Monthly Archives: April 2015

Linky Thursday

Ready to stitch up some summer dresses? This easy swing style design is a great place to start!

Enter to win a serger, sewing supplies, and fabric too with this fabulous Mother’s Day Giveaway.

This sporty backpack is perfect for a trip to the gym or just for heading out the door for a day’s adventures.

Celebrate the release of new emojis with a fun little clutch.

Tired of those ugly, plastic checkbook covers? Why not make your own fabric version, instead?

Teacher appreciation day is right around the corner. Give your favorite instructor a little something special with a handmade tea bag holder (and a cute little tag that says “Thank you for being a TEA-rific teacher!).

I am a sucker for tutorials for plush fruit. That’s why this pear coin purse is definitely high on my list of ‘must sews’. Looking for something a bit more practical? Check out these fun, fruit slice purses.

A pretty little needle book you can wear.

Get your little one ready for summer when you stitch up the sweetest little baby dress (0-3 month only).

Keep your sewing room organized with a pretty little caddy. You’ll never guess the base of this project!

Whip yourself up a new purse over the weekend with this faux leather bucket bag.

Reverse

04-appliqueWhat new project won out for ‘next to be sewn’? A (hopefully) fun pattern hack for the Sewing Collective! The final project won’t be revealed for several weeks, but I can say I really enjoyed using a reverse applique technique – something I rarely get to do (and now that I have, I really want to make a ‘modern quilt circles’ style throw). Now to put a few finishing touches on this and set up a pretty ‘photo shoot’ before I deciding on another project. But first, maybe I need to find a few more reasons to work with some reverse applique?

 

 

Blackthorn

04-embroideryYesterday’s adventure in sewing included a bit more embroidery. I have to admit, it was refreshing to work with ‘light stitching’ instead of something that is very dense (2-4 hours of work to 12 minutes!). Now to put the finishing touches on this pattern and instructions and I can officially call this ‘in the can.’

What to sew next? Since the weather will eventually warm up, I’m gearing up for some spring sewing. High on my list of ‘must sews’ are: Jalie 3352 – a long sleeved dolman in an open weave fabric (I’ve wanted to do this since last year, but procrastinated because the fabric is VERY open), Sewaholic’s Davie Dress (I am in the process of putting this PDF together as we speak), a mystery project for Betz White’s sewing collective (I can’t wait to use the fun fabrics I have picked out for this one), Jalie 3353 – a cocoon cardigan (because I have suddenly taken to wearing fun cardi’s instead of hoodies this year), and, of course, more undies (and maybe even see how the cami sews up this time). Plus the new Seamwork Magazine will be out in just a few days and I’m anxious to see what they have in store this month (while I LOVED the first few, I’ve been a bit underwhelmed with the last two issues and haven’t made anything from them). WHEW, and that’s just my ‘starter’ list! What’s on your list of ‘must sews’?

 

Uptown Undies

Who says fun undies have to be just for the kids? After last week’s Jalie Boxer Brief sew, I decided it was my turn.

Even though I have numerous designers and styles of underwear patterns, I couldn’t resist trying something new – the kind of panties that do not use elastic. I came very close to buying Kitschy Koo’s Barrie Boy Cut Briefs when it was released, but I finally broke down in buying this style when I saw Peek-a-Boo’s Uptown Undies…. because it came with a camisole pattern too! My conclusion? I love them!

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I don’t normally post photos of me modeling the finished underwear, but I had to show the fit – just the right rise and not too tight in the waist\hips\legs (now let’s see how they wear\wash up). As for sewing – this pattern couldn’t be easier and is constructed just like most other underwear patterns, however, there is considerably less ‘stretching’ of the main fabric (as opposed to some others that I’ve sewn) since the leg and waist bands are almost the same size as the opening themselves. Definitely plan on seeing more of these very soon!

I didn’t bother making the camisole this time around, but think I may give it a go the next time I stitch it up. Just by glancing at the instructions and pattern itself, the cami looks very easy to sew and should also be a quick stitch (plus I also like the fact that it has a built-in shelf bra with optional bra cups so it can easily become a bra top).

Links for the Weekend

This weekend is National Pretzel Day, celebrate by stitching up one of these fun, pretzel pillows!

Speaking of pillows – have you seen these fun, water blobs for summer?

Have a little girl that loves mermaids? Then she’ll definitely love this pretty, mermaid skirt – the best part about it? It whips up in 30 minutes! Looking for more of a costume? This video tutorial will show you how.

Mother’s Day (in the US) is just a few weeks away. Get a jump start on your gift by stitching up one of these keepsake portrait pillows.

