Monthly Archives: March 2019

Linky Thursday

Need a new tote to take to the pool this summer, carry your latest project, or just because? This color blocked version is perfect for any occasion and looks fun to make! While you’re visiting the site be sure to register to win a Sweet Caroline fat quarter bundle.

If you’ve inherited lace doilys but don’t know what to do with them, you’ll definitely want to check out this pretty pillow project.

This Easel Organizer project keeps everything you need at your fingertips and your instructions at eye level.

Dressing up doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort when you make a pair of these paper bag pants.

I love a good crossbody bag – especially in the spring and summer when we do so many outside activities, but I still need to carry a purse. What makes it even better is when the pattern is free! Does your little one need their own? This version is designed for toddlers.

Learn how to create beautiful napkins with perfect mitered corners with this self binding napkin tutorial.

Need a new top, but not time to sew one? This criss-cross cutout t-shirt refashion is a trendy no-sew look.

Sometimes the occasion calls for an eye catching clutch – like this rose motif zippered pouch. The technique looks fun to try too.

Get ready for warm weather by stitching up a tank dress.

These placemats are a great fat-quarter project.

Valencia

New Horizon’s Valencia sewn by Barbie Slivinski

I had told myself “no new fabrics” until after we move, but I couldn’t help myself yesterday…. One of the admins (Barbie Slivinski) from the SoSewEnglish Facebook group had posted her version of New Horizon’s Valencia and I decided I had to have one too (I am fairly certain the bralette is the Mama Bridget).

Needless to say I picked up a few yards of the black ombre modal (and another fabric that I and wanting to use for a different project) as well as the Valencia… and two other patterns. While I wait for my fabric to arrive (it should be here tomorrow!), I think I may get the Cascade Tee ready for sewing. Yes, that’s right, I couldn’t resist another ruffle sleeve pattern!

Last One

This will be the LAST time I blog about the Logger pattern…. I promise! Since Taylor decided that she wanted to keep the last version I made for herself, I decided to make a second pair. This time I wanted a slightly heavier weight material, so I opted for a camo French terry from Knitpop (I did buy the last 2 yards of this material, but noticed that SoSewEnglish had pretty similar material on their site).

This particular fabric had great stretch in one direction (with a pretty limited stretch in the other) – so I opted not to shorten the pattern just in case it hiked up while wearing it. After wearing them around for a day, I’ve found that they actually have enough lengthwise stretch so that they feel comfortable and don’t really hike up that much while wearing them.

As for the waistband\cuffs, I used a remnant cottony-rayon type blend because it matched well…. unfortunately, I’ve found that this material doesn’t wear as well as a beefier cotton. Mostly because the material makes for a looser fit so I feel like I need to pull them up occasionally. I think I could have fixed this if I would have added the drawstring.

Overall, this is a winner. I’m loving the camo and they’re extremely comfortable to wear!

Loggers Shorties

With warm weather finally here, I decided that I needed a pair of shorts from the Pattern for Pirate’s Logger (you can see my previous version here). So I grabbed my pretty double brushed poly and gray cotton knit that I used for the Discoverer Tee and set to work.

Let me start off by saying that I had some concerns when I cut out the pattern – it just looked tiny… but I went ahead because it really didn’t take much material to sew these up, so I figured I had nothing to lose. And when I was done? Well, I wasn’t wrong, they’re tiny. They also hit me in an unflattering place and consequently make my thighs look even bigger. Consequently, these will become sleep shorts (as a side note, these may be the most comfortable pair of sleep shorts I own so I’m not complaining too much about that!).

While sewing these up was very easy, the end result was somewhat disappointing since I can’t wear them out of the house. They are cute, but I’m pretty sure that I have underwear with a similar coverage!

Camo

When my daughter was younger, she really didn’t care for me sewing for her… all that has changed now that she’s in college. Remember those Loggers I made this week? Gone. Honestly, I don’t mind because I love the fact that she’ll wear my creations – plus I can always make more!

Speaking of more – look what arrived yesterday. My heathered camo french terry from Knitpop. I ordered this material late Monday afternoon and I had it in my hands on Wednesday. I washed it up yesterday and am ready to cut into it today! My only wish was that it had a bit of lengthwise stretch – I know that it’s going to ride up when I wear these some because it really doesn’t have much. I’m also intending on cutting out a pair of shorts from this pattern as well. It’s finally spring here and I know I’ll need them soon!

Linky Thursday

Ring in spring with pretty gingham placements. While you’re checking out the tutorial, don’t forget to enter to win a fat quarter bundle of the Someday Collection at the bottom of the post.

This patchwork pillow project is a great way to use up scraps (plus it uses the Someday Collection that you can win in the link above!).

Jumpsuits are a huge trend this spring. Make one for yourself with the Perilla pattern.

If spring break has you traveling, you may want to whip them up this fun Monster Tail Travel pillow. Looking for something a bit more conventional (or maybe something just for you)? Be sure to check out my standard version on WeAllSew.

If you crochet and are looking for an eye catching project, then be sure to check out this banana cat (and now I wish I could crochet).

Because I’m on a pincushion kick, I thought I’d share this unique version that uses a picture frame as a base!

These see through zipper pouches are a great way to keep your purse\tote organized AND still see whats inside!

Ditch the big purse and go with a Tiny Bag instead! While you’re checking out the tutorial, be sure to enter to win a Summerlicious Remix Bundle.

