Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Sorry to all my readers.  I have had so much happen the last two weeks.  I feel like this snail....slowly pacing along.

I attended a homeschool info session for next year and several doctors appointments.  I haven't finished my planned sewing projects/postings.    I am getting back on the bandwagon though.   Here's what I have for "UFOs"  (Un-Finished Objects!)

Project Run and Plays Signature week - (Darn..I missed that posting, but I have 2 adorable dresses with only buttons to ad...then post!)

A barbie dress - yes, time to pull out the dolls. They need new clothes too!

Easter Dresses....ahh, the date is fast approaching.   And I hope to share a tutorial or pattern release of the fabric origami technique in several ways to add to girls and boys clothing.  I'm crossing my fingers...I mean my fabric!! haha.

Those are just three of many things...Sew Stay Tuned and come back Sew Hungry for More!!


Thursday, February 7, 2013

PR&P Sew Along: Men's Shirt remake

Wow, this week has really flown...  I decided to do some work for an attorney I know (I used to be a paralegal) and I got behind in my sewing.  However, I did pull it together here on the last day with my husband's support.   Honey, I couldn't have done it if you didn't watch the kids last night!!  :)

So here it all it's glory...haha.  My shirt re-make was a simple thing.  I looked through some of the previous bloggers stuff and wanted something different.   I had this vintage robe pattern I bought off etsy a while back... (Simplicity 6687)

And I had an daughter needed a robe...but she also needed a swimsuit cover up as swimming season is fast approaching here in Florida.  So I used the robe pattern to make a cover up since it was fitted and had no robe belt.   Here is the picture of everything cut out in pieces and ready to re-cut using the vintage pattern.

The back pattern piece cut from the back of the shirt.
 Length was shorter than actual robe pattern, but that was fine by me for a swimsuit cover-up.

Finished Product:

For the final touches, I just added some green lace and made my own turtle applique.   And I finished just in give me some fin, noggin...DUDE!  (haha...Finding Nemo excerpt there)   It's simple, yet does the job and Daddy didn't mind me using the old shirt or watching the younglings.

Detail of appliques on front of cover-up.

Detail of lace for collar at top of cover-up.
Another shot of turtle...DUDE!  haha.

On another note...Why the Green?  My mother gave me some green bathing suit material and I had hoped to make a bathing suit as well but sadly that will have to wait for another week and probably another blog!!  Sew stay tuned and come back Sew Hungry For More....AKH.

Oh and don't forget the First Ever Sew Fab e-Pattern Sale!  Check out my other posting for information.  Thanks.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Some suggested sewing books

I don't know about you, but I love books.  Especially if they are about sewing!   I thought I would share with you several of my "go to" books and references for sewing.

 "Baby Couture" by Samantha McNesby

I used three of the patterns from this book for my Boys Week sew along outfit for Project Run and Play.   The three patterns were the bib (a standard bib shape), the lined jacket with buttons, and the simple pants (which I altered with ribbing at top and bottom, patches on knees and faux pockets.)    Here's a link to my previous posting to see the pictures of the outfit.  Boys Week outfit

The book includes sewing for babies and toddlers weighing 6 to 30 pounds.   It includes paper sewing patterns such as a lined simple jacket, pants, shorts, a girls top, a bib, a simple jumper, and a bodice front/back.   Throughout the book, the author gives suggestions on how to add, modify and use the patterns.  Most of the projects are for basic to intermediate sewing skills.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is starting to sew for babies or toddlers.  Projects range from taking 30 minutes to a few hours for an entire dress, jacket and accessories.

Kwik Sew for Babies, Toddlers or Children

There are three books I have used for alot of my basic sewing for children's patterns.   Sure you can trace a t-shirt from your child's wardrobe (and sometimes this is more practical) but these books include ALL the sizes you will need from birth to childhood years.   There are three books total and I would suggest getting all three so you can have all on hand for growth spurts.  

The baby book includes everything from a sweatshirt to a nice sleep and play with snaps.  This is a great way to build a basic wardrobe for a baby, toddler or child.   Most use knit fabrics but you can use cottons on some.

If you would like to purchase these books, there are Amazon Links on this website for more info and pricing!   If you have any questions, feel free to post a comment.  

I am working out of the home for some of the week and so I am going to try to finish as much as I can for the Sew Along on P&RP this week and hopefully have pictures up by deadline.   Sew come back  Hungry For More!   AKH