Monthly Archives: January 2021

Carlton

It may still be winter outside, but the spring issue of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine is starting to hit newsstands – which means that I can finally show you one of my projects inside: The Aloha Hoodie.

If this project looks familiar to you, it’s because I loved this top so much that after I finished the article last year, I decided to make one that I could wear right away, but without the embroidery (most of the projects that I create need to be sent in 6 months or so before they appear in the magazine). In both projects, I used the Carlton Crop Hoodie (but any purchased hoodie pattern will work) and paired up a tropical print reverse french terry (purchased from SoSewEnglish Fabrics, but no longer available) with hibiscus embroidery designs that were used along the seamline on the front piecing and hood. To add even more texture to this hoodie, I used a white, knit quilted fabric (which is only available in this colorway through a bundle) for the front, back and hood – if you have a chance to buy some of this, I highly recommend it, it’s definitely unique and cozy (but even though it’s a knit, it does have limited stretch, so don’t plan on using it with something very fitted).

Be sure to grab your copy soon! And be sure to share your versions with me!

Up Next

I had originally planned on spending the weekend sewing, but, instead, we decided to tackle a few projects around the house that we’ve been procrastinating on (and I’m feeling very accomplished). So, I thought I would show you one of my next projects: Greenstyle’s Tempo Tights and a very cool marble athletic knit from The Styled Magnolia (now I just need a solid black athletic knit to use as the base).

This is the first time using this pattern, so I’m hoping that I get a good (wearable) fit right off the bat. I may chicken out using my “really good” material (i.e. the marble print) and test this pattern out with some other lycras I have on hand that I’ve been wanting to stitch up anyway.

Mel

Since everyone is still working from home and school, I decided that my wardrobe should probably reflect our current situation more… so you may be seeing more loungewear\athlesiure for awhile!

To kick off off my comfy clothes sewing, I decided to dig into my pattern stash and sew something I haven’t made before – Seamwork’s Mel, a knit, mi-rise jogger pattern with front pockets and elastic, drawstring waistband. I opted to make my pair out of a leopard print French Terry from SoSewEnglish fabrics (with a contrasting waistband and cuffs, also in French Terry).

Overall this pattern was easy to put together. Mel is labeled for beginners, and overall, I would have to agree with that label – except when it comes to the waistband. Not only does it have buttonholes (for making a drawstring), but also sewing a casing\topstitching after the elastic is inserted, which may be a bit more difficult for someone without out a lot of experience. However, the instructions were very straightforward and great to follow.

But what I’m sure you’re really wanting to know is, How is the fit? Let me start off by saying that I was in between two sizes, so I opted to sew the larger size (I figured it was better to go too big in loungewear than too small). The finished look is a bit baggier than the model’s so I might have been able to get away with using the smaller sizing or just used a slightly larger seam allowance. I did find that the waistband elastic was a tad too small for me so I wound up expanding it by a couple of inches – it doesn’t seem to effect wear (it didn’t fall down), but it seems comfier than what was recommended. Once I make a top for this (because I feel the need for a leopard loungewear set), then I’ll be sure to model the finished look.

Linky Thursday

If you love the look of piping, but don’t like to make (or apply your own) then this tutorial for a faux piped binding looks like a great alternative.

Keep yourself organized, stitch up a last minute gift, or sew up one of these zippered pouches, just because. (comes in 3 sizes, too!).

This laminated diaper bag doesn’t just look great, it’s easy to wipe down and clean, too.

Valentine’s Day is just a month away and you can start getting ready by stitching up one of these plush heart pillows.

This fabric basket is the perfect size for commercial sewing patterns and has a wire rim to help support it’s shape.

Stay cozy, look cute with this Teddy Bear Jacket.

This slouch hat is perfect for cold weather or just a cute accessory to wear on bad hair days.

Did you get a new tablet or phone over the holidays? Learn how to make a pillow stand to support it.

Enter to win an online course and a bundle of Anna Maria Horner fabrics.

Keep clean in the kitchen with the Allspice Apron pattern.

Bookmarks

Before I start new projects, I’ve vowed to finish up a few miscellaneous items that I’ve been meaning to work on. For this round, I’m embroidering a few small “gifts”:

A 2020 ornament for my daughter’s dog… because in our family, everyone gets an ornament for the year! I purchased this one just days before Christmas and never got around to stitching it out.

I also made a couple of Grumpy Unicorn bookmarks (now retired, but the snap tabs are still available) for a couple of friend’s daughters. In hindsight, I should have made a simple rectangular style (without a tassel) as they mail better, but these always turn out so cute that I couldn’t resist.

First Project of the Year

My first project of the year is complete and it wound up being a complete mystery as to what I sewed!

You see, I had cut this project out mid last year and started sewing it together, but apparently put the pattern pieces and instructions away when I cleaned up my sewing room. I’m 99% sure that this is a solid front Oaklynn from Made for Mermaids, but I can’t be for certain. The collar seems a bit larger than my previous version, but I think that may be because I used a different seam allowance (or I cut it wrong?). Overall, it’s fine, but it’s not love – I think that the white collar is throwing me off (there were supposed to be white cuffs, but wound up omitting them in the end). It does have a bit of a nautical vibe to it, so I thought that it might look better paired with a pair of white pants and some Chucks for a springy look which does seem to improve the overall look for me. Next time I’m going to try to not put my project aside so I can remember what I was doing in the first place!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I don”t know about everyone else, but I think we all need to give ourselves a pat on the back for surviving 2020 – this year was a struggle in all sorts of ways!

Normally I would write up an end of the year post – breaking down what my most sewn patterns\pattern companies were, how many yards I sewed, up, etc. But I’ll be honest, I gave up recording that midway through the year. Between becoming a homeschool mom, dealing with my mom’s sudden health issues and passing, and just the pandemic in general, I found myself in sort of a sewing slump. So, instead of a wrap up, I found up what my most popular Instagram photos were for 2020. As you can see, some were sewing related (like my Jalie Jeanne, So Sew English’s Cabo Maxi, the Ellie & Mac romper, and a video tutorial that I made to supplement a WeAllSew tutorial that I had made several years ago that got several requests to do). The rest are random highlights like Easton’s birthday and me deciding to color my hair purple.

As for 2021, I’m feeling slightly recharged and motivated to create some beautiful things. Thanks for sharing the ups and downs of the past year with me and I’m looking forward to bringing you new projects and Linky Thursday inspirations in 2021. Here’s to a brighter outlook and 365 days of new opportunities!