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

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

(Baby) Girl’s Bandana Dress

I hope all the fathers out there had a wonderful Father’s Day! We had a nice family BBQ on the BBQ we finally got… well, the kids and I split and got one for Chris for Father’s Day. We had burgers and salads for lunch and I got Chris and Dillon some HUGE steaks to BBQ for dinner… so a good day all around and I got to spend some time with Kim and my grand-baby while the boys did their own thing!

I think I saw this idea originally on Pinterest and it stuck out in my head for awhile. I think it is so cute and not only is it a dress on my granddaughter right now, it can double as a bathing suit cover up and even a little tunic with leggings as she grows. I have already ordered another 2 bandanas in a nice turquoise colour to make her another one!

Sandie

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Fabric Clothespins Bag

I bought one of those hanging clothespins bags from the dollar store years ago. I am really surprised it has lasted as long as it did. When I was hanging clothes on the line last week I noticed that every time I put a clothespin back in the bag I could hear a little clunk noise…. I had a big hole in the bag and my clothespins were falling out into one of my gardens!!!

At first I was going to just buy another one seeing the last one lasted as long as it did but then decided I would just make one.

I used the old one as a pattern from the new one but you could just as easy make your own pattern. It is after all only rectangles with a circle on one to put the clothespins in and a small hanger to actually hang it. But I took the easy route and just used the old one.

Sandie

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Fabric Baskets from Dollar Store Placemats

Big title for a cool idea lol! And Happy Wednesday!

I can’t remember if I saw this idea on Pinterest or Facebook but it was something I had locked away in my brain for another day…. and it has taken me this long for it to fall out of the “vault” again lol! It was such a cool idea that I really wanted to try it.

Last time Dillon and I were at the Dollar Store I was looking for something else in the aisle that had the placemats and when I saw them I remembered the idea and grabbed a few. With a few simple straight seams I had a couple of really cute fabric storage baskets! I haven’t decided what I am actually going to use them for but I am happy with them!

These are great for storing whatever you want…. in the bathroom, bedroom, baby’s room… wherever you want!

Sandie

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Giraffe Stuffed Baby Toy

I found this pattern through an online search and thought it would be fun to make for my granddaughter. This is another one of the sewing projects that have been in my to do pile for way too long. It was nice to finally have them sewn and ready to gift to her! I find it hard to force myself to do “regular” sewing when I can play with the embroidery function lol.

Because my granddaughter puts EVERYTHING in her mouth, I forgo putting eyes on these toys… one less hazard when everything seems to either taste great to her or aids with teething!

I also learned last week that my sewing machine has mending stitches. I found this out when I had to fix a pair of Chris’ work pants!

Sandie

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Pencil Crayon Roll – Sewing Project

I am embarrassed to say that I somehow posted this half completed yesterday and that I have had this project cut out and in the “pile” of sewing projects for months!!!! Dillon asked me before Christmas if this was something I could make for him because the case he had his pencil crayons made it impossible to see all the colours at one.

I used to have a roll similar to this one for my paint brushes and he thought it would be the perfect way to store his pencil crayons.

The fabric is something I have had laying around for years. I can’t even remember what I bought it to make originally but it seem like a great choice for what I was making for Dillon! And since I have my new sewing machine, it seemed only right that I embroider his name on it lol!

Sandie

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