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Monday, August 31, 2015

Facing my Fears with Chevron Shorts! {McCall's M7165}

The theme for August in the Stashbust-ing group was "Face Your Fears!" 
One of my fears is pattern matching. 
Because I was supposed to be "Facing My Fears" it was time for TaMera's chevron shorts to finally be made!

Pattern matching didn't turn out to be as bad as I thought. It does take some extra time and planning but all in all it's not terrible. 
I think that was the point of the this theme because I'm not afraid of pattern matching anymore! 

The front goes into the side fronts almost seamlessly.
The waistband didn't end up matching but I worked really hard on getting the center seams and crotch to match. I feel like that makes up for the waistband. haha

This was also my first time sewing shorts (or pants) and I think they turned out okay. I'll have another run at them (pants or shorts) in September during a sew-along I'm joining in on! 

The Stashbusting overview for August comes tomorrow and you are not going to want to miss it!
Talk to you then!
-'- Jewel

From the stash:
- 2 yards Chevron Printed Duck
- Thread
- 7 in. Zipper
- Interfacing

Fabric busted on this project: 2 yards (1.8288 m)
Fabric busted since March 1st, 2015: 49 5/8 yards. (45.3771 m)
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Mid-Century Sheets into Simplicity 1099 Skirt

What most people think when they see a set of sheets at a thrift store "Eww! Who in the world would buy used sheets??"

What Kimberly and I think "Hmmm. That's a nice print I wonder if there is enough fabric to make a skirt out of?"

That's exactly what we thought, when we found this mid-century full size sheet set at our favorite thrift store. We looked at each other and I put them in the basket.

The pattern Kimberly chose (Simplicity 1099) called for 7 5/8th yards of fabric and we got it out of $1 sheet set! If that's not a Thrift Store Score I don't know what is! Haha

Sewing this skirt has shown me something about my sewing preferences. Because of our long hair I prefer using buttons instead of hook and loops for the waistband closure. I've actually started making notes on different patterns to make the waistband longer to make space for a button and buttonhole.

Shhhh...Changes were made from the pattern
- Used a button instead of hooks and loops for the waistband closure.
- Cut two inches off of the length (Still included the 5' hem)
- Self-drafted a lining! My first time doing one and it worked! :)

 From the stash: 

- Full size sheet set for skirt fabric (Bought last month)
- 2 yards White Knit for lining (Gifted from my Grandmother's stash, last month)
- Button (Gifted from my Grandmother's stash, last month)
- Thread

Happy Saturday!
-'- Jewel

Fabric busted on this project: 9 7/8 yards (9.0297 m)
Fabric busted since March 1st, 2015: 47 5/8 yards. (43.5483 m)
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Mom & Her Tomatoes {Simplicity 1106}

This blouse was a quick sew! Sewed it up in one afternoon! It's also the first thing I've made for Mom.

Mom and TaMera thought that Tomatoes from our garden would be a good prop and I have to agree!

Simplicity 1106 is relatively easy and has a nice feature of a cut out in the mid back.
The only problem I have with the pattern is since it's quite square the shirt comes out pretty big. It might be best to size down.

From the stash:

- 1 yard Blue Floral Cotton Fabric
- 1 yard Cream Cotton Fabric
- Interfacing
- Thread

I'll be sharing Kimberly's Thrifted Mid-Century Sheet Skirt on Saturday!
Talk to you then,
-'- Jewel

Photography: TaMera

Fabric busted on this project: 2 yards (1.8288 m)
Fabric busted since March 1st, 2015: 37 3/4 yards. (34.5186 m)
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Garage Sale Score - Frigidaire Mini-Fridge

Caty and I had told TaMera and Emme that they could head on back down the hill to the car as we had stopped at all the garage sales. 

They scampered away as Caty and I took it slow discussing the finds we had found on the hill.

As we passed a garage sale we had already stopped at; I noticed this fridge sitting on the edge of the driveway. I had overlooked it before.

After closer examination, I decided to take it because it was marked "FREE!!" Next to a note stating that the fridge did not work.  My Dad is a mechanic and it's amazing what he can fix! 

I wish I could describe the faces of Emme and TaMera when we crested the hill and I was carrying a refrigerator! 
They were priceless!

I brought it home, showed Dad and asked him to look at it when he had time.
I walked by later and heard it running.
"Wow, Dad what'd you do?" I asked as I stuck my hand in and felt the cool air inside.
His response..."I just plugged it in!"

And that's the story of how I got my free mini-fridge! :)
-'- Jewel

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Garage Sale Scores - I Can Read Book: The Case of the Cat's Meow

 Wow! I can't believe there are only two more Tuesday's left of August and Garage Sale Scores!

 Today's Garage Sale Score is a children's book I read as a little one.

It's a comical mystery story built around a cat.

The characters (above, from left to right) are Wizard, Skinny, Tubby, & Snitch.
In our family, books and movies with magical references weren't encouraged so Wizard was changed to Wally. Snitch was considered a rude term so his name was changed to Scott.  However, my parents apparently saw nothing wrong with Tubby & Skinny because their names were left the same!

I don't want to say anymore and risk giving the story away, but this book makes a strong "case" to enjoy for years to come.

Have a happy day!
-'- Jewel

Friday, August 14, 2015

A Brother-In-Law "Approved" Skirt {Simplicity 1202}

I'm sure you are wondering what in the world the title means. That's totally okay because, I admit, it's weird.

