Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas ties

I am back into the swing of machine embroidery and have picked up some useful tips over on a Facebook page dedicated to all things machine embroidery. I usually don't have alot of success with t-shirts but thanks to some useful ideas (like using water dissolving stabliser over the top), the embroideries have worked out better and there have been less mishaps. K's tie however was positioned too far at the top of the shirt so the machine didn't like doing the final stitching over all the bulk. Next time I'll remember to position it a bit lower. J's turned out really well and I love the design. K picked the snowman.
J's reindeer tie from Blasto Stitch (currently on sale December 2013)
K's snowman tie from Just Peachy (currently on sale December 2013)

Saturday, December 21, 2013

He wears Christmas shorts for a crazy $3.24

After months (maybe a year?) of neglecting the machine embroidery feature of my sewing machine, I went into overdrive and made two pairs of Christmas shorts, one for each of my boys. This was in between making the Christmas peasant dresses that I blogged earlier this week.

I may have also spent up big in the Thanksgiving sales where most of the machine embroidery websites featured sales. The opportunity (my zing for embroidery and the sales) was too good to pass up!

The fabric is a light grey colour from Spotlight, purchased in the post-Christmas sale last year. It is a solid fabric in weave and weight, more like curtaining material, but still soft enough to wear. It was $3.24 per metre on sale post-Christmas.

Now I don't normally sew matchy-matchy for my two as I'm not a big fan of it, but hey I had the fabric so I made them from the same fabric but used different embroideries.

The pattern is the MADE short pattern (again). I've read some reviews say the pattern runs small. But the fit is spot on for K and J, although both boys are on the slender side and are in the early months of their pattern year (7 and 4).

The embroideries were from several sites. My favourite remains Bunnycup Embroidery. Sets are still on sale in December for $7.50 per set.

K's shorts feature designs from Bunnycup's Sassy Christmas and Christmas Sentiments Five. The checklist applique (my least favourite as the embroidery is not as solid as Bunnycup Embroider) is from Blasto Stitch.

 This embroidery pictured above is highly appropriate for when K is standing next to his brother.

 J is wearing the Mustachemas Christmas tree from Planet Applique. The reindeer pocket was purchased from DesignsByJuJu and we have another design from Bunnycup embroidery.

 J loved talking about his shorts at the playgroup Christmas party and K thinks I'm the best sewist in the world! I love my boys.

Monday, December 16, 2013

The conversation that started with, "You know how you are a good sewer..."

About a month ago a friend contacted me and the conversation started with her words, " You know how you are a good sewer," and ended with me bombarding her lots with of links to pattern ideas and fabric suggestions.

The brief was to make matching dresses for her two girls for Christmas. The selection was a simple peasant dress design with applique embroidery. The choice came down to two options, and her daughter selected the one with the reindeer face. 

It has been a while since I had used my machine for embroidery. I think we both enjoyed the workout. K has already put in his own order for a reindeer embroidery but with trees, presents and candy canes!

I added my own fabric flower which I think adds a lovely touch to the top. Here are the details:
Dress 1 - Libby Lu Peasant dress pattern (comes with a number of variations), size 5
Machine applique embroidery from Planet Applique.
Fabric from Spotlight including the Christmas fabric used in the flower.
Button from stash. 

Dress 2 - Miss Madeline peasant dress pattern, size 00
Machine applique embroidery from Planet Applique.
Fabric from Spotlight including the Christmas chevron fabric. Button from stash.
Machine applique embroidery from Planet Applique. 

Sorry the photos were a bit rushed. I had a four year-old trying to photo-bomb the pics and a lunch date to get to so I could hand these over.