Monthly Archives: February 2010

It’s A Giveaway!

Thank you all so much for the blogging anniversary well wishes! I had meant to send you all back personal thank you’s but zonked out last night before I ever got back to the computer….. thank goodness it’s the weekend! Speaking of, I had mentioned an anniversary giveaway – so lets cut to the chase and get to the goodies! Today’s giveaway is for Lila Tueller‘s Charisma Boot pattern. A cute way to keep your (or a young lady’s) tootsies warm until summer! If you’re interested in winning this pattern, just leave a comment in this thread – I’ll close comments and pick a winner on Tuesday, March 2. Good luck!

Happy Blog-o-versary To Me

Well drat, I did it again. I forgot my blogging anniversary (although I did remember that it occurred this month!). It’s hard to believe that I started this site 4 years ago – where has the time gone? Not only have a I learned a ton over the course of those years, but I’ve made some great friends. Thank you all so much! In light of the fact that it’s a celebration – I think a giveaway is in order! I’m headed out to do a bit of shopping so stay tuned this weekend for more details….. In the mean time Happy Sewing!

Linky Thursday

Win yourself a Jan Krentz giveaway package from C&T Publishing.
Start making a retro-inspired 1/2 apron and have it finished by dinner time.
Turn a table into a camo kid’s tent. Easton (and Taylor too) would love this one (and he can’t knock it over like the play tents you can buy)!
Colette patterns free Madeleine mini bloomers download
Handbag designer? Enter your creation in Handbag Designer 2010 Awards and you could win a sewing machine and a whole array of Coats and Clark thread!
A list of sewing contests your child can enter to win prizes.
There’s still time to enter Joann’s Decades Contest – the grand prize package is worth over $1800.
An easy way to keep your stationary organized.
Martha’s (Stewart) Felted Stone Soap.
Remember friendship bracelets? Now you can share the joy of making them with your kids (because honestly, I forgot how to do it without a tutorial!).
It’s not quite sewing related, but it’s still Liberty of London (for Target)!
Valentine’s may be over, but it’s never too late to make a pillowcase nightie.

There Was An Old Woman

Easton’s birthday is just 2 months away. While it sounds like a long time, when it comes to sewing (especially sewing with a toddler in the house), it’s really not very far away at all! Since those cute little party dresses are out of the question, I’ve shifted my focus to….. toys. I stumbled across “I Know An Old Woman” interactive doll set (I mean how cool would it be to sing the song and have the doll ‘eat’ the animals?) and thought this might be a fun toy for a toddler. Anyone ever tried this pattern (or something similar – I am fairly certain that I have a Japanese sewing book with the same concept, but different theme)? Not being a doll maker, I’d love to know how ‘involved’ this set is, how long it might take to construct, and it’s difficulty!

sew!

Ever since U-Handbag did a review of Cath Kidston’s sew! I’ve wanted to check it out for myself. Unfortunately, in the US, the only book available by her was Make!: Over 40 Fantastic Projects with 16 Exclusive Designs
After receiving some reviews from you (thank you all) and finally having the opportunity to check it out for myself, I realized make!, was mostly about embellishing and had very little to do with projects themselves – nothing like like sew! I finally decided to look for a retailer who had sew! in stock and so far I haven’t been disappointed.
This shabby chic style book has over 40 projects inside for creating adorable little items for your home, as gifts, and to tote around your belongings. It even comes with the materials needed to make your own bag that appears on the front cover! Some of my favorite projects in the book include the jewelery roll, coat hangers (I think a set of these would make a nice gift), the bath hat (even though I don’t wear one, it sure looks cute), and shoulder bag (which appears on the front cover). While most of the projects are fairly simple and some are not anything new, I think that the book itself is pure eye candy and has enough projects inside to make it worth the cost of the book (this time I paid full price, a little over $20 – don’t be scammed by the retailers selling this volume for $60+, it’s not worth that much!).
The Bottom Line If you’re a fan of shabby chic, love books with plenty of eye candy, or just looking for a grouping of some fun, easy to sew projects, sew! is for you. This book is difficult to get a hold of in the states so be sure to check ebay or Amazon retailers to find this title.

Built By Wendy Dresses

Because I had company over the weekend, I really didn’t have much time to spend with all my new books, but I did cuddle up with one last night – Built by Wendy Dresses: The Sew U Guide to Making a Girl’s Best Frock. I have to say, I think this is her best book yet. While I don’t wear many dresses, I really feel motivated to make a few after looking at her book. Why? I love how she takes 3 basic designs (the sheath, the shift, and the dirndl) and turns them into completely different looks (25) and makes it look so easy! Wendy also covers some of the basics: body types, pattern alterations (be sure to add seam allowances to your traced patterns as well), adding collars and sleeve options, seam finishing, facingslinings, and basic pockets. The information is great, but keep in mind many of these options (like collars and some of the sleeves) are not included in the book so the designer (you) is left to draft your own.
Overall this is a fantastic book for those who love to sew dresses and are looking for a bit more of a challenge in drafting some of your own styles, but I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners (maybe one of her other titles might be a better place to start) given that there a lot of steps (and not a lot of hand holding) in this books to create your finished project.

In The Mail

I was thrilled when I opened my mailbox yesterday – not only was my Kath Kidson’s Sew! book inside, but my Office Swap package from my partner:

Inside was a “Schrute Farms” hat, a ‘boss’ mug that was converted into a pincushion (already on my sewing table), coasters with fun office themes, and my very favorite, The Office tote bag (made with colorful buttons) and Dwight notepad. The notepad will have to be hidden because both of my children will use it if I give them the chance.
What’s arrived in your mailbox recently?

Linky Thursday

One Yard Wonders may be hot off the press, but the authors are already back to work at creating a second volume. Read here as to how you can submit your tutorial to this upcoming edition.
Now your pooch can be the coolest on the block with this awesome light-up hoodie.
I know Valentine’s Day is already over, but I can’t pass up posting about this cute Bean Bag Toss – This would make a fabulous classroom party game for next year!
Have you fallen in love with those fun Brassy Apple aprons yet? Here’s your chance to win 3 of them for yourself!
Win yourself a copy of Built By Wendy’s Dresses. Mine arrived in the mail yesterday and I can honestly say this is a must have!
Make a pretty oilcloth wallet to store your receipts in style.
How to turn an XL tee into a maternity top.
A fun project to do with the kids – bottle cap stamps.
Have a future flier in your house? or just a head to keep cozy? Then whip up this sweet pea piliot cap for your little guy!
I don’t use coin purses much, but Ms. Lipsie may just make me want to start using them again.
Even though we’re supposed to get snow…. again, this week, spring break is just a month away. If you’re planning a little vaycay, you may want to whip up one of these travel jewelry organizers.

Something New

Sometimes you just need something new to wear to make yourself feel good. That’s where this fun leopard slinky and Jalie t-shirt pattern come in! Since I was planning on wearing this to Easton’s playgroup, I lengthened the hem a bit (so it doesn’t raise up too much when I bend over etc.), but now that it’s finished, I really don’t think it was necessary – I may eventually just cut off the extra length when I have the time. Overall, I’m thrilled with the way it turned out – it feels good to wear, looks nice on, and the print can be dressed up or down depending on what I wear with it. I think I may feel like a new woman today!