Friday, December 3, 2010

Market Bag Fun

I’ve officially overdone the sewing as my wrist is inflamed from cranking the wheel on my machine to raise and lower the needle so much and lifting my iron! Last night I did 11 belts in one sitting, I think that’s a record! I’m really looking forward to tomorrow – even though there are about 8 things I still want to make and 2 batches of cookies!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Come See us at the Littlest!

Only 2 more sleeps peeps, well, for some of us atleast...!

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Cafe Apron - in lovely organic cotton canvas!

At long last, I will have more than 3 aprons for sale at the Littlest! No one else may have noticed but I've never managed to make more than a few of these lovely Cafe-style aprons as they tend to be last on the list and/or IKEA discontinued the fabric I used to use for them. This year, since I found a lovely organic cotton canvas, I have a stack - 12 to be precise - in grey, taupe and 2 in natural. I'm really pleased with this apron, it's my own design, and some folks even wear it around the house, over their ski pants, so I'm told! You will feel very stylish and like you can pull off an amazing meal in minutes without messing your hair-do when you wear this, or maybe you can already do that in the kitchen! Also a great style for the gourmet men in our lives. I hope you like yours as much as I love mine!
The Cafe Apron - in lovely organic cotton canvas!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Working on a Display...

Yes that's a bag of flour, an old phone, a vintage (mine!) Raggedy Ann and Andy coat rack and our water supply manifold... oh yes! And my new shelf unit to display my sewn goods at the LIttlest! I think it will be great as I'm often trying to display things in 3 sizes - S, M, L, or 6-12mo, 12-18mo and 18-24mo. Looks like the cubby with 18-24month Quilty Pants is a little low.,. hmmm.... better stop playing and get sewing!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Women's Long Sleeve Hoodies for the Littlest

I've made a small stack of one-of-a-kind embroidered birds on fabric paint-stamped birdcages. They're all black, women's (sorry guys!), American Apparel (because they're made in USA), long sleeve hoodies. I've been test driving mine since the spring and I'd wear it every day if I could, it's that comfy and washes well to boot. If you'd like one or like to see them just let me know or come next Saturday to 17 Arnheim for the 12th Annual Littlest Arts and Craft Fair - the best one in town in my opinion! There's my sales pitch for the day - stay tuned for more. The next big news is that, after a dry spell of not finding just the right kind of apron fabric since IKEA discontinued my favourite linen/cotton blend, I will finally have Cafe Aprons again! Hooray!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Pattern No. 12 - Jacket with Hood and Big Pockets

I bought this Japanese Pattern book in February (yes, 9 months ago folks!) while we were in Portland, Oregon. The Hooded Jacket in wool was so great, I had to make it - obviously I was in a big hurry? I also bought some lovely (local) wool from Pendleton Mills in Portland too. The pattern was very easy, I think I sewed it up in one evening, and then the buttons and hand sewn hem the second evening. Of course I ask myself, as the count down to The Littlest Arts and Craft Fair is on, and the frantic sewing frenzy begins, what the heck am I doing sewing this treat of a jacket for me at this time of year??!! Ah well, must be a form of procrastination! So, if you don't get something handmade from me this year for Christmas, it's because I was busy sewing for myself! He he...

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Fresh Batch for the Chocolate Claim

Belts, zippy change purses and hankies all in at the Chocolate Claim. It's busy around here with sewing for the Littlest Art and Craft Fair coming up on December 4th. I'm looking forward to it - I've got some lovely new fabric to cut into and get out the door. My stash is getting a bit too unmanageable lately - come help me out and take something lovely home for Christmas!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sneak Peek No. 11 - Three Flillows

Good things come in threes I'm told. These "floor pillows" are fun - and look like suitcases when you carry them by their handles - super cute!

Sneak Peek No. 10 - Batch of Quilty Bags

Sneak Peek No. 9 - Littlest Onesie

Sneak Peek No. 8 - Quilty Pants 12-18 months

The famous flannel lined baby pants, available in sizes 6 months to 24 months. Please note that waistband adjustments are free since those baby bellies come in so many sizes!

