Thursday, September 27, 2007

Sewing isn't knitting, but...

Believe it or not, at the Cobbler house, Halloween is just around the corner. Therefore, even though my sewing machine rarely sees the light of day, you will begin seeing tantalizing posts of ruffles and felt circles. My costumes take a fair amount of time to make, but they are good, baby. They're also a lot of fun to make, I can make sure the kids are warm enough for the weather, and they last longer than three wearings of dress-up afterward. I made my daughter a Snow White dress for her fourth birthday, and she wore it until she was seven, when I couldn't repair it any more. Literally, whenever it came out of the dryer, she put it back on her body. Luckily, she grew taller but not wider, so the dress just kept fitting. I'd post the picture of it, but all our photos are on my other computer, which has had a very inconvenient demise. I didn't do anything this time, but the electrical went out on our house that day, and we're theorizing that had something to do with it. If anyone else sews and wants to talk about costumes and making them, drop me a comment, ay? We could do some fun photo sharing.

The biggest loss of the computer is all of my addresses. Now I have to wait for people to email me, so I can send them messages, too. I'm not ignoring you all, but possibly you are ignoring me? Heehee. Anyway, that's why y'all aren't getting chatty notes from me.

A spinning pic! Here's my sample of the superwash wool. See how I don't have many even strands? Does that show in the picture? I don't care. I'm in love with the bright colors.

Here's a little idea I had to use up cotton dishcloth scraps. I'd use the spiral washcloth pattern and do each section in a different color. I thought it was really ugly when I was done, but it is growing on me, now that I've left it alone for a few days. But there were more ends to weave in than is reasonable for a dishcloth, so it will probably never be repeated.


AR said...

I love your yarn. Spinning is just so much fun!

You've heard the saying so ugly it's cute? I think your dishcloth fits. Hehe

Carrie K said...

Your yarn came out really pretty!

Oh, Ar has it right on your dishcloth. It's not the cutest but it is. Somehow. Through the magic of knitting.

Does your arm feel better? Talk to a doctor? Get advice that you're going to completely ignore? I hear you on the pain thing!

Laurie's shawl is gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

I'm so jealous that you can sew your kids' costumes. What a way to be creative & not spend $30 on costumes, either!

That dishcloth is really cool.

Anonymous said...

I've always been envious of those who can make the great Halloween costumes. The one and only time I ever attempted to make a costume for my daughter, I totally screwed it up. I was making a very easy clown costume and decided that I wanted to reinforce the leg seams. I ran a few seams on each leg the held it up to look at - I had sewn the legs together; and then reinforced them!

I think the scrap dishcloth looks pretty cool.

Jennifer said...

I love your idea of using up the extra dishcloth yarn! Very cool.

I'm a novice sewing crafter, so I haven't attempted a costume yet. I'll be interested in seeing what you come up with though!

Mama Bear said...

I like the washcloth! Nice and bright for the winter days. The spinning yarns look really nice too.

I used to do the fancy costumes for my girls. My daughter wore the Bell winter costume I made her to Disneyland and the beast danced with her! LOL Fun memories.

Now it's almost time to dig it out for the granddaughter. Not sure where the time went.

Marlene said...

I love your idea for using up those bits of leftover kitchen cotton.

I always made my kids' costumes but not from commercial patterns. I'd get an idea and make it work with pieces of odd ball clothing, make-up, and the occasional sewn or improvised accessory. My favourtie was the year my (barely walking) oldest went as the devil. I hand-sewed pointy white horns to an existing red hoodie, and a pointy tail to a pair of pants. Add a little red face paint and a pointy beard, mustache and eyebrows and she looked fantastic.

Craftybernie said...

The mixed yarn dishcloth came out very well. It's pretty in its own way.

BTW, I love 'Heroes'. I missed the last couple of episodes so I'm once again behind. But it's one of those that's easy enough to catch up on if you miss a couple.

I'm a bit of a nerd when it comes to films and more often than not Mr CB and me don't like the same programmes. So I get to watch Heroes all on my lonesome, no disturbances or interruptions. Ah, bliss!

Thanks for dropping by.. x