Miscellany and an addiciton

More finished unposted projects … I was caught up, and then a very rainy Canada Day weekend happened so I’m still several FO’s behind in the posting department. I need to hire a photographer for a day and get some non grainy, non Iphone photos taken!

 

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Easy summer sundress from a McCall’s pattern I had kicking around… It came together fairly quickly, but reminded me why more and more, I prefer to sew indie patterns. Measurement wise, I should have cut an XL, but I went with a M… and it fit, with room to spare. The Big 4 patterns are notorious for this and it’s very frustrating! As a result, I usually base my size choice on the finished measurements listed, not the measurements according to sizes (6,8,10, etc). Either way, It’s a cute dress to slip on when I’m running around doing errands. It requires a tank top worn underneath it, or I can sew in a modesty panel. I’m half debating hacking it into a tunic length, but we shall see.

 

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Getting on the fox bandwagon :) This was an outfit for a girlfriend’s little baby girl born in February. Shirt pattern is the Tiny Tumble Tee, and the leggings are the Go To Leggings… I die! So cute. Both these patterns are great and I’ve used them several times.

 

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A black Valentine’s Day tee courtesy of Deer & Doe’s (free!) Plantain tee. Great pattern! Great staple! I’ve made a few more in varying sleeve lengths… but you wouldn’t know, because I never blog them. Too busy out and about wearing my clothes I suppose!

 

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Mint gingham knickerboxers… just because. These were from the Knick Knack knickers pattern put out by Anna Maria Horner. Adorable!

 

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Self drafted PJ pants made for a co-workers little girl. There’s also a fox pair of these kicking around…

 

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Another tiny tumble tee & leggings …

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A custom order from a coworker for her expecting daughter – color choices/prints customized to fit the nursery. Double sided minky blanket, contoured burp cloths, minky/flannel wash cloths, a couple of binky leashes, a sweet softie elephant from Birch Fabric’s Henry and Helga free plushy pattern, and a tiny crochet cap of my own design, complete with a minuscule bow :)

 

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Over in the crochet world, I’ve been equally busy! A couple of weeks ago, I acquired 3 meters of unbleached jersey from the fabric store for $3.99 with absolutely not a HOT clue was to what I was going to make/where I was going to stash it… until I remembered I’d been wanting to try my hand at a Zpagetti rug, but didn’t want to shell out the $$$ for the overseas shipping charge. A few episodes of Mad Men later, all that jersey was cut into 1 1/2″ strips and wound into a ball (labor intensive! next time I may just splurge on the ready made t-shirt yarn). Pattern is from Ravelry, the Hoooked Zpagetti Rug by Susan Potter. Easy to follow, works up pretty quickly! This actually took me a lot longer than anticipated though, because I ripped it out four times prior to being satisfied with the way it was working up. Sometimes, it doesn’t pay to be a perfectionist…

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Crocodile stitch booties! I’ve had this pattern in my Rav queue for probably 2 years, but just didn’t get around to tackling it. Now that I have, I think it may be a new go to. These are as tiny (made for a preemie) as they are adorable. I think they’d look lovely in some variegated Knit Picks Hawthorne… yum :)

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And last but not least, the leaning tower of dishcloths that continues to grow, and grow. Nothing like getting a kick start on Christmas gifts. Yes, that’s what everyone is getting. Sorry to spoil the surprise, pals!

Mexico Recap …

Wow! I officially stink at keeping up to date with documenting my finished projects. Mexico has come and gone, almost three months ago (!!) and I’ve yet to show off all the pieces I frantically made in the last week before I hit the beach. Since I was too busy reading, swimming, celebrating and getting in as much beach volleyball as possible, I don’t have any photos of the pieces in action… but here are some highlights:

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Self drafted elastic waist shorts, faux drawstring… some type of broadcloth I snagged for $2.99. Can’t complain!

 

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Jaime Christina’s Sunny Day Dress pattern. This was made for the bride, in a gorgeous, (gorgeous!) voile, and it resulted in a lovely draped dress with the perfect amount of swing. Need to make one for myself, next!

 

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Again for the bride,  Grainline Studio’s Tiny Pocket Tank in leftover voile. Great staple/layering piece. I have a few of these cut out for myself.

 

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For me! Greenstyle’s Lacy Sloped T-shirt, in a tissue weight floral knit. Unfortunately, rookie move – forgot to wash the fabric before I stitched it up… and it will now fit someone’s 5 year old child. Ooops.

 

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The Elise tee, a free pattern from Fine Motor Skills. I have several more of these to take photos of - I love the fit of this shirt and it whips up in under an hour. I leave most hem lines raw, since using a thinner weight fabric means the hem rolls in on itself anyways.

 

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Not handmade, but equally wonderful – a Nine West floppy beach hat I received from a girlfriend for my birthday in February. It got a lot of action, and saved my face!

 

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Your suitcase isn’t complete without some handy zippy bags … right?! I had this fabric in my stash, whipped up a couple of these for the bride to give to her bridesmaids full of little goodies :)

Now I suppose I should get around to making a Bombshell before the summer is over.. and a Cambie, and a Laurel, and…

Summertime!

Or, time to start sewing for summer, rather. A hot trip only 57 days away means it’s time to get busy. I’m whipping up a few sundresses for a bride-to-be; a few weeks ago a visit to the fabric store proved very successful.

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Dress #1 is from a Big 4 pattern, McCall’s M6744. I can already tell that this pattern is going to get a lot of action – easy, quick, flattering, and cute!
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(My dress form is buried in the shed, under 6 feet of snow… hope she’s doing alright)

Now to get started on my never-ending list of Indie patterns to work up… all before March 29th!

The most wonderful time of the year…

Hello friends! I know I’ve been quiet for a long while … Now that craft market season is officially in full swing my hands have been very busy whipping up plenty of Smash Knits gear just waiting to to be worn!

Come visit me this upcoming Sunday, November 17th, at the Crescentwood Community Centre. I’ll be sharing a table with Creative Authority, who has lots of lovely lil’ baby and mama items for you to fawn over.

The venue is located at 1170 Corydon Avenue and the event runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Admission is free. Christmas is only 40 days away! Here’s a sneak peek at what will be in store…


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Hi-lo, hi-lo…

I have definitely jumped on the hi-lo hemline craze this season. It’s really just a wonderful look, adds a lil’ something something and assures that you won’t accidently trip over your hemline while going up (or down) stairs. It’s got an easy, breezy look that is simple to dress up (or down). I whipped this one together for a lake wedding in early July, so I wanted something that was a little beachy but still dressy enough for a formal dinner.

Pattern is Muse (Butterick B5886) in view B. Fabric used was a super flowy coral on coral crinkle chiffon from Fabric.com… 3 yards for $12, not too shabby. I went wrong with my lining choice, and paid the price in the sticky, humid weather. Lesson learned, no polyester! I’ll do better next time.

I finished this dress well in advance (translation: day before), and even had time to whip up the turquoise/cream clutch I’m sporting, since I was fresh out of summer appropriate handbags.

All in all, love the pattern. Would like to make it again in a more stable fabric (what is it with my poor fabric choices? I’m just a sucker for a pretty print, fibre content be damned).

So what started as this:

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Ended up being this!

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And finally, the requisite full ensemble shot (excuse the squinting, the sun came out right when the photo was snapped)!

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