Sewing Sewing Sewing Along

Peter's Pumpkin 2014

To get you back in the mood for this post, here’s my son’s pumpkin.  Did I tell you he has a great sense of humor and can write computer code that drives websites?

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First up is Keagan, the Egyptian Princess.  I visited my daughter’s home in October and went right to work.  We had to double-line that white sheath because, well, it was white.  Keagan and I talked over costumes, looking some up on Pinterest before she went to school and then I headed to JoAnn’s.  I hate paying a billion dollars for patterns, so picked up one of the $2.99 Quick and Easy patterns that looked like it might work, and added on enough at the bottom to be long enough.  I used the bodice of the dress to fashion a collar out of paper and tried it on her.  Keagan had a few suggestions and I trimmed it to her specifications.

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The drapey thing was pinned on in the back with a safety pin, then wrapped around some rubber bands.  Her mother and dad fashioned some gold bands for her (one solution is to cut a Pringle’s can into sections, then spray-paint gold) which she slipped over to hide the hair bands.  She also had some on her upper arms to complete the look.

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Maddy wanted to be Elsa.  She had VERY detailed instructions, and since she was recovering from a tonsillectomy I had her at my disposal for measuring.  The dress had to had see-through sleeves and silver at the top of the bodice, and Maddy was very specific about the drapey overcoat thing, wanting it to flow from her shoulders, but since I only had one day to get both costumes done, I went with a “coat-type” construction, made out of organza so it would have some body.

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We cut out a giant silver snowflake by tracing it onto the paper side of fusible web, adhering it to the silver lame.  We cut out the lame, peeled off the paper and fused it on.  Because the lame and the organza are kind of “open” this process left a residue of stickiness.  I told my daughter she’d better wash her ironing board cover so it wouldn’t stick to anything she ironed after that.

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I’m told both costumes were a hit.

Halloween 2014

Here they are with their brother who was a Mad Scientist-Zombie Guy.  Maddy is not wearing a crown (it’s a bush behind her).  Sure looks like a crown, though.

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I was also able to get ahold of the pouch I made for Barbara and check it out, fully loaded.

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BarbarasTote_3She says it works great.  I’m so glad I can sew! Thanks, Mom!

Halloween House Quilt Block

Finally getting back to these little houses, after being gone to Montreal for a few days, then stuck in the Grading Galaxy when I returned.  I could make lists of the things I’m working on, but today — a little progress after a long time away from quilting.  And yes, you can still see my autumn quilt up on the pin wall behind the ironing board.  Add that to the list!

Thanks, Lee, of Freshly Pieced Fabrics, for hosting us all.

Click *here* for the block pattern cutting diagram.