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January 30, 2019
Fleece Vest from Becca's Crazy Projects

I ran across a free pattern on Purl Soho for a quilted wool vest. I've been playing with the idea of  quilting one up with some fancy quilting, but then I got the crazy idea to make one using two layers of fleece.

Thankfully, I had enough fleece in my collection I could get one cut and stitched up. I used about 1 yard of the colorful print and the same amount of solid black.
The edges are bound with a narrow strip of fleece held in place with a nice cover stitch finish. It isn't perfect, but ...

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January 28, 2019
Quest for Warmth from Becca's Crazy Projects

I have stacks and stacks of fleece fabric. Some I purchased, some was gifted to me by Aunt Betty (see this great video from Professor Pincushion about Aunt Betty).

A friend said they were making a ruana and I wanted to join in. This seemed a great opportunity to use some of that fleece. I used this pattern from McCall's to get me started. After that, well, I just went my own way.

I had three yards of this fun print in my collection. It was more than enough for this project. The pattern calls for cutting the back ...

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January 23, 2019
Knitting, Embroidery, Mending, and Games from Becca's Crazy Projects

I don't have a focused post for today. So, we'll go over a bunch of things I've been working on or doing over the last week. 
I've been working on this knitting project this year. I started with the Dotted Rays pattern by Stephen West, but I'm seriously considering making it into a poncho, or infinity scarf. That idea is very nebulous, though. I'll share how it turns out if I figure out how to do it. 
I embroidered a pair of hand towels for friends. The dragons might look a little funny because ...

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November 5, 2018
Spooky Embroidery Continued from Becca's Crazy Projects

I know I keep sharing this project, but I'm not stopping until it is done and it still isn't done.

This past weekend I managed to get a couple steps closer to done. The collar was a real challenge. This is the first time I've made a collar like this and I learned a thing or two along the way. Mostly, I learned that the directions for this coat aren't really intended for "advanced sewists". They are intended for people that have made this style of coat before. So many steps, or images, are just not ...

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October 29, 2018
Spooky Embroidery Continued from Becca's Crazy Projects

In the last post about this embroidered coat, I mentioned the better of the two pockets. Here it is! Perhaps not perfect, but better than the last one. 
Garment sewing is slow when you're only making one thing. I'm sure if I was making a dozen I would be at about the same point in construction as I am with just the one. I finished the lining and even used my sleeve board for what it is intended. Most often I use it to press bags once they are turned. 
I assembled the lining with the serger. Lining ...

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October 26, 2018
Kicking Back from Becca's Crazy Projects

I sometimes leave myself a mess do deal with the following morning.

This one was tiny. How tiny? Tiny enough to fit a Tiny Kitty Collier doll.
I picked up this doll second hand years and years ago on eBay. That was when I was a little crazy for Robert Tonner dolls. I still have many dolls hidden away in moving boxes. I suppose I should look to selling them off and putting that money into a retirement fund. Anyway, I decided to use some of the scraps from my Halloween sewing to make Kitty some fun lounge wear. It ...

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October 24, 2018
Spooky Embroidery from Becca's Crazy Projects

What seems like forever ago, Darling Husband asked me to make him a coat with this pattern. It was for a costume. Since I missed the original deadline (he bought a coat from Amazon for that costume), I decided to get to work making the coat the way I envisioned it.
My vision includes loads and loads of black embroidery on black fabric. I cut and interfaced and sewed some pieces together. The back panels were joined before I added the embroidery.
After watching more than a few tutorials on YouTube, I figure out how to make these pockets.
I ...

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October 1, 2018
Little Bit Halloween from Becca's Crazy Projects

Today is the first day of Halloween.

I picked up the Relaxed Raglan pattern from Patterns for Pirates along with the  Raglan Add-on pack to make some raglan shirts. I picked this pattern because it had several options - sleeves, hemline, and length - and the add-on includes hoods and pockets.

I went to the local big-box store to pick up some knit. These are all from Joann Fabrics. The Halloween prints were on sale for 50% off. Seemed like a good deal. I over-purchased what I needed because this fabric is 100% cotton. I bought a yard of each of them ...

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July 31, 2018
Zipper repairs -- a tutorial from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I recently repaired this black leather coat that for our priest. Apparently while trying to unzip the inner lining, he caught the zipper head in the fabric and managed to pull apart the zipper tape and open the zipper head. 

In the end all I was able to do was to move the zipper head back to the beginning of the zipper then tighten it with a pair of pliers. The tape can't be repaired without interfering with the workings of the zipper. Luckily the area is about three inches from the closing end of the zipper, so he ...

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June 9, 2018
Kiddo Fast Finishes from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 One afternoon this week I had Milly and decided that she needed a new dress. When she goes home, oftentimes she's wearing the dress or other nice outfit that we managed to hold on to. It's easy to lose things: shoes, bottles, clothes, sippy cups and so on. 

Front of dress showing the sherbet bodice
It's sometimes easier to just figure it out as we go. This particular time I decided to sew a little dress and matching shorts. As I've been cleaning and organizing fabric, I've run across a few pieces that I immediately ...

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May 11, 2018
Milly's Bubble Romper ~~ A Finish! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I decided this morning that I would work on one small project and try to get a finish. And goodness gracious, I did it! I've been wanting to make a little outfit for Milly, but I had a particular pattern in mind. An hour of searching in the studio did not unearth that pattern. 

However, I did find a bubble romper pattern which I like very much. It's a New Look pattern by Simplicity that is no longer in print. I bought it almost 20 years ago and used it to make Dusti a couple of outfits. It ...

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December 14, 2017
Pin It Weekly #225 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Are you ready for Christmas? I sent a text to my sisters asking who had won the game that we all play at this time of year: the-get-it-all-done game. It turns out that everyone still has time to win: no one is finished. In fact, by listing all of the things we have done, we began to realize just how much is left to do. Ah, the holidays! 

Holiday Embroidered Christmas Table Runner | christmas | Pinterest | Christmas Runner, Runners and Christmas Table Runners

Very often, when I am looking at Pinterest, I begin with something I'm interested in, such as this gorgeous table runner. But then.
1880's Dresses | All The Pretty Dresses: 1880's Sage Green Bustle Dress

I see something else that is interesting and ...

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