Monthly Archives: September 2014

Go To Knit Pants

20140814_101335~2Picking up where we left off last week… today’s post is all about the final pattern in the 8 Days a Week collection:  The Go To Knit Pants. This versatile pattern has not one, not two, but three different looks included – A legging, cropped lounge pants (with pockets), and pair of straight legged pants. I started off by making a pair of leggings and as you can see, I’m jumping for joy at how comfy (and fun – it’s a funky cat print) they feel. Leggings have become a new wardrobe staple.

I also stitched up a pair of the straight legged pants (not shown) in a slinky knit that I’ve been hording in my stash. It’s currently hanging in my closet  awaiting hemming (you should always allow your slinky to hang a few days after sewing to make sure that it doesn’t ‘grow’ – the only downside to slinky, IMHO), but I have to admit, they are very flattering to the backside. I love the look so much, I purchased a bunch of solid colored knits to make more. I’ll be sure to post my progress on all my new pants very soon!

Be sure to check out my posts from last week that cover the rest of the 8 Days a Week grouping. What a fun collection!:

The Neptune Tee
The Marigold
The McCartney Jacket

The Marigold

09-libraryToday I continue my posts for the latest Pattern Anthology collection, 8 Days a Week, by showing you my version of the Marigold.

Since I tend not to wear a lot of dresses, I opted to make my Marigold into a straight hemmed, peplum top with short sleeves (so that I could easily wear this into fall without getting too hot).  I used a stretch, pinstriped cotton for the body of the shirt and white along the collar and placket to add a bit of interest.

Sewing this pattern up was fun – in my opinion, there is something satisfying about sewing up a buttoned shirt (or shirt dress). And I loved working on the details (like the finishing on the inside of the shirt and the gathers along the yoke) that this top has to offer. 

Now, I just need to try out that dress…. with the sash…. I’m loving that sash. I’m thinking a denim shirt dress may be in my future!

Linky Thursday

This is THE CUTEST sewing machine cover. Ever.

Get ready for Halloween – whip up a sugar skull wall hanging to show your spirit.

Summer may be officially over, but this Summer in the City look still works great for fall.

Sew a simple skirt.

Bring the fall inside by making a few, quick and easy leaf-shaped coasters.

Even though I don’t go to a lot of potlucks, I’m a sucker for a good casserole carrier.

Ditch the square and bucket shaped bags and carry around a fun, round Canteen Bag instead.

Perfect for a simple Halloween style or just for a fun fall day: The Dinosaur Hoodie.

Stop using boring heat packs and go for something novel instead. These Cozy Critters are the perfect solution.

Where was this free stacking ring tutorial this summer when I made mine?

Dress up your pillowcase with a wedged border.

I am quickly becoming a huge fan of Swoon bag patterns. Now you can get the Ethel Tote for free!

Add interest to your next garment by sewing up a feminine, scalloped top.

I am pretty sure that I need an adult-sized version of the Lizzy Peplum (sized 12 months – 5 years). Looking for something for the boys instead? Why not try this Hooded Sweatshirt?

Even your dog can head out in style with a new leash.


The McCartney Jacket

09-jacketI get very excited as the weather turns cooler. That means that jacket season is right around the corner. Not only do I love wearing a variety of coats, I love making them too! The McCartney Jacket is no exception – it’s a fun to sew zip-up (almost bomber style) jacket with two sleeve variations, optional contrast shoulder details, and the easiest welt pocket you’ll ever make. Plus it’s a great companion jacket to the Imagine Jacket released a few months ago.

For my version I used a bright, animal print, bottom-weight material from Joann‘s and a matching lighter weight cotton for the lining. I opted to go with the contrast bands (in black) to break up the print and used a black ribbed knit for the sleeve cuffs and waistband. My original intent was to sew the gathered sleeve, but since my print is so busy, I figured that detail would get lost, so I went with the standard 3-piece design.

09-jacket2For those that have never sewn a jacket before or have shied away from trying a welt pocket, this is a great pattern to start with. The instructions are detailed and have lots of color photos to help you through the construction process. Plus, the welt pocket is the same method that I mentioned in my Imagine Jacket post and couldn’t be easier!

The fit on this jacket is perfect for fall – it’s styled for a woman’s curves, but not too tight or bulky. The finished length hits about mid-hip so you can easily move around without finding that it’s riding up on you. I can see a few more of these in my closet (especially because this one gets borrowed by my oldest daughter).

