Thursday, November 15, 2012

A few projects...

I'm still in the process of getting together a cold weather wardrobe for Miss S.  It all of a sudden got really cold (for November) and snowed about 10 inches here.  I wasn't quite prepared, so I got to work sewing up a bunch of long sleeved tee shirts.  They aren't too interesting; they're just very basic long sleeved tees.  I used a pattern that I've used for myself a lot: Jalie 2805.  It is really a pretty great basic tee pattern.  It goes from size 2T up to like a size 22 in women's.  These are five of the nine I made (the others are either being worn or in the wash).  They went together so, so quickly.  It think I spent maybe a total of 5 hours over a few days.  They're going to get some good use this winter :)

I also finally made the Apple Picking dress that I've had cut out for about a month and a half.  I made this dress last year in a cotton flannel and it was a really great winter dress, so I made it again in a cotton flannel, but a different color.  This fabric was left over from the lining of a Minoru jacket that I made for myself, but haven't blogged about yet.

I wasn't sure if it was a good fabric choice, because it's a bit subdued.  When I finally got it sewn up and tried it on Miss S, I decided it was actually really, really cute.

I used blue buttons to pick up a little bit of blue in the flannel, as well as to add a little more color.  It went together great, as always with an Oliver + S pattern :)  I'm pretty happy with it

I also made the Penguin Backpack from the Little Things to Sew book.  I've wanted to make this backpack ever since I saw it.  I thought it was adorable, but was a little intimidated by the thought of sewing a backpack.  We're going to visit my husband's family for Thanksgiving, and I wanted to make a little pack so Miss S could carry toys and snacks by herself for the plane.

True to Oliver + S form, the instructions were excellent.  I used a denim for the body, then some quilting cottons I had in my stash for the beak, feet and belly pocket.  I ordered the slider hardware on the back from Pacific Trimmings.  They were reasonably priced and shipped quickly.

I used some vintage blue glass buttons for the eyes and lined it with a blue printed cotton.  I was pretty happy with how it turned out, and it was actually quicker and easier to sew than I expected.

I've got a School Photo dress in the works, and another Fairy Tale dress in the planning stages.  We'll see if I can get them finished soon!


  1. Everything is so beautiful as usual! Love love love the little backpack! !

  2. The apple picking dress is darling in that fabric and being made out of flannel, I bet it's cozy too! I need to get on the ball with long sleeve knit little girls are sharing 6 so I have to keep up on the laundry.;) And I love the backpack too!

  3. People keep turning out beautiful Apple Picking Dresses yet I STILL haven't bought it. Thanks for the reminder!!

  4. The Apple Picking Dress is sooooo cute!!! Love the blue buttons too. Blue's my kind of colour =)

  5. Great job on the apple picking dress! Its moved up closer tot eh top of my list after seeing your cute dress, very nicely done!

  6. I just found your blog and I love it. I love the dress. I have made the other version for my daughter but I really love the version you did and the fabric you chose. The backpack came out terrific. I would like to try it but I don't think I am good enough at sewing to make it. My zippers are always a little messy. I'm really trying to focus on sewing this year and improve. I am sure your blog will help inspire me.

  7. Love the dress and the backpack is adorable!