A Bird Under the Wire


 It started with a beautiful piece of fabric, generously donated by the prttynpnk one and creatively named the Blue Cranes of Doom.    

See what Anne did with it at http://prttynpnk.com/2014/04/17/blue-cranes-of-doom-x2/

I didn’t quite know how to do this preciousness justice, until the April challenge over at The Monthly Stitch.   

 Put A Bird On It?  Don’t mind if I do.  

So out of my stash jumped this pretty 

McCalls 6552, from the Fashion Star line.  I didn’t have enough fabric for that crazy length, so I knew I’d be doing some modifying, but I really ended up really running with it.  Kept the kimono sleeves, made the top a mock wrap rather than a deep V,  gave it a waist using some extra border material.  Fun fun.  Here I am narrow hemming, which I find strangely soothing.    


Looking like it’s going to fit.  It’s also the best pic I ended up taking of the arms.  One big blue crane per limb!!

Finished product, with gorgeous backdrop courtesy of some dear dear friends and their wonderful garden:

Casey the cat is totally smiling with me in this shot!

Ran out of poses, so I decided to hula (or something). 


What’s a sewing post without a little back fat? I love that there was enough of the bird repeat to get some on the front and the rear. 

What a fun project, that I hope to actually post on The Monthly Stitch soon, if I can get the particulars worked out.  It’s bad enough that I waited until the last minute to photo and blog (hence the Under the Wire title).  Sorry, Monthly Stitchers, you deserve better than my procrastination. 

In the meantime, Me-Made-May ’15 is starting as we speak.  So very exciting!!!  I won’t sleep for a month!

Happy Stitching and MMM-ing. 


Flyin’ with my WIP


Way jumping the gun here, but wanted to share a fun WIP that I’m trying to finish before the Monthly Stitch “Put A Bird On It” month ends.   

I’m mostly posting this to show Anne because it’s such a fun piece of fabric which she bestowed upon me.  Anne’s brilliance is at  www.prttynpnk.com by the way.  


Yeah yeah yeah.  Filthy room.  Indifferent cat.  Same ol’ same ol’ Shelley shots.  

This is a McCalls 6552, from the Fashion Star line, and looks nothing like the envelope other than the groovy kimono sleeves.  I’m trying to make the most out of this fab fabric and its super fun print and borders, and I’ve way gone my own way.   Which is why we’re doing this, right??

Hope this inspires or otherwise entertains someone today.  

Me-Made-May coming soon.  I’ll be on all the social media I can muster.  See the links and click away.  See YOU I hope.  Be fun and creative, kids!!!


Squee!  I made stuff tonight


Just a happy sewing mess after a great Friday night.  Made about 80% of a cute top (Jungle March, anyone?), then got totally inspired by the next Monthly Stitch theme–Here’s a hint:

–and made a quickie mock-up dress out of some gorgeous fabric from the generous Anne of http://prttynpnk.com.  It’s gonna be so silly and fun. 

Can’t wait to finish it.  And they can’t wait either.  

Have a great and fancy weekend. 


Some photos courtesy of IFC.com and the awesomeness of Armisen and Brownstein. 

I Can’t Bear the Cute


Another Oscar night.  Another weekend during which I got almost nothing done.  I blame my cat.

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How can you get up and fold fabric and organize scraps and patterns when this little guy is all snuggled in your lap?  I just noticed my way-underused Dyson in the background.  How adorable.

This week I actually have been making progress organizing patterns and fabric, making lists, feeling generally overwhelmed by everything I want to make, and shuddering at the amount of money I must have spent on all of this!   I think it’s going to be an amazing 2015 creativitywise–once my head stops spinning.

At some point yesterday I got off the couch and located my box o’ flannel, because I am way behind in making something for my brand-new, inordinately cute nephew, Gradyn.


The Gingercake Traveling Changing Pad is so precious and functional.  Such a cool idea to keep your baby’s tushie warm, clean, and dry (Clearly I am not a mother, because this changing pad thing is entirely new to me.).  The additional pockets, including the PUL-lined one suitable for wipes, really set this apart from any other changing pad I’ve seen out there.   I bought this pattern forever ago, but somehow never got off my butt to make it.  Now I’m kicking said butt, because it’s awesome.  The babies I probably originally bought this to make for are undoubtedly in kindergarten by now and probably wouldn’t want or need to be changed in public.


As with other Gingercake patterns, the instructions are very clear, with plenty of photos and tips.  I chose to be lazy (big surprise) and not finish with binding, but the pattern gives links for different binding techniques, which will prove useful in the future.  It is a beautiful look, and I promise I will try it next time.

Here are some shots of the finished product.  I’m really pleased with it.

This is how it looks all compact and bundled.  It would take up very little space in your diaper bag or hubby’s manpurse.

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Some shots in various states of folding and unfolding

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And all laid out

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Photo Feb 22, 4 21 51 PMDig those pockets!!
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Okay, Neil Patrick is singing.  Good timing.   Hooray for sewing and Hollywood!!

P.S.  The parents were kind enough to send a pic of the recipient with his new prezzie. 

A problem we can all handle–I hope.


After several hours of organizing fabric, patterns, and other notions, and making almost zero progress, I spotted this on the I Love Sewing Facebook page.


Thanks, I Love Sewing, for feeling my pain and helping me feel less alone.  :)

The good news is I have a fresh new sewing project list and something resembling a direction for late winter and early spring, if in fact spring arrives.  Very exciting.

That is all.  Anyone out there have a similar experience lately?  Anyone need a pep talk?  I’m feeling peppier by the day.

Happy Mardi Gras!!!


Trying something a little different and going the microblogging route, since I have so little to bring to the table in terms of sewing technique. I learned that word “microblog” when I decided to Google what the heck Tumblr is. I still don’t know, even though I have a Tumblr account.

Anyway here’s my Mardi Gras skirt, made a year or two ago out of some mega-fun Mardi mask fabric. There’s a full post about it here somewhere (here it is). I finished off the ensemble with some killer Naughty Monkey shoes and my favorite new socks. And beads of course.


Hope everyone is celebrating your Carnival, etc., celebrations today, or at least surviving winter. I actually have a new item or two to macro-blog. Will do so when the inspiration strikes. In the meantime, keep making and posting pretty things, you lovelies.

Happy Stitching,