This fun (short) Boho skirt is made with double gauze and even has coordinating (handmade) tassels to finish off the look. Want something a bit longer? Try this maxi version.

If you’ve always wanted to create a scalloped edge to your project, then you’ll need to read this how-to article using the blind hem on your machine.

Put your holiday treats in this fun Bunny Basket. Looking for something a bit easier? This bunny bag uses the Cricut Maker to cut out all the piece.

Loggers

Hot off the sewing machine… Loggers! It’s as if leggings and joggers had a baby to make this fun little mash up.

My first project of the week is Pattern’s for Pirate’s latest design, the Loggers. I really went round and round as to what size to cut out on this one because I have found that with this particular company, even though I measure one size, the next size up looks and feels a bit better. So, after much debate, I decided to split the difference and cut in between two sizes (although, honestly, there was very little difference in between most areas so I’m not sure it changed the fit much).

I never could find a material in stores that I wanted to sew this project with (either they didn’t have the right “feel” or didn’t have enough\right kind of stretch), so I went with the gray cotton that I had used with the Discoverer Tee and a black cotton for the contrast.

As for construction I went with the low rise pant with pockets, small waistband, and omitted the drawstring. Everything went together well and didn’t have any issues while sewing. So aside from this being a knit project, this would be a great pattern for beginners. And the fit? Not bad! I probably could have gone with the smaller size in this pattern, because it feels “loose.” Some of that feeling may be due to the fact that the fabric is pretty thin and just doesn’t “wear” like a legging material.

Would I make this again? You bet! In fact, I decided that a beefier material might make for a better pant so I went ahead and ordered a heathered camo french terry from Knitpop. In the mean time, I think I’ll try the shorts.

Upcoming

Every year over spring break I think to myself, “I am going to get so much stuff done.” And then never do. What I DID do is come up with a ton of ideas, bought some patterns, and grabbed a bit of fabric too (and got my serger back from being serviced, but that’s just not as exciting as the rest). So without further ado, here’s my upcoming sewing list for this week(ish):

Jalie’s Adele

Almost every morning Bret tunes into Sport Center. Recently, Nicole Brisoce wore a beautiful springy green top and I decided that I had to have it. After mulling over it all day, I determined that Jalie’s Adele was the perfect pattern to recreate her look… the fabric was a lot harder. I settled for a greenish matte silky\satin from Joann – not my ideal choice, but it’s close.

I need more leggings like I need a hole in the head, but after a day of seeing everyone’s cute Loggers, I couldn’t resist…. plus I figured I had fabric in my stash to give these a whirl. I am restraining myself and making these in a solid fabric first (because I figure I’ll get the most use out of those and I have a lot of patterned leggings anyway). I’m also planning on making a pair of the shorts as well – but not promises those will be solid, too.

I’m also still working on the Estes Dress Sew Along and have started working on a few “behind the scenes” projects as well. Now that my serger has returned, I’m ready to fire it up and see how it runs!

Linky Thursday

This Mini Bushel Picnic Basket Liner is perfect for outdoor eating, but would also make an adorable housewarming gift too!

I’ve been seeing lots of ruffled shoulder\sleeves in ready to wear clothing this spring. If you’re interesting in trying out this look yourself, be sure to check out It’s Always Autumn’s latest tutorial.

I love everything about these little round potholders, right down to the fabrics.

Apparently, I’m on a pincushion kick because so many projects keep catching my eye – like these fabulous little birdies.

When I took my class last week, I used a handy bag to stash all the notions I needed for the day – I won’t say they’re a “must” but they sure are handy! Need one for yourself? Here’s a great pattern to make one!

Have you been shying away from making underwear because you’re not sure where to start? This is a great walkthrough on making your own custom boxer briefs (FYI – this tutorial does use a purchased pattern, but while you’re there you can pick up the Arrowsmith Undershirt for free!)

These peek-a-boo toy bags are great for organizing play spaces, but would be perfect for larger work-in-progress projects too!

Baby It’s (Still) Cold Outside! So make yourself a wrap cardigan, with pockets!

Don’t forget your pets. This squeeky dog toy pattern is simple to make (and all the instructions are on the template).

I love this Oslo Craft Bag pattern, I think it would work great as a gift for gardeners too.

Pencil cases are easy to sew, fun to carry, and a great way to use up scrap fabrics.

Other than strip quilts, I’m never quite sure how to use those fabric rolls…. but now I want to make an Easter Basket.

Class

On Friday, I took an embroidery class from my local Bernina dealer. Even though I have been working with embroidery for quite some time, this machine is new to me so it gave me the opportunity to see how this one operated.

Bernina 590

And all I can say is, I LOVE this machine!

For starters, the bobbin is HUGE. This was the first time I had wound the jumbo spool since I picked up this machine and it took forever to load – I think I am safe saying that I won’t be running out for quite some time. I also liked that I didn’t have to cut any of the jump threads on the top of my work!

I also played with the Pinpoint Placement feature… I totally could have used this several months ago when I was working on a project with a tricky border design! Basically this features helps you line up your embroidery exactly where you want it on your project – so even if you haven’t lined up your project precisely on the hoop, you are able to place your design exactly where you need it.

Now I am VERY excited to start a new embroidery project – I have to put all this new features to good use!