Friday, March 1, 2019

Sewing a Baby Gift For Someone Special

It's been a long time since there have been babies in this house!

So it was so much fun sewing up this darling outfit
for a friend that recently had a baby.

For years, she has seen me sew unique outfits
 for my own children and grandchildren,  but 
this one was created just for her little girl.


"I'm saving it,  she said.
For something special." 

And that is why I love to sew. 
It's that chance to create something special 
just for
 that special someone that you care about. 

Smiles,
Deborah

New Beginnings and a Rainbow for Mother and Infant


 Recently, I was sewing for a hospital program that involved supporting mothers who were dealing with substance abuse issues.  The outfits donated were for their newborn infants.


 I thought that this fabric titled, Rainbow Baby, was so 
cheerful and uplifting.

 
Now, I have to admit that I didn't know that the term rainbow baby  is used for is a baby born shortly after the loss of a previous baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth or death in infancy. This term is given to these special rainbow babies because a rainbow typically follows a storm, giving us hope of what's to come


But as I thought of the situation of the STORM that mothers with substance abuse are going through,  as they try to overcome their
own issues to try to give their baby 
the healthiest environment to grow, 
I felt that the outfits really did fit the situation.  

My hope is that these mothers will see their precious 
child and realize how important it is to change themselves.

These babies are special, and I wanted their outfits to yell...
"Look at me...see how beautiful and special I am."

With support from this hospital program, and from people that they don't even know like me,  perhaps they can see the rainbow
that is there for both Mother and Child. 
 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Creating before Cutting

Before I begin to cut my pattern, I usually sit down and sketch out some ideas.  I'm making an outfit for a little boy who loves his clothes "comfortable."  So I'm designing them to have an athletic wear look and fit.  

How do you select a fabric to create a garment? 

Smiles,
Deborah

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

For My Little SuperHero

This collection represents my personal style.

It was made for my Grandson.
Because....there's nothing like a grandson 
to put a smile on your face,
 a lump in your throat, and a warm feeling in your heart.

He will have so much fun wearing these
 colorful and comfortable clothes.

I can envision him flapping his bat wings and imagining himself flying or spreading out his Spiderman web 
as he rushes to save the world.
He'll hang from the rope on his swingset...and 
pretend to be an upside down Spiderman.
He'll spin yarns about the his adventures with PJ Masks. 

AND... if your sewing ability allows you
to create all these wonderful
adventures for a child you care about 
then I can't wait to begin sewing .

Smiles,
Deborah

Monday, November 12, 2018

Earth Day 2019: A Celebration Around the World

    
Earth Day is celebrated around the World
and 
The focus of Earth Day 2019 is "Protect Our Species" 

All of our plants and animals have value in themselves and are part of the web of life. Our lives and theirs are linked together inextricably — without them, our own species might not survive.

The Facts: Declining and Endangered Species

  • Land-dwelling wildlife species have declined by 40% since 1970.
  • Marine animal populations have fallen by 40% overall.
  • Birds populations have been reduced by about 20-25%.
  • Freshwater animal populations have plummeted by 75% since 1970.
  • Insect populations have also declined dramatically. In Germany alone, insects have declined by 75% in the last 30 years.
  • Almost fifty percent of the world’s coral reefs have died in the last 30 years.
  • *     According to the Earth Day Network

 We’re all connected: We need to collectively support natural ecosystems, so they can continue to sustain life on earth.




 
So our entry into the Project Run and Play Challenge could be worn at the celebration of 
 Earth Day 2019
 because it celebrates the ecosystem of the mountains and the animals that live there.
This comfortable cotton lyrca fabric
  features beautifully muted coloration.
The pattern was self-drafted to show off the layers of colors and the silhouette of the mountain forests at the bottom of each leg. 

 
Notice the mountain lion 
           applique
       on the white shirt.








 Good bye....
We plan on attending 
the Earth Day celebrations
in our area in 2019.

We hope to see you there....because the 
Earth Needs Us All To Care. 
And Dear Reader... Please leave a comment about what you think of our creation and what you plan to do to celebrate Earth Day 2019.
Smiles....Deborah and Miss C
  

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Fall Inspired Bomper Jacket with Hipster Raccoon



When you look closely at the fabric you will see deep into the woods at dusk in the fall. Then to add to the mix...it's a hipster raccoon!
This bomber jacket was made with the Jolie Charlie Bomber Jacket pattern.
Peeking out from the jacket is a long sleeve shirt with
 cold shoulders that I designed.
 
 It has a curved hemline
 and
 the sleeves are finished with a band.
Now you can see the 
cold shoulders
on the sleeve. 

She told me that this is how pre-teens 
wear this outfit!

Smiles,
Deborah

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

School Mascot Hoodie


And the planning began:

First, we found this delightful bear panel through Whimsy Baby Customs. It was ALMOST what we were looking for...
A little magic was needed to make him the perfect school mascot representing the "Beardsley Bears."


That magic is called 
Reverse Applique.

A bit of hand embroidery 
completed the transformation.
 My granddaughters school's colors are orange and blue.  She designed this fun hoodie to be worn on school spirit days.  
What bear hoodie would be complete without bear ears?!!


 Here is the completed 
School Spirit Hoodie.

Smiles,
Deborah
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