Saturday 8 January 2011

Baby "stuff"!

My daughter Serena has pretty much everything for the baby on the way. 

A few things she didn't have were receiving blankets and burb cloths, so I made these few things for baby. 

~ receiving blankets  ~

These are all flannel ~ various sizes.

I mitered every corner on all the blankets

~ burb cloths ~

These are flannel on one side and terry cloth on the other.
I had never heard of these until my daughter told me about them.

One of her friends had some of these cloths so Serena drew one out to show me what they looked like and I made her some.
They are to be  placed over  the shoulder when feeding/burping the baby. 
(When my children were born I used receiving blankets for this purpose but these definitely appear to be a less bulkier and updated version.)

I saw a cute little quilt made up at one of my local 
sewing stores ~ Sewing World ~ and I bought the panel, so I will also make them a  crib quilt. 
I'll post pictures when it is done ~ the panel is adorable!

I made Ella a fleece blankie with the fabric she chose. 
Hers is the one on the left  in the picture below.

For Ella's dolls I also made a matching blankie with  pillow and with the left over terry cloth I made her various size cloths to imitate the burb cloths and change table pads.

Serena has her bags packed and ready for the hospital and everything is ready for baby to arrive.

Since Kyle is away I am her "partner" in the delivery room so I am ready too....
... we are all waiting patiently!

Serena is hoping next week will be the week because she is so ready :)


Isn't she beautiful?

Have a wonderful week~end!

Friday 7 January 2011

Fabric Bread Basket - Store bought

I bought this bread basket and thought it was really cute and would also be fun to make.

I love the aprons and kitchen accessories Renee from My Sewing Space makes, so I was also thinking of her when I saw these.
There was also potholders,oven mitts  and tea towels to match this basket......I only bought the basket!

Click to enlarge

The basket is formed with the ties...

The fabric used here is very textured cotton with an embroidery.
I do have an embroidery machine but I plan on making it with printed fabrics  that will match my kitchen.
I will also make potholders and oven mitts.
I did take a seam apart and the fabric is layered between sponge, foam. It gives it a very nice feel but I won't be using foam..

Hope this is something you can use Renee :)

(The notes are probably not detailed enough. If you have any questions ask away :))))

Thursday 6 January 2011

Barcelona Blouse ~ Completed

Barcelona Blouse ~ Pattern Brensan Studio

Garment Details:

Pattern: Barcelona Blouse

Pattern Description:

This beautiful V-neck traditional Princess-Seam Blouse has a surprise twist.
The center front and sleeve contrast trim is optional so you have more choices! A great addition to any wardrobe, make without the trim for a great basic blouse, or use a contrast for the trim and collar and make the blouse your fashion statement.

Pattern Sizes:

Small,Med,Large & X-Large 
I made the small with some alterations.


4-22 mm buttons for the front, 2- 18mm for the cuffs.
Embroidery thread #1071 - button holes & topstitching.
Pro-Weft Fusible Interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing  it?


Were the instructions easy to follow?

Extremely easy. Very well laid out and tips throughout.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the style and the details of the sleeves.
I had also come across the Barcelona blouse on Pam's blog, Off the Cuff  and really  liked hers.

Fabric Used:

Corduroy ~  (called Silky Corduroy) 
After buying the fabric I went back to the store to get the fabric content.
The fabric is called silky because of the smoothness of the fabric.
The fabric is 70% cotton, 30% viscose. It feels soft almost like a flannel...

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I took in the princess seams, front and back, by quite a bit. (I didn't measure but I'd guess appox 1")
I think an x-small would have been closer to my size.
I prefer the feeling of a more fitted cuff against my wrists so I did keep the open cuff detail but added a button to partially close the opening. That feels comfortable to me and I do like that detail.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I like the fit of this blouse and because of the trim details for the front and cuffs,  I can see this blouse being made up again and playing around with the trim options.
I highly recommend this pattern.


I enjoyed making this blouse. The instructions were easy to follow and the pattern pieces went together perfectly.

Brensan Studio also has a Blog ~ Bren's Sewing Blog.

I will add another picture next time I wear the shirt!