Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Shorts on the Line 2014



Wooowhoo! Its that time again! Shorts on the line.  This series is one I look forward too. I have been participating since the beginning.  You can find my posts here and here.

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For this year, I got to review the Claire shorts from In House Patterns. This style is simple, classic, and a little dressier than my normal choice and I was super excited to try it.  See I am a little terrified of zip flies. They just never seem to work out for me.  This time though, I was pleasantly surprised.  The fly construction has very detailed instructions which is just what I needed.  This made it a lot easier to set a zipper, with the fly and have it lay flat and in the right dimensions. yes!

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The pattern is excellent.  Very well written, the sizing was spot on for me.  I didn't need to edit the fit at all. I did a muslin this time folks.  I really did. When I was working on that I had a little trouble getting the waist band to do as it should.  But it worked out well in the final draft. That's what muslins are for after all. 

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I am not usually a fan of the ol' butt dart, but (hee hee) these worked out really well. I chose to make these from some chambray stretch linen from Imagine Gnats, and although they wrinkle pretty fast, they are very lightweight. which is awesome because its about 94* here on average right now. I have some yardage left to outfit the rest of the family in shorts as well... I'm sure they will love being matchy matchy!

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Thank you so much for having me along Carla and Rachael. I love this series and being a part of it!






This post is part of the Shorts on the Line sewalong. Shorts on the Line 2014 is sponsored by: Britex Fabrics, Hawthorne Threads, miss matatabi, and Soak Wash. Hosted by imagine gnats, small + friendly, and Kollabora.

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This post is part of the Shorts on the Line sewalong.  Shorts on the Line 2014 is sponsored by: Britex FabricsHawthorne Threadsmiss matatabi, and Soak Wash.  Hosted by imagine gnatssmall + friendly, and Kollabora.


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

pokemon picnic birthday party

It can be hard having summer birthday parties.  You have to actively search for who is in town for attending, not just send out the blanket invite...

But, we pulled a party off, and we went pokemon. picnic. playground.


I made the boys a pair of Pikachu shorts using the MADE kid shorts pattern.  I had to do a little searching for fabric and in the end, placed an order from Japan via Etsy. I wasn't sure the order would get here in time, but it did! hurray!

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We made origami Pikachu:

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I made little drawstring gift bags from more Pokemon fabric, and we put a small pack of Pokemon cards in each.


We also turned pig pong balls into Pokeballs and I hid them.  The kids went and found them and then the epic battles commenced. and ice cream sandwiches too.

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I brought fruits and veg and we cut the carrots into shapes using some Bento veggie cutters I have.  These little picks helped keep the kiddos interested in eating carrots:)

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they are also good for side burns apparently.

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So that was our party! we had fun and it wasn't too much work.  I have more Pokemon themed goodies pinned here. Plus, Sew Geeky this month is Anime! Two birds, one Pikachu...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kids clothes week: kids sew

While I was busy in the studio, Murphy came out and asked if he could sew.  Normally I say, "later" or "not right now" and I continually put them off... But I decided that I would say yes. I told him to pick out some fabric and we would make a little bag.



And then Hawley wanted in on the action too!




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Kids Clothes Week: summer edition!



It's Kids Clothes Week! hurray!
to start this week off, I am making a bunch of shorts for Murphy.  I am making a dent in the "finish this *&$% " pile too.


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His favorite are the Prefontaine shorts, so that's what I made.
one western (although I think these are kinda girly but he likes them), one with llamas,one just teal and stripey

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On a side note, I made some videos for Pellon, and you can view them now! here and here!



Sunday, July 20, 2014

about a year ago


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I was joining in on the #tula100 sew along, but somewhere after the 20th block, I got distracted by other things. Here's the old block links: week1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7   I had actually finished up to block 35, I just didn't get the pics done.  You might remember the mighty braille hexi beast project that I had been working on! Well I picked it up again, and am happily working my way through it at super fast pace.  I knocked out 20 blocks over the weekend, here are a few (I am hoping to get this done, and out of the way as at least a top before the end of summer):



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They aren't perfect

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I am not skilled at this tiny little sewing and I had to remember some of the tricks of starch and pressing constantly.

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But, I am liking the progress

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these 3D boxes are my fav so far

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

stripey stripey




A couple of months ago I painted the house. I haven't done that in 7 years.  At that time I had painted it from off white to a slate and butternut combo that for a long time suited us.  But I was tired of inadequate light. So bright white it went.
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I've never been able to go full minimalist.  Even partly minimalist is hard for me.  The smooth clear surfaces with white walls, light wood, white curtains, white upholstery (yeah right). That just wont work here, let alone be comfortable to me.  Hubs is uncomfortable with the idea of fixing the kitchen with white cabinets...
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Because of this change in colors, we needed different curtains. When I finally decided on what I would do, I realized, I was taking a note from Katy at No Big Dill.  If you go through her instagram feed, you'll see a lot of black and white combos.
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I've always been a fan of stripes, and I love that everywhere these curtains hit is appealing to the eye with the stripes.  They are bold, but not aggressive.  I've said before, stripes are kind of a neutral in my book.

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To go with the curtains, I used the scraps to cover the throw pillows. I thought it would be a good idea to pull up an old tutorial by Rachael, and add some stripes to it.I modified it by doing only a 4 half square triangle combo.


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Lego Organization.



There are household chores that no one wants to do. Clean behind the stove, mop under the refrigerator, wash the window sashing... There is one chore I only do every 2 years or so because it is a daunting task and takes several hours. I break it up and take it an hour at a time: The Lego Collection.
We love Lego.  Absolutely love Lego. My family loved Lego too, and when my kids were old enough not to swallow them, they started arriving at our house.  My mom saved the Lego collection from when I was a kid, and my sisters too.  Since then, we have been adding to it with holiday gifts and fun purchases.

Over time, what was separated into categories and collections is now jumbled and the star wars is mixed with the batman lego and the castles are fighting for space with the aliens.  This isn't bad for play.  The problem comes with the questions like:"mama, where is General Grievous' left foot?" or "mama, I cant find batman's throwing bat" and "where is the right hand for hulk?"

yup.

somewhere amongst the thousands of lego items is my answer.
so, I take the time and drill into the boys as I do that this is a lot easier if we keep these things together.



I have been using a couple Ikea Trofast shelves for storage for a while. They make things easy because it is so customizable and kid friendly. you might remember I use them for the kids "dressers" too.  This time, I felt like it was appropriate to add labels:




 Just so we keep it in order a little longer.  We also store all the instructions in 3 ring binders:




Hopefully, this sticks a little longer.  It's a very long task and is in constant upheaval, because we are always finding things we forgot about. It will be even harder due to birthday season around here, but we are plowing through!