Sunday, May 29, 2011

Refashion: Child Bowling Shirt

I hope you had a lovely weekend!  We had a busy, but fun one.

Lily went to a bowling birthday party. She has never been bowling before. Strangely, on Friday, she told me that she wanted to wear a "bowling shirt" to the party. I am not certain how she knew about bowling shirts, but it made me ecstatic that she asked me to make her something. This is a new development, so I was eager to please. (I usually just make things without being asked to - you may know what I mean).

 I did a quick google search and found two really fun patterns, this pattern by the Scientific Seamstress and this tutorial by Ginger Freckle which modifies an existing Simplicity boys' shirt pattern.  Both patterns are from scratch, and I didn't have time to sew a shirt from scratch so I thought maybe I could refashion an existing shirt.  I went to the thrift store and found a size 6 boys white dress shirt for $1.00 (the label is "George" I think that may be Walmart). 

I cut the bottom hem to make it straight (rehemmed), cut the sleeves short (hemmed) and carefully removed the side pocket and collar with a stitch ripper. 

Using the fabric pictured below and Ginger Freckle's measurements, I created a side stripe and a squarish side pocket. I also created a new collar because the original collar was a little small in bowling shirt terms.

(image via Joann's)

It's a strike!!?

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ruffled Bloomers and other Little Treasures

This was a project that I almost gave up on.  

Awhile back I came across some ruffled fabric at a steal. I have been looking for ruffled fabric so that I could make the girls some ruffled bloomers using No Big Dill's tutorial.  I was able to make the bloomers no problem, but I could not attach the elastic directly to the ruffled fabric. For some reason, my machine did not like the combination of the elastic and the ruffled fabric.  The machine kept skipping stitches or creating birds nests in the bobbin.   

I put the project aside for a couple of weeks and then had one of those "a-ha" moments.  I remembered that  the Mother Huddle recently posted a tutorial about making a smooth waistband t-shirt knit elastic casing.  It works really well. Problem solved.
The girls enjoyed their new bloomers so much.
The lovely crochet necklaces are a special gift from Maya over at Little Treasures.   Maya does absolutely beautiful work.   Her work is flawless.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fortune Cookie Diaper Cake

I have posted before about fortune cookies. I love them. My girls love them. They just make me happy.  Fortune cookies are such a wonderful way to share happy announcements, perhaps the upcoming birth of a child! 

One of my colleagues  and his wife our expecting their first child.  My pal and I were in charge of the decorations for his shower.  He and his wife are Chinese so we picked red and gold (in Chinese his surname translates gold) and a fortune cookie-inspired shower.

The diaper cake featured red and gold ribbon and  felt fortune cookies (I have posted about these before, and you can find out how to make them {super easy no-sew} over at Treasure for Tots).  Inside each fortune cookie, coworkers shared parenting tips (both serious and not-so).

We also made fortune cookie corsages for mum and dad-to-be.  All the fortune cookies (with parenting tips) were taken home in a "take out" style box.
As the newborn will be a "rabbit" there were a few Chinese New Year decorations (stamp above) and a garland from CNY envelopes
Chinese Calligraphy with good wishes (the Baking Barrister's mum made these, beautiful!)

Lots of lanterns.
My favourite Chinese take out table cloth.
And the Baby Facebook game. Guests bring baby photos and everyone tries to figure out who is who.
It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the excitement and happiness of a couple's first child,

Monday, May 23, 2011


I am a scarf hoarder. One day I will reveal my collection, but I need to organize it properly.  It's kinda embarrassing (yet still loved) in its present state.  Anyway, one of my favourite blogs,  Nest full of Eggs has a wonderful little giveaway going on right now.  It made me run upstairs to my cupboard and photograph one of my Vera scarves.  I found this one for less than a buck at St. Vincent de Paul.

Have a great day!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Make It Work: Skirt Refashion

I purchased this skirt over a year ago at the Salvation Army because I loved the fun nautical fabric (pennants, life preservers, and cruise boats - couldn't resist).  The skirt was about $2, very long, size 13/14 and has a side four button enclosure, bearing a label "Alluffe, made in Canada."

I have been waiting for the right inspiration to refashion it.  I saw Disney's tutorial and knew the skirt would be suitable.  As one of the astute commenters on Disney's post pointed out, if you like Anthropologie's Cloudless Skies Paperbag Skirt this is a cost effective way of achieving a similar look.  Keep an eye out for long skirts.

I took six inches off the hem which I used to create the ruffled paper bag waist and a sash.  I bound the sash in navy bias tape.

I am posting this to Sew A Straight Line's Make it Work.  If you are interested in refashion, I recommend reading all the posts in this series. I have found it really inspiring.

I hope you are having a lovely weekend. It's a long weekend here and for Canadians summer's unofficial start.  We spent so much time outdoors yesterday enjoying the sunshine and today we went to the Royal Ontario Museum to see the Water Exhibit and up the CN Tower.  One of those days which was just a ton of fun.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wooden Bowl Plantings

This time of year, I just want to be outside, but it has rained for several days straight - the sort of rain which lasts just about the entire day.  So, I decided to bring our planting activities inside. Wooden bowls are in abundance at thrift shops and (even on the side of road in these parts) and they make nice planters. With a thrifted bowl, we put together this little planting with some soil, small river rocks, moss, wheat grass, succulent, and something Lily gave me for Mother's Day which she isn't certain about.  Before planting, I drilled about 8 holes in the bottom of the bowl for drainage.
Another activity -which isn't necessarily aesthetic but a fun learning opportunity- is to sprout carrot tops.

Just cut the carrot tops off and put in a vessel (we used recycled packaging) with a little water.  You can watch the tops sprout.  Lily is studying measurement, so it was a nice opportunity to measure the sprout.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Dramatic Play: Flower Shop

I didn't intend to be away from this space for the week.  I hope you had a lovely weekend. It rained here, but we made the best of it and we are really looking forward to next weekend.  It's a long weekend in Canada (Victoria Day) and traditionally, it's the weekend folks in my zone put out their tender plants.  

In anticipation, I wanted to share this fun flower shop dramatic play center my sister created for her students to celebrate Mother's Day and planting season. 

I loved this drama centre as I have a weakness for flowers and flower shops.  When I retire from my day job, I hope to open a flower shop, the sort of shop with a lots of big drums in the storefront and lots of variety.  Nothing too fussy.  Flower shop dramatic play is a wonderful way to teach your child about the varieties of flowers.  Another useful tool I use is that when walking my girls to school each day, we discuss what is in bloom each week. Lily is now able to teach her younger sister, in sequence of bloom.        

Flower Shop Dramatic Play Materials:

1.   AJ purchased inexpensive artificial flowers from Michael's at the end of last summer they were discounted by 90% (keep this in mind!).

2. Plastic window boxes lined with cardboard to plant flowers (cut slits in the cardboard for the flowers to be planted)

3. plastic gardening tools, shovels, rakes, water cans, children's gardening gloves from the dollar shop

4. plastic vases

5. flower pots

6. cash register

7. order forms

8. two telephones to take orders

9. coloured tissue paper to wrap bouquets of flowers

10. card stock to write notes for the bouquets

The students wrote their own word cards of different flower names. Two telephones were set up so they could take pretend phone orders.  Sparkle box has printable flower shop order forms .

ring! ring!  I will have have 6 stargazers please!
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Have a lovely week,