Busy Little Bee

I really haven’t had time to blog lately because since I got that new sleek sewing machine I thought I would put it to good use and make Christmas presents for my family

This is what I’ve made so far.

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Two 14″ rounds and one 16″ round pillow.  All for two little girls who love to dress up their bedroom.  I would normally share these over on FB but some of my grandkids are my friends and I know how kids are in telling their siblings everything.

This apron and chef hat is for my grandson who happens to LOVE to cook.  The cute girl in the picture was nice enough to be my living model for the project!

My model!

My model!

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The purse is for my granddaughter Karina.  She loves the Disney Princesses so I fashioned a ruffle skirt bag out of Disney character material for her. I have several other gifts that I need to make and is the reason why I started now and didn’t wait.

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Unrelated to Christmas, I made new items for my Etsy shop.

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Day of the Dead Coin Purses. (My live model got her very own coin purse for helping me out.)

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I simply love the Swoon Sewing patterns!  This is my latest creation – The Vintage Mable.

SO….that’s what I have been doing with my spare hours….what have you been up to?

Thanks for stopping by

Ali 🙂

My first quilt….

  And maybe my last!! I never had the passion for quilt making. Admire the workmanship that goes into a quilt and while recently strolling around the Oregon state fair saw some very beautiful quilts. I enjoy sewing things that don’t take days and weeks to accomplish. There was a couple of times that I felt like giving up on this baby quilt then remembered it was a gift. 😊…so I pressed on.  There are so many imperfections with this blanket. It’s bigger than I first measured out and can’t really tell you how that happened.  Had to add a strip of material to the Minky material just so it would fit the top piece only for it to be too big!! Again…not sure how that happened!! 

  Had to search on Pinterest on how to bind a quilt!! And my corners although I tried and tried to match the top and bottom edges up…fell short.  

  
But…it’s a gift and I’ve been reassured that the young lady who is recieving it will love it!! And I’m quite proud of the end result. Although it was a quite a task. In the end….my oldest daughter not only wants my old sewing machine but wants to make quilts!!  

I told her to YouTube it and watch how it’s done. Cause I couldn’t teach her. 😊

Thanks for stopping by 

Ali 😊

My happy place..

  
I have so much to say!! I recently turned the big 5 – 0! Watched my son marry his beautiful bride this weekend which means I successfully made my dress for his wedding and I got this

  
  For my birthday!! It was waiting for me when we arrived home on Sunday! I was so tickled! I’ve never had a brand new machine. My mother gave me her machine when she got a new one and I picked up another used machine from a friend. So this one is extra special. I immediately  watched all the videos that came with it and tried out the embroidery function. 
   
 
And I’ve already picked up a few tricks to get a nice finish and learned that you shouldn’t iron the polyester thread…it scorches😧. And quickly realized how expensive this little hobby could be! Polyester thread is expensive compared to all purpose thread. Thank goodness Joann Fabrics always have coupons but Tom and I did venture into the local bernina sewing shop and found out their embroidery thread is a bit cheaper and better quality according to the sales lady. So I’ve already pinned about 50+ ideas on embroidery on Pinterest. I’m so excited to get started on adding some beautiful embroidery to my bags and purses but I still have a couple projects to complete first.  

I really enjoy being in my sewing room and I enjoy helping out the local church missionary young men that need simple repairs on their suits and clothing. It seems every week I’m finding a bag hanging from my front door with a note telling me what needs to be repaired. They usually have the item pinned but recently found celeophane tape used to keep a garment together!! 

My next project is a baby blanket and matching diaper bag of time permits. The baby shower is on the 19th. Once again…I’ll be spending the weekend in my happy place! 😊

Thanks for stopping by

Ali 😊

For me!

It seems like I haven’t been on here for weeks!! I’ve been really busy with life. Funny how that happens. I finally made that dress!!  

 
I must say the construction was fairly easy other than in two areas it repeated certain steps which freaked me out thinking I’d done something wrong.  And this dress also reminded me why I HATE zippers!! But I conquered it and I’m pretty proud of the outcome. 

The dress looks pretty much like the picture but what I didn’t realize was that the openness of the neck makes it impossible to wear any bra I have in my drawer! I refuse to wear strapless which would work great but being a busty girl the one thing to hate seeing…is a girl or grown woman constantly trying to pull up her bra in the front!! That would drive me crazy!  I just don’t know if there is a bra that would work! I could buy one with plastic see-through straps but…not crazy about that idea either. 

So….here’s my dress. 

 

see those bra straps?

 
This was taken in the back yard…which is really not a yard but Bootsie the dog area!! 

  
This was my first dress made out of something other than knit!! 😆😆

I think it looks pretty good although a co-worker at work has said that she thinks I look better in jewel tones….what do you think?

I have so much black and earth tones in my closet that I NEED color every once in awhile!!

I think I’ll make this one again but maybe in a jewel tone!! LOL. Either way…I do like how it turned out. 

