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September Market Day Preview

Whew! I have been sewing up a storm, getting ready for Market Day. If you’re in Des Moines this coming weekend, you will definitely want to check it out. Learn about Market Day and RSVP to Market Day on Facebook.

I will be selling little makeup bags for your purse, recycled clutches and recycled tote bags! Today, my favorites are the clutches, because there are so many fun embellishments involved – I’ve had a blast collecting trims, buttons and charms. I could spend all day describing the products for sale, but I’ll let them do the talking. Click on any of the photos to see the Flickr set (includes more photos!).

 

Makeup Bags - all cotton with button closures.

Makeup Bags - all cotton with button closures.

 

These are the clutches - the yellow one is my ABSOLUTE favorite, and I secretly hope no one buys it so I can carry it around.

These are the clutches - the yellow one is my ABSOLUTE favorite, and I secretly hope no one buys it so I can carry it around.

This one is called Ice Ice Books Click on the image for more photos!

This one is called "Ice Ice Books" Click on the image for more photos!

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!!!

… 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.

Super Summer Sewing

I have been sewing up a storm lately! Shirts for my nieces and I, recycled plastic bags and more. On Friday, July 3, my mom and I decided to visit some fabric stores, look at patterns and get inspired. We got some GREAT deals – between Jo-Ann’s and Hancock’s I got $208 worth of patterns (that would be 12 patterns total) for $18. It was a great day!

I’ve accomplished quite a bit over the last few weeks, but haven’t had a chance to get it all up and going, so this is going to be a mega-project filled entry.

First things first, sewing for kids!

 

This is my 8 year old niece, Brooke. Shes a hipster punk kid who loves farming and pink/black skulls. This pattern is current, but her mother remembers wearing similar tie-at-the-shoulder shirts as a kid.

This is my 8 year old niece, Brooke. She's a hipster punk kid who loves farming and pink/black skulls. This pattern is current, but her mother remembers wearing similar tie-at-the-shoulder shirts as a kid.

 

This is my 4 year old niece, Jade. Shes rocking the Spring Ruffle Top, with bugs. I had to adjust this pattern a bit for kids - made the straps 1.5in instead of 2.5in etc. I also skipped the ruffles because shes not really a ruffle girl. Theres bugs on her shirt!

This is my 4 year old niece, Jade. She's rocking the Spring Ruffle Top, with bugs. I had to adjust this pattern a bit for kids - made the straps 1.5in instead of 2.5in etc. I also skipped the ruffles because she's not really a ruffle girl. There's bugs on her shirt!

 

My friend Karri is packing her bags and moving from IOWA to NYC. Wow! Im so excited for her! I wanted to make sure to send her off in style with this recycled plastic bag. Our favorite side is the robot. What do you think?

My friend Karri is packing her bags and moving from IOWA to NYC. Wow! I'm so excited for her! I wanted to make sure to send her off in style with this recycled plastic bag. Our favorite side is the robot. What do you think?

 

Last but not least, this classic Stretch & Sew pattern. I found this in my basement a few months ago and have just been WAITING to find the perfect fabric to make it. Actually, I made one a few weeks ago on a double knit and painted on it, its too thick. Anyways, this is going to pair perfect with my new bike shirts and neon sports bra. This is the first time Ive sewn on knit, luckily these S&S patterns are pretty easy. I had to redo one of the arm holes because it was really wormy. In the end, I added a braided cord (same fabric) to the neck and it lays perfect now. Im hoping I make it onto LATFH.

Last but not least, this classic Stretch & Sew pattern. I found this in my basement a few months ago and have just been WAITING to find the perfect fabric to make it. Actually, I made one a few weeks ago on a double knit and painted on it, it's too thick. Anyways, this is going to pair perfect with my new bike shirts and neon sports bra. This is the first time I've sewn on knit, luckily these S&S patterns are pretty easy. I had to redo one of the arm holes because it was really wormy. In the end, I added a braided cord (same fabric) to the neck and it lays perfect now. I'm hoping I make it onto LATFH.

More Recycled Tote Bags

 

It’s true. I’ve been slacking the past few weeks. I was going to move across the country, now I’m not and more. But I did whip up a couple of tote bags for some lucky family members.

 

Side 1 of Tims bag.

Side 1 of Tim's bag. I think the "Thank You" bags are really fun, perfect for these recycled totes. I also cut shapes into some other plastic bags for background colors.

 

Side 1 of Tims bag. He brought me a plethora of bags and inside was this little gem with a man giving a thumbs up. I couldnt resist ironing it on to this bag!

Side 1 of Tim's bag. He brought me a plethora of bags and inside was this little gem with a man giving a thumbs up. I couldn't resist ironing it on to this bag!

 

This is Tims other bag. I used various shapes and plastic bags for the random design.

This is Tim's other bag. I used various shapes and plastic bags for the random design.

 

My dad is going to be the most bad ass biker in Iowa. He had saved Harley bags from various stores hes visited, and gave them to me to make into a bag for him. BAD ASS!!!

My dad is going to be the most bad ass biker in Iowa. He had saved Harley bags from various stores he's visited, and gave them to me to make into a bag for him. BAD ASS!!!

So, I’m unemployed, but lets look at the silver lining: more time for crafting! I spent a couple of hours browsing the Iowa State Fair premium books today, planning out the projects I’m going to enter. I’m gonna need a lot of time to get stuff done! Here’s a sneak peek of some upcoming projects:

 

The boy went garage saling over the weekend, without me, and bought these hideous Wrangler shirts for me to resew. They are so ugly, I cannot wait to wear them. If this isnt true love, I dont know what is.

The boy went garage saling over the weekend, without me, and bought these hideous Wrangler shirts for me to resew. They are so ugly, I cannot wait to wear them. If this isn't true love, I don't know what is.