30 December 2011

The Lace Trim Apron - For Adults and Children!

Hey, I hope everyone had a good Christmas (or whatever you celebrate) season! :D I did. I made it home to my parents' house via Christmas Miracle. My car had been refusing to start.. after a new battery and much touching of random dirty wires, I managed to get it to crank. It made it home.. and then wouldn't start for anything. My AC compressor locked up. I'm so luck -nah, blessed- that this didn't happen when I was hundreds of miles away - or worse, while I was actually driving. My car is all better now, and I was able to spend a very nice Christmas with my family.
This Lace Your Way Through Anything tutorial is for one set of gifts I gave this Christmas season :) My friend, Nicole, has two beautiful little girls. So, I decided the three of them needed matching aprons.

Supplies: For three aprons (one adult, two children), I used about 1 1/2 yards of of muslin.

Adult Apron
4x44 - you might need this to be longer
Lace, gather or gather it yourself - I think I gathered 4 yards of lace to fit the edge and maybe 2 feet to fit the pocket

Child Apron:
4x 30 
enough extra fabric to make the heart pocket and facing
Lace, gather or gather it yourself - I think I gathered around 3 yards of lace to fit the end and less than 2 feet to fit the pocket. 

Okay, so the measurements are slightly differ, but this is more or less the same process. I used three different laces. Maroon for the younger girl, Dark green for the older girl, and blue for my friend.

Okay, First you need to fold your largest rectangle in half.  You are going to curve one of the corners. When you unfold you should have two curved edges.

Next, you need to make your heart pockets.  I made my hearts by starting with a square, folded in half, and then cutting a heart shape out.  The dimensions of my squares were 7x7 and 10x10.  After you cut out your heart, take a scrap piece of fabric and cut out a facing for the top of your pocket. My facings were about two or three inches from the top of the heart.
Next, if you do not have gathered lace, gather it. 
For the pockets, carefully place the lace along the top curves of the heart. I stopped around the widest point of the heart.
Next, take your facing and place it on top of your heart pocket. The facing should cover all of your lace . Your lace should be sandwiched between the two pieces of fabric.  If you are using a fabric with a right side and wrong side, your right sides should be facing in!
Pin and sew. Here are all three of the heart pockets I made, ready for sewing.  After you sew (1/2" seam), you might need to snip the valley of the heart, and then flip the facing over so that everything is right side out. After you do this, you're going to want to press 1/2 around the rest of the heart. I pressed and then pinned.

Next, take your lace and pin it along the edge of your apron body, on the right side!

Here is a picture of my cat being SUPER HELPFUL

For the sides of the aprons, I attached the lace with a wide zig. Then, I flipped the lace out, pinned everything into place, and top stitched.

Next, I pinned the pockets to the body of the aprons.  I also recommend tacking the pocket at the dip in the heart, because depending on how much lace you used, the top of the pocket can get floppy. I forgot to do this, wish I had! I sewed around the bottom of the hearts, starting about an inch past where the lace starts.
Where you actually put the pocket just depends on personal preference.

The last few steps: I gathered the tops of the aprons. Not a lot of gather, just enough to give it body.
Then, prepare your ties by stitching your long rectangle, folded over, and then turning out and pressing. I attached the band the easy way, center the apron on the band and then stitch them right sides together. Press the seam up.

 As you can clearly see, the aprons are a hit! Sorry, no picture of Nicole wearing her apron! haha

Questions? Comments?  Post them! Seriously! Let me know what you think.  If you use this tutorial, comment with the link so that I can see your work :)
Thanks for reading and don't forget to follow me so that you don't miss the next Lace Your Way Through Anything tutorial!

