Monthly Archives: July 2010

Putting Green

Some people have pool tables in their basement, but we have….. a putting green! I know this has nothing to do with sewing, but I had to show off some of Bret’s handiwork. He finished the base off last night – Easton couldn’t wait for the trim boards to be attached so we went ahead and brought it downstairs for him to play on.
On the agenda this weekend: Picking up supplies for Taylor and her friend to tie dye shirts, working on some pattern drafting, and posting a review of those shorts…… yes, they are done (as of 10:30 last night)! More on that… tomorrow!

Banana Split

Since Taylor was a little girl, she has always started planning for Halloween right about the time school starts up. This year is no different, but this time her costume is for a group and involves a sketch…. this year, Taylor (and her friends) want to be a banana split. She even drew up a sketch – Taylor and a friend as banana halves, the rest as ice cream scoops with whipped cream hats with a cherry on top. She said she was giving me enough time to work on other projects and still have enough time to plan out hers. I laid in bed last night trying to visualize how I could do this one – I may have some ideas, but I think it’s going to take lots of ‘muslins’ for me to get it right.
Anyone else planning out their Halloweencarnival costumes already? If so, what are you making?

Linky Thursday

I never realized before today that sewingpatterns.com
had a section devoted to FREE patterns – including Simplicity, McCall, and even Kwik Sew. Cool!
More reasons for me to take up knitting again – this pattern for Baby Alligators.
Learn how to make a beautiful silk hat.
The “Go To” dress pattern is absolutely adorable and free! Too bad I can’t squeeze myself into kids sizes.
Last year I ordered a Sewing Calendar from Amazon. This year, I’m hoping to win one.
What’s your biggest craft blooper? Let Think Crafts know and you could win a $100 gift certificate from CreateForLess.
Cute and easy – The Gathered Clutch.
Anna Maria Horner helping those affected by floods in Tennessee this spring. Learn more about her Rainbow Around the Block Quilt Initiative here.
A new season of Project Runway starts tonight! You know where I’ll be this evening!
Even if you don’t subscribe to Ottobre magazine, you can still pick up their free Soft Bunny and Letters patterns.
Turn a man’s jeans into a toddler pant. I love it!!
Savoring the Last Days of Summer giveaways!
Win a Sally Collins’ quilting ‘package’. I actually have her Precision Piecing DVD and thought it was great!

Back To School

Thanks to everyone who left comments and emails about my embroidery machine questions! It really was helpful and gave me some things to mull over! While daydreaming about machines this morning, I realized…. it’s almost time for back to school (2 1/2 weeks) and I haven’t sewn a lick for Taylor this year. In part it’s due to our busy summer, but it also has a lot to do with the fact there are very few patterns for teens (not to mention the fact teen friendly fabrics are difficult to come across). I may eventually just sew up some hoodies as this seems to be one of Taylor’s staples when the weather (eventually) turns cool.
Are you skipping the back to school sewing or are you whipping up some goodies for your kids before the first day arrives? (I’d love to hear what you’re making!) In the mean time, I leave you a parting shot of Taylor’s stunt group at cheer camp this year – she had a great time this week, but is horribly sore this morning.

Machine Embroidery

Once upon a time I was totally addicted to my embroidery machine. I did it all – clothes, towels, blankets…. I loved embellishing! As the embroidery trend became more inventive (like in the hoop projects), my tiny little 4×4 field really limited what I could do with my machine. Consequently, I’ve let it sit for quite some time – unused. I’ve been getting a lot more interested in embroidery since I started getting Urban Thread‘s newsletter and have been trying to find an (economical) machine that will allow me to do some larger projects.
This leads me to my next question(s): Do you have an embroidery machine and if so, how much do you use it? What do you typically use your machine for? And what size designprojects do you usually use? I’d love to hear your opinions!

More Boxer News

With family here this weekend, Monday came way too fast. I didn’t really have the opportunity to do a lot of sewing (although I did clean my sewing room and can now see the cutting table once again), but I did manage to start on the Tommy Boxer pattern. I worked my way through page 8….. and really haven’t done much sewing at all – just lots of pressing hems. I was a bit disappointed that I actually didn’t have the opportunity to run my machine, but I think all the pressing should make the actual construction go much faster. I’d take a picture, but there’s really not much to see. I think I’m going to try to conserve my energy (which I am finding tough to do with a toddler having summer fun) so I can sew a bit this evening…. I really need to make a dent into my sewing list!
Now it’s off to take Taylor to cheer camp! It’s hard to believe that it’s already time for camp and practices to start – let alone school in just 3 weeks. Where has the summer gone?

