Monday, August 23, 2010

LSU Ruffle Pants and Hooded Towels

We went to my folks this past weekend, and usually that means that I am rushing to finish a requested item! Well, these ruffled pants were this visits' request. My always WELL-dressed niece (thanks to a talented sewing AUNT, hee hee!) was in need of some "game" wear. My brother and SIL LOVE to tailgate and attend home games, and having a 2 yo doesn't slow them down! She will be the cutest dressed Tiger Fan! Now, originally they were supposed to be purple with white polka dots like the doll in my header...but I had less than a yard of fabric, which wasn't going to be enough. So off to my less than a block away JoAnn's to pick some up...nothing! Well, I guess I'll try Hancock's down the street....NOPE!! Hobby Lobby, here I come....UGH!!! I guess I should have known that the beginning of Football season would leave the local fabric stores DEPLETED of purples, golds, LSU, or Saints related fabrics!! Thankfully, I had this swirly fabric in my stash and after some emailed fabric choice photos, the SIL decided that this was EVEN better than the polka dot fabric...HOORAY!! And just TRY finding plain white Tshirts with puffy sleeves...HA!! She got this one from her Target and gave it to me my last visit!! I want to know WHERE are all of the sewing and monogramming mommas in this town?? Stop buying up all my NEEDS!! :D Just kidding...send me an email...we can get together!

My SIL also requested some ruffled pants to wear for Saints games.

These are plain enough to also use for I guess my NEXT request is for a matching Appliqued shirt. NO problem...just send me some SHIRTS!! You know MADE has a really good tutorial for making your own Tshirts and also one for making Puffy sleeve shirts....maybe it would be easier to just learn how to make my own, instead of running all over town LOOKING for some!!

So, anyway, remember last post I was trying to decide what to make for the twin girls' first birthday?

Cute, huh? Hooded towels are soooooo EASY, and ALWAYS a hit! You don't need an embroidery machine to "fancy" them up, although I must HELPS! Adding fabric letters and appliques work just as well! And a little ribbon action never hurt anyone!! But I would definitely recommend grosgrain and NOT satin ribbon. Satin doesn't stand up well to lots of washing, and it wrinkles. I've used really good felt, and just plain ole craft felt and as long as the applique is not too big, it stands up well too. I have a good friend who requests one EVERY year, since I made one for her son on his first birthday. She is still using that towel and it was made using craft felt AND a satin ribbon...THE HORROR!! Thank goodness I've improved my materials a tad bit. But it is good to know that sometimes even the cheapest of materials can last!

Well, that was it for last week. I have a couple more requests for my NEXT visit home...and one day I will have NO WIPs..yeah, right!! The Middle Child starts her Pre-K 4 classes this week..YAY!! So on MWF, it will be just me and The Boy..think I will get anything accomplished? Oh, and one last thing...a couple of shout outs!! I recently found out that one of my Woodvale Moms is an AWESOME cake maker/decorator. Ms. Priss has her 8th birthday coming up next month, so we are going to discuss a sewing for her YUMMYliciousness!! Check out her FB page, and if you are local...I'll give my official review in a month!! Also, a couple of FABULOUS Woodvale Moms..yeah, we Woodvale Moms ROCK...started a Tshirt business. Their shirts all sport some "catchy" Louisiana sayings and is their website!! They are participating in a GIANORMOUS Craft Show that is an Annual EVENT here in Lafayette. I have never been to Tinsels and Treasures, but have always WANTED to! Maybe, I will check it out this year! I was asked to make some bows for their booth...REALLY? Bows??!! NOT my strongest craft, but I am willing to practice and give it a try...for THEM! That's how much I LOVE them!! :D So, lots to do, as ALWAYS! Until later...


Beatrix from Kindershop said...

Okay, I have to ask you: when you make your awesome hooded towels, do you buy finished towels and cut them up? If so, what sizes do you buy?
I need to make a couple. 'cause I can't listen to the: I am cold, I'm soooo cold Mama. When the girls get out of the tub.
I wonder what you will do with only one kid at home during the day soon. ;-)
Let us know how you liked the Tinsels and Treasures market. The names of the Sellers there sound great. I bet you can find a lot of great handmade things there.

Allie said...

GREAT outfits for your niece! What a lovely auntie you are. The towels are great too - you're right, kids love them.
No WIPS? Girl, you wouldn't know what to do. Me too. *G*

Stephanie and Carlos said...

Gotta love a sports addicted family!! We use to dress a new born Moo in a footy jersey but alas we don't follow it now... I have to find a photo for you lol... Ruffles are perfect for summer so i might have to get started now and get in early!! Love you miss you!!

Xo Steph

Sheila said...

Lauranie, Just saw your comment on my Crafty Mom Creations blog! Thank you so much for the compliment! I was just looking through your blog! Love your stuff!! I will now be following you as well! Love the LSU outfit! Ruffle Pants are actually next on my "to do" list. I have a request to do them, but haven't before. Hopefully it proves to be pretty easy! =)

Kimara@weefolkart said...

As always, everything is adorable. I especially love the tiger paw. Your niece will be so adorable in this little outfit. She will steal the tailgating show! Cute, cute, cute!