Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The "Welcome Home" Shop

Welcome to "Welcome Home"! Welcome Home is a pretty little consignment shop in St. John, Washington. A few months back, the shop owner Diane White, contacted me and asked if I would like to put a few of my things in her shop. At the time I promised I would come out to her shop and take some photos for my blog. I am ashamed to say, I finally made the time to go visit her shop. Unfortunately, I forgot my REAL camera, and I also had 4 kids in tow so the visit was quite abbreviated. Sorry Diane!

Here are a few somewhat fuzzy photos of her shop. Be sure and stop in to visit if you are in the area. Her shop is right on Main Street right across from the new deli.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Butterfly Bag

I'm really loving this purse -- the colors, the flowers, the butterflies, the shape. (I am going to show my ignorance here: What's the defining difference between a bag and a purse? Anyone?)

The purse was simple to cut out, but in some places difficult to sew. It left me feeling like a contortionist! It has a stiff, yet supple interfacing so it will maintain its shape when set down.

It is lined with a complementary fabric and has a magnetic closure.

It is hard to tell from the pictures I took just how large the bag is, but at approximately 20" wide, is pretty substantial. Look for it in my shop soon. Feel free to contact me if you would like to purchase a bag such as this and I can set you up via Etsy.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ruffle Pants

I have had {this ruffle pants pattern} in my stash for a few months, but have been so behind in my other projects that I hadn't taken the time to make them. I was pleasantly surprised how easy they are to make. I think I will start carrying some of them in my shop.

I just have to add, I love {Portabello Pixie patterns because Sandi Henderson} allows the home seamstress to make items from her patterns and sell them on Etsy or in a little booth like mine. Not many pattern makers allow this. I am grateful!

I took the time to serge every seam and top sew most of the seams. It really makes the pants look more professional and there are no raw edges to unravel.

At first she walked around the room looking at her feet -- I thought she was going to trip on the ruffles. But no, she didn't trip on the ruffles, she just ran into things because she wasn't watching where she was going!

Funny thing is, I had to make these twice because the first set wouldn't make it past her thighs! Poor girl, to have this problem so early in life. Good thing she doesn't have a clue yet. It's not her fault that she is so delightfully chubby -- it is entirely her mother's fault for not measuring before she sewed them.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Boy Bags

I have been sewing. Really, I have. I should be putting away all the holiday decorations, but I am sewing instead. I made these bags for the boys over the holidays. They picked out their own fabrics and buttons. Aren't there some really nice vintage looking quilting fabrics for boys right now? I really like both of the fabrics they picked.

Here are two of my boys modeling their bags.
Boy bags are not to be worn over your shoulder, don't ya know?

The bags are pretty simple. The first one I sewed the strap on the outside of the bag and the second I incorporated the strap into the top seam. I made a loop from coordinating fabric to secure the button instead of a button hole. *A tip: make sure the strap is not twisted before you sew TWO seams securing the strap. Don't ask me how I know this, I just do*

The bags are lined and interfaced with fusible felt. One has a pocket inside -- ready to be filled with rocks, toads, and toy cars. Go figure.