Sneak Peek No. 7 - Quilty Bag

Sneak Peek No. 6 - Littlest Hats

Baby toques by American Apparel and me.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sneak Peek No. 5 - Ticker Tape Wall Quilt in Pinks

Sneak Peek No. 4 - Ticker Tape Wall Quilt in Blues

Another one coming in pinks, they are small, 11x15" or so. Could decorate a child's room - or any room you choose. I made one for a friend's nursery and she looks at hers and dreams about all the crafting she's going to do while her boys are asleep! I am totally flattered that something I made inspires this incredibly talented crafty gal!

Sneak Peek No. 3 Quilty Pants, 6-12 months

Sneak Peek No. 2 The Flillow (Floor Pillow?!)

Blues and Yellows are in the works!

Early Bird Christmas - Sneak Peek No. 1

Another Quilty Bag that I don't want to part with. Check back today for more sneak peaks!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Come Say Hi at the Early Bird Christmas Sale

It has begun - the Christmas Craft Sale season! I was lucky to be invited to LeeAnn's first Early Bird sale at her home this Saturday. So far the line up will be terrific, including:
Lara Melnik (Funky polymer jewellery and art)
Johanna Duyan (Photography and watercolour prints)
Leanne Watson (play clothes, dolls and ornaments)
Erin Suggitt (children’s, bed, bath and kitchen accessories)
Carlene Hajashe (cloth doll houses, accessories)
Heather Ashthorn (play kitchens and toys)
Tara Diaz (paper creations)
Siana Mills (knitted mitts, booties and accessories)
Sue Warner (gourmet treats and drinks)
Laurie Larkin-Boyle (paintings, prints etc.).
Stop in at 49A Lazulite Drive, we'd love to see you! Hopefully I will post some photos this week of my wares for this sale - I'll warn you now the light is pretty dark and rainy around here so you should just (it's been gorgeous, I'm going to complain about the weather more often!) come to the sale to get a better look!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Another Happy Homemade Pattern

This is my favourite kids sewing pattern book lately, and I still haven't done any of the cute sundresses - yet! The Elsie Marley blog hosted another Kids Clothes Week Challenge but we're on holiday so I missed it. However, in preparation for holidays, I made 2 super cute tops for 2 super cute girls we will be visiting shortly, so it sort of counts doesn't it? Also, the KCWC host made the same top - great sewists think alike! Check out the challenge here for some lovely, creative and repurposed kids sewing projects. I hope we have more of these challenges!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Barty's Parties!

I was excited to make Birthday Banners (or Barty's Banners!) for a friend who has ventured into a birthday party supplies and rentals business here in Whitehorse. Barty's Parties is a service that provides a selection of really neat cake pans for rent, as well as biodegradable disposable plates and cutlery, environmentally conscious loot bag gifts and lots of other party related items. The banners were lots of fun to make. Katie asked for a superhero theme (red and blue), a dinosaur theme (greens) and of course the pink and purple theme (which, I think turned out the nicest).

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Reversible Bags for the Birdhouse

This is the second batch - the first batch is gone already and I didn't keep the one I liked the best! These reversible bags are organic cotton canvas in the solid colour and patterned cotton on the outside. This is another "everything" bag, big enough for an over nighter and small enough for an everyday purse. Oh, and I guess my blog entries were pretty non-existent this summer - a good sign of a hot summer and a few swims at Long Lake - amazing!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Belts for the Chocolate Claim

A quick scan of the blog revealed that I have only posted belt photos once - I make them all the time so I assumed they were blogged all the time! Alas, here is the most recent batch to go to the coffee shop. They are a lot of fun to make because they allow me to use every fabric in my stash and the variety is astounding (= i have too much fabric!). They are typically 42" long but I often have folks come by our house to pick their own fabric and length for themselves, a friend or a teenager or two. A very gratifying product for maker and client alike!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Happy Canada Day!

