Monday, August 29, 2011

Summer treat...

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa recipe found here

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

It's the little things...

...that make me feel fancy sometimes. 

So, when this ROLL of fabric arrived for me, I felt like a very fancy crafter indeed.

Now, any guess what it might turn into?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

And, I'm done...

...with the doll clothes, that is. 

This last batch all come from this book.  Very good, easy to follow patterns. 

I still can't get over how detailed doll clothes can be.  I think I could now create an entire wardrobe for MYSELF after this experience. 

But, it was all good fun and a great project.

First off was this little fleece vest with fleece trim and a separating zipper (pay no attention to some extra stitching on one side of the collar!).
Fleece vest

Collar detail
 Next, some khaki pants to go with the vest.  Two issues here: first, there are supposed to be cargo pockets on the pants, but my brain wasn't processing the directions for making the box pleat (or the measurements were wrong in the book) so I put those aside.  Second, these patterns don't call for much finishing of seams.  After sewing up the pants, I decided to serge the inside - hacking off part of the fly.  So, it looks a little lopsided because it's missing about a 1/2" of fabric.

Khaki pants with REAL fly...

...and REAL pockets!
Lastly, the tweed overcoat for chilly New England winters.  I originally wanted something in an animal print, but this fabric jumped out at me.  I really love the red piping with it.

More REAL pockets!

Tweed overcoat

Sleeve detail - see the slight gathering?

Lined, no less!

Back view -  I love the piping accent

All assembled..

...packed, and ready to go!
I hope Chloe enjoys her new clothes (and fits into them!).  I think I'll take a break from sewing small things and get going on some birthday things for an almost-two-year-old in our house. 

Wishing you the satisfaction that comes from a completed project!


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