Monthly Archives: February 2018

Shameless

Does anyone watch the show Shameless? Bret and I started this series on Netflix and we’re hooked. In the episode we watched the other night, Lip was wearing a fun t-shirt and Bret immediately looked at me as if to say, “You’re totally going to make that shirt.” He was right, I did.

In fact, I made 3 shirts with a request for 2 more. Apparently this is a rough week for several of my friends and this just sums up everything in one shirt… or it may be because profanity is funny when you wear it. Either way, I’m off to grab a few more tees!

More Crown

You may remember back in December I made a pair of Crown Royal shorts for Taylor’s roommate’s boyfriend for Christmas. It was such a bit hit that all her roommate’s boyfriends wanted one too. I agreed, but with the stipulation that they had to cut bags (I had horrible hand cramps from cutting so many bags after making the first one). Well, one of the guys finally got all his bags cut and I set to work.

Once again, I used the Walk the Plank PJ Bottoms for the pattern – this time in a slightly larger size (large)… and I can say that I only needed 2 more bags than a medium. Even with having the bags cut, creating the “Crown fabric” was still quite a bit of work, but they will be some of the coolest shorts come spring break! There is one more roommate that wants shorts, but in an Apple Crown bag version (these green bags are a lot harder to come by and I’m pretty sure they have to buy them on eBay to finish out their collection), so stay tuned for one more!

Portlanders

With the crazy snow day\school conferences week we had, I found myself not getting a lot of time to sew. I did, however, manage to squeeze in one project – the Portlander Pants. This project has been dominating my social media feeds lately and I was swayed by how comfy and cute they all wind up looking.

I had just enough material left over from my Jalie pleated cardigan to make the legs and used a knitted fabric for the waistband (since it has more stretch than the French terry) – unfortunately, I had to leave off the (optional) drawstring and pockets because I just couldn’t squeeze those in too.

Sewing this one up is pretty straightforward, which is a good thing because I think that the instructions are terrible. A great example at how horrible they are is the creation of the drawstring holes – there is no indication of where exactly to place them, how far apart they should be or even the buttonhole length…. you’re pretty much left to figure that out yourself (it’s not located on the pattern piece either).

As for the fit, they are fine. They look good in the butt (actually, for lounge pants they look pretty flattering) and upper legs, but the lower legs are very swishy (there is a bit of a flare) and are pretty long. I didn’t bother to alter them because I am sure that these pants look too much like pajama pants to leave the house anyway. The worst part for me is the waistband. Even though it looks too tiny to wear comfortably, it has plenty of stretch and feels fine, but the width is way too big – it’s like I’m wearing maternity wear.

Alright, so I can say that I’ve tried these now and am not really sure I’m a fan. They do sew up quickly and make a fine looking lounge pant, but I’m not sure any of my creations will make it past leaving the house most days… plus that waistband needs some serious alteration. If you’re contemplating this one and like the results, go ahead and give it a try – just be aware the directions won’t help you much is sewing this one up.

Linky Thursday

Even if cats aren’t your thing, you’ll definitely love the shape of this adorable bowling style bag.

If toys are taking over your tub, then you’ll want to check out this mesh bag tutorial just for the bathroom!

The prettiest way to give cash.

Easter is rapidly approaching, get ready by finding what basket you’ll make this year. Don’t want to make an entire basket? Stitch up a cute drawstring chick instead.

Win a $50 gift certificate to make your own custom patches.

Eventually, spring will finally arrive (we have another snow\ice day here) and this cap sleeve tee shirt refashion would be adorable to wear.

Take your projects on the go with a pretty craft bag tote.

Knit pencil skirts are so easy to make, why buy them anymore?

Skip Spoonflower and create your own custom painted fabrics.

Transform a button-down shirt into a cute off-the-shoulder look!

Last summer, we discovered you can “air pop” popcorn in the microwave with nothing other than a paper bag (we even skipped the oil). Why I never though of sewing one up for this, I’ll never know.

Pleated Cardigan

On Friday, Taylor had a Nightingale Commitment Ceremony to recognize her entering into the nursing program this year. I woke up that morning and decided that I needed something new to wear for the occasion, so I downloaded Jalie 2619, grabbed some French Terry that I purchased (yes, another floral stripe), and went to work. By the end of the afternoon, I had this pretty cardigan.

