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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!

ruby star rising

have you seen the new line of fabric called “ruby star rising”, the genius of Melody Miller? I was so excited when I saw the pictures from quilt market, viewfinders? vintage teapots?! awesome!!!


so i waited. and waited and waited and waited. and while i was in lloydminster for xmas they all arrived. and they all disappeared. i saw listings on some other sites for limited numbers of fat quarter bundles, and they were referred to as “highly coveted”. but this is some seriously cool fabric, i wanted to seriously order.

enter Fort Worth Fabric Studio! I had pre-ordered the dr. seuss fabrics from them and it was very convenient – they show you the amount they have left available for pre-order and then they send it to you and charge you when it actually arrives. good for them because they can gauge demand and guarantee sales, good for you because you’re guaranteed to get the fabrics that you want… eventually.

i asked them if they were planning on getting any in – they said that they were not planning on it, but were interested in branching into kokka fabrics. she asked me which ones i wanted, BING BANG BOOM, the next day they were available for pre-order. AND she’s getting in 10y each of 9 different fabrics, so if you’re looking to buy ruby star rising and you don’t mind waiting… go check it out! Fort Worth Fabric Studio

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