Monday, September 15, 2014

Bedskirt Madness: Number 1

Bedskirt Madness: Number 1 - AnnaVirginia FashionI’ve decided to turn my pregnancy nesting instincts to de-stashing some of my fabrics!  I thought I’d use some of the fabrics that I have no idea what to do with to work on bed skirts for various beds in my house.

First off, I added some length to the baby crib skirt.  The skirt I used for my first daughter is a great length for the dropped crib height.  But while this baby is at newborn-crib-height, I wanted something longer that would hide the “under-the-bed drawers” that we’ll be using for her clothes when she’s born.  By the way, the bedroom is a cozy 10 x 11 feet with a bunk bed and crib.  We’ll be fitting three kids in there so we won’t have room for a dresser!

I have some pink fabric that I don’t love.  I’m not sure how I acquired it, but I haven’t figured out a use for it until now.  It matches the pink that was already in the crib bedding so I decided I would add fabric to the existing bed skirt!  I divided the 3 yards in half lengthwise.  Then I divided what I had into four sections for surrounding the crib.  I gathered it up and then used my serger to attach it to the serged hem on the existing skirt.  It turned out a little short (you could still see the drawers under the crib), so I added some eyelet trim that I had acquired from my grandmother.  Now it’s perfect!

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When I lower the crib height after she’s gotten bigger, I will just tuck the newer pink portion under the mattress area and leave the original plaid part out.  I think it turned out great!Bedskirt Madness: Number 1 - AnnaVirginia Fashion

How do you make the most of the space in your house?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Elsa Frozen Dress for My Daughter

My daughter, along with many others, set her heart on having an “Elsa Dress” after watching Disney’s movie “Frozen.”  I know many moms have been making their daughters Elsa and Anna dresses, and I’m no exception!Elsa Frozen Dress - AnnaVirginia Fashion

The dress I made is stretchy and has no zippers (although it does have an unnecessary button closure on the back neck), so that my daughter can pull it on and off without any assistance.  This is so nice!  I used a Simplicity pattern (#1785) for stretch fabric to give me a sizing on the top part of the dress.  This could have been done tracing a shirt of hers, but I felt a little more comfortable using a pattern.  I modified the pattern to have a change of fabric-type just above the armpits and to be longer than the included dress pattern.Elsa Frozen Dress - AnnaVirginia Fashion

The fabrics I chose were all from Joann Fabrics, although the white sparkle fabric was from my stash.  The teal fabric for the main part of the bodice doesn’t have sparkles, but the sheer fabric for the long train is very glittery!Elsa Frozen Dress - AnnaVirginia Fashion

I got my grandmother’s serger (it came to me when she passed away) up and running, so I decided to use it to attach the pieces together.  This was a good thing since my sewing machine hated sewing these fabrics together and made a big mess whenever I tried!  Unfortunately, I ended up having to make the length of the dress quite a bit shorter than I had intended because the sewing machine ruined a section of fabric.  So glad I have the serger available!Elsa Frozen Dress - AnnaVirginia Fashion

Initially I had the train sewn right into the seam along the back.  However, after it got stepped on it started to pull right out of the seam.  So I took the dress back to my machine and added Velcro to make the train detachable.  The idea is that if it’s stepped on, then it will pull off, but the Velcro is pretty strong!  It has been nice to be able to take it off when she wants to play hard but keep the dress on.Elsa Frozen Dress - AnnaVirginia Fashion

It didn’t turn out perfect, mainly because of my lack of experience with stretchy fabrics (and my frustrated sewing machine didn’t help!).  But the serger made it a quick project to put together and my daughter loves to wear it.  She plans on using it for Halloween, but that’s still a couple months away.  I wonder how many girls will be Elsa for Halloween this year?

I’ve made my family their Halloween costumes in the past.  Check out my Cinderella, Mickey Mouse, Ladybug/Bumblebee and the Jedi costumes!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Decorating Around the TV

We live in a world of flat screen televisions that are often mounted to the wall (I’m sure you’ve noticed).  The not-so-long-ago old days of hiding your TV in a fancy entertainment center is not really an option anymore, and this can be kind of interesting to work around if you want your TV to add to your home décor instead of distract from it.

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We recently rearranged the furniture in our living room and I wanted to make our new location for the television be visually stimulating whether the TV was on or not.  I looked up a few ideas on Pinterest and came up with what I wanted to do.

Here are some of the television walls and decorations that I was inspired by:

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Emily A. Clark’s post about this space talks about using a dresser instead of a TV console.  What I liked about this is the placement of the pictures.  I also like how the off-centered TV is still balanced because of the artwork behind and around it.

