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Birthday Gifts

One of my friends likes to crochet and has several hooks but not enough space to hold them.  So I thought about making this Sew Together Bag. I had bought the pattern when we were still in Ohio, before I learned about PDF patterns. I was a bit intimidated by this pattern but after making a few other things I realized that it would only be as intimidating as I made it.

So I started working on it and found that it really wasn’t that hard to make.  As long as you take it one step at a time.  Here I’ve gotten all three zipped sections sewed and put together.  I think the hardest part is at the end when sewing the bias tape onto the edges.  It also could’ve been the hardest part for me because my thread kept getting pulled up and into a ball.
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After re-threading several times and taking a short break I finally got it completed.  After I finished it I realized that I probably should have used a color of thread that matches the bias.  But my friend loves the color green so I just kept it.
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Here is a close-up of bias and thread color.
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The completed inside.
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Speaking of green, these are the prints that I used to make her a blanket.
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She loves the celtic look too, so it all worked out.  I used this foot for the first time and found that I LOVE IT!  I don’t remember the name of the foot but just know that I love it. Haha!
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This was also the first time that I used this binding method my mom found on you tube.
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Here is the front side.
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And the backside.
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I’d had this material for a year before I got it sewed up so I’m glad that I got it done and finally gave it to her.

totes on totes

These are all cut from fat quarters.
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My dad ordered these for some of his clients.  I think they turned out alright.  =)  They are all made using just five fat quarters.
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They are fun and easy to make.  On the inside there is a slip pocket and magnetic snap closure.  You can also add a zippered pocket on the other side of the slip pocket.  There are so many modifications you can do to personalize!!!!

Primrose Peplum by Sew Caroline

Earlier this month (Feb 2017 – since I’ve been posting makes from a few years back), Caroline from Sew Caroline put out a call for testers for her new pattern. I follow her on Instagram and saw her working on this pattern in the Fall and thought it looked super cute. So when she put a call out for testers, I just had to get in on that!

Before I start into the pictures I want to state that I don’t normally wear blouses/tops like this.  My everyday, most comfortable wear is a knit shirt and loose shorts or leggings.  I don’t like to dress up much, in fact this top is dressy to me.  With that disclaimer I want to say that this pattern has made me want to wear dressier clothes a little more often.  THAT is how easy and how well written this pattern is!

This is my wearable muslin made of a dobby cotton from the now closed Hancock Fabrics.  This is the circle skirt with a hemmed short sleeve. Well, you may be able to see that it’s not actually hemmed, but that’s what this version will be once I finish the hemming.  I was mainly using it for fit purposes.
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After finishing the one for fitting, I cut into this crepe that I got from Joann’s.  This time I cut flare sleeves and the gathered skirt.  This was right after I finished hemming the sleeves and skirt.  It is a bit tight so the next time I make one I’ll have to grade between sizes in the waist area.
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The easiest place for me to take pictures in a jiffy is the mirror in the bathroom, so please excuse the toilet paper, etc.  It was late and I was playing around seeing what pictures I could take to show off the fit.
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I had a friend take some photos for me the next day so you can see the top in all its glory.
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I just absolutely LOVE that flare sleeve!

A little goofing off!
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This was my first time sewing with darts.  I was a little intimidated but Caroline’s instructions make it simple and easy, no fuss.  These are the front darts.
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The back darts with Caroline’s simple yet effective “invisible zipper” insertion.  You don’t have to use an invisible zipper in order to obtain this look, which is super helpful as I probably would’ve taken a lot longer to sew this top.  ps…look at those gathers!  I love them!
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This top was made with the tester pieces and have since been updated so it may look slightly different than the final release.

Go now and get the Primrose Peplum pattern!  You’ll thank yourself after you’ve made a few and have a wardrobe ready for work, or fun, or play!  The pattern is on sale through February 19, no code necessary!

Don’t forget to check out the other testers and the awesomeness that they created with this one pattern!  You can find them at Sew Caroline’s blog.

coachellappi

I made these shorts for myself sometime in 2015.  I think this was the first garment I had made for myself.  I remember thinking that these pieces were just too big.
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See what I mean?
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They are actually a bit too big.  This is the relaxed pair.  There is a pattern for a slim fit so I’m going to try making those sometime soon to compare.  I thought that I would like the relaxed fit better but I’m not so sure.

They fit well enough to stay on.  They’re just too big around my butt and legs.  And they’re too long.  Haha.  I’ve learned a little since I made these about how to adjust for my measurements so hopefully the next pair won’t be so funny fitting..and looking.  But Kerokerokeroppi!!!  The best!!

The pattern is called Cochella Shorts by Striped Swallow Designs.  I purchased this pattern from Indiesew.

red hot!

I made a purse and wallet for one of my friends who loves the color green but by this color scheme you would’ve never guessed it!  These colors play so well together!  The print on the right of this photo is named crochetting, which is what my friend likes to do.  So it was only appropriate for her.  Plus I sent her a photo of the prints to make sure she’d like them.
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This is the bag/purse.  Since she crochets I used that print on the outside, which normally I would have put on the inside.  To go along with the color scheme, I used the wavey blocks on the inside with some dream catchers as slip pockets.
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When making the wallet, I found this little face.  The face was made when I was marking where to cut for the magnetic snap.
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A close up of the wallet.  This is the double zip wallet from Anna Graham from Noodlehead.  You can read more about the double zip wallet here.
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I had tons of fun making these items for my friend and she said they worked out well.  One other thing I added in the bag/purse was a covered stiff board so that it kept the bottom from bowing.  I had bought some hard plastic and just cut it to size and then made a cover to slip it into.

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