Oh…and it was very easy to attach the 22 bodice to the 28 skirt.  I’ve always wondered why the sizes don’t match RTW sizes.  It’s not like us big girls are sometimes self conscious of our size in RTW clothes that the patten companies have to make it more hard to look at when your sizes come out to a 28!! I also lined the skirt with pink cotton fabric so I don’t have to wear a slip! I was worried that it would give it to much bulk when I already have enough bulk of my own!! LOL but it’s great!! My co-worker wants me to wear it tomorrow but without the proper bra….I don’t feel like wearing a cover-up all day long! 

So now with this project out of the way I need to figure out what dress to make for my sons wedding! I think I want to go with a knit dress. Yea I know….but I love how knit drapes. 

  
This was my number one choice but I don’t have the pattern so that means I have to buy it at 40% off which is more than I’d like to spend because patterns go on sale so often for $2.00 or less…I’m in a quandary. My other option…

 
Ok. So my reasons behind each. The first one has the option to make the bodice one color and the skirt another. The colors of the wedding is light pink and fuschia ….so I was thinking I could incorporate the colors. 

The mock wrap…it’s another amazing fit pattern and I had such a great experience with my last one….it might work out for this one! And this pattern I have in my stash!  I’m just concerned of my time left for the wedding.  I have not only my dress to make …but one more bridesmaid clutch purse. So…bring it on!! 👍

Thanks for stopping by! 

Ali 😊

Making some progress

I’m happy to say that I’ve knocked a couple items off my list to do!! 

Finished the brides gifts! Only to be told today that she added one more bridesmaid! 😳

  
So…I’ll be adding that one to the top of the list of things to do. 

Second….I finished my grandsons cape adventures!! I was told by his mommies that he’s been into masks lately and capes. So I whipped up a Superman and Flash ensemble! 

   Oh…the purses are hanging on a rack that Tom got for me! I was tired of having all my creations in a box.  Now they are hanging up and out in the open!!

  

  

 I know that superman doesn’t wear a mask but I’m sure my grandson won’t care! 😊. All made with felt and Velcro. I used elevator on the masks! I can’t wait to get pictures of him in these! 

So now with the wedding just days away I need to start thinking about me and a dress! I’m going to make this one….as a practice.  

 
View A.  I normally can whip out a dress in about 3 to 4 days only working on it a few hours each day. If I have no problems with it and I like the fit after I make the necessary grading and or alterations then I’ll be off to the fabric store for a more suitable wedding dress fabric. I was going to make a knit dress because of the ease in fabric and I can hide a lot more but I like this dress and how it fits with no discernible waist line. Which gives me the opportunity to hide…to mask some of my fluffiness! (My son hates it when I call myself fat…and I love that about him. He says if I have to chose a word it would be fluffy!)

And to end….my online store over at Etsy is doing very well.  Better than I expected. I have had sales every month for the last five months which means I need to make more product!! I’ve been itchin’ to make more purses but just haven’t had the time!! Soon…very soon!! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Ali 😊

Update on Tutorial

Man!! I didn’t realize how time consuming a tutorial could be!  Holy Heck Batman!  I just wanted to post this quick little note to say that I am actively working on the tutorial and it is FULL of pictures.  I must say though I did forget one or two but I don’t think they are critical ones.

At this point I don’t think I am even half way through….but all I have left to do is;

  • Add the bow to the ribbon
  • Sew on the hard bottom to the bag
  • Attach the magnetic snap closure
  • Sew up the sides
  • Finish off the bottom edges
  • Sew the lining
  • Baste on the handles

Should I include an inside zippered pocket??????

  • Sew the lining and the bag together, turn and topstitch

Am I forgetting anything????

I’m sure if I did, it will come to me in the process of making it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Ali 🙂

Items in Queue

I have finally started my first tutorial!  I don’t know if I should be worried or excited.  It is kinda fun working on, or maybe it’s the Sangria I’m drinking while I’m working on it!  ha ha ha.  Anyway, I have stated in one of my past posting that I was going to do one and then just very recently I was asked if I had a tutorial on either of the two purses I recently posted which led me to finally do it.

BUT….it’s so nice, sunny and hot today and will continue like this well into next week that I couldn’t help but think of maybe a nice cool summer dress for myself.

This is my next project…for ME!

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As you can see it’s Simplicity Pattern 1800 and the fabric is from Joann Fabrics.  It’s from their Tutti Fruitti Collection and is Paper Mache Floral Vines Fuchsia!! It is so very pretty and lightweight.  Of course now I’m trying to figure out how to line the dress cause I HATE…DEPLORE…DESPISE….wearing slips!  They are the MOST uncomfortable…unforgiving worthless pieces of material for a curvy big girl to wear!  I spend more time pulling it down than just enjoying wearing a beautiful summer dress!  I’m thinking about lining this dress just from the bottom of the bust down…with maybe a light cotton blend.  I tend to stray away from any material that is not knit…because it’s so forgiving…and can easily hide what needs to be hidden.  However, I was reading the instructions for this dress…and while I do not consider myself an expert seamstress, I think if I take my time and make adjustments as I work on it, it should come out near perfect.  🙂  The best part….the material for 4 yards only cost me $17!  It was half-off and today was the last day!!  So I totally SCORED! 🙂  I bought extra because I thought I could use the left over for lining in a bag! he he he

So..I’m going to start working on typing out the tutorial and hopefully…I can post it tomorrow at some point.

Thanks for stopping by!

Ali 🙂

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