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Snuggle

I hope that everyone had an enjoyable holiday, yesterday. I spent some of my day watching Craftsy videos from their free streaming day and realized…. most of these classes are really long! Needless to say, I didn’t get to binge watch as much as I had hoped I would. I am guessing this is just a sneak peek as to how their monthly subscription price might work next year.

I also got the chance to meet up with some gal pals this weekend too – which means that I can finally show off this cute little outfit that I made for a friend. The digital cut file is from Peek-a-boo Pattern shop – I used the entire design on the hooded romper, but singled out the snuggle for the burp rag (I also made a second, Harry Potter themed burp rag but that didn’t seem to fit in the theme of the photo nearly as well).

 

Sewing with Sweater Knits

The latest issue of Sew News is hitting newsstands and in it, is my article on sewing with one of my favorite fabrics – sweater knits! Not only do I discuss some of the more popular styles of these fabrics, but how to work with them, and show you an easy to sew project for creating a knit hat and scarf. One word of caution, there is a misprint on the webpage – it should read “Chose a heavier weight material for a stiffer scarf and fitted hat”…. not lighter weight.

I also provided some samples as well that I can’t wait to get back and wear for fall! The first is the Astoria sweater made in a Girl Charlee Hacci knit. This has to be one of my all time favorite sweater fabrics that I have ever used – it was great to handle, it feels nice, and I adore the print.

The second sample is another great Seamwork pattern, the Oslo which I made in a Nicole Miller sweater knit (from Joann’s). While this fabric looks to be sold out online, if you can get your hands on some, it’s a pretty fabric. Beware, though, while it is a sweater knit, it’s “layered” – there is a layer of sweater with a black, sweater lace overlay bonded to it which makes it a bit tricky to sew. It is also a print with a distinct pattern to it, so be sure to buy enough to pattern match!

Linky Thursday

These flutter sleeve and boatneck style top make great transition pieces for summer\fall wardrobes.

If you’re still getting ready for back to school (or just need new supplies), then you’ll definitely want to check out this Open Wide pencil case and cute, but functional art tote.

Win a bundle of Colebrook fat quarters.

It’s been awhile since I’ve made a bag and this Safari Duffle is calling my name.

If you’re planning on taking your sewing on the go, then you’ll want to check out this Oslo Craft bag tutorial.

Pillows are an easy way to change up the look of a room. These round pillows definitely add a bit of interest too.

Right now our dog has a very basic collar and I’m thinking he needs a new one to reflect his personality…. I may just have to make one. Then I suppose I’d have to make a leash as well.

This sheer top with tank would be a perfect look for fall.

Easy Modern Apron Pt. 2

Yesterday I wrote about Betz White’s latest Craftsy class, The Easy Modern Apron, but what about the apron itself? Today I’ll be talking about how my version sewed up and give you a coupon code for 50% off this class.

The Easy Modern Apron is a bib style design with princess seams and (optional) pockets. The skirt has angular panels that are pieced together so it’s perfect for showing off contrasting fabric and is what gives this apron it’s modern edge. However, the instructions allow you to make this as one color, two fabrics (for contrasting ties and pockets), or in three fabrics – which really showcases the design element.

I opted to make my version in two fabrics, largely because I had these on hand and they worked together so well. However, now that it’s finished I wish I would have looked for a third print because my fabric blends together so well that you miss the cool design element to this pattern. I’ll remember this for the next one!

As for construction, my apron came together without a hitch – even the princess seams went together without puckers and lined up perfectly! Since I had watched the video before sewing, I already knew what to expect, but I found the instructions easy to follow as well. Plus the sewing was fast too – after cutting everything out (you’ll need to use a combination of ruler\rotary cutter and pattern pieces), I was able to sew this up in an afternoon.

Want to make your own version too? Use this coupon to get 50% off Betz’s Easy Modern Apron class! Disclaimer: This coupon is only valid for the Easy Modern Apron class (not the kit) and can not be combined with any other coupon. Coupon expires October 24, 2017.

Easy Modern Apron Pt. 1

I am a huge fan of Craftsy. I love the ease of being able to participate in a class that’s convenient to me (sometimes I don’t get to watch lessons until everyone is in bed) and with topics and designers I love. That’s why when I saw one of my favorite pattern makers and fabric designers had a new class online, I jumped at the chance to take it. Betz White has a new set of streaming videos on Craftsy called, The Easy Modern Apron. It’s a fast and fun series of videos that will take you through all the steps to make your own stylish apron (with helpful tips and tricks along the way that make it easier) that’s perfect for gift giving or to keep for yourself! Best of all, I have a coupon code for 50% off this class…. you can get yours for only $5! (you’ll find the coupon at the bottom of this post). Today’s post is a little about The Easy Modern Apron videos – I’ll save tomorrow for a “show and tell” of my version along with a review of the pattern.

Easty Modern Aprons is broken down into 4 streaming lessons. The first video is an introduction to the designer, an overview of the pattern, and then learning how to cut the skirt. Pattern pieces are provided for the bib sections, however the skirt will need to be cut using a ruler (a rotary cutter makes it so much easier too). If you’ve never manually cut your own pieces, especially ones that are at an angle, then you’ll find this section particularly helpful.

