Saturday, January 3, 2015

A Few Finishes

I haven't posted finishes for a while, mainly because I haven't had many finishes :)  This was my first finish of 2015 (only because I didn't quite get it done in 2014).  It's "Mildred''s Garden House" by Blackbird Designs.  Although I have to call it Daisy's Garden House since I personalized it with my great-grandmother's name and date she was married.

This one is a sampler from Chessie and Me designed especially for a workshop for the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild. 

This one I started last summer since it was small enough to take on a motorcycle trip back east.  It's "Bloomin' Alphabet" from La-D-Da.

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

More Free American Girl Doll Clothes

Okay. so I'm obsessed with doll clothes for the moment!  I found another great free pattern.  This one is a dress.  I dug out some fabric scraps and put a couple together.  The first is patriotic:

The second is a bit sweeter with little flowers and red buttons.

This free pattern is called the Everyday Playdress and is available from Love Notions.  Find it here.

I also made a peplum skirt with a free tutorial from Sew Adollable here.  I had just enough of this cherry fabric.

I used the Trendy T-shirt pattern from Liberty Jane to make the top using an adult t-shirt.  I just dipped the neckline down a bit to make it look dressier.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with all these doll clothes, but I'm using up fabric scraps, playing with my new sewing machine, and having a blast making them.

Happy stitching!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Free Halter Top Pattern for AG Dolls

I found the most wonderful pattern (through Pinterest, of course).  It's a halter style peplum top that fits the American Girl dolls to a tee!  I made 2 of them already but plan to make more.

These tops are so fun to make and would make a great dress, too.  The free pattern from Wren Feathers is available here.

The white jeans and denim skirt are patterns from Liberty Jane.

So let's keep these dolls in stylish clothes.  Even my husband agrees we can't have any naked dolls lying around the house!

Happy stitching!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

My Studio

I realized I haven't posted any pictures of my studio makeover.  Bob likes to call this room my studio; actually it's a sewing room, craft room, stitching room, morning room, office, all rolled into one.  I'm fortunate to have a large room with high ceilings and lots of windows.

I really don't have any before pictures.  The previous owners of the house used this room as a media room which consisted of black out curtains, a reclining sofa, a HUGE tv and it was decorated with John Wayne memorabilia.  I guess you can imagine that.

My first order of business was built-in in shelving and workspaces for my computer and sewing machine.

I did a T shaped workspace since the room is so large.  The extra peninsula space is available on the office side and the sewing side which really helps.  The shelves provide tons of storage for books and stitching/craft supplies.  The blue apron hanging in the center was used and made by my Grandma from feed sack material.

The end of the peninsula is a bookcase for extra storage.

Moving to the left is an outside wall with sliding glass doors leading on to a porch.  The high ceilings allow space for hanging stitched pieces that haven't found a home anywhere else in the house.  I have a large counter height worktable in front of the sliding glass doors.  The light pouring on to the workspace is fabulous!

Still moving to the left, opposite the built-ins, is a sitting area with lots of lights for stitching.  The sofa is a sleeper so we have some extra guest space if we need it.  The quilt hanging on the wall was made by my Grandma and was the inspiration for the wall color.

The fourth wall has a closet which is full of shelves to store more craft, sewing, and stitching supplies.  The white shelf unit mounted on the wall has glass door knobs as hangers and is where I hang my main stitching and project bags.  I've got a TV in the corner on a roller cart that I can pull out to watch while I stitch.

I seem to spend most of my time in this room doing something or other.  Hmmmm what will I start on today?

Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sewing with my granddaughters

Aislyn and Alyse wanted to learn how to sew on the sewing machine. They are 9 and 10 years old so it seems the perfect time.  One evening during a sleep over, they sewed sleeping bags and matching pillows for their American Girl dolls.  (Of course the dolls had come along for the sleep over.)  I forgot to take pictures, darn it, but the girls sewed beautifully!  They learned straight seams, clipping corners, turning, stuffing, and hand sewing the pillow opening shut.  They also learned to sew buttons on the corners of their pillows. Quite a bit for their first lesson!

The second sewing lesson came during another sleep over.  This time they wanted to sew clothes for their American Girl dolls.  We started with a trip to the fabric store to pick out fabric for a simple gathered skirt and matching headband.  They learned how to do narrow hems and casings, how to insert elastic, and how to turn a tube inside out.

My new sewing machine helped them this time since it's so much easier to control the speed.  Here Alyse concentrates on the seam for her headband.

Aislyn working at the ironing board pressing the seams.

And ta-da!  The finished skirts and headbands.

But why are there 3 dolls, you may ask?  Aislyn's doll is on the right, Alyse's on the left, and mine is in the middle.  YES!  I have an American Girl doll!  I figured I needed a model for sewing doll clothes, so I found this one on ebay for a great price.  She was a bit dirty and her hair was pretty tangled, but she cleaned up just fine.

Does a girl ever get too old to play with dolls?

Happy stitching!