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Pottery Barn catalogs are always a source of inspiration for me.  I guess their style really appeals to me (too bad all I can afford are their free catalogs… maybe someday!).  In this picture I liked the letters and the plant.  I think the plant makes the “electronics zone” a bit more organic. 

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The blog post about this picture from camillestyles.com tells about making your TV “disappear” while it is off.  You can do this by styling around it with things that draw your attention to them.  Like a big lamp.  I don’t have room around the TV in our house for a lamp, but I drew inspiration from the scale of things in this example.

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Although I think the decorations are a little distant from the television, I still like the asymmetry used here, by The Velvet Door.  It’s simpler to coordinate and still visually appealing to balance things that aren’t perfectly matching.

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And this set up from Miss Mustard Seed is so fun with the plates and topiaries surrounding the television.  The plates are perfect in this space with those chairs and TV console.

To make the changes for our space, I only used items that were already in our home (pretend you’re shopping in your own house!  Go throughout the rooms and see what you can use to make up the redecorated space).  In the end, this project cost us $0 (yes!) and a bit of muscle to move things into place.  And I may have made a couple of erroneous nail holes in the wall (shh!).  We’re currently renting our home, so our TV is not mounted to the wall.  Plus, I like the flexibility of being able to rearrange furniture so I’m not sure yet if we’ll mount it to the wall even when we do own our place!

Here’s how our Center of Entertainment is done:

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  • The TV (source: Fry’s)
  • House plants to bring in some life to the space.  (source: Friends who were moving to Germany)
  • Multi-colored metal star for color.  (source: Joann Craft and Fabric)
  • Framed black-and-white poster as the large nearly-center item. (source: Distribution Services)
  • Three-photo frame of family pictures (source: Walmart)
  • “Family” plaque. (source: Wedding gift)
  • A mirror (source: Ikea)
  • A red clock (source: Walmart)
  • The Console is an electric fireplace (source: Costco)
  • Favorite electronics. (source: various electronic stores)
  • And a pair of speakers that sit on the floor to the side of the fireplace.  (source: mail order)

In another angle, you can see that we also have “Pot Shelves” at the tops of our walls.  This detail is pretty popular where we live, but it’s been difficult to figure out how to use the space.  We have some books and other various trinkets up there that also detract the attention from a TV that is turned off.

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How do you decorate the space around your TV?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

FREE PATTERN: Baby Booties–Boy or Girl

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Here is a blog-post version of my Baby Booties - Boy or Girl pattern.  You may print a copy of this post.  Click on a photo to enlarge. The pattern is also a free PDF via Ravelry.  You will need the latest version of Adobe to open the PDF.   Please do not sell or redistribute pattern as your own.  Since I sell these shoes, please do not make them for personal profit.
 



 
Baby Booties – Boy or Girl


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If you have questions about this pattern or need help with a particular problem, let me know! I'm happy to answer any questions.  You can leave a comment below, email me at shopannavirginia@gmail.com, or send a message via my website contact page.

Yarn: Peaches & Crème/Sugar ‘n Cream 4-ply Worsted cotton yarn.
Skeins: One skein is plenty to complete a pair, but you will need more than one skein for contrasting colors.
Hook: 3.75 mm (F) hook results in a 3.5” (9 cm) long shoe
4.0 mm (G) hook results in a 4” (10.2 cm) long shoe
5.0 mm (H) hook results in 4.5” (11.5 cm) long shoe
Other: Yarn needle, 5/8” (1.5 cm) button, thread, sewing needle
Special Stitch:
Dc cluster: Yarn over (yo), insert hook into next st, yo and draw through stitch, yo and pull through 2 lps on hook. Repeat. You will have 3 lps on hook. Yo and draw through all lps.
SHOE
Rnd 1: Ch 12.
Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in each of next 7 ch. Hdc in the next ch, 2 hdc in the next, and 5 hdc in the last ch.
Do not turn. Work around other side of foundation chain.
2 hdc in next ch, 1 hdc, sc in each of next 7 ch. 2 sc in last ch (same as beginning sc). Sl st to first sc. (28 st) AnnaVirginia Fashion - Baby Booties
Rnd 2: Ch 1
2 sc in first st. Sc in next 10 sts. (2sc, 1 sc in next st) 3 times.
Sc in next 9 sts. 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in last st. Sl st to first sc. (33 st)AnnaVirginia Fashion - Baby Booties
Rnd 3: Ch 1
2 sc in first sc. Sc in next 11 sts
(2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st) twice, (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) twice, Sc in next 11 sts. 2 sc, 1 sc in last st.
Sl st to back lp of first sc. (39 st)
Rnd 4: Work Back Loops on this rnd only.
Ch 1
Sc in each st to end of rnd. Sl st to first sc.AnnaVirginia Fashion - Baby Booties
Rnd 5: Ch 1
Sc for 11 sts. Dc cluster 8 times (For Boy Booties – work back lps only for the Dc clusters). Sc to end of rnd. Sl st to first sc.
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Rnd 6: Ch 1
Sc in each st around (31).
Rnd 7: Ch 1
Sc for 11 sts. Sc2tog. Sc for 5 sts. Sc2tog. Sc to end of rnd. Sl st to first sc.
Fasten off.
INSOLE (optional)
Do the same as SOLE Rnds 1 through 3. Leave a long tail to use for attaching to shoe.
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Attach to inside of shoe with wrong side facing each other (right sides showing).
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GIRL BOOTIES
Right Shoe
Attach trim color at same point as where you fastened off Rnd 7. (see picture).
Sl st for 8 sts. Ch 11. Sl st in the 6th ch from hook. Sl st along ch and into next st on shoe. Sl st around. Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.
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Left Shoe
Attach trim color at same point as where you fastened off Rnd 7. (see picture).
Sl st for 20 sts. Ch 11. Sl st in the 6th ch from hook. Sl st along ch and into next st on shoe. Sl st around. Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.AnnaVirginia Fashion - Baby Booties

