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Altered Tuxedo Shirts

Altered Tuxedo Shirts

on Apr 18, 2013 in Blog, commission, sewing | 1 comment

That would be four (4) of the finished tuxedo shirts for a client in Illinois. The 4 are only a fraction of the 11 total shirts for this project. Turns out, it is going to be a big, wild, fun wedding. Here’s what happens, if you don’t already know- The gentlemen are wearing suits/tuxedos/military service dress/mess dress. The cuffs and collar and front of the shirt are all white and traditional looking. Once the party is in full swing and the jackets come off- a total personality is revealed. If the collection of cotton fabrics is any indication- this should be a blast! I should have photos of the men after the big event. What I do is receive a shirt and 2 to 1 2/3yards of fabric in the mail. I take the shirt apart and use the actual sleeve and back as the pattern pieces to cut out fun novelty prints. Then I just build the shirt back. Then I … The magic wand gets waved. Fairy dust fills the air. Angels sing and then- bammo- Tuxedo Shirts for everyone! You get a tuxedo shirt and you get a tuxedo shirt. (Say that in your best Oprah voice!)? hahahahah. These babies are ready to hit the mail on Friday! I hope the wedding is a blast. Thanks for letting me be a part of it! Tell a...

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Tessa’s Baby Quilt

Tessa’s Baby Quilt

on Nov 9, 2012 in Blog, commission, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting, Trapunto Style Quilting Designs | 3 comments

My big commissioned quilt is off the quilting frame! Hooray!!! The quilting style was 100% inspired by Angela Walters. I LOVE how it turned out. Of course, I have a few pictures to show you. Some progress pictures around the lettering:   You can still see the frixion pen marks in those close up pictures (above). And I also have pics of the quilting fills:? {{click to enlarge}}   I divided the background with irregular wavy lines, then changed up my fills between the wavy lines. I used 9 total free motion quilting? fills on the the quilt + the trapunto name. Hopefully, next week, I’ll have a blog posts showing each fill. It will be sort of a “menu” for myself, and I thought I’d share it with ya. I also unloaded 11 bobbins of thread on the baby quilt. The quilt is about 50″ x 65″. Since this quilt was bigger than the original “WEAVER” quilt, I decided to add a 1/4 Dresden circle in the corner. I like it up there. The corner is not lonely anymore. I backed this quilt with a vintage sheet. The Dresden is made from a bunch of 2 1/2″ strips. That means, I have lots of 2 1/2″ strips left over that will go straight into the bright scrappy binding this weekend. Tell a...

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Altered Tuxedo Shirt

Altered Tuxedo Shirt

on May 16, 2012 in Blog, commission, fashion | 1 comment

Prom and wedding season is in full swing. Well, I suppose prom is over since school is almost out … Anywhoo- here’s another altered tuxedo shirt for a June wedding. I can only imagine the “I’m soooo HOT” pick up lines this groom’s man will have with all those peppers all over his shirt. Good times! Tell a...

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An SEC Military Monster Bag

An SEC Military Monster Bag

on Jan 15, 2012 in accessories, Blog, commission, military monster, sewing | 0 comments

A new bag is on the horizon. This one is a special request for a lady due in March. She bought the fabrics while on vacation, down south, over the winter break. I doubt you can pick up Ole Miss fabrics up here in Kansas. The bag is coming along nicely. Her finished bag will be in the Military Monster style. I’ll have pictures to share soon. To my surprise- This is my recycled uniform bag that combines a military uniform (flight suit) and college fabrics. Lots of pockets on the flight suit make for a super functional giant diaper bag. The pattern for this bag can be found in Deploy That Fabric. And speaking of the SEC, despite our embarrassing show at the National Championship- GEAUX TIGERS!!! Tell a...

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Military Monster Bags- Finished

Military Monster Bags- Finished

on May 21, 2011 in accessories, Blog, book, commission, military monster, recycle, sewing | 1 comment

Whooo- I was sewing and sewing and sewing and sewing. And I’m thrilled to report that I’ve finished these two lovely bags a couple days early! The clients picked out their fabrics and mailed me flight suits. In one case, her husband’s flight suit, and in the other, the flight suit was the one she wore when she was pregnant. I {heart} recycling uniforms. I have to say, the brown desert flight looks awesome with those pinks. I’m loving what she’s picked out. And I’m a total sucker for diagonal stripes. It makes quilting binding WAY more interesting (since you don’t actually have to cut the binding on the bias.)? When I saw that she picked it for the lining I was thrilled! It is so bright. Both of these fabrics are from Joann’s, in case you were wondering. And the green flight suit bag- It is so subtle and still fabulous. I love how you see blue and purple when you look at the fabrics- but really, there is just enough (of the exact same green) in the cotton to match the flight suit. I wanted to get a picture of the bag from a different angle… but the photo above makes the bag look smaller than it actually is. I tell ya, this bag is a MONSTER. =) The pattern for this bag, and 8 other fun bags, are in Deploy That Fabric. Now, I’m off to see outside again in between loads of laundry. Lordy Pete, I know how to have fun! Tell a...

