June 15, 2010

from an email

The Paradoxical Commandments

by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

June 7, 2010

summer sewing 2010

A crossover dress,  A kimono dress and a pillowcase dress.
1, I tried to recreate the Criss-Cross Top by jessekate designs on youcanmakethis.com,  and i have to say I came close, but not quite. I love it all the same. I am especially proud of the little butterfly I appliqued on the black portion. The original pattern is only $5.00 if you want to make one ..

2, I tested a kimono pattern for the talented Liz of Little Lizard King. The pattern and instructions were very detailed and clear even for beginner sewers. Chinnu loves it. There are a zillion cute patterns at the LLK store,  you should definitely check out the LLK etsy shop.

3, I made a simple pillowcase dress with a tiny bit of fabric, using this verry easy tutorial at maya made.   
Threaded a bit of self fabric through the casing, sewed it to the dress..so it will not pull out, but ties at one shoulder. Much easier for mothers of tiny tots.  If you'd like to make a fancied up  pillowcase dress, A step-by-step pictorial for making it can be found at prudentbaby.


June 5, 2010

The dress I made from scraps

A little dress with a big ruffle at the hem. Made with a fat quarter of the white and bits and bobs of the black. That is her standard expression.. my friend says she will grow to be quite the chatterbox!

June 3, 2010

spring clothing

After a long time of not posting, here I am. here are some dresses I made this past month, in anticipation of the warm months ahead..I made two dresses with an idea that inspired by the border sundress totorial at littleblueboo. she has a lot of amazing tutorials, get the full list here.
My girls dont like little dresses that are true pillowcase style, because it has no defined waist. Barbie fans that they are, every dress should have a waistline! I had this great idea to lengthen the top part to make a bodice-of sorts,down to the natural waistline. without shaping or anything so it is just a rectangle. I made the straps and all, readied the top.

Then I gathered the skirt part, a big rectangle, about double the chest measurement.

Have I told you about the awesome easy gathering technique? just adjust the needle tension to high(i used 7 out of 9), set the stitch length to basting, and step on the pedal.The result is gathered fabric!

I attached the bigger gathered rectangle to the top part. i forgot to reset the gathering settings, so it came out wonky, but I realized it soon. Thankfully, basting stitches are easy to remove! After setting the normal stitching tension and length, i sewed the skirt to the bodice. ponnu's dress came a bit shorter than the knee, so I hemmed a long strip of white around double the hem length, gathered it and added it at the bottom. Butterick pattern3477 looks a lot like this one.

As she tried it on, I realized why most sundresses have a curved shape around the armhole... the dress was too low at the neck! for modesty's sake, I added a couple of lace layers between the front ties.
After all the fitting and trials, my kiddo declared it "too loose". So I cut it down the centerback and cut off a bit, then sewed up a zipper for ease of wear. When I made chinnu's dress, I did not need to add the ruffle or the lace, but she insisted on matching her sister. so I made a line of lace at the neckline. As she is a true twig, I had to make a zipper back for her too. This opening has the advantage that i can stitch down the shoulder bow, so it does not come untied all the time.
The orange dress is a sundress I made with a circle skirt and chiffon fabric. ponnu loves her "soft dress" as she calls it, happy that it twirls so beautifully. Now chinnu wants a circle dress...

edited to add, i have entered this in the 'make it, wear it' link party at the train to crazy. visit, be inspired to sew something to wear!


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