Monday, June 21, 2010


When I saw this particular selection of fabrics (Flora and Fauna by Patty Young -the nicest person ever) for the Kyoko dress pattern, I knew I had to make it. And not for monkey pants either. For my little niece who just turned four and because she has this same cute hair. And I have no shame in being a complete copy-catter.  I'm also excited that some of this fabric will be/is available in knits.  I know the green flower print is one of them and that's my favorite.

This dress was really simple to make: no button holes, no zipper, no collar, no cuffs. Just mostly straight stitching, some gathering, and binding. And you know I love making that binding with my little binding tool.

I also felt the need to make a little tag for it mostly to identify the size of the garment in case it eventually becomes a hand-me-down or something.  I used the June Taylor Fabric Sheets for Inkjet Printers folding in the outer edges and folding the entire tag in half.  It's a little on the stiff side but certainly prints well.  I'm not sure how well they hold up in the wash as I've yet to use them for anything I've kept.  But it's a quick solution for custom tags.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Has anyone seen my pattern?

Actually, the real reason I haven't made anything is because I was going to make the Kyoko dress by Modkid and I cut the pattern out on my fabric, I have the pattern pieces, but I can't find the instruction booklet!  What the hell did I do with it.  I swear, when things get lost within the perimeter of my own house and I can't find them it makes me want to drive myself to the loony house.

So, I've narrowed down the possibilities of where it can be: 1) It got lost in the shuffle of one of my purses as I am constantly switching the contents of one purse to another in a futile effort to be fashionable; 2) one of the house midgets took it and used it for a craft project, coloring on it, glue-ing it, and cutting it into a million pieces, 3) it is exactly where it should be; I just can't see it as my eyes are stupefied and blinded at the site of organization.

What to do!?  I need it. 
It's for my niece's fourth birthday next week. 
I have no Plan B. 

-- Update 6/4/2010 --

So I still can't find the instruction booklet. My latest theory is that a 2-year-old fanatical environmentalist in my house decided to throw it in the recycle bin. I decided to try e-mailing Patty Young about my problem and much to my surprise she was able to help me! She offered to mail me a copy of the instructions. It made me so happy to read that in my e-mail this morning and to know that there a such nice people out there.

Internet Give-Aways

OK, the reason I haven't made anything lately is because I've been wasting all my time entering Internet give-aways.  Just kidding.  No actually it's true.  Tea collection recently had a whole weeks worth of giveaways on Facebook for their 8th anniversary, yesterday another for See Kai Run shoes.  Cedarworks playsets had some a while back including a fund raising raffle for a school.  I even suffered through a terrible live web meet for a homeschooling core curriculum (I've been considering home schooling) last Tuesday. 

So, I haven't won anything yet.  Nevertheless, I will persevere in this time-wasting endeavor.  And, if you would like to do the same with your time, here's a giveaway from GummyLump toys for three mini Automoblox cars.  You can kind of see a regular size car in my "Old Nursery" post on the wall shelf if you use a really strong magnifying glass.