Monthly Archives: May 2020

Links for the Weekend

Apparently, online learning and grocery shopping takes all day. Consequently, yesterday’s normal “Linky Thursday” posted never happened. Since it’s definitely the best part of the week, I couldn’t overlook it. So, without further ado, here are some great crafty projects to work on over the weekend!:

I’m on a Gertie kick. I love to look at her clothes and patterns, but I also realize that I don’t pull off her style nearly as well as what she does. Love Gertie too? Here’s a few patterns to get you started: A cute knit top (that would look great on everyone), a Day Dress, and here popular The Jiffy Dress (no pattern, but instructions to make it fit to your proportions)

With the weather turning warmer, it’s time to start thinking about outdoor dining. I LOVE these mini mats with pockets to hold all your dinnerware essentials!

With being at home so much, loungewear has become a staple. This cute set from Mood is definitely worth a look.

Need a new top, but don’t have a lot of time to sew? This 3/4 sleeved blouse is just the ticket!

Keep the kids cool with this free shorts pattern (goes up to a size 14!).

If you love to hashtag, this quilt is for you!

I adore this little round zipper pouch, and while you’re checking out the project be sure to be entered to win a copy of Zakka Wool Applique.

Taco Tuesday

Yesterday was “Taco Tuesday” so it only stands to reason that I celebrate by making a few… on my embroidery machine!

I used Cactus Embroidery’s taco set and a very cool textured vinyl from My Punk Broidery to create these snap tabs and book marks. I think that the textured vinyl definitely makes this set – they may be some of my favorite creations yet!

‘Merica

I really had no intentions of sewing another shirt for the holiday, but when I was rummaging through my fabric stash, I came across this panel. I had purchased quite some time ago with the intention of sewing it up for the 4th of July last year. Moving really put a damper on sewing last summer, plus I never could find a fabric that matched it… that is until I rummaged some more and found this star remnant – with just enough left over to make a tank.

I decided to use the Durango Tank – not only is it free, but it had the shape I was after. I did modify it some so that the back seam was completely eliminated, but otherwise sewed this one as is. Not only was this super easy to construct, I liked the fit as well – I’m going to have to remember this for future tanks… I have a feeling that I’m going to need them, it’s already hot out there and it’s not even officially summer yet!

Fabrics In Quarantine

With fabric stores closing their doors during “quarantine”, I found myself doing a lot of shopping online. I’ve ordered from different companies while at home. All have had different shipping times (because of reduced staff, etc.), but oddly enough, most arrived within days of each other. Here is the haul and a little bit about them all:

(Starting from the left) Knitpop’s sunflower scuba crepe, cherry blossoms liverpool, and a mystery coordinate (a hunter green double brushed poly that goes well with the cheery blossom). This was one of the fastest turn arounds I got – with shipping the next day. I will say that their stock is lower than what I’ve seen it before, but they had several cute prints that works well with the Iris shorts.

Spoonflower: You know that meme that was going around last month with the woman wearing a mask that had tiny penises on it with the tagline “if you can tell these are penises then you’re too close”? Well this is the print, sort of… this version is way larger than what was in the picture so you can clearly tell these are penises from far away. LOL. I’m not sure if I’ll still use this for a mask or wait until there is a bachelorette party gift that I need to make. With that said, Spoonflower was very upfront about their printing times taking longer than usual. They were a bit late (by days) in getting this fabric shipped out, but overall not bad considering the climate we’re in.

Fabric.com: I wound up ordering from Fabric.com because they were one of the few places that had ponte in stock that seemed like it would work with Jalie’s Renee pants. While I was there, I couldn’t resist this awesome tropical athletic knit and a coordinating solid – I think I can see a cool pair of leggings in my future! Fabric.com’s shipping times were EXTREMELY far out, but I went with it anyway because I have enough projects lined up that it wasn’t an issue. In the end, they were pretty quick to ship out (9 days after placing my order) and I love the athletic knits… the ponte, not so much.

Hobby Lobby: Since making Greenstyle’s no-show brief, I’ve been on the hunt for “the right” fabric (you can read my review here). I had seen someone talking about Hobby Lobby having a travel knit that worked very well and was intrigued. So much so, I decided to buy some (along with some stretch lace). I have never ordered online from them before, but since all the stores were closed, I decided to give it a try. It too AGES to get here and it wasn’t entirely Hobby Lobby’s fault. They shipped 6 days after ordering, but used FedEx home delivery- which took almost 2 weeks to arrive after that (12 days). With that said, I really like the feel of the travel knit – I think it would work really well with this pattern! The stretch lace is nice too, although I thought I would get continuous yardage and not spools (as a side note, my dog liked the spools too and destroyed an entire spool, fortunately he didn’t like the lace and left it in perfect condition).

