Monday, January 26, 2009

Landon is a top reader!

Today I had to sub at the boys' school. I subbed in a kindergarten class across from Landon's. It went well. The kids were talkative but very good in comparison to some I have had in the past. I had a wonderful parapro so it helped move the day along smoothly. Some exciting news, Landon received a letter from the athletic director at the University here because he was one of the top 10 AR readers in kindergarten at his school!! Yeah for Landon. He will be recognized at the basketball game this weekend. I am so proud of him. I will post pictures this weekend after the game.

Moving back to sewing, I found a dress that I had cut out (but not sewn yet) in a bag over at Mrs. Jackson's when I went to eat there the other night. I decided that it wasn't too hard so I would start it. It didn't take long to put it together other than the fact that I had miscut the sleeve lining a little bit. I decided I didn't want to follow the pattern (which I do very often) but Mrs. Jackson said I should so it would be neat on the inside. I was thinking IT WON'T even show. I did follow the pattern though and it turned out lovely. This was the first zipper I had to put in too. Mrs. Jackson explained it and I did it all by myself. I was surprised at how straight my lines were and IT WORKED TOO!! Yeah!! I just love the sash in the middle! Can't wait to make here Valentine's dress with a crenlin under the skirt out of this same pattern. It will be so adorable. (Sorry about the pictures because her room was a mess, guess I have been too busy sewing to clean;)

The orange dress I cut out Sunday afternoon. I thought that the salmon color would look good with this sheer material that had flowers. They did look good but that sheer material is NOT fun to sew with. It was unraveling so quickly especially when I had to pull out the gathering stitches 3 times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not fun. I was able to finally getting it to work though. I thought it turned out cute although I think I should have made a size 1 because the size 2 was little big in the neck but she will grow. It is a wonderful pattern and I will be make more from this one! I did my first FRENCH SEAM (sounds fancy, doesn't it?) It is a seam for sheer materials so it won't show so much and keep it fromsuch that ravel lots. I just looked up a you tube video on french seams and it worked! I was so proud. Ok, well enough for now. I need to be going to bed, it is so late.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

More dresses!!

I am having fun sewing so I have been too busy to blog. Sorry:( Thanks for all the kind comments about my sewing. I am glad that you are tolerating the pictures of all Sydney Katya's spring wardrobe. I have finished several more since my last blog but haven't taken the time to post. In the last two weeks, I have been sewing and we also went to Atlanta for the MLK weekend. It was fun but very cold. I enjoyed sewing with my sister while I was there. Anyways, the kids are doing well and are always active doing something. We had two birthday parties today so Ryan went to one and I went to the other. Not much exciting in our life other than school (which for the boys isn't that exciting either most of the time). Just wanted to write a little so you would know that I was okay (in case anyone was wondering).

Friday, January 9, 2009

Way to go GATORS!!

I decided on Wednesday evening that I would make a dress for Sydney Katya to wear while we watched the Gators play on Thursday night. I stayed up really late Wednesday after church to put it together and finished the bloomers on Thursday morning!! I was so pleased with the way it turned out. We were excited that the Gators won too.

Parker Reid with his new pajama pants that mommy made.

This is one of my favorite dresses because of the material. It turned out adorable and the bloomers (not pictured) are cute too!! I hadn't made those at the time I took this picture.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

My sewing projects!

Ryan and the Jacksons got me a sewing machine for Christmas. I have never sewed before but have always wanted to learn. I went and bought some material and patterns and this is what I have made so far. I love it! It is so much fun to create something with your own two hands. The pink and purple dresses will have bows at the top once I figure how to make them. I just love the purple material. The apron will have a orange flounce at the bottom and looks better in person than in the picture. The capri pants have taken me almost a week to make. They were horrible. Thanks to Mrs. Jackson for all the help putting together the patterns that I couldn't figure out. I had the pants sewn all the way together where she couldn't even get her legs in. I sewed them 2 times and tore out the stitches and started over. That is my hardest part. The tutu idea was from my cousin. It turned out cute! Easy to make but a little time consuming and tedious. I am sure I will have many more to come.