We’ve been down to only the toddler since last Wednesday, and I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot.

I tend to feel guilty if I’m not spending time between 8 and 10 pm with the kids (if they are in the house), so these nights have been very productive after Mila goes to bed.

I made a darkening shade for Mila’s bedroom window. She wakes up too early from the sun…one morning last week, she was up at 6 am! I used a brown quilting cotton I got for $3/yard I think for the front and a batik I’ve had for years and years and years on the back. It is very effective, and I am mostly pleased with how it turned out. (Ignore the Marimekko butterfly hanging in the middle.)

I tied to create a Roman shade. I used twill tape along the back for the ribbon rings, but ran out of rings and have to get another package.  I threaded ribbon through the rings and it works really well, except when it is pulled all the way up. I did sew a bit of velcro to secure it in the up position, but the velcro was too small to hold the weight of the double layered fabric. Suggestions anyone??

I also started a belated Mother’s Day project that I think is going to work really well. It requires that I learn how to make bias tape with my (birthday) new bias tape makers.

I also changed my mind three times on which skirt I was going to make this week, but finally decided on a grown-up version of this one from Dana.

I’ll be using a Marimekko inspired tablecloth my BFF brought me last time she visited. Boy was she thinking when she viewed it as usable fabric instead of garage sale fodder!

Itching to make this top from the recently discovered Bitty Betty.

How great is that?! I have a lovely summer weight fabric that will be absolutely perfect!

I gave a sewing lesson on Saturday. What fun! She made herself a reversible table runner. Starting with squares or rectangles is always my best advice! Can’t wait to see pictures of her homework completed! I hope she wasn’t too put off by my frenetic fact throwing and loud talking (so says the hubby). I’m a loud talker, whachya gonna do about it? If she can get over the loud talking bit, we’ll make an apron next time.

I mentioned before, I think, that I signed up for Deborah’s sewing buddy match-up this year. You provide your name, sewing level and your favorite color, she uses her magic to match you up with someone who can help you plow throw the sewing projects that you HOPE to get through! Amber is my buddy, and I’ve got to say that I have been more productive in my sewing because I’m answering to agreed upon sew alongs with her. It has really been a terrific time! I’m truly amazed at what she accomplishes in the span of a day.


sew along

I’ve got a special sewing buddy. Her name is Amber. We met via Deborah’s sewing buddy meet-up thingy.

Turns out Amber is able to churn out a LOT more than I am, and she churns out a lot of clothing. We decided to do a sew along to get us back on track with our sewing goals. We both have some big stashes, so we are going to use what we have.

I’ve also invited Emma, a local sewer I know, to join us.

Amber and I both are sewing Rae‘s spring ruffle top together. Emma has chosen a different pattern.

Monday’s goal was to take measurements, select fabric and cut out the pieces.

I’m using an old Pottery Barn sheet I had that is super soft for the main part and a lilac coordinating print for the straps.

I had it in me to get the strap placement correct since I have a meeting tonight and will have limited time. I think it is going to look great despite the dark photograph.

Amber’s tank is going to be adorable too!

Check out Emma’s progress here!

Tonight is bodice assembly. Fingers crossed!

The Mummy Shirt

Been awhile. Sorry! It has been so busy around here. I need to finish this up so I can move onto other great things I’ve been thinking about!

I love those two little teeth!

I made the mummy shirt from five pieces: a front, a back, two arms and a cowl neck. I used a shirt that fit Mila as my pattern.

I lined up my shirt on top of the t-shirt utilizing the hem of the t-shirt for the bottom of my shirt. (Though it is cut off the bottom of this picture.)

I traced about 1/4 inch around the shirt and cut out two at once (the front and the back of the t-shirt).

Similar to the skirt, I marked 1.5 inches up from the hem, then 1 inch until I reached the very top to help straighten my mummy strips.

Sew on the mummy strips. I stayed a bit away from the edge to cut down on bulk.

Right sides together, I sewed the sides of the front and back together and the tops near the head hole. Do NOT sew the arm holes shut! like me

For the sleeves, I aligned the top portion of Mila’s sleeve with the side edge of the t-shirt so the entire sleeve was created. I also positioned it so the t-shirt hem was used as the sleeve hem. I did this twice, once for each sleeve.  If this is confusing, the picture is clear.

This is a sleeve folded out. I initially marked the sleeves L and R, but this wasn’t necessary as it turned out. I marked 1.5 inches up from the very bottom hem, then 1 inch marks the rest of the way for the mummy strips.

Sew on mummy strips, working from the bottom up.

Sew the sleeves together, right side turned in. Do NOT sew the arm hole portion which is curved on the left.

Before sewing the sleeves on, I pinned the mummy strips flat inside the arm hole and basted them down so that they wouldn’t flip around during the pinning-and-sewing-together process. I only have a picture of this in the head hole, but it is the same.

Attach the sleeves to the arm holes. The sleeves should be right side out and INSIDE the shirt. You will be looking at the wrong side of the front/back piece and should be able to slide your hand into the wrong side of the sleeve. Unfortunately, I forgot a picture of this.

Turn the shirt right side out and SMILE!

You’ll notice the shirt looks great except for the unfinished head hole. I wasn’t sure how chilly it would be here in Iowa for Halloween, so I made a large cowl neck, but a small 3-4 inch tall cowl neck should suffice.  To make the cowl neck, I cut a long stretch of t-shirt at the bottom with the hem. I then sewed it onto the head hole wrapping around where it overlapped. This gave the shirt a nice cowl finish.

I made a beanie mummy hat, but Mila refused to wear it. I added a corker headband instead.

It was a great look, simple in construction and fun to create some new items from scratch!