Needless to say, this project went together pretty quickly and the fit is beautiful. Unfortunately, the pleating details (around the shoulder to about the waist line) sort of got lost in the fabric’s pattern, but it does shape the cardigan so it’s not a boxy fit. Overall, I love the outcome – I’m sad that I didn’t give this pattern a try sooner!

Portlanders?

Surprisingly, today wound up being a snow (really ice) day from school… which means it might be a good day to sew!

While I have a mountain of projects that I would like to tackle, I keep coming back to the idea of trying the Portlander Pants. Even though they are not really a new pattern, they’ve been dominating my social media feeds lately and may have persuaded me to give this pattern a try…. I think I even have enough French Terry in my stash to give this one a whirl (although this Coral\Mint bundle is also calling my name, quick someone buy it before I do!).

Anyone try this pattern and have some feedback for me?

Tunic Time

The March\April edition of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine will soon be hitting newsstands and inside it you will find one of my latest articles! This month you’ll learn how to create and embellish a pretty tunic pattern. Plus you’ll get tips and tricks on working with linen and lace!

Also included in this issue is a gorgeous leather purse and a fun sewing case (neither are mine, but I’m excited to check them out).

Links for the Weekend

Yesterday I worked up at Easton’s school and somehow the day got away from me before I could post. Things wouldn’t be the same without a little Linky Thursday – so without further ado, here are some fabulous projects to work on this weekend:

If spring still hasn’t sprung where you  live, then there’s still plenty of time to sew up one of these drop shoulder tops.

The back on this t-shirt refashion is simply amazing.

Ditch the paper gift sacks and sew your own.

This pretty pleated squares table runner brings a lot of texture to your table.

Learn how to make an easy circle shirt that is quick to sew and looks beautiful on.

With Valentine’s Day behind us, it’s time to think ahead to the next holiday – Easter. These fabric eggs are perfect for the day and make a great scrapbusting project.

Win a bundle of Soiree from QT fabrics.

I’m a sucker for a cute mug rug – the glasses on this retro style is simply adorable.

Need to add a bit of drama to you wardrobe? This skirt tutorial uses LED (color changing) lights and that will make you glow!

Considering how many plastic bags we have under our sink, I should really make one of these holders.

I love bags that you can sling over your shoulder, but still look fashionable – like this beautiful faux leather drawstring tote.

Free Spirit

I think it’s probably safe to say that the sewing community was rather shocked yesterday when Free Spirit and Westminster fabrics announced that they were being shut down by their parent company, Coats & Clark due to lack of profitability. This effects big name designers such as Amy Butler, Joel Dewberry, Kaffe Fassett, and Tula Pink – just to name a few. The last day for operations is May 1 – so if there was a print that you’ve been after, this is the time to snag it.

Many of the designers have begun releasing statements on the issue through social media – it’s too soon to say where they will go next, but I’m sure many of them will not have any problems finding new homes. In the mean time, I’m sad that such a beautiful fabric resource is gone – I hope this isn’t a trend.

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Mama Bridgette

With the promise of spring right around the corner, I couldn’t resist trying out Made 4 Mermaid’s latest release, Mama Bridgette – a cute lacy bralette that is perfect for wearing under peek-a-boo tees and tank tops. Fortunately, I have a wonderful local shop (they do phone orders, too) that specializes in all things lingerie, Needle Nook Fabrics, so I was able to gather all the stretch lace and elastics that I needed to set to work immediately.

Let me start off by saying, for what seems like a simple bra, there are quite a few pieces to make it – that also means that sewing on this project takes quite awhile too (between cutting and sewing this bra probably took me most of the day – although I think next time it will go much faster now that I know what I’m doing). As for the sewing, I found the instructions to be quite clear (there are also lots of videos to watch relating to some of the trickier steps, but I never watched them so I can’t comment as to how they are), so even if you’ve never sewn anything like this before, you should come out with a great looking bralette. One thing I should mention is that I have a lot of extra material left over. I bought enough to make both the Bridgette and Victoria, but still have a yard left over after sewing both of them. I think some of it is just very conservative cutting, but just be aware if you decide to try this as some stretch laces can be quite expensive!

As for the fit, I actually think I could have gone up a cup size. I had carefully measured to make sure what size to cut, but after putting it on, I feel like “the girls” could easily pop out if I had to sprint… which is a shame because this set is really cute. I’m sure that I’ll still wear it, but I’ll just have to be careful when I do. I may give this pattern another go and try it in a different size to see what happens.