Cute Lunch Bags
January 6, 2015
I decided to round out my over-achiever Mom streak by hand-making holiday gifts for the Larva’s daycare teachers. I made lunch bags and filled them with chocolate chip cookies. I used the bag pattern from Pink Penguin with some really cute cotton prints I picked up at Joann.
I love how these came out!
Some up close shots…
I have to say that the cookies, while yummy because even I can’t screw up Ghirardelli cookie mix, were not nearly as pretty as the bags. It’s pretty obvious that my strengths do not include anything kitchen related. I’m going to have to work on that. =D
And that was the last sewing of 2014. Time to start planning the 2015 projects!
Victorian Family Photo for Holiday Cards
December 23, 2014
I’ve been so swamped under holiday sewing last few weeks! I’m finally done so I got some time to post, and I wanted to show our holiday card.
I’m not very good at the holiday greeting card thing. In fact, I have never sent them out before. It always seemed like way too much work and other then sending photos of my cats (and have you ever tried doing a photoshoot with cats?), I couldn’t really think of anything appropriate to put on the card. The advent of the brood has me re-thinking my stance though, and when I found out Tiny Prints would mail the cards for me, it seemed like I was out excuses for not sending cards this year.
I love seeing themed family photoshoots (no surprise right?), so I wanted us to do one too. I’ve got a whole list of themes I want to do. This year’s theme was a vintage Victorian family photo.
Rounding up the costumes for this shoot was pretty easy: I have a few Victorian dresses, and I also own a tailcoat tuxedo that Marcus can fit into. I bought the Grub’s costume off of eBay. I surfed through all the eBay listings for christening/baptism dresses until I found an inexpensive one that looked similar to the long dresses Victorian babies wore.
I made the Larva’s dress using a piece of fabric a friend brought me from India over 10 years ago. I’ve kept it all this time because it’s so pretty, but I could never figure out what to use it for. It’s not a very Victorian looking fabric, but I really liked the way it looked in the Larva’s dress so I’m glad I finally found a use for it.
I used Simplicity 1507 as a starting point. I added pleats to the top to mimic mid-victorian girls dresses, and long sleeves. I put in a very full petticoat underneath the skirt instead of a hoopskirt as I wanted the Larva to be comfortable in the dress. I probably should have added more tulle as it wasn’t as poofy as it needed to be. Oh well, I was tired of ruffling tulle anyways…
The dress didn’t take me that long but it took days to do all the trim. Of course my days are only 2-3 hours of sewing each because that’s all I have time for. I cut bias binding out of a bridal satin and bias bound all the edges. Then I made very very long ribbon tubes and box pleated them to make the trim that runs along the bottom edge of the skirt and the sleeves. I like using variations of pleated trim on my Victorian dresses. The dress is really not historically accurate but I figured most people weren’t going to be able to tell, and when one procrastinates, one really can’t afford to get hung up on historical accuracy.
I tried to get photos of Larva in her dress, but she was not cooperating the day of the photoshoot. She wanted to spend the whole time chasing a laser pointer. This photo is one of the few good ones and it’s of her staring at the laser dot on the wall… like a cat.
My good friend, Jeff Kuo who does a lot of photoshoots for me, set up a studio in his garage for our family shoot. He put a couple of chairs on a backdrop and we tried a couple of poses similar to ones we researched in historical Victorian photos.
I really love how Jeff post-processed these to make them feel vintage. I was so excited to share them and couldn’t wait for people to receive our cards in the mail. So the trick to motivating me to send out holiday cards is to do a fun photoshoot!
Happy Holidays to everyone!
November 21, 2014
I made some design boards this week! Actually, in my case, they’re more like project boards because I’m using them to keep my projects sorted and stacked.
I’m currently in migratory sewing mode – I have no dedicated sewing space as Marcus has taken over my sewing table with his computer. I suppose the one downside of working from home is that we have to always have access to our computers. Since we converted the study into a temporary bedroom for the Grub, the computers had to be moved out, and my sewing table was the obvious place to move them.
It’s only a temporary move, but in the meantime, my projects have to be cleaned up every night and put away. I’ve just been piling them in stacks on top of the dryer in the laundry room, and it was getting messy in there. I set aside a few nights last week to make myself these design boards to put my projects on.
I used this adorable (and easy!) tutorial from Bee in my Bonnet.
I took two standard sized foam core board (20″ x 30″) and cut them in half with an exacto knife to make four 20″ x 15″ boards. I used batting I got on sale at Joann, and for the trim, I used a bit of fabric from the stash I put aside to make Christmas bags.
I was able to get my hands on a 30″ x 40″ board at my local Office Depot which I turned into one giant design board. I plan to use this one as an actual design board for laying out quilt blocks… eventually.
So here are my current projects on my pretty new design (or project) boards. I’ve got a stack of cute fabrics to turn into bags for the Larva’s teachers. Next to that is an in-progress Amy Butler Sophia bag that was started months ago. I’ll get around to finishing that some day.
In the back, I’ve got a lone quilt block hanging out until I figure what I want to use it for, and next to that is the Larva’s Dickens Fair costume that I started working on a few nights ago.
The laundry room doesn’t make for very beautiful photos but hey, my project boards look great!
More Bangle Bags
November 12, 2014
After my bangle bags were posted to the jade forum by my jade sisters, I got some requests to make more. I had some free time after Halloween, so I whipped up a few. It would have gone fairly quickly except that my maternity leave ended and I went back to work 2 weeks ago. I’ve been completely swamped trying to catch up. I’m actually really enjoying being back at work, but it’s left very little time for sewing, sadly.
Here are photos of the bags I just finished. I used fabric from Slipper Roses by Tanya Whelan.
Here’s bag design #1.
And bag design #2. The 4 bangle pouches are the same on both bags, but the outside patchwork fabric is slightly different as is the fabric used on the inside.
Next up: Dickens Fair costume for the Larva!
Linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday.