Thursday, May 29, 2008

Swim Suit

After my presentation on swim suits, I realized my girls' swimsuits were awfully small! So I promised them a trip to the pool and had to whip up some suits. This is Kwik Sew 2884 with some alterations to the top. The bottoms were made like the pattern.

My 7 year old is a girly girl so I knew it had to pink and it had to be frilly! Originally it was more of a tankini but her torso is so long that it just looked like her suit was too small so I chopped it off and added a contrast band with elastic.

As for the crossover top, I used the pattern for the tank top and drew a line curving from a little past center front to the side seam for the right side. The left side I cut off at the curve and added a seam allowance. I sewed the shoulder seams and added the ruffle to the front pieces, folding the ends under a little at the shoulders. I sewed elastic all the way around the neckline. Then I sewed the left side under the right side and topstitched with a zig zag. Start the zig zag on the right side front and go around the neck ending under the ruffle as close as you can get to the seam. I think the next version I will add binding rather than ruffles and see how that works.
My favorite part of swimwear is making up new designs! It's so easy to take a basic pattern like this one and cut it up, add new details, and make it your own.
My big girl's bathing is next. It's finished, I just have to get her to slow down long enough to get a picture!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

NEW CHALLENGE: name tags!!!

Well for those of you that missed the meeting Monday it was delightful as always! We had beautiful weather and sat on June's screened porch and sipped fancy strawberry drinks and chatted. The food was fabulous and the evening lifted my spirits.We discussed that we should all have name tags since we seem to be getting new members faster than we can learn names!

We decided that it should be a name tag challenge so here it is...Make (however you choose to interpret that) a name tag that shows your personality and style. There will be a prize involved so try your best to make something fabulous!You have a month to get this done and we will model them for all to see at the June meeting. If you don't make one, you will wear the badge of shame (one of those stick on My Name Is...)I think this will tie into the fabric and fringe program at that meeting just great too!Go, get busy!!Rena

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Yea, I'm here and home from Skip's. Never did I think it would go so fast and so well too... He actually drove today for a 10 min trip--that was enough but... Wow! The elephant is only a few stitches from all finished...Yea, yea and double yea!!! June

Thursday, May 1, 2008

i have no clue

This whole blog thing is new for me. As you can see, I have figured out how to sign up for google (oy vey, another password to remember) and I guess I can post. So do I just remember to show up to the blog once a week to check out all the stuff we have sent each other?

I am trying out a Lyla Messinger pattern for a T shirt, making two muslins large and extra large so I can screw up before I cut into my purple bamboo. I am taking the sewing and knitting classes this weekend and suspect that Barb Callahan is bringing some fabric to sell....

what is this thing at the end called Labels for this I supposed to write something there too. And can anyone get into this blog or is it just by inviation from the blog mother Hellene? I suppose I will need to learn how to take a photo, put it on a computer and transfer it to a blog....lots ot learn, lots to sew, so little time