Christmas in July

I don’t usually participate in Christmas in July. (why is it Christmas in July anyway?? shouldn’t it be June since June is the 6th month?) Unless of course it is a good sale for something I was planning on getting anyway. But I did make a festive pair of earrings that I have been meaning to make for a while.

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It’s the angel earrings I have been meaning to make for far too long.

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Making a pattern

I found a shirt I forgot I even had. I don’t know why I forgot about it, it’s really comfortable.

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I decided to trace it and try to make more. I started by laying my usual painters tarp over the top, and tracing it.

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And added my seam allowance.

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I plan cut strips for the arm holes and neckline, I just haven’t figured exactly what method I am going to use to attach them.

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Finished shorts and a trick

I finished my pajama shorts today. I sewed the hem, and casing. When putting in the casing I tried a trick, folding up one end of the elastic and putting an office clip on it.

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It didn’t work for me this time because it was too snug in the casing, but if I had a smaller clip or slightly wider casing it would have been great. I ended up doing the usual safety pin method.

After sewing the elastic in place, I sewed in the tag when I finished sewing the casing.

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And now my shorts are done! I can’t wait to wear them. I won’t miss my well worn pair of pajama shorts.

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My sewing machine fabric pajamas

It’s been a while since I cut out the matching pajamas for my daughter and myself.

I got the serger out and sewed my tag in half.

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And I serged up the side seam and inseam.

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Of course I also serged the other leg and around both legs at the bottom and around the waist.

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Maybe next time.

I didn’t get selected for Refashion Runway but hopefully I can refashion along with some of them, even if they are a little behind the official refashions, but I will at least try for a few more complicated refashions and enter again when there is another season of Refashion Runway.

I’m not sure which ones I will refashion along with. But the refashions are.

Combine floral and stripes or geometric

Gingham

Handbag, tote, or clutch

Maxi skirt or dress

Asymmetrical

I already have an idea in mind for the floral/stripes or geometric but no garments to refashion.

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Adding to the wishlist

We have a wedding to attend this fall, and I don’t know why but I want to make a dress. If I do make a new dress for the occasion I’d like to make Vogue 9100.

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http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v9100-products-49838.php?page_id=174

I like that it has custom fit (different pattern pieces for different cup sizes) and pockets! I might add invisible zippers to the pockets too, that way I won’t always have my hands in them, and I won’t have to be worried my stuff will fall out.

This is only in the planning stages at this time, I still have plenty of time to wait for a sale for the pattern and find the perfect fabric.

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Balloon tying tool

After seeing a few different balloon tying tools while I was comparing prices of water balloons, (online of course) I decided to try making my own.

I used leftover swirled pieces of polymer clay leftover from other projects.

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It is a little tricky, but you pretty much wrap the balloon around the tool instead of your fingers and wrap the end through the “C” shape.

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It does take a little practice, but is better than sore fingers (but not as good as the hose attachments for filling water balloons)

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