Monday, December 24, 2012
I thought I'd share how our Christmas tree looks this year because it's weird. Nicole has developed an penchant for undecorating the tree. And, well, we knew it would be a draw, so all the more fragile ornaments are clustered at the top of the tree. She also loves pulling bows off and moving presents from the back to the front of the tree. Jared says that she's opened a few presents at home, too, for the sheer joy of ripping paper.
This is our Christmas. It's not about the presents, though there will be presents aplenty, but about family, spending time together, and the birth of a special child millennia ago. So Merry Christmas... or Happy Holidays if you celebrate something different. And perhaps, for once, we'll have peace on earth for this one night a year.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Handmade gifts are king in my house. Above is Ricky's present--he's into trains, and has been insisting on wearing his outgrown railroad stripey overalls, so I made him new ones. The picture isn't exactly what the finished product looks like because I made an oops cutting. See, McCalls 6592 is insanely short. I made a child 4, but cut it to the length of 6. And somewhere in there, I cut the back piece wrong. Not only did I find out after it was all sewn together, but I didn't have more ticking to recut, so I fixed it, but made the fix into a design feature... which is a post for another day!
Melly and Me Dilbert pattern because it was the cutest I could find. And I'm telling you without my smallest tube turner, I never could've turned those spikes!
Lizzy's favorite animal is giraffes, so I bought Simplicity 2613 on a dollar sale and the gold fringe for it's mane. The fabric was a donation. It's some sort of upholstery fabric that came to me in a huge box of "I was cleaning out a sewing room and can you use this" fabric. It's a velvety, heavy weight stuff that looks like it's backed in some sort of canvas.
For Nicole, well, her current favorite book is Anna Dewdney's Roly Poly Pangolin to the extent that I can easily recite it! We bought her a copy of it to take home for Christmas, but there weren't any commercial pangolin toys, so I dug around the internet and found an anteater pattern. See, pangolins look quite a bit like anteaters--the ears are different, and they have armor plating. Rather than sew on individual scales, which I was pretty sure wouldn't be baby proof, I found some quilter's cotton with a scale pattern on it. I wish I had taken a picture for you, but with everything going on, I forgot! Joanna got new pjs--I let Grace choose fabric for it, as well as for Uncle Geoff's new jammies (Nikki chose one, too, because when he's at home, he practically lives in his jammies), as well as her Uncle Shane's and Dad's pj bottoms. Mom got an IOU, because I was running short on time, and I also made fleece blankets for presents out of more donated fabric. (Fleece blankets were made out of donated fabric, too which = free present)
To finish Geoff's and Grace's last Christmas request, I had to borrow a sewing machine. (This was how I discovered that I don't like drop in bobbins!) I knew my machine was overdue for servicing, but I didn't expect it to slow to a crawl. It's happened before, so I know what it means--it's dirty and needs cleaned and oiled! So I'll take it in sometime in the next couple weeks.
Peekaboo Pattern Shop's (it's offline for maintenance, so don't worry if the link doesn't work) Sugarplum Nightgown pattern. I made it in both girls' favorite colors--pink and purple! So that's my gifts this year. What are y'all making?
Thursday, December 13, 2012
|Both hanging together with matching hairbows, including Nikki's||"bow hat"|
Well, they're done. I thought I'd post the lyrics from the song from which these dresses are named! Because they really are completely frankenpatterned. The only patterns that matched were the late 60s-early 70s patterns that the sleeves came from. The dress shells are from two different 50s patterns, Nikki's pinafore is modified from 40s pinafore dress pattern, and Gracie's is from a 30s Hollywood pattern. The collars and cuffs are finished with Victorian faggoting stitching.
The lengthening was considerably more on this one! I went for tea length on both simply because they'll last the winter that way. I like knowing that if they grow an inch or two, they won't be too short. Surprisingly, in Nikki's case, with a ten minute alteration, her crinoline still fits and Gracie's does, too. At the last minute, I added an extra line of lace on Nikki's bodice because it just needed it to my eyes. Tomorrow, after school, we're going to the Sears portrait studio to take pictures.
White tights, the dresses, shiny black shoes, crinolines, and coordinating bows are the order of the day.
And speaking of bows... Nikki has a "bow hat". It's really just a bow attached to a stretchy headband because she doesn't have enough hair in front to hold one. Predictably, Grace wants one, too, but I've only got one headband right now! More silk ribbon here, with the red and white in the centers. (I wouldn't really recommend doing silk ribbon bows. They're just too limp.)
We've tried things on, and they fit, so I'll iron them tonight and I'll post pictures when we get them back!