The Woolie Ewe, a Dallas yarn shop, went out of business last week, offering 40-70% on the last few days. I still had a generous gift card to spend, here is what I got!

All yarn was flying of the shelves! There were lots of grays and browns left over, but I didn’t know what to make with it. They had some really pretty other yarn, but 40% of $30 a skein is still a lot of money to me, especially if you need more skeins. I got the more affordable yarns for various toy-knitting / home decor projects / I don’t know what’s. I like my colors! :)

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Made this little Doll & Me Apron Set for my 2 year old niece. Pre-serger that is :).
I got the idea in December, started in January, then couldn’t work on it for a couple of months (feeling queasy and not up for any sewing) and had to think about the construction for a little bit. The longer something has been in my head, the harder it is to finish. Finally worked on it and finished it early April.

I used Creating By Cami’s apron tutorial. I wanted something that would fit, but would provide room to grow. This apron is adjustable because of the use of velcro on both the neck strap and the waist strap. While making this I had no clue how big it would be on my niece, so I’m glad it fits well!

Here she is dressed in it :)))

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I did make a mistake in the construction and because there was some time between making the doll apron and the child apron, I made the mistake twice… why don’t I ever make notes… The mistake is most visible in below picture. Should have joined the longest piece of velcro on the inside of the apron, not on the strap, because now it shows as soon as more room is needed. Both times it was too late to adjust it, as I had already pieced the front of the apron and the lining together. I tried handstitching velcro, but man…that sucks, so I gave up. Let’s hope I’ll read these notes :), if I ever make another set.

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I’ve been planning on knitting this reindeer a sweater, but making this picture, made me think I’ll probably sew him/her an outfit!

I used the Fabric-by-Fabric One Yard Wonders book for the Child’s Chef’s Hat. It’s adjustable in size as well, but I forgot to take a picture. Here are the instruction pictures from the book. Smart!

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For the doll version, I just made a smaller size hat and redrafted the apron pattern. For these reasons luckily I have a doll model, which was extremely helpful.

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Oops….it’s been a while since my last blog!
Been busy with lots of other things; maintaining and handing over the local sewing website, lots of house hunting and feeling queasy (doing better now :D).

But I have some really exciting things to show you soon, starting with my new ‘toy’.

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Pretty duo, don’t you think? ^v^

I had been wanting a serger (= lock machine) for a long time now, but could never justify the purchase, until now! :D. I know I’ll use it loads and loads in the (near) future! I’m so excited!

Despite doubting for a long time, I knew two things; I wanted to buy my machine at a dealer, instead of online (not willing to drive 2hrs to the nearest repair point for internet purchases) and I wanted something worth its money. I hate spending $, $$ or $$$ on something that in the end will only break and disappoint. I’m spoiled with my Bernina 430e and don’t want to buy anything that will only frustrate me.

I was really set on buying the Babylock Lauren, after seeing it 8months ago for a certain price. However, when I got to the store, it was almost twice as expensive as before and I didn’t think the limited features of that model were worth it…

Many people advised me to get the Babylock Imagine, a dream machine, but FAR above my budget. Online I read about a lot of people who got a great deal on it, but my dealer (Babylock is dealer exclusive) wouldn’t budge….I went 3 times to the dealer. In the mean time I had my eyes on the Eclipse DX (model nr: BLE1DX-2). It’s still expensive, but there was a special National Serger Month deal for it. The Eclipse has similar features as the Imagine (jet-air threading amongst others), but no automatic tensions. Automatic tensions sound great, but what if you want to manually adjust something?

So in the end I test drove the Eclipse extensively, took a large variety of (minky) fleece, knits, lace, heavy weight fabric to the store and I didn’t need to change the settings at all! In my eyes that didn’t justify buying the almost twice as expensive Imagine. After approval from the hubby (I hadn’t quite saved up enough myself), I took it home and I really really like it! Should have bought it 1 year ago. This makes sewing so much faster and more fun. The only thing that is a bit of a joke, is the free cover that comes with the Eclipse. Way to go for making it big enough, not….You thought I was gonna un-thread my machine every night? ;)

babylock eclipse testdrive Babylock Eclipse DX Some of the samples I tested in the store. I played around with the settings a bit, so not all of them are perfect for that reason.

