Summit Peak

Just in time to withstand the frigid temperatures of the Polar Vortex, my Summit Peak Hoodie is complete! As I mentioned last week, this is a French Terry panel (there is still some available in various sizes and fabrics) and matching stripe from Blended Threads – it is very thick, so it’s perfect for keeping cozy in these chilly temps.

Since this is my first time making this pattern, I thought I would sum up my experience with it. First off, the fit: It’s definitely a lot more fitted than what I expected. Some of this is because the material is so thick, but mostly because of the cut. I was on the cusp of two sizes and I’m glad that I opted to sew the larger one. My only complaint about the fit is the pocket: while I love the overall size of it, the thicker French Terry that I used makes a lot of bulk in this area. If I don’t having it laying down “just so” it makes me look like I have a pooch, or I’m several month’s pregnant. Next time, I think I would opt for a thinner material for the pocket and lining.

As far as construction goes, I would definitely rank this as “intermediate”. The instructions are fairly clear, but I’ll be honest, the whole pocket make me scratch my head for awhile. While the pocket (eventually) came together fine, I’m thinking that there has to be an easier way to put this together. With that said, I’m sure future attempts will go a lot smoother. The rest of the hoodie was pretty straightforward in construction (and I learned that you do have to line the hood) and went together without any issues.

Overall, I really love the end result – the fabric works well with this design and everything pops! I can definitely see making more of these in the future.

Almost a Summit

I decided that I needed to use my Blended Thread panel (and matching stripe fabric) before it got to warm (ha! that’s not happening anytime soon) to get any use out of it. I decided that I would try Pattern Niche (formerly New Horizons) Summit Peak Hoodie – I thought that it would showcase the panel, but show off the stripes at the same time.

I thought that I would have plenty of time to finish this in one day, but between fussy cutting the fabric (as much as I love stripes, they do take a lot more work to line everything up) and figuring out the pocket (there has to be an easier way to do this), this is all I have completed….. it’s so close! I still have to figure out a lining for the hood (or see if I can skip it as this fabric is bulky) and have the waistband to put on, but if all goes as planned, I should have a new hoodie by lunch!

Linky Thursday

I absolutely adore these record coasters. What a great way to use up scraps!

Keep dogs busy with this interactive feeding toy. Learn how to make this snuffle mat.

Stay warm this winter with a pair of fleece lined mittens. Then stitch up a matching hat and scarf set to complete your look.

This pinwheel baby quilt looks like the perfect gift to give for that special mom to be.

Need a cute gift to make this Valentine’s? Be sure to check out this adorable bear from Fluffmonger.

This batwing sweater top will keep you warm and look stylish.

Love scrunies? Give yours a new look with tails.

If you’re looking to make your handmade Valentine’s cards even more special, then be sure to check out these no-sew felt envelopes. It looks like a great project to do with kids, too!

Learn how to make your own underwear and change up it’s look by attaching stretch lace trim – just in time for the holiday!

These pyramid bean bag chairs might be great for lounging outside, but I can definitely see these for a reading nook inside, too!

Romy V.2

When Jalie released the Romy add-on pack (square neckline & puff sleeves, you can find the base pattern here), I added this to my “Must Sew” list. Unfortunately, life got in the way and the ‘rona kept us from being able to go anywhere so there wasn’t as much incentive to sew it up. But since I getting my mojo back, I finally decided to give this pattern a whirl and now I’m wondering what took me so long to sew it up! I LOVE IT!

For this version, I used a black solid cotton spandex knit from Girl Charlee fabrics – this fabric had a nice, beefier weight to it (it is considered a medium weight) and I think it helped give the finished top a bit more structure. I opted to use both the square neckline and puff sleeves because I wanted this exact look that Jalie used for the cover photo and I think I pulled it off pretty well!

Assembling this pattern was easy and the instructions we very straightforward. However, I should point out, that it’s very important to read through the directions and not just assume you know how to construct this one (something that I do at times) because there are a few alterations that you need to make before you start sewing, etc. Overall, this top was easily put together in an afternoon – which means I see a few more of these in my future before winter is gone!

Whimsical Heart

Valentine’s Day is two weeks away – plenty of time to stitch up my latest project: The Whimsical Heart Coaster. This little coaster is easy enough for the beginner to complete, sews up in under an hour, and uses a fun “fabric” – cork!

I opted to use cork for this project because it’s absorbent – no worries about sweaty cups or cans on your furniture. It’s also very beginner friendly – it doesn’t fray, it takes on some heat (so it won’t melt when applying wonder under), and stiches beautifully. Best of all, it’s more widely available and comes in a larger range of colors (this one has silver flecks!). Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Bernie 2.0

I figured that if I was going to make more Bernie keychains, that I had better get to it before the memes got old.

