Monday, July 27, 2009

Final Sewing Project

I think this is the last thing I will have sewn here. I am pretty sure it is because when we get more boxes tonight I'm going to pack up the rest of my sewing supplies. I can't wait to take everything over to the new house and set up my sewing room! One of the bedrooms has wood floors rather than carpet. I plan to use that one for my sewing room since dropped pins and needles are so much easier to find on wooden floors and it is also easier to sweep up clippings instead of having to vacuum a carpet. I have no idea what I'm going to do with so much space!

Thank you so much for your sweet comments and congratulations! The Lord is so good! We plan to move this coming weekend - I'm dreadfully excited!!
Anyway, over the weekend I finished this blouse from Folkwears Gibson Girl Blouse pattern. It is for my Little House on the Prairie outfit. The blouse only took two afternoons to make but I forgot to add additional length to the hem. I am lucky I am short waisted. I will have enough length to tuck into my skirt, but just barely. Next time I make this pattern I think I will add at least 5" to the length!
It is made from pink cotton calico and has white lace trim at the cuffs and collar. White covered buttons fasten the opening. I changed the design from a back opening to a front opening. Instead of making it open all the way down the front I did a short placket. It enables me to access Malachi's food source and didn't require so many buttonholes or buttons. I love this blouse. It is so comfortable! Once I get established in the new place I think I'll need to make a few more!

Here is my blue calico sunbonnet, also for the LHOP ensemble:
Now I need to make the skirt, apron and I also want to make a waist length cape. But that will have to wait a bit. There is a bit of work to do at the new house that will have to take priority over sewing. I have quite a bit of yardwork to do to make the flower beds neat and we have a huge garden we need to weed whack, burn, and turn. Then I have some painting to do as well, on the inside. The dining room is deep red and the living room a dark tan color. I think a beige or off white would be pretty and really open everything up a lot. I love red and tan but on such huge expanses of wall. . .its a bit overwhelming.
What colors do you all suggest? I have a bright lemon yellow bathroom and an electric-blue bedroom to do something to as well! :)


  1. Oh, I'm so excited for you Sarah! What fun to be moving into such a blessed arrangement! Don't worry, you will find plenty to use the extra space for ;-)

    I'd recommend a light, buttery yellow or a creamy white. Pale blues are nice too. Those dark colors sound so oppressive..I'm sure it will be so nice to lighten it all up.

    Have a great week!

  2. You're amazing!
    Sewing up a storm, packing, taking care of family...
    I know that you'll come up with a great color scheme.
    God bless,

  3. Very cute blouse!

    I am partial to a soft, sagey green only very pale. Buttery pale yellow is nice, too...I am sure once you go somewhere like Home Depot and start looking at samples, you will see so many delicious colours you will have a hard time choosing!

  4. Oh Sara,

    How exciting! What a delight to have a brand new sewing room that you can set up any way you like and still be on the first floor... able to listen out for the little ones.

    May the Lord give you energy to tackle the move...may the move be without major mishaps and on the first night there, dear friend, look up into the stars and sing praises to Him that provided!

    Many blessings,

    lady m

  5. Lavender, beige, and sea green are nice colors for a dining room. You could add wallpaper borders to some of the walls. It might make the colors look nicer in the dining room & bathroom. :)
    Oh, how fun it will be to decorate!

    Have a fun & safe move.
    Don't forget to come visit me. :)
    You know you all are welcome here anytime. :)

  6. I can't wait to see pictures of your new house. I love painting and redecorating. Such fun! Sounds like the previous tenants like color, just a bit. I love your creations, beautiful and always. And that last pictures is gorgeous. God Bless!

  7. Such a cute blouse Sarah! I am incredibly impressed at how much sewing you accomplish with three little ones and a house to pack up.

    If you go to and set up an account you can actually upload pictures of your different rooms and 'test run' the colors before you even go to the paint store! Let me know if you need more info on this and I'll walk you through it. It took me a bit and help from my SIL (who told me about it in the first place) to get it going, but oh what fun.

    Good luck with your move and getting everything set up!

  8. Golly, I don't know how you get so much done! You must be incredibly industrious. I'm scrambling to get little bits done here and there during scant 1.5 or 2 hr naps a couple times a day. My wee one won't ride in a carrier (yet) so I can't "wear" her. ::sigh:: You impress me so much.

    I'm so excited for you about the house! I can't wait until the Lord blesses us with our own home here before too long...(and hopefully it won't be too long)...


    P.S. It might be because you're busy, but it also might be because my email is screwed up (I think I'm missing some emails for some reason)...but I've written you a few times about a package I want to send you. Let me know if you got those --- when you have time, of course. It's no rush.

  9. I love, love, LOVE your blouse, Sarah! The lace detail adds such a sweet touch. Very inspiring as always. =)

  10. Just my 2 cents...

    Our livingroom was recently painted a deep reddish color (think Sedona Redrocks), but as we only painted one wall, It's not oppressive at all! On that wall we also have a large bay window, so it's nice and bright. You might consider leaving a wall dark, especially if the room has lots of windows.

    I'm sure whatever you do will be very nice--just so long as you don't paint it white :)


Thank you for your lovely thoughts!