Saturday, July 28, 2007

Pics of the new projects

Okay, here's the new circle skirt I made for Katja. I actually had this cut out with the intention of giving it to her in January for her birthday, but other things took priority, my craft/sewing room became a bit of a sorting/dumping ground for the rest of the house and it's only in the past couple of weeks that I've cleaned it out and been getting in there again. I'm really pleased with how the skirt turned out. I couldn't get a shot of it all twirled out, and she was starting to get dizzy LOL, so this is about as good as I could do.

Note the facial expression in the second pose. I'm raising a real actress here.

Next up, the summer dresses I made for the girls, using the Jayme dress pattern at It's the first time I've used the pattern, so I made the shoulder straps a bit too long - I've taken them up, but don't have a picture of the girls in their much-better-fitting adjusted dresses, so this will have to do for now.

Last but not least, Niesha is in desperate need for new diapers, so I decided to do a "prototype" before sewing a whole lot of them. This is what I came up with. I used the large size Quick Snap cover pattern from here: as a template, and turned it into an all-in-one. I used a cotton fleece for the inner layer, with two layers as the inner soaker, and then added a sewn-in outer soaker, which attaches at the back with snaps. The outer soaker is a pocket soaker (ala Kushies), so if I want to increase absorbency, I can. The diaper turned out to be slightly too wide for Niesha, so the next one I make will have smaller tabs. The reason I made it this way is I want something she can use more like a pull-up (which is why I didn't want anything loose in the diaper, hence the snaps to hold down the inner soaker), but which opens at the sides for the very occasional poop accident we still have (she's a part-time EC toddler).

Sunday, July 22, 2007

It's been awhile

It's been awhile. I haven't been crafting much, I've been concentrating on household organization, BodyTalk (I'll be certified as soon as the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed), runes and spirituality. But I've been doing a bit here and there.

I made my first bendy dolls a few days ago. They're so fun to make! Katja really enjoys playing with them - Niesha's still a bit too young.

Last night I finished the circle skirt I had intended to make for Katja's third birthday last January. Of course, things happened, I gave her other gifts instead and the skirt just sat there. Now it's done and it looks great! When I started the skirt, I wasn't thinking about Niesha at all - she was so small, what would she need a skirt for? Now, though, she's big enough - so that will be a project soon :) I just have to remember how I cut/measured Katja's.

I also finished a couple pairs of panties for Katja yesterday. And played with the layout for her pieced curtains. Next up I'll be making Olivia dresses for both Niesha and Katja. And diapers for Niesha.

I'm also working on lace shawls for both myself and my sister-in-law-to-be, who's getting married to my brother in November. Oh, and I'm still working on dad's sweater *insert bag over head smiley here*

Pictures to come later.