Monday, March 29, 2010

Pillowcase Dress

My first piece of clothing made for Cora! And it will last pretty much forever! A pillowcase dress has a ribbon strung through as the straps, and it is long enough to adjust as they grow. I made her dress long so that as she grows it'll just get shorter but still fit due to the adjustable straps! Pretty sweet huh?! It can be worn as a dress and then years down the road as a tunic!
I used a a tutorial found here even though this method is supposedly a choking hazard, they also have tutorials that use elastic in the front and back.. but I wanted the traditional version, and seeing as she's never unsupervised she should be okay, that and unless she is really talented and can get out my double knotted bow!
The contrast bottom edge is actually a fabric that matches one of the birds! I may change the color of the ribbon.. now that I see it in photographs I can see it's not exactly a match!
I am also very proud of myself because I used french seams for the first time.. actually french seams that were then sewed down, which is called a flat felled seam. So fun! and such a nice finished look with no strings flying around everywhere!
She was a bit hard to photograph, now that she is walking she is in constant motion!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Warm Arms and Hands!

Since starting full blown knitting with Kelly months ago I have since started 3 kintting projects, this is the third I started and first I finished! My Grandma's Birthday Fingerless Mittens!! They were pretty fun to make, and now I want some! Caden picked out the yarn, it is hard to tell from the pictures but it is green and pink variegated (if that is the right word?!). I made them from two separate balls of yarn of the same lot, but they must have been dyed slightly differently as far as the length of each color because the two don't exactly match up with the striping starting at about the wrist.. that made me kind of sad.. but I still liked them and love them especially because I actually finished them!! Now my Grandma, who was already quite hip, will be even more stylin'! I found the pattern free here, but adjusted the pattern to end on the forearm rather than go super long up to the bicep!