Since my daughter Rebekah and her husband are going to Hawaii in a couple of months, I decided to make her a blouse using the same, easy pattern as the one from a previous post. I used a beautiful batik that had come into the shop, that I thought had an Hawaiian flair to it. Since I am making her husband a shirt, I thought it only fair that I make her one as well. I think they should take me don't you? ;-)
For many of you, that special someone in your life has an American Doll. These dolls have been around for years with my own daughters loving them too. In fact, two of my daughters saved their money so that they could have shoes from the American Doll store. Oh my! One of the wonderful things about Olive Ann Designs is that each little girl pattern has a matching pattern for the American Doll...which I think is pretty terrific! Here is the matching outfit for Addie's American doll. Happy Birthday sweetheart!
If you have visited my blog in the past, you know that I made a cute little blouse and skirt using an Olive Ann Design pattern. I made the outfit especially for my granddaughter Addie to celebrate her 6th birthday. Below is a repeat of the picture that I shared in a previous post. I thought that the pattern was pretty cute and that the directions were fabulous! Since I am always looking for easy patterns for beginners, I decided to try out the adult version of this pattern to see just how easy it would be to teach. My suspicions were right and I'm glad that I gave it a try. The blouse only has 3 pattern pieces….very easy for those of you out there who are just beginning to sew!
Here's Addie's again:
And here's the adult top....I'll get to the skirt later!
Here's a picture of the adult pattern….you'll love it!
While I was in my sewing room anyways, I also decided to make another shirt...this one for my son.
I thought that I would add a secret pocket to the inside placket...nobody will notice....
So I made this lunch bag a few months back...along with the pillow from my previous post..using a pattern made by My Favorite Things. I have used their patterns before and for the most part sincerely enjoy using them. Their directions are laid out very nicely and are easy to follow. Trust me, it is getting harder and harder to find patterns that even make sense any more let alone come together like they should. I have gotten pretty picky any more when it comes to patterns, but this little company does a nice job. There are some things that I would change however. For one, I would extend the front flap by at least another 2". Since I made sure to use the right batting for a lunch bag (an insulated batting by the name of Insul-Bright) and then lined it with a water proof fabric, (PUL) I was hoping to have a great insulated bag when taking my lunch to work. But as you can see, the flap does not come down far enough to prevent those pesky sides from opening at the top of the bag. I love the side pockets though that can be used for utensils, napkins, money, or for whatever else you would like to put in them.
I of course decided that it needed a little embroidery on the front...I do after all have an embroidery machine! And since buttons have always been my thing, I was more than satisfied with the one I found to match my Amanda Murphy fabric that I used for the bag.
Time to enjoy lunch! Next time, not only would I make the front flap longer, I would also make a pocket for the inside using that pet netting that so many of you use to make your beach purses. It would be perfect to hold one of those slim ice packs on the side to keep my food cold! Don't forget to click on the images for a closer look! Enjoy!!
I'm back in town and am excited to share with you a pillow that I made a several months ago using Little Jaybird Quilt Designs. I also had the pleasure of using the Downton Abbey fabric line that had recently come into the shop. The dark blue fabric is entitled 'Lady Mary' and the border, along with the lower portion of a hexagon is 'Lady Edith'. I have seen pillows, purses, etc. made using the Downton Abbey fabric and it is always fun to see what other women will come up with just to use this line of material! The series certainly has captured the interest and hearts of a lot of gals who venture into Cozy.
On the back of my pillow, I decided to embroider Downton Abbey to bring familiarity to the fabric line.
I hunted high and low for just the right buttons. I thought these were perfect!
I'm leaving for Washington today and will be gone for 10 days. But I wanted to share with you the little boy's shirt that I made for my grandson Cash. I made it out of the leftover fabric that I had used for the shirt in the previous post. (Good thing my grandson is little!) Again, I'll share with you the pattern that I used for this wee little shirt. Great little pattern to use for making something special for those little guys...and big guys..in your life.
I'm also going to share with you a cute pattern for that little girl in your life. This is an OliveAnn Design and what I love about her patterns is that she also includes a pattern for the American Doll..or any 18" doll, that so many little girls have in their life right now. So this is for you Addie.... Since many of my granddaughters own an American Doll, I felt that I needed to get one of my very own...I needed something to fit the clothes on...;-)
And of course my doll..... I purchased 'Rebekah', which is my daughter's name.
Thank you to all of you men and women who fight to keep us safe and free. Happy July 4th America!
The shop asked if I knew how to make a camp shirt....aka.... Hawaiian style shirt. I ordered in three different styles of Hawaiian fabric, then I looked online to find a pattern that I liked. The first pattern that I ordered actually came from a shop in Hawaii and I liked it very much. But I also found a pattern by Islander Sewing Systems based in MI that I liked even better. The adult shirt below is made using the Hawaiian pattern...the boy's shirt is made using the Islander Sewing Systems pattern. So what is your vote? (click on pictures for a closer look!)
Here's the boys pattern using the Islander pattern. The difference? The Victoria Jones pattern (Hawaiian) runs big...it's meant to be a loose fitting, aloha shirt... I think guys will like that part of the pattern. The Islander pattern, on the other hand, runs small...much more tailored. I liked the collar and placket on the boy's shirt...the collar has a collar stand, which naturally makes the collar stand up better, and the finished placket looks very nice! I'll try to get a close up so that you can actually see the pattern piece that I am referring to in regards to the collar stand. My only complaint with the boy's pattern is the small size of the pocket... and I do feel it runs just a little small. I enjoyed working with each pattern and I intend to use them again.
Married for 44+ years & raising 7 great kids out in the country has been an adventure of a lifetime. Now that the darlings are all grown up, and most, raising little darlings of their own, I am able to get down to the business of sewing. Come on along with me and let's share together.