Tees

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!

A Peek

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.

Screen Prints

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.

Linky Thursday

Father’s Day is this weekend and if you’re still looking for a gift to make, you’ll definitely want to check out this fun gardening tool belt.

It’s definitely too hot here for pj pants, time to move onto shorts – whip up a pair for yourself with this free pattern.

If spring cleaning closets have left you with jeans that no longer fit, learn how to transform them into cute baskets.

Looking for instant gratification projects or something your kids can make for themselves? Check out this tutorial for Belts, Bracelets, & Headbands or this Fancy Bracelet project that uses the specialty stitches on your machine.

Busy books are a great way to keep little ones occupied while having to wait. This is part four of the series to make your own. (Links for the previous pages are found at the end of the post)

Enter to win a copy of Glitter Quits and a 20 piece fat quarter bundle.

There’s a garden flag for every season.

Make bathtime easier with this wash mitt with a pocket for your soap.

This cute little box pouch is the perfect size for gift giving or stashing your sewing essentials.

Need to give your room a quick makeover? These pillows are supposed to be the easiest tutorial ever.

Embroidery

For the past few weeks, I’ve been working on projects for future issues of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine. I tackled the first set, thinking it would be the most time consuming, but in the end, it came together pretty quickly (even with some tricky placements! Clearly, luck was on my side). However, this one is taking a lot longer, but I have to admit, it’s totally worth it.

You see, I had this project lined up in my mind for awhile, but once I started putting it together, I decided it needed “more punch”…. so I added a lot more embroidery to it. I’m currently into hour 6 of designs (with around 2 more to go), but I think this will tie everything in together really well. *Squeee* I’m so excited about this, I wish I could show you the end result.

Also, while in the middle of this, I learned a very valuable lesson: The bobbin of my Bernina can occasionally get stuck into the bobbin case (If you own a 500 series, you may want to read on). After troubleshooting this online, I learned that it they are aware of the issue but don’t know what causes it. I watched a video on how to release it, but didn’t have any luck. That resulted in me calling a local shop and talking to their tech person who told me not to be afraid to put more pressure on it (and to use the little hole and not the slots). I still didn’t have any luck, but fortunately Bret did. We found that if we aligned the release latch on the bobbin with the hole on the back of the casing and then press the screwdriver through the hole, we got a release. Hope that made sense!

Blackwood Cardi

Friday was Taylor’s birthday. No birthday would be complete without a little something handmade from mom. So, I paired up the Green Tee I had made her with a matching cardigan from Helen’s Closet.

This was my second time making a Blackwood Cardigan and I have to say, it’s a very easy pattern to work with. Aside from the pockets, there’s no topstitching or hemming involved so you’re likely to get good results every time even with tricky knits. The fit is pretty spot on, but I do find that the upper arms fit me pretty snug.

As for the fabric is this one, I used a coordinating knit from the avocado bundle I had purchased. It’s not exactly a lightweight cotton, but it’s not too beefy either, so it should work well for chilly nights or just to wear later on this fall. They also go with a set of earrings that I bought her from SuperSassy – I’m not sure that she’ll go that far in coordinating, but they sure are perfect with this!

Linky Thursday

Remember those egg gathering aprons that were popular a few years ago? I stumbled across this one that is for collecting fruits, vegetables, etc. – perfect for if you started a garden during “quarantine”.

As the weather heats up, you’ll definitely want to keep your drinks cold. Learn how to sew up these easy coozies.

I recently picked up some Ohio State Hawaiian fabric – perfect for making a men’s shirt. Learn how to make your own (either with a purchased pattern or without).

Tired of your reuseable grocery bags tearing? This easy ripstop version should hold up well! Looking for bags that are great for the farmer’s market (or just show off your fashion fabric)? Then this is a great choice!

Learn how to transform a bedsheet into a cozy robe.

We were at a cute, retro style store last weekend and there were lots of these vintage style towel holders – they are definitely on trend right now. Learn how to make your own here.

Headed out this weekend? Your adventure calls for a new tote.

July 4th isn’t that far away. Start getting your decorations ready with this quick mini quilt.

Enter to win a 20 piece fat quarter bundle AND a video course to create a pop up pouch.

Sitting on the floor never looked so fashionable. Check out this cute boho floor pillows.

It’s a Mystery, Again

Hello. My name is Stacy and I’m addicted to Mystery Bundles.

I probably should stop looking at fabric store posts, because I always seem to catch them at “the right time” and see sales, new fabrics, and bundles posted. As SoSewEnglish is going through their warehouse inventory, they’ve been posting a lot of bundles, especially mystery packages. Since I’ve had pretty good experiences with them, I couldn’t resist getting one more.

I’m pretty sure that So Sew English is inside my brain because I was ECSTATIC about the white French Terry that I received! I’ve been on the hunt for some for a few weeks now, after I decided that I needed to make Taylor another Teen Spirit (she LOVES the black one I made awhile ago). I had a difficult time sourcing some, so I just gave up… and then this arrived!

Also in my bundle was OMBRE! I was also extremely excited about this fabric as it always seems to sell out by the time I’m ready to make a “regular” order. I have no set plans for this, but I’ll have to sift through patterns to see what pops out.

Next up, a rayon stripe. I like this one a lot as it seems like it will be the perfect colors for fall sewing. I’m not usually a brown\orange person, but the teal make this print pop.

Lastly, I received a rayon plaid print. It’s a rather large design so I’m not sure how I’ll wind up using it – it seems too large scale for tops, but maybe if I play with placement, it will work out. I’m not going to think to hard about this one as it also feels very “fallish”, so I have plenty of time to find something that might work.

And there you go. Another winning bundle in my book… which means I’ll probably place another order for a mystery bundle in the future. I probably should get to sewing down my stash a bit more before I do, though.

Tennessee Tee

When the Iris shorts went on sale several weeks ago, the Tennessee Tee was marked at $4. I initially resisted (because I have a lot of tee patterns as it is), but started seeing a bunch of different versions and decided I needed a flutter tee. And that’s exactly what I got in my new make!

I used a coordinating double brushed poly that went with my latest Iris (the brown matches the branches in the print). I opted for the V-neck, flutter design and am very happy that I picked this up as it’s very different that what I have in my wardrobe. However, this style is a little more relaxed that what I expected and I think if I make this again in the future, I’ll size down so I can have a slightly more fitted look.

As for construction, this pattern went together very well and the instructions were easy to follow. I somehow managed to squeeze this out with 1 yard of fabric, but I had to cut the sleeves against the grainline to do it (since this fabric has plenty of stretch in both directions and already has good drape, it really didn’t make a difference).

The Green Tee

Taylor’s birthday is coming up soon and I wanted to be able to add some “Mom made” goodies to her package. I’ve been talking about making shirts from my avocado print for awhile now, and gift making finally motivated me to do it.

I sifted through my patterns and decided to try something different – Greenstyle’s Green Tee (you can try this pattern out for free if you are a member of their Facebook page). I went with the scoop neck version for starters.

Overall this was pretty straightforward to sew – if you’ve made tees before you can probably get away with not even reading the directions. As for the fit, I think it feels a bit snug on me but should fit Taylor perfectly (I should also note that we don’t necessarily wear the same size, I tend to be a bit larger AND I may have used an unrevised\older version of this pattern as well). I’ll give this another go, making sure I use the correct sizing for myself and see how this goes in the future. In the mean time, this print makes for an adorable tee.