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More baby ninjas

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Tiny ninjas on silk from spoonflower plus purple minky equals a blanket fit for a baby ninja girl.

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coastal plus skirt

Inspired by No Big Dill’s Coastal Curtsy Skirt, I ordered some ruffle fabric from Marie Madeline. It very clearly in the listings says that ordering is by the 1/2 yard, yet I ordered 3 1/2 yards and ended up with 1-1/2 yards instead of the intended 3 yards.  So while I thought I’d have enough to make the single seam skirt, I now did not… not at all.  I was pretty sad because I was looking forward to wearing this skirt as an airy cover-up on our cruise and I only had a few days left!  So I did what any determined sewer would do… improvised.  BTW, the elastic from Marie Madeline in their ruffle section is AMAZING! I really really love it.

I called this the Coastal PLUS skirt because it makes a bigger (plus sized) skirt with less fabric (though not as long, which is okay, we’re going Caribbean!) but it’s ultra-fluffy in the back!

First, I split the fabric in half. MAKE SURE the ruffles are running in the right direction! Cut along the dotted lines, and use a pivot point for the second half, just like the original pattern (I know, mine isn’t very round).

cut sheet

So this is no longer a 1 seam skirt, it’s 3 seams. Make sure when you’re sewing the 2 side seams that the ruffles are pushed back or you’ll catch them in the seams and then they won’t flop properly… this isn’t an issue in the original because you can’t really see the seam in the end.

seam diagram

After the two side seams, finish as the original directions instruct, with a seam up the back. I attached my waistband at this point (purple in the diagram) and then sewed right up the back and up the waistband in one go… this saves you from having to try to distribute the waistband around the inside seam of the skirt, and any extra length in the waist that’s not needed ends up in more fluffiness in the back too!

Voila! Now action shots!!!

Sewing Buddy 2012 Challenge #1

Whipstitch has this wonderful thing every year called the “Sewing Buddy Project” where you’re (seemingly randomly) matched with another participant and they’re your “buddy” for the year. Somehow I’ve gotten matched with a buddy from Georgia for 2 years in a row!

This year there are going to be challenges for buddies to complete jointly – the first one ended today.***ETA: it looks like it’s been extended until Monday!*** The challenge #1 was to create 2 projects, one a “boy” version and one a “girl” version. Since children’s clothing is pretty much out the window for me, we had to come up with something else that could be portrayed in a “girl” and “boy” fashion, but that was still obviously connected.

We decided on a self-contained picnic blanket in the greenhouse apple chevron print. I did mine in flannel and laminate – she chose to go with cotton instead of flannel for the heat factor! I love that these designers are producing on so many different types of fabric, it really allows you to be some much more flexible with what you can create!

So anyways (I finished it at close to midnight last night so I couldn’t take it outside for pics, but it’s been raining here anyways.) I chose 4 solid flannels to co-ordinate with my apples. She provided the pattern (which I managed to screw up anyways) and I came up with a block scheme for the pocket.. well, 2 schemes. I couldn’t decide on just one.

I decided that since both sides of the pocket show, that I’d do one on the inside and one on the outside.

What do you think? Does it look like the sketches at all? You might notice that the middle row is on top and the top row is in the middle. And please don’t look at the puckers where the designer flannel didn’t stretch and the cheaper solids did stretch. Just gaze in awe that in the first try at assembling it, it all ended up fitting inside the pocket!

But what they say about quilting is true… you really have to love the fabric that you’re working with. And at the end of it I still love all of the fabrics!

the “last days of summer shirt”

While the “death grip on summer sundress” was a desperate attempt to squeeze as much out of summer as possible, this shirt is more of an acceptance that summer is coming to a close and autumn is well on its way. In the morning it can be worn to work with a light jacket or wrap when there’s a chill in the air and it smells like there’s a hint of front on the grass. In the afternoon it can be worn as a strapless shirt to get just a little more September sun on your shoulders before it disappears for the winter.

This was my second shirring project. As you can see, I learned from the last one and use a single elastic thread instead of starting and stopping at every row.

This was a 4 way stretch material which I thought might not work, but it has a beautiful drape and it’s super soft and comfy!

I like to just cut big squares, so I usually just use the entire width. The top is one 15 inch piece, the bottom is 20 inch pieces, and around the very top just folds to the inside to hide all the raw edges.

rainbow charm swap

So about a week or so ago I signed up for a rainbow charm swap at Bolohead. Each person in the swap is assigned a color and is to obtain a quarter yard (or fat quarter) of fabric that is predominately that color. In the end you get back a rainbow of little squares. I got purple… I’ve purchased the fabric but I have yet to cut them up.

The flash seems to have washed out some of the colors… they’re all really very purple!

I can’t wait to see the other colors!

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