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Military Monster Custom Order

Military Monster Custom Order

on Apr 6, 2011 in Blog, business, commission, military monster, sewing | 0 comments

I’m pretty happy to be filling another custom order! This one is a Military Monster style bag and is made with her husband’s flight suit + Rowan cotton (lining) and Pillow & Maxfield / Michael Miller cotton (exterior). The client picked out some super cute fabrics to compliment the green recycled uniform. AND, as I mentioned before, flight suits have a TON of pockets. When this little baby is finished, it will be the most pocket-y bag I’ve ever made, boasting 14 total pockets. Let me show you my progress. More pictures coming soon! Tell a...

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Altered Tuxedo Shirts

Altered Tuxedo Shirts

on Jun 3, 2010 in commission, sewing | 3 comments

Not really a throwback to my own prom, but a throwback to the proms where I’ve been the hired seamstress. Now, that I think of it- it wasn’t even all prom, some military formals and other formals in college too. Viva la Tuxedo Shirt! I haven’t made one of these in about… 7 years! And I’ve never made one using military fabric, ’til now! Its an altered tuxedo shirt. It works because when the tux jacket is on, you see only tux collar/front/cuffs but when the party is in full swing and the tux jacket is off- you see the fun fabric the client has chosen. Let me go find an old pic of one I’ve done- Shirts were one of the first items I ever stitched on commission. It all started in my college dorm room back in the late 90’s. Many hot peppers + hot sauce + pilot/plane + crawfish type novelty prints were stitched up during that time. It was neat to go back, this week, with this USAF request: The design using the existing uniform was a bit more tricky, since the sizes/lengths were pretty much predetermined by the original USAF uniform shirt. {{Hopefully it still fits!}} Tell a...

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Recycling!

Recycling!

on Mar 10, 2010 in Army Cube, business, commission, recycle, sewing | 0 comments

Ok, now that I’m all settled into the new-ish house and the routine is coming back, slowly but surely. (Hey, stop calling me Surely.) I am doing some commissioned sewing. HOORAY! Here’s a couple pictures for Karen- And while we are on the topic of recycling uniforms- I want to give a big fat THANKS to my little brother (Active Duty USAF) for sending me a couple-a-three uniform donations. I’m always taking uniform donations, it seems. I’ll have to show you how they are organized in the studio one day. Anywhooo- Thank you!!! Those pants (with a stain on the left leg that I can totally work around) are going into a fresh little tote bag. Tell a...

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Labor Day

Labor Day

on Sep 5, 2009 in Army Cube, art gallery fabrics, business, commission, sewing | 0 comments

I hope you are having a GREAT holiday weekend, if you’re here in the good ole U S of A. I’m getting some sewing done for the Art Gallery Fabric booth at the Houston Quilt Market. Man, I cannot tell you how crazy excited I am about this. But, unfortunately I cannot be too big on the details yet. Just know those pictures above are part of the … um … display samples. I’ve also finished up some custom orders here at ReannaLily Designs. My first ever Coast Guard uniform order! Its already in the hands of my client in Hawaii. {THANKS!} Of course, this is The Cube Purse pattern, which just released this past Tuesday. Don’t forget to check out this post for the give away information. I’ll be drawing on Sept 8th. I also did a custom diaper bag. Yes, believe it- its a diaper bag. Its has two sippy cup elastic pockets on the right and left sides- its got a wallet pocket and the secret zipper pocket. The entire purse is only about 10″ tall and 14″ wide. Its cute, small and trendy and the prefect size for the mom-of-toddlers who ordered it. The Alexander Henry Fabrics she picked turned out excellent with the solid red. This bag is loosely based on my Gathered Bag from the ole’ recycled uniforms catalog. So that’s all the news worth tellin. Thanks again for all the support with my big layer cake + pattern give away. You guys rock and roll! Tell a...

