Wednesday, May 27, 2015

UGA Apron

This is another fun apron from Sew4Home.  My friend, Sandy Martin, at Quarterdeck Quilts in Springfield, GA helped coordinate the fabrics.  She really has a knack for that.  Something I lack. :)

I didn't have the right size ric rac on hand, so I used 1 1/4" at the bodice top and along the bottom.  The pockets are trimmed with 1/2".  I could not get that jumbo stuff around those curves. 

Speaking of the pockets, I love these.  They have an inverted pleat right down the center.

And I love the added ric rac between the upper and lower bodice.  I am in love with the UGA colors in this chevron.  I've used it on a few other projects too.

Here is the back.

I lengthened the waist ties by 5".  I don't think these can ever be too long, and I certainly don't like them too short.  I did not like the way they attached the bottom skirt to the waist ties.  They have you stitch around the whole tie section leaving an opening at the top for the bodice and an opening at the bottom for the skirt.  You turn it right side out and slide those pieces into the opening.  The bodice was no problem, because it's small.  But it was quite the challenge to get the band lined up perfectly on the skirt then stitch through and catch both sides.

I chose to make my opening larger on the bottom and treat it like bias tape.  I stitched one side (right sides together) then flipped it and stitched in the ditch to close the back.  That method worked much better for me.

As for the size, it's generous.  My waist is 27" on that form, and the skirt measures 30" wide.  There are also darts in the lower bodice for room for the "girls".  And it covers generously as well.

This is the last of teacher gifts.  Again, I'm not certain she wears aprons, but it would be fun to pull out on game days.  She is a huge UGA fan.  She is also a science teacher, so what fun to use it in class! 

I don't think she reads my blog; otherwise, I just let the proverbial cat out of the bag!

Thanks for stopping by my little world.  Feel free to ask questions.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Fun Apron

This is another gift for one of Robbie's very special teachers.  I don't think she reads my blog, so it won't ruin the surprise. ;)  This came from Sew4Home.  There is a matching girl's apron too.

This picture doesn't do this apron justice.  It is much cuter in person.  It has 4 layers of tulle underneath.  I didn't have a model, except Robbie, and it looked like a dress on him.  So I had to put it on my unfinished dress form.  She is leaning to the left. :(

I just adore this little pocket.  Robbie's teacher is a huge USC fan, and I found this fabric earlier this year knowing I would use it, just not sure for what.  I'm not sure she even uses aprons, but won't it be fun to pull it out on game days?

And this is the back.
The tutorial called for a 15" waistband, but I increased that by 3".  I think some of these aprons can be too small.  I would rather it come too far to the back than to not cover enough.

I hope she likes her new Carolina apron.  My daughter has now requested one in UGA fabric for her grandmother.  So I have something special in mind for that one.  Stay tuned.

And a special shout out to all of our men and women in our armed forces.  Please say a prayer for them all as we recognize their service and remember those who died for their country.  Please also remember both our police force and fire department.

Thank you for stopping by.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

UGA Makeup Pouch (pleated)

School will be out in just a 2 weeks!  My, the time has flown this year.  I think it gets worse as we get older.  But I digress.....

We always like to send gifts to Robbie's teachers at the end of the year.  This one is for his math teacher.  She is, like us, a big UGA fan.  Robbie struggled in math this year, and Mrs. Parr helped him so much.  This is just a small token of our sincere appreciation. 

This pouch is pleated to allow for expansion when filled.  It is lined, and the seams inside are bound with bias tape.  You could serge them, but the bound seams just look nicer to me.

The tutorial for this pouch can be found at Sew4Home.  She has a really cool way of attaching the zipper.  This one took roughly an hour to complete once the pieces were all cut.  It's a very simple project and perfect for a beginner.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Patchwork Teddy Bear for Threads of Love

My new machine came in last weekend, and this is the first project sewn with her. 

I have never made a teddy bear before. I have quite a few little areas that need improvement. We had two boxes of donated wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses and the fabric has been too heavy to make TOL gowns. I thought this bear would be perfect to use those fabrics. It took me almost 5 hours to complete, so I won't be doing many of these. And because they require so much polyfil, it gets quite expensive too.

The pattern is a free McCalls pattern and it calls for gluing the eyes and nose on. I didn't like that, so I machine stitched the buttons and hand stitched the nose. It also has you hand stitch the arms in place. They are so close to the neckline, I think next time I will machine stitch them to the body before hand stitching on the head.

He's pretty large and will go to the pediatric ward at the hospital.

I think for my first bear, he turned out pretty good.  As long as he makes a little child at the hospital happy, that's all that matters.