Linky Thursday

Chances are, staying at home means more walks with the dog. So doesn’t s\he deserve new gear? Here’s a tutorial for a custom dog collar and leash to get you started.

I seem to get the urge to sew up a new bag when the season changes. This Starburst bag caught my eye with it’s fun grommet placement and this carpet tote is interesting when worn (plus unusual materials always calls me). If you’re looking for something less complicated, be sure to check out this fat quarter friendly cross body!

This silk cami pattern is perfect for warm summer days or laying under your favorite jacket or this summer kimono.

Know someone having a birthday in quarantine? Don’t skip the celebration, make them a DIY tiara (SVG cut file included).

This summer blouse looks breezy and comfortable to wear, but can still be dressed up if needed.

Enter to win a Tula Pink jelly roll and Glitter Quilt’s pattern, Father’s Choice.

Iris

Sonia Estep recently re-released her Iris Shorts pattern at a discounted price last week. Since this was a pattern that I had my eye on, I decided to go ahead and pick it up.

I got a little antsy waiting for fabric to arrive and decided to go ahead and sew it up, but in a French Terry. This is not a recommended fabric, but I had seen several people doing it and had good results so I decided try my hand at it, too. I went with the simplest of designs – shorts with a 3.5″ inseam, no pockets, and a low-rise cotton waistband. The result is super cute, but the fit is a bit looser in the waist than what I expected (I could have easily taken off about an 1″). However, I’m not sure that I’ll modify it when my fabric arrives because I expect that it will have less stretch than the cotton.

Overall, this was a VERY easy project to put together… and now I have something for the 4th of July, too!

Pocket Full of Poppies

Looking for a trendy pair of pants that’s perfect for spring? If so, you’ll definitely want to check out my article in the Summer 2020 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery. I used the Pagosa Pants pattern for this article, a large poppy border print around the legs, and a coordinating design on the pockets. The end result is simply eye-catching!

As for the pattern, it was extremely easy to put together and I thought the fit was great. I was a bit hesitant on how a wide leg capri might look on my height, but I think it works (and would probably look even better if I threw on a pair of heels while wearing them) and they are very comfy to wear – they might be the pants that ease me back into wearing pants (LOL)!

Mystery Box

I’m a sucker for mystery boxes because I did it again. I bought another from SoSewEnglish. Here’s what was inside.

The top fabric is a charcoal gray cottony knit with a small stripe. I really like this one because it’s one of the few fabrics that I have that work for boy\men. When we finally stop wearing nothing but pajamas around here, maybe I’ll be able to use it for some Nicos.

The middle material is a slub knit sweater knit. I adore the color and it actually coordinates with the double brush poly stripe below it. I intend on using this material in part with a different project, but if I have enough material left over, I may try an off the shoulder sweatshirt pattern with this.

All in all, this was another winning bundle. I should probably stop ordering fabrics and start putting them to good use, but the motivation is currently low. I’m hoping that when we finally wrap up school June 2, that I’ll find my mojo again.

Linky Thursday

Shirtdresses look flattering on all sorts of body types and this Lantana pattern is absolutely stunning!

Love llamas? This pattern will show you how to stitch one up.

I have saved old sheets to use for future pajama pants. This pattern highlights this “fabric” and can be made in 15 minute.

If your outdoor space or reading nook is in need of some seating, you’ll definitely want to check out this fun pyramid bean bag chair tutorial.

Enter to win a beautiful Kaffe Fassett fat quarter bundle.

Salons still not open? No worries, tame your locks with a new headband – this article has over 20 different styles just for women.

Hurry and grab The Ultimate Wallet Pattern, one of So Sew Easy’s most popular sellers, for free! Hurry, this offer only lasts for a week.

Learn how to make a strap or belt for almost any project you can think of!

Star Wars Day may be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to sew up this Darth Vader Sock Doll.

Romy

Spring has decided to take a break for awhile, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to sew up Jalie‘s new Romy sweater pattern. I searched my stash and pulled out a super soft (and slightly fuzzy) gray, ribbed sweater knit that I’ve been holding onto for just the right occasion and set to work.

Let me start off by saying that the Romy has to be one of the easiest patterns of the new collection. It has 4 pieces and no hems (instead it has bands) so construction comes together very quickly and is perfect for beginners or those who want to try knit patterns. The end result is a loose fitting, batwing design that is super cozy to wear. I had the chance to wear this one out yesterday (the photo on the right is everything I used to pull this look together) and it felt great, so it’s definitely a winner in my book. Today I’m trying to figure out how I can extend this pattern into a “spring” style (less sweater, more top) and may try making this in a lightweight, slightly sheer cotton.