Vintage Barkcloth Sun Hat

Sun Hat season is back. Last year I made these hats for the trunk show and they were very popular. I'd forgotten about them and a few friends were asking so, rush down to the Chocolate Claim, I'm only making these 4 this year, 2 from Edna's vintage barkcloth curtains. They're reversible, large brims, perfect for sitting and reading, not so great for walking around if you don't want to bump into anything! Actually, the brim folds up in many different ways to aid in seeing where you're going. Very fashionable style nonetheless. They are "modified" Lotta Jansdotter Hats from her book Simple Sewing.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Flat Tote with Cigar Flowers

Cigar Flowers? Well, this fabric was a set of old curtains found at our local Sally Ann. It is clean, lovely fabric, incredible flower graphics... However, if you are inclined to iron said fabric, you will be looking around for someone smoking a cigar! It's actually not all that unpleasant, if you happen to have a happy memory of a nice, funny man that smoked cigars like I do.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Wristlets for Some Travelling Girls

My good friend's niece and friend drove across the country to visit the Yukon and loved the wrist cuffs I had made a while ago. So I whipped a couple up for them to wear home today (just in time before they hit the road again!). These really are fun to make and give, especially if there is a fabric that says something about the wearer - the cars in these are (obviously) to remind them of their road trip! The pattern is from the lovely JCasa site, the buttons are from our days in Brunei. Here are some photos from DH of the wristlets in action on a sunny day - of which we have had MANY I might add while touching wood...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Summer Batch of Market Bags

It was market bag mania here yesterday - and I managed to plant the veggie garden too! I've 15 bags made (2 blue and green models not shown here) and I'm really hoping they'll last the summer, but that's probably wishful thinking! They are for sale at the Birdhouse Cafe and are doing really well up there. Morgan is so enthusiastic about them, if I'm ever feeling like I need a boost I should just go hang out with her! It's a lovely spot and they have a great locally made toy kitchen and play area too.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Kids Clothes Challenge, Day 5

Another pair of shorts from Happy Homemade, shorts "L". This time I skipped the faux fly since they're pretty busy with stripes, I didn't think it would be missed... The real reason is that I haven't managed to make that #@!#? fly without a seam ripper yet and I've done it twice! This time the pockets are lined with gears - just as good as frogs, if not better, for our little guy!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Kids Clothes Week Challenge, Day 4

Here is the shirt - look familiar? The fabric is the same as found on page 117 of Heather Ross' Weekend Sewing (a fantastic book, haven't made that shirt but have made the everything tote and, hmm... is that all? Add that too my list. I know I've drafted the pj pants in 2 sizes and the girl's sun dress in 2 sizes...oh, the cheque book, but I think cdn. cheque books are different than us. check books!). So the shirt was fairly straight forward although remind me to check the pattern instructions next time for the order of operations so I don't have to set in small sleeves! The easier way would have been to put the sleeve on the front/back piece at the shoulder and then sew up the side seam and sleeve seam, then hem the sleeve. I did snaps instead of buttons and I really like the grandfather shirt collar style! Everything I'm making this week is boys size 4, if you are wondering.
Check the Kids Clothes Week Challenge Flickr pool to see what everyone is up to.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Day 3 - The REAL Day 3

So I got a bit ahead of myself and started this sewing challenge a week early! Luckily that happened since I haven't done anymore sewing since last week's, (correction, haven't sewn any KIDS clothing...) "day 3"! AND I blew it, over did it, as usual, and spent more than 1 hour on Day 3, probably spent 3 hours! I managed to finish some really cute shorts from the Happy Homemade pattern book in a train engineer's overalls stripe fabric but my model was not cooperating, as you can see! The shorts are the same pattern as the Pirate Pants. I haven't managed to start the shirt yet, not sure why... Coming soon though! I've also cut out another striped pair of shorts, same pattern, that look like fun too. So, after jumping out of the gate, last week, I'm not making any promises for the rest of this week!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Monday, May 3, 2010

Kids Clothes Week, Day One

I'm hoping to sew one hour a day for a week for Finn as part of Elsie Marley's Kids Clothes Week Challenge (see button on right side)! Often my projects mean ideas for Finn's wardrobe get sidelined so hopefully this Challenge will help! Hour 1 was drafting the pattern for Boy's Shirt q in my Happy Homemade Vol. 2, Kids book! It's a short sleeve dress shirt with grandfather collar. Wish me luck!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Top No. 21

Finally some photos. I was putting off ironing these, otherwise I would have posted them sooner, since I finished them weeks and weeks ago (not!). My favourite pattern these days. Since L has been wearing hers around town and getting so many compliments, I thought I would make a few for the Trunk Show. Size 11 or thereabout, they fit L, who is smaller than me, and they fit me too, so hopefully they'll fit a few other folks.