Monday, June 23, 2008


It's finally summer! We had a beautiful warm weekend, I finally got around to getting some outdoor plants, I cleaned out my car...

To that end, I decided I needed a better trash bag for my car. I've seen several sewn bags around the interwebs and came up with my own

car trash bag
Fabrics from stash: a heavy cotton canvas for the main bag and some scraps of quilt cotton for binding and pockets. I figure it's a lot better than grocery bags hung over the gear shift.

To celebrate summer, I used my ice cream maker to make frozen coffee
mmmm frozen coffee
I used this recipe from YumSugar for "Vietnamese style" coffee. It tastes so good... mmm...

And, I made a skirt (gasp)
I used some fabric from my stash that I wasn't too emotionally attached to and used the directions for a 6 gore skirt from Patterns That Fit You.
I'm not completely happy with the hem, I took the lazy way out and just sewed a straight machine hem around. If/when I make another I'll hem it properly.

I installed a zipper using this tutorial from Sew Mama Sew. It made it SO much easier to sew in the zipper, since it uses glue to tack down the zipper, rather than pins.

I'm quite happy with the skirt, now I just need to actually begin wearing skirts...


  1. Your coffee ice cream looks even better than the coffee popsicles! I just bookmarked the recipe. :)

  2. I went through a phase a few years ago where I kept making skirts, and suddenly it dawned on me that I never actually wore skirts. Oh well. :) Yours looks a lot better than mine turned out, and your car garbage bag is really nice. I may have to make one of those (since, unlike the skirts, I do actually produce garbage :).

  3. I just came to your blog from Beanpaste and all I have to say it...Holy Crap woman, you are talented! I cannot get home fast enough and make those sandwich wraps things, which I am sure you have given a very proper name to, I jsut can't remember right now. And the sweater you made? Wow. You are good! I will definitely be back!

  4. How about 2 typos in one comment? Nice.

  5. Oo! Nice skirt. I wish I had space for a sewing machine.

  6. i just came across your blog yesterday and i'm totally inspired! i'm a fledgling knitter, and my sewing machine has been collecting dust for far too long. NO MORE!! i am ready to move on. i'm ready to move on to those challenging projects, summer heat be d@M&$d!! Thanks! i'll be checking in regularly...OH and you 're HILARIOUS.

  7. That skirt is really pretty! I'm not a skirt-wearer myself. In fact, when my then five-year-old finally saw me in one, he had to ask me what it was. But I would wear that one.

  8. Such a pretty skirt! I'd be emotionally attached to that fabric.


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