Thursday, March 27, 2014

Purse for Spring

I love purses. I always love shopping for them, whether they be an expensive leather bag or a cute bag from Target. Personally, I like spending less on a purse because I switch them out so often and I also am very hard on my purses. I just throw them, drop them, etc. I got caught in a rain storm once with a very expensive leather bag and it never looked the same after getting wet. What a huge disappointment that was! Ever since then, I usually opt for the cute bags from Target, Gap, Old Navy, etc.

Anywho, a couple of years ago when I took up sewing, I decided to try making a handbag, and feel in love with the process. I always make my own patterns when it comes to making bags, I just love the thrill to see if I can make it work. I have made quite a few over the years, but I have usually always stuck with the basic slip pockets and magnetic closure, the easier route. Zippers to me can be a big pain in the butt, therefore, I usually shy away from them. This time I decided to be daring and use zippers!!! Not only did I use zippers for the pockets, I also used a recessed zipper closure. This gave me problems! I think if I wouldn't have used a metal zipper the whole process would have been easier and then end result would be more to my liking. With that being said...here are some pictures of the finished project!




I feel in love with this fabric, it just screams Spring, and since I live in the middle of the Snowbelt in the lovely state of Ohio, I could use the color and hope for Spring! I am happy with it and I use it everyday. It is roomy and has tons of pockets.

Thanks for reading!
-Sam

Friday, February 21, 2014

I love making pajamas for the little guy.

I have really been in the sewing mood lately! Unfortunately, there are so many things going on, it is hard to find the time. Tuesday, when I woke to go to work, I took a look outside and realized the 2 to 4 inches of snow that we were suppose to get was more like 2 to 4 feet...YUCK!!! Needless to say, the roads looked horrible and we got stuck in the driveway. At this point I said I am not risking my son's life and called off work for the day. Anywho, where was I...oh yeah. My son has outgrown almost all of his pajamas. I mean he just grows like a weed. So, when he went down for a nap I decided to sew him up another pair of pajamas. I used the same pattern I drafted when I made the previous pair. This time I used a thicker knit and instead of using rib knit for the bands, I just used the same fabric. In doing this, I realized that I will probably have to make adjustments to the neck opening/band for future pairs. In the end they turned out great and Johnny loves them!




I really do need to get better pictures. He just doesn't want his picture taken lately.

Thanks for reading :)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Craftsy and my Serger


I have always wanted a serger! I would always eye them out when I would see them in the stores. Well one day when I was flipping through the channels, I stumbled upon HSN, and what do you know they were featuring the Brother 1034d. I thought hmmm...maybe I should buy it, it's on sale, free shipping and I could even make payments if I wanted. After doing some research and reading the reviews, I went for it. 

I was so excited to learn something new, and lets face it, I have am addiction to electronics or should I say small appliances. I could not even begin to tell you how many steam mops, steam cleaners, blenders, etc. that I have bought in the last couple of years. Anyways, when I received my serger I set it up and threaded it and started to sew and what a nightmare it was! The one thread kept breaking and the tension....yikes! I threw in the towel and there she sat for weeks. 

Well, one day on was Google looking for tips on how to use your serger, I came across a site called Craftsy. They were having a sale on the Beginner Serging with Amy Alan, so I signed up. I am happy to say that it was a good investment!! I must admit I am still having some issues getting my flatlock stitch to work and it is frustrating, but I refuse to give up!

I really enjoyed the class, the instructor and the Craftsy platform. I like that you can ask questions from both other students and the teacher. I have also signed up for one of the knitting course but have yet to start it. 

Anyways, here is one of the projects you can make through the class. It is a makeup bag, men's shaver bag, etc. I made this one to hold my makeup brushes and stuff. It was actually quite easy to make, and sewed up very quickly.



Thanks for reading ☺.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Pajamas for the little man

Kids Clothes Week: I was excited and ordered some new fabric to make a couple of things. Turns out mother nature decided to play some little tricks and my fabric still has not been delivered due to the weather. I live in the Snowbelt here in Ohio, and  the weather has been horrible. 

Anyways, I sifted through the fabric that I actually had on hand (we are in the middle of a move so most my stuff is packed away) and found some striped knit fabric. I thought hmmm...my little pumpkin can use some new pajamas. The thing is I have never sewn with knits before and I didn't have a pattern, but I thought what the heck it will be a learning experience. 

So, I went and got a pair of my son's pajamas from Old Navy ( they are his favorite) and drafted up a pattern and cut it out and went to work on the sewing. I decided to use my serger, this was my 2nd time using it  (I'll be writing about my experience with my serger later). For the most part I really enjoyed the process and while the end project has flaws and I have learned from them, I think they turned out pretty good:) I had a very hard time with the neck band, and was about to call it quits, but then I just topped stitched around it and it looked much better.


Johnny was not in the mood for pictures, so it was hard to get some of him wearing the pajamas.


Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

My love affair with metal!

I have been in school for what seems like forever! So, to treat myself from all of the required classes, I decided to take a jewelry class in metal working. Can I just say...I fell in love! 

I had to do a solder and non-solder item for my first two projects. It did not take me long to come up with some ideas, and this is the finished product.



This is my non-solder project. I made a key chain for my husband (Lych is my husband's newest music project's name). I was soooo nervous when I started this project!I mean cutting shapes out of metal and the tools that are involved were very intimating, but I did it and I am happy with the results.



This is the solder project. I heart this one very much! From the etching to the details on the leaves...ohhhh I am in love!
  






Needless to say, I will be making more jewelry in the future, but my first love will always be sewing! There is something so intoxicating about searching for fabric and putting it together to achieve the end result!

Thanks for reading :)


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I know it is a little late...life has been busy!

Life had been very hectic the last few months, therefore, I haven't had anytime to post anything. I do want to share the Halloween costume I made for my little guy this year. It was his 1st time out to trick-or-treating and I was so excited to make him a costume.

My little guy loves the Muppets so I searched for a Kermit costume. When we finally found a Kermit costume,  we realized there was no way it was going to fit him. So in my mind I thought "I could do this!! I could make him a Kermit costume!!". I don't know what I was thinking! I have actually never sewn a garment of any sort but was up for the challenge.


So off to JoAnn's I went. I searched for a basic costume pattern and went with this one:





For the most part the pattern worked great. I did have to do a little adjustments here and there to have it fit my son, especially with the head piece. The pattern also calls for felt to be used but I used polar fleece, which turned out to be a great choice given the temperature. 

I think it turned out great, especially for my first garment!

Thanks for reading :)


Friday, August 9, 2013

Arg...Gots me a pirate hideout

Johnny, my youngest, loves pirates. So, one day when I was getting my Etsy fix, I came across this pattern offered from missprettypretty. Needless to say I purchased it on the spot!!! The pattern itself was only $18.00 which was well worth it! The instructions were so easy to follow and the seller was great to work with. I think I maybe spent $25.00 on the felt, it was on sale and I had numerous coupons from Joann's Fabric. The card table was purchased from Target for about $20.00. After days of sewing I am very happy with the results and Johnny is too!
                                                                      Peek-a-boo


 
If you have any pirate lovers, I suggest this fort. It is great and we play in it all the time. The dogs also think it is their own personal fort.