Creative Envy


CHRISTMAS GONE CRAZY: PART THREE.
Sunday, January 4, 2009, 6:53 pm
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Originally intended to be reversible, these are the skirts I made for three of my nieces for Christmas. I got a pretty straightforward pattern from McCall’s but even my mom, the sewing guru, couldn’t figure out how to manipulate it in order to make them reversible. Therefore, each girl got two skirts: one in a solid soft flannel and one in a patterned fine wale corduroy . I also put little appliques on each one, which was the most enjoyable part.

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I LEARNED IT FROM WATCHING YOU!
Sunday, December 21, 2008, 11:15 pm
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Just checking in for a quick hello and to shed some light on where I get my ridiculously out of control propensity for crafty projects. Exhibit A:

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This is where Mom and I have been spending every free moment since I got into town yesterday, each completing our own Christmas presents for my nieces (she’s tackling doll clothes, I’m making skirts). In case you can’t make it out, that table is holding three¬† sewing machines, two laptops, and more thread than is ever humanly necessary. Mom’s an expert seamstress and is trying to teach me how to drive her Serger. I know it’s a great machine, but I’m too intimidated to use it.

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When I got home yesterday and saw Mom’s set-up taking up the entire dining room I immediately thought “wow, this is genetic.” And obviously it doesn’t get any better, or easier, with age. Two of a kind, I guess. It’s actually pretty great. Being able to spread out and work and not have my parents complain that I’m not spending enough quality time with them. I feel lucky that my mom and I share this passion (er, obsession). Poor Dad has been hanging out in the recliner nodding off to TV and supervising the dogs while Mom’s and my machines hum away. I’ll post pics after Christmas when gifts have been gifted.



GROSGRAIN.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008, 9:01 pm
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A blog by an artsy craftsy, penny pinching, party planning, playdating, fashion finding, sci-fi loving, stay at home mommy who always keeps her sewing machine plugged in and loves all things cute!

This is how Kathleen Dougherty of Grosgrain describes her awesome blog. Kathleen is an amazing seamstress and is constantly making clothes for her little girls. Beyond that though, she actually GIVES her items away FOR FREE to lucky readers who directly link to her posts! I can’t even imagine; I truly admire that but am not sure I would be able to part with these creations. Look how lovely and darling they are (not to mention this woman knows how to take some wonderful pictures).

recital frock

recital frock

downtown holiday jacket and pant

downtown holiday jacket and pant

Marie Antoinette gown (!!!!!!)

Marie Antoinette gown (!!!!!!)

make believe frock

make believe frock

garden party frock

garden party frock

African safari shorts

African safari shorts

And my personal favorite:

summer by the lake swimsuit

summer by the lake swimsuit

Kathleen has also started a small online shop to start selling some of her fashions. These reversible skirts are really inspiring me to come up with something similar for my nieces for Christmas but in a heavier fabric for the winter in upstate New York. You know, within the next week. Oops!

Reversible Bird Seed Skirt in Lemongrass by Grosgrain

Reversible Bird Seed Skirt in Lemongrass by Grosgrain

You can read more about Kathleen and Grosgrain in the latest issue of Small Magazine.




OXFORD REPURPOSED.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 6:20 pm
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From Clever Girl via the ReadyMade blog, here is an awesome reinvention of a men’s oxford shirt. I would totally make this AND wear it!

From ReadyMade:

Second hand stores are usually brimming with oversized men’s shirts, some with grand patterns and plaids that are just too rad to pass up. Rather then leave them on the rack, think of these extra-large oxfords as bolts of fabric-and refashion them into feminine, pin-tucked tunics √† la blogger Clever Girl. She used a Simplicity pattern (New Look 6239) to transform dad’s old button-down into a cute new top.

Anyone have any old men’s shirts they’d like to donate to the cause? (Not shirts belonging to an old man, persay, but shirts that are no longer of use to a man.)