Monthly Archives: November 2016

Linky Thursday

Get ready for Thanksgiving with one of these fun, Turkey Hats. I’m definitely making one for this holiday!

Bring in some Christmas cheer into your living room with a JoyFul Pillow Wrap or Poinsettia Pillow.

Need a new apron for Thanksgiving festivities? Be sure to check out this adorable Mother\Daughter version.

I love my mini ironing board, it could really use a new cover. When I’m done with that, I may have to think about creating an ironing station.

Looking for a new purse for fall? Be sure to check out this easy bag made from a kitchen towel.

Soothe aching shoulders with this DIY heating pad tutorial.

Perfect for projects on the go, the Oslo Craft Bag.

Count down to Christmas with this fun mini stocking and wood tree holder.

Cuddle up by the fire with a new, easy-to-sew fleece blanket.

Pies are perfect for the holidays, so why not whip up a cherry pie potholder to celebrate.

 

Up Next

Like millions of other Americans, I spent yesterday voting and anxiously watching the television as the election returns rolled in. Consequently, yesterday was a wash as far as sewing goes. However, I did manage to trace off my next project, the Cora Tights.

I’ve had my sights on this pattern since it was first released, but finally broke down and bought it after the weather started turning cooler. I really didn’t want to tally up the cost of this project because I knew it was going to be expensive, but it’s not as bad as what I initially thought (thanks to sales and coupons). Plus, I have lots of extra fabric left over to make more tights or coordinating activewear.

<strong>Pattern: Jalie’s Cora Tights
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<strong>Fabrics:</strong>
Performance Apparel Fabric-Poly Spandex Galaxy from Joann‘s
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Performance Apparel Fabric-Jersey Spacedye Wine from Joann‘s
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Superflex Compression Performance Fabric in Teal from Joann‘s
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<strong>Pattern…..</strong> $14.46
<strong>Fabric…….</strong> $23.38
<strong>Notions….</strong> $stash

<strong>Total</strong> $37.48

Last Minute Outfit

10-traverseWhat happens when you decided you need a new outfit to go out that evening? When you sew, you never have to go shopping, you can just whip up a new one! And that’s exactly what happened this weekend!

I’ve had in my mind that I was going to use the Mauve Blue Floral Rows from July’s Knit Fix and the Rose Silk & Rayon Jersey from May’s Knit Fix for quite some time, I just didn’t know how. So I opted to use the floral rows with Jalie 2920, the leggings. For the top, I decided to branch out and try something different, George & Ginger’s Traverse Tee.

Since I’ve reviewed the leggings a ton, I’ll skip the review, but will say that I adore this pair so much…. too bad that I found a tiny hole around the knee area later in the evening (I have no idea if that was there when I sewed, I snagged it, etc.). Fortunately it’s pretty hidden in the pattern, so I’ll try to ‘repair it’ this week. The top, well, I’m not as excited about. First off, I don’t think it’s particularly flattering on me. It had a tendency to bunch up around my midriff and made me feel very ‘fluffy’ (part of this is due to the fabric which has a great amount of stretch and drape, but was very clingy as well). There is also a lot of design elements going on with this one: bat wing, off the shoulder, scrunchy tunic length, with 3/4 sleeves, (plus my material was on the sheer side) so I just feel sort of odd wearing it. The pattern was extremely easy to put together (no pages to trim) and was just as easy to sew. I may decide to try this pattern again with a different material, but I’m not really in love with it so I’m not in a hurry to try this again.

Linky Thursday

Take the chill out of fall weather with a pretty, drop shoulder cardigan.

Color blocking is a very popular trend this year so why not bring a bit of it into your home with this eye-catching table runner.

There’s lots of pouch tutorials out there, but I like this one because organizes your belongings with cute little labels!

Get two skirts in one with this free reversible skirt tutorial.

I always enjoy seeing Mark Montano’s projects because they always make a statement, but are easy to create – like these pretty boho poufs made from rag rugs.

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to start focusing on Christmas. This deer head makes a great winter decor statement. I’m thinking that the reindeer head might make little ones cry though.

Scoodies (scarfs with a ‘hoodie’) are always a great way to keep warm in winter without having to wear a hat. This version even has cute little tassels attached, too!

I am looking forward to it getting cool enough here to finally start wearing scarves. This color blocked version made from old sweaters is beautiful, but you can’t be a great infinity scarf\cowl either!

Halloween may be over, but its never too early to start planning ahead for next year because I totally want to try these crystal spider charms.

Pokemon fever still going strong? Why not whip up a giant Pikachu?

This slouchy tunic top doesn’t just look comfortable, it looks great with jean or leggings, too.

The Big Purge

For numerous years now, I’ve been keeping ‘scraps’ of knits in a large basket. These remnants aren’t large enough for a full project, but work great for something small or as an an accent piece (like sleeves, pockets, collars, etc.). While I occasionally dive into it, I’ve found that I’m adding more that what I’m taking out….. which is why I finally decided to just give up keeping it purged it all. I’m not going to lie, that was tough – I may have just closed my eyes and just took everything out of the basket!

Of course, now that it’s empty, I just filled it up with actual yardage (most of which is from the knit fix bags). I’m sort of determined to sew through a lot of it this winter and sew down that stash! Speaking of which, I need to decide what my next project might be!

Pokemon Go Trainer Costume

The moment you’ve all been waiting for….. the end result:

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Overall, I am super pleased with the end results of this pattern! Between some happy accidents, a jumpsuit with a good fit, and a bit of accessory painting, I think I pulled off a great Pokemon Go Trainer costume. One last detail that I added in the end was a choker which I stitched up in about 5 minutes.

Now you’re probably wondering what happened to my male counterpart… Well, he wound up needing to travel for work so I didn’t even bother starting his version. Eventually, I’ll whip up Bret’s so keep an eye out for the guy’s trainer costume in the near future!