The second lesson demonstrates how to construct the pockets, attach the skirt, and place the hems. The pockets are an optional feature, but who doesn’t love the ability to place their recipe card someplace safe when you’re not using it?

Lesson Three covers the construction of the bib (which as pretty princess seams) and neck ties and how to put them all together. I found that there was a particularly helpful tip on pressing out those ties in this section. I won’t spoil it, but let’s just say that I’ll be heading to the hardware store this week!

The last section discusses how to construct the waistband and attaching everything together…. and all this is done in about an hour! I chose to watch my videos first then construct my apron, but this would be a great work along with the videos, too. I’ll show you my end result tomorrow!

Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for: The code (which is a clickable link) for 50% off your Easy Modern Apron Craftsy class! This coupon is only valid for this class, can not be combined with any other coupons and expires October 24, 2017.

Flamingo Harbor Knot

Every now and again we get glimpses of fall when the cool air takes over the early morning hours (I wouldn’t know it’s happening, but I have to take the dog out about that time). That means, I’m in a rush to finish all those summertime projects. My latest? Another Harbor Knot Tank…. this one is just for me.

This time I used a flamingo print DBP from So Sew English Fabrics. While this is a lovely material to work with, it is a good thing that this is a tank because it’s a bit on the warm side as far as retaining body heat. Construction on this tank was substantially easier the second time around, making this one come together much more quickly than my first one. Now that I’m done with the tanks, I’m seriously contemplating making a Harbor Knot Tee for fall – I think I may need to jump on this before I forget how to put this pattern together!

Kwik Sew Legging

I cheated on my favorite legging pattern and now I’m paying the price.

You see, last year I had a great pair of (purchased) black, capri length leggings. They were great to wear under tunic like shirts while the weather was still warmish. They finally got unrepairable holes in them and I had to give them up. So this year, I decided to make my own. In an extreme bout of laziness, I decided that I would use Kwik Sew 3636, which I already had on hand (and traced, but never used) instead of just modifying the length of Jalie 2920. I now regret my decision.

Even though I used the size that corresponded with my measurements, the Kwik Sew pattern is way too baggy on me… which is saying something because I have thick thighs. I believe have spent more time trying to shave this pattern down to get it to fit “correctly” than what I have actually putting it together…. and I haven’t even tackled the waistband. *Sigh*

Lesson learned, stick with you’re favorites. You’ll never be disappointed.

Linky Thursday

Who needs Vera Bradley when you can make your own fabulous duffel?

If you do machine embroidery, here’s a few fun things to check out: A free teacher design and a chance to win a Hatch Embroidery Customizer digital software.

When I first started sewing, I fell in love with a quilting book about houses. This table runner reminds me of that book. Now if I could just remember that books name!

I must be in a weird mood today because when I saw this whale softie pattern, all I could think of is this video (this is some profanity).

This easy to sew skirt is a great transition piece into fall. While you’re on the site, be sure to check out her tutorial for (non-sewing) giant paper flowers – this is such a big trend this year in party decorating. While you’re at it, you can make a whole floral garland too!

Halloween candy is already showing up in stores, so why not get a jump on the holiday and sew up a quilted table runner.

A cook way to use clear vinyl that isn’t just a “window” on an id case: confetti bows.

Give your tops some interest with a fun fashion flounce.

What can two charm packs make? How about this adorable baby quilt.

Paper pieced pencils totally make this back to school drawstring bag extra special.

This wrap tie shirt is a fun take on a traditional top.

Liverpool Woes

I spent much of the past two days pattern testing for George & Ginger. While I think that they both went off without a hitch, pattern-wise, I have determined that Liverpool fabric is a pain in the rear. By the way, my Liverpool print (which is currently sold out, is shown on the left).

If you’ve never had the opportunity to work with this material it described as a very stretchy double knit with a crepe like texture. To me, this fabric is very thin and requires stabilization to keep topstitching crisp (and definitely needs it along waistbands, etc. so that they don’t droop)… all in all, it was a frustrating\disappointing sewing project and probably my last time working with it unless I really fall in love with a particular print.

Now it’s time to put that project behind me and do a bit of selfish sewing. I am leaning toward a second Harbor Knot Tank (you can see my first one here) in a fun, flamingo print…. I figure I had better sew up the summer prints quickly before I have to stash them for fall.

Donut Worry These Leggings Are Calorie Free

While I had big plans on Friday to accomplish a ton of projects, I wound up cleaning house…. and it too the entire day. I guess too much summer fun will do that to you.

Since we wound up “goofing off” the entire weekend, I only found the time for one project, more Jalie leggings! As soon as I purchased this print (it looks as if it is currently sold out but I got mine from So Sew English fabrics), I knew that I wanted to make a pair (fortunately the cut was generous and the fabric is wide, so I think I have enough to make at least the sleeves on a shirt later). One thing I do want to point out is that while this print has a 4-way stretch, it isn’t as generous in both directions so the area around the knees feels tight is you are kneeling or bending…. but they’re still a fun pair!