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Work in Progress :: Zippers (and the act of patience)

Raise your hand if you can be impatient!  My hand is up in the air.  Patience is a funny thing.  It’s there sometimes, and others, it’s as if I don’t even know what that word is!  I am (generally) a pretty patient person.  When it comes to my kids, my family, my day to day life, I have loads of patience.  I’m not the type to lose my cool.

Zippers :: Dandelion Drift

But if you are talking about patience with things that I want, it vanishes…whoosh, gone out the door!  I’m in the middle of sewing a caravan tote (great pattern by Anna of noodle-head).  It calls for two zippers so I first looked in my pile of vintage zippers I’ve had stored up from previous thrift store finds.  None fit the bill.  Next stop, the local big chain craft store.  I stared at that wall of zippers for several minutes.  I found the right size zippers, but none were actually what I wanted.  But I wanted to finish sewing this bag now, so I bought two zippers that I didn’t love and was ready to sew this bag up!

Caravan-Tote

When I got home though I was ready to kick myself.  Why did I settle?  Is this a bag I need now? no Did I have a deadline to finish sewing the bag?  nope  Those zippers that weren’t perfect for the bag are headed back to the store.  I can patiently wait to find the right zipper for the job.  I am not in such a hurry to churn out a new bag that I need to settle!

How are you with patience?  Does it show up in some areas of your life but hide in others?

 

Work In Progress :: How I Store Things

I’ve been on a bit of a “finish it up” roll this past month!  I finished the washi dress and then finished the cabin shirt!  Nothing like finishing a few projects to motivate you to dig out projects that have been sitting in your sewing room, fabric cut out, oh for six months.  Yikes that’s a lot of procrastinating!  I had this brilliant crazy idea last year that I would cut out a handful of projects at once, just because that is my least favorite part of sewing.  I thought I would tackle the boring part first, and then I would get to do the fun part, sewing!  Well, I tackled the cutting, and then my attention was pulled somewhere else.

Marritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

This week that is changing.  I’m pulling out a few projects that have been bagged for far too long, like these maritime shorts.  I’m always curious what everyone’s system is for storing PDF patterns.  When I sew a pattern, and decide it’s a keeper, I pull out a gallon sized ziploc bag and store my pattern in there.  The best part of this system is I can cut out the fabric I want to use, and store it in the same bag until I’m ready to sew.  I file all of these ziploc bags in a basket that sits atop my sewing cabinet.  That’s my system…how do you store your files?

Marritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

P.S.  These shorts have been sitting in this bag so long that there are giant creases all over the place.  I hope it all irons out!

I Sewed :: Washi Dress

Washi Dress :: Dandelion Drift Guess what, guess what?  I finished my washi dress!  I sewed this one up months ago, decided I needed to change the sleeves and remove the collar, and here it is!  (You can see a few progress photos here and here.)

Washi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

The washi dress is a pattern that I know a million people have sewn before.  It has so many great features with the fitted bodice, shirred back, and large in seam pockets.  I’m slow to jump on the bandwagon, but it truly fits really well.  The bodice fits like a glove and it’s super comfortable!

Washi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I used a target sheet for this dress.  I was shopping around for fabric for this dress before Christmas, and started to feel guilty at the thought of spending $40 or more on the fabric to make something for myself.  So I looked at the target sheet section and found a set for $16 that I liked.  Turns out to be a good thing, because I ended up using the leftover fabric for Sweet Pea’s quilt (and she now has a matching pillow case….woot!).

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I made just a few changes to the pattern.  I wanted french seams throughout…that was a simple change.  And I also wanted the bust darts to not have a raw seam, so I added fabric there to help keep everything nice and tidy inside.

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I have a fancy computerized sewing machine, and it definitely isn’t the best at shirring.  The shirring does the job, but next time I want to try sewing with elastic thread on Sweet Pea’s sewing machine to see if it handles the thread better!

