Saturday, May 30, 2009

Reversible Pinafore

I finally made my girls some reversible pinafores yesterday. I have been wanting to make them for a while, but I'm a terrible procrastinator. I wanted to make the ones with no buttons or ties at the shoulder, but it was difficult to find a pattern like that.

I finally found a pdf pattern on etsy, but then I put off getting it because of money. I'm a terrible tight wad. It was like 10 bucks, which ain't bad for a pattern, but I know I could make a pattern myself if I wanted to. I really didn't want to though, so I finally bought the pattern. lol I got some great fabric from the remnant bin and on sale at Joann's, and got down to business yesterday.

I was a little disappointed with the pattern. Because it's a pdf I had to print it out and piece it together, but the pieces didn't line up that great and I kinda had to wing it. Also, the shoulder seams aren't exactly on the shoulder, they are on the front of the shoulder, which kinda bugs me. I'm gonna alter it some for the next ones I make to fix that. All in all, it was still better than drafting the patterns myself, and I was thrilled that it came in multiple sizes so I can use it for both of my girls.

The best part is how easy they were to make. They are so cute, but at the same time they are so simple. The worst part was the pressing. It seemed to take forever! Enough of my rambling, let me show em off!

Here's the inside. I couldn't get her to be still long enough to flip it around for another action shot.

My oldest daughter is so sweet. She thinks she has to pose for every picture. She picked some dandelions to hold for this one. It's really cute, until I want to get some natural pics of her. I can't even sneak up on her, she has camera radar or something. lol Later this same day I even caught her walking down my inlaws' porch like it was a fashion runway. She's only five, when I was that age I was baking mud pies. I am baffled as to where she gets this stuff, it is amusing though. The green fabric in her dress is my favorite of them all by the way, but of course she prefers the pink. ; )

Friday, May 1, 2009

Camera Cozy

I made a cozy for my camera a while back and finally got some pictures of it. Of course, I couldn't take pics of it with the camera inside, which stinks, but I guess you get the idea. It was really easy to make and I didn't even use a pattern. I will share a make shift pattern so yall can make one too.

Use whatever yarn you like and whatever hook size works best with it.

To start you will make a chain the same length as the width of your camera.

Round 1: Single crochet in the BACK LOOPS only starting in the first chain from hook.

Instead of turning, work single crochets down the other side of your chain (the front loops).

Round 2: Single crochet in the first single crochet of round 1. Continue to single crochet in every single crochet around and around until your bag is the length of your camera. You may want to make it a row or two shorter, or longer, depending on how stretchy the cozy is, and how you want it to fit your camera.

It is pretty hard to tell where a row ends or begins, but you should try to end your row on the same side as your yarn tail. This will help keep the front and back even.

Strap: From this point, do 4 more single crochet and chain 1. Turn, *4 sc, ch1 turn. Repeat from * to desired length.

Button hole: 1 sc, 2 ch, skip 2 st, 1sc in last st, 1ch, turn.

*4 sc, 1 ch, turn. Repeat from * 2 times. Finish off. Weave in loose ends.

Sew a button to the front, on the opposite side as your strap.

All done!

If anyone tries this I'd love to know how it worked out for you!

You can use this pattern for personal use, and are welcome to sell anything made from it. Please don't try to sell the pattern though.

Vintage Sewing Supplies

I recently got some vintage sewing supplies. Some thread, pins, needles, a hand-sewn pincushion, and a sewing kit. I have lots of stuff like this from my great grandma, so I didn't really need it and it doesn't hold the sentimental value of her stuff. I decided to go through it and package it up to sell in my shop.

At first sight it was just a pile of junk, and to many people it still is, but after sorting through it I saw it all in a different light. I especially love the pincushion. It was covered in pins and needles and thread scraps when I got it, but once I got all that removed I realized just how special it is. I know that probably sounds silly, but it was hand-sewn by somebody and they obviously used it a great deal.

The sewing repar kit is also pretty neat. It was given out by a bank in Brooklyn, NY for promotional purposes I guess. It was their 75th anniversary. It has these "stop-run" sticks inside that were used to stop a run in your hose. I've never seen them before and thought that was petty cool.

I almost hate to part with the stuff now. I did keep an old spool of guterman's thread. I don't have one of that brand, so I added it to my collection. I also kept a package of Dritz tracing paper. I can't stand tracing paper, but the packaging is so neat I'm considering framing Anyway, maybe someone else will see what I do and give it all a good home. If not I'll just add it to my ever expanding collection of stuff I don't need!