It is so hot outside that I’ve decided I need more shorts. This time around I opted to use the Iris Shorts pattern with a sunflower scuba that I had picked up from Knitpop. While this is definitely the cutest pair I’ve made, it does have a much different fit than the others:
The french terry pair is definitely the “loosest” fit – it is very comfortable, but I’ve found the waistband (in a cotton interlock) slides some while I wear them so I’ve been using them as loungewear (I don’t want to have to keep hiking them out while I’m out). The Liverpool version of the Iris is probably the most flattering – it’s extremely comfortable, but doesn’t appear that you’re wearing a knit short, plus they just look great on. As for this scuba pair, well, it’s a bit more snug than the rest. While the legs on the other versions are “loose”, I’ve found that the scuba hugs my thighs – so instead of looking like a pair of “shorts”, they look like I’m wearing Under Armour (or short bike shorts). Visually, these are the cutest, but overall not my favorite version. Fabric selection definitely made a difference in this pattern!
Quite awhile ago, I was trying to decorate the house and ran into some problems finding artwork that would go in some of the rooms…. so I decided I would make some. I bought a canvas and couple of “pour paint kits”, but never did anything with it until today.
It’s difficult to see because it’s so darn sunny out, but this is the end result. Initially, I had wanted to put this into our bedroom, but the colors seem to go better with our living room so I’m guessing that this is were it’ll end up for the time being. All in all, a fun little project, very messy!
As for the cost, I had purchased everything on sale, so it wound up being less that what I could have bought online (and in the colors I wanted). There’s really no skill involved so anyone can do this and get good results – highly recommended!
Between deep cleaning, re-organizing my sewing room, and making all things peach (my 25 lb. box of peaches from The Peach Truck have ripened), I managed to find a bit of time to work on some projects… and they’re all Takis themed.
Easton has finally grown to love spicy foods and Takis are one of his favorite chips. So it only stands to reason, that when Cactus Embroidery came out with Takis themed hand sanitizer holder that I had to get it…. along with other fun accessories like a coaster set and snap tabs. These were a lot of fun to make and I really love how they resemble the actual bag (shown). I could have made more items, but I ran out of purple vinyl. I may have to move to their Hot Cheetos projects next!
Headed to the beach or pool this holiday weekend? Whip up one of these sunbathing companions: it’s a tote, it’s a towel, it has lots of pockets! Need a bag that’s more conventional? Try this mesh and cotton tote.
Even if the farmhouse look isn’t your style, you’ll still want to make this pretty farm pillow.
This weekend, I finished off another Creative Machine Embroidery project. This one was fun to put together and I can definitely see making more in the future. Since I can’t show you exactly what I made, here’s a little peek – isn’t that little cardinal adorable?
Now that this one is in the can, it’s time to clean up the sewing room. Does anyone else make a giant mess while working on big projects besides me? Once I’ve tackled that, it’s time to start some of those selfish sew projects (and a few in the hoop embroidery designs, too) – I’m thinking either the Off-Shoulder Romper or the Selfie Shirt.
I was working on a project yesterday and realized that I had miscut some fabric and needed to go back to the store for more. While waiting in line, I spied the last copy of Burda Style 3/2020 and wound up sifting through it… and somehow it managed to hop into my cart an come home with me.
It has been a VERY long time since I’ve picked up one of these magazines. I probably stopped subscribing 5 or more years ago (and would pick up the occasional individual issue) because I wasn’t using them enough. In fact, I didn’t even keep the ones I had – when we moved, I wound up donating a majority of my “collection” to a local shop that did a lot of workshops for beginner sewisists, especially kids. But this issue interested me because they had some interesting tops that I wouldn’t mind making (top row):
There are a couple of cute dresses in this issue too, but I’ll be honest, I’m probably never going to make those because I just don’t have a lot of occasions to wear them. Now lets see if I wind up tracing these patterns off and sew a few of them up.
Last week I mentioned that I had picked up some tees and screen prints to make a few shirts… and I finally made a few! Unfortunately, I didn’t get the “E” in “BEN” to release that well and overstretched it some as it pulled off the paper – I managed to fix it, but it looks a little “droopy”. I’m not sure anyone will really notice except me, but I hate when I can see my mistakes. Otherwise this is a super fun round of shirts and I am absolutely in love with Bella Canvas tees (just the unisex tees, the women’s run VERY small and have a lot less stretch) – they are probably the softest shirts I own!
In between selfish sews, I’ve been working on a few side projects. While I can’t show you the entire project, I figure I can sneak in a little peek:
Apparently, I am really into ombre this season… and tie dye. I’ve found myself attracted to both in various different forms (fabric, vinyl, embroidery) and it shows in my work! One thing I will say about this photo is that I did stray away from the recommended thread colors – it really didn’t work with my fabric base. I knew that I needed 5 different colors within the same family, so I opened up my thread box (I try to sort them by colors) and went down a line that I thought worked with my material…. and I love this design even more than the original! The moral of the story? Don’t be afraid to experiment and try your own thing.
I have one more project in the works, but in the mean time, I’ve somehow picked up a few new patterns to work on (or collect?) in the mean time. First up, The Selfie Shirt. I totally got this because of the wow factor – and the design placement on the pattern cover just had me in awe. I can see making this for a fabulous date night.
I also got the Beach Pants. Initially, I resisted this one, but I have seen so many cute versions that I couldn’t resist. Plus it uses a drapey knit and I have gotten some in bundles that would work perfectly.
Not new, but also in the back of my mind is the Off-shoulder romper. I even got a cute tie dye for this pattern, I just need to muster up the excitement to put this pattern together (I really need to look at a print on demand company for some of my patterns). Speaking of mustering up excitement… I really need to work on some valances. Home decor sewing is just not my favorite, so I’ve been putting this one off for a long time (almost a year), but I keep looking at my empty window and it’s finally starting to bother me. My goal is to have this done before summer is over.
As much as I love my Cricut, I have to admit, there are times that buying screen prints are so much better. Not only are they less time consuming (especially if I’m designing my own SVG files), but way less expensive (I got most of the ones seen here for around $1!). My Jiffy Shirts arrived (I highly recommend them – they are extremely quick) so I’m spending the weekend heat pressing these babies…. and maybe making a shirt on my Cricut after all. I have a What We Do in the Shadows idea that I might need to bring to life.