Thursday, September 29

Craft Fair Update.... :(

We will not be participating in the craft fair.... bummer!  We didn't get to reserve our own booth/space for this year.  But, that's okay.  I will still be going to check out all of the other artisans there who will be selling their handmade creations.  
The crocheted bows i was going to sell at the fair will be available for purchase on my etsy store.

Wednesday, September 28

Craft Fair... Woohooo!

I haven't done any sewing lately.  Since I am a newbie to dressmaking, I like to take some time in preparing and constructing a sewing project... and I just didn't have enough time for it.  But, I have been crocheting this past week because... this Saturday, some of the ladies from church and I will be participating in our town's craft fair!  It's my first time to sell my stuff at a fair, so i'm super excited.  I didn't really have a lot of  time to get ready for it, but i did manage to make a few hair bows/clips, ear warmers and kids' hats.  I will be selling these items on etsy as well.  Check them out.

Kids Hats
Big Bow Barrettes
Ear Warmers/Headbands

mini-bows with mini-barrettes

Large Bows with Large Barrettes

All bows come in custom colors

Friday, September 23

SweetEDGE Shop now Open!

My Etsy Shop is now open.  
Please check out my crocheted hats, scarves and headbands for women and teens.
Coming soon:  men's hats
 babies' and children's hats, scarves and hair accessories.

Wednesday, September 21

Knock Off: Chiffon Cardi

I am a big fan of Winter Kate Clothing.  I especially love the Ginger Cardigan/Bed Jacket because of the simplicity and versatility of the design.

I believe this Winter Kate Cardigan retailed for about $300.  $300?!  That's a lot of fabric.  I like the jacket in different colors and patterns, and since I like quality AND quantity, I just made my own.  This one cost me $7/yard and used about 1 1/3 yard.  I have a stash of chiffon that I bought recently.  I want to try to make some with different sleeve lengths.

Red Floral Dress is Done!

Yipee!  Finally found some time last night to finish this dress.  The sewing pattern is a pretty simple shift dress pattern, but it took me a while to do this because the fabric (rayon) was pretty hard to work with.  The dress, although it has darts on the sides, is pretty shapeless.  So, I would only wear it with a belt, like so.

Boat neckline

V-shaped back

Friday, September 16

Red Floral Shift Dress

I'll be starting this project next week after my daughter's dedication/party.  I would love to be working on this now, but, i'm just way too busy.  I only have one yard of this pretty fabric so i wasn't sure if i had enough fabric for a dress, but, after draping it on miss mannequeen here, i think i have enough for a very simple shift dress for me.... aaah... there is an advantage to being small.

I love the pattern.  It is more of a spring/summer dress, but, with the right accessories, i could still wear it for fall:  dark sweater, black tights and boots, and we are good.

I will either use a simple shift dress pattern or this McCAll's pattern below (red dress F).  If I use a different fabric for the lining, i should have enough fabric for the dress.  We'll see.

Monday, September 5

...another li'l girl's dress

I had extra fabric from another dress I made, so I just added a skirt to a store-bought tank - a fast and easy project.  I will be adding a blue sash/ribbon around the waist.  I kinda want the aqua blue on the fabric to pop out.

from this....

... to this.

My Toys

Brother cs-6000i
I bought this 5 or 6 years ago, but only started really using it for the past year.

Brother Serger 1034d
I love this thing!  I got it about a month ago.  It makes sewing so much faster and fun. But, I still have a lot of learning and practicing to do.

li'l girl's dress

I bought this big floral-patterned fabric from  I used a simple dress pattern from Butterick (See&Sew B5443).  No buttons, no zipper, which is okay since the fabric has some stretch to it.  I then added ruffles to "girlify" it some more.

Here's my daughter Kiersten modelling the dress:

...pretending to take a picture of me using my camera lens cover :)

I bought one yard of this fabric and I only used about 2/3 of it.  I'm using the leftover for another dress.  I'm adding a ruffled skirt to a store-bought tank top.