Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ruffles make me happy

I think I've found a new crafting idol.  Kelly from Sewing in No Man's Land is absolutely fantastic!!!  Chances are, if you're bothering to read my lil' blog you've already heard of her...if you haven't then get on over there!  Seriously, it is THAT fantastic.

Especially because she does everything on very limited resources - not doesnt-have-money-to-buy-designer-fabric, but she lives in a very remote place (East Timor - yeah, I had to look it up on a map too) and simply cannot run to the store and buy what she wants!  She took 15 yards of fabric with her when they moved there - amazing!

Anyways, when I saw this finale for Project Run & Play, I fell head-over-heels in L.O.V.E. 
Oooh, just looking at it gives me tingles all over.  That jacket especially has me dreaming in turquoise!

Sadly, I don't have any turquoise in my stash.  Hardly any vibrant colors like this at all...but when I went thrifting the other day there was some pea/avocado/lime-ish green fabric that practically had a halo glow and hallelujah chorus surrounding it on the rack.  AND, it pretty much matches this beautiful floral cotton I bought last year at Joann's and have done nothing with.

So, for less than $5, I give you my 'knockoff' of the Petite Chouette jacket:

 I know, a bit of a let-down after gazing at Kelly's amazing goodness.  But I was too impatient to wait for a tutorial or pattern or anything, so I was just winging it.
I also didn't have enough of the green fabric to make a 5t size for my daughter.  But, I am such a slacker that I STILL havent finished some Christmas presents.  So when my sister-in-law sent me the link for this outfit (after I'd already been drooling over it) I knew I should make it for her almost one-year old daughter.  (Thats why I left off the belt loops and tie - I figured they'd be a little pointless for someone that little.  And maybe it was getting a little late and I wanted to go to bed.)

I'm hoping this is about a 2T - I used some of my daughter's old clothes to make the patterns from. Crossing my fingers that this will fit her this fall!

I've decided, if I do no other sewing each day, then I need to at least ruffle something.  Seriously, just making these ruffles made me giggle like a school girl...I'm so tempted to make a jacket for myself, to wear when I'm having a bad day!

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