July 5, 2008

Basic Knit Skirts for a Girl

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 3:31 pm

I got started on my family sewing today, working on three quick, basic and simple knit skirts for my oldest, who is 9.  Using the formula from Sew What! Skirts for an elastic waist a-line skirt, I made these:

I’ve made lots of these for my girls, so I can whip them out pretty quickly.  They are very comfy and take less than a yard of fabric each, even though they are on the long side, reaching to mid-calf.

One of my goals for this month is to “stash bust”…sew only (or as much as possible) from my overflowing stash.  I’m going to keep track of how many yards I sew up and then decide if I made a big dent or just a tiny ding in the stash.

So, these skirts each take about 3/4 yard, which makes my grand total 2 1/4 yards today. 🙂

Next up…skirts for my next oldest daughter, the baby blankets for the neighbor and maternity clothes for me!

June 24, 2008

Big Ol’ Catch-up Post

Of the several languages I studied, Latin was not one of them. But when I think about all the things that keep me away from my sewing room, I call them craftus interruptum. Almost definitely not accurate Latin, but a very precise picture of what happens sometimes in my life.

Then there is blogus interruptum. Things that keep me from blogging. Usually the same things that keep me from sewing.

All that to say…this is gonna be one of those great big catch-up posts, so get comfy and grab whatever you drink and here we go!

Jo-Ann’s had a big sale this past weekend and the weekend before. I was able to use several of the 50% off coupons floating around plus grabbed some stuff that was on sale. Here is some of my haul:


Some fun quilting cottons across the top and more muslin and interfacing on the far right. Several cuts of snuggle flannel to make a gift for my neighbor’s new baby (since the crocheted blanket is going so very slowly). A pattern for maternity tops and thread, a tube turner and some fat quarters that caught my eye.

What’s not in this picture is the new 6×24 cutting ruler I had to buy three days ago when mine jumped off my cutting table, hit the leg of my rolling stool and broke into 3 pieces. Thankfully, I had one more 50% coupon.

Before all that shopping, I did finish some sewing. First up, the custom Mix It Up Apron using MM Ginger Blossom:

Very pretty, eh? I really love how these fabrics look together. I’m planning to make a couple more of these for my stores after my break (more on that in a bit).

Next up, I finished the skirt and dresses for my patient friend Bekah.

Strawberry circle skirt. Being the picky sewist that I am, I wanted the strawberries to be upright all around the skirt. Plus the fabric was not quite wide enough for a full circle skirt. So, I cut four panels instead and sewed them together, making a circle. I think it looks great and it has lots of twirl potential.

Two dresses from the same pattern. The left is AH Apples & Pears with MM Dumb Dots in pink for accents. The right is AH Kleo floral and bangle dots in sage. Very cute dresses, both fully lined and the hems are double sided…I don’t know the technical sewing term for it…but it gives the skirt a little extra weight and a nice clean look…no worry about the hem flipping up.

So, for this week, I’m working on the custom Aviary bag (we hammered out the details last week) and hopefully an apron or two for tomorrow night’s stocking at Beautiful Enchantments. We’ve had our store redesigned with lovely new colors and moved our stocking time to 9:30 pm EST on Wednesdays.
Please come check us out!

This will be my last stocking for a month. I’m taking the month of July off from business and custom sewing, to focus on family sewing and to spend time with my blessings, work in my garden and enjoy our summer weather. I’ll be stocking again in early August. But I will be posting here during the month! Showing off the lovely creations my children have been begging for. Maybe even a pic or two of the bounty of our garden. 🙂 And if the littlest one is cooperative, we’ll soon be able to share if our newest blessing will be a boy or a girl. 🙂 🙂

Hope you enjoyed the big ol’ catch-up post!

May 30, 2008

Manly Aprons for Dad

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 2:12 pm

Yes, my second finished object post today!  woohoo!  First the circangle bag, now a couple of (hopefully) manly aprons for Retro Femme’s Father’s Day stocking tonight.

I tried to choose a print that could be worn by either a man or a woman.  Keeping that in mind, I stayed away from the sports themes and muscle cars.  I drafted my own pattern for this apron, based roughly on what would fit my 6’2″ hubby.  I’d hoped to have him model these for me, but I didn’t get them done before he went to work today.  So the backside of my dress form will have to do.


Pretty neat, eh?  I wouldn’t mind wearing one of these and my hubby…well, he didn’t express a definite opinion in the affirmative…but he didn’t say “no” either.

I hope to have one more thing to show before the end of the day, a custom coming & going bag using the Ginger Blossom line of fabrics.  It just needs a couple of things finished up before it’s picture ready.

Oh, I have some things on clearance tonight at Retro Femme:


See ya later!


April 23, 2008

Two skirts & an applique tee

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 2:10 pm

How’s that for a catchy title, eh?

I actually finished these over the weekend, but just got around to taking pictures today…and only now because my friend whose daughter they are for will be arriving soon to pick them up. 🙂

First, a lovely a-line skirt, with pleats at the waist and a gathered back, along with a rtw tee with a raw-edge applique.  The rose fabric is a lovely linen-y weight fabric.

Then a fun circle skirt from a piece of bright mod fabric from Ikea.  Knit waistband with elastic and bias tape hem.  It’s amazing to me that a circle skirt for someone who about a size 6 would end up being over 14 feet around the hem, but it’s true, I had to open a second package of bias tape to finish the hem…but still that was much easier than trying to do a double-turn hem on a circle skirt.

I am this close [ ] to finishing the second custom Sparrows bag.  I should have pictures tomorrow.  And my grand project for the weekend is the long promised tutorial for a reversible a-line toddler dress.  Unless the weather is really good, then I’ll be trimming grape vines!

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