Monthly Archives: August 2009

Iowa State Fair Entries

It’s fair time again! For years I’ve been telling my mom that I wanted to enter stuff in the fair – stuff, anything, anything just to say that I did it; This year I finally did! The Iowa State Fair is probably the highlight of my summer. The food is delicious, the people are hilarious and you get to really celebrate Iowa with entertainment and displays. 

I entered 6 items in the Fabric and Threads division. They were due August 1, so I spent the last two weeks in July frantically sewing to get them done. I will plan a little earlier this year 🙂 My hope was to get a ribbon, any ribbon, just one – even if it was a participation ribbon. My mom crushed my dreams a few weeks ago when she reminded me that this wasn’t 4H anymore and they don’t give ribbons to everyone. She also said something about being adult and sucking it up, I may have ignored that last part. 

Drumroll please………… I got two ribbons!!! My plaid jumper one an Honorable Mention and and my Spring Ruffle Top won 3rd place for their categories! My mom mentioned that she recognized a lot of names on the entries – of people she used to be in the sewing guild with. She hasn’t been in the sewing guild in like… 15 years – so I was definitely competing with people who actually know how to sew. Probly not competing with a lot of people who just really started sewing 5 or 6 months ago.

 

Simplicity 2865

Simplicity 2856 - Entered in the Blouse category

Simplicity 3835, entered in the dress category - Great pattern once you can figure out the collar, love this and plan on making 10000 more.

 

Chop Top Frock - When I got home and edited this photo, I realized that the second place winner was one of my moms friends. Not happy about that, I told my mom to make sure and mention to Mabeth that its her fault I didnt get a ribbon in this category :-)

Chop Top Frock, entered in a new recycled clothing category - When I got home and edited this photo, I realized that the second place winner was one of my mom's friends. Not happy about that, I told my mom to make sure and mention to Mabeth that it's her fault I didn't get a ribbon in this category 🙂

 

Recycled Plastic Bag

Recycled Plastic Bag, entered in the Purse and Tote category

 

McCalls 8920 - This jumper pattern dates back to the mid 90s - Im thinking like 1996ish. I wanted to make a jumper to enter in the Jumper category at the Iowa State Fair, but didnt want to hassle with a zipper. Super simple, pull over the head jumper. And I must say, I totally rocked the matching plaids on the side seams.

McCalls 8920, Honorable Mention in the Jumper Category - This jumper pattern dates back to the mid '90s - I'm thinking like 1996ish. I wanted to make a jumper to enter in the Jumper category at the Iowa State Fair, but didn't want to hassle with a zipper. Super simple, pull over the head jumper. And I must say, I totally rocked the matching plaids on the side seams.

 

Spring Ruffle Top, Third Place in the Woven Shirt Category - This is pretty much the exact same Spring Ruffle Top that I made previously, only I used the black and white starburst fabric instead.

Spring Ruffle Top, Third Place in the Woven Shirt Category - This is pretty much the exact same Spring Ruffle Top that I made previously, only I used the black and white starburst fabric instead.

And to celebrate my ribbon-winnings, my mom bought us cake 🙂

I forgot to mention that I took my friend Lindsay along to the Fabric and Threads preview before the fair. She loved it. She’s not a sewer, but she loves the fair and appreciates the hard work that went into all of the entries. I feel like I crush her spirit when I told her that most quilters do not hand quilt anymore. She was very disappointed to find out it’s all done by machine. She did find a couple of hand-quilted quilts and she felt a little better.  🙂 I think she should take up the lost art of hand-quilting.

If you’re going to the fair, make sure to visit the Fabric and Threads display on the top floor of the Varied Industries Building!!!

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A New iPod Accessory

A few weeks ago I bought some new headbands from an Indie craft sale. One of them has half a teal zipper made into a flower. It looks really cool, and I was really inspired to create my own! Then I opened the latest edition of SewStylish and what was the first project? “Feather Fascinator: Create a headband adorned with colorful feathers” A sign? Obviously.  

I bought some headbands from the D-Tree and started digging through my stash. I had three headbands to work with, and for the focus pieces I choose buttons, Worry-People dolls and my first edition iPod Shuffle. The shuffle died a few years ago and is all rusty on the USB end, obviously I wasn’t going to get rid of it. I was planning on making it into a brooch, so this seemed like a much better project. 

Ingredients:

Ingredients: felt, feather boa, rick rack, headbands, buttons, iPod, Worry-People, ribbon. You also need hot glue, I also used mod podge.

The Final Products

The Final Products

buttons

Button Headband: Lots and lots of white, cream, black, brown and gray buttons - so it can be worn with anything. Used lots and lots of glue. I may regret that later, but I made a good attempt to clean it up.

