Friday, May 8

Bright Baby Summer Shirts

This is one of my favorite styles from McCalls (pattern 6781).  So light and comfy, but enough detail to be interesting.  A few tweaks here and there, and I am loving how it turned out.  

By serging the arm holes and turning them under, I was able to omit the sleeves. 

I used one of my old t-shirts to make the front and back yoke.  I have a stash of ruined clothing with interesting prints in my fabric collection and this particular holey, Old Navy t-shirt just worked great with the bold floral cotton.  And I trimmed it out with pom-pom fringe, because everything is better with pom-poms,

Because I used a knit for the yoke, I didn't need to put in the zipper called for in the pattern, and that makes me like it even better!

Sunday, April 26

Scrapalicious Crazy Quilt

Cleaning out my fabric stash this week I decided I have far too many beautiful scraps, that I couldn't want to throw out but didn't want taking up any more real estate in my little laundry/sewing combo room.  A crazy quilt that a friend has been working on for some time and another dear friend who's expecting her third girl, gave me the inspiration to make this lovely.

My first attempt at a quilt like this and it was really gratifying to not worry about a pattern or size or precision and just go at it.

I backed it with a vintage sheet and quilted it with all the lovely decorative stitches that are rarely touched on my machine.