Saturday, June 13, 2009

Odds And Ends

All you pizza makers out there have you noticed your dough is WAY to sticky to work with now that it's summer? I have.

I now just stand at the bread machine with and extra cup of flour and add it in while it's kneading until I like the way it looks. Last night I needed an additional 3/4 of a cup. Also, by accident, I used bread flour instead of all purpose... and... it was the best pizza I had ever made. The crust was not as puffy & soft. I'll be sticking with it from now on.

I made Kid a dress yesterday. She loves it. It took me a total of 30 minutes start to finish. You can do it too. Seriously. I don't really know how to sew anything but a straight line and I have no patience for patterns and whatnot. If I can do it, you can do it.
I found a dress of hers that fits well.

I laid it on top of some knit jersey fabric (my fabric wasn't wide enough so I just adjusted the dress skirt to the width of the fabric).

Then cut out a dress back following the outline of the original dress.

(I intentionally used a jersey knit with the idea of NOT hemming the arm holes, neck line, or bottom. The jersey won't unravel it will just roll a little. You know? Sometimes you actually buy clothes with a rolled hem.... or remember back in the flash dance era... it's fine it will work out... bonus MUCH less work to make. And if your kid has weird seam and fabric issues, like Kid, this is their dream come true.)See the raw edges?

So you have cut out one piece of the dress by just cutting about 1/2" around the dress, except at the arm holes and neck holes. When you get to the arm and neck holes just cut those as close to the dress as you can.

Take your dress back and fold it in half. This will check how symmetrical it is. If it isn't, and since you just eyeballed it it won't be, just trim up the bits that are uneven. The side edges don't have to be perfect because those are going to be inside seams but you do want a smooth cut for the bottom, arms, and neck.

Take your back and put it on some of your fabric. Cut it out EXACTLY as big as the back. It is actually faster if you take your fabric and fold it in half and lay your dress back folded in half on top. Put the folded edges together and cut out along the cut edges. You will only be cutting out one half of the dress piece but when you unfold it you'll have the full piece. This saves the step of trimming it up to make it symmetrical. If you have never sewn clothes before and just read that and thought "this is getting too complicated" just lie it flat and cut it out just like you did the dress back. Then fold it in half and even it up.

Now you have to identical pieces of dress. To make one the "front" fold it in half and make the neckline scoop a little bit bigger. Look at your original dress for a guide.

Place your dress right sides together. Pin your dress edges together. Always place your pins for easy removal at the machine with the point UP and the head down. Using a straight stitch sew the shoulder seams locking your stitches and the sides of the dress.
You are done. It probably cost you $1. Which is good, because, if your daughter is like mine she'll get pen on it in the first 10 minutes of wearing it.


Marie said...

The dress is adorable! I love a summer dress..right over the head and out the door. So simple and cute!

Nutmeg said...

another reason I wish I had a girl.

inkelywinkely said...

Good job!

I am currently in the process of making a onesie for my brother baby they are expecting this month...little white and lilac flannel print, with a little lilac colored belt and bow (picture tiny empire waist)... so darned cute...I have yet to sew it, but it is all pinned together and ready to be sewn. :)

Monica said...

Mrs. F I love this... You had such a great idea...I challenge you to make more and see what you save on kids summer clothes. I know she is growing like a weed. Kid is nearly as tall as me... Something I do for myself. I take winter sweats and cut them off to different lengths to get another season out of them. Esp. if they have shrunk in the length.

Kiki said...

Great Job Mrs. F!!! Looks awesome and I think Baby wants one too from the looks of that picture.

Dinah Soar said...

I know you make bread..have you tried the "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes"? It is superb--if you like dense, chewy bread. You can get the recipe online or you can buy the book. Never having had much success with breadmaking I was very skeptical about a bread that was not kneaded being fit to eat. Was I ever wrong. It is the best..and you can make pizza crust out of the dough, as well as pita bread and naan. And even better, you mix up the batch with a spoon and can keep it, enough for 4 one pound loaves, in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, ready to use when you want a fresh loaf. If you are interested and unable to find the recipe online, let me know and I'll send you some links to it..the authors' of the book have an online blog too. And kid's dress is so it... kudos to you for sewing.

inkelywinkely said...

Dinah, is there some way you could email *me* the recipe if Mrs F is not interested?

Mrs Furious said...

Dinah Soar,
I have been hearing about that recipe ALL over the internet. I just, this week, was reading about how you could leave it in your fridge... very appealing!!
I think I know where I can get the recipe. I'll let you know if I can't find it.

and Inkely... I'll email it to you when I hunt it down!


I don't know if I'd be able to make boy clothes... they really are more complicated.

It sounds like you are a MUCH better seamstress than I am!

I accept that challenge ;)

I know!!! Every time I make something for Kid she looks so disappointed.

Nutmeg said...

Yeah... the only thing I think I could make is stretchy knit pants, but Eli is old enough that he has an opinion about them... and his opinion is that they are NOT cool. The pair of extra pants that I had for him at daycare was a pair of stretchy knit pants and he cried when they had to put them on him once.

But the dress is super cute

Mrs Furious said...

Go HERE for the recipe

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