Tuesday, August 28, 2007

It's Finished!

I finished it last night. I've been trying to get to bed earlier (by 10pm) but I just had to finish. I went to bed close to 11pm which is the time I usually hit the sack. Anyway, all that was left to do was add the other sleeve and finish fringing. I hope Omari likes it. I don't personally like the fringe, but thought that Omari might.

Now on to other projects.
1. Naiobi's birthday dress
2. Vintage Robes

Sunday, August 26, 2007

A Photo Sharing Card

I made this card for Julie (MIL) last night using Creative Memories Photo Sharing Card. It's a card that comes with 5 empty sleeves, in a 4x6 size. Since these are 3x5 pictures I matted them onto card stock and used rub ons for the lettering. If it came with more sleeves you could also put pictures behind these pictures. But 5 was perfect for what I had.

It looks like a regular card. When you open it up, you see that first picture that says Granddaughters. When you extend it all all the way, you see those 4 pictures and the Granddaughters ends up behind the picture that says Cousins. I took the girls when Kianna was visiting from New York and meant it as a bday gift for Julie. However, I had envisioned a much more elaborate gift. With the pictures made into a scrapbook layout and then framed. I had an 8x10 that was to be included in my original vision. This was much more doable and just as nice, I think. I am making one for my FIL and SIL as well.

One sleeve down

I'm so impressed with my sleeve insertion on the jacket. I've got one down and one more to go before this thing is completed. Oh, except for the fringe part. I've still gottta work on that.

So, the sleeve. First, after you sew the sleeve shut, all down the side, the hole is much wider than the hole of the bodice you're going to sew it onto. This means you've got to "ease" the stitches. I had no idea how this was going to work. The instructions say to ease until there are no darts or puckers. Not easy to master, but you can see that it's inserted smoothly. Yay!

One thing that I didn't do was line the sleeves. I didn't want to and it just so happens that I didn't have enough lining fabric anyway. Therefore the armsyce looked raggedy.

So I made a bias strip and sewed it on right sides together like this.

I then flipped it to the other side, folded it under and sewed it on so that now it looks like this. So much neater. I guess this could be considered a Hong Kong Finish, sort of.

Saturday, August 25, 2007


That's me on the left and the twins, Monica and Irene, on the right. Monique took the picture. The Scrapalooza was in effect in Fontana last night. I arrived at 9:30p and left at 3:40am. I got home at 4:45 in the morning, slept until about 7:15am and have been going since. Naiobi and I will probably head for a nap in another couple of hours.

Monique finished 7 pages last night. Irene started working on her 8x8 Disneyland album and produced some jammin' pages. Monica completed 2. I completed 4 in Naiobi's Baby book plus finished an S.E.I Scrapbook in a bag for a friend's baby shower gift. I think I feel like scrapping tonight, but I need to keep working on Omari's jacket:

I've never made a jacket or anything with a lining and it was slightly challenging for me. I decided not to line the sleeves so I'm not sure how I'm going to work that out.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Dritz Quick Turn, Fabric Tube Turners

How did I ever live without this? I just hate making things with ties b/c you have to sew it right sides together to make a tube and then figure out how to turn it right side out. Typically I use a safety pin and the hardest part for me is get the safety pin to go into the tube at all. This is especially difficult when the tube is very thin. I came across this notion as I was browing the notions wall at Joann Fabrics. I figured it wouldn't hurt to try it. I LOVE IT! Oh My God! I turned 4 tubes in like a minute!

First you insert the hollow tube, the blue one, all the way to the bottom of your tube.

Then you insert the dowel.

Until it comes out through the top. You then keep pushing up, and pull your fabric out. Easy!

It comes with 3 sizes of cylinders, 3/16, 3/8 and 1/2.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Progress on Omari's outfit

So I've finally made some progress on Omari's outfit. All that's missing now is the jacket. Haven't gotten started on that yet. My little model left today to San Francisco for 3 weeks with my sister. I'll have to update when she gets back. We will be there with her during the 3rd week.

Here's the blouse. I think it's cute. I didn't follow the directions at all and I still think it came out allright. The directions call for a facing which I don't like at all. So instead I lined the entire thing using whatever fabric it is they point you to when you say, "I need lining fabric."