Washi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

All and all I love my new dress!

Work In Progress :: Too Many Projects

So I have a confession to make.  I am a habitual project starter, and not always the best project finisher.  It’s something I’m working on, but when I get an idea, I drop all that I am doing and start working on this new idea.  And then (sadly) I don’t always finish what I had dropped.  Am I the only one?  I think that might be a creative thing?!?  Or maybe I’m just trying to convince myself that it’s something I shouldn’t be concerned about!

Washi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

So the washi dress I showed you last week.  It is so close to being done.  I just have the tiniest bit of hand stitching left to finish it up.  But before I could finish that hand stitching the prettiest Robert Kaufman fabric came in the mail, which led me to buy this new pattern, which led me to forget to finish my washi…ack!  Almost there!

Cabin Dress :: Dandelion Drift

P.S.  This new pattern, the Cabin dress, is by a new to me designer.  I bought it because of the pockets.  But I love little features in the PDF pattern that say “Next Row” or “Done” to help you with taping the pattern together.  Genius idea!

Work In Progress :: Washi Dress

Washi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

As I was snapping this picture Sweet Pea walked by and said…

Sweet Pea: “Whatcha taking a pictures of?”

Me:  “A dress that I’m seam ripping.”

Sweat Pea:  “Why would someone want to see a picture of that?”

Well, the point of this pictures is to show you (and me, ha) that making something takes time.  And often it involves mistakes.  This one was just a mistake in style for me.  I sewed the washi dress with the expansion pack (poofy shouldered sleeves, a neck tie), things that ended up just not looking good on me.  (This style has looked good on so many other sewists out there, it just doesn’t work on my broad swimming shoulders!  I’ve showed you a picture of me before in poofy sleeves…it just doesn’t work!)  So this dress sat, and sat, and sat next to my sewing machine for months.  This week I am finally ripping those sleeves off to put cap sleeves on.  And I’ve removed the front tie and I’m replacing it with a simple facing (all part of the washi pattern).

Made any mistakes lately?  Working on anything new?

Mini Hudson Pants

Mini Hudson Pants :: Dandelion Drift Okay, raise your hands if your kids will only wear something that feels like t shirts!  Is that just in my house?  Truly, both of my kids would love to only wear t shirts and athletic wear, every. single. day!

Mini Hudson Pants :: Dandelion Drift

So guess what I sew for them, pretty much anything that feels like a t shirt.  Do you remember the Hudson Pants I made for myself a few months back?  Well Kelli has released a kid sized version of these pants, and they are perfect!  My girl LOVES her new mini hudsons and I think they are pretty darn cute on her!

Mini Hudson Pants :: Dandelion Drift

These pants were a staple on our Hawaiian vacation last month.  They were worn on the airplane, around the hotel, when it got chilly at night on top of the volcano (I know that sounds weird but it’s true, it’s cold on top of the volcano)!

Mini Hudson Pants :: Dandelion Drift

Want to know the pattern details?

Pattern :: Mini Hudson Pant, sewn in a size 8 and lengthened for my skinny 10 year old

Fabric :: double knit from Jo Anns, paracord string for the tie

Outfit Breakdown :: target t shirt, hudson pant, reef flip flops

Mini Hudson Pants :: Dandelion Drift

This past week Kelli had a few bloggers sew up the mini hudson pattern….find lots of mini hudson inspiration on her blog!  I loved Erin’s versions (yep, one for her girl and one for her boy) that popped up on Our Family Four last Monday!

Triangle Quilt

Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift Do you ever think that you are superwoman?  That you can do it all?  All by yourself?  I do….all the time.  A few weeks before Christmas, I had this crazy idea that I could make Sweet Pea a twin sized quilt.  Yep, we were headed out of town to Hawaii.  Yep, we already had just about every other day we were at home scheduled to the rim.  But I thought I could do it anyway!

Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Turns out I’m not superwoman.  Hope that doesn’t disappoint any of you!  Turns out I couldn’t finish this quilt for Sweet Pea, even though I stayed up til midnight every possible night!  (And if you know me, you know that’s a lot of love…I am not a night person!) Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Well Sweet Pea was very gracious to receive an unfinished quilt under the tree.  You see, she has been sleeping under the quilt I made her when she was two.  That quilt is great, but it is definitely not the quilt for a double digit girl.  She has outgrown it now (actually, she probably outgrew it several years ago).  So Sweet Pea was thrilled to get a new, more mature quilt!

Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

After Christmas I vowed to do no other sewing until Sweet Pea’s quilt was done.  And with all of my efforts concentrated on one project, that actually didn’t take me too long!  And I have to say this is my absolute favorite thing I have made.  It probably has to do more with sentimentality than anything else, you know, because making a quilt takes so much time.  There is a lot of love poured into a quilt.  A lot of thought and effort goes into a quilt!

Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Want to know the details?  I googled around for a 60 degree triangle quilt tutorial.  I liked this one here…she explains the steps really well, and it all made sense to me!  I looked through fabric I own, because that’s how my Granny would do it (my great grandma is the one who taught my mom to sew, who taught me to sew).

Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Here’s the fabric break down:  The solids are kona cotton.  The coral, turquoise and mustard prints are cotton and steel.  The gray hash pattern is Carolyn Friedlander.  And the blue with white fabic is a cut up target sheet.  (I had purchased the target sheet set to make a dress, you can see here, but I haven’t blogged about yet!)

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My favorite way to back a quilt is to use all of the leftover fabrics from the front…so that’s what I did.  I love that the back is just as fun and interesting as the front!

Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Sweet Pea loves her new quilt!

Work In Progress :: Marigold Peplum

One thing I have noticed about me recently is how often I want things, and I want them immediately.  With sewing (or any crafting, actually) you have to hit the slow button on life and learn to wait for things, actively practicing patience.  Any project I try to speed up, or rush through to finish, quickly ends up being a mess.  This year I want to enjoy the process of creating.  I want to slow down with all of my projects and enjoy my craft!

Marigold Peplum :: Dandelion Drift

To help me slow down this year, I’m going to show you what I am working on, while I am working on it.  I think this little internet world can help feed our NOW mentality, and I’m going to put my bit of inspiration out there to wait and practice patience, slow down and enjoy the process of making.

Marigold Peplum :: Dandelion Drift

So here’s my first work in progress post.  Right now I’m working on the Marigold Peplum by Melissa over at Melly Sews.  I was running a fever when I started this shirt over the weekend, and my first thought was “let’s forget adding any french seams, and just sew this quickly to get it done.”  Thankfully I set the shirt aside when I was feeling the need to rush and picked it up again the next day to sew it with nice finishes.  Patience….these sewing projects might just help me to grow into a better person this year!

Marigold Peplum :: Dandelion Drift

What are you working on right now?  Feeling the need to rush through it?  Want to join me in slowing down this year?

Sew Together Bag

Sew Together Bag :: Dandelion Drift

It’s beginning to look a lot like…gift giving season!  Everywhere you go!  And I’m thrilled that I am getting to do a little sewing this year for my gift giving.

Sew Together Bag :: Dandelion Drift

I don’t think I’ve ever told you this, but I have a hard time telling people no.  For just about anything.  Acts of service are my way of saying I love you.  Well, that means anyone who has asked me to sew for them, friends, acquaintances, perfect strangers, if they have asked me, 99% of the time I have said yes.

Sew Together Bag :: Dandelion Drift

Notice that past tense there….well, a few months ago Josh and I sat down and came to the conclusion that I need to get better at saying no.  A whole lot better at it.  And that means that now, 99% of the time if I am asked to sew, I say no.  Very kindly I say “I wish I had more time to sew for others, but right now my plate is awfully full!”  And you know what, I have so much more time to sew things I have been wanting to sew.  I now have time to sew gifts for others.  No can be a pretty freeing little word, and I’ve learned it has now allowed me to say a whole lot more yeses.  Yes I can sew that gift I have been wanting to give you.  Yes, Sweet Pea, I can sew a dress for your American Girl doll.