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A couple-a-three bags in the shop-

A couple-a-three bags in the shop-

on Jul 16, 2009 in accessories, Army Cube, business, commission, etsy, sewing | 0 comments

Just wanted to let you know that I posted 3 new bags in the shop. I used the Recycled Uniforms Book Bag pattern, of mine, to make non-uniform bags- Each bag is roughly a 13″ square and is 3.5″ deep. The straps are 22″ long and each bag has a zipper pocket on the inside. You’ll have to drive by the Etsy shop to see all the images. I think all the fabric in the shop bags are by Free Spirit. But, then I had all the supplies out and was contacted by a client who was interested in two “not pink” uniform book bags. Well, ok… What is a day of sewing without a little uniform thrown in for good measure??? ‘I do hope you love the “not pink” uniform book bags. Two pockets on the front, a HUGE pocket on the back and a zipper pocket inside. Just enough pockets to hold the world. The top bag is Jane Sassaman fabrics and the lower bag (white-ish one) is Alexander Henry fabrics. If you are finding this blog post and want a uniform bag of your own, please email me for the details. reannalilydesigns@hotmail.com Hopefully I’ll have some new Cube purse designs in the shop soon, too. Have a great afternoon!! Tell a...

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Productivity

Productivity

on Apr 22, 2009 in business, classes, commission, etsy, pattern, sewing | 1 comment

Holy smokes I’ve been productive on Earth Day, today! First up, I finished an order for a lovely repeat client. She’s asked for a zippered bag and diaper case to match her big Recycled Uniform book bag. I found the dimensions for the diaper case on the internet. It’s lined and has a velcro closure. Here’s the book bag, which you’ve already seen. If you’d like any of those items for your very own, please email me and we can iron out the details of your custom order. reannalilydesigns@hotmail.com Next up, on my day of productivity- I stitched the samples for Monday’s last quilting class. My students are making the Baby’s Boxes Pattern. It was a 3 class series, cutting, piecing, quilting & binding. The samples are for my students to take with them in case they forget the information on quilting & binding. The samples are smaller than a page of paper, but the students can practice machine quilting on one end and have the partially applied binding on the other end as a reference. They’re made entirely of scraps. Pretty handy, if you ask me. Hopefully, at the end of May I’ll have a much-less-involved Elastic Headbands class. Stay tuned for the time & date. I also took photos of the 8 aprons I mentioned in an earlier post. Turns out the green fabric that I originally noted “boy-ish” definitely looks “girl-ish” on my mannequin. I’ll be listing it as a girl apron. That brings my total to 8 girl aprons and NOTHING for boys. I should remedy that… In the mean time, these babies are headed to my finished goods Etsy shop. Love the rope/cording tie! So you can find these aprons over at www.llyrric.etsy.com (in the aprons category) Now, if you sew & you mega love these preschool sized aprons- you can own the pattern for your very own. The Adjustable Aprons pattern was recently picked up by YouCanMakeThis.com. I’m sure I’ll have a whole blog post about it next week when the pattern goes live. What a day! Thankfully, the only thing left to do it fold a mountain of laundry and have dinner with the fam. ~jen~ Tell a...

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They call it Mellow Yellow

They call it Mellow Yellow

on Mar 24, 2009 in Army Cube, commission, military monster, sewing | 4 comments

I’m so thrilled with this next commission. Its based on my original Army Cube bag design, which is made from recycled uniforms, but this one (obviously) doesn’t use any military BDU/ACU fabrics. Another interesting custom bit- this bag is 14″ square. ITS HUGE. {and fabulous!} Its actually bigger than the Military Monster bag. My client picked out the cotton webbing for the straps and we needed to wow-them-up a bit with fabric. The straps are just as punchy as the yellow and black bag. The matching fabric strips were made in the “bias bars” method of making an applique strip. I love the scrappy look of mixing the fabrics on each side of the purse. This definitely opens some doors. I could see many a fat quarter bundle turning into a fabulous new bag. See that welt pocket right there on the bag, with the big yellow Anna Maria Horner Good Folks yellow fabric flap? It closes with velcro and conceals a mega drop-in type pocket. I wanted the flap to have a little more zing, so I added this LARGE button and super-cute dotted swiss black ribbon to the design. So this little baby is hoppin in the mail tomorrow. Its on its way to a wonderful beach vacation. I think at 14″ it might even be able to hold the umbrella. The pictures really do not to its size justice. Thanks for looking at my (not my, but you know, my) little HUGE Mellow Yellow bag. ~jen~ Tell a...

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