For more great looks from the new Pattern Anthology collection, be sure to check out the blogs below. Plus stay tuned the rest of this week and see what else I have created from this line up (and be sure to check out my Neptute Tee from yesterday’s post):

Sabra from sew a straight line
Rachel from House of Pinheiro
Melissa from Melly Sews
Stacy from Stacy Sews
Trinh from Sweet Cheeks Designs
Kate from see kate sew
Dixie from Dixie DIY
Abbey from Sew Charleston

8 Days a Week sewing patterns


8 Days a Week Collection is a new collection of women’s sewing patterns by Pattern Anthology. This collection includes:

  1. The Neptune Tee: A casual tee with optional triangle cutouts at the front and back neckline as well as the sleeves.
  2. The Marigold Dress: A button down dress with elastic waist, long or cap sleeve options and even a peplum option.
  3. Go To Knit Pants: 3 styles of knit pants including leggings, straight leg pants and relaxed fit pants options.
  4. McCartney Jacket: A zip up jacket with fun options and lots of style.

Pattern Anthology sells their collections for a limited time at a 40%+ discount. You can purchase this collection now through October 6th. Get more details HERE.

The Neptune Tee

09-neptuneDid you see that the new Pattern Anthology collection for women, 8 Days a week, was released over the weekend? I had a great opportunity to test this fabulous group of patterns awhile back and am excited that I can finally share what I made! First up, The Neptune Tee.

This knit shirt has optional triangular cut -uts (or add inserts for even more interest) on the sleeves and frontback neckline and straight or high-low hem to make it more than just your basic tee. It sews up quickly, is easy to wear, and can be dressed up or down depending on your needs.

For my version, I used a solid, beefy knit in aqua and added cut-outs along the back neckline and sleeves. As soon as I made it, my daughter declared it as hers so there will definitely be more of this design in the upcoming months (I’m thinking I need one in white with gray inserts and a high-low hem like the pattern cover).

Handmade Happy Birthday



Over the weekend, we had a birthday party to go to.  The mom didn’t want presents brought because they have tons of toys and would have lots of family at the event…. but really, who can show up to a party empty handed? Instead of bringing toys, I brought something handmade. I made personalized pillows! To speed up the sewing process (this was a last-minute gift idea – poor planning on my part), I skipped the patchwork border and used the same material as what I used for the namesback instead. I’ll have to remember that shortcut again because I was able to whip up these two pillows in about 3 hours (from cutting to stuffing) – making these a fun, last minute gift idea!

8 Days A Week


Just a little preview of the fun patterns that I had an opportunity to test: The new Pattern Anthology Collection, 8 Days A Week, is open for presale! This collection concentrates on pieces that can be mixed and matched for different looks including a great knit shirt, 3 pants styles, a jacket, and dresspeplum shirt. I’ll be showing you my version starting Monday, but you can start sewing yours over the weekend!

Linky Thursday

If you Monday’s post, be sure to check out all the fabulous National Sewing Month giveaways that are going on.

This flying squirrel softie isn’t just cute, it makes me want to see how far I can make it airborne (note to self, do not make this for my son as he will repeatedly test this theory out in the house).

A great look for fall: The Peasant Top.

Learn how to make a Modernista Tote Bag – the straps are made with the newmaterial, kraft•tex™ (I have got to try it!).

Has your child given up on school lunches? Learn how to make your own lunch bag for them here.

Enter to win a Camelot Fabrics bundle and two cones of Aurifil thread (must be a member of Facebook).

This mesh shower caddy is perfect for travel or students living in the dorms.

What little girl doesn’t want to be Elsa for Halloween this year? Learn how to make a Frozen inspired dress.

I’m a sucker for cute little pouches. I love the shape and bright zips used with this one.

There’s a lot of hand sewing in this Owl Plush tutorial, but I think you could easily substitute them with machine stitches. Looking for something a bit more intricate? How about this gorgeous sock owl instead?

Create an easy knit skirt in about an hour.

I’m sort of obsessed with fabric wallets lately. This version looks cute, but still simple to sew.

Keep the dust off your machine and still keep it stylish in your sewing room with this pretty machine cover.

Planning a Harry Potter Halloween? This roundup of fantastic tutorials will help you look your best.




09-screamThis is the face you make when it’s time for your machine to be serviced.

I found that my bobbin timing was off yesterday and I was due for a cleaning so it’s time to take my precious machine in to the shop….. yes, a week without my baby and my table is already looking empty.

So, what do you do instead? Apparently, I bake. Yesterday was massive quantities of pumpkin and banana bread – today might be monster cookies! Have not fear, tough, I still have lots of projects to share the coming week – the new Pattern Anthology collection (for women) is about to be released so I will finally be able to share what I’ve been working on…. and I can’t wait! In the mean time, you can win a copy of their last collection for women, Just Add Jeans.


09-ghostThere are times when I am so inspired to make a project that I have to stop everything I’m doing and bring it to life. Such is the case of Urban Threads’ Ghost Baroque designs. Not only did I buy the pack but devised (several) projects in my head, and searched around at several stores for supplies (yay coupons). I’ve managed to stitch out a few ghosts and intend on ‘testing out’ several others today….. I’m just crossing my fingers that it turns out like the mental image I have in my head.

My next goal? Either to find a massive cone of glow in the dark thread or purchase a black light to make these designs ‘pop’!