Alright, first I made these matching skirts and headbands for Ella and Sarah. The headbands aren't in the picture because I couldn't find them, sorry.I didn't make one for Rachel because she's too short for a lot of dresses; she trips over them and she gets mad. The pattern was ridiculously simple and was handed down from some other person that had daughters in the '80's but it still applies today. It's just a rectangle that you put some elastic in and all the sudden it's a skirt. Mom and dad brought this fabric home from Hawaii for me. I did think that Rachel needed something Hawaiian since Ella and Sarah had the skirts and so I made this. I used one of my dad old shirts since Del doesn't do Hawaiian print. The pattern Meagan found here. It turned out to be more difficult than she says it is (I think her words are "so ridiculously easy") but two things specifically factored into the rise in difficulty level for me: 1) the fabric was not cotton, it was some sort of rayon or whatever and therefore slippery and irritating to work with, 2) I had not my sewing machine. I had my mom's. Mom is a life long spend-thrift. She purchased a Brother from...Wal-mart or something. She spent maybe $200 on it. I spent very nearly $600 on mine, actually it was an early anniversary gift two years ago from my handsome and wonderful husband. My machine is smooth, easy to control, easy to understand. Mom's machine is awkward, bulky and has two speeds "no go" and "faster". I will never again wonder if I did the right thing in picking out a Viking for my first real sewing machine (my actual first was my grandmothers Singer that she bought in 1948; it flips down into the sewing table).
I have finished all the Little Artist Drawing Cases, except for Rachel's. I have four cereal boxes and all I need to do is put that in and come up with a new closure method since the button is too loose and the magnet is too tight. I am going to try a snap. I think I'll put them on at the dining room table in case I decide to go "Johanna's method" and put some holes elsewhere; the dining room table is destroyed anyway so it wouldn't matter. This is the fabric I've picked out for Rachel's. I bought the four contrasting fabrics but I can't pick which ones to use. I may have to raid my stash. What do you think?
I made the binding for my baby quilt. I'd like to get it on this weekend as I still have to finish the lesson plans for school. I think the fabric I picked for the binding is really cute and I can't wait to see the finished product. I can hardly believe I actually made a quilt, a pieced entire quilt AND it's for MY kid. Wow! That's fabulous!
I attempted this as a maternity skirt that I altered from another pattern but I didn't make it big enough. It's simply going to have to wait until after I'm no longer as large as a house. I like it though, I think it's neat. I like the little flounce at the bottom I added to it and I also like that I didn't finish the edge. I just sewed a line all around so that it won't unravel.
I think that's all I've done the last couple of weeks. Today I have contracted a cold and have really bad round ligament pain. Tina had her baby on Wednesday. They named him Jack after Aaron's grandfather. I tried to convince Del that we should name our daughter Jillian so that we could have Jack and Jill. Del didn't go for that one. He likes Lily now. What do you think?