than my other patterns (a size up) so it made the cut.

 I skipped the zip and instead added a button, my reach was not so good then. I also shortened it by 12 inches so it would be knee length on me.

 I added some lace trim to the bottom of dress.

I don't wear it often now, its real loose all over.

Sorry blogger keeps rotating my photos
I made option "C" in the middle.

This is was taken about two months after my surgery, I was still quite a bit swollen.

(Reason behind so much swelling: Hysterectomy was started trans-vaginally then was moved to laparoscopically, only to be ended with me having to be opened up. I have 4 punctures and one big incision.)

February 10, 2013

Prairie Picnic Dress

The Kindergarten class that I work in had a Prairie Picnic last week where everyone got to wear something prairie inspired. I arose to the occasion and made myself a Prairie Dress and apron to wear.
I think I could wear this every day it is so comfy.
  Dress is a variation of Burda Style 1/2013 blouse #117 extended to ankle length.
 Without the apron the dress looks just like a Moo-moo. I liked this pattern before I made it a dress but now I don't think it would look right on me as a top.
Apron is self drafted.
 I was running out of time and did not want to make fabric ties on apron so I used ribbon instead. I love the result it gave me using ribbon.
I added a gypsy skirt I made Sierra under the dress so it would have a little more volume on bottom.
Burda Style Carmen Blouse 01/2013 #117 in jersey fabric

January 21, 2013

It's Been A Long Road Dress

I started Dress #137 from Burda Style 5/2010 way back in December of 2009 it was a plus size pattern so I did not add any seam allowance and took extra large seam allowance while sewing. I had it pretty much finished except for buttons and hemming, then January of 2011 I broke my wrist, so it got put aside and I put on some weight. I remembered it last January 2012 and finished it up but it was way too cold to take any pictures and I did not feel so well. Two weeks later I had to have a complete hysterectomy and I did not want to do any pictures because of lots of swelling from my incisions. I decided this dress was Bad Luck and put it away, that is until today when I thought "Hey, its January again, bring it on". So without further ado here it is, and I think I like it better now January 2013, than I did when I first started it. 
My Burda Style 5/2010 Dress #137 dress
I used a remnant of thin floral upholstery because of its heavier weight compared to plain cotton fabric. I wanted a dress I could wear on colder days. I only made one change to dress and that was I got rid of waist seam pockets.
The waist is a tad snug and the bust is a little loose and too low for me. I don't think that I will making  another. The all together shape of dress is to hour glass for me.

I don't have any complaints about the back, it fits my shoulders comfortably and the darts are just right.

I'll will defiantly have to wear a pretty slip or cami under this dress so I don't show off my chest with the dress being so low in the front. I had to pull front of dress up and slightly back to take these pictures, my bra was really showing.
Burda Style 5/2010 Dress #137 on their plus size model
I noticed that the model had the same issues with dress being low cut (showing bra) and the waist looks too snug.

November 8, 2012

Grim Reaper and His Pal Skeleton

Its a few days late, but here are my boys in the costumes they wanted me to make them.
 Sir Grim is my son Daniel and Mr. Skeleton is Christopher
 Oddly enough this robe was really easy to make it only took me one hour to make (drafting all the way to last stitch)
 The skeleton I spent several hours hand stitching bones onto a store bought sweat suit.
 It is possible to sneak up on death!
 Christopher hates face paint so I made him a mask.
I did purchase sickle, mask and gloves for this costume the lantern we already owned.
I tied extra fabric to a camping lantern for Grim to carry to light his and Skeletons way. Yes, it was killing them to have to pose together.

September 12, 2012

Sierra's Birthday Tissue Puffs

Sierra thinks that tissue puffs are real pretty so I surprised her with some for her birthday.

  This was the first time for me to make them, not too bad.

Not pictured are others that I hung up in her room.

September 10, 2012

I'm not a garbage digger but,

I'm not a garbage digger but, while throwing trash a stack of eight old patterns did catch my eye, so I dug!
 I did not rip bags to get them, they were sitting on top just waiting to be found. I did have to climb in the bin though, not a problem because this was a paper bin.
After sorting and refolding 5 out of 8 were complete patterns. The remaining three were top half's to dresses that could have any type of skirt drafted for them.
 Win Win situation if you ask me.

June 23, 2012

Asthma Inhaler Covers

Christopher the day of his track meet, O2's were 82% after this jump!
I have a child (Christopher) with sever asthma, its not fun for him or me, but we try to make it better by making or re-purposing holders for his inhalers. So, if it can cheer up my wheezy kid it might do the same for one you know with asthma too. It is very important to carry something even if you are having a good or in the green day.

You can use/re-purpose:
old Mace case,
small knife pouch (these have handy belt clips),
flash light holders (most of these have carabiners),
old cell phone case

 Make one!
Nick jr. has how to's to make kid friendly ones:

If all else fails order, we found this.
I went to EIBactive to fill out a survey and he got this pouch in about 6 days FREE. Its the one he currently carries with him because it is soft and bright so every one knows he's packin. He attached to a lanyard so he can wear it around his neck.

Usually if he is going somewhere without me, I add a medical info card to his pouch so if anyone has to help him they will see his asthma plan. This site that has a Complete FREE Medical Record ID Wallet Card, its what we use to print Christopher's. I do this every other month so it stays up to date.