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April 3, 2015

This Moment

I have been inspired by SouleMama to take a moment ...

{this moment}

"A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember."If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see."

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April 2, 2015

Selfish Sewing, Part 2


Pattern:  Burdastyle Elastic Waist Dress

Fabric: Dakota Stretch Jersey Knit, Black and White Birds


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I love this dress!  I'm sure it will be my all-time favorite summer dress.  The jersey fabric is so soft, light, and stretchy, and the easy elastic waist gives the dress a flattering fit, while still being as comfy ever. I can dress it up for fancy occasions or wear it in the garden with a pair of rubber boots.  I love it!  I'm already on the hunt for more fabric to sew up another.


March 30, 2015

Selfish Sewing, Part 1


Pattern:  The Marianne Dress Pattern by Christine Haynes

Notions:  Recycled buttons found in button tin

Fabric: Riley Blake jersey knit stripe (black and white) and a black recycled t-shirt

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Pattern:  The Sidekick Sling Bag

Notions:  Curtain grommets, 1" grey, cotton webbing

Fabric: Coral linen/ gray and white stripe quilting fabric (both fabrics found in my stash)



As I mentioned last week, I have been drawn to my sewing room whenever I find myself with a few free moments. Something about spring just inspires me to sew.  Usually the Littles benefit from my sewing, but this spring I've done a bit of sewing for myself.  Inspired by Indiesew's  Selfish Sewing Week, I decided that my closet really could use a few springy items, and, although I did not actively participate in the contest, it was fun watching what others were making while working at my own pace on a few projects of my own.  I'm so excited to share with you what I have been creating. 

(Please, excuse my ugly, handmade-from-duck-tape, dress form.)

I love stripes.  I can't get enough of them, and when I saw this version of the Marianne Dress, I knew I needed to make one for myself.  The stripes are a Riley Blake jersey that I picked up at fabric.com, and the cuffs and yoke were made from a black t-shirt that was on a pile going to Goodwill.  I made two alterations to the original pattern. I sewed two buttons on the cuffs, instead of three (because I only had four), and I sewed two darts in the back of the dress. I loved the simple, A-line, no-seams style of this dress, but when I tried it on, it just felt a bit frumpy, especially with the horizontal stripes.  Adding the darts to the back was simple, and it gave the dress just the bit of shaping I was looking for.  I am happy with the fit now, and it is so comfortable.  Because of the jersey fabric, it almost feels like wearing pajamas.  I am more than pleased with the way this dress turned out, and I'm sure it will be a staple in this spring's wardrobe.


 
The SideKick Sling bag was made using fabrics I already had on hand.  I've had this bright, coral linen in my stash for quite some time, waiting for just the right project. I thought it paired quite nicely with the soft, grey and white cotton.  It was the second bag I have sewn. (The first was a purse, and the outcome was, well, needless to say, I never used the purse.) I was quite pleased, however, with how simple this bag was to make.  It's casual style is perfect for a wallet, sunglasses, notebook, even knitting.  I think it will add a touch of spring to any outfit I choose to wear.  

This "selfish sewing" has been quite fun (and rather addicting). I have a few more items that I am looking forward to sharing with you (and a few more ideas brewing but only after the completion of this sweater. I stitched up the arms and sides this past weekend and have about 20 rows of the hood completed...still hoping to have it finished by the end of this week. A couple nights of BBC was a big help in encouraging me to pick up the needles again.  Do you have any spring sewing/knitting/crafting projects that you have been working on?  

March 27, 2015

This Moment

I have been inspired by SouleMama to take a moment ...

{this moment}

"A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember."If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see."

