Halloween 2014

I’m also calling this year “The Disney Halloween” because the girls each chose to be different princesses, and Wyatt (still willing to be put in a costume of my choosing) will be a perfect prince. Introducing,

Belle, from Beauty and the Beast (aka Alyssa)

018The princess who loves to read…

019Snow White, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (aka Kylie)

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Watch out for that apple, my dear!

015And Prince Charming, from Cinderella (aka Wyatt)

336I did sew all three costumes again this year. I did not buy any patterns specifically for these costumes. For the girls’ dresses I used the bodice from their frontier dresses I made earlier this year, both with modifications to the sleeves and neckline.

For Alyssa’s full Belle skirt I wanted 8 bands of elastic going down, roughly 8 1/2 inches apart, so that is how I calculated my width, and for the length I just measured the length on her that I wanted, cut my bands of elastic to match and then stretched them as tight as possible and measured that. That gave me the length of the skirt to cut. I am still going to search around for a headband I like better for Kylie’s costume and then make the red bow to match. For Kylie’s sleeves I used this tutorial, and I used this one for Wyatt’s. His buttons on his jacket are real working buttons, but the belt and top collar are secured with velcro.

Finally, Russell and I will be joining in the theme and going as two of the seven dwarfs. Russell will be wearing a shirt with the name “Sleepy” and mine will say “Grumpy”. Pretty fitting for our family I think 😉

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A Quick Case

I apologize for my lack of blogging lately. Everything is fine here, so don’t worry about us, I just have been really busy. The girls requested (last week) that they each get a blue owl quilt for their birthday. That’s two new quilts in less than three weeks. On top of that I need to finish making invitations to Wyatt’s birthday party (Holy moly, can the Little Man really be almost one?!) which need to go out by the beginning of February since we might get some out of town guests. Oh ya, and we are making a family trip up to my family’s cabin in Big Bear, Ca too. Anyways, between the crafting and the home running and the kid raising, my blogging has fallen to the bottom of my list.

Sometimes when I get deep into the middle of a big craft project I like to break it up with something quick and easy with results I can see immediately. I needed something to start and finish during nap time. I had bought this fabric when I was shopping for quilt prints. It wasn’t on my list, but what just too cute to pass up. It matched the girls room perfectly, so I decided to make simple pillowcases with a contrast trim and for their beds.

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Want to make your own?

Start with two fabrics:

Main fabric- 26 in by 41 in. (if you are using a fabric with a specific direction like mine the short side should follow the print, and the long side should be perpendicular)

Trim fabric- 10 in by 41 in

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Line up the edge of your main fabric (wrong side) to the outside edge of your trim (right side) and roll your main fabric up about 1/2 way into the trim.

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Fold over the trim fabric, enclosing the main fabric inside and pin.

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Stitch and then pull out the main fabric.

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Press. Fold pillowcase in half and pin the right sides together. Yes, right sides together. We’ll be using a french seam, so there will be no raw edges inside your pillowcase. Sew along side and bottom using a 1/4 inch seam.

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Turn inside out and press open. Sew along the side and bottom, this time using a 5/8 inch seam. This will completely enclose the other seam living no raw edges inside. Turn right side out and press. Add pillow and enjoy!

Published in: on January 24, 2013 at 2:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Holy Ribbed Cuff, Batman

Where has this been my whole sewing life?

The ribbed cuff.

Now that I  have done it I can hardly imagine doing a knit project in the future without using a ribbed cuff. It was really very simple, and looks SO finished and professional. I am in love. Check out Little Man’s new fire truck jammie pants!

I bought this truck fabric on remnant but I might just have enough to make a jammie shirt to go with it. Cute though, right?

Published in: on September 29, 2012 at 11:46 am  Comments (2)  
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