Monthly Archives: July 2015

Linky Thursday

Use a bold, graphic print in your next pair of shorts to make an adorable (and comfortable) pair of ‘statement’ shorts.

This yoga tote has straps at the bottom to hold your mat, but would work great for beach mats and towels too!

Dress up this free shirt pattern by adding longer sleeves.

Easton and I went to see the Minion movie this week so now I want to make this pincushion.

Make your little girl an easy, breezy skater skirt this summer (sized only to 5). Looking for something a bit dressier? Try this gorgeous Dreamer Skirt, instead.

Transform two tees into one great poolside look.

It’s like two hats in one: The Reversible Bucket Hat (for kids).

Feel more comfortable wearing ‘straps’ with your tops? Add a bit of macrame to a tube top for a totally different look.

One of my favorite shirt styles is the raglan. Now even baby can have one with this great tutorial on how to do this style with a onesie.

Sugar Skull Darth

07-darthWhile I had all my embroidery thread and “equipment” out, I decided that I should finally work on my Darth Sugar Skull design.  Since I didn’t have any black fabric for the applique, I opted to use a stretch pleather. I wasn’t really sure how the material would hold up to embroidery, but was pleasantly surprised at how good it looks in the end (although if I work with pleather again, I think I need to use a slightly thinner needle). The only unfortunate part of this project is that the placement is ‘off’ – my mom had called while I was setting up the hoop and I went ahead and worked while I talked…. now the design leans slightly off to the left. Oh well, this was sort of a ‘tester’ project and was meant to be the top to pajamas anyway…..

Canvas Stitching

07-embroiderySince prototyping is done, it’s time to concentrate on the ‘actual’ project itself which means it’s time to start embroidering! This is my favorite part of the process because I love watching the machine stitch out designs before my eyes.

For this project I used canvas – which means that the embroidery design stitched out beautifully (it’s a nice weight that stabilizing is easy), but I’m not entirely sure that I didn’t use the ‘wrong side’ of the material…. since I can’t tell, no one else will either so I’m going with it (and making sure that I’m consistent on what side I use for the rest of this project)!

Sewing A Grid

This weekend I spent some quality time with my machine testing patterns, making prototypes,  and doing a bit of (grid) quilting.

07-quiltingI don’t ‘quilt’ often, but I have to admit, there is something relaxing about mindless stitching (now get me to do something more elaborate and we might have had a different stress level!). Plus I think I have finally mastered sewing a grid without getting puckers on either side of the fabric…. I may have to come up with more excused to this this week!

 

Prototypes

After a very productive stint of (mostly) selfish sewing, it’s time to get down to business and work on an upcoming article for Creative Machine Embroidery. That also means lots of prototype sewing to get the measurements correct and hopefully simplify directions as I work through the steps.

As much as I hate testing, I don’t mind that I get to sew through some of my less desirable fabrics that I’ve had stashed for awhile and I love seeing the vision that I have in my head come to life. Now enough talking… it’s time to get to work!

Linky Thursday

It’s date night and you’d love to sew your look from head to toe, but don’t have a lot of time to make it. Why not try: a quick pencil skirt (or this fun Petal Skirt), a pretty wrap front top, and a clutch to tie it all together?

Every little girl would love a pair of beautiful butterfly wings.

Carry your phone without the need to slip it in your pocket with this (scrapbuster) belt pouch.

A simple square with ties becomes a beautiful retro inspired top.

Keep your water chilled in the summer sun with this insulated water bottle carrier.

Learn how to create a beautiful cloche style hat.

A quick to sew, flattering to wear summer tee.

Nothing says summer like a bushel of strawberries. Now bring a bit of summer into your home with a fun strawberry pillow.

Great to grab when you’re on the go (and looking to keep the kids busy) or a cute back-to-school project, this pencil sleeve look simple to stitch!

Comic Girls

07-comicleggingIf you can’t go to San Diego Comic-Con, you might as well look as if you are… At least that’s the idea behind my latest project!

I used one of my recent purchases, Comic Girls, and Jalie 2920 to make this fun pair of leggings. This is the fourth time I’ve made this pattern and I have to say, the comic girls are one of the most comfortable pair I own. This particular print has a fantastic 4-way stretch, good weight, and softness (to top it off, the colors are even more vivid than the photo so they really stand out), plus I went up a size to accommodate my larger calves and thighs so they are fitted, but not too snug. I may have to consider making a pair of “Comic-con” leggings with one of my sugar skull Star Wars prints (from the same retailer as the Comic Girls so it is printed on the same material).

More Diamonds

You know it’s a long holiday weekend when Monday rolls around and you forget to blog because you’ve lost track of what day of the week it is. I have to admit that I really didn’t do much sewing over the weekend, but did manage to finish (another) pair of of the Summer Lovin’ Shorts.

07-diamondshortI used more of the coral diamond print for this pair so that it would coordinate with the Ann-Marie that I made earlier… In theory that was a great idea, but when you put the two of them together, it’s a lot of print going on and I do not care for the way I look in it (they look great separated and worn with a solid black short or shirt, though).

In other news, some fabric I ordered arrived yesterday and I can’t resist showing it to you because the skulls glow in the dark!

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In fact, the skulls glow very brightly – I am very excited to use them in a future project… I just need to decide what that project is!

 

Classic Tee

07-teeFive fabrics down, one left to go in my (self-imposed) Knit Fix Challenge! The last print that I had left to use was the teal anchor on a cotton\rayon blend fabric. I loved this material as soon as I saw it, but have to admit that I was creatively stumped as to what I should make with this one…. so I sewed a wardrobe staple – a classic tee.

For this project, I used Jalie 2805 – a simple ring neck shirt with cap sleeves. I added 1″ to the bottom hem, but didn’t make any other changes to the pattern. The end result is a cute little top that is wonderfully soft and comfortable to wear… in fact, this is my outfit today!

Even though all 6 fabrics from my bag have projects made from them, I still have some yardage left to make a few more items – so keep an eye out for some of these materials to make their appearance again in the coming weeks.

Linky Thursday

Don’t have a lot of time to sew, but have the creative urge to make something anyway? Try working on an instant gratification project that takes 30 minutes or less to complete like this sunglasses case, pocket placemats (also good for 4th of July celebrations), or a quick, (one seam) maxi dress.

Looking for an adorable swim cover or just an easy dress to wear? Check out The Sewing Rabbit’s latest tutorial for a Trapeze Tank Dress.

4th of July is just a few days away, but there’s till time to decorate! Whip up a cute, star bunting in patriotic colors and prints and put them out just in time for your BBQ.

I am pretty sure that if we had a Hammock Chair on our porch, everyone would fight to sit in it.

Summer brings out lots of craft fairs which means there frequent discussions on how to price your goods to make sure you’re making a profit on what you’re stitching. This article is a nice read and has a handy calculator at the end to help you pay yourself for your work!

Learn how to transform a t-shirt into a cute halter top. Looking for something for the holiday instead? Check out this t-shirt recon by WobiSobi.

Father’s Day may have already passed, but it’s never to late to create a leather wallet for the man in your life.

Bowl covers aren’t just a pretty way to bring your favorite side to a potluck, they’re also a great way to go green!

Long time readers know that Personalized Name pillows are one of my favorite gifts to make for kids. Now you can make a similar project for your favorite little ones with this free pillow tutorial.

Look as if you’re carrying around a vintage letter when you print your own fabric to make this adorable pouch.