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the night-owl nightie

When Ann Kelle released the owl and whale prints of Urban Zoology, I loved them. When they were released in “minky cuddle”, I adored them – I made tons of beautiful, warm and fuzzy blankets for myself and the people that I love the most. When I saw that they’d been released in “silky satin”, I swooned.

I thought it would be perfect for pyjamas! So soft… so very very… soft… ahem! The material is a little tricky to work with – I thought it would be more slippery than it actually is – it’s actually not too bad, it slides in one direction but not the other so it’s pretty easy to keep together. The toughest thing about it is how fast it unravels. You practically have to finish every edge before you start assembling everything otherwise by the time you get to the end it’s just a huge mass of… ravels? Is “ravel” a noun?

Anyways, the dress itself is quite long with an gathered skirt attached at an empire waist. I used folded-over-elastic (FOE) around the top and as straps – I don’t know what’s wrong with me that I can’t use FOE. I use a straight stitch and it stretches it out. I use a stretch stitch, it stretches it out. I use a zigzag stitch and it STRETCHES IT OUT! Does anyone have any idea what I’m doing wrong here? FOE always stretches out for me – you’re supposed to stretch it while you’re sewing, then when you’re finished it should pull the garment into a gather… mine just stays stretched out.

So to combat my completely lack-luster FOE, I shirred the entire back of the top (in the pic I haven’t trimmed the threads back yet. The fit is way better. I love the way that the shirring looks on the “silky satin”, I think I’m going to do that on purpose for something!  I’m also going to shorten the straps, but for now I just tied them up.

lime is the new black

After the owls & chocolate minky blanket I made as a housewarming gift for my friend, her brother came to live with her and he decided that he wanted one too. Now pink and brown is kinda girly, so I chose the whales in the carnival colorway with a lime green dimple dot, and I quite liked the punch that the green gave!

So there I am, thinking how much I like that green color, and how the store where I bought it at tried to get more in and can’t, and I saw a gorgeous lime green minky shag.  This is at the same time that I got my husband’s black shag for his man cave blanket, and he started telling me every day how amazing the minky shag is and how I need my OWN minky shag blanket. So I made one!

And I LOVE it!  This one, like the other shag, is about 72″x60″ making it the perfect size to curl up underneath and snuggle up to! And the green makes me forget that just last week, our house looked like this:


And there’s likely going to be more before summer is officially here.

more minky

Are you tired of minky blankets yet? I’m not! I got a new chair delivered last week and it’s an ivory colored leather chaise… and it was just DYING for a blanket! Or maybe I was dying for a blanket while sitting on it.

This blanket is approximately 60″x72″… I saw blankets that size on etsy that are minky on only one side for between $100 and $150. I just love the watermelon-colored minky dimple… it’s precisely the same color as the owls! Unfortunately it appears as though Hawthorne Threads has removed the owls in watermelon and topaz from their site (usually meaning that they’re out and aren’t planning on getting any more in) and Fabric.com now only has the carnival colorway.

Do you like that toilet paper I managed to get into the shot? Oh yeaz, me toooo! We buy it at Costco by what I’m sure is the bushel-load.

super soft minky vs super silky satin

I just received an envelope in the mail yesterday… check it out:

in the left corner: super soft minky! in the right corner super silky satin!

You may recognize the super soft from my vacation sewing, but the satin is new. I thought it was really cool to be able to see the two next to each other! I noticed that compared to the minky, the lines in the satin image are super crisp, which might be intuitive when you think about it, but it certainly must be a consideration when designing for different fabrics, which seems to be a really popular thing to do right now.

I’m so excited to get started with the silky satin! It looks pretty slippery and I think there will be a lot of pinning involved, but I think the end result will complement the cuddle perfectly 😀

vacation sewing!

One of the coolest things about blogging and reading other people’s blogs is the moment you realize that there are a lot of people out there that are just as crazy as you are. And today, the crazy I’m referring to insatiable need to complete last minute sewing for a trip or event, sometimes as close as minutes before leaving the house. Last year I made a soft case for my camera and all of my camera parts while we were waiting for the taxi to arrive. This year my vacation sewing included:

  • a hat (see the “welding hat” post)
  • a wrap skirt
  • two zippered cases for cosmetics and hair clips
  • a neck pillow for the plane

So let’s start at the top… the hat.  You’ve already seen it, but here are some “action shots”!  We went to an area of Bavaro Beach near Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for 7 days.

 

me, my hubby, a coconut, and my hat at the beach near Punta Cana

It was THE BEST! It blocked all sun, kept me cool, and I even wore in the ocean and while snorkeling to keep the sun off of my white, white head. AND, it’s really like 2 hats because it’s fully reversible, which is da bomb when you’re traveling! (I couldn’t find any pics of me wearing it the other way, but I did!)