Worry People Headband: Cut a strip of purple linen fabric from a dress I made last week, mod-podged it to the headband, then added yellow and green rick rack. Then hot glued on the Worry-People

Worry People Headband: Cut a strip of purple linen fabric from a dress I made last week, mod-podged it to the headband, then added yellow and green rick rack. Then hot glued on the Worry-People

 

iPod Shuffle Headband: Headband is covered with a piece of white ribbon, then added a layer of leather-like sequins, then the felt/feather/tool/springy things and the iPod. I scratched the back of the iPod with a pin so that the glue would hold better than it would on the smooth surface. This one is my favorite.

iPod Shuffle Headband: Headband is covered with a piece of white ribbon, then added a layer of leather-like sequins, then the felt/feather/tool/springy things and the iPod. I scratched the back of the iPod with a pin so that the glue would hold better than it would on the smooth surface. This one is my favorite.

What would be some other fun things to put on headbands? Sometimes I just pin a brooch on for a one-time wear. Maybe other specialty buttons, old earrings…

Hand-Me-Ups With a Side of Grilled Fruit

 

Brian gifted me this worn out work shirt, one of the arms was worn to threads. The sort-of-light purple color is fantastic – perfect for spring, summer or even fall (pushing it, but with the right accessories it could be done) I’ve been sitting on it for a few months, trying to decide on the perfect project. Then I received the latest CraftStylish Newsletter – and found a link for the perfect dress! [be impatient]

The Beginning

The Beginning

The Final Product

The Final Product

Want to make your own? Chic Steals: Don’t Buy DIY Men’s Shirt to Cute Summer Dress

You know me better than to think that I would follow the directions exactly. I didn’t. I used the seam ripper to take the arms and collar off the shirt, then cut across the shirt under the arms. The bottom of the dress was kept as-is. The top part of the dress is made from the sleeves and back of the shirt. I’ve made a few of these gathered shirts and the craftsmanship of sewing elastic ON to the fabric is not always great. So for both pieces of elastic, I just created a casing and pulled the elastic through with a safety pin. For the rib/waistband elastic, I made a casing right where I sewed the top and bottom pieces together. 

I will definitely be checking out her blog again! The dress is fantastic. 

You Grilled What?!

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

And Apples

And Apples - apples are in EVOO, brown sugar and cinnamon.

 

Lightly grilled to perfection

Lightly grilled to perfection

And topped with Swiss cheese

And topped with Swiss cheese

Grilled tomatoes and apples were AWESOME, this was the first time either of us had tried them! My dad is pretty good about throwing different things on the grill – we do sweet potatoes quite often, and sometimes pineapple. What other things have you successfully, or unsuccessfully put on the grill?

… And we’re back!

I promise I haven’t been slacking. It’s been just the opposite, actually. I’ve been sewing like crazy to get my Iowa State Fair (“ISF”) projects done. Also, I had to stop being FunEmployed AND I’ve been training for the Hood To Coast race at the end of August in Portland. Busy? Not at all.

Lets start with the projects that didn’t make it to the fair: 

 

Ok, this wasnt really in the running for the fair, I made it about a month ago because I wanted a new clutch to match a new dress. Its made with gray plastic bags and embellished with vintage buttons and rickrack. Also, glitter.

Ok, this wasn't really in the running for the fair, I made it about a month ago because I wanted a new clutch to match a new dress. It's made with gray plastic bags and embellished with vintage buttons and rickrack. Also, glitter.

Simplicity 2863. Knit Dress. Very cute and comfy. Pretty easy too.

Simplicity 2863. Knit Dress. Very cute and comfy. Pretty easy too.

So, I bought this fabric on clearance, Mom thought it was going to suck. She doesn’t tell me this until AFTER I start sewing on it of course, because she knows how I get resistant when she tells me I can’t do something. So, this knit sews like a dream. I didn’t serge the inside because it wasn’t raveling at all.

The dress doesn’t actually unbutton – the front and back are one piece each. The strip down the middle is just another piece of fabric with fusible interfacing on the inside, then sewn down the whole length of the dress, and buttons sewn on for decor.

The gathers in the middle? Just as simple – just a strip sewn on the inside of the dress that you sewed four lines to get three tunnels to put elastic through – like this : | | | | So the elastic isn’t actually attached to the dress. The neck was easy, but since I’m not fantastic at knits its a little warbly.

Anyways, I’m in love.

I will post more about the projects entered in the ISF when the fair actually opens. But here’s a sneak preview:

 

My 6 projects - five of them are new, you may recognize my first Chop Top Frock in there. And I forgot to take a photo of the recycled plastic bag I made. Whoops. You get the idea.

My 6 projects - five of them are new, you may recognize my first Chop Top Frock in there. And I forgot to take a photo of the recycled plastic bag I made. Whoops. You get the idea.