sensory blanket

sensory blanket
(I made this sensory blanket for my best friend mary anne) Praising Him with the work of my simple hands

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Girls just wanna have.........a lot of clothes!!!!!!!!!!!

I never should have posted about the Hepburns! After the teens read that post, Elizabeth handed me 5 knit fabrics and Faith gave me 1 knit fabric and they asked "please" for more!! Why can't I say no? LOL!
I cut them out tonight to sew later.

I am bringing MY fabric to our Lodge in the woods. And every minute I get a chance, I am sewing the rest of my skirts and pants!! for ME! I am not bringing sewing for anyone else! ;o)


 This (above) is the kind of yarn? they keep bringing me home for my birthday. Only one skein of each. And well, its not very inspiring to me! ;o)  I can't even remember what i used it for? Maybe it was a kitten blanket? For the new kitty named Bunny!


 In the meantime Kitty, now 15 pulled out more tops that she said needed up-cyclyng. Above she matched the nautical top with the blue fabric I bought for me. 

 This sparkly top had a front lining underneath. So I could attach the skirt to that in the front. She picked this fabric above to match. This fabric was purchased for my birthday last year. I wasn't really a fan. So I was happy to see it used!

 This is a black polo top, she chose the fabric above to match. This was a print I bought just because it was lovely and on sale. impulse shopping- my bad habit.


 And last but not least the blue polo top and fabric she matched. I bought that fabric for me. And I'm also making a skirt out of it for me!

                                        The finished results! Dress #1
I added a strip of binding from the fabric to the shirt sleeve too.


                                         Dress #2 So pretty!
Kitty has very good fashion taste. I call her my barbie because she's always dressing up looking so fashionable!

                                             Dress # 3
                              photos by her sister Faith

Last but not least! Dress # 4. No trim on the sleeves, its sleeveless!

I wanted to make Kitty a little jacket to go with her sleeveless tops/dresses. I found this Bolero pattern. (vintage) Can't recall the big4 name or number. Anyhoo, this turned out so cute. You might have seen this knit fabric last year on girlcharley?? The sleeves are not lined but the bodice is. The pattern suggested lining the sleeves?

After these photos I put 2 small flower bouquet appliques on either side in the front, with a piece of ribbon under. So she could tie a pretty bow in front to keep it closed. I'll get a picture and post next time
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I love it! It used up all the fabric I had in this print.
I think it was almost 2 yards.

In the mean time I'm making my son-in-love a surprise. First a muslin. I want to get his size perfect!

My sweet Faith's new fascination is jelly fish!? I searched for fabric. Of course it was woven. This top above is a vintage 90s pattern. unisex. I combined the fabric I could afford to make 3 shirts. 
                  Three different fabrics! Only 2 on this shirt.

This was another fabric above Faith chose. It was on sale. She likes anything green. 
I finally broke down and bought some buttons and labels to put on my makes. Now could I just remember to do so!!!

I also personalized a label that says "Always remember how much I love you", with 2 blue birds.

This was the 2nd jelly fish shirt I made Faith. I guess Kitty didn't photograph the 3rd shirt.

Now could you say no to this face when she asks you to make her another "Hepburn"???
I couldn't! LOL!

Happy Creating!! (((HUGS))) God Bless!
Thanks for visiting!!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Sewing the Hepburn for my Elizabeth

I have 2 Granddaughters named Elizabeth. 
I was named Elizabeth after my maternal Grandmother. But it also happened to be my paternal Grandmother's name too! LOL! It was quite  raucous when my paternal Grandma claimed I was named after her! 

The first Elizabeth Granddaughter is from my oldest daughter. That Elizabeth is 21 now. I have not seen her in 11? years? My oldest's first husband was not good about bringing My 2 Granddaughters around after my precious daughter died. I didn't think it was very nice, because I loved both my Grandmothers the same. I'm so happy I had both. 

The 2nd Elizabeth is from my second oldest daughter. I have raised her and her sister Katherine since birth. I got to name Katherine. It is my 2nd oldest daughters middle name. They are now 15 and 16. Where does the time go? 

