Feb 022016
 

More catching up! Sunshine’s Christmas present was a momma and baby kangaroo from ikatbag’s ridiculously awesome Menagerie pattern.

ikatbag's Menagerie: kangaroo and joeys

I always love using her patterns — the instructions are so clear, well-organized, and clever, and the designs have a great sense of humor. Plus, she’s super generous: Menagerie has templates for NINETEEN (or 21!!! depending on how you count) animals, and it starts out with explicit technique-teaching sections that are easy to flip back to refer to.

Also, I love that she makes toys that kids can play with. Legs, ears, tails, and everything attached is machine-sewed into seams — no whipstitching here! And on the fun side, both Sunshine and Glowbug like to tuck the baby into the mom’s pouch. :)

ikatbag Menagerie kangaroo and joey

There were a few fights after Christmas because Glowbug kept stealing the joey, so I made her one of her own (and put her initial on it so there wouldn’t be any fights about whose was whose, heh).

ikatbag Menagerie joey

I wish I could have a softie-stuffing lesson — I went a little nuts, and the mom kangaroo looks great, but it’s awfully firm…! Also, Glowbug’s joey is quite a bit bigger than Sunshine’s because I overstuffed it a bit. Oops!

ikatbag's Menagerie: kangaroo and joeys

Jan 142016
 

I’ve been wanting a double gauze quilt of my own since it’s a little chiller lately, so before Christmas, I pulled out my hoarded Cotton + Steel double gauze and got working. (Glowbug totally stole the first one I made, and while later I made one for Sunshine.) Like last time, I used pretty double gauze for the top (Cotton + Steel), soft double gauze for the back (Kobayashi), and Quilter’s Dream wool batting. Then I machine tacked it to keep it poofy.

Cotton + Steel double gauze quilt

It was really fast to make — I think I only spent two days on it! Also, it turned out huge since the top is just four 1 yard cuts sewn together, and I used a twin-sized piece of batting.

I did the machine tacking in thread that matched the quilt top’s colors. I didn’t want them to stand out too much in the front because I didn’t put much effort into making sure the tacks were in an even grid.

double gauze quilt, close up

It doesn’t come across in these photos too well, but it made a pretty effect on the back, especially in the quarter where I changed thread colors for each stripe. It made me think of a field of stars.

double gauze quilt, back

The backing is actually purple (more like the previous picture), but this picture shows the multicolored tacks I like. :)

double gauze quilt back

I ended up mailing this to my sister for Christmas, and then her daughter stole it to use in her fort. The double gauze quilt thievery continues!

Jan 052016
 

I was super excited about my mom’s, Reiko’s, and my matchy match Christmas outfits! We wore them for the first time on Christmas day, and I’m a lazy photographer, so I only have day-of pictures. In order to not make it feel toooo much like I’m inflicting my Christmas album on you, I’ll just list details and limit myself to two pictures. 😀

Renfrew top, Veronika skirt, Uptown Downtown tank, DanaMadeIt skirt

Items made:

matchy matchiness!

Nov 302015
 

Our guild recently had a foundation paper piecing challenge, and before I made my challenge item (I was procrastinating!), I made a quick poolside tote for the prize.
Modern Flora poolside tote

I was stashbusting, so I did the best I could with choosing fabric that worked together out of my limited selection of 1 yard cuts (because I didn’t feel like finding coordinating half yards for the lining — that would be even more matching!); this is an old Jessica Jones Modern Flora print along with an old Anna Maria Horner LouLouThi print. Since I liked the result so much last time, I made another super long keyfob out of the the LouLouThi selvedge.
Modern Flora & LouLouThi poolside tote

While I was going through old photos, I found pictures of yet another poolside tote I made last year, but forgot to blog about. This was for my sister-in-law, and I meant for it to be a beach tote. Looks beachy, right? :)
chevron poolside tote

I lined it with a chicken print that I got specifically for her since she’d recently bought her own chickens and built a coop for them. 😀 (Since this was an earlier tote, the key fob is a more normal length.)
poolside tote - chicken lining

Speaking of chickens, I realized that one of our neighbors has wild chickens living in their mango tree! Someone had stopped by to pick mangoes, and I guess all the shaking disturbed the chickens so they were all over the road. Then I saw a bunch of them fly up to the neighbor’s garage roof, and then they jumped into the mango tree from there!

