Monthly Archives: July 2016

It’s a Wadder

07-laytonwadderSometimes, even when you have experience with a pattern, things go wrong. I show a lot of finished projects that go swimmingly, but I think it’s just as important to show the ‘wadders’ (i.e. the ones that go directly into the trash) because even the most experienced sewists make mistakes. In my case, I had two issues: one was the fabric choice and the other was just construction.

When I received my April Knit Fix, I fell in love with the polka dots. I thought that it would make a fun Layton (you can see my previous version here), but using this print ‘all over’ might make it look like a set of pajamas… so in an attempt to make this look like a ‘two-piece’, I went with a solid top. The end result was just ‘meh’.

I might have gone ahead and worn it anyway if it wasn’t for the fact that I made a big construction error….. I attached the front of the bodice to the back of the short. This could have been ‘fixable’, but I had already sewn in the elastic around the waistband as well. OOPs. Considering the way I felt about the fabric combination and given the time it would take to rip all that elastic and seams out (I also predicted that doing this might cause a few holes in the fabric), I decided that I would just scrap this whole project. As much as I liked my first Layton, I think I’m done making rompers for awhile.



Linky Thursday

Even babies\toddlers can celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday this weekend with this adorable activity cube.

Speaking of Harry Potter, here is a bag that Hermione would definitely want to carry.

This modular hanging organizer is perfect for the car or lengthen it and bring it inside.

Hit the gym with a new sports bra. While you’re on the Sewing Rabbit site, be sure to check out her latest tutorial, the Slouchy Cardi (it looks perfect for fall).

Planning ahead to fall sewing? The Artemisia looks like a great transitional piece.

Shark week may be over, but this shark bag is too eye catching not to make.

Get your grill on with this cute burger applique apron.

Love a skirt with beautiful drape? Check out this tutorial for a half circle maxi skirt. Want a whole circle skirt? Here’s ByHandLondon’s calculator to make it easy.

In my opinion, hats need a comeback. Let’s start with this fun newsboy or a woolen beret for this fall.

Get ready for back to school and make your little one a personalized lunch box.

More pretty luggage tags (or change it up and try this version instead) to adorn your bag while traveling this summer.

July’s KnitFix Reveal

Well, I went and did it again…. I got another KnitFix. Even though I have a lot of fabrics I need to sew up, I couldn’t resist the promise of stripes, neons, and a few fall prints thrown in the mix for July’s bag….. and here’s what arrived:


  • Mint Pink Multi-stripe on Oatmeal Jersey Rayon Spandex Blend
  • Bright Botanical Jersey
  • Neon Green Heather Gray Small Stripe Jersey Blend
  • Purple Black Abstract Floral Jersey Rayon Spandex Blend
  • Teal Green Mod on Beige Cotton Jersey Knit
  • Mauve Blue Floral Rows Jersey Rayon Spandex Blend

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the entire bag. I had requested the mint pink stripe and was thrilled that I received it (although it is thinner than what I had hoped it would be) and I love the floral rows and abstract floral as well (the teal mod is the only print that doesn’t really call to me). However, with that said, my first project from this mix will probably be the bright botanical jersey. From what I have seen on their Facebook page, it seems to be a pretty popular material  and seems to be a good fit for summer sewing. When I opened it up, I noticed that it’s almost like a border print so I’m going to have to mull over how I might use this one…. stay tuned!


Metro Hipster Gone Batty

07-metrohipsterI figured if I was going to wear a Boho style top this weekend, that I needed a purse to carry around that had the same vibe. Seeing that I don’t have anything like that on hand, I set out to make one. I decided (once again) to make the Metro Hipster – I really wanted a cross-body bag that was large enough to hold my wallet and a few other concert essentials.

For this version I used Tula Pink’s Bats in the Belfry (from her Elizabeth collection) (if you look really closely at the print there are bats throughout the design, I love it) and a pebbled faux leather. I also eliminated the padded interior pocket because I didn’t think that I would be using it…. in hindsight, I wish I would have added at least a zippered pocket to the interior of this one because it’s just deep enough that I could never find my keys.

As a side note, the Duran Duran concert was fabulous – my 7th grade self was giddy seeing them.  In my opinion they still ‘have it’. I’ll just leave you with a (slightly blurry) parting shot of Simon, John, & Roger (Nick is still off tour right now):


Linky Thursday on Friday

Need a new top? Download Seamwork’s York for free.

One of the hottest, casual looks for summer can be yours free. Learn how to download the free pom pom short pattern here.

Want an eye catching blanket for your next picnic? Then be sure to check out this fun watermelon version.

Can’t get enough watermelon? Be sure to check out this pencil case\zippered pouch tutorial and watermelon pincushion!

Make a maxi dress with an interesting backside. The Sewing Rabbit shows you how in this cross back maxi tutorial.

If vacation plans are in your future you’ll want to distinguish your bag from everyone else’s. These luggage tags are a pretty (and easy) way to do that! For a different shape, try this version here.

One yard of fabric can make a gorgeous hobo bag.

I never thought I would ever say this, but I want to make my own shoes. I am in love with these wedge espadrillas after seeing this tutorial on how to stitch them up.

No more tablecloths flying away in the wind or moved by little hands tugging on the ends. Learn how to make a stay-put version here.

Baby its hot outside. Learn how to draft your own shorts and keep cool.

