This little outfit is from the Ottobre 3/2009 collection. I found both the knits at Hobby Lobby. The jacket is a velour knit and is so so soft. This project was the first I made using my serger, it went sooo fast. And I am loving the knits on the serger. The leggings took only a minute to construct. I do love my sewing machine, but it has always struggled with knits, even with proper needle and all it still skips stitches and gives me fits. And while the serger in no way takes the place of the sewing machine, it really compliments it. This out fit is 80cm, and should fit Sophie through the winter.
Very excited about this little machine! I have wanted a serger for a while, looked at quite a few, and decided that me and the Imagine should become best friends. I spent a couple of hours threading and re threading so I would get the hang of it. Then I did samples of all the stitches listed in the book. I still need to change out the feet and see what the other feet can do, and I need to make a little bag to catch all the scraps as they are cut. I've been surprised with how quickly I have got the hang of using it. I plan on making the girls a lot more clothes now-not that they need any. And pajama pants will go so fast, with edges all finished. I may as well go work on something right now!
When I saw this pattern, I knew I needed to try it. But every time I went to the store to get some stabilizer, they were out, so the pattern languished on my shelf for quite some time. Finally the stabilizer was in stock at Jo-Ann's and I went for it.
I do love the finished result. But some of the directions seemed a bit confusing. And I had to do a few steps and walk away for a while just so things would be clear. I am sure it is a combination of me being tired and the pattern. I bought enough stabilizer to make two, but my main motivation for doing so is that the stabilizer takes up a lot of space in my cabinet.
When we were gearing up for family pictures I decided we should all wear turquoise and brown. I had a really hard time finding anything I really liked for Sophie, so I decided to make her a shirt. When I got home with the fabric, it was had more blue than all our other clothes. but I still wanted to make something out of it. So I used a top pattern from Ottobre Designs and some of my Amy Butler Charm. Then I added a skirt to the bottom of the shirt and a sash. I really love how it turned out. It is a little long right now, which is good, it will fit all next summer.
I put this together about five years ago from a Moda Kit. It all came in a stocking and seemed so appealing at the time. Well, after I put it together it had some strangeness. I found out there were some errors in the directions, and at that point it was too late. So the top got folded up and put into the ufo pile. A few years ago I found some backing fabric and decided to pull it back out. Then I remembered how bad the flaws were and put it away again. In the spirit of getting things done this year, I finally finished it. But after being stored, and the errors, it really needed to be tied instead of quilted. So I tied it with embroidery floss, bound it and called it good. I still really like it despite the frustration involved, and it will be a nice cuddle on the couch quilt during the holidays.
I finished these pillows a few weeks ago. The girls whisked them away as soon as I was finished, so I have to wait until they were not paying attention to to snap a picture. These are all Lakehouse fabrics. A few years ago they had alphabet panel that I really loved. Last year it was on clearance at Mormon Handicraft along with the coordinating prints. I made cording to go around the edges. The girls have used them as horses, doorways for forts, and they sleep with them like mini body pillows.
One of my favorite local shops has their big sale the week prior to Labor Day. They clear a lot of things out. Sometimes I don't find much, sometimes I hit the jackpot. All of this was only 2.99 a yard, and there are over twenty yards. I could have bought more if I could have carried any more bolts. If you are in Utah, the store is Quilts Etc. located at about 8800 South and State in Sandy. The sale is still going on today and tomorrow. If you're not here, my condolences.