Baby Girl “Nerd” Dress

A week or two ago I decided to buy an embroidery pattern to make my granddaughter a little nerd dress.

I found a cute baby “Wonder Woman” pattern on Etsy and I still had enough Marvel fabric to make a skirt for the dress. I found a free download pattern for a dress bodice, and used a big rectangle for the skirt.

And the Baby “Nerd” dress was born lol….

Here is the bodice pattern I found online.

I cut the bodice out of some white broadcloth and then embroidered the Wonder Woman pattern on the the front.

I sewed the bodice front and lining at the shoulder seams on both.

And then sewed the front to the back leaving the back open so I could add a tie closure, right sides together and clipped the curves before turning it right side out.

Next I pressed the seams flat and pinned around the neckline so I could top stitch it.

Now it was time for the tie closure.

I used a nice piece of blue ribbon. I pinned the back opening with right sides together with the ribbon pinned where I wanted it, sewed the seam, then pressed it before turning it right side out.

Next I hemmed the Marvel fabric and sewed it together to form a “tube.”

I ran a row of stitches (on the setting with the longest stitch length) all the way around on the top of the skirt to gather it.

I pressed the bodice bottom under about a half inch and then pinned the skirt in place to only the front of the bodice, not the lining.

Once the skirt was sewn on I pinned the lining to the skirt to cover the seam and hand stitched it in place.

And now my granddaughter is all ready for the next free Comic Book day in occasion appropriate outfit lol!

(It didn’t matter how I hung the dress the bottom looked crooked even though it really wasn’t… maybe just because of the gathers)

Sandie

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Canada Day Project 2019 #1

Here is the first of my 2 Canada day projects for this year. Today I had the opportunity to spend pretty much the whole day at my sewing machine which was awesome. Not only did I get a good start on a couple of projects but the basement is SO much cooler when the weather gets hot lol!

This is a T-shirt that I made for Chris. He is big into “Canadiana,” and skulls so this seemed like the perfect project to make for him and for me to play!

I found the pattern on Etsy. They have a great selection of machine embroidery patterns. I could literally spend the whole day just looking at them and adding them to my favourites!

This one I found here – https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/701696834/canadian-flag-skull-machine-embroidery?ref=yr_purchases – at a store called KHCraftsStudio.

I didn’t have any of the burgundy thread colour called for in the pattern so I ended up substituting a reddish brown colour. Not too bad I don’t think. I will say though that any mistakes are all me lol, not the pattern. (I ran out of bobbin thread once and had a tension issue another time 😦 )

Sandie

Sewing – Day I Don’t Know lol

I don’t know why, but I have been so busy I haven’t had much chance to play with my sewing machine.

Yesterday I finally found enough time to sit down and do this t-shirt for my son-in-law for Father’s Day.

He is an avid fisherman some this pattern seemed very appropriate.

Today or tomorrow I have one I also want to do for Chris… fingers crossed!

For now, here is the first one!!!

Sandie

Sewing- Day # 9

I want to start by saying Thank you to http://fiddlestixandstitches.wordpress.com/http://fiddlestixandstitches.wordpress.com/ for giving me the great advice on how to embroider items that don’t fit in the hoop! I finally took the time to try it yesterday!!!

I couldn’t figure out how to embroider on an oven mitt because they wouldn’t fit in the hoop. In the comments section of one of our previous posts it was suggested that I baste the oven mitt and let it “float” on the hoop. I’m not sure if I did it as described to me but it worked!!!

Here is what I did…

I centered the hoop on my piece of stabilizer and used a fabric marking pen to trace the outline.

I sewed a basting stitch just inside the marked line to hold the oven mitt to the stabilizer.

I attached the hoop to the stabilizer only, allowing the oven mitt to “float” on top of the hoop.

And then I stitched the pattern on the same way I normally would.

And then all I had to do was remove it from the hoop, remove the basting stitch and cut the threads. I finally embroidered on an oven Mitt!

Thank you again http://fiddlestixandstitches.wordpress.com/

Sandie

A Little Bit of Beading….

I don’t do a lot of bead work as a general rule… especially right now having a head injury that has cause visual issues… but I thought I would play around with some beads I picked up at the dollar store this past week to surprise my mother-in-law with a couple of cute gifts at Mother’s Day.

We also bought her a box of the embroidery thread (and stabilizer) lol… when she heard all about the new sewing machine I bought for myself she wanted in on the fun too. While she hasn’t actually done any embroidery on her machine yet, we wanted her to have the thread on the ready so when she decides it’s time to try it she’s all set!

The bracelet I made was done with a small box of coordinated colours of beads I picked up from the big dollar store… same goes for the tassels I added to both projects.

I used regular beading wire and some silver coloured chain I had in my stash to make the bracelet. Other than attaching the clasp which gave me a hassle, the bracelet was just a matter of organizing the beads on a tray to determine the design I wanted to use and then actually threading everything on to the wire and tucking the ends in!

Here is the finished bracelet… with a little bit of creative license with the pictures lol… I got a new phone and it had a few cool effects!

And here is a little dragonfly key chain. I probably should have taken pictures, of both, as I was going but with it not fully cooperating with me during the process I totally forgot.

I just folded the jewelry wire in half, cut to a length I thought would work and started threading beads onto it to form my dragonfly.

I finished it off by adding a key chain ring, tassel and a little bit of ribbon hanging from the ring as well. Kind of cute, and sort of worth any hassles it might have given me lol!

Sandie

Day #7 – Playing with my Sewing Machine

Sunday I was having a bit of a crappy day and I thought maybe sewing/embroidering something might help. I have barely had a chance to get into my craft room to do any sewing in what feels like weeks.

I bought a bunch of inexpensive tea towels, pillow cases, towels, handkerchiefs and such to practice on and will share what I make as I do them!

This time I decided to make myself something. And I did a little embroidery on a shirt for Dillon… a shirt that I was supposed to do something else with ages ago!

Because Dillon is so into cycling, I thought I would make his shirt in that theme. I downloaded a cyclist from one of the sites I mentioned in “Finding Free Embroidery Patterns,” and put it on the shirt with his name! He was pretty happy with how it turned out!

Next I decided to make myself a couple of tea towels with some kind of “Grandma” theme. Again, I found these patterns on one of those sites and I was really happy with how well they turned out. I now have them displayed in my kitchen so I can enjoy them all the time!

I am still trying to navigate my way through the Embroidery software I bought but once I do, I will share with everyone the patterns I make!

Sandie

Finding Machine Embroidery Patterns/Designs

I have been amazed at the number of FREE machine embroidery patterns I have been able to find… and nice ones at that. Many of the sites I will list below offer a set number of free patterns per week, and more if you also make purchases. Each site has easy sign up and most have the ability to create a wish list of patterns you like, both free and to purchase, so you can just add the free ones to your shopping cart each week.

Each pattern allows you to download to suit your machine, format and hoop size. Because my machine is a Brother, I download in a .pes format and a 4 x 4 hoop size.

I have already accumulated a very large number of both paid and free patterns in designs that will enable me to make some really great gifts for next Christmas as well as other occasions along the way!

Etsy has also been a great place to find great prices on some licensed and other patterns, if you are looking for something specific!

Sandie

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