Friday, January 29, 2010

This is me procrastinating...

I have been chock-full of ideas these past few weeks, but severely lacking in staying power and motivation. Both of my nieces have birthdays coming up, and I have been busy putting together some outfits for them. The problem is that I have not been keen on actually FINISHING the outfits...

Case in point, Princess Peanut's simple wrap dress. This top is waiting on a button, I have almost finished the bloomers, and I have only gotten done with the cutting stage of the coordinating sun hat. I'm pretty sure that the girl will have outgrown this outfit before I have a chance to give it to her:
Also on the finishing pile is this super sweet pillowcase-turned-jumper for the Pretty Pretty Princess. (Am I the only one that thinks those sheep are completely awesome??) This dress could have been done weeks ago, but is still waiting on buttons (and buttonholes-eek!) at the top of the straps:
So, what have I been doing about all this unfinished business? I have been making thousands of yards of bias tape and experimenting with itty-bitty fabric yo-yos that I am using to cover buttons. Oh, and I finished some fairly uninspired projects; like this fleece jumper that I don't love as much as I thought I would:
And some lounge pants that I could sew in my sleep:
I have a brain full of exciting new refashions that I want to try out, but the unfinished projects are WEIGHING ME DOWN!! I really just need to chain myself to the sewing table this weekend and get my business done.

Sunday, January 17, 2010


I have been working my little fingers to the bone lately, but since the Pretty Pretty Princess hasn't been around to model for me, I am going to share a quickie project I did for the Bear.

A trip to the thrift store the other day yielded some excellent treasures. For example, I found this rockin' long sleeve T-shirt that says "Hooters" down the sleeve. My initial reaction? Those must become pants for the Bear!! So, I snipped the sleeves off:
Once the sleeves were separated from the shirt I just stuck one sleeve inside the other (right sides facing), used a pair of lounging pants to trace a "crotch curve," cut, and stitched. And, Presto Chango!
The coolest pair of jersey pants a 6 year old could ever hope to own!!
I love not having to hem, and I am grateful to own a serger for the inside seam. These bottoms took about 20 minutes to construct and they only cost me $0.88!!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Butterfly Bifocal Bag

I promised my mother-in-law this bifocals accessory a few months ago, and I finally got around to sewing it up. I used some animal print for the exterior, skull-print flannel for the inside, and recycled denim for the butterfly wings. Check out my awesome applique and bead-stringing accomplishments!
I think we all know that I suck at jewelry, so the necklace portion is pretty plain, but I made up for that with my totally sweet applique and embellishments. Now my MIL can feel rockstar-ish, yet feminine while toting her eyeglasses around her neck. I almost wish that I wore glasses so that I could sport one of these bad boys! :)