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cold winter days

Howdy! It’s been a crazy few weeks around here. Lots of difficulties, but some really happy times too. We had a great time at my family’s Thanksgiving, and the little one got to see all four of her great grandparents. That’s always pretty cool.
The day before we left I started sewing her a special dress for the occasion. I had about a half hour’s work left and we really needed to leave.
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So the plan was to finish it up at my mom’s, and of course we get there and neither of her sewing machines were usable. Such a bummer!
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I finally finished it up today. Learned some new skills, or got to put some new skills into practice I guess.
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I lined a bodice, under stitched it beautifully, and used a zipper. It needs a bow but I have managed to lose the ribbon I bought to go with it.
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I saw these super cute little ornaments last year, and full of good intentions, bought the supplies. Finally found the time to start them this past week.
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I never bothered to click the link, or I’d have known that she had templates available. (That’s the trouble with pinterest for you.)
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The originals are way tidier than mine, and I’m just fine with that. These are turning out to be pretty relaxing to make.
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Well, there have been countless other sewing projects getting worked on around here. Lots of curtains being made, I tried my hand at quilting, and I’m in the process of making a couple skirts. I’ve got boot fever, and skirts/tunics are the only way to go with leggings IMO.
More to come soon!

A gray bleak winter

Well friends and neighbors,  I have to admit something to you. I’m not so much a fan of winter. I actually kind of hate it. Its cold and wet and gray. Not my favorite combination of things. Its just rather depressing.

I’ve been sewing though!
New Shirt

I cut this last Thursday evening while watching Highlander: Season 1 (one of my favorite guilty pleasures.) I cut it from a tee shirt that I had that fit well through the arms/shoulder/neck area.

This was my first attempt at sewing a knit garment, so I’m fairly happy with it. Its not great, but it works. I also have about 6 or 7 yards of knit fabric sitting here, patiently waiting for me to sew it up, so practice is much needed!

And finally… pictures of the much blogged about Purple Party Dress!
Purple Party dress

I wore it for the second time on Valentine’s day when my husband and I went out to my favorite restaurant for dinner.
Finally, a picture of purple party dress

And here it is with the sweater I actually wore it with. I’m not a huge fan of the sleeves, but I’m not exactly sure what is wrong with them yet. And sorry for the awful pictures. I’ve not gotten the hang of photographing myself. And I can’t find the owner’s manual to figure out how to use my self timer… *SIGH*

Have I mentioned that I got my new Burda? I did. There are several things I want to make out of it.
I got my Burda Plus Fashion pattern magazine!

Courthouse at night!
This might be the very first night time picture I’ve taken with my camera. Nothing terribly impressive, but it was fun to play around with while waiting for my husband to get the car on Valentine’s.

Oh how I hope Spring is on its way!  In case its not, I just grabbed some fine wale gray corduroy to make a skirt out of that I’m quite excited about sewing!  I have this sort of miniature unpaid internship thing for school, and we have to dress “professionally,” which in my field, is not necessarily suit and tie.  I realized I have no bottom half of the body coverings that are warm or wintery or dressy other than one pair of gray wide leg trousers that must be worn with heels.  A gray corduroy skirt should fill that gap well, especially if I could get a black pant done too. 

Hope you’re having a less bleak winter than I am! 

Toodles!

Figure 8 Scarf finished!

I followed the tutorial here, and got my scarf done!

Modelling my new scarf!

The flowered side is a really soft cotton velveteen, and the purple and pink striped side is a SUPER soft cotton voile. I keep reading about people using voile, but oh my goodness! It is soo soft! I think I’m hooked!

It was somewhat difficult to sew the two very different kinds of fabric, but the end result was worth it. Just took lots of pinning. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the instructions on how to put it together. She has you press it after you’ve turned it out, and I think it would have worked better if I’d pressed it to one side while it was still inside out.

Anna Maria Horner Figure 8 scarf, other side

There was no way I was going to slip stitch the last seam together. I know that I’m pretty hard on clothes, especially winter wear, so I knew it would fall apart in a week. For me, it was better to just topstitch it, you can’t see it on the flower side (as you can see above), and I think bright topstitching adds a little something to the striped side (below.)

Anna Maria Horner Figure 8 scarf

It didn’t take long to make, and it feels very cozy. I like the colors, I always need more jewel tones in my life during the very gray Indiana winters. It was also nice to just sit and craft with my mom. She has a pretty awesome studio area, that has terrific light, and might as well be her own craft store.

A little bit closer look