“What you create doesn’t have to be perfect. So what if the eggs are greasy or the toast is burned? Don’t let fear of failure discourage you.”
― Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Monday, March 28, 2011

Hannah Bella Dresses

I have had this fabric for years, so it's about time I started using some of it.  I think Bella was a baby when I bought most of it.  And I still have quite a lot left.

The pattern is McCalls 6202.  The blue dress is an eight and the pink/purple is a four.  I would do a few things differently if I made them again.  Each skirt has an under slip with the ruffle on the bottom.  For destashing purposes I used coordinating prints.  I would use the lightest muslin or voile for this in the future.  The dresses are pretty heavy.  Also, the ties that go around the waist are short, so the bows in the back are a bit forced.  I would have added at least six inches to each. 

Sophie is a bit obsessed with wearing dresses lately, so I am sure she will get a lot of use out of it.  And Bella has reached a size that makes finding dresses extremely difficult.  I really need to make a her a bunch of skirts and easy dresses for the summer.  I am glad she doesn't really like the current styles in her size too much either.  But it does make for a bit of work.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Maternity Skirts

I always get to the point where I am tired of wearing the same clothes all the time.  Maternity clothes are so short lived and so I never really want a huge variety.  I decided to make a few skirts with the intention of changing the waistband to be non-maternity whenever that applies. 

The one on the left is a knit Marimekko fabric I found at a local store a few years ago.  I bought it without a purpose in mind, so it's good to finally de-stash.  The fabric on the right is a Kaffe Fassett that my mom sent a while ago.  I still have a lot left over, so it could become dresses for the girls or a quilt back, who know.  Nate thought it looked nice and springy.  I just guessed on the panel sizes.  I used some white lycra two way stretch fabric.  They both should last the remainder of this pregnancy, then I can take off the maternity waistbands and add a regular one.  However, not being too naive about these things, I know it could be months before I do that and months before they would fit.  Both skirts are mid-calf in length, so I have a lot to play with there if I need it.  And they went together so fast, I love my serger for clothes, so fast and easy.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Penny Lane Quilt

This quilt was made for a sweet baby boy. I totally didn't take a picture of it finished?  Pregnancy brain I suppose.

Anyway, I quilted around the squares and pinwheels overall, then it is backed by this cute letters, numbers, and symbols fabric from Riley Blake's Penny Lane line. 

The solid is Kona khaki, then there is some more Riley Blake and some Kaufman fabrics.  I bound it the in the green stripe, I do love stripes for binding.  Hopefully baby and momma are enjoying!