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Linky Thursday

Need a new podcast to listen to while you sew? Today is the first day for Sew & Tell, hosted by BurdaStyle and editors of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery!

You’re little one can be headed out to grandma’s in style with this cute overnight bag.

This carseat cover converts into not one, not two, but SEVEN different essential baby items… making it the perfect baby shower gift.

When I first saw this project, I thought it was a boy’s bow tie project. Come to find out they’re adorable pillows!

If you love corduroy then you won’t want to miss this cute overall dress pattern.

Looking for a quick gift idea? These hot cocoa bags are perfect for teachers – plus you can pair them up with this adorable reindeer mug rug for a great themed gift.

Enter to win a bundle of batiks!

So this probably isn’t the best jelly roll rug tutorial, but it’s definitely one of the prettiest – plus there’s links for video tutorials if you get stuck. So inspiring!

Dress up your pillowcases with this flannel tuxedo tutorial.

Enter to win a copy of the e-book, Diary in Stitches.

These handwarmers would make the perfect stocking stuffer (or just a quick fix on a cold day). Need something bigger? How about this cozy heating pad made from socks!

Up Next

If you look in my drawer, you’ll notice a lot of leggings – some are athletic, some are “fashionable”, some are just for fun. In fact, I have so many that at some point this year, I decided that I was going to try to reduce the number that I make because it seems like I have too many (is that even a thing?). Except all I keep thinking about is using the Astoria buffalo plaid to make a pair of Clara’s. I even have an awesome pair of “motorcycle boots” that would look fantastic with this, too.

So, I’m guessing that will be my next project – unless I decided I don’t want to change back my serger thread to black. I’m also open to ideas for tops that would go with this one too!

Union St. Tee

It seems like forever ago that I mentioned I was going to sew up the Union St. Tee – while I was really excited to sew this up, I put it on the back burner because I was too lazy to change out my serger thread!

Over the weekend I finally tackled this project and have to say, I’m sort of disappointed that this pattern isn’t really much different than anything else I own. While there isn’t anything wrong with the design, I’m fairly certain that one of the other 4 or 5 patterns that I own would have worked just as well. This particular design is a bit less fitted, but I found that the arms are a bit too snug for my liking.

Putting this together was pretty straightforward. I didn’t really use the directions until it came to the V-neck assembly… overall I thought that section was very well written – so much so that I know a beginner could do it and should have a pretty good looking neckline!

The bottom line: If you already own a great t-shirt pattern, chances are you won’t need this one. If not, I’ll go ahead and recommend this one because the v-neck instructions are well put together. With all that said, I’ll probably give the long sleeved version a whirl since this pattern is ready to go and I have some fabric that needs to be used!

Astoria Complete

I was finally feeling well enough to sew the other day and managed to complete the Astoria. I love the way it turned out, even with the ruching on the side (it makes a good tummy concealer too). Plus I’m in love with the buffalo plaid – it is a close match to my Ziggi lining that I think these are meant to be worn together!

With that said, here’s some thoughts (and a few modifications) on this project. First off, it’s well put together – I didn’t have any issues with the instructions and all the pieces fit together nicely. The fit is good (I will say that I tend to go up one size anyway, I’ve found that a lot of fitted styles in Peek-a-boo patterns just look more flattering if I do), but I feel like the neckline is too large for the hood (it seems to be better suited for the cowl style). I also found that the tunic length was just a hair too long for me so in the end I wound up chopping off about an inch before hemming.

Overall, I love this top and definitely plan on making this again – although next time I’ll skip the ruching and just go for the flat front.

Linky Thursday

Get cozy and make yourself this easy Cocoon Cardigan.

Fluffmonger is one of my favorite stuffie sites – everything is so darn cute. Including their latest: Mr. Foofs.

Decorate you Thanksgiving table with this adorable Happy Turkey runner. While you’re checking out the tutorial, be sure to enter this week’s giveaway from Hatch Embroidery.

Looking for a few more Thanksgiving decorations? Be sure to check out this fabric cornucopia, these gorgeous pillow and banner set, and a cute turkey hand towel for your guest bathroom. And don’t forget the turkey hats! These are always a hit at our house.

All our local grocery stores are going bagless very soon. That means it’s time to start sewing my own!

Fabric gift pouches are a pretty way to stash little presents for the holidays.

Don’t leave your pet out of your holiday decorating. Sew them up a personalized stocking.

Looking for a more whimsical tree skirt this Christmas? Check out this fun pom-pom version.

Never let your bread get cold with this fabric bread warmer.

It’s sweater weather…. for you home! Learn how to make sweater fabric decorator pillows.

This neck gaiter will keep your neck warm this winter. Once you’re done finish off the look with a matching hat (this tutorial is for all sizes, baby to adult!) and a set of fingerless gloves (so you can still use your phone) and you have a complete set!

Astoria

Yesterday I mustered up the energy to tape the Astoria together. I’m not sure if it was the pattern or the fact that I had take a bunch of cold medicine, but I actually had to use the “guide” to help me put this one together. I will give this pattern one thing, it has tons of options: besides the length, there is a standard, cowl, and hoodie neckline, a variety of sleeve lengths, a standard and ruched bodice, as well as a fitted and looser fit.

