Friday, November 21, 2014

Finish It Up Friday...Comfy Cowl

I was wandering in a store too long recently.
I walked by the yarn...and looked.
I found a soft, yummy colored yarn and it snared me.
I bought all of the dye lot without any project in mind.
Then I found an infinity scarf on Ravelry and decided to try it.
My needles were too small for the yarn and the pattern.
So, I decided with the bigger needles making it a wider item that I would make a cowl.
 I finished it on a recent trip to see a friend.  She let me raid her button box and find some fun wooden buttons.
It is a warm, comfy addition to my winter wardrobe :)
Alissa

Friday, November 07, 2014

Finish It Up Friday...Some Little Things.

I am planning on a bit of rearranging in my sewing area.  In trying to pick up a bit of the clutter I found a stack of small unfinished projects.  It made for quite a productive feeling, knocking 3 or 4 projects out in one afternoon.
First I finished a stocking for a friend.  I made stockings for the rest of her family a few years ago, and this year they added a new little boy.
 I finished this quilt a few months ago.  I used up some half-square blocks already sewn up by the fabrics previous owner.  It is a small throw size and is going to a local aid group in the area for Christmas.
 It has been sitting in the pile bindingless.  Now it is DONE!
The back is a nice, neutralish green and I used it to wrap around front for the binding.
 I found where I had placed some needlepunch blocks from my grandma.  This little skunk made me think of the scraps of Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric I had.  So I turned it into a cute little pillow.
Now I just need to make the pillow insert with some acquired polyfil

I also finished up the last 3 kilts and fixed dad's coveralls for this winter!

Alissa

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Beautiful Young Woman!

Brenna turned 15 this past month.  Crazy!!  She has grown into such an amazing, beautiful young woman.
 She is my favorite person to give gifts, her reactions are real and priceless:)
 Quinn was there.
 Our friend Martha was there.
 And grandma too, with the puzzle we hashed out together.
 Lovely!
 A group of the kids went trick or treating as the cast from The Princess Bride.  Brenna was Inigo Montoya.  She rocked it!
 And last weekend she was a potato!  She was all eyes ;)

 Looking forward to another year of watching my baby sister grow up!

Alissa

Friday, October 31, 2014

Finish It Up Friday...Kilts, Kilts, Kilts

A friend at work bought a set of bagpipes.  Why, I have no idea.  I told him that he had to have a kilt if he has bagpipes.  So, a kilt I made!
 The offer to make him a kilt brought on "orders" for 3 more kilts.  I love the people I work with!  I bought some decently priced plaid material online.
 I did not worry about going with official tartan or anything.  I used this youtube video to help me out.  I added belt loops on the front and back.
 The pleats are hard to see with it simply laying on the table.  Maybe I'll get a picture of it on the wearer later ;)  I used two buttons for a closure.  It will allow him to grow a bit if he needs.
 I put in a bit of velcro on the inside flap to keep it from sagging.
 I love the pleats!  I sewed each pleat down at the top.
 Yay! This was a fun project.
 Now it is on to the next three :)
Alissa

Friday, October 17, 2014

Finish It Up Friday...Polka Dot Mint Skirt

I am working on some large quilting projects right now.  That means I can sit at my machine for hours and still not have a finish.  Last night after a few hours I decided to find something I could quickly finish.
I started with this dress.
I am not even sure where I got this dress.  It is too small for me.  It is homemade and a lovely minty green color.  I know it is hard to tell with the terrible phone camera pictures.  It is a sheer fabric with little cream polka dots.
It is better seen here on the unlined sleeve.
So, yeah it didn't fit and never could fit me.  I decided to chop it in half and make myself a skirt.  Part of the inspiration came from the green cardigan I bought this week at the rummage sale.
I used the existing zipper and just added a waistband of cream fabric.  I then sewed some mint green lace along part of the waistband to tie it together a bit.  It is hard to take pictures of oneself with just a phone.  I tried.
It goes PERFECTLY with the cardigan and a string of pearls.   I was channeling an earlier era as I traipsed upstairs to show it off.
Here it is on my dress form.  You can't see them, but it has two pleats on each side.
Now I just need to find somewhere to wear it!
Alissa