Monthly Archives: February 2012

I Jinxed Myself

I jinxed myself. Right after I mentioned that we hadn’t had much of a winter (and ready to move onto spring projects), it starts snowing. The cold breeze, fluffy winter coats, and piles of snow on the ground got me back into the mood of sewing something cozy…. something new just in time for the weekend.

So I searched though my stash and came up with a new project. Last year, at the end of winter, I picked up a fabulous sweater knit jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics. I knew that I wanted to make some sort of cardiganwrapjacket pattern, but was never motivated to use it (until now) because it just hasn’t been cold enough. I also pulled out McCall 5713 (now OOP) and decided that this would be the perfect design for this material. I plan on using view A (even though C looks fabulous) because I’m only working with 2 yards of this fabric… let’s hope it doesn’t shrink in the wash!

What is everyone else working on now that it’s decided to turn ‘cold’?

Project Details:

Pattern: McCall 5713, View A

Sweater knit jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics

Materials & Cost:


Remember this over-sized shirt I blogged about the other day? Over the weekend I used Jalie 2918 to resize Taylor’s old tee down to something Easton could wear. Since this is a TNT (tried-n-true) pattern, there’s not much I can say that I haven’t already covered. The fit is once again spot on (I even went up a size from what I was making this fall) – if there’s anything I would change for next time, I might consider enlarging the neckline a bit since it’s a bit snug to pull over his head. Best of all? Easton loves the new shirt. I think I need to raid more of Taylor’s outgrown (unisex) tees!


I don’t make a lot of hair accessories, but I should. Store bought (especially boutique style stores) are so expensive and making them can turn out not only an less expensive version, but most of the time, better made. I was really inspired to make the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Braided Headband by P.S.-I made this… and fortunately I had everything on hand to give it a try. For my version, I used a gorgeous pink goat leather, black ribbon (I tried using a jersey, but I didn’t care for the way it stretched and ‘frayed’), and silver ball chain that was once a dog tag style necklace. Overall, it was easy to make, except it took a bit of fiddling to figure out how ‘tight’ I wanted to braid my materials. I definitely could see me trying this again!

Winner and a NEW contest!

It’s Friday! Not only is it almost the weekend, but it’s time to draw for the Hot Pattern Classix Nouveau Kaleidoscope Top pattern! And the winner is….. comment #2, Vicki Timmons! Congratulations – don’t forget to send me your shipping information so I can send out your prize!

Didn’t win this week? Don’t worry, the Blog-o-versary celebration lasts all month long! Up for grabs this week is one yard of Amy Butler‘s Nigella print, Wood Fern (in forest). To be eligible for this week’s contest, you’ll need to leave a comment in this post. Earn a second entry by tweeting a link to this post and leaving a second comment here about your tweet. Comments will be closed midnight (CST) Thursday, February 16 and a winner will be drawn by random number generator.

Speaking of Amy Butler, did you all see that she’s re-releasing her very first fabric collection, Gypsy Caravan? I can’t wait – this was probably one of my all time favorite lines! What do you think about her big news?

Linky Thursday

Don’t forget today is the last day to enter the the Hot Pattern’s Blog-o-versary giveaway!

There’s no sewing involved in this adorable headband tutorial, but it’s so chic I want to make at least one.

Who says those plastic canvasses have to be for grandmas and kleenex boxes? This needlepoint purse will totally have you rethinking how you use this crafty notion.

Turn an ordinary t-shirt into a draped vest in 5 minutes.

Tote bags don’t have to be boring. This ‘Cinch Bag’ not keeps your belongings from falling out, but the ties are a great decorative element too.

Candy hearts, plush style! If this throw pillow is too big for your taste why not try this mini version (Beware: this isn’t a ‘tutorial’ more of a guideline how to make this project).

Grab two fat quarters and some ribbon and you can make two cute Fat Quarter bags. Perfect for filling with little presents!

Pre-ruffled is popular again this year (I even saw that Hobby Lobby is carrying a fairly large assortment of solids). Learn how to use this fabric by making an easy scarf.

Speaking of ruffles, here’s a t-shirt you can reconstruct for under $5 (and a dollar store towel).

Days at the beachpool are not that far away. Stitch up a reversible chair cover now and get ready for the hot weather!

A pretty way to carry around your notebooks: Notebook Folder Tutorial.

Where Did Winter Go?

I’m beginning to feel like we’re never going to have a proper winter. A majority of the time we’re running round in light-weight jackets so my idea of stitching up a heavy-weight coat (like this one from Ottobre Woman) seems sort of impractical. Consequently, I think I’m moving on to…. spring! The person who really needs a new wardrobe is Easton so I’m starting off with Jalie 2918 (my go to pattern for guys) and using a recycled t-shirt that Taylor didn’t want anymore. This is a fun Green Day tee that has a graphic on the front and the back and I think it’ll be perfect for this pattern (plus Easton liked the design, a lot). It also means that it’s time to trace out another shirt size for him – that boy is growing like a weed!

