Archive for August, 2008


Will I ever have enough fabric?

Latest Purchase

While out of town last week, I bought this stack at this store. I brought it home washed, folded and ready to be put away. HA!

There wasn’t *any* way I could shove one more yard of anything into my fabric armoire. It was time for a major clean-up!

While folding my stash, I realized that I had forgotten about many pieces I had bought over the last few months. These were bought, washed and thrown in a pile somewhere around my dinning room table- aka sewing studio. (Those who know me well are laughing because there are MANY piles around my dinning room table as well as on top and behind.) I kept thinking that I had way too much fabric. I was embarrassed and a little ashamed at the stacks I had accumulated this past year. I felt a little overwhelmed and mad at myself for my latest purchase.

My sisters come over and marvel at my fabric stash. Chris shakes his head as he passes by. My kids can build forts in every room of the house with the yards I have.

Any yet…

Yesterday I wanted to make a doorway “curtain” for my front door since it’s propped open pretty much every day that it’s not raining. (I don’t have a screen door and I wanted something that keeps people from seeing straight into my house.) I go to my stash and look for *the* fabric which could be sewn for this project. Heck, I thought, this will be eeeeasy to find something to fit. I didn’t need much- just enough for two pieces to hang straight from the top of the door frame to about chest level. Chris had already installed the rod so everything was ready to go.


Nothing! I have nothin’ that I would want hanging for the world to see as they walk or drive by. I searched and searched. I wanted something which reflects us as a family. I wanted something hip, modern, breezy and earthy.

Still nothing can be found. I will have to brave the heat tomorrow and search for just the right fabric. But really, I must say that this case is not unusual. I’m always looking for that certain fabric design which will create something that looks exactly the way I imagined. I believe that the fabric can truly make or brake what you’re sewing. Please, choose fabric wisely. Take the time to get it right and you’ll never regret it.

So- the next time the lady working at the Stitchin Post who recognizes me and thinks I LIVE in Sisters because I’m there “buying fabric all the time” asks if I need anything else- I just might say, “Why yes, of course I need something else”, because that next yard might be *the* right piece of fabric. 😉


BTW, in a post soon:
I haven’t forgotten to pass on my pants tips, but I also want to tell you more about this latest sewing fiasco and this finished one.

And lastly, you MUST check out this sewing room.

Have a great weekend!


Finally, Something for Dad

I had planned on making everyone pj pants for Christmas. Well, that came and went and so did Spring and most of summer. But before Fall comes, I swore that I would get the pants done. And I did!

More Pants

This is the first thing I’ve sewn for Chris besides the mushroom bags. I was able to make him 2 pairs- this one with fish and another with planets on a black background. I used Simplicity 9871, but had to trim about an inch off the sides and waist. The pattern is WIDE with a long waist so be aware. You need alot of fabric- almost 3 yards for each pair so I’m not sure if I’ll make him more for some time.

I couldn’t stop with pj’s only for daddy so I made these for the kids:

PJ Pants

I LOVE these and love that they all match! The dinosaur fabric is cotton and made by Timeless Treasures and the trim I just found while here on vacation. I wish I would have bought much more than just a yard. It’s a Robert Kaufman print designed by Amy Schimier. I don’t think I’ve heard of her before, but I really like this design and will be looking out for more of her stuff. The trim is a little long for Ms O, but she likes it.

The pattern for the kids’ pants is loosely based on Simplicity 4206. Earlier this summer, I made the boys some boxer shorts and didn’t have a pattern for boxers so I used this pattern for girls’ shorts. I copied the pattern onto freezer paper, cut it out, ironed it onto the fabric, sewed up a pair and fitted it on the boys. After testing the fit, I made adjustments on the freezer paper for later use. (You can usually iron the freezer paper on 5-6 times before it looses it’s stickiness. It’s well worth not having it pin!)

So for the pants, I used my same freezer paper pattern, but added the length needed for each boy. Since Ms O is so much smaller than her brothers, (she’s 2 and her brothers are 6 and 4) I had to adjust the pattern even more simply by taking off 1 ½” off of the sides and waist. And voilà- they’re done and they fit!

5 pants in 2 days- not a bad vacation.

(I learned ALOT about pants while making these, but I will save those tips for another post. I need to get outside.)

Need a Break

After removing this:

Chris and his tree

We need a little of this:

Island Lake

I have a ton of things to share with you, but my camera seems to forget to take pictures after something is made. I’ll try to catch up on some projects when I return. Have a happy week!