Monthly Archives: June 2008

Linky Thursday

I ordered another book – Sew & Stow and it arrived in the mail yesterday. I can’t wait to dig into these fun projects!
Also in the mail yesterday, my Bit of Bernatex (9 x 22″pieces of fabric in a green colorway) that I won from Embroidery Treasures. Be sure to stop by their every Monday for a new giveaway.
A how-to on cutting with an underlay.
Although this has nothing to do with sewing, I thought that jewelry concept was a great one – Dr. Bloom’s Chewable Teething Jewelry. [link via craftstylish]
Sew Forth Now has a new podcast up.
Tutorial on making a fabric pencilpen case. [link via Craft]
Nicole Mallalieu’s new blog – You SEW Girl. Check out the Tips & Tutorial section of her site for some great bag making info.
Time for me to whip out that stitch regulator on my machine again – Craftstyish has a tutorial on using free motion embroidery when sewing up an eyeglass case.
Portabellopixie’s peek at her upcoming bag pattern.
Looking for some projects to do with your kids this summer? Here’s two ‘camp crafts’ that were featured on Design Sponge.

The Winner Is….

If you’ve been thinking about sewing up the Emmeline apron, but didn’t know how it might look in a variety of fabrics (‘traditional’, novelty, border prints, applique, etc.) then you definitely need to check out the Sew Along Flickr pool – we had 25 gorgeous aprons and each one is completely unique. Of course, the big question is – “Who’s the winner?”. I had Taylor pull a name this morning and the Amy Butler swag goes to SewFlo! Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated in the sew along. If you didn’t win this time around – don’t despair! Join us for this month’s Skirt Sew Along and you could nab yourself Wendy Mullin’s new book, Sew U Home Stretch.

More Pattern Releases

Well they did it again – Hot Patterns released two new patterns today and I’m drooling over both. The first is the Deco Vibe Carrie-d Away Skirt Suit inspired by the movie Sex and the City and Dior’s 2008 Cruise Collection (I wouldn’t mind making this one up for the Skirt Sew Along Contest). The second pattern pays homage to Yves Saint Laurent who passed earlier this month – Metropolitan Homage Tote. I am seriously considering this one as well – which gives me an excuse to purchase some of Fabric Mart’s designer skins.
What new patterns would you like to add to your collection?

New Fabric Arrival

Don’t you hate it when you spend a great deal of time writing only to find that it never saved? That’s what happened with this entry – I rambled on and on about my new fabrics only to find that the internet was down this morning and it never saved. So instead of going on about my new material from Gorgeous Fabrics I’ll show you a picture instead:

I have firm plans for only one of the fabrics – I’m thinking the stripe on the left would look fabulous made into a sporty tank like Jalie 2565 (although I don’t own the pattern) and may use the pink floral in something like McCall 5585 (if I could only find where to get a chunky chain for the strap – does anyone have a resource for this?) or Simplicity 2922, although I have several tops with a similar neckline.
As for my trip to Joann’s last night – I didn’t come back home with any material… just 2 patterns and some interfacing. Woohoo for self restraint!

Stash Busting

As if I didn’t have enough on my plate already, last night I decided to join a Craftster swap. I can’t help myself. Swaps definitely bring out the creative side in me and this one was calling my name. The theme? Christmas in July Stash Buster! As you can see on the right, my fabric closet is bursting with all sorts of fabrics (only two are Christmas themed) that need to be made into something wonderful. It also means that I won’t be having to make trips to the fabric store to find ‘the right material’ for a given project because everything I’ll be using will already be at home.
Later on today, I plan on making a trip to Joann’s. Simplicity patterns are on sale and I’m interested in picking up this dress. I’ve seen this made up twice now and have loved the results. While I’m there, I am going to attempt to keep from bringing home any more fabrics! Wish me luck.

Father’s Day Wishes

I know that I regularly post early every morning, but today I was a bit late – not just because it’s father’s day (although I did bring in breakfast for Bret this morning), but also because I stood in line to get a Wii Fit… and managed to snag one! Now I just need to heal my shoulder so I can put it to good use!
If you’re participating in the Emmeline Sew Along contest, don’t forget today is the last day to upload your photos to the flickr group for your chance to win some Amy Butler goodies. In the mean time, Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

Out Of Commission

For the past 3 days, I’ve been laid up with an incredible shoulder bladeshoulder pain. (I think) Between Easton getting heavier (carrying him around so much, lugging the car seat and stroller in and out of the car, etc.) and my need for a new pillow has caused some sort of pulled musclestrain on my back…. it’s been bad enough that my mom has had to come over to help with Easton during the day. Fortunately, I’m on the mend, but I am avoiding using my machine for a few more days so that I can avoid any more neckback strain. In the mean time, I’m planning some upcoming projects for The Sewing Republic website (no hints yet).
Speaking of the Sewing Republic, there’s a new project up – this one is for Appliance Clothing’s needle book. Another new feature to the site is live help! Yup, that’s right, LIVE! Now you can talk to Bernina sewing experts and chat with them (instant messenger style) about anything from their machines to general sewing questions. Live help is only available during select times on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays (be sure to check the website for available times).

Time For Links

Instructions for a cute mini knot bag. It reminds me of this brocade version that I made from the winter 2006 Quilts and More magazine. [link via WhipUp]
A great invisible zipper tutorial.
Speaking of zippers – having difficulty finding a coordinating double slider zip? Make Me Studio has the solution – make your own! Here’s how.
For those who are sewing for babies: cloth diaper cover and baby bib patterns. [link via Niki’s Ventures]
U-Handbag is celebrating their 300 post (as well as some other fantastic news) by having a fantastic giveaway!
Thinking about joining our upcoming Skirt Sew Along, but still don’t have a pattern? Here’s a quick and easy patterntutorial that will help you get started. [link via Innovative Sewing]
I’ve barely started sewing for summer and the fall (Simplicity) patterns are already out – I feel so behind.
I know it’s been done a lot, but it’s still a fantastic quick to whip up project – how to make a tea towel apron. [link via WhipUp]
Sign up for SWAKembroidery‘s newsletter and you’ll be registered to win a Janome embroidery machine.
If you’ve got old (sewing) tape measures lying around you can now put them to good use – the tape measure pouch tutorial. [link via craft]