Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

Whether you are in Canada, the US , Australia, Spain or anywhere in the world, I wish you a very happy 2009 that is full of love and peace.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas Presents I Sewed

Now that Christmas is past, I'm more than ready to start blogging again.

This year, I promised my husband I would not sew as many gifts as usual so I wouldn't be all stressed out when the big day came. I kept my promise, sort of. I still sewed, but I made easier items. For my daughter, I made this outfit which took from start to finish,including cutting out, 5 hours.

For the skirt I used this pattern (M5590):

I altered the waistline by folding it down at the waist rather than making it high waisted.I sewed stay tape to define the actual waist then folded it down like a facing.

I also changed the kick pleat by adding two inches to each side of the pleat and making it into an inverted box pleat.The back of the skirt is wrinled but you get the picture.

For the pullover I used one of my all-time favs, Butterick 3344.

I've made this pattern in its various views many times. This time I used view D but lengthened it about 6 inches and made the sleeves three-quarters. I also omitted the zipper at the back neckline. The fabric is a very soft poly/rayon sweater knit. My daughter thought it was a sweater that I had bought.

I also made my youngest son two pullover shirts from Burda8827

The first is made out of the same knit as my daughter's and the second is a denim coloured cotton knit.

I sewed a few other things as well but those are the main ones.

I love Christmas but I have to admit that I love to get back to normal. After the holidays, I usually can't wait to sew again for myself which is what I did today.I made this .

A new nightie is something that I really needed. I'm always cold so a couple of years ago right after Christmas, I made my first fleece nightie and I've lived in it ever since!( my poor husband ).
I used S3696

It only took me 2&1/2 hours from start to finish including the cutting out so it was a nice easy and quick project and I'm wearing it right now as I blog.

What do you like to sew at this time of year? Whatever it is,


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

A very Merry Christmas to all. May the joy and peace of Christmas fill your hearts.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Gifts from my Co-Workers.

Last night was our staff Christmas party. As those of you who follow my blog know, I work part-time at Fabricville, a big fabric store chain in eastern Canada.

It was a great party and I almost won the prize for the biggest spender at the store. I was beaten out by the "new girl" Helen. Congratulations Helen and may you win again next year.

Two of the ladies made gifts for all 16 of us. Katie made everyone a fabric shopping bag. We are trying to promote using this type of bag in the place of plastic shopping bags. Thank you so much, Katie. I love mine and I will put it to good use.

I love the elephant on the inside pocket!

Brenda made us all these beautiful aand fanciful pincushions.Isn't mine just so swet? Thank you very much ,Brenda. I'll use it as you well know.

We pick names on staff and I received these from Melanie who as well as being an assistant-manager, is a designer and specializes in silk accessories. I love my pillowcases and will get lots of use out of them for sure. Thanks ,Mel. You are a sweetie!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Posting Withdrawal Symptoms

It's been such a long time since I posted but you can't very well post Christmas presents so I thought I'd show you these:

These are views of our back yard after Sunday's storm. What a Winter Wonderland! Now if only it lasts until Christmas.

And these:

This is VeeJay. He was very interested in the Christmas tree thing.

This is Maggie. She loves being up on stuff and unfortunately,beside the Christmas village is her favorite spot this year!

Oh and I just took this of Bob shoveling. (That's one way of getting him on my blog).