The McCartney Jacket

09-jacketI get very excited as the weather turns cooler. That means that jacket season is right around the corner. Not only do I love wearing a variety of coats, I love making them too! The McCartney Jacket is no exception – it’s a fun to sew zip-up (almost bomber style) jacket with two sleeve variations, optional contrast shoulder details, and the easiest welt pocket you’ll ever make. Plus it’s a great companion jacket to the Imagine Jacket released a few months ago.

For my version I used a bright, animal print, bottom-weight material from Joann‘s and a matching lighter weight cotton for the lining. I opted to go with the contrast bands (in black) to break up the print and used a black ribbed knit for the sleeve cuffs and waistband. My original intent was to sew the gathered sleeve, but since my print is so busy, I figured that detail would get lost, so I went with the standard 3-piece design.

09-jacket2For those that have never sewn a jacket before or have shied away from trying a welt pocket, this is a great pattern to start with. The instructions are detailed and have lots of color photos to help you through the construction process. Plus, the welt pocket is the same method that I mentioned in my Imagine Jacket post and couldn’t be easier!

The fit on this jacket is perfect for fall – it’s styled for a woman’s curves, but not too tight or bulky. The finished length hits about mid-hip so you can easily move around without finding that it’s riding up on you. I can see a few more of these in my closet (especially because this one gets borrowed by my oldest daughter).

For more great looks from the new Pattern Anthology collection, be sure to check out the blogs below. Plus stay tuned the rest of this week and see what else I have created from this line up (and be sure to check out my Neptute Tee from yesterday’s post):

Sabra from sew a straight line
Rachel from House of Pinheiro
Melissa from Melly Sews
Stacy from Stacy Sews
Trinh from Sweet Cheeks Designs
Kate from see kate sew
Dixie from Dixie DIY
Abbey from Sew Charleston

8 Days a Week sewing patterns


8 Days a Week Collection is a new collection of women’s sewing patterns by Pattern Anthology. This collection includes:

  1. The Neptune Tee: A casual tee with optional triangle cutouts at the front and back neckline as well as the sleeves.
  2. The Marigold Dress: A button down dress with elastic waist, long or cap sleeve options and even a peplum option.
  3. Go To Knit Pants: 3 styles of knit pants including leggings, straight leg pants and relaxed fit pants options.
  4. McCartney Jacket: A zip up jacket with fun options and lots of style.

Pattern Anthology sells their collections for a limited time at a 40%+ discount. You can purchase this collection now through October 6th. Get more details HERE.

The Neptune Tee

09-neptuneDid you see that the new Pattern Anthology collection for women, 8 Days a week, was released over the weekend? I had a great opportunity to test this fabulous group of patterns awhile back and am excited that I can finally share what I made! First up, The Neptune Tee.

This knit shirt has optional triangular cut -uts (or add inserts for even more interest) on the sleeves and front\back neckline and straight or high-low hem to make it more than just your basic tee. It sews up quickly, is easy to wear, and can be dressed up or down depending on your needs.

For my version, I used a solid, beefy knit in aqua and added cut-outs along the back neckline and sleeves. As soon as I made it, my daughter declared it as hers so there will definitely be more of this design in the upcoming months (I’m thinking I need one in white with gray inserts and a high-low hem like the pattern cover).

Handmade Happy Birthday



Over the weekend, we had a birthday party to go to.  The mom didn’t want presents brought because they have tons of toys and would have lots of family at the event…. but really, who can show up to a party empty handed? Instead of bringing toys, I brought something handmade. I made personalized pillows! To speed up the sewing process (this was a last-minute gift idea – poor planning on my part), I skipped the patchwork border and used the same material as what I used for the names\back instead. I’ll have to remember that shortcut again because I was able to whip up these two pillows in about 3 hours (from cutting to stuffing) – making these a fun, last minute gift idea!

8 Days A Week


Just a little preview of the fun patterns that I had an opportunity to test: The new Pattern Anthology Collection, 8 Days A Week, is open for presale! This collection concentrates on pieces that can be mixed and matched for different looks including a great knit shirt, 3 pants styles, a jacket, and dress\peplum shirt. I’ll be showing you my version starting Monday, but you can start sewing yours over the weekend!

Linky Thursday

If you Monday’s post, be sure to check out all the fabulous National Sewing Month giveaways that are going on.

This flying squirrel softie isn’t just cute, it makes me want to see how far I can make it airborne (note to self, do not make this for my son as he will repeatedly test this theory out in the house).

A great look for fall: The Peasant Top.

Learn how to make a Modernista Tote Bag - the straps are made with the newmaterial, kraft•tex™ (I have got to try it!).

Has your child given up on school lunches? Learn how to make your own lunch bag for them here.

Enter to win a Camelot Fabrics bundle and two cones of Aurifil thread (must be a member of Facebook).

