Monthly Archives: February 2014

My Favorite Pair

02-animallegsSeveral weeks ago you may have seen me mention that I purchased a fabulous cotton spandex print from Girl Charlee, only to have it shrink up in the wash (a good reason to make sure you always prewash your garment fabrics!) substantially. It was so much reduction in size that I could no longer make the leggings that I had intended. After an exhaustive search looking for something I liked as much (or more), I wound up buying more (this time 2 yards) of the blackgray cheetah print so that I knew I would have enough – even when it shrunk!  Sure enough, it did… a lot (after washing I had 1 3/4 instead of the 2 that was cut). Needless to say, it was plenty enough to make my new leggings and I LOVE them – they are, by far, my favorite pair I own. The fabric is perfect (feels good, great stretch) and they look very flattering on (my legs look very long and skinny). In fact, I had several people comment on them while I was out yesterday. Yep, these are a keeper!

The moral to this story? Pre-wash your fabrics (at least the ones that have cotton)! It would have been a shame to make this awesome pair of leggings up only to have them shrink to Barbie size the first time I put them in the wash.

Linky Thursday

Need a quick Valentine’s Day box to place youryour child’s goodies? This fabric mailbox isn’t just adorable, it looks quick to make, too!

Change up the look of your winter jacket (because this winter I’m sure it’s gotten lots of use like mine) by adding a detachable fur collar.

Do you have 30 minutes? Then you have enough time to make a pencil skirt, from scratch! If you like written instructions better than videos, try this tutorial instead.

This pattern may say “Weekend Blouse”, but it’s definitely cute and stylish enough to wear any day of the week!

Need an easy shirt to wear with skinny jeans or leggings? Try this slouchy tee project.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to work out more, then you’ll needwant new gear. Learn how to recreate you favorite tanks and pants with new style lines.

Use some of your favorite ribbon scraps to create a fun pencil case.

I love this effortless look. Learn how to create your own bronze kimono jacket – perfect for when we pack away our puffy coats!

Upcycle your favorite (too small) sweatshirt into a fun pillow – you don’t even have to take off the arms on this one!

Pretty felted wristlet that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day AND snow days too!

Kitchen towels too pretty to use (at least in my house, anyone else destroy kitchen towels)?

Need a big bag, but love the look of messengers? Now you can have both!

Beautiful Button

02-buttonToday I give you a sneak peek of something I’ve been working on recently (even if it is only the button tab and lining that you can see). This project was a great opportunity to work with a lovely wool melton (from Fabric.com) – a material that I don’t get to work with very often. I was also thrilled to find some beautiful buttons that I had stashed… not only were they the perfect size and color, but they really add a bit of interest to the finished design!

You’ll be seeing more of this project soon and I’ll be sure to add a few tips and tricks to show you how I made my version. In the mean time, what are you sewing today?

Tea Wallet

Teacher gifts are always hard. I’m fairly certain that they’re inundated with candies and flowersplants that day so I’m always looking for something different. This year, I was inspired by Urban Threads You’re My Cup of Tea design…. so I made a tea wallet:

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I will admit, for this project, I just ‘winged it’. All I knew is that I wanted the tea design on the front and I went from there. Now I wish I would have written it all down as I went along because I think that it came together nicely in the end.  Now I just need a cute mug and this gift will be complete!

Meh

02-animalcrosLast week I had mentioned how I was starting the Style ARC Lolita top. I had the opportunity to work on it some and while I love the design, the fabric choice was….. meh. Don’t get me wrong, I love animal print and still think that this particular material would have looked good as a maxi dress, but not only does the top’s design get lost in the fabric, there’s a lot of animal-ness going on near my face and I don’t think I care for that at all. To top it off, this material is not kind to work with – it took a lot of adjustments to keep from getting skipped stitches (and the occasional machine eating my material).

Consequently, I’m not finishing this version. I like the design, I like the fit (so far), but I can honestly say that I will never wear this top in this animal print so I just don’t see the point in attaching the sleeves and finishing it. I will, at some point, make this top again, but I’ll be sticking with a solid color.

