Friday, January 29, 2010

Easy Summer Dress

Just a quick post to let you know what I have been up to. I am finally back in the groove.

This easy dress is the first of several projects I have planned for spring and summer.

Pattern: Style 114 of May 2009 Burda Magazine
Fabric: herringbone cotton from Japan (I love the bumpy texture and gauze-like softness of it.)

I first made a muslin with a $1/yd fabric I had on hand. It fit without any adjustments, so I ended up sewing it up to another dress.

Here is another gathered camisole for Asha. (the first one posted here.) I cut up my tunic. It was one of those "I will wear this when I loose weight" purchases. Now, two kids later, I would be happy if I could go back to the size I was then, and the tunic had to find a better purpose. I kept the side seams and bottom hem intact, so it ended up being a quick and fun project.

Monday, January 4, 2010

My sister's wedding - 2

My brother Ken, whom I enjoyed spending time with during the wedding.

I ran into my mission companion in the bride's room. She had just gotten married right before my sister.

Here is a picture from the reception. I wasn't able to stay for it, but I heard it was nice.

Sunday, January 3, 2010


I didn't make any gifts this year, but Asha got a beautiful coat completed with a hat, a hand warmer, and gaiters for her doll from Aunt Kim. The coat is fully lined and the details are amazing. There is nothing that tickles my sewing fancy more than gifts like this. Thank you, Kim! You are the best!

Scott got me some sewing books. I didn't know I wanted them, but I haven't been able to put them down. There is so much more to learn. He also got me some Project Runaway DVDs. I love it that he likes to watch them with me.

I got some fabric from Japan that I can't wait to turn into clothes. They are mostly lawn and double gauge for spring and summer.

Here is a glimpse of our crazy Christmas morning. Quinn is sporting the safety goggles from the Black and Decker Junior power tool set Santa got him from Costco. Quinn usually doesn't play with toys (He prefers kitchen gadgets and electronics we forget to put away.), but this authentic looking set has fooled him. The sounds the drills and saws make are pretty real, and Santa got a bargain for only $20.

We had a special Christmas dinner with Scott's parents and Scott's sister's family. Scott made roasted duck, oyster dressing, butternut squash risotto, and ginger cake topped with whipped cream for dessert. Everything was just delicious, and we had a great evening together.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Ski Trip

After eight years of having babies, we made it to the slopes this week.

Pictures and video here.