This is the button closure in the back. The instructions tell you to make a thread loop. No direction as to how to do that. I went online but the only tutorial I found wasn't helpful to me. So this is what I ended up which. Not happy with that so I'll have to figure out what to do with it.

The skirt was super easy to make and I'm happy with it. The only problem is that Omari kept pulling it down too low when she was trying it on. She has an unnaturally long torso and so things on what I would consider her "waist" bother her. It's missing the flower and I haven't decided whether I will make it or buy one with a pin on the back. I also think this cotton twill type material is too thick for an elastic waist.

Once again, this is Simplicity 4669

Friday, August 10, 2007

Future projects

To anyone out there interested. Joann's is having a McCall pattern sale, $1.99. I bought 2.

This one to make with a white/yellow/blue Hawaiian cotton print I've had sitting around.

And this one for the yummy red knit I've had for many years. I got it at the alleys (aka garment district) from a remnants box for $1. My sister has the same piece. Maybe she'll want a shrug as well. I haven't known what to make with it and I like it so much I haven't wanted to make something I'm not going to use. This will be perfect. It's freezing in my office most days. Right now I keep a shawl there, but I think I'll keep the shrug there once it's done.

Seems I have a few fabrics sitting around that I really like. I keep them b/c I don't know what to make with them. I recently cut into one of those to make an apron. I figured it would be something I could look at daily, instead of sitting in a box in my closet. Unfortunately I cut it against the "nap" so the print is facing upside down. That's okay. I still really like it.

My plan for tonight is to start on Omari's outfit. Finally! My niece's romper is done and so I can move on to the next thing.
1. Omari's outfit
2. Sister's gift
3. Vintage Sewing
4. Shrug
5. Squeeze in some crochet on Omari's halter top at some point before winter arrives!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

How cute is this?

I am so happy with this little romper dress! I bought this pattern to make for Naiobi when she was a baby. Of course, I never got around to it. But I really, really love how this turned out. It's a gift for my niece's 1st bday.

I used simplicity 5115 and I made a large. Recognize the fabric? This is the 3rd thing I make with that flower print. I was going crazy looking for the purple and then I remembered that Kianna had used it to make a little top. I had intended to make the outer skirt from the flower print but I didn't have enough to make the skirt. So that's why it's hidden in the bottom. But at least I had enough to make the bodice.

I followed the directions almost to a T! I had a hard time with the zipper and trying to get it to be smooth at the end. But I think I did pretty well. Funny thing about the zipper. At lunchtime today I went to Joann's Fabrics specifically to buy a 9" zipper. I only had 7" and it wasn't going to work. Well, I rip open the zipper package when I get home only to see that I bought another 7" zipper! Ugh! I was mad! But inside the package there are instructions on how to sew the zipper on. It tells how to shorten the zipper! Just sew around the zipper edge, just above where you want to cut it and then just cut! So easy! So, I took about a 16" zipper and cut it.

I don't know how I messed up the crotch area, but one side ended up being wider than the other.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007


After the PTA meeting this morning I went over to Michael Levine's to check out some possible fabric for the Vintage Robes I'm going to make for the girls. I mean, you just can't be that close to the garment district and not go fabric shopping! I'd alerted my boss that I would be out in the morning. So I did plan this since yesterday. I almost went ahead and got on the freeway to head to work, but went forth with my original plan.

I parked about 3 blocks away for $3. I spent $22.64 on this YUMMY fabric, trims and a zipper. The purple trim and the lace beading I actually got at a "trim" store. The purple trim was 50 CENTS a yard. Amazing.

Anyway, the fabric. It was in the sweatshirt fleece section. But can you tell that although one side is like sweatshirt fleece, the other side is like stretchy terry cloth? It feels so delicious! I wish they'd had purple. But the aqua it is. They only had it in those 2 colors. The pink one is perfect for Omari. Now I think I'm going to hold these until Christmas. That is going to be difficult b/c I so want to give them to the girls. They will thoroughly enjoy the texture.

