Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Clothes

I made matching pajama pants for Lil Hoot and I for Christmas - because I found some great fabric (Smores from Moda Fabrics by Me and My Sister Designs) and had enough to make us both a pair. Nothing fancy and no real 'pattern' - just found some instructions for how to make them based on what I already own. It was a real learning process and next year's pants will be much better, I'm sure. Plus - I hope to not be sewing them up on Christmas Eve.
I also made Lil Hoot a Christmas dress. Poor girl didn't have a single dress in her closet and I wanted something fun and funky, fitting for her personality (and mine) for Christmas. First I searched around here for fabrics in craft and quilting stores but found nothing...and then it dawned on me - duh - search Etsy! So I found some GREAT fabric (Be Merry by Riley Blake from My Mind's Eye) at Fabrics I Love (Gina is great to work with by the way). Lil Hoot's dress is fully lined because I didn't want any seams to show. It was also my first time to make my own piping and bias tape. I did so because I wanted to use the snowflake fabric from the same line.

My Sister's Purse

Much of what I have been working on since November has been for gifts so I haven't been able to post pictures. Now though...I can! sister's purse. I started off with Made By Rae's Buttercup Bag pattern but quickly made several changes. First, I changed the fold of the pleats. Then, I added the ribbon, omitted the button flap, widened the bag with the addition of the velvet, and lengthened the straps (because my sister is tall). I did the straps how I always do them with the technique I posted previously, added ribbon to the strap and did a decorative stitch on that.