I recently came across this book from Annie's on sewing kid's slippers. I thought, "they would make great gifts for my niece and nephew!". The book has 8 patterns that could easily have many more different looks depending on your fabric choices. I got my sister to trace their feet and then compared them to the full size patterns included. So many styles to pick from- bunnies, booties, puppies, slides all for girls and boys. Fabric suggestions include fleece, faux fur and recycled jeans. I chose cotton because they live in Hawaii. There is a layer of batting in the soles and non-slip grippy material for the outer layer. The instructions were easy to follow.
Please notice the Hula Hello Kitty fabric- Happy Feline Friday!
You all know I offer local sewing classes to groups through Quilting Adventures and Henrico County Adult Education as well as individual lessons, but I also like taking classes from nationally known teachers every chance I get! Sandra Betzina hasn't made it to my area lately, so when I saw she is offering online classes through Craftsy, I was thrilled! I love her books and patterns. I signed up for "Pant Construction Techniques" and got a free pattern for the class. It is V2948, a really nice, princess seamed pant with a side or back zipper.
Sandra Betzina starts off with an overview of choosing fabrics. While watching the intro, I am already inspired to get started. There are class materials to download and a way to ask questions. In between lessons you have "homework"-preparing for the next step. Her class is chock full of great information and easy to understand explanations. I would recommend taking her pant fitting class before this one if you have any issues. I thoroughly enjoyed my class with Sandra Betzina!
I sewed this unlined jacket out of an ecru cotton. McCall's 4878 has patterns for pants, skirt and a camisole top as well. Great pattern, but always check the sleeves. Frequently the sleeves are drawn or photographed with out gathers in the cap, but in reality, they end up with excess fabric there. For a good shoulder fit, I had to move the seam line in a little so that took care of the problem.
My husband gave me these beautiful copper conchs buttons for Christmas last year.
I used cotter pins to attach them (make an eyelet on the machine). This way they are removable for washing and I won't have to worry about them doing something strange and
leaving marks on the fabric.
And here is why I usually don't model my clothes for this blog!
Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale on Craftsy! Online Sewing Classes are $19.99 or less!! This is a great time to try them out. I've signed up for a pant technique class. Don't forget to check out my sewing patterns too!
A new book from Annie's and House of White Birches- Lots to Love Babies on the Go! 10" Doll Clothes by Lorine Mason, available from www.http://AnniesCatalog.com . (Sorry about the flash on the baby's face-my fault!). Full-size patterns and instructions for both girl and boy dolls are included- dress, vest, pants, romper, pool side, sleeping bag etc. With just a fabric change, you could get lots of different looks. I have not had the chance to make any of the projects yet, but I read through some of the instructions and they sound easy and straight forward to follow. There is a general sewing techniques section that explains the operations needed for completing these cute outfits!
I whipped this together real quick for my daughter for Halloween, but I am hoping she will wear it for other events like over her cotillion dresses or for Colonial dancing. She is about 5'1" tall. I bought 2 yards of a thick poly wool blend fabric (no lining). I measured down 17" from the top and gathered the full width of the fabric. I hand gathered it because I was in such a hurry, I didn't want to risk having to redo it if the thread broke. I sewed a fabric tube over the gathering to reinforce it and to act as a tie. I hemmed the bottom edge, but just left the selvages for the front edges.
I sewed the top seam to form a big, floppy hood. She loves it! I figure I can always go back and line it later if I want to. It survived Halloween and that was my main goal anyway.