For round of tags and keyrings, I used String Theory’s Mitten Man snap\fob and the Mittens Dangle embroidery designs. In both cases, it is recommended to use a very heavyweight stabilizer because the stitching is so dense. While the fobs weren’t terrible, let me tell you those mitten dangles were (somewhat) problematic. The stitching on these are VERY dense – so much so, I was worried about how the final stitching would turn out when I added the backing. While they did fine, I think that the underside turned out horribly…. and these were (somewhat) difficult to cut. I’m guessing it was a combination of the vinyl (I used marine which is thick in itself and the double stabilizer that gave me the issue. I also found that the end result was so thick that I wound up using a black sharpie on the edges so you couldn’t see the stabilizer layers on the sides.

Was it worth the effort? Yes! These are ADORABLE (and the mitten dangles really complete the look). Would I do it again? No. Not only is everyone getting burned out on the Bernie memes, these really were time consuming to make.

Now it’s time to get back to some regularly scheduled sewing projects. I have been plotting all the things I want to sew up and need to make them happen!

Linky Thursday

Keep your furry friend cozy this winter with a fleece pet bed (and it should look great in your house too).

Need an apron, fast? This one uses a purchased towel, some fun fabrics, and 30 minutes!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in your sewing room by stitching up this cute, heart pincushion.

Have an Among Us fan in your house? Then you’ll definitely want to stitch them up an Imposter plush!

This A-Frame organizer is a great way to keep your purse, sewing room, car, or living room organized.

I am a huge fan of overnighter style duffels. I love the different style options with this one.

Use your Cricut Maker to cut the fabric you need to make this cute Valentine’s Day Quilt.

I’m watching it snow outside as I type this and I’m thinking, “I could really use a hat like this today.”

Sitch yourself up a sweatshirt tunic with this free pattern.

Enter to win one of 5 LED sewing machine light kits.

While it’s not a sewing tutorial, this Valentine’s mug is so easy that you’ll want to whip out your sharpies and make a few.

Baby Green & More

I’ve purchased a few “time sensitive” (i.e. Valentine’s Day, more Bernie mitten’s designs, etc.) that need to be stitched out before the holiday (or we start getting tired of seeing the Bernie memes) passes. So, yesterday I decided to tackle a couple of embroidery designs.

First up, “Baby Green” (aka Baby Yoda, Grogu, or The Child) as a Valentine’s Day bookmark. First off, I need a new shade of green. This one is really green and with those little heart antennae, he looks like a Martian. Secondly, the (inside) ears suck. This is the third set of these type of designs and the right ear always shreds the vinyl. These were so bad that I wound up having to put a fusible stabilizer behind it so that when it came time to do the black outline, it didn’t jam up my machine, or completely ruin the bookmark. They turned out ok and are still giftable (they are for my kids), but I really need to figure out what is happening there.

My second project is a fun, Punk’s Not Dead keychain. This was bought on a whim because it reminded me of my brother-in-law who plays bass in a punk band in his spare time.

Leopard Lounge

I channeled my inner Carol Baskin and made a new lounge set. Admittedly, there is a lot of print going on, even for me. But, it’s loungewear and won’t really make it out of the house so I’m totally embracing it. I present to you, my finished athleisure: Made for Mermaid’s Sporty Piko top and Seamwork’s Mel Joggers, all in a taupe, French Terry leopard print from SoSewEnglish fabrics (the black French terry used for the cuffs, neckband, and waistbands are also from SoSewEnglish).

If you’re interested in reading more about my version of Seamwork’s Mel, you can check out this post from a few weeks ago. Today, I want to talk a little bit about the Sporty Piko. For starters, this is not my first time working with this pattern. In fact, I was really disappointed in my first attempt, but decided to give it a second chance because I’ve seen it used so many times in loungewear recently. Knowing that my first shirt was so large when I used my regular size, I opted to go down one size for this version. The end result was still loose, but more fitted that what I was after for loungewear. I think I could have cut in between sizes and gotten the look I was after this time, but his sizing might be better for “everyday” tees instead – something to play around with if I made this pattern again.

Overall this is a super comfy set, but the next time I stitch this up, I’ll opt to use a coordinating solid to break up the design some.

Bernie Mittens

Even if you didn’t vote for Bernie during the primaries, you have to appreciate the memes that have featured him after the inauguration. I’ve enjoyed them so much that when Off With Their Threads came out with a Bernie Mittens Grumpy Chic snap tab design, I couldn’t resist buying it. I even stitched some out immediately!

I wound up using some fun glitter vinyl and stitched one in a “basic” blue (all from MyPunkBroidery) to create a couple of keychains and a bag tag. I’ve been very pleased with the quality and consistency of their vinyls – they have all stitched up beautifully. Eventually, I have to try some of their vinyls in a purse and see how they sew with a standard machine.