Monday, March 19, 2012

I'm featured in a new spring collection on Artfire!  Come and check out the items for sale there!!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Making Clothes for the Grandkids

Back last summer I told you of making the Thomas the Train shirt for Jake. 
And I've been trying to get a good photo of him in it ever since.  So I finally decided to go with one from the summer.  You can't see the shirt front, but sometimes the only way to get a still  photo of an active kid is when they are napping!
When Jake was about 2.5 he decided that all he wants to wear is Thomas the Train.  So this has been somewhat challenging.  I made some solid corduory pants and cut out Thomas from other fabric and sewed it on them.  He's wearing them here along with one of his Thomas the Train T shirts here.
Meanwhile Emily either wants to be girly girl in frilly dresses or tom-boy like Jake.  But she really likes Tinkerbell.  Since my daughter doesn't sew, when she sees Thomas the Train fabric, she buys it and mails it to me.  I never know what to expect.  Over Christmas I got a package in the mail of 8 yards of fabric, some Thomas the Train and some Tinkerbell.  So I've been very busy!
I really like the Oliver +S Sketchboy Shirt It makes a very neat-looking shirt.
I don't have a photo of Jake wearing his shirt, but I have one of Emily in it.

Over Christmas I made some for the twins and also for their cousin, Evan, who was 9 months old at the time.  The same pattern covers sizes 6 months to 4 years. I'd already made Jake one with the same Thomas the Train Christmas fabric.  Here I am holding Evan in his first Thomas the Train shirt.  If he's like his cousin Jake, he'll be wanting lots more, and he'll be getting a bunch of hand-me-downs from Jake.
Last Saturday I shipped off another package to the twins with 3 more Tinkerbell shirts and 2 more Thomas shirts.  Here are the Tinkerbell ones.
And I got a photo of the twins in them!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

I'm back!

I'm back!  Did you miss me?  Well, I hope you did but my guess is that you didn't.  After looking at a lot of other blogs I've decided that I should write shorter ones, and write them more often.

I can hardly believe that it's March already.  I've been doing a lot of sewing.  Recently I was relining coats for customers.  As we get into warmer weather, I do a lot of putting new linings in winter coats before people put them away till next year.   I learned the hard way about estimating and quoting for customer about his coat the other day.  It was leather, and that takes longer as I set the sewing machine up for a slower speed.  It had 3 inside pockets.  Now I've never relined a coat where I had to work around inside pockets before, so that is what I way under estimated.   Oh well, live and learn, I guess.  Now I will know for the future.  But the customer was thrilled with his jacket, and agreed to let me use photos on my website. So maybe my under-estimate mistake will at least bring in some more customers!  Here's a photo of the jacket with the new lining.

The customer wanted a red lining, even though the original was black.  He said he'd always wanted red!  And he'd not worn the jacket for years because the old lining was ripped so badly.  He wanted all of the leather tabs that had been in the original put back on this lining, as well.

The next 2 show the inside pockets and you can see what I mean about those taking a long time!

 The customer was very happy with the jacket and even posed for these photos of it!
  All in all I was very happy how the lining turned out. Now lets see if it gets some more orders!
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