Summer has ended for us here in Georgia. School starts again next week and we will be busy, busy! But before we get back into routine, I wanted to share a little bit with you.
I have decided that since I have some free time on my hands that I will open my Etsy shop again. I have been thinking about this for quite awhile and now I have it going.
I am working out what it is that I want to sell but have started out with some really nice, small, zippered bag and a small kiss clasp coin purse. Then I also decided to make a few skirts for my daughters, and there were some extra’s that were made to sell as well.
I also have a facebook page which I am trying to get more followers on. Check out www.facebook.com/emilyguerradesigns and the link to my Etsy shop is www.emilyguerradesigns.etsy.com. If you see something that you like or if you have any questions please contact me and we can talk.
I don’t know where the time went to and then Christmas came and went and so did my fabulous Memory Craft 9000. But finally I am back at it again. I have since purchased a Janome 3160. I really like it. It isn’t a Memory Craft but it does have an automatic thread cutter which I love. It also has an extension flat table that came with it. Which I also love!
Joann’s had a door buster for the Christmas season that I couldn’t pass up on. It was cheap flannel. I couldn’t believe it. My and my sewing buddy, Tiffany, went and I bought a huge amount of flannel. Here are some of the final products from that flannel purchase.
I do have a few more pairs to show but I will post them once I get them completed. I really screwed up on one pair because I wasn’t thinking through my steps. But I am going to make it and wear it anyways since it will be just around the house. Thank goodness for that.
I have a friend who wanted Easter dresses for her girls. They are 10 and 12.
For the Blue dress I had to add sleeves since she didn’t want to wear a sweater over her arms. This fit pretty much out of the pattern. The pattern was sleeveless and thank goodness for my Threads magazine that had instructions for adding a kimono sleeve.
With the left over material I made skirts for my girls. The blue skirt is a circle skirt with a zipper on the side and a snap on the waistband to close. I really didn’t want to add a button. The pink skirt is just a A line skirt with ruffles on the bottom edge. Both the skirts ended up to big for the girls, but that does mean that they can grow into them. They should wear these for quite a few years yet.
I got a new fabulous book called The Dressmaker’s Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques by Lynda Maynard. I wanted to practice some of those techniques on a wearable muslin. So this is what I made. I made a mistake on the neckline though because the gray band stands away from my neck right at my shoulder. I should have stretched it just a little bit to make it lay flat. Now I know.
This is also the first time that I used a double needle in my machine. I have to say that I am now addicted. They are wonderful to have when you need to hem or top stitch on a knit shirt.
My next project didn’t go so well.
I had a picture in my head. I wasn’t able to make it like that because the fabric is a thin sweater knit and you can see right through it. But I am going to wear it anyways. I just need to make a few minor/major adjustments.
I finally did it. I bought a class through Craftsy. I had been keeping and eye on the site to see what they had to offer. Then one came along that I decided that I couldn’t live without.
Sew the Perfect Fit. It is a video fitting class. I have been wanting to learn how to properly fit clothes for such a long time. And now it is here! I have already watched the videos and I am now waiting on my pattern to come in so that I can practice my fitting techniques. Yay!!
Now I have my eye on a new pants fitting class by Sandra Betzina. I am on that one next. Whoo, Hoo!!
Let me just say that I am thrilled that Christmas is so much closer than it was and that I am done with the Peg People.
And now for the girls.
When I would go to Hobby Lobby and buy peg people. I didn’t pay attention to how many bags I actually got. I would go through out the months and just pick up a bag. I never kept track or anything, but by the time I was ready to paint them I had 32 pegs for a nativity that just needed eight.
So since my kids loved playing with the nativity pegs I decided I would paint them some pegs for them. They are for Christmas but here are some of the mermaid pegs for my daughters.
I have also tried to use the enamel paints from Folkart. They are in the same sections as the regular acrylic paints at the craft store.
The only thing I have to do left is to put a clear coat on them so that they will be protected while they are played with.
Let me know what you think.
You only get arms if you are holding something. I have the backsides, do you want to see them too?
Can you believe that I don’t have a Nativity Scene in any of my Christmas decorations?!
I decided this year that I wanted to have a Nativity scene for my mantel but wanted something that would be sturdy since more than likely my kids would play with it. I had started out buying a pack of peg people at Hobby Lobby whenever I had the chance to go. I ended up with a lot of peg people. But I have plans for those extras so it all works out.
I find that I have a hard time painting people without faces, but it would be wise to paint the face last that way if I mess up it won’t be so aggravating to correct.
I have a 70’s vibe going on that I am not quite sure how I got there. Wait until you see the wisemen. You will know what I mean then.
The red wise man has a Kung Fu vibe about him. He is my favorite so far. Once I have more details I will take a final picture to show.
I have more peg people that I am making for my kids too. The daughters will be getting some mermaids and family to play with. For Julian I decided that I will be trying my hand at the Avengers for him. He really liked the movie so I am hoping to do the characters justice with my painting skills. We will see what happens though.
I will post more pictures once I have things worked on some more.