Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas Bias Skirt

I kinda disappeared on here around Christmas but I do assure you that I had a lovely Christmas and I was quite busy in between all the festivities. I do hope also that everyone had a lovely Christmas. For those that did update their blogs and shared a little bit about what they were up to and their family traditions, I really enjoyed it. Thanks so much!

My moms Christmas present was something that I think I had been promising since LAST Thanksgiving. I guess it puts it in the same category as that table runner but..... I did get it done in time for my mom to wear on Christmas Day. The fabric was found on clearance (LOVE that) and is just the perfect weight for winter wear. I do not really know what the fabric is but lets just say it is poly suiting to be on the safe side ;)

As for the pattern, I did not have one her size in my stash. You would think I would considering how many hundreds of patterns I have (ahem) but alas I did not. I was in a pinch too cause I think it was three days before Christmas when I started on it. I was not going to go out in the cold and drive all the way to Joanns to get one in her size either. So, I googled it. Do you know how nice google is? It is really nice. I came up with this link and said hallelujah. Just what I was looking for.

Now, in complete BethanyLynn style I drafted the skirt just perfectly with the WRONG measurements. Why do I do that? Lets just say I had a practice run before the real thing. That works. In the end, it probably only took me about 30 minutes to draft once I had the right measurements ;) And you know what, it was super easy. I would do some things different next time but I think over all it was worth taking the time with the nice fit and end result.

The sewing was straight forward. I officially love lapped zippers. They are easier to put in than invisible zippers and way cheaper to buy. I used the serger we have to finish the seams and I love it too. That hem tape stuff that who knows who gave me is a winner too. I used it on that other skirt and I used it again on this one. I'm glad its a big roll cause I think I will be using it a lot.

As Always,
Bethany Lynn

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Things Happening!

Hello All and Welcome! If you are visiting from Practically Pretty, I hope you enjoy yourself. If you have not heard yet, there is an announcement over on Practically Pretty so go and read it ;)

That is where my brain has been over the past few weeks and I am so excited about the things that will be happening in the new year --both for me and Practically Pretty. As Grammie mentioned, I am hoping to offer things for girls and teens all the way up through ladies and maternity wear. It is a big undertaking and something we have been talking about for probably a year now! A lot of the previous projects on here are things that you will see in the new Practically Pretty store. The Changing Seasons pattern and those dresses are definitely on the list along with some skirt styles I hope to be posting soon. What has me realy excited right now are some new pattern lines from other small businesses that have been kind enough to let other home businesses use their patterns.

I've mentioned the Handmade Dress pattern line before but now that I have the patterns in hand and am picking out the fabrics to make up samples for Practically Pretty, I am even more pleased and excited about using them! Samantha Caffee is a homeschooling mom with 3 children and one on the way and is also in the process of adopting a sibling group from Bulgaria. She is just a sweetie and I have enjoyed her blog so much and it pleases me even more to say that her motivation behind her pattern line is just the same as sewing for Practically Pretty-- she wanted more for her little girl than what is offered already by the clothing industry. I doubt I am the only one who has noticed how common the sexualization of little girls is especially in the fashion and design world. I think Samantha is doing a fabulous job by offering alternatives through her patterns and I hope that Practically Pretty becomes a great resource for custom girls clothing that caters to those who value little girls and young ladies in their modesty and innocence.

Next up is another wonderful pattern line, also by a homeschooling mother of 4, who in the same way, started her pattern line for her daughter. Her name is Dawn Hansen and she is the owner of Olabelhe patterns. You can read more about her on her "My Story" page of her website. I only just recently came across Olabelhe patterns but the moment I saw her designs, I contacted her to ask about her copyright policy!! From reading her e-mail, I could tell she was also a real sweetie and was kind enough to allow me to use her patterns through Practically Pretty also. She has everything in her pattern line from jumpers to dresses to skirts and blouses, coats and even hats! Dawn, I am getting ready to place my order today! Thank you so much for all the time you have put into your beautiful designs.

Sense and Sensibility patterns have been used by Practically Pretty in the past and I certainly hope to continue using them. They are so enjoyable to use with their good instructions and quality paper. I know for sure that Jennie's Edwardian Apron (that you see all the time on this blog!!) is very practical and pretty so that is a must. ;) Her girls pinafore and pantaloon pattern is also so functional especially for active little girls.
Last but not least is an old find but with many new beautiful things! Judith Marquis of Amberlane in Canada is a very talented designer who specializes in heirloom with a lot of detail from smocking. I came across her patterns because I was looking for a nice nightgown pattern that was also pretty. I think her patterns are just that! She has a new robe pattern called "Autumn Leaves" that I am super excited about and I just can't wait to get started on making some samples from her patterns.

Well, I do hope you have enjoyed this small update on things to come with Practically Pretty. Lord Willing, this is just the start and I am enjoying it already. I have spent some time over the past few days picking out fabrics and matching styles and patterns to fabrics and writing scribbles here and there. Here's to hoping that much will be accomplished in the way of warm weather things in time for Spring weather!
Bethany Lynn

Friday, December 10, 2010

Another Apron......

This time for my neighbor and shortened to be more 1950's esque than Edwardian! She suggested shortening it just for her ease of movement and I really like how it turned out! In case you have not seen previous posts, I did use Sense and Sensibility's Edwardian Apron pattern, again! Everyone just seems to like it and it sure is easy to make for lots of different sizes and body types.

I do apologize for not having any pictures on an actual person. It is getting quite cold around here an apron over a coat just does not look right ;) It even started snowing while I was taking these pictures! Can you see the little flecks on the table?

I did do the adjustable shoulder straps that cross over on this one. Besides shortening, that is the only change I made to the pattern. More info here on that adjustment.
As Always,
Bethany Lynn