Where Have I Been?

Well, I got side tracked.  I was looking around online last week and got caught up in a series of posts Jess at Craftiness Is Not Optional did on making Barbie® clothes.  Her sewing ideas were super straight forward and seemed easy to do.  And it looked like a great way to bust through my stash of fabric scraps.

Ok, time for a confession.  I was so smitten that I went out and bought a Barbie® just so I could sew her clothes!  I know, I know… it’s terrible.  I have since learned, though, that my niece does indeed like to play with Barbies®, so I have someone to gift this doll and wardrobe to.  Whew….  

First up, I started with Jess’s ideas for making a dress with darts and a velcro enclosure.  So easy.  And look how cute it turned out!  The belt is made from bias tape and black felt.  I think she looks ready to hit the beach in this dress.

 

But maybe Barbie® isn’t headed to the beach today.  Maybe, instead, she just wants to do some shopping in Santa Barbara.  (Ok, maybe it’s just me who wants to do some shopping in Santa Barbara.)  Well, she’ll need a cute skirt and tank top for that.  And a cute purse- a must!!  I used Jess’s tutorial for both the skirt and the tank top.  The only difference I made was to line the skirt with a contrasting fabric, so that I didn’t need to enclose the elastic.

 

Last item to share today- Pajamas!  For the pants and top, I simply drafted a pattern by tracing a rough outline of Barbie® on to paper.  I added seam allowances and was ready to go.  This is definitely one of my favorite creations- it’s just so cute to see Barbie® all cozy in flannel pajamas!

 

Final Details

 Who: For my niece (eventually)

What: I used some of Jess at Craftiness Is Not Optional’s tutorials for Barbie® clothes

Cost: Nothing… except for the Barbie®.  Ha ha!!  For the rest, I’ve just been busting through all my scraps of fabric.  Love it!!!

Project #5: Felt Fringe Tree Skirt

 Who: This one is for myself. A little selfish, a little early Christmas sewing for myself!photo 2 copy

What: I used the tutorial from Pretty Prudent to make a version of their Felt Fringe Christmas Skirt. I’ve been looking for a tree skirt since we moved into our house several years ago. We have much taller ceilings in our new house and have been getting a 9 or 10 foot tall tree every Christmas. Unfortunately, finding a tree skirt has been impossible. I’ve had three requirements: it has to be large, it has to be non-traditional (especially color-wise), and it has to be cheap.

The ladies at Pretty Prudent do a great job with their tutorial, so I won’t bore you with another set of directions. I will, however, share a little about the dimensions of my skirt.

  • I used 3 yards of red flannel as my base. Before beginning, I cut this and sewed it together to make a larger square. From that, I cut out my skirt base.
  • I used 1/2 yard each of the four colors to make the fringe. For all four colors of felt, I cut them into 3 inch high strips (giving me 6 long strips of each color). I cut my fringe about 3 inches wide.
  • In addition to fringe strips, I also cut 2 inch high strips of the pale pink felt to sew as binding around all the cut edges of my red flannel. I don’t know exactly how much it took to do this, but my guesstimate is that I used a little less than 1 yard of the pale pink felt to make both the fringe and binding.

I absolutely LOVE the end result!! It’s such a big, bright skirt and I can’t wait to use it this Christmas!

Cost: I had about half of this fabric in my stash: 3 yards of red flannel, 1 yard of pale pink felt (didn’t use it all), and 1/4 yard of white felt. I bought the (additional) white, fuchsia and teal from Joann’s. In total, I spent $ 7.50 and spent 2 afternoons working on this- maybe 6-8 hours total.

 

Happy Independence Day

And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

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Happy Independence Day
and God Bless America

Project #4: Infant Peasant Dress

Who: For another baby showinfant peasant dresser gift

What: I used the pattern from Sew Much Ado to make the Infant Peasant Dress.  Between her pattern and tutorial, Abby makes it super easy to create this stunning dress.  And it uses hardly any fabric at all, so I was able to buy the fabric for this dress from the remnant bin.  Love that!  Overall, I only made one change and that was to add the band at the bottom of the dress.  I used what I learned while making the Cottage Mama Party Dress to finish the skirt this way.  Oh and I added the flower with some scraps I had around.

Cost: I bought the fabric from the discount bin at Joann’s and used some elastic I purchased in bulk.  In total, I think I spent about $1.50 to make this dress (but it could be less).

Sew Cheap Summer Challenge Update

So… it’s now nearly the end of June and I think it’s time to update how I’m doing on this list of summer sewing projects.  Here is the original list of my to 10 sewing goals for the summer updated to show the changes I’ve talked about making and the projects I’ve already finished.  So far, I’ve completed 3 projects and spent a total of $25.

  1. Tiny Curtsy Skirt  Completed 6/21
  2. Itty Bitty Baby Dress
  3. Infant Peasant Dress
  4. Summer Stripes Skirt  Completed 6/5 ( was going to be the Reversible Wrap Top)
  5. The Party Dress  Completed 6/13
  6. Gobble Gobble Turkey Shirt
  7. Gathered Clutch
  8. Mooshy Belly Bunny  Will probably replace with a tree skirt (see below)
  9. Lamb Pillows
  10. Pillow Cover

 Favorite Tree Skirts:

Source: Prudent Baby

Ruffled Tree Skirt from The Crafted Sparrow (with tutorial):

It’s been a fantastic, crafty summer so far and I’m looking forward to crossing off more of these projects in the next month.  And it’s not too late for anyone else who wants to join this Sew Cheap Summer Challenge!

Sew Cheap Summer Challenge

Project #3: Tiny Curtsy Skirt

Who: For a baby shower gift

What: I used a tutorial from Sewing in No Mans Land (so many cute kids clothes!!!) to make the Tiny Curtsy Skirt.  Based on the tutorial, I wasn’t completely sure how big to make this skirt, so I found a few size charts online and used them as a reference.  Ultimately, I cut 2 strips of fabric 8 x 34 inches (one white and one yellow) that I sewed completely together to make a fully lined skirt.  The original tutorial has them joined at the top and hemmed separately at the bottom which I changed simply because I don’t like hemming.

Cost: I bought a yard of white cotton fabric at the beginning of June and I found the yellow fabric in the discount bin at Joann’s.  Altogether, the fabric and elastic (just the amount I used) cost me about $2.50 (maybe less).