Friday, November 22, 2013

Baby Pants and Baby Dress

Here are some photos of some newborn baby pants I made for my friend's baby girl.  I love this pink print and the cute bow in the front!

The fruity fabric is left over from an apron I made a few years ago.  I used Made by Rae's Baby Newborn Pant pattern.  It is free!

I used Sew Much Ado's Infant Peasant Dress pattern to make this baby dress.  This was also a free pattern and included a tutorial.

Do you know of any great baby patterns on the internet?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Diamond Candles Winner!

The winner of the Diamond Candles giveaway is....

Daline Fairbanks

Congrats Daline!  (She was notified by email earlier today.)  A big thanks to Diamond Candles for my wonderful new peachy candle and for doing the giveaway.  And thank you to all of you who entered the giveaway.  Have a wonderful week!

Thank you so much for participating and big thank you to Diamond Candles for my lovely candle and this fun giveaway.  More giveaways to come!
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Thank you so much for participating and big thank you to Diamond Candles for my lovely candle and this fun giveaway.  More giveaways to come!! XO -
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Vogue 8902 - My Clara Oswald Dress

Scott and I decided to be Doctor Who characters for Halloween.  He chose to be the Eleventh Doctor, and I chose to be one of his companions, Clara Oswald.  Soufle girl (Clara) wears a red dress in her debut on the show, so I whipped up Vogue 8902 in a lovely red double knit.

I've been saving this red double knit for a fall/winter dress and when I saw Vogue 8902 I had to buy it:

It is so comfortable looking!  It also looked like it would be easy to construct, and I was right on both accounts.  I mean, really, when I put this on I feel almost as comfy as I do in a nighty.

I only had the weekend to make this dress so there wasn't time to obsess and over-think the pattern alterations.  I cut out my size - 8 shoulders to 10 rib area to 14 waist and 12 hips - and made the dress 2" shorter in the skirt.  Well, I have news for you...although a double knit is one of the recommended fabrics for this pattern, it is NOT a knit pattern.  I had to take in gobs of fabric on the sides and would have been much better cutting an 8 or 10 out throughout the whole pattern.

The fitting isn't perfect, but I think it looks great for a quickie dress.  I chose not to line it.  I used some jersey to finish off the neck edge.  Yep, a quick fix, but it looks just fine.  I finished the sleeve and skirt edges with a blind hem on the machine.  The neckline is a bit higher than I would like, but it is good for fall.

P.S. - I love red lipstick.  This is Stila lip tint in 'Fiery'.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Unpacking and Settling In

Hello all! It's been way to long since I blogged here in my little sewing corner.  I haven't picked up the sewing machine much since we moved.  I've been pretty busy with unpacking, painting, procuring and staining furniture.  We've also been shopping for a second car, which has been really time-consuming.

 a crape myrtle in November
I know now that moving (a cross country move at that!) can be stressful or hard or difficult for a lot of people.  I used to wonder why people got so overwhelmed at the thought of unpacking boxes.  Well, folks, it happens!  Those boxes can fill entire rooms and the thought of spending hours unboxing and organizing made me go into hiding!  One of my friends generously offered to help me unpack my sewing room.  Having her there forced me to stay on task and keep going until my sewing room was in a livable state.  The result was fantastic!  I really couldn't have done it without her. 

I love this new hutch.  I displayed all of my large pieces of fabric on the top portion of the hutch and scraps and remnants on the bottom.  I love how neat and attractive it looks.  I was able to purchase this hutch for only $75 at the Habitat for Humanity Restore.  It's like a Goodwill for furniture and building materials!  

I open the cabinet, and my fabric is colorful and organized.  I got most of this fabric during my L.A. shopping trip.  I really had to cram the fabric in our car to make it fit, and then drove it from the West coast to the East coast.  Looking at it now makes me realize that it was totally worth the hassle.  When I see it organized like that, I think of all of the wonderful things I am going to make.

My sewing books are neatly organized, and my childhood doll, 'Rose', finally has a home.

I've spent a lot of time repainting the living room, dining area, and the master bedroom. My husband worked really hard building raised garden boxes so we could get a fall garden (cold weather crops) in.  I can't wait to see lettuce growing in November!  The plants are starting to sprout!

I hope you don't mind me posting about something other than sewing.  This is what's been on my mind lately, and my goals have mostly been focused on getting the house settled.  

It has been such an adjustment to have my husband working full-time (and not in school).  The nature of his work does not allow him to study at home and I miss having another 'body' in the house while I work.  So, even though there have been a lot of changes recently, I only feel that I am adjusting little by little.  I guess I need to be patient with myself!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Diamond Candles Review and Giveaway

Recently, a company called Diamond Candles sent me one of their fabulous candles to review.  They also wanted to give one away to one of you, my lovely readers.

It was so fun for me to hop on their website and learn about the history of Diamond Candles and how they are made.  Each soy candle contains a ring, ranging in value from $10 to $5000, hidden in the wax.  Yes, it is like Cracker Jacks for ladies!  How fun is that!

I waited anxiously for my Peach Paradise scented candle to arrive.  I'm kind of picky with scents and was mesmerized by the pleasant aroma of this candle.  It wasn't too strong or too weak.  It was just right!

There is the ring, wrapped in foil.

I lit the wick and waited.

My niece and I watched the candle burn.  It took a while, which is probably a good thing.  I only buy quality candles that burn slowly, and this candle didn't disappoint.  It took about 6 hours to burn down.

When the ring was near the surface, I speared it with a knife, and pulled it out.  I waited for the hot wax to cool, and then I discarded the foil.

My fingers are impossibly small, so I didn't expect this ring to fit.  It is actually too large for all of my fingers.

But, my niece and I still loved trying it on and showing off our treasure to everyone in the house.

There are so many fun scents to try, especially now that fall is here in full force.  The caramel apple cider ring candle looks scrumptious:

The vanilla lime candle looks nice and fresh:

I'm not into floral scents, but I would love to give this honeysuckle candle to my floral-loving friend:

Would you like a free Diamond Candle?  

Enter below, to win a free ring candle of your very own.  You don't have to have a blog to enter.  Just type in your name and email and you're as good as gold!  Please follow my blog via Bloglovin' or Facebook first.

...And if you just can't wait for your own Diamond Candle, their website is currently running a deal for $10 off your entire order.  What a great deal!