Here's the deal, my brother-in-law Edwin liked my skirt "better than some of the other things you've sewn." Reason being, he doesn't go for prints as much as I do. (He is in his 30s lol) 

"A Brother-In-Law Approved Skirt" is still better than my initial title: "Who's The Star of this Shoot Anyways?" 
Which had to do with the cows who are in the background of some of the pictures. That title just didn't stick.

Where to go after after an introduction like that?? haha

This skirt pattern is Simplicity 1202. The fabric I found thrifting, and the zipper, thread, and interfacing are (were?) all from the stash!

This was the first time I sewed this skirt pattern and it will not be the last! It is so comfortable and low maintenance! You don't have to worry about it flying up with the wind but there is still enough flare not to be tight that you have to worry about it being tight and bunchy. 
Another plus is it can be work acceptable or dressed more causal with what shirt you choose to wear with it! :)

Shhh! Don't tell anyone but I made a change...
My interfacing wasn't heavy-duty enough for the fabric so I top stitched the facing down to ensure the facing wouldn't show. Not a cool change but one you might like having a note of anyway! ;)

While we were taking these photos TaMera informed me that I need to do more "fun" poses. She "really likes it" when I do crazier poses. Well, there's my homework for my next sewing project...More fun poses! :)

Happy Friday! Try something new this weekend!
-'- Jewel

Fabric busted on this project: 1 5/8 yards (1.4859 m)
Fabric busted since March 1st, 2015: 35 3/4 yards. (32.6898 m)
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Garage Sale Scores - Vintage Tupperware Cream & Sugar Set

Yes, I know more Tupperware...but it was $1! How was I supposed to leave it there??

It bought back fond memories of being at my grandparents and eating cereal. Grandpa and Grandma W. kept their sugar on the table, in a sugar container just like these. When we had cereal we would dish it out with a spoon or Grandpa would pour it on for me. Good memories. :)

Because, I don't eat sugar on my cereal anymore...I'm thinking about putting them in the coffee corner I want to have in my house! :) They should match my Pfaltzgraff, too! 

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Step Aside Strawberry Shortcake... {Simplicity 1459}

...A new redhead is in town!
I think this dress is adorbs! (Adorable) Or as Strawberry Shortcakes says "Berry Cute!!"

I told Jewel last Thursday night that I would like a Strawberry Shortcake dress for Sunday.
She says that I "have never heard of Monday" because I like telling her on Thursday's that I want a new dress to wear on Sunday to church! haha

I collect Strawberry Shortcake.
I know that may seem weird...since Strawberry Shortcake has red hair I have always loved her!

This fabric had been sitting in my Strawberry Shortcake stuff and it was just time for me to get a dress out of it!
There wasn't enough for an entire dress. I was five when we bought the fabric and I've grown since then.
At Walmart, we found green and white striped fabric and it matches Strawberry Shortcake's iconic tights! What a 'berry' perfect match!

Okay! Let's talk about my hair!!
My hair is naturally very straight. I love putting it up into curlers and getting some curls into it!
Usually, my Mom puts it up for me but I finally figured out how to do it myself! (It takes some practice) Now I can do it whenever I want!
Sunday, when we took the pictures was the first time "going out" having my hair curled completely by myself! 
A friend of mine gave me this necklace! Such a sweet and thoughtful gift!

Have a berry good day!
- TaMera
From the stash:

- 2 7/8 yards; Strawberry Shortcake Fabric
- 4 Red Buttons
- Zipper
- 2 yards; White Cotton for lining

From the store:
- 4 1/2 yards; Green and White Striped Fabric

Fabric busted on this project: 4 7/8 yards (4.4577 m)
Fabric busted since March 1st, 2015: 34 1/8 yards. (31.2039 m)
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Thursday, August 06, 2015

Peter Cottontail

I was on looking out our back door when at the end of the patio I noticed this little rabbit. By the time I got back with my camera he was gone. I slowly crept outside in hopes of seeing him. When I came around the corner of the porch...there he was. Just 5 feet from me! I snapped a few pictures before he hopped away!

See you later!
-'- Jewel

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Garage Sale Scores - Bias Binding Bundle

One of my favorite finds from our garage sale-ing day was this bundle of bias binding! 

For those of you who don't know, bias binding is another way to finish (bind) the edges of fabric. Such as armholes and necklines. (Just to name two ;)) 
You can see some at work in the top I made for 4th of July HERE.

The bundle included a wide variety of color, sizes and lengths. For a dollar I think it was a pretty good deal. Even though, some may be to short to do anything with...

My favorites are the pastels!! The lavender, powder pink, peach, sky blue, mint and yellow!?!?! Can I have an outfit of each color, please!
-'- Jewel

Saturday, August 01, 2015

July Stashbusting Overview

Another month is over and yet again, I didn't make a difference in my stash. 

Wait. Yes, I did. 

Just in...not out.

I found some fabric thrifting (9 yards worth) and my Grandma Janet is downsizing. She let me have, I'm guessing, over 25 yards worth of her stash. I didn't measure any of it but it's all pre-washed, folded and waiting for me to get sewing! 

I know this is a bummer of a "stashbusting overview" post...but I'm using it to keep myself accountable. 

Hopefully, August's overview will be "sew" much more exciting! ;)
-'- Jewel
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