Monday, June 21, 2010

The Streamer Frock Grosgrain Giveaway

I love this dress. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me win it. The Streamer Frock Grosgrain Giveaway

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Nola's Baby Sling

Nola is a snuggle bug. . . AKA she likes to be held constantly! So I decided MAYBE I could get out and about if I had one of those baby slings. I hopped on Google and searched for "baby sling pattern + PDF" and came up with several tutorials.

The result is a combination of several different websites of instructions I read but I am not totally satisfied. The opening puckers a bit and I expected it to be more snug, and if I follow the safety precautions correctly I think that this sling sits a little low on my torso. The fabric was going to be a shirt someday and I LOVE its vintage feel, so I guess I will eventually be going back to the drawing board to correct this sling so I can use it more. There has already been several inches removed from the French seem at the bottom of the pouch portion AND I added pleating at the shoulder to get away from the uncomfortable bunching. I will add this to my list of things to do, lol the longest list EVER!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Diaper Bag for Nola

I finished this bag for Nola in the nick of time! I stayed up late on May 22nd to complete the finishing touch - the changing pad. I was scheduled to have a C-Section on Monday morning, the 24th, so I thought I had all day Sunday to pack and get ready! Well, I woke up at 6am on the 23rd with contractions, oh goodness. Little miss Nola decided to come a day early! Good thing I got the bag done ;).

This pattern is from Amy Butler's book Little Stitches for Little Ones. This particular project is the Modern Diaper Bag. I've made several things from this book and have plans to make several MORE things, so it has been a good buy. However, I do caution to follow instructions very carefully because I find myself backtracking to small details at least once in each project. Overall, this bag ROCKS for functionality and all the reviews about it being "huge" are correct but right on the money for a diaper bag.

The interior of the Modern Diaper bag has 6 ample sized pockets, great organization!

This was my addition: a key ring clip attached by a ribbon at one end of the interior.

Of course I embroidered my name into the inside, why wouldn't I!?!

If I had to do this bag all over again, I would have gotten some stronger interfacing. The interfacing I used was for medium weight, but I would appreciate a little more stiffness. Other than that, the bag works great and I have gotten a lot of comments on the fabric choice and of course the SIZE. You could fit the kitchen sink in this thing. . . oh and beware, if you want to make this Modern Diaper Bag you WILL feel like you are spending more time ironing interfacing than you are actually sewing.