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Pattern Tester

I was really lucky to be selected as a pattern tester for The Handmade Dress’ newest dress, Miss Alice.  This was really fun to make and I can’t wait for the release of the pattern.  I made this one for Emily and it took barely any fabric, yay!  I think we’ll be layering it over a long sleeve tee and leggings, it’s cold here baby! 

I was really excited because I got to make good use of my serger, it’s so nice.  Here’s a detail shot of the inside:

Earlier this week I tried my first Ottobre pattern, a pair of corduroy pants for Emily.  I screwed them up majorly.  I must not have added the correct seam allowance on the top and I did the applique upside down and on the bottom of the pant leg.  I can’t even show the disaster picture because I gave to pants to my mother-in-law to put into the quilt that she’s making for Natalie.  Oh well! 

Any advice on the Ottobre pants from the Autumn issue?  #4 Yogi pants?  They are the easiest thing in the whole book, where did I go wrong?

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Fabric Basket

When I saw this tutorial, I knew I had to make one – immediately.  And just for fun, I decided to make two, why not?!  I was able to use up some super cute scraps from this quilt.  I loved the fabrics and since I sent the quilt away as a gift, I could still have a little something to remember it by. 

I’m sure you’ve already visited the Pink Penguin blog by now, she’s so talented.  I love all of the vintage fabrics she uses.  The tutorial was very easy to follow and the pictures are lovely.  I didn’t have any linen at the time, so I used canvas instead – same effect I think.  Right now they are sitting in my sewing room holding some miscelaneous junk, waiting for the ‘appropriate’ place. 

I think next on my list to try would definitely be the camera case, a gift for Christmas for someone special!

Oh and by the way, there was a monster lurking near my ironing board this morning…rarrr!

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Gift for friends

I’m sending out gifts to a couple friends of mine tomorrow, thought I’d share what’s inside:

This is a diaper keeper (you’ve seen this fabric before ;)).  I love this idea, my diaper bag will never be the same without one.  I think it’s so useful and keeps the diapers just how they’re supposed to be, not all smooshed and full of crumbs at the bottom of the bag.  Yay!  Whoever came up with this idea is pretty cool in my book.  I used this tutorial, it’s really great, lots of great photos and well explained.  This tutorial was one of the first tutorials I ever used.  Hope baby Parker’s mom & dad can get a little use out of it!

My second gift I’m sending out is a make-up bag (with my favorite fabric so far), to my dear friend Toni.  She’s been a great friend to me, and we had some fun times back in college.  Hope you had a great birthday Toni!