Prototypes

After a very productive stint of (mostly) selfish sewing, it’s time to get down to business and work on an upcoming article for Creative Machine Embroidery. That also means lots of prototype sewing to get the measurements correct and hopefully simplify directions as I work through the steps.

As much as I hate testing, I don’t mind that I get to sew through some of my less desirable fabrics that I’ve had stashed for awhile and I love seeing the vision that I have in my head come to life. Now enough talking… it’s time to get to work!

Linky Thursday

It’s date night and you’d love to sew your look from head to toe, but don’t have a lot of time to make it. Why not try: a quick pencil skirt (or this fun Petal Skirt), a pretty wrap front top, and a clutch to tie it all together?

Every little girl would love a pair of beautiful butterfly wings.

Carry your phone without the need to slip it in your pocket with this (scrapbuster) belt pouch.

A simple square with ties becomes a beautiful retro inspired top.

Keep your water chilled in the summer sun with this insulated water bottle carrier.

Learn how to create a beautiful cloche style hat.

A quick to sew, flattering to wear summer tee.

Nothing says summer like a bushel of strawberries. Now bring a bit of summer into your home with a fun strawberry pillow.

Great to grab when you’re on the go (and looking to keep the kids busy) or a cute back-to-school project, this pencil sleeve look simple to stitch!

Comic Girls

07-comicleggingIf you can’t go to San Diego Comic-Con, you might as well look as if you are… At least that’s the idea behind my latest project!

I used one of my recent purchases, Comic Girls, and Jalie 2920 to make this fun pair of leggings. This is the fourth time I’ve made this pattern and I have to say, the comic girls are one of the most comfortable pair I own. This particular print has a fantastic 4-way stretch, good weight, and softness (to top it off, the colors are even more vivid than the photo so they really stand out), plus I went up a size to accommodate my larger calves and thighs so they are fitted, but not too snug. I may have to consider making a pair of “Comic-con” leggings with one of my sugar skull Star Wars prints (from the same retailer as the Comic Girls so it is printed on the same material).

More Diamonds

You know it’s a long holiday weekend when Monday rolls around and you forget to blog because you’ve lost track of what day of the week it is. I have to admit that I really didn’t do much sewing over the weekend, but did manage to finish (another) pair of of the Summer Lovin’ Shorts.

07-diamondshortI used more of the coral diamond print for this pair so that it would coordinate with the Ann-Marie that I made earlier… In theory that was a great idea, but when you put the two of them together, it’s a lot of print going on and I do not care for the way I look in it (they look great separated and worn with a solid black short or shirt, though).

In other news, some fabric I ordered arrived yesterday and I can’t resist showing it to you because the skulls glow in the dark!

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In fact, the skulls glow very brightly – I am very excited to use them in a future project… I just need to decide what that project is!

 

Classic Tee

07-teeFive fabrics down, one left to go in my (self-imposed) Knit Fix Challenge! The last print that I had left to use was the teal anchor on a cotton\rayon blend fabric. I loved this material as soon as I saw it, but have to admit that I was creatively stumped as to what I should make with this one…. so I sewed a wardrobe staple – a classic tee.

For this project, I used Jalie 2805 – a simple ring neck shirt with cap sleeves. I added 1″ to the bottom hem, but didn’t make any other changes to the pattern. The end result is a cute little top that is wonderfully soft and comfortable to wear… in fact, this is my outfit today!

Even though all 6 fabrics from my bag have projects made from them, I still have some yardage left to make a few more items – so keep an eye out for some of these materials to make their appearance again in the coming weeks.

Linky Thursday

Don’t have a lot of time to sew, but have the creative urge to make something anyway? Try working on an instant gratification project that takes 30 minutes or less to complete like this sunglasses case, pocket placemats (also good for 4th of July celebrations), or a quick, (one seam) maxi dress.

Looking for an adorable swim cover or just an easy dress to wear? Check out The Sewing Rabbit’s latest tutorial for a Trapeze Tank Dress.

4th of July is just a few days away, but there’s till time to decorate! Whip up a cute, star bunting in patriotic colors and prints and put them out just in time for your BBQ.

I am pretty sure that if we had a Hammock Chair on our porch, everyone would fight to sit in it.

Summer brings out lots of craft fairs which means there frequent discussions on how to price your goods to make sure you’re making a profit on what you’re stitching. This article is a nice read and has a handy calculator at the end to help you pay yourself for your work!

Learn how to transform a t-shirt into a cute halter top. Looking for something for the holiday instead? Check out this t-shirt recon by WobiSobi.

