Sunday, May 24, 2009

Summer Sewing

Between planting veggies and building fence...I have been sewing.

My girlie girl really needs clothes for summer.
This is becoming my go to pattern.
I simply traced her fave pants, then cut that tracing out.
I placed it on the fold of the fabric she chose and cut out two. I make the rear with a little more fabric.

Sew up the curves at the top. Then separate and sew up the legs.
Fold over an inch or two for the waist and insert elastic. (measure your little one and mark elastic)

This girlie likes flat front waist. I measure her waist and make my elastic about one third that number(8 inches for my girl who is size 8). Then I sew it to the unfolded waistband one end on each side of the waist.

Then I sew the waist down and it's done.

This is terrible instruction, but I haven't found time yet to put it into word for a tutorial.

I know sewing pants is about the most simple thing in the world but there was a time when I didn't know how, lol....and I wish I had.
I can makes pants for myself in this same way. I love linen and hemp weekend pants.
Throw on a drawstring and I'll live in them.

The other morning I went out to water the garden and there were flies everywhere. I'm hoping they are just regular old annoying flies.......we will see.
Something has been eating my bok choy. I'm going to spray it with some insecticidal soap. Crossing my fingers.
So far I've not seem many slugs. There are however lots of caterpillars. The kiddos are delighted.

Tomorrow I'm planting out my tomatoes. I've been too overprotective. It's time to boot them out.

Here are some recent pics to share.

I think my next post needs to be about my love of fabric.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Mermaid pants and the garden gate

Hello. I've missed you blogger world.
It seems as if I have no time these days for anything, lol.
Perhaps it is more that I have so much to do that my head spins and I end up going in circles getting nothing done. :) SO it seems to me anyway.

We've been building fence and finally finished. YES!!
Now I'm working on two gates. I must get them finished so I can plant.
The chickens will kill everything if I have no gate. They are really trying to take over. Yesterday my daughter was standing outside eating a big chunk of fresh bread and a little red hen sneaks up behind her and snatches the bread.... running away cackling an evil cackle. Ok, well I made up that last part, but really...they are stealing from the mouths of babes here. No joke. Naughty chickens.
And yes they have a lovely diet of greens, grains,'s free range here. Five acres of chicken heaven. This weekend I'm building two chicken tractors. It's time for the chickens to learn the boundaries. Oh ...and I would like to step outside and not step in chicken poo. It's not quite the same as sand squishing between your toes.

Yesterday it rained and I was frustrated. My sewing room has been completely taken over by seedlings. Really. It's dirty and I mean there is real dirt on the wood floors. I've been trasplanting :) I don't mind dirt, I do clean it up eventually.
Anyway yesterday it rained and I decided I didn't care about the dirty overcrowded sewing room. I had to sew. Thought I would surprise my girlie girl with somehting special. She is my special sweetie, always listening intently, thinking of others before herself, following me around asking to help.....
She loves the heather ross fabrics.....and she loves I made these

I simply traced a favorite pair of wide leg gauchos and made them with a flat front waist. I made a tutorial as I went along and I need to load it up.
The trim is a lace with wooden beads that was gifted to me. Love it.

Next I will be making the yoga pants and skirt as promised. I drafted my own wrap top and got a little behind on what I had planned.

Yet first I need to make those garden gates.
Something pretty is what I'm hoping for, pretty yet rustic and frugal.
My potatoes are the only thing in the garden.
Everything else is sitting outside in a chicken safe zone, unless it's sitting in the crowded sewing room, or my windowsill, or the living room......

here are some pics for fun

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Fencing the garden

Busy busy......battered and bruised bleeding hands and wrists.
This garden will be deer proof.
Be back soon.