Thursday, February 25, 2010

baby bootees

this is the first pair of baby bootees i've knit. i made them earlier this week for my friend michelle who's having a baby in a few weeks. they looked so easy in the book, but i'll admit, they were a bit tricky, but only at first. before starting i spent an hour watching videos and tutorials on the internet so feel free to take in a little professional help. can also be very helpful, you do have to create a log in. very worth it, the site is full of awesome free patterns. yes, free patterns.

they take anywhere from 2-4 hours to make which isn't bad. they are a perfect gift for those expecting and very cute on little newborn feet, i imagine. as far as beginning knitters i think this would be a good challenge. you learn to read patterns and also a few new techniques. give it a try, the name of the book is at the bottom of this post.

i hope you like them michelle and congratulations on baby girl number two!


this is the book i have that has the pattern and many more cute things to knit.


Saturday, February 20, 2010

a quick dress alteration

i bought an awesome dress a month ago at a great new shopping place in town, the storm cellar. i bought because it fit me well and the older style interested me. after buying it i showed my friend katelyn and asked what she thought of it. right away she said, you have to take off those long pockets in the front, they make your boobs look saggy. i agreed and that was the first change i made just using a seam ripper.

here is the before shot on my new sewing mannequin. my friend told me about it being on clearance at joann's, originally $200, i got it for $25 because the height adjustment was broken.

close up of the pockets, they're actually seven and a half inches long.

here it is pocketless, a very easy and quick change.
next i shortened the sleeves to a little above my elbows. making the sleeves shorter was the trickiest part. i had to make sure they were even and not too tight.

i took the cut off length, measured my biceps and machine sewed two new sleeves.

here it is all finished. i can't wait to wear it.

Monday, February 8, 2010

girly purse

we went to california to spend christmas with my family this year. before leaving i made a purse for my niece mckinsey. i haven't posted until now because i forgot to take a picture of the finished product before wrapping it and giving it to kinsey. anyway, my sister just emailed me pictures and now you can see how easy it is to make.

for easy step by step instructions and items you'll need, go here. purlbee had the original idea, i made my own variation due to a budget.

isn't she cute?

it needed a little frill so i added a fabric flower, which was just as quick and easy as the purse itself. here is the flower pattern i used.

total cost for everything, under $5.00

Thursday, February 4, 2010

toddler necktie

i'm a bit picky when it comes to some things, toddler ties are one of those things. i had been looking for a black tie to go with williams new black church shoes but had no luck. until my friend jenny emailed me this tutorial a few weeks ago i was settled on never finding a cute black tie. after reading it i was anxious to make one. i found my tie at the storm cellar for $4.00.


i didn't follow the directions exactly because i wanted to made a real tie that actually tied like a big boy tie does.

my first attempt at it didn't work too well. i begged karl to try and tie it to fit william. he managed to get it around his neck but the knot was so thick, the tie stuck out and the shorter tail was really short.

here it is on him. notice the larger than normal size knot? i knew it was a little off but i really wanted him to wear it once before giving the tie a rework.

in-between steps

the second and better attempt at his tie.


horizontal view in case you were wondering what it might look like ; )