Nov 192015
 

Today I’m posting over at imagine gnats about the Darling Ranges dress I made in double gauze.
darling ranges dress in double gauze

I went through about 14 muslin versions of the bodice — my floor was covered in discarded bits! And this was right after I read a post on Sew Mama Sew advising sewers to avoid muslining in order to be less wasteful. >_< It turned out that the first 12 or so versions were due to my shifting my darts incorrectly; once I followed an actual method (instead of winging it), I only needed one muslin to get the darts in the correct place and a second one to adjust the dart height. gahhhh.
darling ranges dress in double gauze

The coral stripes are a little outside of my comfort zone, so I was nervous about using the fabric well and actually sketched a bunch of options for the stripes to go on the dress. Could you tell that I tried to make the front chevrony? 😀 The back is pieced to be chevrony too, but I regret that a little because it’s always covered by my hair, and now I’m worried that the bias edges at the waist will stretch out funny.
darling ranges dress in double gauze

I wonder if next time, I should lower the neckline a skotch? It maybe looks like I was a little too aggressive in raising it… In any case, I definitely like it better belted. 😀
darling ranges dress in double gauze

Oct 302015
 

Sunshine wanted to be Yoshi for Halloween, which I was excited about because there are already a lot of costumes to “be inspired by” (copy). 😀
yoshi costume

Just like with Cosmo’s hydreigon costume, I made the basic hat with the template I made following Stitched by Crystal’s dino hat tutorial — it was even the same template as Cosmo’s because their heads are practically the same size. Yoshi’s features are all stuffed circles or ovals, and I guesstimated the sizes to make them by making round shapes with my fingers and holding them over the hat. heh! (oops, I took pictures on two separate days, and the lighting was obviously quite different.)
yoshi costume hat

The shell is made of a large white circle that I gathered and stuffed around the edges to form the shell ring, and then a red circle (I can’t remember if it was larger or smaller or the same size as the white circle, oops!) that I gathered into a sphere, stuffed as a ball, and then squooshed down to stitch onto the white part to form the poofy shell.
yoshi shell

Yoshi’s clothes are the Oliver + S field trip raglan shirt and Peekaboo Pattern’s Coastal Craze Baggies; I like that he can just wear these normally after Halloween! Husbo especially requested the brown boots so we bought them just for this costume; he also wanted to get long green socks, but those were surprisingly hard for us to find (so we didn’t hahaha)!
yoshi costume clothes

Sunshine kept asking for Yoshi’s egg (and tongue and tail! — but I refused those), so at first I was planning to make him a trick-or-treat bag in the shape of and decorated like a Yoshi egg, but that was stressing me out too much so I just made a regular stuffed Yoshi egg. I was super lazy and bought PlanetPlush’s Yoshi egg pattern, which makes a perfectly nice, throwable egg. (The kids have been having a lot of fun playing catch with it.) I don’t have an embroidery machine, though, so I had to figure out my own green dots. :D:D
yoshi's egg

I’m super thrilled with this costume, mostly because Sunshine loves it and wore each piece constantly as soon as I finished them! :)
yoshi costume and egg

Oct 272015
 

I didn’t ask Glowbug what she wanted to be for Halloween because I didn’t think she’d have an idea (though now that I think of it, she probably would have said Dora, oops!), so I tried making her a costume that was twirly but not princessy: Rainbow Brite! I also found old episodes for her to watch on youtube so she’d (hopefully) get excited about it… and now Sunshine asks to watch Rainbow Brite. hah!
rainbow brite costume

I used Hey June Handmade’s Edelweiss dress pattern with just a few modifications. I wanted Glowbug’s costume to have a slightly higher neck, so I cut straight across the highest point of the bodice (the pattern scoops down a little). The sleeves are half circles with cotton batting inside, and they’re holding up nicely at least for this Halloween! I think they might droop a little after the dress goes through the wash. Finally, I took up the skirt an inch, in addition to making the hem deeper.
rainbow brite, running

The button closure for the back is nice for adjusting the fit. I made the 3Y size and it was a bit too wide, but it was easy to have Glowbug try it on first and then sew the buttons further over than it was marked on the pattern. I sewed the buttons on a little crooked, but I was too lazy to fix them because I’d already sewn them on twice. 😀
rainbow brite buttons

For the star applique, I used Wild Olive’s you are my lucky star pattern printed at 200%.

