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#drawstringswap

This was another swap I participated in sometime in 2016.  The swap was to use Jeni Baker’s Lined Drawstring Bag tutorial.  My partner said she loved motorcycles and Tula Pink prints.  So I found some super cute prints and got to work.  I felt like making just two wouldn’t be even enough so I made three.
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This is the one that I received.  She went out of her way to include a bunch of different prints and made it two sided!  I love the colors!!

These are also some other items she included in my package.

It was super fun shopping for fabric and making a new bag.  I learned a few techniques that have helped me in my projects since.

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#fabricshackminiquiltswap

This mini quilt was something that I was equally excited and dreading to make.  I’d never made something using triangles before but it was something that my swap partner had liked.  So I went for it!

I found this free pattern from Hoffman Fabrics.  I really liked the way it looked; with the tree shape and everything.  This was meant to be a large size quilt but since I was making a mini quilt I decided to do just three sets.
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This was my final product.  I really liked it and hope to make one for myself one day.
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My partner stated that she like anything Cotton & Steel so I got the newest Christmas line with a few prints from the previous years.  I matched up a color pencil with a fabric so that I could color code it when I made my paper template.
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Once I got that done I started cutting my triangles using this awesome Hex’n’More cutting ruler.
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Placement starting!!
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Got them altogether!  I took a few pictures so that I could make sure that I was sewing them in the correct order.
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I started on my first row.  I sewed these first six and it looked wrong to me so I asked on Instagram for some advice.  Thank goodness someone answered me and helped me!  I ended up using this tutorial which basically saved my life!
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Once I learned how it’s actually supposed to be done I got ‘er done!
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Got my top done!
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A few close ups!
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Well, here are the other few..lol.

And another picture of the finished product!!
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This is the mini quilt my swap partner sent me.  It’s gorgeous and it hangs on my wall.  And those HP ornaments hang on my tree!!
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This swap definitely stretched my sewing abilities and I’m so glad that I took part in it.

other 2016 garments

I’ve blogged about some garments that I made in 2016 already and I’m back to show you some more that I found while perusing my phone. Haha!

This is Sew Caroline’s Tank Dress and Mouse House Creations Julia Cardigan.  I made these to wear to my niece’s one month old party to which she actually was four months at the party and is now two and a half.  Oops.  It’s been a while.
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I made this Fancy Tiger Sailor Top in knit.  It is a wearable muslin but I just don’t dig it.  It was a good learning experience to make it, though.  Since the pattern is made for wovens I sized down for this knit and because it is knit I didn’t finish the hem.  But I also didn’t finish the hem because I am lazy.  Haha…story of my life.
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Since knit is a bit forgiving I made a muslin in woven out of actual muslin I got from Joann’s.  I didn’t realize it until after I was already done but I sewed one of the arms on backwards.  Oops.  Oh well, I made sure to watch for that when I made my real one.
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Here is the real one.  I made sure that the arms were sewn on the correct side.
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This was a tester version of Sew Caroline’s Parkside Shorts and Skirt.  I still haven’t made any more since but I think I will this summer.  That patchwork one is printed like that.  I did not make it.  I think the next time I make the skirt I’ll probably shorten it by a few inches.  It looks too long.
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This Sew House Seven Bridgetown Backless Dress is so cute on everyone in all the pictures! This is a “wearable” muslin but I don’t really wear it because I don’t really like the way it looks on me.  I didn’t make any adjustments so that was my first problem.  I definitely need to shorten it but I think I also need to shorten (?) tighten (?) the armholes.  It looks just too big.  Either that or I just prefer the armholes smaller.
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Another Sew Caroline tester.  This is the Magnolia Shorts.  These shorts are sweet in that they look like a skirt but they’re actually shorts!!
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I made this Made By Rae Ruby Top and put a label on it so I knew which was the back.  Haha..of course looking at this top you’d be able to tell which is the front and which is the back.  But I thought I was being funny and clever with that little saying so I just HAD to sew it on!!  Of course I haven’t taken a picture of the whole thing yet but I will soon.  And when I do, hopefully I’ll remember to post it on IG and blog it!  hahahaha…we’ll see about that. =)
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I also made my sil-S this Ruby Dress.  She’s Lilo from Lilo and Stitch! And my niece is Lilo also!!
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I made this cute Christmas sweater-ish Hey June Handmade Union St. Tee with fabric I found at an LA lqs.  Turns out it’s a Girl Charlee print!  This cut is the older version.  The link is to the new one.
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This is my first Hey June Handmade Lane Raglan.  I have wanted to make one of these forever.  I’m such a slow sewer.
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Here is another Union St. Tee.  This time I made a long sleeve.
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My last 2016 make was Sew Caroline’s Downtown Tunic.  And it literally was my last make as I finished it up on 31 December 2016 at like 8:00 pm.  I really like it since I can wear it with leggings..no waist restraint!!
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I think that’s the rest of my 2016 makes.  I can’t guarantee it, though.  I might find some more and post them later.  Now onto all things made in 2017.  Only a year behind!!  Yea right, I still got some 2016 makes to share!!!

make do? make up?

I had some scraps and was trying to be creative.  But creative I am not.  Haha.  I created this little number as an experiment.  It turned out alright but I think I’ll just use others’ creativity patterns from now on.
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Here’s the inside.  I ended up covering the insides edges with some bias tape to make it look more pretty.
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All in all not bad but definitely not one that I’d like to replicate.  I did learn the new skill of using bias tape as a finish rather then just zig zagging the edges.

Union St. Tee

This is one of my first t-shirt patterns that I purchased.  It took me a few months to actually sew one and then about another year before I sewed my next one.

I was intimidated by the v-neck and had a bit of trouble the first time sewing it.  I also hadn’t taken into account the fact that my fabric would shrink when washing and so I didn’t have enough fabric to make two separate shirts like I had planned.
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I used the two colors that I had of this same print and made one shirt.  It actually came out pretty good.
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Here is the neckband.  You can see that there is white and black on the topside.  It’s because when I went through the first time I missed some material.  I went through a second time to catch it and ended up sewing it on the opposite side.  Oops.
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A close-up of the V.  It looks pretty good, in my opinion, for being my first time sewing something like this.
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Here you can see that I used two different colors.  It was almost a year before I even wore it outside because I thought it looked funny.  The two colors were supposed to be two wearable muslins but because of shrinkage I ended up making only one.
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I wore it to work at the Community Commons and my boss said that she didn’t even notice that it was two different colors.  So maybe I’ll wear it out again.  I don’t know.

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