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Wee Vintage Wednesday 10/12/2011

Is October really almost half over???  Time flies.  I guess I should hurry and finish the kids costumes, I am going to blink and Halloween will be here!

I have been sick as a dog on a log for the last few days.  I came down with strept throat.  My sweet Violet girl got it right after me.  No one else (fingers crossed) seems to have caught it.  It is a nasty disease!  I could barely move or eat.  My husband has been a champ doing everything that needed to be done 🙂  Way to go awesome husband!  So, that is the reason for my absence.  I have not lifted a finger to make anything.  I am starting to feel a bit better so that is gonna change soon.

Today is wednesday and you know what that means!  Vintage clothes with the wee ones 🙂  I sadly took no pictures this week since I have been sicker than sick but these I had on my hard drive from a few weeks ago.  Nice save, I know! 😉

This week features my little Rowan.  He is mischievous and then some.  You can tell just by looking at him.  See that apple?  You may think, oh good, he is getting in his fruits and veggies.  Don’t let the fact that he is holding an entire apple fool you!  He will only touch them in the whole and uncut state.  Cut that apple, it becomes the worst thing ever and he will not touch it with a ten foot pole.  So, whole apple.  Takes a few bites.  Decides that he is done with it.  Wants a new apple.  You try to give him the barely eaten apple.  It is now not new and he will have nothing to do with it.  Cut it?  Forget that, remember?  So, yeah……good times.

Back to the clothes……he is sporting some pants that I made from some vintage pirate fabric that I have been hoarding for years and years.  I got it from a friend who inherited it from a cute old lady who had been saving it in her stash for years and could no longer sew due to her poor eyesight.  It is pretty adorable/awesome.  It has nothing on the selvage, which is common with vintage fabrics.  The liner fabric is from a vintage sheet I found.  It has little blue anchors all over it.  Perfect match I would say 🙂 I am letting go of a FQ of it in my shop.  I am hoarding the rest thankyouverymuch.

The blonde pirate there is my favorite.  There are so many fun things on this fabric.  Canons, ships, guns, treasure chests and pirates.  Any boy’s dream!

We made a shirt change after a large water spill and headed outside for a change of scene.  I have noticed that when we go outside to take pictures that he (a) stays on the driveway and (b) will not look at me.  Haha!

Outfit details:


Pants-made by me using my reversible pants tutorial.

Socks-Baby Gap

Shoes-See Kai Run

In other news, reviews from my pattern testers are starting to roll in!  I am dying over the cute boots that I am seeing and all the great tips to make the pattern better!  I wanted to share some that Amber (One Shabby Chick) made for her nephew.  I am so glad that they look equally as cute for boys by omitting the ruffle!  Adorable, thanks Amber!

I think my love for that Heather Ross clothesline fabric from Far Far Away III has reached an all time high.  So adorable.

Well, I think that covers it.  Have a wonderful wednesday!  I will link up to Little Vintage Style and Small Style once they are up.

Enclosed Hem Tutorial

Hi there! 🙂  Spring break in winding down and I am sad that the kids have to go back to school next week.  We have had so much fun!

I wanted to do a tutorial on an enclosed hem today.  This hem is so wonderful when you don’t own a serger.  It cleanly finishes off a piece of clothing and when paired with french seams (which is another type of enclosed seam), it looks awesome!  I use this type of hem of all of the skirts and dresses I make for my daughter.  Here is and example of what I am talking about

I like to add the contrasting band of fabric to my clothing.  It makes for a more interesting piece and allows for the enclosed hem.  If you are only going to use 1 piece of fabric, this way of finishing off the piece won’t work.  You would have to turn the fabric twice and hem.  Let’s begin! 🙂

This completely encloses the raw edges on the bottom of the piece of clothing.  Here are a few more examples

Hope this helps with the raw edge issue when you don’t own a serger 🙂  Please ask any questions if you have any, and if you use this tutorial to make something, upload it to the flickr group so we can all oooh and ahhh over it! 😉

Happy Sewing!

Quilted Patchwork Bib Pattern And Tutorial

* I just started a flickr group for any projects made using my tutorials.  Please feel free to stop by and post your finished or WIP! :)

*Bibs made using this pattern may be used for personal use only.  It has come to my attention that my pattern has been stolen and was being used along with my tutorial and pictures for a for profit class at a sewing shop.  Not cool.  If you want the PDF for the pattern, email me.  

