Bag Reveal

Last week I decided put myself to a test: Buy a Girl Charlee Knitfix Bag and use all the material you receive (in a ‘timely’ manor)… no stashing, no trading, no selling – even if the fabric wasn’t something that I would normally buy. I kind of thought of it as a Project Runway challenge. In fact, in my head I could hear Tim Gunn saying, “Designers. On each of your work stations is a bag filled with 6 different fabrics. Use each of these fabrics to come up with garments that will complete your collection….”. Yesterday, I received my bag. Here is what was inside (the bag itself is centered on the right):



Overall, I love what I got in this bag! I’m not sure what to do with the diamond fabric although I did see someone post on social media a ready-to-wear dress that was made from this very material and I am trying to brainstorm what to do with the gray floral hacci other than the expected cardigan. While I mull it over, I think I’ll tackle the red stripe material – I’m thinking it will make the perfect 4th of July wear!

But wait.. there’s more! Four other fabrics that I ordered finally came in this week too!



I’ve been waiting for my Happi Fabrics digital prints to arrive for ages and am excited to put them to good use. The texture of the material is a bit different than anything else I own, so I may have to think about how I’m using them in garments. I also ordered a few yards of the Sugar Skull Star Wars print ….. yes, I ordered some (not in yet) in a different colorway, but had a sudden panic that what I did buy was a woven…. so I bought different material in a stretch just in case. Something tells me that I’ll be making a lot of Star Wars gear very soon!

Linky Thursday

I have (lots of) new fabric arriving which means I’m on the lookout for new ways to stitch them up. Here’s a few free shirt patterns from Deer & Doe, It’s Always Autumn, and Peppermint (the Jersey Girl). Looking for a t-shirt for Dad (it is almost Father’s Day)? Try this one from Melly Sews\Blank Slate.

The cutest bag of the summer goes to this ADORABLE pineapple backpack! Anyone know where to get that awesome yellow fabric? I may need to make one!

Go to the beach without taking the beach home with you! Stitch up this beach toy mesh bag and let all the extra sand drizzle out on your way to the car.

Canada Day is almost here so why not stitch up a fun maple leaf mug rug to celebrate?

A tank top for girls (sizes 3-8) that you won’t have to worry about staying on their shoulders.

Need a last minute gift for dad? Sew him up a custom pillow (templates are provided, too)!

Admittedly, I had a bit of trouble translating this site, but this cute bag\caddy project looks so cute I couldn’t help but pass it along!

I keep seeing cute fabric headbands all over social media lately… so now I want to make one! Here’s a quick and easy version that we can all make!

No more cold hands when you’re drinking from jelly jars when you stitch up this mason jar cozy! Looking for a personalized wrap that fits something smaller? Try my can custom can wrap tutorial instead.

Beat the heat with a cooling neck wrap (I want to try this just so I have an excuse to use those absorbing crystals).

Learn the ‘quilt as you go’ method and make a great 4th of July pillow, too!

More Lovin’

06-summerlovinIt looks as if another pair of Summer Lovin’ Shorts will be up on the cutting table soon as my mom recently saw them and asked if I could make her a pair. I haven’t decided on the fabric, however, I’m leaning toward a print similar to the Anima shorts and pants that I made earlier in the year (believe it or not, I have a third colorway to choose from)! This also means a trip to the fabric store for notions (more elastic) and another round of printing\cutting, but this one sews so fast, I don’t even mind!

In other news, my mystery\KnitFix bundle from Girl Charlee arrives today, so I’ll be stalking the UPS man this afternoon waiting for it’s arrival. I’ll do the reveal in Friday’s post and hope to have some plans formulated in my head for using some of my new materials! Agh, waiting is so hard!

Fast & Fabulous

06-teeAs I look in my closet, one thing my wardrobe is lacking is solid colored shirts. So when Hot Pattern’s released their Fast & Fabulous Shirt Tail T’s, I knew that I would have to make several for a summer staple shirt.

For my first version, I made a shirt in a heathered jersey with a solid (non-pieced) front (this pattern is designed for wovens as well, but couldn’t find a material that I liked enough to start with that). I have to admit, my printer had issues with this PDF (the registration marks didn’t even show up on my paper), but after several conversations with Trudy, several trial\errors, we couldn’t figure out what was going on other than my printer just didn’t like the PDF. I was still able to put the pattern together, I just skipped overlapping the pages together).

Putting this shirt together was very easy – in fact it probably took me longer to tape the pattern and cut the fabric than what it did to sew this one up! The fit is very loose, however, it still manages to look fitted along the bust which looks very flattering…. just be sure to stitch this up in a lightweight or fluid fabric, otherwise this top will look very bulky. Overall an easy top to wear for summer… If I get to wear it, I noticed Taylor had her eye on this one!

Pattern: Hot Pattern’s‘s Fast & Fabulous Shirt Tail’s Ts

Fabric: Heather Blue Rayon Jersey

Total Cost:

Pattern….. $10.35
Fabric……. $5.24
Notions…. stash

Total Cost $15.59

The Anne

As long time readers know, I’m a huge fan of Jalie’s sewing patterns. So I was very excited when I found out that they were naming one of their upcoming patterns (you can see a new preview each day on their blog and Facebook page) after one of their “favorite cheerleaders”, my daughter Taylor Anne (Taylor seems to be a popular name for patterns, so not to confuse anyone, it’s just, Anne)! That’s right – Jalie has a cool, new competition level cheer uniform that will be released soon (it also can be mixed and matched with the Carmen skating dress)… plus check out the awesome Wonder Woman themed version (and I was told that this would totally work for Power Rangers too).