At first, Glowbug haaaaated her costume and cried when I wanted her to put it on. But we’ve been wearing her down, and the other day she wore it without complaining for her grandparents, so yay! :D:D
rainbow brite star

Oct 212015
 

Cosmo told us that he wanted to be a hydreigon for Halloween, which I thought was crazypants at first (too hard!), but then google and awesome cosplayers came to my rescue. Yay! Here’s Cosmo’s you-have-two-siblings-so-nothing-is-going-to-be-super-complicated hydreigon costume:
hydreigon costume

I used Stitched by Crystal’s dino hat tutorial to make the basic fleece hat, then attached fleece shapes for the nose, teeth, and frill thingy, and then used felt for the eyes. The frill thingy has Soft & Stable sandwiched inside to keep it upright.
hydreigon hat

I didn’t do anything fancy to attach the frill — I just stitched it onto the back (kind of wonkily). While I was working on this hat, I found out that one of our kiddie-sized basketballs was the perfect size to act as a hatstand!
hydreigon back

Cosmo’s clothes are the Oliver + S field trip raglan shirt and Peekaboo Pattern’s Coastal Craze Baggies (which I found out about through Handmade Boy‘s fantastic versions on The Pattern Exam).
hydreigon costume, grawhr!

I worked on his gloves last — they’re extra heads; see ’em? I used 30 Minute Craft’s hand puppet tutorial for the basic idea, then added an extra layer for the mini frills. They’re not as fancy as fireflytwinkletoes’s mittens, but Cosmo’s been having fun with them!
hydreigon costume: mittens

Mike’s thinking about making cardboard wings for Cosmo, but my part is done! …except for the pokemon ball trick-or-treat bag. >_< hydreigon costume

Oct 202015
 

I decided that I’d give my nieces and nephews daddy dollies for their 2nd birthdays, so here’s the latest one. Guess what my niece’s name is!
daddy dolly

To make the shirt, I printed out an I Love Lucy logo and used a lightbox to trace it onto some jersey with a gelly roll pen, and then I heat set it with an iron. I read somewhere that once you heat set it, the gelly roll ink is permanent, and although I haven’t run anything through the wash yet, I did try scrubbing at it with a fels naptha bar, and nothing came off. I’m optimistic! I like gelly roll pens because they’re easier to use (and a lot cheaper) than micron pens. :>
daddy dolly

I put this doll’s arms in wrong again (like the last one)! I hope I don’t make the same mistake again the next time I have to sew one of these. >_< daddy dolly

Oct 032015
 

I’m posting over at imagine gnats today about my favorite things to wear: basics! I just realized that I forgot to mention the sizes I sewed on my imagine gnats blog post, so I’ll note them here. :}

I made a Deer & Doe plantain tee (size 36, Art Gallery strawberry, no alterations) and Sewaholic’s Thurlow shorts (size 4, Kaufman houndstooth twill, increased crotch depth and length by 1/4″ on both the front and back pattern pieces, but that didn’t really work out).
plantain tee and thurlow shorts

And then I also got to make Jamie Christina’s Mission Maxi tank (size 4 bust graded to size 10 waist and hip, Art Gallery air brush flight) and Megan Nielsen’s Brumby skirt (size S, Kaufman Swiss dot chambray, version 3 with version 2’s pockets).
mission maxi tank, brumby skirt, uptown/downtown tank

Finally, I made Glowbug a matching outfit with leftovers! 😀 😀 😀 For her tank, I used Sew Straight & Gather’s Uptown/Downtown dress with no sleeves, and I straightened out the sides since it flares out going into the skirt. Her skirt is a simple gathered pair of rectangles… somehow, I thought it would be more flarey if I put two layers of Swiss dot and one layer of lining, but you can’t even tell that the extra layers are there. hah!
matchy matchy!

More information (and nicer pictures) are on the imagine gnats blog, so maybe go take a peeky… :)