I had grand plans for this post! But as usual I thought way too long about it and ran out of time to actually create the outfit I wanted to make. Continue reading “Happy Birthday Barbie!”
So I absolutely positively LOVE working with felt. I also LOVE ornaments and little cute things.
So when I saw the cute Kawaii ornaments in the newest issue of One Thimble magazine (affiliate link), I couldn’t resist.
Unfortunately, I’ve been working tons and I’m never home when the light is good so my photos are horrible. But they really are super cute.
There are 8 designs: popsicle, ice cream cone, cupcake, watermelon, rainbow, planet, star and sun. Originally I was going to make the 4 non-food ones but couldn’t resist the ice cream cone and watermelon so plans changed.
I changed things up a little bit. The instructions recommend using brads for the eyes and cutting out felt mouths, but as you can see I decided to embroider the mouth and eyes on. I didn’t have any brads and no time to get to the craft store and decided I would just embroider the whole face. It takes a little bit longer but not much. I traced the shape of the eyes and the bottom edge of the mouth onto Sulky Water Soluble Stabilizer (affiliate link) and placed it on the top shape where I wanted the face. Then followed manufacturer’s
I forgot to get a picture of the back of the ice cream cone, but I turned that one into a hair clip. It’s actually clipped to the Christmas tree for the picture. I cut two little slits in the back piece of the cone and slid an alligator clip in. See the how to do it in my tutorial for a kitty cat hairclip here. Edited to add: The pattern has instructions for making hairclips as well but using a different method than what I did. I sewed up the medium size shapes and the smaller size would probably suit hairclips better, but for the cone it’s not bad. I wish I was able to get a picture of it worn as well, but unfortunately as I said earlier it’s dark when I get home from work so pictures don’t look great.
There are also instructions on sewing the felt shapes as bookmarks, pencil toppers, hairclips, or brooches too. My girls want a bunch of Kawaii shapes for hanging in their room but first I want to try out the pencil toppers. I think they’d be cute little gifts. Can’t use them as stocking stuffers because my daughters would know I sewed them but maybe for party gifts.
11/10 Pattern Revolution, Beri Bee Designs, The Sew and Tell Project, SewSophieLynn
11/11 Create 3.5, GAAFMACHINE
11/12 Tales of a Tester, Little Cumquat, Call Ajaire
11/13 Happy Okapi, Sunflower Seams, Stitches by Laura
11/14 Made by Sara, Candice Ayala, Filles a Maman
11/15 House of Estrela, Snickerdoodle Stew, Swoodson Says
11/16 The Lady and the Gents, Lulu & Celeste, Pear Berry Lane
11/17 Finn’s Door, Blue Wren Handmade, Once Upon a Sewing Machine, Just Add Fabric
I have to say I was super excited to be taking part in this tour. For real! Not only is this a re-branding tour for the newly re-named Twig + Tale (formerly Big Little patterns), but we later found out that fabric would be provided for by the amazing Art Gallery fabrics! I ♥ Art Gallery Fabrics! Unfortunately I don’t buy it often enough but when I do get my hands on some I just want to spend the whole day petting it. Continue reading “Twig + Tale Blog Tour”
I’m joining the Finish-A-Long for the last quarter of 2016! I had wanted to take part earlier but missed out on entering Q2 and then forgot to enter for Q3.
Here is my list of makes to complete:
- Sotnos top for Silly Bean.
- Grandpa cardigan (for me): fabric is picked and pattern printed.
- Cat costume for Silly Bean. Need to finish the cat tail and make some ears.
- Day Tripper top for me: Pieces are cut, just needs sewing.
- Convertible Clutch x4 for craft fair. Pattern printed and fabric picked!
- Lil Cutie Pouches x10 for craft fair. Fabric picked!
- Half Circle zippered pouch x10 for craft fair. Pattern printed, fabric picked!
- Gym bag for Silly Bean. It’s nearly complete.
- Knitting Project bags x10? for craft fair. Fabric picked.
- Knotty Bag x2 for craft fair. Pattern printed, fabric picked.
- Little Long Stocking doll pattern x2 (for girls for Christmas). Pattern printed, some fabric picked.
- Zierstoff SISSI skirt for Silly Bean. It’s nearly complete. I messed up on the construction and have to unpick, the skirt turned into a tube and not a skirt, haha.
- 10 sets of felt coasters for craft fair (like pic below). Felt and fabric for inner cotton circles is chosen.
- 20 key fobs for craft fair. Fabric is picked.
I really wanted to actually sew a cardigan for this tour. I had the hardest time actually finding the right pattern that I wanted though.
Which I guess was kind of the whole point of this tour.
I did some searching on Old Navy’s website trying to find the style of cardigan that I was looking for. These two were the ones that caught my eye the most.
I really like the long length of the second cardigan but not sure if that length suits me. I don’t really want to look like a big shapeless blob from the back, but it looks comfy. I also prefer the neckline on the second one. It’s more straight up-and-down, I find the v-neck ones tend to hook on to my chest and just emphasize them more than I want them to be emphasized.
But I do like the first one as well. Especially in that teal, ha and that length. (Teal and aqua are my favourite colours. I made my first cardi in a pretty teal sweater knit).
So after writing that all out, I’ve decided that my ultimate cardigan pattern would have the neckline of the second in the length of the first. With dropped shoulders like the first, although I do like the very slightly dropped shoulder of the second cardigan. 3/4 length sleeves are preferable. Buttons not necessary (I never button up my cardigans).
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Contender #1: Canyon Cardigan by Love Notions
The version on the bottom right fits the neckline I’m looking for and includes different body styles (a-line, gathered and waterfall). The pocket is a little silly though, it’s kind of high and small but I guess it’s useful for stashing your cellphone and maybe a couple tissues. Has 3/4 length sleeves but no dropped-shoulder.
Contender #2: The Grandpa Cardi from Patterns for Pirates*
The length is right. The neckline is good (it’s supposed to be a v-neck but the shawl collar versions look less v-neck, which is a plus for me). Pockets look useable (although a little awkward-looking). Front and back pieces are all one piece (as opposed to the Canyon Cardigan above, meaning it’s a faster sew). Has 3/4 length sleeves but no dropped shoulder.
Contender #3: Cambridge Cardigan from Peek-a-boo Patterns*
Not really a contender but I included it anyway. It doesn’t have the 3/4 length sleeves option, and they’re not dropped shoulder either. It’s similar in style to the teal cardigan from Old Navy but it looks to be a lot slimmer fit and a little shorter than I wanted.
Contender #4: Jalie 3248 Drop Pocket Cardigan
I really like this one even though it’s not that super similar to the Old Navy cardigans. I like the length and the neckline of this one, and the pockets. The shoulder looks similar to the second Old Navy cardigan though, slightly dropped. It doesn’t have the 3/4 length sleeves option although that’s probably an easyish mod to do.
Contender #5: Boyfriend Cardigan by Love Notions
This one is pretty much exactly the second cardigan from Old Navy. It has the dropped shoulders and the length is the same. Again it doesn’t have the 3/4 length sleeves, and I don’t want it quite that long. On some of the testers in the photos on the website the cardigans look really baggy, which I don’t want. Something loose, yes, but baggy, no.
Which one to choose?? Oh decisions, decisions.
The Jalie is on my to-sew list, and has been for awhile, so I will be sewing this one up for sure. But in terms of finding the one that best fits my ‘look’ criteria, I think I have to go with the Boyfriend Cardigan from Love Notions. Unfortunately I don’t own this one but do own a couple of the other ones I listed so I may sew one of those ones up first, ha. Eventually I will sew my ultimate cardigan. 😉