I wound up going for view A: the hooded, ruched, color-blocked tunic, with long sleeves. In hindsight, I wish I would have gone for the standard cut, but I think it’s too late to go back now. As for the fabric, I’m using Girl Charlee’s black\red buffalo plaid cotton spandex knit and a black knit remnant that I found in my stash. Here’s a bit of the breakdown on this project’s costs:

Total Cost:

Pattern….. $8.50
Fabric……. $9.45
Notions…. stash

Total $17.95

Patterns

Proof that winter is right around the corner… we got sick. I had such plans this weekend to accomplish so much, but I just haven’t had it in me to work on anything. Yesterday I did manage to finish up two large projects for Creative Machine Embroidery – I had wanted to show you a sneak peek, but it wound up being too obvious what it was so I scrapped it for this meme instead…. because I think we can all relate!

Speaking of patterns, I recently picked up Peek-a-boo Pattern’s Astoria with the intention of making the same top that Amy is wearing on the cover photo…. then decided that I needed it in black and plaid, with a hood instead. Since I’m still a bit out of commission, I think putting that pattern together will be my main objective today – I’m risking mucking up the whole thing if I try to sew it (I tend to make a lot of mistakes if I’m sick, anyone else?).

I am also seriously behind on Seamwork, but I do love the new Elli – I’m definitely putting this one on my list. The Francis is pretty cute, too, but I’m 99% sure that I’ll wear it once and then it’ll sit in the closet.

What is everyone else sewing up? I’m ready to check out some new patterns and buy the ones that have a slightly different cut! LOL

 

 

Costumes

If you follow my Instagram, the photos I’m about to show you aren’t really much of a surprise. First up, Halloween! This year, Easton has picked Fortnite’s Panda Team Leader (you can read about the Inspiration, costume info, and accessories in these posts).

In a surprise turn of events, Easton’s school let the kids wear their costumes all day – but between the weight and awkwardness of the back bling and the giant head (I am 99% sure it wouldn’t even fit in his locker) and how hot the suit was, we determined that this costume wasn’t going to work very well at school… so we opted for something easy: Jake from State Farm. It was quick and easy and we both thought it was silly.

So what else do I have to show off? My Sister Imperator dress… at least part of it. I worked up the nerve to wear it to our concert last week. I figured it would sit in my closet otherwise and this was the perfect event to wear it to since it was inspired by the band’s most recent video AND lots of people “dress up” at their show anyway. I wound up altering the neckline some from my original garment so that it looked a bit ore like the inspiration and stayed up a lot better (not to mention the fact that I could wear a regular bra). We did a meet & greet so here’s our shot of us with the lead singer (and if you’re wondering he does wear a mask).

Linky Thursday

This embroidered velvet hoodie may be my next project. I’m pretty sure it’s love. (The tutorial includes the hoodie pattern, this tutorial shows you how to add the embroidery patches… you don’t even need to own an embroidery machine to do this!).

If it’s time to replace your ironing board cover, you’ll definitely want to check this tutorial out – it has pockets! While you’re there, be sure to enter in her contest to win a $30 gift certificate to the Fabric Fairy.

Nothing says fall like flannel. Make yourself a new purse with this flannel and leather tote tutorial.

I must be in the mood for dresses because a lot of (free) patterns and tutorials caught my eye today – like this easy shift dress, a Chanel style frock, and this fun Little Black Dress.

Not in the mood for a dress? How about an easy circle skirt? This one looks like it would be fabulous to twirl in, too.

Christmas is 54 days! Kick off your gift sewing by making a few of these gift totes – in small, medium, and large sizes.

The holidays are rapidly approaching (seriously, where did October go?) and if visiting family and friends are in your plans, you’ll definitely want to sew up a few of these packing cubes to keep yourself organized.

It definitely feels like fall around here so it’s time to crack out the sweater knits and sew up a Hooded Cardigan (with pockets!).

Yesterday I mentioned I was starting a new, v-neck tee pattern. Today I find a free one.

Add some sparkle to your holiday season and sew yourself up a maxi skirt. Then use any of your leftover scraps to make this fun mermaid pillow.

This ruffle hem skirt (for girls) is a great way to use that ruffle foot that’s been sitting in your machine’s accessory pile.

Up Next

Between Halloween sewing, project deadlines, random inspirations that lead to new garments, and time consuming embroidery (and let’s not mention the failed projects), October kind of turned up as lacking as far as completing a lot of things that I got to share with you all. Now that this month is over, it’s time to get back to some fun stuff.

First up, Hey June’s Union St. Tee. I need another t-shirt pattern like I need a hole in the head, but I’ve been seeing this one around a lot lately and decided to give it a whirl. Unlike some of my other patterns, this one looks a bit more relaxed so I’m anxious to see how the final fit is on me. For my first version, I decided to cut into my faded camo that I bought several months ago in a bundle. I’ve been saving it up for just the right project and I think that it will look great sewn into a v-neck!