Showing posts from May, 2012

Composition Caddy Tutorial Review

So, I know it's only May, but I decided to get ahead on my Christmas presents. Yes, I know. But the last thing I want to do is craft under duress. So, a couple months back when I was making my list, I came across Splendorfalls' Composition Caddy Tutorial- and I knew it would be just the thing for my 2 nieces and nephew (ages 4 and 6). (So her parents should stop reading now)

Grade: A. Since Splendorfalls provided a PDF, I definitely have to give her two thumbs up.
Materials: 3 fat quarters (more on this below).
Cost: Roughly $8- $2 for the composition notebook, $2 per fat quarter (2+ 6 = 8)

Now, on the fat quarters- if you follow her measurements exactly, you will be a little off depending how you cut it. That is ok. Instead of her 11.5" measurements, I did 11"- and they came out fine. So go ahead and buy the designer fat quarters, and forgive yourself the yardage. (One might notice my addiction to Michael Miller prints).

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T-shirt to Dress Tutorial Review

So, yesterday I decided to tackle my first dress! So to start, I decided to make a dress for my sister for her birthday. To do this, I used the tutorial from Elle Apparel, titled "Nautical."

Time: 3 hours (more on this below)
Cost: $25 total. $10 for the t-shirt, $15 for the fabric. You could probably do this for cheaper, but this was for a present....
Material: Well fitted Tshirt, 2 yards fabric.

Grade: A. The tutorial was truly easy to follow. Note- I made the dress 4 inches shorter than she did, but my sister and I (we're twins) could just be shorter than her.

Why did this take such a short time? well, beyond the simplicity of the pattern, I have recently acquired a serger! I got an older model one used, but it worked like a charm! Seriously, this project went faster because there was no double stitching. It was wayyy fast and easy with serger. Ok, I may be ranting, but yay!