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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

KCW: Day 3 ~ I procrastinated long enough...

kid's clothes week

I really didn't get much time to sew today. I did, however, squeeze in a few minutes to finish something. Do you remember Hannah's Easter dress?  Here it is...

Vintage Baby Dress Collar Tutorial

I started a diaper cover to go with it and never finished it. All I had to do was sew white bias tape around the legs and insert elastic. Well, it is finished now.

I used THIS free pattern. Not a big sewing day, but at least it is something. The girls asked to make more doll diapers for their Baby Alive dolls, so if I do get a few more minutes to sew we will be making those. I guess baby bottoms are the theme for today.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

KCW: Day 2 ~ Upcycled Baby Sweater Dress

kid's clothes week

So, a lot of people in the northern hemisphere are sewing cute summer clothes for their kids. That is great, but I thought it was the perfect chance to get ahead for fall. I know that before too long it will be canning season and then ornament season for my etsy shop. I never really make any cute fall or winter clothes and my girls' winter dresses are usually lacking. I have been wanting to make sweater dresses for a long time and have a whole tote of them ready and waiting. This sweater was one that I received as a gift a few years ago and it is too big for me. I loved the edging and the cable knit texture.

upcycled baby sweater dress

The color is perfect for fall, too. So, I upcycled it into a sweater dress for Hannah. I know the button is a choking hazard, so we are gonna have to be careful there.

upcycled baby sweater dress

It fits her well, with some room to grow, which is what I was going for. I plan on taking pics of her wearing it eventually (it is so hot right now!) but I want to whip up some leggings to match. What color do you think would work with this?

upcycled baby sweater dress

Monday, July 21, 2014

KCW: Day 1... Kind of...

OK, so I totally forgot about KCW today. There is a lot going on right now. :(

kid's clothes week

I DID sew a little today, but I was working on another quiet book! Totally distracted here...

Last week, however, we were sewing like crazy! So, I am gonna' blog about that today instead. A bunch of us got together and made peasant dresses for girls in Malawi. We made an astounding 40 dresses!

It is such an easy dress style. One of these years I am going to post some tips and tricks we have for mass producing them. We also like to dress them up with lace and trims.

Then, I had some caffeine one night and whipped up 5 more so that we could beat last year's record and fill out the box. I added elastic to the sleeves of these.

Some of the sewing I do this week may be for kids other than my own so this is a little preview.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Through the Deep Waters ~ A Book Review

In Through the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer, Dinah Hubley runs from her past and takes a job as a chambermaid in an uppity hotel. She shields herself from those around her and buries herself in her own shame. A local chicken farmer with a disability shows her kindness and love, but she needs to accept the love of God to heal her broken spirit.

I was a bit skeptical when I first ordered this book. I thought it was going to be another light read and it would take awhile to finish. I was so wrong. I really could not put this one down. Some of the material was a bit disturbing to read, but it was important to the storyline. The change in the characters throughout the story was wonderfully portrayed. I especially appreciated that the hero in the story was, well, human. He wasn't perfect, either. It wasn't a simple, Cinderella-style romance. I would definitely recommend this book to others.

I received this book compliments of Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Super Stitches Sewing ~ A Book Review

I got a new machine last year. My old one had only straight and zig-zag stitches and I wanted more features. Well, the only problem now is that I don't know how to use half of the stitches on my machine! So, I was happy to have the chance to review Super Stitches Sewing by Nicole Vasbinder. This book explained them all so well with pictures, examples of how to apply them, etc. There is another section on hand-sewing stitches with diagrams that are easy to follow. Additional topics include thread, needles, and sewing machines. This book is super helpful and the layout is easy to follow. It contains a lot of great information and I feel like I could easily try out some of these new techniques. I know these days you can usually google just about anything, but if you don't even know what the stitches are called that will not help. Also, it takes some time to filter out all of the less helpful links. It would be much faster to page through a good old-fashioned book! I believe that this book is a great resource and I would highly recommend it!

I am happy to add this book to my sewing library. I received it compliments of Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Strawberry Shortcake Doll Dress

Last year, I made my niece a Strawberry Shortcake dress for her birthday.(See it HERE!) So, this year I decided to make a matching one for her 18" doll.

American Girl Doll Strawberry Shortcake Dress

I just took the free T-shirt pattern from Liberty Jane (found HERE) and shortened it. I used an old, white T-shirt for my fabric. Then, I used freezer paper stenciling to make the Strawberry Shortcake logo on the front. Those tiny pieces were a PAIN to cut out!

American Girl Doll Strawberry Shortcake Dress

I assembled the shirt, then cut a skirt from leftover fabric I used on my previous girl-sized Strawberry Shortcake dresses. I made sure the waists matched and cut the skirt in a wide, A-line shape. I left a little opening in the center of the back and hemmed it inwards so that it goes on and off easier. Then, I just sewed the skirt to the shirt. I did a narrow hem at the bottom. 

American Girl Doll Strawberry Shortcake Dress

It was a quick project and a nice distraction from the craziness going on around here these days. Now, I need to get back to making actual strawberry shortcake!

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A Broken Kind of Beautiful ~ A Book Review

It has been awhile since I have done a book review, but I have been reading a lot lately.

I just finished A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert. Ivy Clark is trying to cling to her modeling career as she approaches her 25th birthday. In a last ditch effort, she agrees to model wedding dresses for her stepmother's new bridal line. Davis Knight has walked away from a successful fashion photography career, but reluctantly agrees to photograph Ivy. He sees through Ivy's beautiful exterior to her inner vulnerability and wants to lead her to God's love and redemption.

This book had a beautiful message and a unique storyline. To give some background on Ivy so that the reader can better understand her, there were some flashbacks into her pasts that were smoothly incorporated into her thoughts. All of the main characters showed depth and growth throughout the novel. The characters were likable as well; even when Ivy was behaving poorly, I was still rooting for her character. There were some really powerful scenes- the kind that would play out well on a movie screen. Towards the end of the novel there were some surprising twists, but it was a light read overall. I would recommend this book to others.

I recieved this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.

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