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Grandma’s Chair

Have you seen this kind of chair before?  It’s a really cool idea, very ergonomic.  You rest your knees on the two pads and sit on the seat.  Good for the old posture.  No slouching in this chair.  It’s been at my Grandma’s house since I can remember.

I’ve always loved it.  We had such fun using the chair when we came to visit while growing up.  Luckily (and sorry cousins) I am the lucky recipient of it!  She actually gave it to me a few years ago, I just didn’t know the right place to put it.  I’m glad I waited, and it’s ready for a makeover!  Maybe some new padding and fabric of course.  Here are my before shots, so you’ll just have to wait until a little later to see the After shots.

Natalie and Emily love it.  They think it’s some kind of tandum rocking chair.  It’s pretty funny actually.  They’ve been having a blast on it since I brought it out of the attic.  We’ll see if it ends up in Natalie’s bedroom or mine, we might have to fight over this one…

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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!