Katherine is only 6 months older than my sweet Isaiah! Who is her Uncle, but they adore each other as very close brother and sisters. When Katherine was coming I asked the Lord if maybe I'd done my will and not his Will with adding so many children. And then I found out I was pregnant at age 46. He was born when I was 47. :o)

Elizabeth needed some old turtle necks up-cycled. She likes turtlenecks but she wanted short sleeves. I cut the sleeves off the RTW turtlenecks and bias taped the edges with home made bias in pretty flowered colors. The turtlenecks were solid colors.

She really needed some new turtlenecks. She wanted nothing fancy. I wanted to add ruffles etc. But no way!
So I chose the Hepburn from itch to stitch. (link below)


                                                                Isn't she cute? :o)


 She is incredibly smart. Super helpful. She wears my dad's old Army shirts like a comfort blanket!


 I bought some knits from girlcharlee. The peachy/pink knit I had from the 90s. Elizabeth was excited and picked the knits above for her new turtlenecks.


 Always a jacket on. You'd think we were freezing! Wearing the peachy/pink turtleneck. She's lots of fun too! ;o)


 My daughter Faith, 17, her other sister, noticed there were jelly fish on the fabric. Who knew! I bought it cheap many years ago.  So I had to make Faith a Hepburn too! (I am not associated with itch to stitch)


 Because a rolled over hem would be too thick above or too hard on thinner fabrics, I used bias tape.



 The Hepburn sews up fast and easy. I shortened the sleeves. I made six in all. I made them in size 12. Sizing was perfect. Not snug.



This pattern couldn't have been easier and Elizabeth wears them every day! She is a blessing! And lots of fun to sew for!

Happy Creating!!! (((HUGS))) God Bless!
Thank You for visiting!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Sewing something for me!

I've been sewing like a fiend for the kids. 
I zone out with my sewing, while listening to old tv shows on utube. The time flies. 
While I do get up and down a lot! This sewing can go on for 12 hours.
Once I get started its hard to stop! I just jump in after all the kids "orders" are cut and ready! And they are so happy to have the new items, its fun to hand them a pressed "pile" of clothes!


 Above my skirt fabrics from my stash I recently picked for me! 
                                               I'm excited!

I'm ready to make for me!
My current wardrobe= I wear the same floral knit jammie pants and paint stained tshirts around the house. 
If going out I wear one of my 4 pairs of ready wear denim pants and try to find a reasonably acceptable top! 
My "outside" clothes are meticulously cared for to save money last. I donated a lot of my too small/too big clothes.

Last year I did attempt to sew for me. It didn't last long!


A sewing blogger mentioned she needed to see her stash in order to use it, and get inspired by it. 
Hmm that makes sense! I removed the curtain that hid mine. 
This is my stash. 
I've stored it on this very shelf for 30+ years.

About 20 years ago it grew into many large rubbermaid tubs plus this shelf. (impulse buying:o( 
Most of that was donated too.

The only other fabric I have, besides what is on this shelf, is in my current sewing queue. Oh! and 2 large chunks of fleece for the boys downstairs. ;o)

The boxes on the bottom of the shelving (photo above) hold sleeve/neck/cuff ribbing. 

 The boxes on top of the shelving hold interfacing, zippers, snaps, elastic etc. The largest box has scraps.


                                            Under my bed is lace and trims.

I'm very happy I have the stash under control! ;o)

Patterns are boxed. They are in my new sewing room downstairs, that is awaiting completion. We worked on 3 rooms downstairs this winter and only finished one! ugh! Summer is here, time for outdoor projects.

Happily this spring I realized I wanted to wear skirts. I had tried RTW skirts, but they tripped me up walking. So the high/low skirt sewing patterns looked perfect!

I love florals. I love big floral colors and patterns! I had made myself a few floral tops last summer, before realizing floral tops are not my style! I just like how they look! sigh

I decided to search skirt patterns online. I also have a bad habit of shopping patterns on etsy late at night. I tend to end up buying more than I need.

