Archive: Jul 2016

Soft Bisque Solid Viscose Jersey – Simplicity 8131

 Mood’s viscose jersey is so soft and comfy.  It feels like you are wearing pajamas.  This lovely fabric comes in five dreamy colors.  Something for every complexion.  I chose soft bisque; it’s a perfect neutral that can be pai…

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Smiley Face Pretzels

Kids of all ages can help to decorate these bright and cheerful Smiley Face Pretzels. The design is simple and easy to make using round pretzels, candy coating, mini chocolate chips and a food coloring marker. They make great snacks and served alongside Smiley Face Cookies are fun treats to use for a Smiley Face…

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TEDDY AND THE TURTLENECKS

Sounds like a retro rock group, doesn’t it?

The “Teddy” part is, of course, our new English Cocker Spaniel puppy…we picked him up from the breeders last week in Grass Valley. He’s 9 ½ weeks in this photo, and full of beans! He eats, sleeps,plays and nips…those little puppy teeth are sharp, and Dave and I have the wounds to prove it.


Isn’t he a handsome boy? His coloration is “Blue Roan with Tan” and his face
portends a real character…


The “turtlenecks” part is due to trying a new pattern, Rise and Fall Turtlenecks by
Papercut Patterns. I found a black and claret striped knit on Etsy that went perfectly with my Paris wardrobe, but I wanted to try out the pattern before I cut into it.

 The first try was in a rayon/lycra knit from EmmaOneSock. This view has a dropped shoulder and is somewhat loose. I used the higher neck from the other view.


The body on number two is a little more fitted, the neck is the same. This is also a rayon/lycra knit, also from Emma One Sock.

And here is the third one in that black and claret stripe…
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Interesting to note is how different the collar is in each top…I wanted the high neck of number 1, but the different fabrics (all rayon/lycra) translated differently, 2 and 3 being more droopy.

Being a parent to a new puppy has curtailed my studio time a little…but I’ve done some listening…Richard Russo’s Nobody’s Fool and the sequel Everybody’s Fool.,,very good, I do love his writing. Also now listening to The House at the Edge of Night, set in an island off Sicily during WW2. Also enjoyable. I read No Man’s Nightingale by Ruth Rendell…love her Inspector Wexford novels, and gave up in the middle of Ethan Canin’s A Doubter’s Almanac, mainly because I didn’t care for the major character and didn’t want to spend any more of my time on him!  I read the latest Daniel Silva book, The Black Widow…I am hooked on his
 Gabriel Allon books!
Taking advantage of our plethora of French Plums, I made my favorite Plum Crumble

I make it exactly according to the recipe, except I double the fruit. I halved and pitted 200 French plums to freeze so we can enjoy this several times more. It’s that good! Don’t eliminate the candied ginger as it really adds to the flavor.

A few more puppy pics because, well, just because!


 The chairs and ottoman I reupholstered…

This dog finds the most comfortable places to sleep…


Come on over to Visible Monday and say Hello!
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TEDDY AND THE TURTLENECKS

Sounds like a retro rock group, doesn’t it?

The “Teddy” part is, of course, our new English Cocker Spaniel puppy…we picked him up from the breeders last week in Grass Valley. He’s 9 ½ weeks in this photo, and full of beans! He eats, sleeps,plays and nips…those little puppy teeth are sharp, and Dave and I have the wounds to prove it.


Isn’t he a handsome boy? His coloration is “Blue Roan with Tan” and his face
portends a real character…


The “turtlenecks” part is due to trying a new pattern, Rise and Fall Turtlenecks by
Papercut Patterns. I found a black and claret striped knit on Etsy that went perfectly with my Paris wardrobe, but I wanted to try out the pattern before I cut into it.

 The first try was in a rayon/lycra knit from EmmaOneSock. This view has a dropped shoulder and is somewhat loose. I used the higher neck from the other view.


The body on number two is a little more fitted, the neck is the same. This is also a rayon/lycra knit, also from Emma One Sock.

And here is the third one in that black and claret stripe…
.

Interesting to note is how different the collar is in each top…I wanted the high neck of number 1, but the different fabrics (all rayon/lycra) translated differently, 2 and 3 being more droopy.

Being a parent to a new puppy has curtailed my studio time a little…but I’ve done some listening…Richard Russo’s Nobody’s Fool and the sequel Everybody’s Fool.,,very good, I do love his writing. Also now listening to The House at the Edge of Night, set in an island off Sicily during WW2. Also enjoyable. I read No Man’s Nightingale by Ruth Rendell…love her Inspector Wexford novels, and gave up in the middle of Ethan Canin’s A Doubter’s Almanac, mainly because I didn’t care for the major character and didn’t want to spend any more of my time on him!  I read the latest Daniel Silva book, The Black Widow…I am hooked on his
 Gabriel Allon books!
Taking advantage of our plethora of French Plums, I made my favorite Plum Crumble

I make it exactly according to the recipe, except I double the fruit. I halved and pitted 200 French plums to freeze so we can enjoy this several times more. It’s that good! Don’t eliminate the candied ginger as it really adds to the flavor.

A few more puppy pics because, well, just because!


