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  • About Natalie

    I am just a regular gal taking a stab at sewing and thought I'd share them on a blog rather than having a photo album on facebook, flickr or just leaving the finished products unseen.

    A few words to describe me would be: type 1 diabetic (20+ years), creative, crafter, newbie hiker, cat whisperer, reader of physical books not online books, music lover, wife.

the snuggler :: sewing for baby

This one is my ALL time favourite project to date. I cannot wait until Kyle and I start a family so I can make awesome baby projects like this one; I will have a million of these by the time our first baby comes. Okay..not a million exactly but pretty close. haha.

This pattern is from Lotta Jansdotter’s “Simple Sewing for Baby” and while I was able to find the pattern online for free I ended up buying the book. A downside to online printable patterns is that you have to tape the pieces of paper together to make the pattern and for this project I found it to be too confusing, though there are only a couple pattern pieces. I am happy I got the book as there are a number of cute projects I will definitely use in the future!

I made this for our friends who were having their first baby. At the time we didn’t know the gender but the mom loves horses so when I saw this I thought it would be perfect for their son or daughter (they have a beautiful baby boy). The inside of the snuggler is milky, which is the most amazing fabric in the world; so soft AND washable!

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Overall it was a pretty easy project to complete. A few seams, some velcro and you’re done; I top-stitched the top layer which wasn’t what you were supposed to do but I prefer how it turned out that way.

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the infinity dress

I love the infinity dresses! In fact, if/when K and I ever tie the knot I already have one picked out by a Van. Island shop that has lace and a beautiful green fabric.

I decided though to try making one myself; they look easy enough after all. Thanks to having already made the tank dresses and pj bottoms, I wasn’t as nervous about this project. It was a fairly easy pattern but it took a while to actually figure out how to get started. I used this tutorial to make the dress and also did a bit of googling throughout.

IMG_6946In total I made three of these dresses; two for a photo shoot for my necklaces and one for my niece C which she chose to have a high-low cut at the bottom and is super cute on her! The purple dress was supposed to be mine to wear to a friend’s wedding last summer but it ended up being too short for me so I didn’t feel comfortable wearing it..lucky for the model who ended up with a green and purple version! haha.

For all three dresses I used a sketch jersey which was challenging in itself to work with but I was able to tackle it so I’m pretty proud.

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The above photo is from my lookbook shoot; I was the photographer, the sewer and the designer of the flower crown.

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March 7, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Kristina Ackerman - These turned out so pretty! I love the lookbook shot.

April 18, 2014 - 3:00 pm

DIY maxi skirts :: weekend sewing projects » So Sew Natalie - […] with red/white circles though so I could make another skirt and the green fabric was left over from the infinity dress I […]

obscenely offensive pj bottoms

After getting through the tank dresses I decided to try sewing a pair of bottoms again; this time I chose a pair of basic PJ bottoms from my “Weekend Sewing” book.

While it’s a cut-out pattern it was way easier than the pair of pants I had made as a youth. I didn’t realize they would fall apart though if I didn’t have pinking shears or used a zigzag stitch though so I can no longer wear them but now I know for next time. I can’t wait to get some comfy fabric to make these again..although I have a drawer full of PJ bottoms you can never have too many.;)

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The fabric I had on hand was awesome! Kyle called them “obscenely offensive” because they were so colourful haha.

I would definitely recommend trying this pattern out if you’re attempting to sew clothing.:)

 

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tank top dress

I’ve only sewn a piece of clothing once; mom put me in a sewing summer camp in grade 7 or something and I made a pair of pants. It was a disaster, the pattern and instructions might as well have been in another language because they were for me!

I never thought I’d venture back into sewing a piece of clothing but I found a pretty straight forward tutorial on how to take a tank top, some fabric and make a dress. It was easy enough although it was my first time using elastic thread and I found out why so many people hate it!

IMG_6368I made two dresses and although I’ve only worn one so far, I’m happy with how they turned out. They are a little uneven at the waist (I opted for empire) because I didn’t account for the fact the front would be higher than the back but with a cardigan on you can’t tell.

I skipped the optional belt cover and just use a belt I already have which works as an alternative to the cardigan for covering the uneven waist.;)

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I used a LOT less material than was called for in the tutorial, only because otherwise the skirts made me feel fat because there was too much material. I ended up wrapping it around a little more than once, maybe like 1.25 times though the tutorial said 1.5 times.

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Pretty right?:)If you want to try it yourself, here is the tutorial I followed: http://asmallsnippet.com/2011/09/wanna-make-dress.html

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cell phone cases

I’ve made two cell phone cases so far; the tutorials were easy enough so they were good practice to get back into sewing. The red polka dot one was for an iPhone 4S and the green one was for an iPhone 5.

I can’t find the exactly tutorial but you can pretty much go on pinterest and find it one in 3 minutes.:)

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