For instance when I picked my skirts. I found 3 patterns for a skirt I  will actually wear and love.
Burda 5131 , 
Simplicity 8135 , 
And the pattern for the skirt I made below- Simplicity 1112 . 
But I bought at least 6 more skirt patterns that I am not sure of. 

 I love this skirt! Its very comfortable and very easy to make of course.


 The pattern drawing shows the skirt has a smooth "corner". But its not rounded on the paper pattern. It dips down and up on each side, before it joins the back.

Recently I remembered how much I liked paperbag waist pants in the 90s. So I may make a pair of wide legged paperbag waist pants out of florals too. They will be cropped because I hate long pants!


                               My sweet love Kitty holding my skirt for me. 
This skirt is very wearable, very comfortable! I can't say enough how much I love it. And I love seeing it.


 The waist is a band, not a fold over. 
I graded the pattern 3 sizes up (it only goes to size 20) to make it "fuller". I graded the waist band up too. (I'm a 20 top and 24 bottoms)


 I made a paperbag waist on my skirt! I love it! I can't wear rows of elastic on my waist. So this ended up perfect. 
As you can see in the photo where I'm wearing the skirts, that I have on a RTW solid color shirt. I got a great deal Memorial weekend on knit fabric in solid colors. So Solid tops it will be. No pattern picks yet. But I'm narrowing them down.  

Happy Creating!! (((HUGS))) God Bless!
Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Sewing for a teenage son


 Sew, I love sewing for my boys. Nothing fancy and really quick sewing. Not making pants with zippers yet. But soon Isaiah will want pants that zip up.(he has hand-me-down jeans galore from lots of older bros) I can do a fly, I just don't if I don't have to. ;o)

My special needs boys are 10,10,13,13,15 and 23. They like anything that is comfortable. They need sleeve and pant length adjustments on everything. Which is funny because the pants I made 15 yr old Noah last year...........now look like knickers on him! oh my! He still wears them on the deck outside- since they can get destroyed, they aren't for wearing traveling!


                                 sleeveles shirt for Zay

When I sew for Isaiah (14) I show him the patterns I like. 
(ha! ha! the 3 teen girls at home would never allow me to show them patterns I like! LOL!) Usually retro fashion patterns from the 40s and 50s. They remind me of my dad. Some are from the 90s, saved after sewing for my oldest boys now 37 and 42. Altho I did give a few of those away too and even "re"bought several on etsy.

After he picks patterns Zay and I go online shopping for sales. I used to shop online because I worked at home. Now its hard physically for me to shop at all unless its a quick trip. (pattern shopping and fabrics are not a quick trip) Online shopping is a blessing.

But I hate fabric shopping online. And I hate pdf patterns! I can give up pdfs but I do have to shop online. 

I don't have a lot of "boy" fabric in my stash. Without thinking I donated a lot of it a few years back. I did stock up on fleece and ribbing this year. I used up all my fleece and boy colors of ribbing from the 90s this year. When I have boy fabric I use it up fast. The remnants are used for the younger boys clothes after I make Zay's.   
 The fabric he picked for 2 of the striped shirts was very lightweight. I hate that, BUT we prevailed. Fabric shopping online is iffy. You can't touch it! Colors are different once home. I used bias tape on all the seams to strengthen them. Above I used red. Its great sewing for boys because they don't get all picky! ;o) I used up colors I had in my stash. 

 This digital camo knit was a bit heavier. No real hassles to sew!

                                 Another knit fabric that was lightweight. 

 The shirt above, I bias taped the sleeve edge. Too lightweight to fold over. The needle could poke tiny holes. On the raglan sleeve seam I let the bias tape "show". It looks nice. Like I had planned it! ;o)

 The edge of the bottom was bias taped too like the sleeve to finish it off.

 Side seam (above) bias tape peaking out. No I did not try to match the stripes! Happy accident!


 A very nice weight knit above. I do add length to the shirts. Retro shirts run short. He's so thin he's a perfect size 12, with length added. I put navy blue ribbing on cuffs and white ribbing on the neck since we were low on it!! He doesn't even notice. ;o) Sweet boy!