BOY BOOTIES
For each shoe: Attach trim color at same point as where you fastened off Rnd 7. (see picture).
Sl st around the mouth of shoe. Fasten off.
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Strap (make 2)
Row 1: Ch 5
Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc across. Turn. (4 sc)
Rows 2-8: Ch 1
Sc across. Turn. (4 sc)
Row 9: Ch 1
Sc, ch 2. Sk 2 sts, Sc in last st. (Buttonhole made)AnnaVirginia Fashion - Baby Booties
To complete border: rotate piece clockwise to work along side.
Ch 1 and 1 sc in first sp (same sp as last sc).
Then sc once per each row for 6 sts.
(1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in corner.
Sc in next 2 sts (base of strap).
(1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in corner.
Sc once per each row for 6 sts.
1 sc, ch 1 in last st (in same sp as first st in row 9). Sl st to first st from row 9. Leave last sts of row 9 unworked.AnnaVirginia Fashion - Baby Booties
Fasten off.
 
Attach trim color to the left of ch-2 sp (see picture). Sl st around, ending just before ch-2 sp. Fasten off and weave in loose ends.
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Attach one strap to each shoe by using yarn needle to sew opposite side from buttonhole to shoe. Orient strap so that it will reach the other side for a button.
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FINISHING (for Boy or Girl)
Attach button to opposite side of strap on the respective shoe.
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Done!
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This pattern is licensed for personal use only.
No item made using this pattern may be sold.
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Mesh Cloche with Flower

Mesh Cloche with Flower - AnnaVirginia FashionThere is a pattern in my Pattern Shop that I wrote back in 2011.  I noticed it had a few errors and so I wanted to fix those up, as well as add more sizes to the pattern.  Well, I’ve finished and I’ve got it published again for your convenience!  The pattern is only $4.55 (USD) and now has sizing for Toddler, Child and Adult.

It’s a feminine hat with the flower pattern included.  The top of the hat features a mesh design, and then there is a solid band near the forehead.  I suggest using worsted weight yarns.  If the hat-wearer’s head is itch-prone, I recommend using cotton worsted weight yarn.

The hat has a lot of “negative ease.”  That means that it can stretch.  Even if that hat says it’s for a head that is 22 inches (56 cm) circumference, the hat can stretch to accommodate a head circumference of around 26 inches (66 cm).  For best sizing, measure the hat-wearer’s head circumference (across forehead and around the back) with a measuring tape.  Then choose the size that closest matches their head circumference.  It can be a larger or smaller size depending on how loose or tight they prefer their hats.

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The pattern has the same instructions for all three sizes.  The way to change the sizes is to use different size hooks.  Here is a chart showing what the pattern requires:

Mesh Cloche with Flower - AnnaVirginia Fashion

This pattern is available at my pattern shop or through Ravelry.  Either location uses your Paypal account to pay for the pattern.  I’m really excited to release this updated version!  If you have any questions about any pattern or purchasing, please contact me at shopannavirginia@gmail.com.

But what if you don’t crochet?  Well, I can make one for you!  I have similar hats already in my shop, but I can make a custom hat (choose your size and colors) and send it out to you.  Just contact me at the same address: shopannavirginia@gmail.com.