Thursday, December 30, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Anyway, the recipe that I found was similar to the one our friend made for us. I found it on The Food Network website. It's from "Good Eats" Alton Brown. The reviews for this recipe had me begging to try it! Perfect 5 stars! (And might I add I don't think I have ever made anything of Alton Brown's that wasn't fabulous! And let me tell you... He knows his stuff)
So, here it is... (you can also find the link here) Hope you try this! It is DEFINITELY WORTH the extra effort! And yes, my turkey looked just as beautiful as the Food Network picture (below) when it came out of the oven!
(FYI Allspice Berries are just whole allspice!)
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Since I already had the shirt to use for fabric this project only cost me 92 cents!
I think she likes it because she keeps saying "I pretty mommy" and twirling around.
So here's how you make one:
Step 1: Cut off the sleeves and bottom along the seams.
Step 2: I used one of Brenna's dresses that fits her just right as a pattern. I turned the shirt inside out. Then I lined up the neck of the pattern dress with the neck of the shirt and traced the bodice with a marker. I did this for the front of the dress on the front of the shirt and for the back of the dress on the back of the shirt. If you are new to making your own pattern there is a wonderful tutorial here.
Step 3: Cut along the marker lines. (This is a picture of the back piece).
Step 4: Next, cut the sleeves down to kid size and sew them closed. (I did this by holding the original sleeve over Brenna's shoulder to mark it before cutting). Also sew the sides of the dress together.
Step 5: Sew along the top of only 1 side. (I added snaps later so Brenna can actually get her head through this dress, I have made that mistake a few too many times).
Step 6: Pin the un-sewn shoulder together and flip the dress inside out.
Step 7: Pin the sleeve in place to sew on. I do this by turning the dress inside out and leaving the sleeve right side out. Then I line up the seam of the sleeve with the seam where the armpit goes of the dress and pin them together. Then I slide the sleeve inside the dress and pin all the way around. If you are new to sewing sleeves on there is a helpful tutorial here.
Step 8: Once everything is pinned pull the sleeve back out of the dress. It will now be inside out as well. (I always turn the dress right side out to check it before sewing the sleeve on. There is nothing worse than having an inside out sleeve sewn on).
Step 9: Sew the sleeves on and turn the dress right side out.
#10: Take the material that was at the bottom of the shirt originally and sew it into a tube the same size as the bottom of the dress.
#11: Pin the tube and the dress together for sewing. I do this by turning the dress inside out and leaving the tube right side out. Then I line the seams up and slide the tube inside the dress and pin the edges together. Then flip the tube out and it will be inside out as well.
#12: Sew the tube and the dress together.
#13: Sew snaps into the open shoulder.
Step 1: Using the extra material make tattered rosettes. I used this tutorial.
Step 2: Next, hot glue tule to the back of the rosettes.
Step 3: Hot glue all 3 rosettes with tool backing onto some felt to keep in place.
Step 4: Hand sew snaps onto the felt and also onto the dress. (This way you can remove the flowers when washing the dress. I don't know how well hot glue washes, but I don't really want to try :)
Step 1: Using a scrap of fabric sew a tube.
Step 2: Then sew a button onto each end of the tube.
Step 3: Using a seam ripper open a small hole on each side of the dress.
Step 4: Cut the tube in half. Trim each side to the desired length.
Step 5: Slide the end of the tube into the open hole.
Step 6: Sew the tube into place while sewing the hole closed.
Step 7: Sew the buttons into place on the dress.
If this is confusing at all please leave me a comment of send me an e-mail and I will clarify. Thanks!