Not only am I super pumped about the upcoming releases, I’m honored that they included us in the naming!

More Summer Lovin’

06-shorts3After a pretty perfect pair (say that 5 times real fast) of Summer Lovin’ shorts, I was anxious to give this pattern a second try – this time in a (stretch) woven…. I think I can say, this pair was also a success!

However, there are a few noticeable differences with using a woven. First, it definitely has a snugger fit – I would suggest reducing the seam allowances to 1/4″ to give it a bit more room (or going up a size, if needed). I also noticed that the crotch curve just isn’t quite the right shape for me either – there is a ‘y-shaped’ line at the crotch that I don’t typically get in other patterns (it’s not overly noticeable, but I know it’s there!). I am also painfully aware that gravity\age has finally taken it’s toll on my backside and I now have a sagging\flat-bottomed tush. This isn’t a problem with the pattern, this is just an adjustment that I’m going to have to start taking into account with future patterns.

As for sewing, this version was just as easy! I did make a few changes to this from my first pair. First off, I added back pockets – I probably will never use them, but they definitely make this short look more ready-to-wear. Secondly, because I thought that this short looked ‘dressier’, I opted to give them a blind hem.

In news not related to sewing – Happy 18th Birthday Taylor!


Linky Thursday

Don’t need a big bag this summer? Step out with a cute mini messenger – this one looks great for little girls too.

This baby doll dress (for women) is easy to wear and even easier to sew.

Stitch up a pretty summer sundress for a little girl in your life.

Get cozy with a new pair of patchwork slippers! (you’ll probably need to translate this site).

Never worry about money (or your phone) sliding out of your wallet again – not when you make this zippered wallet.

Need a new suit for the pool or beach? Here’s a free bikini pattern to help get you in the water faster! When you’re done, you can sew up a towel poncho for yourself or the kids!

Create a pretty summer look the easy way – use a purchased top for the base of your dress.

I keep telling myself I’m going to make up some of these microwave bowl potholders – what a great way to be able to hold your bowl right after heating!

I have a soft spot for cute little monsters – this little stuffy definitely fits in that category!

Whether you’re heading out of town for the weekend or just visiting the gym, this Bon Voyage Duffle will hold all your clothes in style.

These flatware pockets aren’t just a pretty way to dress up your next picnic our outdoor dining, but it’s a great way to use up scraps too!

Check out this Boho Maxi Dress sew along, then enter to win a copy of Just For You.

Ever do a bit of stitching while watching your favorite show? Then you’ll definitely want to stitch up one of these great armchair sewing caddies – great for holding all your important notions while on the couch!


06-knitfixFor the past 6 months, Girl Charlee has been running a fun ‘grab bag’ called a ‘Knit Fix’: 6 different, 2 yard cuts (not otherwise sold on the site) loaded up into a cute tote. Somehow, I’ve resisted the urge to put one into my shopping cart, until this month – after seeing all the (potential) summer prints I could get, I had to give it a try.

Since there will be 12 new yards coming into the house and my stash is beginning to overtake my sewing room, I’m challenging myself to sew all the fabrics up from my knit fix (without trading – there seems to be a lot of trading for prints people have their heart set on). Hopefully my bag will arrive next week and I’ll do a ‘big reveal’ as to what I get!

One More Try

06-parisAfter yesterday’s shorts success, I decided that I needed to make a second pair. This time around, I’ve decided that I’m using a stretch woven (the same print that I tried to used 2 years ago for a pair of capris) with black accents. I’m crossing my fingers that they turn out because I think they would make a cute “date night” short that I could pair up with a dressier black top and statement jewelry. Now the real decision: keep the same seam allowances (1/2″) or go for something smaller (1/4″) because I’m using a woven (the pattern is supposedly sized for wovens as well)?

Summer Lovin’

06-shortsSummer is finally here and that means one thing – it’s shorts weather! On Thursday Peek-a-boo pattern’s released a new pattern, Summer Lovin’ Shorts, and after seeing several people make them up, I couldn’t resist trying them too.

For my first pair, I used a floral French terry that I received in a Girl Charlie bargain lot sale earlier this year. I will admit, I didn’t initially like this fabric – it reminds me of a print that might be used in an elderly woman’s dressing gown, but I totally think it makes a fun pair of shorts!

As for the pattern – it’s totally easy. Because it doesn’t have a fitted waistband (this makes for a super comfy pair of shorts too), construction goes quickly (around an hour and a half to two hours, tops). In fact, this pattern is so easy, I definitely think a beginner could tackle this one (pockets and all) without any issues. As for the fit, I’m pretty pleased with that as well. I did find the rise a bit higher than what I would normally wear (but still under the belly button), but otherwise, I think it’s perfect.

I should also say that this pattern comes in 3 lengths: 4″, 6″, and 12″ inseam. Originally, I cut a 6″ inseam, but after putting it all together and trying it on, I just didn’t care for that length on me (especially in this print), so I trimmed it back to the 4″ size. I think going forward I’ll probably stick with this length.

And because it’s been awhile since I’ve done this, here’s a breakdown of this project by price:

Pattern: Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop‘s Summer Lovin’ Shorts (for women)

Fabric: Floral French Terry from Girl Charlee

Total Cost:

Pattern….. $8.50
Fabric……. $2.00
Notions…. stash

Total Cost $10.50