Thursday, October 13, 2011

Do you Pin?

Nah, I'm not wondering if you use pins when you sew (I rarely do, by the way); I'm asking about my newest online obsession. . .Pinterest!  Oh my goodness.  I'm the person who used to tear pictures out of magazines of things that I liked, and those scraps of paper would end up in piles until I got tired of the piles and dumped them in the trash with the projects never seeing the light of day again. 

But how do you keep up with all of the great things you see online?  You can add them to your favorites, but since that isn't visual, it is hard to get back to the project if it ever crosses your mind again. 

So, what is Pinterest?  A virtual pinboard. . .how great is that?!  Since it is visual, it is easy to remember all of the projects you want to do.  Unfortunately, it is quite addictive as well.

I haven't done much sewing lately, but I do have some jersey sheets in the dryer getting ready for my latest Pinterest-inspired project.  It may take forever, but I promise I will show it to you when I'm finished.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Strawberry Shortcake

Jenna is going to be Strawberry Shortcake for Halloween. . .the new and updated version, not the version I grew up with. 

Here she is.  I started with a t-shirt pattern and added the contrast skirt.  I digitized the embroidery for the bodice.    (Sorry, the pictures are just a bit out of focus.  I have no idea why--obviously operator-error.)

The hat was a bit of a conundrum.  I couldn't figure out how to do the brim of the hat without it flopping or covering her eyes.  After making the top part of the hat, which is basically a circle gathered to a ribbing band, I realized that she could wear a visor under the hat, and only the brim would show.  The visor started out white, so I painted it green.

I'm not completely done with the hat.  It is a bit floppy.  I'm going to add some stuffing and the green leaf that goes on top, but I think it is pretty darn cute already!