I hope to inspire and entertain you with a lot of sewing and a little of everything else!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

What's in a Week?

Well, in the past 2 weeks, I have had a very busy family...
My "baby" boy turned 6...and we had a party!
Katie officially became a member of the "Class of 2016!"
...and we had a graduation party!
Rosie and Pete started summer jobs...
I fit in bits of sewing...
Yes, this was me (many times)
Davy and Andy had field days. I got to do the hula hoop cars at Andy's and run musical chairs at Davy's. Did you know that musical chairs can be quite competitive?

Rosie is in a dance recital this weekend!
and we are going to see- "oh, look- new fabric!" Ummmm...we are going to see the new Dory movie tomorrow.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Counterchange Challenge: Cutie Pie Shorts

My Smocking Guild had a challenge in September to make something with the counterchange smocking technique. I made these cute shorts ages ago, but I didn't want to post them until we did the reveal, which was today.
Counterchange is a type of smocking that is done on striped or checked fabric, with no pre-pleating. The stitches gather the fabric as you go and create a colored effect. It is still naturally elastic, but not as much so as English smocking. I gathered these bubbly pockets with counterchange.
The floral fabric is by Fabric Finders. I purchased it on ebay and can't find it anymore. I just LOVE it- both the delicate print and the lovely colors. These shorts are size 12-18 months. I would like to make a top to go with them, but have yet to do so.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Unleash the Kracken!!


This outfit came together under fun circumstances. I purchased a boy's scrap pack of custom knits. There were about 15 pieces, each big enough to do a shirt front or a bum circle or sleeves, etc. but not a whole outfit. I started with the panels for the shorts and added a co-ordinating green solid. The shorts panels are trapeziums:

After I cut the 2 shorts panels, I had another trapezium left. I trimmed it and added the green all around. Then I cut out a tank top front. I used black ribbing to finish the neck and armholes.

My sweet little boy just turned 6 and he is all about comfort! I think this outfit will pass his test!
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