Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sew Crazy!!

I've somehow managed to make time to complete a lot of sewing projects I've been wanting to do. It's been "seeewww" much fun!! (harhar)

This is an Easter dress I made for Peach.  This is the first big project I've tried to make without a pattern. I think the thing I'm most excited about is that it is entirely made from things I had lying down, except some pink thread and the ruffles on the bloomers, which means it cost less than $5 plus my time.  The shirt is made from one of Jay's old dress shirts (so that I wouldn't have to make buttonholes on the back...) the skirt and sash are fabrics I got from Freecycle.org (which is now Ecobees.com I think), and the bloomers' & lining fabric is just some leftover muslin from somethingorother I made so long ago I can't even remember.

The sleeves were the scariest part to wing because I wasn't sure how big to make them and not have them look funny.  Plus they had to line up right with the arm hole, etc, but they turned out great!  I was so excited!  Even though it worked up so quickly, it would have been much quicker if I didn't line it, but I'm glad I did.  It feels a lot nicer because of it.

Here's my old ironing board cover that came with the ironing board I got on Freecycle that I've been meaning to cover since I got it (probably 2 years ago...)  I noticed that this other fabric I had intended to use for something else, (but never made it) was just long enough to work.
Voila!  No more nasty stains, and much cuter, if you ask me.  The pad is also super thin and you can sometimes see lines from the metal beneath, so I also added an extra layer of fleece I had leftover from another project.
And finally, I covered the Ikea throw pillows we have on our sofa.  I LOVE the fabrics but I'm a bit nervous that putting them together makes it look a bit too crazy.  I found the purple one at JoAnn's and thought I'd find a matching solid color for the third color, but then I found the mustard one at Hancock and I just HAD to have it.  So there they are, looking kind of wild, but I sort of like them.  Plus it's much better than getting stabbed with feathers all the time.


Mel said...

Wow, Lib! You did a great job with that dress! I'm so impressed!

mallorymallorah said...

Oh how I wish I could sew! I love the dress :)

Abaker said...

Awesome job! You rock with those sewing skills. I love seeing your handiwork.

Rachel Marie Gold said...

The dress is just beautiful and even more impressive when you consider you didn't even have a pattern! I really like the tucks in top of the sleeves - I'm not sure I've ever seen anything like it but it has a classy look :)