Monday, June 22, 2009

More Father's Day Fun

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Father's Day Hike

We spent Father's Day hiking on Heiko's Trail to Bisaro Cave. Along the way we passed Jumping Waters Waterfall. It was beautiful! Ilan was a happy kid, with the best mode of transportation. The trail was awsome, easy to follow and the steepness of the terrain was alleviated with handy ladders, wooden stairs made out of logs and plenty of good views. We will do the trail again, later in the summer. Only, next time we will hike to the Three Sisters and if I get brave and in better shape, attempt the summit.

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For the Home

One of my favorite patterns for making quilts and cushions is a "brick lay" technique. For this cushion, I decided to use rectangles instead of squares and I am happy with the result. Truthfully, I started out making a patchwork dress but I thought it was going to be too busy looking.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

A patchwork dress for a new arrival. A friend asked me to make a little dress as a gift. I had fun peicing this one together. It should fit from 3 months and up. It will make an awsome tunic for the older baby and again, a skirt as well. The bodice has the adjustable elastic so it will grow with baby.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Little Sundress
I really love elastic thread. I think I mentioned that already. This dress is sized for 6 -12 months and made out of three fat quarters total.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Out of something old. The sleeves of my husband's dress shirt have a new purpose. Given the medium size of his shirt, the pants likely won't fit any larger than 12 months. I will have to go to the Goodwill for larger sizes to make them bigger.

Something for me....I have been so busy with making little clothes I was wanting something for myself. I found a great tutorial for making these fabric cuffs and now I can't stop! They will make great gifts. When I have a bit more time I will post the link.

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

I am on to sundresses now that the pinafores are done. This halter style dress is sized for 2t but can be adjusted to a larger size, or even worn as a skirt, fitting a waist of 20 inches. The polkadot button is covered with the same fabric as the trim. Length is dependant on the size of child wearing the dress but on the older, taller child this dress could be worn more as a tunic. Next week at mum's group I may try it out on a few different sizes of girls to see the possibilities.

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Ilan is very proud of being able to feed himself.

Ilan has his methods to get the food to his mouth. If he can't quite pick it up to his mouth, he will slurp it up. He has mastered cherios but the slippery, squishy stuff takes patience.


As promised, here are some pictures of the pinafores. I think I will modify the pattern to exclude the button and replace it with a flat shoulder seam. Still debating....On to another matter. I LOVE LOVE LOVE elastic thread. I finished a peasant dress and used the elastic thread for gathering the sleeves. Was super easy and much stretchier and softer around the arm than using elastic in a casing. The sleeves look small but it is the angle of the camera. I need some little peeps to model the clothing for me. The dress is sized for T3.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Beautiful Day!

Hello All!

It has been a while since I have written an actual post, rather than stick a quick picture up....I have been busy sewing pinafores and trying out various ways to make halter dresses that can be worn as a skirt later. The pinafores are so easy!! I avoided making them although I really liked the idea of them....reversible and so cute over jeans or leggings. Now I can't stop! I have made 5, from six 6 to 12 months right up to size 4. I need to put the buttons on and then I will have pictures to post!

On to other is so beautiful out today! From my dining room I can see Mt. Fernie. I am toying with the idea of abandoning all sewing projects today to head outside. Ilan loves getting out and Guinness deserves a big swim today. Reika is currently (you haven't met her yet, our misbehaving collie/lab mix) nipping at his feet and he is trying to escape under the table. Speaking of Mt. Fernie, my husband, Ilan and I went for a hike up Mt. Fernie trail along the Moccasin. Ilan was super happy in his pack. He slept for the first hour while we wandered around looking for the trail head. For the rest of the hike, he chattered away and dad translated....Wonder what he is really thinking....It was a beautiful hike and we hope to do it again but earlier in the day when the haze from the heat doesn't blur the pictures. From the top, is a awesome view of the Elk Valley and I feel awfully lucky to be here.