Monday, May 12, 2014

My Etsy Shop

I recently left my day job, and I am excited to have more opportunities to be with my kiddos, and to do what I really love - SEW! I've got a bunch of projects lined up for myself, but to make ends meet a little better, I have revamped and re-opened my Etsy shop.

You can find it here.

I have been having a lot of fun making these sweet Geranium dresses (pattern by Rae Hoekstra of Made by Rae). Currently I'm taking orders for sizes newborn - 5T. I have the expanded pattern for sizes 6-12, but haven't listed these items yet, so email me if you're interested in ordering one of these larger sizes.

These dresses make a wonderful baby shower gift, and they're perfect for summer! They're made out of 100% cotton, and are very lightweight and cool for hot weather.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Kitty Skirt for A Kitty Lover

My little girl has a thing for animals. She can't resist them.

She's always hugging our dog. She wants to pet every cat she sees.

Last week I placed an order from an online fabric store, and they ended up not having the amount of fabric I ordered (I understand how it happens, but it's frustrating). So, I had to get some of Lizzy House's Catnap line instead. I ordered a half yard of Kitty Dreams in White and a half yard of Purrfectly Happy in Cream.

I'm not sure what I'll do with the Kitty Dreams (on the left) - it's a really fun fabric, and I want to use it in just the right project! I'm thinking a dress for Audrey, but I don't want to decide too soon!

I whipped up this little elastic skirt for Audrey this morning from the Purrfectly Happy. It's very simple, just a rectangle closed with a french seam to reduce fraying, and then a simple elastic waistband.

Getting a good picture of this skirt was more difficult than actually making it! I'm telling you, this girl does not sit still unless she's sleeping or her brother is giving her a kiss.

Their daddy is going to be so proud!

Dresses Galore

I've been keeping myself busy lately, doing a lot of sewing! I made a few dresses for Audrey using the geranium dress pattern by Rae Hoekstra of Made-by-Rae, and was inspired to do more, so I ordered a bunch of fabric and got busy.

I don't know why this is what she had to do while wearing her pretty dress, but she's a silly little thing. And the underpants are clean - don't worry!

I finished my first set of dresses to sell, purchased a license to sell them, and listed them on my Etsy shop: Joy In The Stitches.

Then I got my first two orders - I have lots and lots of sewing to do in the next two weeks!

I would love it if you would go check out my Etsy shop, and also look me up on Facebook! I also have three dresses for sale at Bare Necessities, an adorable children's consignment store in Hermiston. If you're local, you should go in an look at them! It's one of Micah's favorite places to go, and I always find something nice for my kids at a reasonable price.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Little Zipper Bag

Yesterday I started working on a crochet project - the Sunburst Granny Square Crochet-Along on Instagram. It's really fun so far - I've made 36 aqua magic circles, and 2 of them have the puff stitch ring on them - I intend to do a 12x12 afghan, so it's probably going to take me a long time! I'm thinking it'll be aqua, navy and white - maybe I'll add another color but I'm not sure yet.

This morning I stitched up a little zipper bag to hold my granny squares, yarn,crochet hook and scissors. This way I can take this project along with me in the car sometimes. For the bag, I used scraps that I had from other projects, and I really love how it came together! 

For the top half, I sewed up a herringbone pattern with 2" strips of scraps. The majority of the scraps are Bijoux by Bari J, but there are a few others in there too - including a solid gray, Joel Dewsberry Herringbone in aqua, and the pink nests fabric, which you can barely see, is by Sarah Watts. The floral that is in the center is one of my last scraps of NW Washington Shop Hop 2004 fabric, which is very sentimental to me. I love how it works in well with the other fabrics. The teal fabric on the bottom was leftover from Micah's quilt - which I'll finish some day! 

Inside I used one of Bari J's fabrics, Into the Wild, which I recently purchased at Pink Castle Fabrics. I've ordered from there a few different times - I like supporting small businesses, whether in a brick-and-mortar shop or online. I just placed another order for fabric to make some little dresses, and she is having a great sale - 20% off all skinny bolts. I got some of Allison Harris's Wallflowers for under $5 a yard! 

I had this zipper in my stash - I love a nice metal zipper. I'm slowly using up some of the supplies my mom had held onto for a long time. This zipper is navy, which I think goes well with the fabrics. Zippers intimidate me, but I think I"m getting the hang of it. This one is a little lopsided, but it was my first time using the zipper food on my machine, so I still think it's good.

This was a fun little project - I didn't use a pattern, but improvised as I went - a little bit of an adventure!