Saturday, April 30, 2011

Trying out Mommy and Mia apron

Sewing Project: mommy and Mia Apron
I just loved this latest pattern from Sew Much Ado. Since I also needed an apron, I got down to work. Here're the horrible pics of my nice apron. Just goes on to show what happens when you try to take
 action shots of something you're poor lighting.

sewing apron

Friday, April 29, 2011

My first customer pic!

Blooms And Bugs Etsy: Customer Feedback A very sweet mom bought the very first item from my etsy store last week. And Look what did she send back !!!
blooms and bugs customer feedback

Isn't she the cutest thing ever?

I thought it would feel nice to have someone else wear my creations, but I never imagined it would feel this good. It was worth every minute of time I poured into this dress.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Shirred Dress

Sewing Project: Shirred Dress with Appliques
I thought of not sharing this dress because I still owe you more on the last Knit Rossette dress I showed you. But it is such a beauty, I just can't resist. So here's my first successful shirring attempt:
shirred  dress with bird applique

I just added some contrasting band at the hem and shoulders to give it a pop of color. And appliqued a tiny bird. I have thought of a nice technique to finish the neckline next time, but I'll share it with you once I do it. A lot of things feel very nice in my head but look awful
when I actually sew them.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sewing Techniques posts roundup

Sewing Tips Roundup
Here're a few tips and techniques posts from the blogsosphere. I think they are very useful for anyone who wants to sew efficiently.

This great article from Carla Crim on Sew Mama Sew give you the skinny on pattern drafting and designing. Must read for anyone who would like to sew, and sew it well.

Turning a tube

Making Bias tape

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Jump(er) for Joy

Blooms And Bugs Store: Jumper Dress With Appliques
jumper dress with appliques

Just something I made last weekend to add to my shop on etsy. I just love the pink green combo
in this weather.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bloomers for the little one

Sewing Baby Bloomers

Recently I checked out the book Sweet Booties by Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader from our library and tried out a few items from that. While the patterns came together really well and the final products looked good, Most of them were too big for my teeny-miny daughter. Here's a simplified bloomer that I based on the coverpage pattern. Since I have very little experience with knits, and this was my very first attempt to use walking foot. The final product is understandably less than perfect. But its still usable and the knit is very very comfy so I'm sure it will get used once the warmer weather comes along.
Do I recommend this book? Yes, if you're a beginner to intermediate level sewer. The projects are simple, things that get used daily with kids and they do have that cuteness factor which is a "Must have" in kids projects. My only advice - Pay attention to the sizing. I needed to use "Newborn" sizes for my "One and a half" year old. I don't know if she's THAT small or the sizes run THAT big.
I'll be showing off more stuff that I made based on this book in future posts.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bathing robe for me

DIY Bath Robe
sew a bathing robe
I made a fun robe for myself last week and used up a big chunk of super soft Organic Cotton Velour that had been sitting on my shelf for a long time. The pictures didn't come out very good but it really
drapes well and is being used almost everyday. If I do it again I would make the bias tape narrower so it goes smoothly around the curved neckline.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Itsy bitsy baby dress

Sewing a Kimono Dress
sewing a kimono dress
I think I have got some issues. I just can't stop sewing itsy-bitsy dresses. Do all moms all sewing moms of little girls have that problem?
Anyhow, I can't wait to share my latest with you ( this can be an early symptom of another problem...)
For this one, I tried my hand at appliques. I ironed on some interfacing to the accent fabric and cut and sew it to the main dress.

flower appliques

Don't you think its cute?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Baby dress Jumper

Blooms And Bugs Etsy: Jumper Dress
sewing a butterfly jumper dress

Here's something I made last week. This is a jumper/dress for a very special little girl.
Don't the colors and prints just say "Spring"?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hello World!


Finally I'm doing what I wanted to Sewing, crafting and sharing. Thanks for dropping by and checking out what I have been up to. Watch out this place for stuff I have been making and how did it work out for me.