This mesh shower caddy is perfect for travel or students living in the dorms.

What little girl doesn’t want to be Elsa for Halloween this year? Learn how to make a Frozen inspired dress.

I’m a sucker for cute little pouches. I love the shape and bright zips used with this one.

There’s a lot of hand sewing in this Owl Plush tutorial, but I think you could easily substitute them with machine stitches. Looking for something a bit more intricate? How about this gorgeous sock owl instead?

Create an easy knit skirt in about an hour.

I’m sort of obsessed with fabric wallets lately. This version looks cute, but still simple to sew.

Keep the dust off your machine and still keep it stylish in your sewing room with this pretty machine cover.

Planning a Harry Potter Halloween? This roundup of fantastic tutorials will help you look your best.




09-screamThis is the face you make when it’s time for your machine to be serviced.

I found that my bobbin timing was off yesterday and I was due for a cleaning so it’s time to take my precious machine in to the shop….. yes, a week without my baby and my table is already looking empty.

So, what do you do instead? Apparently, I bake. Yesterday was massive quantities of pumpkin and banana bread – today might be monster cookies! Have not fear, tough, I still have lots of projects to share the coming week – the new Pattern Anthology collection (for women) is about to be released so I will finally be able to share what I’ve been working on…. and I can’t wait! In the mean time, you can win a copy of their last collection for women, Just Add Jeans.


09-ghostThere are times when I am so inspired to make a project that I have to stop everything I’m doing and bring it to life. Such is the case of Urban Threads’ Ghost Baroque designs. Not only did I buy the pack but devised (several) projects in my head, and searched around at several stores for supplies (yay coupons). I’ve managed to stitch out a few ghosts and intend on ‘testing out’ several others today….. I’m just crossing my fingers that it turns out like the mental image I have in my head.

My next goal? Either to find a massive cone of glow in the dark thread or purchase a black light to make these designs ‘pop’!

National Sewing Month

As many of you already know, September is National Sewing Month. What’s a perfect way to celebrate? Winning prizes, of course! Here’s a few contests, prize draws, and giveaways that you can enter today (I am sure I missed a few as well so if you know of something that didn’t make the list be sure to send me a message!):

Win a Bernina backpack filled with goodies.

Pin you favorite inspirational fall sewing pieces for a chance to win fabric, McCalls patterns, and fashion accessories!

You’ll be able to make appliques in a flash if you win this Sizzix cutter.

Win a cute box full of fabric, notions, and more.

Enter to win one of three, one year subscriptions to Threads Magazine.

Love vintage? There’s great prize packages to be won!

Win a copy of Quilt as You Go.

Enter to win a Singer 4443 machine.

Enter this contest for a chance to win a Bernina 215, a Sizzix, thread books and more!

Win a colorful fabric bundle – perfect for small projects and quilts.

A prize perfect for quilters: batting, DVDs, thread and more!

Enter to win a copy of Sewing School and share the love of sewing with a young one in your life.

I’m Batman

20140831_112313~2Yesterday, the Pink Lake Pullover was released so I can finally show you the tester version that I made for Easton!

For my rendition,I went with an anti-pill fleece for the body of the jacket and a fun Kawaii superhero print interlock for the sleeve cuffs (I went with a ‘standard cuff’ not the thumb hole version), pocket, and inside collar pieces. The pullover went together quickly (think long afternoon) and the fit was spot on… but best of all Easton loved the final look (although the day we took photos it was 98 degrees out and he was HOT – unlike today’s high of 60 where he was pretty comfortable in it).

I can definitely see more of these jackets in our future: it doesn’t take a lot of material and sews up so fast, there’s no excuse not to!

Linky Thursday

Not only can this pincushion go with you when you travel, but it has a handy storage place for your thread and notions!

In a little over a week, fall will officially begin. Kick off the season with a new handbag.

This simple peasant dress is a perfect look for fall.

If you made Melly Sew’s boxers from last week’s Linky Thursday, then you’ll definitely want to check out the companion Bias Trim Tank Top that goes with it.

I am going to admit that I had no idea chickens could wear ‘clothes’ (although I didn’t know you could give chickens baths until our state fair this year either). Learn why you would put a chicken in an apron and learn how to make one. I need to forward this on to some people I know.

Stitch up a pretty ruched sleeve top – a perfect transitional piece for fall!

Too hot and need a cool pillow? Too cold and need a plush warm cushion to sleep on? This pillow has you covered.

Is your make up in need of a new bag? Create a handled version with laminate lining or a simpler version with a fun shape (or both) to stash your necessities.

Get ready for Halloween with this Witchy hat!

When I see this softie, I want to sing to myself, “You are my sunshine”. This ‘taggie’ style toy does too.

I may live in these comfy lounge pants all winter long.