I have always thought about how great it would be to wear cute dresses every day like girls in the 50s. I mean, it’s ONE contained outfit. No thinking at all. 

Dress Pattern

I have such a hard time finding dresses that fit me properly, so now I can make these dresses myself because I can sew. I took the plunge and bought this dress pattern on etsy here. How hard can it be, right? I’m a smart person. I can read and follow instructions.

Dress Pattern

Ha! Look at this!! It looks like blueprints for a house or how to build a computer. This might take quite a bit of time. I might have to bring in my Mom, the big guns! The the craftiest lady I know. She’s made elaborate gowns and things. She must pass on some of her knowledge. If only I can steal her away from some of her other activities.


Pot holders & Place mats

I was very productive this weekend! I think the tote bag really gave me a boost of confidence.

potholders and placemats

I finished two items (or six, really) that have been needed for quite some time: pot holders and place mats. Many months ago I suggested that maybe we just buy them, but Etienne would not let me. He told me I had to make them myself.

placemats four set

After quite some time, deliberating about which style of placemats to make, I settled on a classic three panel tryptich. Haha. No. Kidding. I made that up, of course. I just  thought it might be nice to pretend that the side panels were meaningful. A place where the silverware could lay. Designated.

double-sided placemats

The place mats are double sided. The black for when you have some Indian food and the cream for when you are eating cereal. Very important. Actually I just wanted some variety and wanted so badly to use both colors of the Lecien My Folklore fabric. It’s soooo cute. I mean mushrooms, electric blue squirrels, and fruit bearing trees with roosters! I had to use it for something that I could look at often.

pot holders

It was pretty much the same thought for the pot holders. I almost made robot pot holders, but Etienne suggested using one of the really cute fabrics instead. I bought this polar bear and bunny summer fabric a long time ago. Just look at the polar bears cycling and smiling. And the bunny in his old fashioned swimsuit is great.

pot holders

I used Denyse Schmidt’s “Too Hot To Handle” pot holder pattern from her quilting book. I decided to make it thicker, though, by adding a layer of insulating material for safety. No burns, thank you very much.

pot holders binding

And the craftiest, most amazing part of all… the binding. When I made Joan’s tote bag out of sheets I cut off the edge of the sheets where the fabric was folded up. I thought, “Kim. You should save that. In the most perfect crafty world we can use EVERY bit of leftover fabric. No wasting, please.” So, I opened it up and used it for binding. Not very complicated, but I felt good that I wasn’t wasting and that I didn’t have to make any binding myself. Bleh. I think the white binding looks really nice against the rest, too.

Happy Birthday, Joan!

And Thanks! You inspired me to make my first tote bag. I hope you like it!

Happy Birthday, Joan!

I made this using Amy Karol’s book “Bend the Rules Sewing.” I modified it a bit by making it bigger, using two long handles with different fabrics on each side, using inferfacing for stability and sturdiness, and making a double sided pocket.

It didn’t take as long as I expected, although I couldn’t say how long it actually took. There was a minor setback when I topstiched the outside and one handle was loose. I had to rip out the thread, turn it back inside-out and then re-sew it all. But that’s fine. The thread is not 100% perfectly straight (as I expect it should be, even on a first try), but it’s okay. I’m coming to terms with that.

Joan's tote bag

The outside is twill fabric in teal. The inside fabrics come from Target. They were sheets that I had to buy because I knew they would be super fucking adorable someday when I reincarnated them. heh heh. Now I want to make one for myself, but maybe a bit bigger. Or maybe Joan wouldn’t like me copying. We’ll see.

tote bag pocket