Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Nordic Leggings

For probably the first time ever, having scrawny legs is a plus!  When I was taking these photos I thought, "Oh no! The horizontal lines on these leggings make my legs look big."  But when I looked at the images I realized that when you've got skinny legs, horizontal lines aren't really a big deal.  In fact, they probably help!

DIY Leggings, Nordic Leggings, Fleece Leggings, McCalls 6173

I got this fabric from the bargain bin at my local fabric store.  I love it.  It's super warm and because of the awesome pattern I used, matching up the strips was beyond easy!

McCall's 6173
I really love this pattern.  It's beyond easy and takes less than an hour to cut and make. The seams are on the inner leg so you don't have to worry about matching on the outside.  You might remember it from the first Winter leggings I made HERE and the batch of other leggings I made HERE.

I made a matching pair of this Nordic version for my niece but sent them off to her before I remembered to take any pics.

Are you a leggings kind of gal?  What are you making to get ready for the cooler temps?  Leave a comment below~

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Make it Monday

I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying our party!  It's so great to have a one stop shop for so many creative ideas.

If you want to see if your project was featured this week, head over to Distressed Donna Down Home to see what she picked~

Party Every Monday Night
Tamara, Donna, Mitzi
Now let's see what you've created this week!

Party Every Monday Night
Thanks for partying with us!

Sunday Inspiration

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Butterfly Monogram

As the cold weather starts to set in all of the pretty butterflies have flown off to much warmer climates, aren't they smart?  So, I decided to make do with some lovely paper versions I had in my craft stash.

Butterflies, Mod Podge Butterflies, Monogram

Here's what you need if you want to make your own pretty monogram art to put on your walls.

1) Picture Frame
2) Sponge brush and Mod Podge (or your favourite adhesive)
3) Cutting machine or craft knife & scissors
4) Poster Board

1) Cut 2 pieces of poster board to fit your frame.

2) Using just one of those poster board pieces, cut out the initial you want to use with either a cutting machine or print, trace, and use a craft knife.

3) On the poster board that you didn't cut, lightly trace your initial, and then glue your butterflies to the area.  Make sure to overlap the edges and try not to leave any white space.

You will end up with something that looks like this:

4) Once all of your glue is dry, simply layer your cut out board on top of the butterfly collage.

5) And place inside your frame to hang in a special spot.

Butterflies, Mod Podge Butterflies, Monogram

Now I just have to find a room in my house that isn't already taken over by butterflies so that this piece will really stand out.  I love how it turned out!

You could use pictures cut out from magazines, or scrapbust all those small pieces of scrapbooking paper or fabric that you've been storing.  I'm thinking about spelling out my niece's whole name, one frame per letter.  How pretty would that be in her room?!?

What would you put behind your initial?  Leave a comment below~

Check out another way I used these butterflies HERE.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall Jacket

You may have noticed that I haven't been doing much crafting lately.  That's because now that the weather has gotten cooler, my sewing spidey senses have started tingling again and I've been spending most of my free time at my machine getting ready for what's to come next month.

All of my fall jackets are actually coats, and I made them several years ago.  You can check them out HERE.  So, I figured that it was about time to update my options.  I really wanted a shorter jacket but not something cropped and I wanted something double breasted.

I briefly thought about piecing my own pattern together from several vintage patterns I liked, but then I found Vogue 8884 and realized that it would meet most of my wish list.

V8884 - I made view A

I used a navy linen that I picked up from the bargain bin and some faux leather buttons from my stash.

I lined the sleeves and the back and then I ran out of lining and I was too lazy to piece another section for the front so I just used some tiny bias tape to finish the edge of the facing instead.

I love this pink polka dot interior against the navy shell.

It's a tiny bit big on me but once we get over our little mini heat wave here (it's only 4 degrees in the morning but by afternoon it's close to 20!), I'll start wearing sweaters and this should be a perfect fit.

I made one really big glaring mistake on this jacket that I could actually fix quite easily but probably won't.  I have too many other things on the sewing table waiting to be sewn up so I'll probably just leave it.  Can you tell what the mistake is?  I'll tell you on Twitter later today~

Have you started your fall wardrobe yet?  Any patterns to recommend?  Leave a comment below~

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pleather for Kids?

I was perusing the new Fall pattern books online last night and came across this pattern from New Look:

New Look 6320

I had to take a second look at it and then really give some hard thought to whether or not I like the thought of making my young niece a pleather dress.

I think this pattern is really age appropriate and tastefully constructed.  I like the length and the fact that it's not skin tight.  And you know what....the more I look at it the more I like it!  It's super trendy, especially with the cute infinity scarf.

I don't especially enjoy working with pleather but I'd do just about anything for my niece...including sewing a pleather dress.

What do you think?  Is there an age that's too young for (p)leather looks?

Have you found any fall patterns that you're excited about?  I think this is the only one out of all the big books that caught my eye.  If you found something interesting make sure to leave a comment below~


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