Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The First Outfit for Lenore

We have decided on a name for our newest baby girl.
Lenore is her first name. 
We are still praying about it though, and about her middle name.
These things are very serious, ya know?

Last night I finally got her first outfit made.
 I've been wanting to make her an outfit like this one I found on Pinterest.

But I didn't have enough fabric to make a gown, so instead decided to make a skirt and applique a little circle on the onesie with her initial on it. 
This was my first time to use my new embroidery machine 
a Singer XL1000.  I bought it from one of my sisters in recent weeks.
Last night, or early this morning rather, I discovered it's missing the embroidery foot.
But I was able to carefully embroider without any foot at all. 
Only problem was it was not in the center.
Sure I tried testing it a zillion times before embroidering on the actual onesie, but that didn't stop it from being cattywampus on me.
So I took an hour or more to rip that one out and put another one right smack on top of it cattywampus and all too!  
'Cause that's how I roll at 4 AM.
And that's how it's gonna stay.  Oh well!
I made it to bed at 5 AM and made it to my 8 AM Dr. appointment.
'Cause I'm a little bit crazy like that.
But it's been a good day, and I just might make a hair bow if I can get this load of laundry hung up before tomorrow morning.
(Big grin)
I've got a little strip of fabric that's just begging to be rolled into a rose and glued to some 1/4 inch elastic.
Saturday, October 11, 2014

Spiderman Birthday Cake

Enoch is so into Spiderman right now.
In fact, that's what he wanted for his birthday.
Spiderman everything.
So, naturally I had to attempt my hand at a Spiderman cake.

 I watched this video on youtube for help.
But I didn't paint the fondant.  I dyed it with Wilton icing dye.

This is my favorite fondant recipe.

 This was the face template I used.
I cut out the eyes from this template.
First I cut out the black background and then layered the white on top.

I know it's total amateur night over here at the Urick household,
but I'm kinda proud of it anyway.
Enoch absolutely loved it, and that's what matters most.
Happy 3rd Birthday My Love!
Monday, October 6, 2014

Signature Style Special Occasion Wear

This week's project for Project Run and Play is the signature style challenge.
My signature style has always been special occasion wear.

This may seem like an eliminating factor to some since most people wouldn't let their daughter play in a pageant dress, but my girls have the pleasure of playing dress-up in their dresses after pageant day. 

I found my signature style when I found my calling for sewing.

As a child I wasn't able to wear the dresses I longed to wear because my family was pretty poor.
I wanted to wear dresses like Carolina's Lucille Ball dress every day of my life.
I got hand me downs and wore the heck out of the prettiest dresses, to gather the eggs out of the hen house, chase down the ponies, and feed the hogs.  
When the county pageant came around each year I couldn't enter because we couldn't afford the dress.
So, I just knew I would learn how to sew so my daughters could enter the county pageant every year if they wanted to.

The first dress I ever made was my little sister's prom dress.
I wish so badly I had a picture of it.  
That was over 20 years ago though.
I might have to make a replica of it someday.

The second dress I made was for the Homecoming Queen.
It just goes on from there.

A few weeks ago I made this dress for Kai to wear in the county fair pageant.
She's really into Barbie dolls right now, so I made her Barbie a matching gown.

Kai said all of her friends told her she reminded them of a Disney Princess, which makes this dress a total winner in her eyes, and therefore mine as well.
Afterall, she is my inspiration. 

I think the curly ruffles is what sets this dress apart from the others.
I made them by adding 80lb test fishing line to the hem, as can be seen in my tutorial here.

The best part about looking at these pictures is knowing she just got through winning first place in the bicycle race right before slipping into her dress and sashaying out onto the stage.
Atta girl!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Carolina's and Kai's Nightgowns

Last year spring (April 23rd 2013 to be exact) the girls wanted some new night gowns, and they wanted to use this neat ruffle fabric I had in my stash.
So we went to the thrift store and picked up some tank tops they could use to make their gowns with.
This way they could do a lot of the project too, with or without my help, and it wouldn't be too time consuming for them to stay focused.

They did a great job.
I did most of Carolina's gown, but she helped cut fabric and strings, and guide it through the machine.
Kai decided, after she finished, that she wanted hers to be long like Carolina's. 
So she added more fabric to the bottom.  
That is why she has a little hiccup in her ruffles.
It was a lot of fun and I'm so proud of them.

Basically, what we did was just cut off the bottom of the tank tops and sew the ruffle fabric on in place of it.
Very simple and very easy.
Friday, September 19, 2014

Hey Mom! Remember that dress you gave me last summer?

The one that I wore from the hotel to vacation bible school and told you it ripped up the front seam while we were standing and sitting repeatedly during worship service?
Well, look what I did with it...

This week's Project Run and Play is called the 
"Hand Me Down" makeover.
The idea is that you make something new and modern from something old or upcycled.
I kept this dress that my mom had given me last summer, even though it ripped at the seams the first time I wore it, TO CHURCH no less!  Boy was I a funny sight trying to get all 4 of my children and get out of there without anybody noticing my dress ripped in the front above the knees.

I thought this fabric was too interesting to just throw away.
Then again, I think that about most things.
I couldn't decide if I wanted to use this project for this week's challenge or next week's denim challenge.  I think I'll just use it this week and maybe not have anything to enter next week.
I'm hoping to make a Barbie doll dress for one of Kai's friends by Sunday, and some new gowns for the baby after that.  Well see what happens.

The apron is also upcycled from a fitted bed sheet.  I really had fun with this challenge.  

I also made a petti coat out of tulle and elastic.
Carolina absolutely loves it! 
She wants to cook something wearing it. 
Ha!  I'm like, "NOOOO!"
She reminds me of Lucille Ball in it.