Friday, March 20, 2015

Carolina's First & Second Homemade Pageant Dresses

This was her first time to be in a pageant.   It was Kai's 2nd time.
Carolina won Little Miss Queen of Trousdale County.
This was my first time to ever make a smocked dress.  I made it for her Easter dress.  2011

The Little Miss Trousdale County beauty pageant is next weekend.
So I was looking back through old posts and realized I hadn't written a post on Carolina's pageant dresses.

I got the idea for this dress from something I had seen on
For Carolina
Sew a boa to the bottom of a tutu skirt.

Here is a similar video to what I watched to learn how to make a dress.

She got 2nd runner up and loved the taste of that trophy!
This was 2012
We didn't participate in any pageants in 2013
Last year (2014) she wore a dress I got at a thrift store.

Pretty little princess!

Knot Dress

This month over at Project Run and Play the challenge of the month was this adorable 

When I saw this pattern I immediately knew I wanted to make a lightweight jacket or cardigan, and this is why.

Knot Dress Free Pattern - sizes 2T thru 6T

There is this gorgeous little keyhole in the back.

I just thought it would be beyond divine to have the dress fabric show through the keyhole of the jacket, which coincidentally is held together only by the knots.

Plus, even though it's spring it's never warm enough to go without a cardigan on Easter Sunday.
I wanted this to be her Easter dress, so I just had to make it.

This gave me the perfect opportunity to make her that ruffle bustle dress I've been wanting to make her too.  I also wanted to make an open backed jacket for it when I got around to making her a ruffle bustle dress.  I got to do both in this project, and we both love how it turned out.

I used the same pattern for the cardigan, but used a new tutorial for drafting my sleeve pattern.

I thought about cutting the jacket to be the length of the dress, but she likes the way it looks with her cowgirl boots and jeans too, so I left it this length.

 Here is the dress without the cardigan.

 Now Carolina wants me to make her one.  Don't know if I'll have time.  We'll find out.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sling Shot Muscle Tee

Project Run and Play's challenge for the month is this muscle tee.
I was excited, because I've been wanting to make something for Delsin.
But it seems like all I've had time to do lately is patch the knees in his jeans, and replace the zippers on his backpacks.  In other words, all of my sewing time has been consumed with mending.
But that's not to say I've been doing much mending either.
Kai sold and we've delivered 814 boxes of Girl Scout cookies.
Delsin has sold 50 camp cards for Cub Scouts.
I've had a granny pass away in the past week and a half.
Another granny become cancer free after surgery, chemo, and another surgery last week.
 So, as always, I've been very busy.

But I wanted so badly to make at least one shirt for this month's project.
Since I'm leaving town for a week, at lunch time today, I knew my last chance was last night.
I went to bed at 4:30 this morning, but I made the exact shirt I wanted to give Delsin. 

First of all I went to the closest fabric store and bought a couple of different knits they had.  Well, the only two knits they had.  One was white and one was white and black blocks.  Kinda like a checker board, but HUGE blocks.  Delsin wanted red.  I wasn't going to drive to the other fabric store an hour away, or order anything and wait for it to arrive, but I was lucky enough to find a dress in my fabric stash.  It was a dress from Cache' that my Granny (the one with cancer) had given me.  Someone had cut the shoulders of the dress, so I put it in my fabric stash.  It took me several hours to deconstruct the dress so I could save the elastic too, but I had plenty of fabric after that.  Nice!

I've been wanting to try out doing a freezer paper stencil for a couple of years now.
This seemed like the perfect time.
I've also known that I wanted to make Delsin a shirt with a sling shot on it.  He's had a love for slingshots for a few years now.  And one day he and my daddy, his Papa, got together and made a slingshot together.  Papa had picked out the tree branch a long time before and it's something very special to Delsin.
After I drew out the sling shot on freezer paper I decided to see if I could make putting his name on it, to match his actual sling shot.

It turned out!

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Double Sided Door Draft Stopper Tutorial

This is the bottom of our basement door.
For the past 4 winters, as long as we've lived here I've been wanting to make a door stopper to keep the draft from coming up from the basement.

Tonight that became a finalized reality.
And now I'm about to tell you how to make one for your own drafty door.

You will need:
-Something to stuff each side of this door draft stopper with.  I used an old towel.  I have seen some with water pipe insulation, but I used an old towel for mine.
- A pair of scissors.
-Needle and thread
- Cute fabric for the cover. 1/2 a yard should be plenty.  I used the legs cut off of some old pajama pants.  I love to upcycle.
-A cute helper doesn't hurt.  I wanted to take this opportunity to let my 4 year old get a little sewing experience.

Step 1:
Hold your towel up to your doorway and cut the ends off of each side to make it match the width of the doorway.
Next you are going to roll up the long sides of the towel, until you get to the center of the towel.  Make sure to leave space for the bottom of the door between your rolls.  You can add the pieces you cut off of the ends of the towel to the inside of the rolls, by laying the cut pieces down lengthwise on the sides of the towel.

Step 2:
Stitch the rolls into place, by hand.
Your little helper can do this too.

 Just be sure to warn him or her beforehand about the fact that they WILL prick their fingers, and it WILL hurt.  But it won't hurt for long and that's just part of sewing.
Everybody does it.
Poor tough little girl.  She was so proud that she didn't quit.
I sewed down one side, while she did the other.
Then of course I helped her on her side.

Step 3:
Get your cover ready.
My mom recently sent me a box of clothes for the kids.
Inside was a grocery bag full of the bottoms of pajama pants.
Someone had cut them off to make pajama shorts, and I got the scraps.
Thanks Mom!
I just put one pant leg inside the other with the right sides of the fabric facing and stitched the raw edges together to make one long tube.
If you are simply using fabric you bought at the store, then just wrap it around the towel and leave yourself about 1/2" of seam allowance.
Step 4:
Then I slipped the towel inside the tube and pinned to show where I wanted my seams to go.
I've got the cover turned inside out for this step.

Step 5:
Sew the side and one edge along the outline shown by the pins.

Step 6:
Flip it right side out and slip it over the door draft stopper (towel portion).
Now sew closed the end of thecover, and zig zag stitch up the middle, where it will fit under the door.

And now it's done!
So darn easy, and it took me so darn long to sit down and get it done.
Shame, shame, shame it took me so long to make this.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Jelly Pancakes

I made these for breakfast one morning last month.  They were kinda like an appetizer to regular pancakes that I did not get a picture of.  But I took both recipes from page 95 of the All About Home Baking cookbook.   I've blogged about this cookbook before.  It was published in 1933 and I just love finding interesting recipes in this cookbook.  
This was a pancake recipe that was different from the other recipe in that it called for flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, milk, egg yolks, egg whites, & butter or shortening.  
The other pancake recipe I tried that same morning called for cake flour, baking soda, salt, egg, buttermilk, and butter or shortening.
After you cook the pancakes, you spread jelly on them and roll them up.  
Everybody begged for more, but it was actually quite a bit more work, because of sifting, beating the egg yolks, then beating the egg whites till they were stiff.  
A very good recipe though, and great for making something special occasionally.