Linky Thursday

This designer transformed some famous Disney character’s costumes into Haute Couture garments.

If you’re planning on traveling soon, don’t miss this quick and easy tutorial for a flat-iron case (and a handy cord wrap to keep everything neat).

Let’s face it, sewing bags can be time consuming. However, the Arabesque promises to stitch up in 3 hours and has only 1 pattern piece!

A perfect guy gift this Valentine’s day: a Denim Growler Tote (filled with you guy’s favorite brew, of course).

Bring a little Valentine’s into your kitchen with this adorable heart shaped pot holder. Looking for something you can use year-round? Check out this tutorial from Moda’s Bakeshop.

Create a beautiful, drapey top perfect for a night out (or when spring returns).

Banish chapped lips with this tri-color DIY lip balm. These look so good, they would make wonderful gifts!

Learn how to make a fabric canvas (perfect for creating matching decorative art pieces for bedroom).

Add a little texture to a room with this fun, Shag Pillow.

Make a cute coin purse or clutch out of any frame with this handy tutorial. Of course, if you’re looking for templates, this is a great resource for a number of cute purse frame shapes.

Everyone could use a little more organization. This wallet could help you with all your cards.

Looking for a show-stopping bag you can carry on Valentine’s day? Check out this beautiful floral clutch.

Prizes & Inspirations

Still on the fence about joining the Ziggi Sew Along? How about we ‘sweeten the deal’ by adding prizes? That’s right Style ARC will be awarding patterns for their favorite jacket styles and Fabric.com will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky participant who submits a completed entry!  It’s not too late to order your pattern and join in all the fun!

If you’re not after the ‘classic black’ with this style and are in need of some inspiration here’s a few looks you might be interested in:

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If you love working with leather or after a modern take on the classic look, consider mixing and matching your tones for a unique style. Or skip the leather and go for a luxe suede, instead!

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Mix and match your fabrics for a unique and trendy style. Consider using wool, boucle, denim, andor leather combinations for your one-of-a-kind look.

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Fabrics such as wool and denim are a bit easier (and much more forgiving than leather) to work with and give a lot more variety of colors to work with. Using lighter weight material can also mean that you have a great jacket that can transition you into spring, too!

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Don’t skip the prints! Don’t be afraid to use a great animal print, floral, or even a brocade to create your new jacket.

Let It Snow

02-fabricsIt’s always ‘iffy’ when the weatherman predicts large amounts of snow for our area days in advance – it seems as if the weather system shifts and we just get a dusting. This time, I decided to take them a bit more seriously and loaded up on a few items for ‘spring sewing’ – wicking material for shirts and skorts (at some point the heat will hit and we’ll be sweating again. Sadly, I also had to buy Jalie 2682 again as well…. After scouring my sewing room for hours, I never could find my pattern). It’s a good think I went shopping, too – it’s predicted we’ll be getting 6-9″ today…. can you say “Snow Day”?

Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for a big announcement regarding out Ziggi sew-along and check out some ‘inspirational’ photos to help you design your next jacket!

Mummified?

02-mummyOh Monday, sometimes you just get here too quickly. I had such great plans this weekend to work on a number of projects, but the most I accomplished (in the sewing realm) was fabric shopping at Needle Nook, cutting out my Lolita top (which took a lot longer than what I anticipated), and helping Taylor mummify a Barbie for part of a class project… yes, that’s right we mummified her (I helped her coffee stain the fabric to make it look old – I dried the material in the microwave and got a really interesting ‘textures’ on the material)!  I’m going to chalk this up as the weirdest thing I’ve had to (help) make in 2014.

Today, I’m making sure I have all my materials, notions, etc. ready for a big snow insew in…. they’re anticipating ‘significant snowfall’ so I’m guessing we’ll have at least one snow day and hopefully a chance to work on and complete one project since we won’t be going anywhere. What did everyone else work on this weekend?