1. Supplies

  • Fabric (fat quarters are plenty for this project.  You can use as many or little fabrics as you want!
  • UPDATED 9/2012 pattern.  Click bib1 and bib2 to get the PDF files.  It comes in in 2 pieces.  Be sure to select fill page instead shrink to fit when you print or you may end up with a wee bib 😉 When printed it should measure between approx. 6 1/8th” and 6 1/4th” on the fold and 11 3/4″ from tip to bottom.
  • Batting.  I used Warm And Natural cotton batting.
  • Velcro or snaps.  I prefer velcro, it is safer and makes the bib fit longer as you can adjust as the baby gets bigger.
  • Scissors that can cut through multiple layers of fabric
  • Straight pins
  • Marker or pencil for tracing pattern onto fabric.  I use a Mark B Gone pen.
  • Rotary mat and cutter (optional)
  • Chopstick or other tool to smooth curves once bib is turned.

2.  Cut out your fabrics.  I typically cut the top and bottom pieces around 7″x13″ and the middle piece 3.5″x13″ .  That is not a strict rule though!  This is where you can get creative.  You can have as many strips in whatever width you want.  Often times I will feature a cute fussy cut of fabric right smack dab in the middle of the middle row.  You decide! See the bottom of this post for more ideas on piecing!

*If you wanted to make some for meal time, most craft stores sell this fabulous stuff called iron on vinyl!  Iron it onto your pieces before you piece them together!  You won’t need batting for meal bibs.

3.  Sew strips together.  Use a seam allowance of 1/4″

4.  Press seams to either side.

5.  Iron in half, right sides together.

6.  Place pattern right next to fold in fabric.  Using your transfer pen, trace around the pattern.  Make the middle section LOWER than the neck opening.  It becomes too bulky with the seam if you make it any higher, 1/2″-1″ away is a good amount. DO NOT CUT OUT!!

7.  Flip pattern over, match up edges of pattern with lines you have traced and continue tracing bib.

8.  Cut your backing and batting the same-ish size as your top.

9.  Lay your batting down first.  Then lay the WRONG side of your backing fabric facing down towards the batting with the RIGHT side facing up.

10.  Lay your top RIGHT side facing DOWN and WRONG side facing up on top of the backing fabric.  The RIGHT sides of the top and backing fabric should be facing each other.

11.  Pic in several place on the inside of the drawn line.  Make sure your fabric is smooth, flat and wrinkle free.  Also, make sure the pins go through all layers.

12.  Begin sewing right on the line.  Leave a 4-6 space along the side where it is straightest so you can turn the bib right side out.  Make sure and back tack your stitches at beginning and end or else when you turn it will pull apart and turn into a mess!

13.  Using your scissors, cut 1/4″ outside of seam all the way around EXCEPT where you left the open space.  DON’T trim there, you want all that fabric so you aren’t left with any raw edges when you are done.

14.  Cut notches around all the curves.  This is a pain in the you-know-what.  Keep going strong! 😀  Pinking shears also work great if you have them!  Don’t get too close to the seam or you can either clip the stitches, go beyond the stitches or later have fraying that goes beyond the stitches.  All of the above are very, very bad.

15.  Flip that sucker right side out!  Use  your chopstick or turning tool to smooth all the curves out to make it lay nice and flat.  Iron the flap to the opening under.  I trim the BATTING ONLY flush with the outer edge of the bib.  Leaving it just creates unnecessary bulk.  Pin the opening shut.

16.  Starting within the middle section sew or quilt a straight line across.  Any allowance really is fine, it is personal preference.  Continue with each section moving outward.

17.  After the sections have been quilted, sew around the perimeter of the bib catching the opening.  Make your allowance small, around 1/8th” to be sure to catch both of those flaps.

18.  Attach velcro.  One side will go on the top of the bib and the other will go on the back.  Be sure to check your placement before sewing to ensure that they match up when bib is connected.

19.  Mission complete!  You just made a wicked cute bib!  Pat yourself on the back, and make another! 😀

* I would LOVE to see any bibs made from this tutorial!

Here are some examples of a more patchwork style with more quilting.  The possibilities are endless 🙂  Be sure to check out the flickr group to see even more examples!

Made by me

Made by me

By leslieandsara

Made by me

Working On The Bib Tutorial

Working on the tutorial today 🙂  I have got the pattern all scanned and pdf-ed and uploaded.  Now, I just need to make the tutorial part.  Hopefully I can finish it up today.  I am SO excited about the fabrics I am using for the example, TO DIE FOR! 😀  Be back really soon.  XOXOXO

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