Month: October 2014

Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween ghost and ghouls!

I love Halloween. It is one of my top five holidays.

Since we moved into the townhouse we now have a proper front door and porch. I am so excited to decorate them! You would be surprised just how exciting it is to have your own front door, especially after 5 years of living in a second floor walk-up with no proper front door to call your own. I have done a few projects already and here is one more.

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Halloween Crafts: Tomato Cage Ghosties

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Difficulty Level: Level 2/3 Project


  • tomato cage
  • bed sheet/white fabric
  • black fabric
  • 7″ Styrofoam/floral foam ball (white works best)
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun/sewing needle and black thread
  • white outdoor twinkle lights (optional)
  • Velcro circles (optional)

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Halloween Crafts: Spooky Eyes

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Spooky Eyes 

Difficulty Level: Level 1 Project


  • cardboard tubes (empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls)
  • glow sticks
  • duct tape
  • scissors

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Completing a Wedding Guest Dress

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I have been working like a busy little bee to get this dress done. Sadly, a lot of that busyness has been because of the need to take out and redo, I guess that is the price of creating my own pattern and running it for the first time. (Yes, I know, I should have done a full muslin mock up and not just the brief bodice mock up that I did. I will be altering the drafted pattern pieces to reflect the final changes so I can make this dress again.) Read the rest of this entry »

Wedding Guest Dress Continued

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After assembling the bodice, I began tweaking it to be sure that it would fit the way I needed it to. Note the chalk marks on the back shoulder straps; I had to fold them in because there was gapping. Also note the front neckline is pinned, a stay stitch needed to be put in place to hold the fabric flat. The back of the bodice needed to be folded into itself where the zipper will go due to too much overlap. The top back at the neck will have buttons and button loops added to hold it closed.

All of that being said, I am really happy with how the bodice has turned out thus far!

Next, I sewed on the skirt panel in place.

I will be adding the zipper next.

I also am having ideas of grandeur and making a crinoline skirt to wear between the lining and the dress fabric layers. This will be my first time making a crinoline skirt so we will see if I have the time so complete it before the wedding.