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Prior to getting the serger, I had been working on this baby skirt for my 2 month old niece for a couple of days. Frustrating those tiny seams! I used the serger and ta-daaa so much faster!

There is even a special foot to serge and put the elastic in right away, I tried to negotiate it into the purchase deal, but again the dealer wouldn’t budge, aargh haha.

titleCard 188x106 Babylock Eclipse DXEven though the dealer offers free lifetime classes with the purchase of the machine, I started the Craftsy Beginner Serging classes. I’ll probably  sign up for the Craftsy Creative Serging: Beyond the Basics Class as well.

Can’t wait to start making:

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Serger crochet edges! Cute on baby socks!

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Lettuce edge garments. Versatile for any age!

Let’s not forget demonstrating the Jet-Air threading! It’s awesome :).
(start the video at 50 seconds)

Well…., at least Julius is done in time for Xmas 2014 ;)

Free pattern here!

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As one of Santa’s secret aides, he needs his glasses to read everyone’s wish list :)

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Christmas home decor

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I didn’t have any red invisible zippers, but I think the white turned out cute!

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Above pillow was refashioned from this $2.92 shabby interesting sweater.

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Christmas gifts

for myself :). Pattern here.

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a tiny gnome for my grandma. I used the tiny Santa pattern for this with mods suggested by a fellow Ravelry user.
I added a mouth similar to tiny Santa’s mouth after taking the pictures.

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Mr. Snowman was made in 2011, but it illustrates perfectly how tiny gnome is.

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my own Santa corsage, carefully looked after by Spike

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A lost pumpkin (forgot to take a picture of him during the appropriate season). Free pattern here. It comes with instructions for arms and legs, but I refrained from adding these, I like them on other people’s creations, but it just didn’t work for my Russet the Pumpkin.

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Freestanding machine embroidered lace reindeer for my secret Santa. I got this pattern from Urbanthreads.com. Love this site. Lots of machine embroidery sites are somewhat dull/oldfashioned, but this one has fun designs. I got this pattern for $1.50 during the Thanksgiving sale.

The mini brads still needed to be added at this point.

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Rinsing out the water-soluble stabilizer! The trick to making freestanding lace!

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Several baprons for 3 precious newborns

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After spending a lovely Holiday season at home, we arrived back in Dallas on Friday morning. Barely escaping the winter storm in Philly and leaving finally at 3am at night instead of 8.30pm.

On the way home to NL, we took so many gifts with us that I could have travelled with an empty suitcase on the way back to DFW …

But there are far better options, like loading it with your mom’s and grandma’s stash, some Christmas gifts and a beautiful 10lbs (4,5kg) cast iron wok.

TSA (homeland security) had to open my suitcase to believe it ! Hilarious! ( ̄▽ ̄)ノcrafter suitcase A Crafters Suitcase

Another baby blanket, most likely my last one. 2014 is going to be about sewing/knitting stuff for myself, not others. I wanted to quit baby gifts many times before, more seriously last summer, but extended till the end of the year. Now I’m done with them. I will post some other (last) baby gifts soon, together with things I made for Christmas.

Pattern: Sunny Bunny (free). Not really impressed by this pattern. I got it to look cute only by looking at this user project. I don’t think mine looks like a bunny, maybe more like a kangaroo? Sunny Kangaroo it is :).

Embroidery: I used interfacing on the front and back, to support the fleece fabric and that made a big difference.

Fleece fabric: Nicey Jane by Anna Maria Horner (sold out). Wish I had ordered 2.5yards more to make myself fleecy PJ pants, but I know I didn’t because I have plenty of other fabric suitable for pajamas.

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