Sew Together Bag :: Dandelion Drift

I know this is amazing (to me it feels amazing)!  Actually, from what my friends have said, I’m not alone in this aversion to saying no to others.  Well, with practice, no has become a whole lot easier to say!

Sew Together Bag :: Dandelion Drift

So want to hear about what I got to sew for a present.  My mom’s birthday was last week, so I had time to sew her a Sew Together Bag.  Have you seen these things?  They are pretty neat…it’s a tiny little bag that packs a whole lot of organizational possibilities.  And this is actually the second one I’ve made.  The first one was gifted to the sweetest little three year old, you can see a little video of it here on my instagram feed.

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This Sew Together Bag was made in the tiniest little remnant I had of some Amy Butler Fabric.  I used Cotton and Steel fabric to make the binding, and snuck a little more Cotton and Steel inside the pockets.  The lining is a brown twill I had in my stash.  And I love that blue vintage metal zipper to tie it all together!

Sew Together Bag :: Dandelion Drift

I have one more of these bags on my to sew list for Christmas this year.  I think it would make the perfect little travel bag that you could tuck your odds and ends into while you are jetting around the world.  My mom proclaimed it would travel with her laptop to hold her computer supplies.  This Amy Butler fabric matches an ipad sleeve I had made her a few years back.

Sew Together Bag :: Dandelion Drift

Have you been doing any sewing for gift giving this year?

 

Woven Felt Basket Tutorial

This post originally appeared on Living With Punks. I am bringing it home today to share with all of you!

Woven Felt Basket Tutorial

Woven Felt Basket Tutorial

Woven Felt Basket Tutorial

Hi there Living with Punks readers.  I am Teresa and blog over at Dandelion Drift!  I am so excited to be here to bring you a little tutorial.  When Susan asked me to come help contribute to her home sewn series, I was a little bit stumped.  I need a ton of things sewn for my house, which can be a bit overwhelming.  The number one need on my list though, is a little help with organization.  I looked around my favorite home decor blogs and found these great West Elm felt baskets.  And then I found out they don’t sell them anymore.  What is a DIYer to do?  Make it, of course.  Here’s your tutorial for these beautiful woven felt baskets.

Grab your supplies…just one yard of felt (and your sewing machine, of course)!  Ready for the steps?

  1.  Cut out two rectangles from your felt.  Cut one 10” x 31” and cut one 14” x 27”
  2. Fold over the top inch of each rectangle on the shorter sides and stitch in place.
  3. Place one rectangle over the other, and stitch around the rectangle in the middle, where the two pieces of felt intersect. woven felt basket steps 1, 2, 3
  4. Measure up six inches from your stitched inner rectangle and mark with a washable fabric pencil.
  5. Cut a line every two inches, perpendicular from your inner rectangle, up to the marked line.  Do this on all four sides. Woven Felt Basket Steps 4 and 5
  6. Now fold up each rectangle, until the corners meet.  Stitch down the corners at the top two inches.  Do this to all four corners of your basket.
  7. Now cut three long rectangles 2” x 49”.  These will be your weaving strips.
  8. Weave your first layer, down at the bottom of the basket, going over and under.  When you get to the end, grab the ends of your long weaving strip at the inside of the basket and stitch the ends together.  Do this with the next two layers, alternating each layer over under then under over. woven felt basket steps 6, 7, and 8 Woven Felt Basket Tutorial

That’s it…you have made it to the end and you have a beautiful woven felt basket!  Enjoy!   Woven Felt Basket Tutorial Woven Felt Basket Tutorial Woven Felt Basket Tutorial

Thank you so much for having me here, Susan!