Self Drafted Laptop Bag

This fall has seemed to fly by in a blur.  Between the start of school, both kids birthdays, Halloween and getting ready for some upcoming craft fairs, I haven't done much sewing just for the fun of it.  Luckily all that stuff is pretty much behind me and though I know it's right around the corner, I'm not quite ready to think about the holiday season yet.
 I recently got a new, much smaller, work laptop and therefore needed a new bag for it.  I searched online and couldn't really find anything that met my needs. 
I wanted something small, but larger than just a laptop sleeve.  It needed to have handles, room for my power cord and a few extra odds and ends. After much searching, I decided to just make my own.  I was surprised at how easy it ended up being.
I measured my computer and drafted a bag just slightly larger than the laptop itself.  I used some home dec vinyl I had in my stash to make the handles.
And as usual, I dove into this project not sure if it would turn out well or not, so I didn't take any pictures along the way. Turns out, I LOVE this bag and wish I had taken pictures so I could post a tutorial.  
I'm thinking I'll either make one to sell or make one to give as a gift.  Either way, there will most likely be a tutorial in the near future. 

Have a lovely weekend!


Just For You Blog Hop // Topstitched Belt

I'm so excited to share this new book with all of you today!  If you haven't seen it yet, you definitely need to take a look.  The amazing Caroline and Sarah of SewCanShe have put together a beautiful book full of projects Just for You! 
And, what's even more exciting for me personally is that I'm one of the featured bloggers!  I almost can't believe that my picture and project are in such a beautiful and fun book.

My project is a simple and stylish topstiched belt.  I was inspired to create this project for 2 reasons.  First, I love belts, especially colorful ones.  With color trends constantly changing, I feel like I could spend a small fortune every season trying to keep up.  The second, is being fairly small, I often have trouble finding belts that are the right size for my waist.  This belt solves both those problems.

This belt can be made in all colors and sizes!  And the topstiching gives it a more professional, less handmade, look.

Want a copy of your own?

You can enter to WIN a copy along with a fabric bundle for 4 projects HERE
Or, you can buy your very own copy HERE.

Be sure to check out all the stops on the blog hop.  Future links will be added here as the posts go live, so check back often!


Handmade Oktoberfest Costumes

 Last year we got invited to an Oktoberfest party at our neighbor's house.  The invitation said "lederhosen optional".  Knowing my neighbor, I should have known he was joking!  Everyone was dressed up, except for us.  This year, I was determined to get us all dressed for the occasion.
 The kids outfits were pretty easy.  I made a simple elastic waist skirt for my daughter.  I used this tutorial for the waist and drafter the rest of the skirt from a skirt from my daughter's closet.  I added a simple rectangular apron and finally used some of the embroidery stitches on my sewing machine.
 The top is another rectangle with straps and a velcro closure a the back.  I used a narrow bias tape for the lacing on the front.
 The boys' outfits were even easier.  I bought each a pair of pants at the thrift store ($2 each!), cut them into shorts, and used the extra fabric to make the decorative pieces.  For the little boy, I used black elastic for the straps.
 I used felt for the embellishments and hot glued them in place.
Since I am the seamstress, I decided to use an actual pattern for my dress.  I bought McCalls M6187.  Be fore-warned if you are considering this pattern, the envelope is deceiving.  The envelope makes it look like the pattern includes both adult and children's sizes.  So the first time around, I just grabbed one, not realizing that it was only kids sizes.  Had to go back and get the adult size pattern.

I made a few modifications to the pattern to make it more flattering on my small frame.  I took quite a bit of fullness out of the skirt, cut the apron smaller and drafted my own, less full sleeve.  The bodice is fully lined and was a bit of a challenge.  Ultimately I figured it out and really like the dress.

 We had a great time at the party and made a pretty cute German family.

Unfortunately, I couldn't convince the kids to use these costumes for Halloween too.  And, though I planned on wearing my dress for Halloween, it most likely will be waaaay too cold.  So my husband and I are planning on being popcorn and a stick of butter.  Gotta get working on that....