Normally, I’m a fairly prolific sewist. But as you may have noticed, the posts over the last few months have been fairly spotty. The main reason? We’ve been getting ready for this. Yes, that’s right, we’re ready for our next adventure and moving to Columbus, Ohio.
Our house is now up for sale (if you’re interested, we have a great school district, wonderful neighbors, and a great view in the backyard), so I imagine that things may be spotty until everything is finalized. In the mean time, I have a few projects in the works and LOTS of ideas!
Easter may be this weekend, but there’s still plenty of time to whip up some festive items. Like this beautiful, quilted basket or this fun bunny basket. Need a faster project? Try this little bunny bag or carrot treat bag instead.
Decorating for the holiday is always fun, but don’t forget the table! These colorful egg shaped placemats will definitely make a statement!
If you follow me on Instagram, chances are you already saw the springy embroidery that I’ve been working on. If not, well, here it is!
I can’t show you the entire project, yet, but do promise that it will be revealed soon along with a few tips on working with napped fabrics. For this design, I wound up using Urban Thread’s Las Flores (corner) in a variety of Mettler Threads that played off the colors in the print that I had used…. so I changed up the thread colors pretty substantially. I do love the end result, which is a bit more muted and a fun play on spring hues.
Now I’ve been bitten by the embroidery bug again and have the urge to work on a more substantial stitching project, but am not sure what. Maybe that quilt topper that I’ve been dreaming of for several year?
I know I had vowed not to buy fabric unless I had a plan to use it immediately, but I’ve been doing a lot of work getting the house ready to sell (DEEP cleaning, painting, etc.) and I felt as if I needed retail therapy a reward. I decided to go for one of SoSewEnglish’s mystery boxes (it was 50%, making the fabric $3.75\yard). It arrived last week – here’s what was inside:
There was a black (the lighting skewed how dark it really is) RPL knit, a cotton floral print, a rayonish floral, and a purple cotton blend. I can never have too much black in my stash so this was a welcome knit (eventually I may use it to try out the Bayside Romper – I especially love the mesh modification they used for the “cover”). The black floral will become the South Shore Romper (because this is apparently romper season in my sewing room) while the red floral may become the Tulip Dress (I feel as if it needs to become a tropical type dress and this pattern sort of screamed “put a flower in your hair and wear me without sleeves”). As for the purple… I have no clue. It has a fall-ish hue to it so I’m not sure that I’m ready to sew it up for spring\summer… I may just use it as an accent piece to something else…. I’ll have to mull this one over!
My quest to make another stripes and camo boutique knockoff didn’t go as well as my first attempt. This time I was aiming for a tri-colored top (second from the left) – using remnants from other projects that I had recently made and (once again) the Valencia Top pattern. Before I delve into my issues, here is the finished product:
While the finished result is cute, it’s not quite what I wanted, largely because I just didn’t have enough stripe to make this work. The lack of material forced me to cut my fabric a bit wonky which led to the stripes being off slightly – something that I probably never would have thought about if I bought it in the store like this, but it’s noticeable to me and might drive me mad (it is also on the front of the shirt and if you look closely, you’ll see it). My fabric shortage also meant that I had to use a banded version of this top as well… plus I cut the fabric wrong (I cut on the “shorten” line instead of the bodice line) which made the top even shorter!
My other complaint is that the fabrics are all slightly different material styles and weights, which makes the top feel odd when worn. I think that it hangs fine, but the black is definitely thicker so wears much differently than the rest.
Overall, not a bad effort considering I worked with scraps, but it’s not quite the top I had envisioned. Now it’s time to put this pattern away and work on something else!
Last week I had mentioned that I was inspired to make some shirts that I had seen in a boutique. They were a cute mash up of stripes and camouflage… and I decided that I needed several. Here’s my version:
I used the camo that I had left over from my Union Street Tee , a stripe modal that I had snagged from So Sew English, and the Valencia. The only modification that I made to this one was adding the banding along the sleeve. To do this, I cut a strip the same length as the bottom edge of the sleeve and 4 3/4″ wide (that way when it’s folded over and sewn, the band width is 2″).
Once again the fit on this is perfect… and I love the feel of the modal jersey on this one!
My local boutique has been posting lots of new items in their store. A lot of them? Camo. While I think that one camo shirt in my closet is probably enough… a shirt (or two) with some camo accents are perfectly acceptable to add to my wardrobe!
So the above picture are some samplings of the camo\accent shirts they have in their store… and if I have enough fabric, I may just make them all! I’m starting with the stripe tee on the left. I ordered a black stripe modal fabric from So Sew English and plan on using it with the Valencia (because the pattern is out and ready to go, so why not) with a few modifications. If I have enough material left over, I may just move on to the top next to it, too! I love that color blocking!