To Infinity And Beyond!

In honor of Comic-Con (that’s going on right now), here is my own superhero modeling his new costume (it needs altering, there is no way he can do ‘to infinity and beyond’ without tripping). In keeping with the Comic-Con theme, for those of you who are as big of Star Wars geeks as myself, here’s a great article on Mythbusting Princess Leia’s Hair. I probably could have told you that those buns weren’t do-able, I had the Princess Leia Barbie with the styling hair as a kid and never could get any of those looks to work.
As for the boxers, the fabric is cut and ready to go! I made a small for Taylor and a medium for myself, but I can already tell (just by looking at the seat) that they are going to be huge on me. They are supposed to be a ‘relaxed’ fit, but I think it might be a bit too relaxed for my taste. Consequently, I’m skipping the lettering on mine…. I might be able to fit a sentence on the backside. By the way, this project has been added to the sidebar!

Fabrics And A Few More Links


There’s nothing spending a day at the pool with the kids and coming home to a box of fabric you ordered! That’s exactly what happened yesterday – it was a great way to end a fun, family day. Here’s a peek at what I ordered. The first two are some of the new Michael Miller knits – a ‘citrus’ stripe and a lime solid. While it looked like they would match on the site, the solid is a slightly different shade. I had hoped to make an Ottobre style shirt this fall for Easton (you know, striped on the frontback chest area; solid for the sleeves), but it may be off just enough that it won’t look right. The last two fabrics are going to be…… Boxers! I even taped and traced off the patterns last night and washed the fabrics in preparation for some weekend sewing. I’ve got to sew these up while the temperatures are still hot, I can get a lot of mileage out of these as pajamaslounge wear for a few more months. In addition to the fabrics, I also picked up some hot fix rhinestones (I think I’m going to do some shirt embellishing this fall) and some of the rhinestone trim…. I guess I was feeling ‘sparkly’ when I placed my order.
Besides sharing my fabric order, I thought I would share a couple of more links that didn’t make it into yesterdays post (they just weren’t up yet). Collette Patterns is doing a fabric giveaway! 4 yards worth of fabric from Sew, Mama, Sew! Just leave a comment on their Facebook page (scroll down for the entry to comment) for your chance to win. Speaking of Sew, Mama, Sew – they have a couple of giveaways going on as well including free fabric and Joel Dewberry’s Sewn Spaces (I checked this out at the bookstore the other day and thought it had some cute projects).

Linky Thursday

I had never heard the term ‘dopp kit’ until I saw The Purl Bee’s latest tutorial for one. My favorite part is how the raw edges are finished off with binding – so pretty!
Craft recently reviewed The Sewing Answer Book
and is giving away a copy to one lucky reader. Hurry this contest is over on Monday.
Ever wonder how you can put your sewing skills toward a charitable cause? We All Sew has a great list of Sew to Serve opportunities.
If you need a new bag, but don’t have a lot of time to spare to sew one up, try out Skip To My Lou’s latest tutorial – it can be made in an hour!
I know that creating your own paper clone has nothing to do with sewing, but I found it creepy enough that I had to share. This might be a good project for a bored teenager with a week to spare (yes a week!) this summer.
Need to replenish your fabric stash? The Fabric Fairy is giving away a $50 gift certificate if you can find the word “fairylicious” hidden somewhere on their site. Check their facebook page for more information.
Since the nautical look is still going strong, learn how to make a bracelet to coordinate with your wardrobe.
If you’ve been hoarding your Sublime Stitching patterns, here’s your chance to put them to good use in their Combo Contest. Grand prize is a $100 gift certificate from Fred Flare!
A simple, yet cute fabric envelope that can hold your important papers.

Apron Fabric


I did something that I never do – I bought fabric, online, from the same retailer – in the same week! Thank goodness Fabric.com has free shipping! This latest round of fabrics will be used to create some fun, flirty, and feminine aprons that will be sold at Monica’s Bundt Cake this fall (it’s one of our favorite places to get cake as I swear she has the best icing I’ve ever eaten)!
This means that I’m also in the process of drafting up some new patterns – if all goes well, I plan on selling them in the form of e-patterns in my etsy shop. I guess I had better stop typing and get to work! I think I have a very busy fall ahead of me!