Nice to Meet You: Six Favorite Things I’ve Made

I found Adventures in Dressmaking a while ago, and have really been enjoying Suzannah’s posts. She and some other awesome bloggers are hosting a Nice to Meet You! series, and I thought it would be fun to participate. The question to answer is: What are six of your favorite things you’ve made? I may be new to blogging, but I’ve certainly made some things! I’ve never really thought about which projects have been my favorites though, so it has been a lot of fun looking back (and trying to find them so I could take some pictures!).

1. Strawberry Shortcake Costume

Do you remember Strawberry Shortcake, the adorable 80s cartoon? Well, you should – ’cause I do! Strawberry was my favorite cartoon when I was a kid, so in high school I decided to sew a Halloween costume after her.

From Hurricane High School year book, 2002.

I’ve made other costumes since, but this is still my favorite. And over time I’ve added more pieces as I’ve found them, such as green- and white-striped tights and a curly wig. I even have strawberry tennis shoes with strawberry laces!

2. Sis-in-law’s Wedding Dress

When my brother got engaged I was more than happy to help his soon-to-be-wifey with her wedding dress. She chose a gorgeous ruched lace gown. The only problem was that it was strapless, and she needed one with sleeves. I thought I’d probably be sewing a little jacket for her. Not at all!

Danielle dress front 002

It took three snowed-in days of sewing, beadwork, and removing and reattaching appliqués. But it was worth it – she loved it and no one could even tell it had been altered!

3. Little Wizard

I’m quite fond of wizards. Merlin, Gandalf, Micky Mouse in Fantasia… Wizards are awesome. So when a coworker got upset about moving to MS Word 2007 and losing his little wizard assistant from the older version, I just had to make one.

Isn’t he just the cutest little wood and foam wizard ever?

Illfitting Dress to Cute Top

I came across this dress while shopping the other day. I loved the color and the shirring at the waist, but it fit horribly. The top was much too big, which put the shirred waist in completely the wrong place. Yuck. But otherwise it was cute, and cheap…

So I got it with the idea of making a few changes. Okay, maybe more than a few. I took out the sleeves, which I liked, and unpicked the waistband from the bodice. Then I flipped the skirt up-side-down, cut off the hem, and cut out the neck and arm holes. So I essentially turned the skirt into a shirt with the same waistband. Make sense? I made a slit in the front and lined it with a strip from the old bodice. I sewed across the shoulders, then sewed around the neck to form a casing and put the sleeves back in. Then all I had to do was thread a cord through the neck casing and hem the waist.

Taa-daa! A much more flattering, shirred waist, peasant top! I wish I hadn’t cut the neck hole up quite so close to the shoulders, but it’s not too bad. Now I can show off the cute “x”s in different colored threads across the waistband without looking terrible while doing it.



Flashback Friday – Kitchen Curtains

Many of the projects I make are for others – for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, and sometimes “just because.” Due to this, I often don’t get so see my creations later on down the line (luckily I’m getting better at remembering to take pictures). I get to enjoy the “oh, wow!” sentiment (hopefully) when I present them to their new owners, but that’s the end of that.

So unlike most of the things I sew and crochet, my kitchen and dining room curtains are a project that I get to enjoy every single day – well, except when we’re enjoying another cruise. =0)

I already had towels and other kitchen things when the hubby and I were married, so I had planned on continuing to use those until we bought our first home. Little did I know it would be several years! I had planned on decorating the kitchen with an ivy design in green and white – I saw so many adorable ivy fabrics in stores. However, when we did indeed buy our beautiful home, cotton ivy fabric was nowhere to be found!

After a lot of searching and stocking on Ebay, I finally found some fabric I liked. I hadn’t ever sewn anything but plain curtains and valances, so I was a little intimated – but I had a vision in my head and had to recreate it. I BARELY  had enough fabric, but I was able to pull it off. And I still LOVE my kitchen curtains. The ruffles just make me smile, and the gingham tiebacks (my hubby’s suggestion) are just stinkin’ cute.

Do you have a favorite project you get to enjoy every day?

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