21 December 2011

Harry Potter Doll

(Warning: preemptive self defense ahead!!!) Okay. So. You know those lists of like 100 books people should read? Yea, I've normally read over half of them. I went through a great books program at university. I'm an avid reader in my free time (although mostly I am only slowly reading S.Y. Agnon short stories, but I love them). I'm actually not really into contemporary novels at all. I have read LOTR, Narnia, Wrinkle in Time, Dark Matter, as well as a lot of scifi stuff. I read a LOT of political commentary and history type stuff. I am a religion junkie... I'm actually not big into novels since middle school, I mostly read non-fiction. I also love persian poetry (specific, I know... but really, RUMI? yes, please). I mean. People, I've read The Iliad and The Odyssey straight through The Brothers Karamazov. Hobbes? Yes. Calvin? Yes. The Bible? Most of it. St. Augustine? Yes -and I hate him. St. Aquinas? Yes- and I love him. Milton? Yes. The list goes on. and on. and on.
So, the confession is. I'm the only 22 year old on the planet that has never read nor seen the movies for Harry Potter (or twilight, but ... ew). When HP became popular, I was reading Anne Rice. Let me rephrase that, when Harry Potter came out (at my age-appropriate reading level), I was reading adult books and making the transition to purely non-fiction history and politics stuff. Not to sound like a snob, but Harry Potter was so far below my reading level that I didn't give them a shot even though everyone else loved them.

So, my brother, now NINE YEARS OLD OMG! is reading Harry Potter. And, he wanted a Harry Potter dolly. So, I used the tutorial and pattern over at My Paper Crane (click!) to make a Harry Potter doll for my brother's birthday :)
 He turned out pretty cute. The sewist in me did not follow the instructions and just went for it whichever way seemed most sewing-logical to me. He loves it. I might make the friends. whose names I don't know. Its like a girl and a guy, right? I don't even know.

Edit: Ron and Hermione (also have capes, not pictured)

19 December 2011

LYWTA: Guest Tutorial! Lace in Your Hair!

Hey Everyone! This edition of Lace Your Way Through Anything is a guest post from Megan over at MeganMakesCute!

 All you'll need is - about a yard of lace trim (the length of lace really depends on how many times you want to wrap it around your head) -one Bobby pin Yep, that's everything
 Take a section of hair (about an inch thick) from the nape of your neck right behind your ear and tie the lace around it.
 Braid it into your hair, I just use the lace as the third section of the braid
 When you get to the end secure it into your hair by simply tying another knot
 Now, pull it up over your head like a head band
This is the trickiest part of this ridiculously easy hair style. Take another section of hair, from where ever you part your hair and pretending you have enough hands to do it, begin using your lace braid as the third section in the rest of your hair. It will look something like this, it's actually a lot easier than I might have made it sound.

 Again, when you get to the end of your hair, just tie another knot
 Take your braid and  position evenly with the other side of your head, working it under your hair.
 Wrap the rest of the lace around your head as many times as it will go, secure in place with Bobby pin and bam, your done. Now your hair is cute and sweet and it took less than five minutes
 For lazy girls that still liek to look put together, or, for girls that care terribly about how they look and are just really bad at doing their own hair. I'm the latter.
xoxoxo MeganMakesCute

Questions? Comments?  Post them! Seriously! Let me know what you think.  If you use this tutorial, comment with the link so that I can see your work :)
Thanks for reading and don't forget to follow me so that you don't miss the next Lace Your Way Through Anything tutorial!  Also, if you're interested in being featured as a guest poster in this series, email me!

16 December 2011

I Am Pleased to Announced . . . (giveaway winners!!!)

For my Vintage Sewing Patterns and Lace Trim giveaway I'm happy to say that Carey is the winner!

Annddd.... For my lace bonnet Mize Adventures (and her granddaughter in florida!!) is the winner!

I would like to thank everyone who participated in my giveaways! The pattern and lace giveaway had such a good turn out (for my little old blog) that you can bet there will be more in the future (especially since I have a pattern buying habit).

15 December 2011

Lace Your Way Through Anything

For this week's second LYWTA post, I'm doing a sort of intermission. For all my new readers, I would like to encourage you to check out the six LYWTA tutorials I have posted so far

I've gotten a lot of good recommendations for future tutorials, there are definitely quite a few in the works. Definitely look out for those! Sometimes, when I'm brainstorming ideas for tutorials I do searches to see if anyone has already done what I was thinking of doing.  Unless I would do things  differently, I'm not going to duplicate something I've already found. Here are some of my favorite lace tutorials:

And some lace for the Christmas Spirit :)

Check back next week for a new tutorial on Tuesday. Also, look forward to a guest post from Megan @ MeganMakesCute coming soon :)
If you haven't entered my TWO giveaways:
Lace Bonnet - Vintage Pattern & Lace
You should definitely go do that before Friday at 8PM EST