Next, a wrap skirt. This one was the weekend before I left. My sewing buddy watched in amazement while I just started hacking and sewing. It was roughly something like this:

*I’ll put a diagram in here when I get home today*

I have one picture of it waiting to be packed, but it kinda sucks, so here are some “action shots”!

me, my hubby, and my FIL waiting to be picked up by a bus out front of the hotel

on the tour

So overall, the skirt was a smashing success! It was just long enough, just wide enough, the ties were just long enough… but if I was to do it again I would make some loops to string the tie back through… I might still add them to this skirt. The material was perfect, it’s by Trans Pacific Textiles, carried at Hawthorne Threads, HERE!

Next, as I was throwing everything down the stairs in a pile to shove in my suitcase, I notices that I needed something to contain all of the little things… hair elastics, barrettes, pills, and everything else that a girl totes around with her on vacation. I made 2 of them, matching, one half the size of the other, using a Kokka light canvas, lined with a muslin, and purple zippers from Zipit, my favorite Etsy zipper store!

Sorry, pouches don’t really lend themselves to “action”!

And lastly, but not least… ly? A neck pillow. This one I totally winged at 8pm the night before we were to get up at 2am to go to the airport. I was cleaning up my sewing stuff and I saw the minky cuddle fabric stacked up on my table and it just came to me. I looked through all of my books for a pattern, but the closest I could find was a baby feeding pillow which was way to big. So I folded the end of the fabric into 4 (to make 2 pieces that were each symmetrical) and just started cutting. I sewed the right sides together and hand sewed the gap closed after stuffing. The result was the snuggliest and softest pillow EVER (not to mention cutest!), and everyone around me on the plane was jealous.

the snuggliest, softest, cutest travel pillow EVAR!

And when I got *REALLY SICK* on my vacation and spent an entire day just laying on the deck of my room trying not to die, it was a huge comfort. I didn’t have any of my sicky-pyjamas or my blankets to cuddle up under, but I did have a super-soft hug of a pillow!

a super-soft hug of a travel pillow

and even more exciting is the fact that I just ordered a couple of days ago the matching silky satin for pyjama pants 😀

So anyways, that’s the story of my vacation sewing. See ya later!

i spy and other adventures

so, as promised, here are the pics of the i spy bag that i made:

enough with the pictures, let me tell you about it now!  firstly, i feel bad because i don’t really remember where i saw this first.  it might have been here: http://sarivalsisters.blogspot.com/ …  it looks kind of like the picture i have in my head. I know it talked about putting the label on the back, which i didn’t do.

anyways, the owl fabric is from Ann Kelle’s Urban Zoology, I used very little: a single two inch strip from a full bolt-wide piece. the other fabric is just a packaged fat quarter piece i picked up on clearance at Michaels… i thought they went together quite well!

I first created a rectangle with the strips… all horizontal and then a small left over piece of owl fabric vertical on the end, for interest.  i lined the entire piece with more of the squares fabric, and then quilted along the seams. I folded both ends in, sewed the plastic window between them, sewed along the sides leaving a gap, filled it up, and closed the seam.

now, the most important part: what did i learn?

  • I got so excited about using my machine again that i forgot that the best stitch to use on plastic is anything except a straight stitch… and i used a straight stitch. it seems to be holding, i hope it’s ok. i’m seriously considering pulling it all out and doing it again because i’m giving it to a 5 year old with special needs.
  • the gap for filling shouldn’t overlap plastic.  it’s virtually impossible to hand sew the plastic area closed without tearing.  it was at that point which i remembered the part about the straight stitch.
  • i think i filled it a little bit too full.  just a little bit.  you need enough in there that it hides the things that are in there, but enough open space that you can move things around.
  • i meant to add glitter, but i forgot. i think i’m going to have to experiment with glitter first, i just get the feeling that it’s going to stick to the plastic until there’s just a wall of glitter that you can’t see through.

needless to say, i made it for a 5 year old, but i love it so much that i want to keep it.  is the baby seal not the cutest thing ever???

In other news, i made an outfit for my husband’s xmas party on the weekend.  he actually helped me finish it 😀  i love it, everyone else seemed to love it.  it’s loud, but it’s very me, and i think this was the most comfortable i’ve ever been at a semi-formal event like this. I asked my husband to take a picture of the outfit, which was mostly skirt, and he cut the picture off mid-thigh.  oh well, you get the idea,  i’m sure.  it’s blurry because it was low lighting and was taken with my blackberry. we made the skirt and the shawl, i think i paid 4$ for the shirt at a boxing day sale last year 😀

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