Embroidered Butterflies

04-butterfliesThe thing I love about embroidery is that you can change up the threads to match your project, meet your design needs, or just play with colors. I am notoriously bad at not using the suggested thread list – sometimes it works out….. sometimes I find myself stitching out the design several times until I get the right look. Yesterday was the later (ignore placement markings, I’ve run out of the eraser for my Sewline marker), but I’m happy that I (finally) found the look I was after. Now to stitch it up on the ‘real’ project this afternoon!

NOTE: For those that are interested, the design is Urban Thread’s Flight & Dark Butterflies – Corner. Even though this is marked as ‘light stitching’, I found that it is actually quite dense in spots (at least for the smallest size), so be sure to stabilize accordingly.

Perfecting the Pattern

04-testerFor me, one of the hardest parts of creating tutorials is the pattern itself. I generally have an idea in mind as to the dimensions\shape\fit, but sometimes executing them takes a lot of trial and error. Much of yesterday was spent perfecting a pattern for Creative Machine Embroidery (it will appear Jan\Feb 2016) – and I’m pretty sure that I finally have exactly what I want….. now if I can get the embroidery design stitched out in the ‘perfect’ location(s)! I can’t wait until I can show you the finished project!

Prom Gown

04-promLast week may have been the definition of ‘hectic’. Not only did we have a remodel going on, but it was also filled with appointments, meetings, and even bigger than that: Prom.

I did not make Taylor’s dress this year (but thought I would share it because I know we all appreciate seeing the dresses). There was no way I could have either found this material nor wanted to work with it – there was so much beading (the entire bodice was beaded) and so many sequins to deal with I’m sure that I would have made myself crazy sewing this dress up.  Thankfully it fit well and didn’t need alterations (although, admittedly, it could have been hemmed an inch or so) so my work for prom was limited. Now a dress for graduation (which needs to be white because of the white cap\gown) is a completely different story!

 

Mustachio

For being almost 7, I have a very opinionated son when it comes to clothing. Recently, while shopping online, Easton spotted mustachio fabric and convinced me we needed it…. for underwear. He had seen some at a clothing store (for boys) and wanted a pair just like it.

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Consequently, I’ve decided on Jalie 3242 and intend on stitching up the boxer brief. One thing I should note is that the pattern calls for 4-way stretch and my pattern only has 2-way. I asked what would happen if I went ahead and used it anyway and was told that the finished underwear would just be a tad shorter than intended – I can live with that! Actually, I’m thrilled because so many of the novelty prints that I would use with this pattern doesn’t have 4-way stretch.

Linky Thursday

What a brilliant idea – a nap in a bag! All your necessities (blanket, pillow) in a coordinating duffel! It might even be small enough to stash in an office desk drawer!

An adjustable apron from big and little chefs!

April Showers? No worries, learn how you can make your own umbrella.

Nautical themed rooms are hot again this year. Bring in a bit of the sea to your living are with a fun starfish shaped pillow.

Get two bags for the price of one when you stitch up this fun, reversible tote.

These drawstring bags are a pretty way to wrap gifts or just stash all of your goodies.

Perfect for reading nooks, playing video games, or just a comfy spot to sit: Floor Pillows that can match your decor!

You’ve seen them on tv: plush pillows that attach to your seatbelt so you can get comfy (and no stiff neck) during road trips. Now you can learn how to make them here.

Stitch up a pretty little wallet with great pintuck details. Never sewn pintucks? Have no fear, this tutorial is also a video to help walk you through all the steps!

Beautiful embroidery doesn’t have to be limited to fabric. Learn how to make your own note cards here.

Looking for a quick baby gift or have a teether in your house? These drool bibs aren’t just functional, they’re pretty too!

You don’t necessarily have to be a fan of Despicable Me to use this pincushion because this minion is too darn cute not to have in your sewing room!

Inspiration Turned Reality

04-capprileggingHot off the sewing machine (hence the terrible photo): The Ooh La Leggings (you can read more about my inspiration and costs here)!

I think the thing I like best about this pattern is that it is really different than any other legging I’ve sewn – it leaves a lot of room to play with fabrics (in this case I used a contrasting material for the interior part of the legs) and looks flattering on. Because there are several curved seams to deal with, I would highly recommend having some sewing experience before tackling this.