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March 25, 2015

A Sweater and a Very Good Book




Lately knitting has taken a back seat to sewing.  Working with fresh, springy fabrics, creating items to be worn and used during the warmer seasons simply seems more appealing at the moment. I go through such phases with my crafting...knitting in fall and winter and sewing in the spring...it's the same every year.  I do, however, always have a knitting project on hand, even in the summer, for rainy afternoons spent on the porch.  Something about knitting while listenig to the pitter patter of rain is so very soothing. The last few weeks I have been working on quilts, summer nighties and even a few things for myself, and I can't wait to share those items with you. I, however, have been forcing myself to work on this sweater for Little #8, which will be very useful once the weather warms a bit. This wool sweater, with its adorable hood, will be perfect for the breezy days of spring when it's too warm for a winter jacket but not warm enough for shirt sleeves.  I am on the home stretch, really. The front and back panels and sleeves are complete.  All that remains is sewing the pieces together and knitting the hood.  I hope to complete it by the end of the month.  I guess I'll have to ignore those pretty spring  fabrics sitting on my sewing table for a few more days.

I have been thoroughly enjoying The Child From the Sea by Elizabeth Goudge.  This historical fiction engrosses us in the story of Lucy Walter and her relationship with King Charles II.  I have such a difficult time putting this book down at night, sometimes reading past midnight; it is just that good!


Joining with Ginny today.

March 23, 2015

Never to Return to the Red Room

I'm sorry for my absence and sporadic posting. I've certainly missed being here on a regular basis, but it has been a busy (and a bit stressful) the past few weeks here at Front Forty Farm.  It's amazing how much goes on in a day with twelve people, of all different ages, living under one roof.  I wake in the morning with plans to accomplish certain things, but by 9:00 am most of those plans have been thrown out the window, and new ones have taken their place.  We all have cabin fever and are ready for a change. We are ready for spring.  It's coming, I know, but with snow, wind and single digit temperatures again this past weekend, it certainly didn't feel like spring. We remain hopeful, though, knowing winter never lasts forever. One of my cures for cabin fever, as some of you probably know from past posts, is cleaning, tidying and changing things up a bit in the house, so I decided it was finally time to change the "red room", time for a lighter, more cheerful color. Time to actually do it!
Remember the red?







The color is "Cargo Pants" from Sherwin Williams. It's a lovely greyish-green...just enough green to keep the grey from being drab, but not so much green that it actually looks green.  Does that make sense?  I absolutely love the color and the change it brought to this room.  And the best part?  The change only cost us the price of one gallon of paint.  Hubby has a stash of paint in the basement that he has saved from past construction jobs, and we looked through the colors he had.  I was skeptical at first, not thinking he would have a color that was suitable.  If I was going to put all that time and effort into painting the "red room", the new color had to be just right.  I was pleasantly surprised, though, when we found a gallon of "Cargo Pants", and was even more surprised when I found that it only took two coats of that light color to cover the heavy, dark red.  We only had to purchase one more gallon of paint.

It took me about a month to complete the project because I could only work on it on Saturdays when we all took a break from school lessons.  I kept my goal to one wall at a time, so that I didn't feel overwhelmed by the immensity of the project, and I finally put the finishing touches on it this past Saturday.  I am so pleased with the results.  The room is fresh and airy, and it brightens my spirits whenever I walk into it.  I picked a few branches from my forsythia bush and put them in a vase of water on the piano, hoping to force the buds to open.  For now the "red room",which, thankfully, is no longer red, is my breath of fresh air, my "spring "amidst all the snow and mud.

March 11, 2015

A Playdate Dress


Pattern:  Oliver + S, Playdate Dress

Notions: Vintage buttons, bias tape found at a yard sale

Fabric:  Navy and white polka dot cotton found on sale for $2.00/yard, white linen recycled from a thrifted curtain panel











A little more therapeutic, spring sewing filled my free afternoons, this time for Little #9.  I love the classic lines and unique details of the Oliver + S patterns, and the Playdate dress ranks high on my list of favorites. The contrasting yoke with flat piping is so sweet, and I love the unique way the hem is sewn, allowing for such creativity with the use of fabrics and colors.  I thought it would be fun to add a splash of hidden color on the hem duplicating the piping around the yoke.   I am so happy with the way this little dress turned out, and Little #9 is equally pleased.  I already have plans for another using vintage calico from my stash. Sewing is such a win-win situation for me...de-stressing therapy for me, smiles and excitement for the Littles.

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