I’m also contemplating picking up Jalie 3137. I’ve looked all over for a review of this pattern and couldn’t find any. Anyone stitch this design up, yet?

Pretty Dress or Adorable Apron?

When you use a downloadable pattern from a personal website, it’s a crapshoot as to what you might get. I took a gamble on FleeceFun’s Thankful Apron because the finished apron design was very cute and it had a professional looking pattern print out. Unfortunately, I wasn’t as impressed with the instructions. Not only were they a bit ‘skimpy’ (a good example is sewing the apron skirt: it mentions sewing the sides, never the hem. Either this is an omission or the author just assumes you’ll know to eventually do this?) but they were a little confusing – I had to read several parts of the instructions several times to get the drift of what I was supposed to do. There are also numerous spelling errors which leads me to believe that there was little to no proofreading before it was published. Speaking of errors, if you decide to add the ‘belt’ in the middle of the apron, you’ll need to cut a third waist tie, not the neck strap (the neck strap isn’t long enough).

Putting aside all the ‘issues’ I had with this tutorial, the finished design did turn out really cute. I love how the neck strap is tied on the side and I think that the Amy Butler fabric works really well with the gingham check print (which I also used for this apron) – when you put them together they really have a romantic and fun Valentine vibe. The best part? This apron looks so much like a pretty dress, everyone will be thinking you’ve dressed up when you wear it!

So Sweet

Between Superbowl cooking (and eating), I managed to find enough time to sew up one project over the weekend… a Valentine half-apron. I think this one just screams, “I’m so sweet!” To create this look, I used Simplicty 3652 (view C) and the pink gingham check fabric.

Overall, this was a very easy pattern to put together – an experienced sewer should be able to put this together in around an hour… even with minor modifications. Speaking of, I did make one small change to this pattern: swapping out the standard pocket for a heart design (I think it just made it have a more Valentine ‘feel’). The directions were easy to follow, but I think the notions requirement was a bit off. The envelope back has you buying 2 packages of piping (this goes in the area between the flounce and the bottom edge of the hem) and you only really need one. Even in the largest size, if you don’t waste any piping, you could get away with only one. Normally, I wouldn’t complain, but I own way too much piping, cording, and bias tape as it is… my notions drawer is beginning to overflow! The end design is adorable – it’s cute, flirty, and fun, however I’m not sure I care for the waistbandties (created by bias tape). If I make this particular pattern again, I think I’ll draft one that uses self fabric. So, what do you think? Isn’t this a perfect way to serve up some chocolate fondue?

Blog-o-versary Giveaway

February isn’t just for celebrating Groundhog & Valentine’s Day, it’s also time to celebrate this blog’s 6th year anniversary! To commemorate another year in cyberspace, I thought we could do some fun giveaways this month. To kick off the blog-o-versary ‘festivities’, I’m giving away a fabulous pattern: Hot Pattern’s Classix Nouveau Kaleidoscope Tops (this is a multi-sized pattern designed for the advanced beginner that comes in 3 unique styles).

To be eligible for the draw, you’ll need to leave a comment in this post. Earn a second entry by tweeting a link to this post and leaving a second comment here about your tweet. Comments will be closed midnight (CST) Thursday, February 9 and a winner will be drawn by random number generator. Good luck, have fun, and thanks for celebrating with me!

Linky Thursday

Who says the food shows have to have all the challenges? Audition for Moda’s Sliced competition for a chance to compete in a 4 person online challenge!

If you need a hot, steamy potato, fast use a potato bag and your microwave (these are fairly expensive in stores, but are easy and inexpensive to whip up yourself).

Create a stunning skirt: The Chevron Pencil Skirt.

Have an over abundance of buttons and not enough projects to use them all on? Make some button cuffs instead.

We’ve been spoiled by cup holders – even my daughter complains that the cup is too hot. Keep your beverages warm and your fingers un-burned by stitching up some of these Button-up Cup Cozies.

A great way to use up scraps, showcase fun prints, and carry your essentials: Patchwork Wristlet.

If your weather has been like ours, it’s been warm enough for eating outside. While it’s still a little early to think ahead to summer and picnics, it’s not too early to start sewing for them – so why not stitch up some fun Picnic Caddies (you’ll need to scroll down the entry to get to the tutorial)?

I’m not really sure that this skirt screams ‘rock ‘n roll’, but I like how this tutorial transforms a pair of men’s pants into a ruffled skirt.

Need a quick pair of play (or pool) shorts? Grab two bandannas and sew up some pants!

Who needs a bear skin rug when you have felt?

Clever tutorial for a fish-to-sushi plush.

Keep your necklaces neat and your earrings always handy with this easy Hanging Jewelry Organizer.