Sew, What’s New?

Seeing that I’m in between projects right now, I thought I’d share whats news around here:

On my nightstand: Pleating for Mercy: A Magical Dressmaking Mystery
. I was fortunate enough to get an advanced copy of the book (it’s released in August) – and it may take me that long to get it finished this summer! It’s a fun little book that revolves around sewing, but I am slow as molasses getting it read. I’ve also been reading Simplicity Fabric Guide: The Ultimate Fiber Resource and plan on putting up a review about it on Monday.

What I’m Working On Now: I’m about ready to test sew two new tutorials I’ve written for The Sewing Republic… I love this process because I get to see if I’ve planned everything out the way I originally envisioned it. I also plan to work on Bret’s grandmother’s bag: Indygo Junction‘s Traveler’s Tote (which seems to be now out of print).

Did you see?: If you happen across a newsstand or subscribe yourself, be sure to check out this month’s issue of Sew News. My “It Takes Two” article deals with morphing two knit t-shirts into a completely new design – it’s great if you’re looking to revamp your wardrobe with some out of date tops.

What I’m excited about: Besides the Big 4 releasing their fall patterns (some of which I am in love with), I am also seriously contemplating ordering The Jessica dress from Style Arc – what a gorgeous dress! I am also anxiously waiting for Lila Tueller’s Little Satchels pattern to be released… I am seeing lots of art rolls and makeup bags in my future. I also see a book order being placed soon – I am really wanting to check out Signature Styles: 20 Stitchers Craft Their Look, but no one locally seems to carry it. Anyone have it and want to give me a mini-review? I am also dying to try out Amy Butler‘s new rayon and corduroy fabrics! Today kicks off her blog tour to promote these new materials so I’m hoping, somewhere in there, is a chance to win some (today she’s over at True Up)!

What’s my current favorite pattern?: Sisboom’s Tommy Boxer. I swear I live in these things – especially now that the temperatures are 100+ degrees. I think my next ‘me’ project is going to be a new pair! Now I just need to find a fantastic sleep pant pattern for the fallwinter!