The fit is great and the leggings are comfortable to wear. I did have to shave off 1″ on the hem so that they looked more like capris on me and I really wish the rise was lower. In the photo I have my pants squished down (hence the funky bubble on my hipline) right at my belly button where it feels more comfortable, but if I wear them as I should, they hit me 1″ above where my belly button is… and I’m longer waisted. Next time I’ll have to make an adjustment in this area so it’s not so large. My other complaint? I never could find how much elastic I needed – as far as I could tell, there wasn’t even a mention of measuring the elastic at your waistline before sewing it in the round.

Otherwise, I highly recommend this pattern – it’s definitely different than anything I own and my daughter has already attempted to wear them (so you know it’s a winner)!

VS Inspired

04-yogainspirationBesides their lingerie, Victoria Secret is probably best known for their active wear (specifically ‘yoga pants’). The last time I was shopping there, I noticed a new line of pants\crops that used a performance knit – it feels and wears heavenly. I broke down and payed the outrageous price for a fun, heathered gray pair and they have quickly become one of my favorites. I have now learned I don’t have to pay that much for them again!

You see, while shopping at Joann’s, I stumbled across some of their performance knit (I was fortunate enough to have a 60% off coupon) – it has the exact look and feel as the VS fabrics and my store had a wide range of solids and heathered prints to chose from. Since a lot of the current stylings has contrasting fabrics (as seen on the left), I’ve decided to finally crack open PaperCut Pattern’s Ooh La Leggings – using a solid on the exterior and a heathered teal on the inside of the legs. Here’s the breakdown of this project’s costs:

Pattern: Papercut Pattern’s Ooh La Leggings
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Fabric: Performance Knit from Joann’s
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Total Cost:

Pattern….. $18.00
Fabric……. $6.10
Notions…. stash

Total $24.10

Third Time Is A Charm

04-animacapriAnyone remember Zubaz’s (the crazy pants that were popular in the 80’s? Not to be confused with Zumba the fitness dancing). Well, my latest Anima kind of reminds me of them. The crazy thing? I kind of like these pants.

This is the same french terry (different color) that I used to make the Anima shorts. I made the same modifications  however, I sewed up the capri length version and used a white jersey for the contrasting bands and waistband. I have to admit, I wasn’t a fan of my original pair, but somehow this one works for me – that or joggers have finally grown on me enough that I don’t mind wearing them.

Overall, I’m finally pleased with the end results of this pattern! Apparently, the third time IS a charm!

 

Linky Thursday

My favorite project of the week has to be this Roll Up Glove Box Essentials Caddy… although I’m thinking I need this for take-along sewing projects instead!

Prom season is here (this would make a great Father’s Day gift too). Add your own touch with a custom pocket square.

One of the projects in my daughter’s sewing class were easy to sew pillowcases – beautiful results every time.

Circle skirts don’t just look flattering on, they’re easy to sew, too! Learn how to make a 1/4 circle skirt of your own and insert an invisible zipper in it, perfectly, every time!

Soothe strains, pulls, and sore muscles with a DIY cold pack.

A great way to showcase some of your favorite fabrics: The Fabric Wrap Wallet.

This t-shirt looks like it’s straight out of the Drape Drape book, but it’s really a free asymmetrical tee tutorial that can be worn two different ways to change up the look!

Dressing up a simple tee with a pretty, bow tie neckline (link to a free t-shirt pattern is included in the tutorial).

Need a quick gift for a baby shower or new arrival? Nothing could be faster than this 15 minute baby blanket tutorial!

Keep your car neat and tidy with this Easy Car Trash Can….. I’m not sure this would be big enough for my daughter’s car, though!

When I was growing up, my dad had a plush moose head mounted on his office wall…. so I have a soft spot for patterns with a similar vibe – like this fabric deer head.

Speaking of softies, isn’t this Fox with Antlers (yes, antlers) simply adorable?

A Small Request

I’m not normally one to post lots of ‘personal issues’ on my blog – I really try to stick to sewing\crafting and keep things fun\lighthearted… but today I have a small request: say a few prayers, offer up a thought or two, send healing vibes\good juju, whatever you’d like for my mom.

You see, almost 6 months ago my mom had surgery. After her recovery period was over, she discovered she was going to have to have it repeated (she also had a very difficult time after anesthesia the second time around). I went to her final appointment for the second surgery yesterday and we discovered…. she has to have another procedure done immediately – this Friday. Yes, 3 surgeries in a span of 6 months and he said that Friday’s isn’t a guarantee that it would correct anything (so another surgery may be necessary after this one). So, if you have a moment, keep her in your mind that things go smoothly, work well, and she has a better recovery. Thanks so much… back to our regularly schedule sewing posts tomorrow.