Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Farbenmix Celina

Between getting ready for our Disney World trip, actually going on the Disney World trip, and recovering from the Disney World trip, I haven't sewn a stitch in 3 weeks. Disney was fantastic (if extraordinarily HOT! Good heavens, who suggested we go to Florida in August??!), and the kids made some memories that will last a lifetime, no doubt. Probably my biggest memory was waiting in line (or rather, baking and suffocating in line) for two hours to ride Harry Potter: the Forbidden Journey at Universal. But to a HP fan like myself, it was absolutely worth it. If we hadn't had assorted hot, tired and miserable children with us, I would have turned around and done it all over again. In fact, I did do it again later that evening, leaving the hot and tired children at home this time!

Anyway, we're back, and I was very happy to be reunited with my sewing machines. To celebrate, I decided to make a Farbenmix Celina. I was quite inspired by this one (her sewing is always just breathtaking!) and was all gung ho to get started. I was initially flummoxed by how to put the thing together, but iveyc95 has a wonderful tutorial on her blog.

Here is mine. I made it with my lone 1/2 yard of strawberry fabric from Holland Fabric House on Etsy.

Pattern: Farbenmix Celina
Embroidery: Tinimi

In other news, school started last week for my elementary kiddos. Hurray! My oldest requested a Mario shirt for the first day of school. Of course it could not be one of the dozen or so he has in his drawer from Target. However, I was somewhat flattered that he preferred to have a mama-made shirt for the first day of school!

Pattern: Farbenmix Hilde
Embroidery: applicakes on Etsy

For my daughter, I put a stack of Farbenmix patterns in her lap and asked her to choose one. Naturally, she chose the Encinitas, one that I had never done before. This is usally not a problem, but you have to imagine my highly stressed, slightly hysterical frame of mind in the days leading up to our trip. Adding a new pattern that is NOT written in a language I can speak on top of the heap was a highly volatile combination, but somehow I managed to survive.

The hem trim nearly did me in, however, I kept going back to the fabric store (even though I REALLY did not have time to do so) because I didn't like the fabric I picked out, or I didn't buy enough, or whatever. In the end, I didn't use any of the fabric I had bought for said ruffle because I simply ran out of time. I used lace trim instead. Not exactly the look I was going for, but good enough!

Pattern: Farbenmix Encinitas
Embroidery: Huups
Fabric: well, several different places including Holland Fabric House

Sunday, August 7, 2011

That Magical Mouse.....Times 6

There is much excitement around our house these days, as we are going to be taking a trip to Disney World. Our kids have never been to a Disney park before, as it seems I've been either pregnant or wearing an infant for much of the past eight years, so you can imagine how hotly anticipated this trip is.

My husband (whose excitement is as great as, or possibly more than, that of the children) thought it would be a great idea if all the kids wore matching shirts. Of course the cousins would need matching shirts as well, so I found myself making six shirts featuring those famous ears.

For the fabric, I used some exquisitely soft bamboo french terry. This particular roll had a defect - very faint striped lines in the dye - so I don't sell it on Bamblue Fabrics (although I do have a very similar color, perfect in every way, here). Despite the color defect, it is such a wonderful fabric to sew with, and it takes embroidery very well.
Here are the boy shirts:

And here are the girl shirts:

Pattern: Farbenmix Antonia

When I was deciding on the girly shirts, I must admit that I was thinking more about what my six-year-old daughter would like rather than the fashion preferences of her 10- and 12-year-old cousins. I had a panic-stricken moment when I realized just how girly these shirts were turning out. It's been a long time since I was 12, but I'm pretty sure I would not have worn such a shirt at that age (but then, I was well on my way to being a goth at 12, so I'm not the best judge of these things). Well, they can wear them or bury them in a dark corner of their suitcase, never to be seen again. I'll try to redeem myself with their Christmas presents.

Anyway, as long as I had fabric to kill, I also made myself a beach cover-up. I made it in approximately 20 minutes after pancakes this morning. My husband had to physically restrain me from embroidering something on it (well, that's being a little overly dramatic - he really said something along the lines of "it's fine the way it is.")

Pattern: McCalls 6347

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Now that's a dress - a Mamu Katrin

It's no secret I love big, bright, bold colors in my knit fabrics. Finding prints like this is a little challenging, but when I do come across one, I feel like I've won the lottery. I found this print a few months ago and just stared at it for a few seconds, not quite believing my good fortune. And then I snapped it up so fast my movements were a blur.

With such a large scale print, however, I needed to be careful of the pattern. I didn't want anything with too many pieces, so I chose the Mamu Katrin pattern, one I've done many times. Once you get over the fact that it runs too wide, it's a terrific pattern - certainly very easy. I was able to whip this up in just a few hours. And if anybody wants some, I do have a few more yards left of the Floral Splash fabric!

Pattern: Mamu Katrin
Fabric: Floral Splash from Bamblue Fabrics

Monday, August 1, 2011

Sewing in summer time....not a great idea

I am most definitely a summer girl. I HATE being cold. Even our relatively mild Northern California winters are too much for me, and come January I start getting very impatient for July (makes me really fun to be around for six months out of the year - just ask my husband!).

Despite my fondness for summer, there is one thing about it that just does not work for me, and that is sewing. I have 3 kids, and when they are all around sewing is pretty much an impossibility. I've been pretty disatisfied with most of the stuff I've sewn the last few months, and it finally dawned on me why: when I sew, I need to get into the groove, or all hell breaks loose, sewing-wise. When I am constantly interrupted by children who are bored, hungry, thirsty, irritable, need a diaper change, or are fighting, my sewing pretty much goes into the toilet.

So, last night after the kids went to bed, I decided to sew. Now, I know what you are thinking: why don't I just give up the whole sewing-while-the-kids-are-home-and-awake thing and sew at night? Well, the fact is that by then, I'm exhausted. Literally, just bone-weary. It's all I can do to drag myself into bed most nights. Even sewing a straight line is usually beyond me, let alone a whole garment.

But somewhat miraculously, I found myself with some extra energy last night, and decided to give it a try. My daughter has been begging me to replace a much loved but way too small Janie and Jack embroidered white french terry hoodie that she wore constantly when she was 4. Since I know stock bamboo french terry in white, I really had no excuses.

This fabric is such a dream. You really have to feel this stuff to appreciate it (if anybody wants a sample, just go to Bamblue Fabrics on Etsy and contact me). I am so much happier with my sewing this time around!

I love having the kids home so we can go to the pool, water parks and the beach, but my sewing is very definitely looking forward to the start of school!

Pattern: Ottobre 1/04
Embroidery: Huups