Has Pokemon Go fever hit your house? Learn how to make an adorable Pikachu plush from a sock.

Learn how to make an absolutely gorgeous Fox Quilt.

These zippy little pouches aren’t just fun to carry around, they look fun to make as well!

Add a pretty poof to your living room.

A hot pad that looks like a sewing machine? I’m in!

Mini Travel Checkerboard

Have summer travel plans, but don’t know how to keep the kids (or maybe even the adults) entertained on the long car ride? If this sounds like you, then you’ll definitely want to check out my latest project for WeAllSew – a Mini Travel Checkerboard!


This project finishes as a 12″ square and features a pocket on the back for game piece storage. Best of all it doesn’t take up much room so you don’t have to worry about storage when it’s not in use. Be sure to check out a few other game ideas that can be played on this board before you head out the door.

Desert Breeze

07-desertbreezeThis weekend I get to see one of my teenage dream bands, Duran Duran. Nothing motivates me more to get sewing than a ‘big event’, so I burned the midnight oil last night and whipped up a pattern that I’ve been long talking about, Striped Swallow’s Desert Breeze.

I had purchased this pattern back in May because I was totally attracted to the cut-out shoulder look and because it had lots of style variations. For my version, I opted to make a flutter sleeve top with (straight) bindings. My bust\upper bust measurements put me in a medium which is what I wound up cutting out. As for the fabric, I decided that this top had such a Boho feel, that I should use a pretty floral with lots of drape – so I opted to use rose\pink floral jersey that I received in September’s KnitFix (I also used a portion of this print in the E.N.U.F. recon project).

Overall the instructions were easy to follow (and there were plenty of good photos to help you through a step if you were unsure) and things came together fairly well. The fit, however, is HUGE. I understand part of it is just the style, but I could have easily cut a small and still had a lot of ease in this (in fact, I went back and took in the sides and the finished top should now roughly measure the small…. and it still has plenty of ease!). The top is also extraordinarily long. In fact it is so long that when I put on a pair of shorts, it looked like I wasn’t wearing any pants…. so I replaced the 1/2″ hem with a 1 1/4″.

The end result? Taylor said that it’s adorable and she’s borrowing it after I wear it this weekend. Me? I’m still on the fence – the oversized boho look is a little out of my comfort zone, but there’s something about it that I like. I plan on pairing this up with a pair of camp shorts and sparkly sandals to jam the night away.


07-cuddleOf course during the most tropical-feeling part of the year (I’m ready for this humidity to end), I decide to work with the hottest of all fabrics….. fleece.

While I can’t show you the entire project just yet, I can say this:

  • It’s “kid approved” because Easton wanted one too.
  • It’s quick to sew, you can make this particular item in an afternoon. It is also makes for a great beginner project, too.
  • Swifter lies when it says it picks up fuzz with ease…. mine just chased around velvet soft cuddle lint across the floor. I liked cutting on carpet so I could trap the mess in one area and just vacuum it up.
  • My neighbor’s yard may have been dusted with bright colored fuzzies after shaking off all the excess from these projects!

What did everyone else work on this weekend?


On The Go Bags – A Review

07-onthegoWith joining the Bag Of The Month Club, I’ve been daydreaming a lot about bags. So when I saw On The Go Bags recently came out, I immediately put it on my wishlist. I finally broke down and and picked it up because I decided that I needed a KAVU style sling bag which looks a lot like the one that is one the book cover.

While I like the Sporty Strap Pack (the cover bag), there’s not much else that really excited me about this title. Many of the projects inside are totes (gym, baby bag, tablet case) and organizers (for your minivan, toiletries while traveling, stroller) and seem pretty light on purses (or maybe purses that I want to make? I certainly know my husband isn’t going to be asking for the Man Clutch and the Airport Sling is similar to a pattern that I already own). Considering some of the designers involved with this project, I was really underwhelmed with the results – I really was hoping for designs that were similar to what they create for their own pattern line-ups.

It’s not to say that there’s not positive things about this book. The projects are broken into beginner\intermediate\advanced categories so this book can appeal to any skill set. The instructions look well written and from what I can tell, the projects don’t call for “special” (i.e. something that you need to order online to complete) notions or materials. Plus there really is a variety of projects inside, it’s just a shame that most of these projects don’t appeal more to me.

The Bottom Line: Glance through the projects in the book before you buy it to be sure that there’s enough you want to make out of it. Otherwise, it might not be worth the money.

Linky Thursday

Have you (or your family) gotten caught up in the Pokemon Go craze? Then you’ll definitely want to check out this tutorial for sewing a pokeball pillow.

Hot days call for pretty summer tanks like the Tiered Tank or Pam Top patterns.

Learn how to make a rope bag that looks so professional, no one will believe you created it yourself.

I can’t help myself, I love all the raglan patterns! Especially when you cross a raglan design with a maxi style dress!

Perfect for date night – this Elegance Pleated Clutch. Looking for something more casual? Check out this zippered, crossbody purse instead!

Not only would these double gauze burp cloths be super soft, they would make a very elegant baby gift as well!

Kids love to play with pretend foods. Get a head start on sewing up a pantry with this felt banana tutorial. I’m thinking this would also make a very interesting\conversational pincushion, too.

Get ready for back to school. Whip up a few of these pencil cases to stash in everyone’s backpacks.

Learn how to sew a custom garment bag – just in time for your summer vacation.

These fish bags are so cute, they might just make laundry fun.