Always wondering what to do with all those scraps you’ve been saving? Make some ruffled oven mitts.

Give stale bread new life. Make bread dough flower rings (this looks really interesting, I’m definitely going to have to try it!).

Making dinner time even more fun: An eye spy placemat. I think everyone in the family should get one of these!

Last year I made a stacking ring toy for my nephew and he loved it. Now you can make your own with this free tutorial.

Learn how to transform a purchased bag into a custom camera bag just by adding inserts. Then whip up a scrappy (camera) strap and make the perfect gift!

Not only is this bucket bag a pretty way to stash you goodies, it has lots of pocket room too!

Teacher appreciation week is right around the corner. Show your child’s instructor(s) some love with this sweet coin purse.

Add your own personal touch to your garden when you stitch up a custom garden flag.

When you travel, it’s important to have your liquids in clear bags. Who says that yours can’t be pretty too? Learn how to sew up these TSA style pouches for your next trip.

Wondering what to do with a lone clip on earring? Transform it into a pretty bracelet in less than 15 minutes.

Speak your mind on a custom chalkcloth pillow.

Birthday Briefs

04-birthdayNormally on a Thursday, I’m posting “Linky Thursday” but seeing that the morning is almost over, I thought it might be best to save all the great projects until tomorrow. You see, I was a bit distracted this morning…. this guy turned 7 (he is sporting his new Captain America hoodie with a built in mask – note to self: this is a totally cool idea, I need to figure this out and add this to my next kid hoodie project).

I did manage to finish up a project too: Jalie 3242, the boxer briefs. I have no idea why I never made this style before – not only were there only 2 pieces to this pattern, but it was an incredibly easy and fast to sew. In fact, it was such a fun sew, I made 2 pair to test out some different fabrics: one pair with 2-way stretch (the mustachio print) and one pair with 4-way. I’m anxious to see what he thinks are most comfortable, but in the mean time, I think I’m going to have to test out the briefs pattern, too! Here are the finished pairs – aren’t they adorable?

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Embroidered Butterflies

04-butterfliesThe thing I love about embroidery is that you can change up the threads to match your project, meet your design needs, or just play with colors. I am notoriously bad at not using the suggested thread list – sometimes it works out….. sometimes I find myself stitching out the design several times until I get the right look. Yesterday was the later (ignore placement markings, I’ve run out of the eraser for my Sewline marker), but I’m happy that I (finally) found the look I was after. Now to stitch it up on the ‘real’ project this afternoon!

NOTE: For those that are interested, the design is Urban Thread’s Flight & Dark Butterflies – Corner. Even though this is marked as ‘light stitching’, I found that it is actually quite dense in spots (at least for the smallest size), so be sure to stabilize accordingly.

Perfecting the Pattern

04-testerFor me, one of the hardest parts of creating tutorials is the pattern itself. I generally have an idea in mind as to the dimensions\shape\fit, but sometimes executing them takes a lot of trial and error. Much of yesterday was spent perfecting a pattern for Creative Machine Embroidery (it will appear Jan\Feb 2016) – and I’m pretty sure that I finally have exactly what I want….. now if I can get the embroidery design stitched out in the ‘perfect’ location(s)! I can’t wait until I can show you the finished project!

Prom Gown

04-promLast week may have been the definition of ‘hectic’. Not only did we have a remodel going on, but it was also filled with appointments, meetings, and even bigger than that: Prom.

I did not make Taylor’s dress this year (but thought I would share it because I know we all appreciate seeing the dresses). There was no way I could have either found this material nor wanted to work with it – there was so much beading (the entire bodice was beaded) and so many sequins to deal with I’m sure that I would have made myself crazy sewing this dress up.  Thankfully it fit well and didn’t need alterations (although, admittedly, it could have been hemmed an inch or so) so my work for prom was limited. Now a dress for graduation (which needs to be white because of the white cap\gown) is a completely different story!

 

Mustachio

For being almost 7, I have a very opinionated son when it comes to clothing. Recently, while shopping online, Easton spotted mustachio fabric and convinced me we needed it…. for underwear. He had seen some at a clothing store (for boys) and wanted a pair just like it.

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Consequently, I’ve decided on Jalie 3242 and intend on stitching up the boxer brief. One thing I should note is that the pattern calls for 4-way stretch and my pattern only has 2-way. I asked what would happen if I went ahead and used it anyway and was told that the finished underwear would just be a tad shorter than intended – I can live with that! Actually, I’m thrilled because so many of the novelty prints that I would use with this pattern doesn’t have 4-way stretch.