Omari's is going to be pink and white. Naiobi's will be aqua with purple. It may be an unusual color combo but I didn't want plain white and I didn't want pink. Her favorite color is purple and I thought this trim would be perfect. I was almost going to settle for an eyelet ruffle and was thinking of dying it another color when I came across this one. PERFECT! I can already predict that she's going to love it. She likes colorful things. Her pattern calls for buttons, but that doesn't make sense for a 3 year old. I am debating using a zipper or snaps.

I am itching to start cutting into these fabrics but will be patient and wait until they're laundered.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007


Can you see what's wrong with this? One side has a sort of sheen to it while the other side is dull. What does this mean? I sewed the wrong sides together! In the grand scheme of things, this isn't a big deal. But, this means that I now have to rip out the seams of the hem as I was almost done with that. Then rip out the side seams and resew the darn thing. This is what happens when you don't pay attention!

I was only going to work on this for an hour. It's a baby romper. I figured it's a small item and I could get most of it done. Well, getting the elastic through the leg casings took me a minute. I spent more time on that than anything else. I will have to continue this tomorrow. Now it's time for washing dishes, making my lunch and packing Omari's snack for her trip to Six Flags tomorrow. Then I'll decide if I'm going to pick out my clothes for tomorrow or wait 'til 5:30am to do it. Yuck.

Monday, August 6, 2007

With Nap

Okay, so whenever you buy a pattern it comes with instructions on how to layout the pattern pieces on your fabric. It also tells you how much yardage to buy depending on whether or not the material comes "with nap" or "without nap". Now I always wondered what the heck "nap" was. Well if you click on the title of this blog, it will take you to a page that tells you exactly what "nap" is!

Basically, it's for fabrics that have a "feel" to it. Like velour. When you run your hand down, it feels really soft. But if you run your hand up it feels nasty sometimes (I think it depends on the quality of the fabric). That would be a fabric that has "nap"! YAY! Now you know too1

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Scrapdown 2007

My friends and I have had 3 or 4 Scrapdowns this year. I can clearly remember 1 at Monique's and 2 at Irene's. But I think there was another one at Monique's. I was able to finish 2005 at the Scrapdowns at Monique's house and I have started Naiobi's first year album at Irene's.

I don't know if I will continue to scrapbook yearly albums. I'm thinking of just sticking to events. Here are a couple of pics from Naiobi's album. These were not from last night's scrapdown, but from the time before. I have to take pictures in the daytime for them to look good.

I made a little Apron

I entered this in the UFO (unfinished object) contest at Pattern Review. I had cut this out for Omari 4 years ago! And here it is finally finished. I won't be winning the contest b/c I only had 2 items to finish. There are people over there with more than 20! But it was a good motivator for getting it done.

Friday, August 3, 2007

I have a Vintage Pattern

So I don't actually have it in hand but I got it on ebay yesterday. I'm going to make that robe for Omari. Not sure about the nightgown. I don't like those sleeves. And why would the nightgown sleeves be puffy when the robe has to go over them and that sleeve area is straight? Maybe it actually won't come out that puffy. Anyway, I know she'll love it, especially if I make it in pink. Now I just need to know what kind of material to use. This is what I'm going to enter into the Vintage Sewing contest at Pattern Review.

UPDATE: just a few minutes later, went back on ebay to buy a pattern for Naiobi. I can't make a robe for one and not the other!

I have a long list of things I need to sew:
1. One more dress from my dress mania a couple of months ago, I'm entering that into the UFO contest.
2. OMARI's OUTFIT! That keeps getting pushed aside as other things come up like..
3. Birthday dress for Briana. I need to get that done this weekend so I can send it
4. I want to make a couple more toddler backpack carriers
5. I want to make a pouch sling for my friend Monica. I've had the material sitting there for like 3 months.
6. I want to make a couple of things out of the capri sun juice bags.
7. Underwear for Naiobi. That girl insists on wearing a dress daily and refuses to wear shorts underneath. So I need to make her some long underwear. I'm waiting for the April 2004 Ottobre magazine to get here so I can make them from the boxer briefs pattern they've got in there.
8. I wanted to Crochet a blouse for my sister's bday this month but I'm sure I'm not gonna get go it. Maybe I can sew something up for her too.

I just need more time! I need to quit my job LOL!