 Another nice weight knit. It looks like a charlie brown shirt to me! :o)

 Another nice weight knit above. And a 90s kwik sew pattern.

We both love Nordic style. I decorate a lot of things for the Lodge in the woods up north with that theme. So this fabric was a must! ;o) It too was a very nice weight! I so enjoy sewing for him!

And sew I leave you with that! 

Happy Creating! (((HUGS))) God Bless!
Thanks for visiting! 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

For the love of a boy

 My sweet Isaiah is 14 this year. And I am 61. What would I do without him? I will admit at 47 I did not want to have a baby. God knew better. Isaiah has a heart for helping me. He is a gift from God.

My old dresser had cheap original metal "pulls". Several fell off and one of the dogs even knocked one off unintentionally!

These new knobs were from India. I thought they perked up my bedroom set. (dresser, chest of drawers and commode stand)


They were sold in bags of 24, for a great price. But only a few matched. 

The pulls had left 2 holes each side. So it was a lot of knobs!
I like them. They make me smile!

 I recently fell in love with Sashiko Japanese embroidery. I love hand stitching. I'd never used #5 perle cotton before. 

  In the late 80's I bought this fabric, already printed with a quilt pattern on it. I was going to make a quilt for my bed. I liked the idea of the fabric, this was new back then, to just stitch over the already quilt patterned fabric.
I've only ever pieced one quilt, and I did not enjoy it. Each square was a Humming Bird out of geometric shapes. I made it for my mother.

 The backing fabric for the quilt top, was bought with it. They were sold to match. The fabric is a polyester blend that frays quite easily but will be long wearing.
 I made the binding for the edge. It was a fabric I bought from Craftsy just last year. I love how it matches.


 I am sewing a Sashiko heart in the middle of the darker green flowered squares. The lighter colored squares will get sead beads on them.
I have a lot of squares to Sashiko first! I don't know if you can faintly see the heart?


                                  Here on the back is the back of the heart.


I am making this as a wedding gift for Isaiah. 
I don't know if I'll be alive when he marries. I want him to have something special for his wife from me. He just smiles when I tell him this. 

If Tom and I are alive when he marries we'll probably be the age of his wife's Grandparents! And his wife's parents will probably be the age of his birth brother and sisters, who are 23, 25 and 28 years older than him! Today they are 37, 39, and 42!

He's only known having old parents! Tom is 64. 


My daughter Grace makes gift baskets for friends when they have a baby. I saw this style of burp cloth on another blog. I used a hand towel to copy for size. Then I traced it to paper. I put the paper to my daughter Lysa's shoulder to see where to cut out.


Grace picked out the fabric. Each has 3 layers. Inbetween the top and bottom fabric is a plain piece of flannel to help "soak" up any spit up.


I was really pleased with how they turned out. I made 9 out of the fabric.
For my babies we used single fold cotton cloth diapers. We called them barfies! ;o)


I was making quite a few afghans this winter. (above) 
I had cleaned up my yarn stash and donated yarn I did not think I'd use. 
The yarn I kept I thought I'd use making more prayer shawls. But it seems there isn't as much demand.

So I am making scarves for the Salvation Army to give with the coats they hand out in the Fall. So far I've made 10 men's scarves.

People tend to donate a lot of this type of thing for women and children. But there are a lot of homeless men who really need things like coats and scarves and gloves.

I have a 37 year old birth son who is mentally ill. In and out of prison. Living on the street. For the love of him, I care about the men like him. Other men like him needing a scarf. I thank God the Salvation Army helps them. 

After I make about 50 men's scarves I will make some scarves for women and children too. 
It takes about 2 days to make one scarf. Nothing fancy just warm. I use double yarn.

Unlike the fleece stash that returned. I won't buy anymore yarn after I use it up. I will do more sewing and embroidery instead. 

Happy Creating! God Bless! (((HUGS)))
Thanks for visiting!

Girls just wanna have.........a lot of clothes!!!!!!!!!!!

I never should have posted about the Hepburns! After the teens read that post, Elizabeth handed me 5 knit fabrics and Faith gave me 1 knit f...