The holidays are rapidly approaching and if you’re looking for something stunning to wear, may I suggest my latest Creative Machine Embroidery Project: The Golden Tone Swing Jacket.
Photos don’t do this one justice as the linen fabric has gold threads throughout and the embroidery is outlined in gold threads – it’s really stunning in person. I highly suggest Robert Kaufman metallic linens for this one. They come in an array of beautiful colors and have a gorgeous shimmer without being over the top glittery. The base for this jacket is the Salzburg Jacket which I found easy to construct and looks fabulous on. I did eliminate the pockets on this version, but you can get all the details in the Winter 2020 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine.
I may have gotten a little carried away yesterday because I spent my entire afternoon making Schitt’s Creek ornaments. Sadly, photos do not do them justice as they are substantially more sparkly in person (especially the rainbow glitter, I’m going to need more of that).
I also tested out my eyelet kit and loved it. The setting tools are much better than what I’ve used in the past and now I’m not sure how I ever lived without it. Plus, having some fun colors to choose from was bonus. I finished these off with some sparkly ribbon that I found in the store and they are now ready for gifting…. except one of the rainbow Davids, that’s for me!
If profanity offends you, avert your eyes from the photo on the left.
This week’s project has been creating some Christmas ornaments. I honestly had no intentions of making so many, but I thought I would include them in a 2020 themed package for some of my friends (a dumpster fire key chain, eff 2020 ornament, and since we all love Schitt’s Creek, an EW 2020) to lift everyone’s spirits. It’s been a tough year and if we can’t add some humor to it, well, this holiday is going to be rough.
I decided that I wanted to add some colorful eyelets to add some support to the hanging portion of the ornament, but discovered, those aren’t so easy to find in stores these days. So I wound up ordering a kit from Amazon that even came with tools (a punch, hammer, and setting tools). I’m excited to give those a whirl and see how they turn out.
I still have a few more ornaments to stitch out and want to try the Sketchy Gnome too. Even though this year has been stinky, I’m guessing it will be well represented on my tree.
The winter 2020 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery is out and inside (and on the cover) is my latest project: these festive embroidered slippers!
While the idea of making a pair of slippers seems daunting, I can assure you this pattern is fairly simple and the results are cozy. This project would make great gifts (I was thinking of doing these for adults with matching pajamas), but also make for the perfect “selfish sew” as they are great for keeping your tootsies warm during the winter months. This was a fun little project to work on – I can definitely see making more!
For those of you who want to recreate this look, I picked up the buffalo plaid fabric from Joann’s in the home decor section of the store (the sherpa lining came from Joann’s as well). This material sewed up well and took the embroidery designs perfectly, but be sure to use a sharp needle while embroidering as it tends to want to “snag” otherwise.
I wound up using a hot pink promo vinyl for the exterior and a pink metallic for the interior (some of the same vinyl that I used for the Dumpster Fire fobs). While the metallic works great on exteriors, it doesn’t do as well (I think it’s too “sticky”) on the underside of the project, so the interior isn’t so pretty. But other wise this project is awesome – I may make a few more as gifts this season…. maybe one for myself too!
Confession: I originally bought Made for Mermaid’s Oaklynn because I’m too lazy to color block a top myself. Little did I know how much I would love the end result.
I’ve been seeing a lot of color blocked tops in online boutiques recently and I’ve been really wanting to buy some. But with a whole closet full of fabric, I thought I’d be better off making some for myself. Right in the nick of time, Made for Mermaid’s comes out with the Oaklynn pattern, so I scrap the projects on my table and start making this one.
I really wanted to use my leopard remnant somewhere in this top (I made the Selija Knot earlier in the year with this), so I built my fabrics around this fabric. I opted to use a black cotton spandex from Girl Charlee and a peach cotton rayon blend that came in a bundle from So Sew English Fabrics. Both the leopard and peach were close to the same weight and drape, however the black was slightly heavier, so I opted to use it for the bottom tier and waistband.
Sewing this one was very straightforward – the only issue I had was that I thought the color-blocked sleeves were cuffed, but I never could find a pattern piece for a cuff and the sleeve it plenty long enough hemmed…. so I guess it’s not?
As for the fit, I think it’s perfect. In fact, I love it so much, I’m considering making a solid version (with cuffed sleeves) next. I’m not completely sold on the v-neck yet (personally, I find the neckline very thick), so it’ll be another crew, but if I stumble across the “right” fabric in my stash, I may give it a whirl anyway.
I like to keep sewing notes and projects in little notebooks that I put next to my sewing machine (although in complete transparency, I haven’t done a great job since mid-lockdown). When I saw that I could make my own mini notebooks with my embroidery machine, I jumped all over the chance to give it a try. Since it’s “spooky season” I decided that I would start with this fun Ouija Board cover:
There was quite a bit of stitching involved with this one, but I love the way it turned out. Unfortunately, I slightly snipped one of the pen holders, but managed to mend it by zigzagging the cut part back together (crossing my fingers it holds over time). To complete the look, I’ve decided that I need to make a planchette that will dangle off the end of the bookmark. I also need more black vinyl because I can see making more notebooks in my future – these are fun!
I had good intentions in posting Linky Thursday yesterday, but I was indisposed all morning – as I finally had my colonoscopy appointment. Since my dad passed away from colorectal cancer, I am considered high risk (2-3 times more likely) and have to have testing early (and more frequently) – and this was my first test. Thankfully, everything came back clear and now that my anxieties (both for the procedure and results) are over, I feel as if I’m ready to tackle all the stuff I wasn’t able to do for the past few weeks (I’m not kidding when I said I was anxious!)… starting with this week’s Linky Thursday! But before I forge ahead, if you’ve been putting off getting tested, don’t wait – colon cancer in the second leading cause of deaths in the US and is very treatable in the early stages. It may not be the most pleasant experience to prepare for, but the nap at the end is really nice.