Archive | June 2014

Ruffled Earrings- Beadwork Feb/ March 2011

After finishing my Gabriola skirt, I really wanted to make a bracelet to go with it. I found a pattern I liked in a magazine and ordered the beads I wanted for it. So while I was waiting on my shipment of beads, I decided to follow the suggestion in the pattern and make a pair of earrings using the link components.


All the beads used were from my bead stash.  I decided to use the blue fabric background for the pictures because the colors of the earrings are bronze, gold, and silver.  I wasn’t certain if the gold would show up on my tan-colored sofa.  But I guess it did not matter because the blue seems to wash out the gold also and make the silver look like blue.

The pattern used is Ruffled Chain Bracelet by Laina Goodman. It was in Beadwork Magazine February/ March 2011 issue. It uses circular peyote stitch, herringbone stitch, and picots.

For each earring, it took about an hour to make.




A Fine Summer Day- Sewaholic’s Gabriola Skirt (1401)

Late morning, the humidity is starting to climb up. Let’s get out before it gets too hot and humid Toby.

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After Toby’s walk through Strang Park, I went out shopping with my mom. Nothing too exciting. We did find our favorite Pacifica face wash though.

Later in the afternoon, we caught up on the world cup and lounged around enjoying a good book. I actually finished up “Good Luck of Right Now” which is the book of the month over at A Beautiful Mess blog.

Summer skirt and Kansas heat/ humidity, so for me that means the best light weight woven fabric is rayon Challis. I have used before so was also familiar with how it behaves as sewing and care. I wanted a cool pattern for my skirt, but all the patterned Challis at my local fabric store had black in them. I like my brown sandals better than my grey sandals. So I didn’t want any black in the pattern. Next best thing was a bright solid color. I picked out the teal fabric because I thought it would go better with what I currently own.

On to construction:

I knew beforehand that the skirt would be too long for me. I was torn on whether or not to shorten the skirt. I wasn’t certain the best way to grade over the shorten/ lengthen line. I figured I would be taking about 4 inches out at the line. In doing that, I thought I would have lost the shape of the flare in the skirt. I had never made any patterns from Sewaholic before also. I was apprehensive of doing too many changes at once. So, I decided it was best to keep with the pattern’s original length. My dad got the pleasure of crawling on the floor to pin where the skirt touched the floor. I did end up losing some of the flare by taking off the bottom edge of the hem.

I had cut a size 10. After I had the front of the skirt together, I was a little concerned that I cut the wrong size and would need to adjust the waist area. But everything was fine. Because of my waist area concerns I had cut a 12 on the waistband, so I went ahead and used that with a little more overlap in back.


I did have a little difficulty with putting together the yoke pieces. I didn’t feel like I was putting the pieces together right and kept seam ripping them apart. I broke down and pulled up the Gabriola sew-along on Sewaholic pattern’s blog. I hadn’t originally pulled it up because I was using my computer to live stream the FC Kansas City game against the Western New York Flash (National Women Soccer League). Totally off topic, but Kansas City won the game and Kansas City’s home field is at the University of Missouri Kansas City. That is where I went to college at.

The pattern marks of the yoke pieces kept confusing me. The waist and the yoke only had one triangle. So I wasn’t certain which one went where on initial look. Having a center front marked on the upper yoke pieces or waistline would have made it a bit more clear for me. The sew-along through clarified what I was having troubles with.

The only item I did differently was that I added an extra hook to the waistband.


A nice surprise for me is that the high waistband won’t rub across the surgery scar. Now I have another piece to wear on those days that I can’t put a band-aid on it. About every 4 days I have to plan outfits around this.

For future Gabriola skirts, I think the next time I make this skirt (as long as it is a solid or pattern), I may try to put the two yoke pieces together in one piece. Then I would be able to cut that on the fold if I wanted or not. I know that I can’t take all four or five inches out at one area across the pattern. I plan on trying to take the length out over four or five different sections at and below the shorten/ lengthen line. I think I would be about to take an inch out per section. That should help keep the flare line better. Last item I would change for the future is the waistband. I think a thinner waistband would look nicer with the long flowing skirt. My skirt’s waistband gapes a little at the top.

Up and coming sewing patterns include Lee & Pearl’s Wrap peplum top, Vogue 1344 (Rebecca Taylor dress), and possibly Wearing History’s Sailor Girl Playsuit shorts. I am almost thinking the shorts will not happen (at least not this year) and instead another Gabriola skirt, summer dress, or top.

Lacy Finery: Heritage Doll Fashion Harriet’s Yellow Dress

One of the last patterns from my recent doll pattern spending spree was Heritage Doll Fashion’s Harriet’s Yellow dress. I think I got it mostly because it looked simpler than a couple of the other patterns I had purchased. After looking at the directions, they were the least intimidating. So that means it was the first to try out.


According to Pixie Faire website, this pattern is rated as intermediate. I don’t know if I quite agree with that. It was fairly easy to put together. But, this isn’t a dress that you can put together for your dolls in a couple of hours. It took me about 8 hours to complete this dress. I did get it finished all in one day but I started early in the morning. However, Harriet’s yellow dress isn’t a pattern that someone who hasn’t sewn before could do by themselves.


All the work is in the details of the dress. I think the intermediate rating probably comes from the amount of lace on the dress.   This dress took a lot of lace, 4.5 yards of lace. All of that lace had to be pinned on. So by the end of the project, my poor fingers looked like Swiss cheese with the amount of times I pricked myself with pins.


After I put the new dress on Marie Grace, I had to remove her hoop skirt (from AG) and her petticoat (that I made) also. There was just too much at her waist to neatly fasten the Velcro in back. It was bulging and that was even with the undergarments waistbands at different locations. So, now all that Marie Grace has on under her dress is the chemise (from AG) and her pantalettes.   If you are going for the “traditional” look with undergarments, you will need to add to the waist of the dress some.


I forgot to look at the receipt for the price I paid for the lace. So roughly guessing, I think this dress cost me $15.00 to make.