actually, lets start with the cuteness. i finally trotted out the simplicity 4206, i wont tell you how long i have had this in my pile of patterns that i buy and never use. i'm not going to lie. it is a pretty big pile, i'm trying to work on it, but i digress. so, amy digs on this pattern quite a bit, and my friend kristen even rose to the challenge. i knew from these fine ladies that the top needed to be lengthened, so i added three inches to the bottom. it really is a pretty easy shirt to make, sew the front and back together, put on the sleeves and then hem the crap out of everything. tons of casing. tons. i am not a very patient (or even) hemmer. i also tend to singe my fingers with the iron. does anyone else do this? probably not. is there some hemming tool? i would pay good money for that. of course yesterday melissa posted all of these tricks from sewing with nancy. in the vein of not lying, i used to watch sewing with nancy when i was little with my grandma and her mouth freaked me out. going to hell for that one. anyway, i have fabric to sew this for arlo as well. i think this time around i will also try to lengthen the sleeves a bit as well. by the time all that casing is made for the elastic, there was probably only a half inch or so of sleeve length from the pit. is that normal? i dont know. i envision these with long sleeves underneath and skirts and tights. actually that is all that i envision for myself for the next few months as well. did you see sally's shirt? it is the built by wendy pattern that is pretty much this pattern for adults. sweet. more casing in my future. i have a bunch of fine wale corduroy burning a hole in my stash too, i was thinking twirly skirt. think that would work erin?

so the hotness. sometimes i dream about going back to school for graphic design. i think i could realize that one day. for now i just content myself with playing around for myself and my friends. but take a look at this. ( i did not make this, i wish i did)

postcard [Converted]
this is hot on so many levels. first of all the design. smoking. the colors? oh my. i want these colors in my life right now. and here is the best part. you can join in on this sale online, today only. coupon code. Party07. i know i talk about habitat quite a bit here. john & kristen are really good friends of ours, and i have never before been as clued into the rigors of owning a small business. my gosh people. if you only knew. being your own boss is great. this will always be true. but what is also true is that it is a lot of really hard work. and you cant call in sick or not feel like working because there is no one else to pick up the slack. oof. i am surrounded by quite a few people that are working hard on their dreams right now. lots of sweat. lots of tears. lots of stress. and there are those days. you know those days. but there are good days too. ok, i am digressing again. and getting a bit teary. what i want to say is treat yourself to a little something, because it will make you happy and it will make two very good people happy. the end.


Blogger Tracy said...

love the top! nope - never burn my finger on the iron - but on that habitat graphic, perhaps. hot indeed! xo

10:52 AM  
Blogger stephanie said...

so cute! i like bias tape for a hem.

jack thanks you for the shoe-in! har.

11:43 AM  
Anonymous erin said...

i think yes on the corduroy...you might have to cut down on the width some. i have some fine wale red in the stash...i'll give it a try (after my brother's wedding) and report back.

12:09 PM  
Blogger lisa s said...

cute, hot... now we just need some spicy! :)

i just finished a drawing that has the same colors as that adorable habitat card!

1:13 PM  
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1:20 PM  
Blogger j said...

left a comment- looked like a book! short an sweet:

top is adorable!

hemming attachments apparently no longer made for home machines (I did a quick search) but you can find them for older machines. depending on which machine you have now, they may fit.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous sarah said...

Love that 4206. I've made several tops and bottoms for my wee-est from it. You can loose the elastic on the sleeves if you want to save yourself some of the casing making. Like view A. No need for the rick-rack if it isn't your thang.

I think a fine wale lighter weight cord should work fine on the Twirly Skirt. I'm about to embark on making one tonight out of just that very fabric. I'll let you know how it goes. I'm adding pockets so it could be a swearing fest. Fun.

Oh, and yes, I singe my fingers too.

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Allison said...

I used to burn my fingers too, until I remembered to turn the steam off when ironing tube like shapes such as casing or biased binding. So much better.

2:36 PM  
Blogger kimberly said...

good lord that is cute.

I burn my fingers regularly. but heck I even burn them on the curling iron so I'm not one to do well with that sort of thing. I love my bias tape makers but that iron gets me every time.

I have yet to have success with any clothes. so I am jealous of yours; nice work hannah.

8:56 PM  
Anonymous carolyn said...

clotilde (.com) sells an awesome thing you can wear on your finger while you iron so it doesn't get singed. if you look at ironing accessories on their site you'll find it, i can't remember the weird name (finger protector? finger warm iron stopper? something...)

6:42 AM  
Blogger dopeattic said...

i love habitat, but unfortunately the shoe sales are all on larger sizes, wish upon wish for fiveseys! the little shirt well, deserves a great big cheer!

8:08 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

I am with you on Sewing with Nancy as a kid. Her mouth totally freaked me out, but at the same time it soothed me. I was mesmerized by it. I must admit, I still am. When she starts reading the letters from her mailbag, I am a goner. Something about how delicately she holds the paper. My mom thought I was so weird when I was like 8 and that was my favorite show. I would have covered the world in ultrasuede back then.

ahhh. sweet memories.

That top is so cute. And, hear hear for people working hard on their dreams!

10:39 AM  
Anonymous kelly said...

you are the coolest... and that top is the second coolest... thanks for it all!

3:56 PM  
Anonymous melissa f. said...

good fabric to project application, huff. make the very smallest option of that bbw top if you're making it for you. or at least the 2nd smallest. it is blousy.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous monica said...

very very vute. I mean cute. And yes I long for warm tights and jumpers, scarfs and... hot chocolate!

12:04 AM  
Anonymous maditi said...

fabulous little trees for a sweet little one :)

12:42 AM  
Anonymous true nature said...

she is *such* a doll hannah!

7:42 AM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

that top really is amazing!!

8:21 AM  
Blogger Blair said...

I saw Sally's shirt and thought (yes, didn't I talk about this very pattern with Hannah? She should make it!) Always good to try miniature at first, they always pull it off so well. Especially in that tree fabric, which is one of my all time favs (yet I own none of it).

9:07 PM  
Blogger Jenni-Raie said...

that top is beyond cute! great job choosing the fabric.

7:53 AM  

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