Monthly Archives: March 2018

More Shirts

I haven’t been able to sit down and consistantly work on a sewing project this week, but I did manage to eek in making a few gifts.

Since making my Shameless tee, I’ve had several requests from friends to make them one too. I wound up designing two more shirt yesterday, a “Mommy’s Sippy Cup” wine glass for a birthday gift, and a Fortnite tee for Easton (the “he only had 1 HP” is what he repeatedly shouts when he dies in the game, so this was sort of a funny shirt to give to him). Now I realize I need more vinyl!

Linky Thursday

Whether you’re working out or just looking to be comfortable, leggings make the perfect pants. Here’s another freebie pattern to try out.

Enter to win a copy of Crafty Little Things to Sew.

Spring always makes me want to sew up a new purse. This quilted version has a decorative lock and flap to keep everything inside, but this foldover clutch looks quick and easy.

Tired of wearing the same sweaters this winter? Give them new life with these 5 sweater hacks.

Looking for fun egg stuffers this holiday? This tiny felt bunny is the perfect fit! Looking for something bigger? Check out this reversible chick and egg stuffie.

If you’re needing a basket stuffer for an older child\adult, be sure to check out this adorable notebook\pencil combo.

Tired of white shoes? Give them a face lift by covering them with fabric.

I think the title of this tutorial says it all, “Goodbye Old Sweats, Hello Cute Skirt.” (Designed for girls, but could definitely be altered for women, too).

Spring is right around the corner and this tunic looks perfect to wear when the weather warms up.

 

Sickness

Well, once again, sickness has taken over our house. On the bright side, it’s not the flu. On the downside, it’s the stomach bug – which meant middle of the night vomiting. I had hoped to start Peek-a-boo’s Aspen Pullover today (by the way, there’s a sew-along going for Aspen, Altitude (kid’s version), and Alpental (men’s) for anyone interested; with prizes\giveaways along the way), but instead I’m going to play nurse.

One dilemma that I’m having with this pattern… fabric selection. This pattern really requires two coordinating fabrics and I’m not feeling anything in my stash. While I would love to do this in a French Terry, I think I may have to resort to using cotton; making it more of a tee than a sweatshirt. I’m hoping something inspires me today – I’m going to try to stay away from shopping online since we can’t get out.

Mama Bridgette V2

I decided to give the Mama Bridgette one more try (you can see my previous version here), this time increasing the cup size, but keeping the band the same. I had run out of lace that was wide enough make the cups, so I decided to use a knit in that area and trim the edges in lace (with some modifications from the instructions that I’ll describe below).

To me, it seems like this pattern is designed to be made in all lace. There are instructions for using fabric for the cups and either lining them or adding lace to the edges. However, the instructions have you constructing the cups first, then adding the lace afterward – which would increase the overall dimensions of the finished bra. Instead, I wound up sewing the lace to the fabric first, then cutting the bra cups and constructing them as if they were the lace version. The rest of the bralette I constructed as written.

The fit this time is so much better – I’m not feeling as if I will be falling out of the cups when I wear it. I’m also pretty fond of the hot pink lace, so this version is definitely a keeper. With that said…. I did find that this pattern is identical to (last year’s) version of Free People’s Galloon Lace Racerback, which will run you about $20 (I happened across it at a boutique and was checking it out, thoroughly). So, if you like the look, but don’t want to spend the time making it (while the second one went together faster, I still think this was a time consuming make), find that your bras are about the same cost to make (some of those wide laces can get expensive), or just want to give this style a test run, buying it may be a great option.

Updates

Last week we were lamenting about the loss of a beautiful fabric company, Free Spirit. This week we can rejoice that someone has purchased the company! Scott Fortunoff announced this week that his family’s company, Studio E Fabrics got the “deal of a lifetime” – I’m excited to see some of our favorite designers will still be in one place.

As for my own update, I’m steadily trying to catch up from last week’s snow\conference days – as much as I like to think I’ll get a lot done while Easton is home, I never do. Consequently, I’m still stitching up a test garment (I really can’t wait to show you everything I’ve been making, trust me you’ll love everything). While I can’t show you what I’m working on, I can show you the cute fabric I’m working with – Gertie’s  Poplin. I think I selected this because it screamed summer to me – and I need that. I’m so tired of winter!

Once I’m done with that project, I’m seriously contemplating starting the denim jacket from Seamwork. Before I do, I need to find a better source for jeans buttons – the Dritz brand that I used this summer were terrible. Anyone have a preferred brand or place to buy?

 

Linky Thursday

Don’t want to line your latest dress or skirt? Make a half slip.

If you take your lunch to work, be sure to check out this Chubby Lunch Tote. While you’re there, be sure to enter to win a Cotton + Steel fabric bundle.

This coaster doesn’t just look cool, it’s a stashbuster that sews quickly.

I don’t do a lot of quilting, but I love that this whole quilt looks like one square. Follow along and learn how to make your version over the next 3 weeks! (And now I sort of want to make one)

There’s not a lot of men’s sewing patterns out there so I was happy to see this great looking raglan tee that goes up to 3XL!

Who needs LuLaRoe when you can make your own buttery soft leggings? The article gives you tips on how to make your own, but links to Patterns for Pirate’s free Peg Legs design to make theirs.

Loyalty cards bogging down your wallet or purse? Make a handy pouch that divides all your cards and coupons so that everything is at the ready.

Whether you have a child, a kid at college, or just need a way to keep organized yourself – this 9 pocket closet organizer is a great way to stash necessities.

Don’t give a boring basket this year. Spice it up with a bandanna liner – it only takes 5 minutes to make (and only a $1, too!).

I have a ton of wedding this year which means it’s time to start thinking ahead to shower and wedding gift ideas. My go-to lately seems to be casserole carries – this one is new to me.

Get your little girl ready for spring with a twirly circle skirt.