Father’s Day may have already passed, but it’s never to late to create a leather wallet for the man in your life.

Bowl covers aren’t just a pretty way to bring your favorite side to a potluck, they’re also a great way to go green!

Long time readers know that Personalized Name pillows are one of my favorite gifts to make for kids. Now you can make a similar project for your favorite little ones with this free pillow tutorial.

Look as if you’re carrying around a vintage letter when you print your own fabric to make this adorable pouch.

 

Ann-Marie

07-Jalie3463aOn Friday my new Jalie Patterns arrived in the mail and I couldn’t resist starting one right away! I immediately traced off Jalie 3463 – The Anne-Marie Tank and Dress (I decided on view A, the fitted tank) and decided on using the coral diamond print from June’s Knit Fix bag with a black jersey contrast for the fabrics.

Because I opted to use only 2 fabrics and didn’t want to break up the diamond print, I decided to morph the two side panels into one, solid piece. I like the end result for this particular top, but am excited to use more colors\prints next time around to give it a bit more interest. I love that this particular tank not only has a built in shelf bra (next time I will be sure to use a more ‘supportive fabric’ such as a stretchy powernet style material), but is finished without bindings (this does mean that you may have to have a bit more experience before sewing this one, but the results are very professional). The fit is wonderful, the shelf bra is comfortable, and I like that the back has a bit of elastic so it doesn’t slip out of place while you’re wearing it.

07-Jalie3463bAll in all, I love my new tank and can definitely see myself sewing this up again fairly soon – especially now that the temperatures are soaring here. While this particular top is meant to be worn casually (I am thinking that I will make a pair of matching shorts next), I intend on using some wicking material in future versions so I have a sportier top (I actually wouldn’t mind sewing up the cute peplum version too even though I don’t play tennis any more…. maybe I should take it up just so I can wear some cute outfits).

Next I intend on tracing the pull on jeans – if I could only find some stretch denim\bottoweight that has 20% stretch and comes in a color that I like (I would love a very light pink, but apparently that color is difficult to find!). Any one have a great fabric resource for this pattern?

The Summer Tee

06-summerteeAfter spending some time on Girl Charlee’s Knit Fix Facebook page, I saw someone who mixed two unexpected fabrics to make a fun shirt… so I decided to recreate that with the fabrics from my own bag. For my next project, I used the pink mint floral on black and more of the black crossed lines (from yesterday’s Mesa) to make iCandy’s Summer Tee.

The Summer Tee is a FREE pattern (although it only fits as a “medium”, it could be easily sized up or down) with a dropped shoulder seam and side slits at the hem. To bring a bit more interest to the front, I added two micro pockets in the crossed lines – initially I liked this look, but giving it fresh eyes the next day, I’m not sure how I feel about them. Overall, the fit is pretty good, it’s easy to sew (although, the directions are sparse and are more like ‘tips on sewing’ than anything else), and the style is definitely different than anything else that I own. In my book this is a good free pattern to try out for summer!

The Mesa

06-mesaKeeping with my (self-imposed) knit fix challenge, I decided to whip up a new project over the weekend. Using the black crossed lines jersey rayon spandex knit from my bag and Seamwork Magazine’s Mesa, I made a new, (adorable) dress! This is a simple shift design with a scooped neckline, side slits, and short, almost elbow length sleeves, that comes together in about an hour.

Since the sewing on this one is pretty straightforward, I’ll skip to the fit… which is once again, spot on. It’s also a flattering shape so it should work with all body types (this pattern runs from XS-3XL). I was also surprised that I liked the neckline on this one – normally scoop necks feel as if they’re constantly falling off my shoulders and constantly needs adjusting, but so far, this one has worked well. The only thing I’m on the fence about is the sleeve length – it’s a bit of a strange length for me, although it definitely ‘dresses up’ the overall feel of the finished dress.

All in all, this is another winner from Seamwork Magazine… I think once I’m done sewing up my knit fixes, I should finally get to work on the Adelaide – that one has been calling my name since I first saw it!

More Shorts

06-shorts4Last week I mentioned that my mom wanted\needed some new pair of comfy shorts…. so I made another pair of Peek-a-Boo Pattern’s Summer Lovin’!

For this pair, I wound up using a remnant from the Anima Pants that I had sewn earlier this year and a white jersey for the pocket and the waistband. While I don’t have an ‘action shot’, the fit is spot on (this time I made a medium) and my mom has worn these several times since I’ve given them to her. Guess I need to make a trip to the fabric store for more notions so I can make her another pair!