Monday, April 27, 2009

Knot Dress.

So, a few months ago a friend of mine asked me to make her daughter a knot dress. I looked at the dress an immediately purchased the pattern. It is adorable!
A couple weeks ago, she sent me the fabric. I wanted to make Abby a dress first to see how everything worked together, how the pattern read, etc. Oh. My. God.

This dress is adorable! So cute! Very easy to follow, excellent fit, and very versatile.
I purchased fabric from etsy from 44th Street Fabric mainly because the fabric was pink (by request from Abby) and because coordinating yardage was sold together. Very awesome! The shop was fantastic, super fast shipping and free fat quarters.

Abby wore the dress yesterday and loved it. There is a small hole in the back...the seam wasn't sewn together properly; I need to fix that, other than that, a ton of compliments! I plan to make many more of these.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Super Sized.

Like the majority of the crafty blog readers, I made a few buttercup bags. They're so cute. They're so easy. They're so...small. Too small for me.

I super-sized the pattern and made myself a ginormous buttercup bag. It almost sounds ridiculous that a bag this big has the name "buttercup."

I added a top zipper, some batting to the top and the lining for stability, and a long strap. I skipped on the pocket because I didn't want the bag to hang weird. Overall, I love my new spring bag in the pretty spring fabric (thrifted for me...a gift from my dad.) So, this awesome new bag was free! Can't beat that with a bat.

Friday, April 17, 2009

One Thing.

I made Abby a pair of capris out of thrifted twill from a thrifted pattern. Very cute. Fit perfectly. Yay!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Lots of Food, One Picture.

Yesterday was Easter. While I'm not religious, we do celebrate the Easter bunny's arrival with brunch.
I made a french toast casserole, hash brown casserole, broccoli rabe and red pepper frittata, and basil-lime fruit salad.

First, the french toast casserole. I didn't have a piece of my own, but I sampled my husband's. The topping was delicious, how could it not be? It was butter, walnuts (instead of pecans), brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and corn syrup! The inside of it was too soggy for my liking.

The hash brown casserole was rich and tasty. It is similar to Cracker Barrel's. In my opinion, the french fried onions on top were unnecessary. The broccoli rabe & red pepper frittata was my favorite dish despite the excessive amount of cheese. It did not need the amount of cheese that was called for. I had leftovers for breakfast this morning and took off all the cheese.

The basil-lime fruit salad was yummy! Such an unusual combination, but worked perfectly in this fruit salad.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Summer Top.

I love the thrift store. Where else can you guiltlessly build up your fabric stash and pattern stash?

During a thrifting trip with Heather, she came upon this very cute (and easy) pattern. Perfect size for my child. It's Simplicity 9652, a discontinued pattern.

The pattern didn't sit very long because one night I had an itch to sew, but no idea what to make. As per usual, I scanned my patterns and my fabric, but didn't have anything that would work together, until I looked on my desk...the "new" $.25 patterns weren't filed yet. Simple top, a little fabric, no problem!

I bought the fabric awhile ago (at the thrift store for $.50). So, in total, this cute top was only $.75! Not too bad, huh?! I plan on making more of these tops.
(Pardon the tired, glazed-over look of the child.)

A few changes: I added some darts because I didn't add the elastic in the front of the top. The buttonholes were the biggest challenge. They are totally uneven, but they are there, and they function. Oh, and the buttons are removed from a shirt my husband was donating, but claimed by me prior to donation.