Something To Remember...

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact. - George Eliot

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Birthday Cow Pants!!

Gabe's first birthday is up and coming and every little cowboy needs some cow pants... with fringe!!!

I started by cutting out my pattern using a good fitting pair of Gabriel's jeans. I left two extra inches at the top for the elastic casing, and one inch at the bottom for the hem, and about 3/4 inch all around for seam allowance and room to grow.

Instead of cutting the outside edge of the pants on a fold, I had to cut it out because I needed to sew the fringe on the side. Now I had four total pattern pieces, two pieces per leg.

I cut my fringe so that it didn't interfere with the waistband or hem.

After sewing the outside of both legs with the fringe, I sewed the inside of the leg on both legs. While they were inside out I remembered to do the hem.

Next I assembled to pants by sewing the crotch. I "fake" serged using a zig zag stitch.

Finally, I made a casing for the elastic. Without stretching the elastic, I cut it to fit JUST around his waist perfectly to measure. And done!!!

He DID NOT want to model, so this is it for now :)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Toddler Girls Bubble Pillowcase Dress ~ So Cute

I've had the pillowcase forever it seems... I don't have a girl, but I wanted to try my hand at a cute little dress anyway. I think I got the pillowcase at the thrift store pretty much brand new for 99 cents!! SCORE.

First thing I did was fold it in half (to make the arm holes even), and using a 2T sized shirt as a template, I cut the arm holes. Then I made a casing at the neckline, and added elastic for a ruched effect. I then added some yellow lace like bias tape for the arm holes, and added shoulder ties. I did another casing at the hemline for a brown and white polka dotted ribbon for a drawstring. When cinched a bit, it makes it a bubble dress!!! For the last touch I added a bow and buttons for accent. I wish I would have had a camera to do a full tutorial but I didn't!! I am so bummed because it was so easy, and turned out great!! Now who do I give it to??? Someone please have a girl!!!

The back...

The front...

The bottom... And again sorry for the poor quality pics...They do not do it justice! Soon i'll have a real camera :)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Bored As..............Just SO Bored

Well, today has been a day... I'm not in a good mood, and neither is Gabe. MAN!I just don't want to do anything!

He's teething. It seems to hit him really hard, and I DO feel sorry for him... and for me. Espcially when it makes him poop like 5 times a day!

I'm just tired, and understimulated. Tried sewing something but i'm just so uninspired today it didn't exactly turn out!! So I guess to try and havea little fun, I broke out the web cam and we played with it a little bit...

And now I just might go get something I'm NOT supposed to have on my diet...


Monday, January 4, 2010

Recycled Jersey Hoodie = New Pants For Gabe!!!

Since Gabey was born, I haven't been able to fit in my old clothes... At least no pants, and probably half of my shirt. Just one of those things you dont bank on when you get pregnant is how much weight you'll actually gain, and how easy it'll be to lose it after the fact.  And I haven't been working on losing weight nearly as hard as I need to for MY body. It takes ALOT of discipline and focus and work for me to lose serious lbs. That's no excuse however, and I'm doing something about it now before I get the next set of two pink lines!! ANYWAY, with all that said, most of the old T's and shirts and some pants I had went into my scraps pile to recycle... and most of them have already been made into something else!!! Some refashioned for me, but mostly clothes for Gabe. Today I decided to finally do something with a gray and black striped jersy short sleeved hoodie. And this time I did some more pants for him. Hopefully they can be worn util 24 months, because I made them big on purpose.

What I did was fold a pair of  18 month sized pants in half and placed the "non-crotch" side on the outsde fold of the hoodie, as you can see in the pic. That way you get one less seam to sew!! Do that on both sides so you get two pattern peices out of it. Then just cut around the pants giving yourself an 1/2 in seam allowance. I did more because  I wanted a bigger size for him. For the rest of the pants follow this easy tutorial...

Wow, long link!

And here's the boy!

Jailbird baby! Sorry for the bad quality pic...
while we have no camera i'm using our camcorder for pictures :(
Man, I miss my real camera!!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010


The most recent sewing project I have finished is fleece lounge pants for my hubby and Gabe. I always LOVE when Matt let's me make him something. He's kinda picky about clothes!! I went to Jo-Anns and got a great deal on fleece, and it took me a yard and a half to do both pants! I Guess total it was like 10 bucks and I have some left over!! It looks like camo print, but it's spurs and cowboys, and it says rodeo on it.

I didn't use a pattern,  I just used a well fitting pair of pants that I folded in half and cut around leaving about a 1/2 in seam allowance... and plenty for the hem and waist band. For matt's waistband I used this tutorial. worked well!! On Gabe's I just did elastic. I did not take pics during the process but here another good tutorial on making pants...  I don't actually do MINE this way, I found a cheat. I'll post that a dfferent time.

My First Post!

I'm excited to start this blog!! I am "cameraless" for awhile as ours JUST broke!! I'm bummed. But in the meantime, when I have a few minutes to myself I will start posting some of my old, but favorite projects that I already have pictures of!! Oh and by the way, Stay tuned for Gabriel's (my son) first Birthday party photos!! Woo hoo! That's all for now!! I'll be back :)