 The chairs and ottoman I reupholstered…

This dog finds the most comfortable places to sleep…


Come on over to Visible Monday and say Hello!
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The nejiri and the stopper

And now for something completely different! I haven’t used the Pattern Magic books in a while, have I? Well, I decided it was that time again. This time, I was going for something fairly simple: the nejiri or twist. A design wh…

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THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 98

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Just Keep Swimming: Summer Swimwear Tour 2016

    Welcome to my stop on the Summer Swimwear Tour! This tour showcases patterns from Jess of Gracious Threads, Ajaire from Call Ajaire, and Saskia of The Wolf and the Tree. Sponsoring the tour is Rachel from Imagine Gnats, who generously provided fabric for the bloggers on tour. I sewed the Just Keep Swimming rashguard […]

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16 Things to Do with Bored Kids, Crafts and Activities!

Bored KidsWe have all experienced the wrath of bored kids.  Usually out of boredom, great imagination is sparked! Just check out, “Your Boredom is not my Problem.” 16 Things to Do with Bored Kids Things to Make with Bored Kids You can have your children make a simple bird feeder to hang out in the yard…

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Ottobre 06/2014-38: the Black Rose dress

Myra has recently started learning to play piano, and this weekend she had her first recital! Obviously, such an important event requires a new dress.Myra and I flipped through my pattern drawers and issues of Ottobre, and when she laid eyes on this pa…

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What I Made: August

Being from Florida, I’m surprised that I haven’t sewn more bathing suits. Maybe it’s the pale skin, red hair, freckles? Put me in the sun for more than an hour and I’ll look like Lindsey Lohan. No bueno. It’s not like I haven’t had the pressure. My brother says to me all the time, “You should

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Portrait of a Stitcher

Meredith Lewis is the subject of Lycette Designs’ most recent Women of Point series. She’s a relatively new needlepointer and only knows Tent Stitch. Even so you’ll love her inventive projects and her approach to stitching which will resonate with us all. You’ll love today’s profile. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2016Original content here is published under these license terms: X License […]

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Summer Swimwear Tour

When invited to participate in the Summer Swimwear Tour hosted by Call Ajaire, Gracious Threads, The Wolf and the Tree, it was an easy yes. The weather has finally heated up around here, my daughter needed a new suit, and all the designs…

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#VintagePledge Guest Blogger: SeamstressErin Designs

I’ve got a bonus #VPJuly post for you all today, to mark the end of our July Extravaganza! As well as a guest blog over on Kestrel Makes, the inspirational Erin of SeamstressErin Designs is sharing a cool 1970s number with a matching out…

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July Indie Pattern Update!

It’s that time again already! Another month packed with exciting independent sewing pattern releases has passed and I’ve been sewing up a storm. I can’t blog quick enough to keep up with all my sewing and I can’t sew quick enough to keep up with all th…

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Flypaper thoughts from the chesterfield

A chesterfield is what they call a couch in CanadaOr a settee in AustraliaIt’s where I’m atDay two of three days of taking care of three kids six and underWhile their parents are at a wedding The part about this I forgot was how much you put into …

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Elephants for Education – sewing towards a better word!

Today I have a guest post from Sally, from Human and Hope Association, a grassroots charity in Siem Reap, Cambodia. They are currently running a crowdfunding campaign, Elephants for Education, where they are asking people to adopt an elephant toy, made by their graduated sewing students. The funds then go towards education of children in Cambodia.

I’m sure sewing has enhanced many of our lives and it’s great to see how sewing can help out entire communities in other countries, by empowering women and giving them a career that can help better their own community. I love elephants and I love sewing so I’m looking forward to adopting my own Human and Hope elephant soon!
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When Saney was in her early 20s, she dreamed of being a seamstress. However, for someone living in poverty and only having enough food to eat twice a day, this dream was out of reach for her. When she was 28 years old, Saney’s neighbour told her about a new sewing program at an NGO she had just graduated from. Eager to study, Saney asked her husband for permission. He said no. She asked again. He said no. She continued to persist until her husband eventually agreed for her to study in the sewing program at Human and Hope Association.

After studying for just six weeks in the program, Saney asked to borrow a machine so she could start her own business. Given her excellent quality and productivity, we hired Saney to be a seamstress and to help launch our sewing business. We enrolled her daughter in English classes at HHA, and given she also struggled with learning her native language at public school, we started teaching her Khmer language, too.

Saney graduated from our sewing program in October 2014. She now has a successful business at her home, and her income has increased significantly. Her daughter is top of her class at public school and at Human and Hope Association, and is much more confident in her ability to speak with other students.

Human and Hope Association doesn’t just provide sewing training; we provide education and community development opportunities, too. We are currently fundraising for our 2017 education programs, with an aim to provide 150 marginalised Cambodian children with education opportunities, including English and Khmer language, preschool, art class and library.

Saney and other graduated sewing students have received an income by making adorable elephants available for our supporters to adopt as part of the campaign. Not only is each elephant super cute, but each one has their own name. For example, Bopha can provide a whole month’s English education to a child!

It costs just $25 to provide a forever home to an elephant AND educate a child, with shipping included in Australia. We are urging our supporters to pledge and share, so we can reach our goal of raising $15,000 by August 25th. Check out the campaign at https://www.chuffed.org/project/elephantsforeducation and keep your eyes peeled for exclusive giveaways on our Instagram account!

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Kid-Made Craft Stick Tigers

Craft Stick TigersKids bored? Here’s an idea! Give them a box of new craft supplies with the simple instruction to “make something.” I recently did just that and look what the child made! These adorable Craft Stick Tigers double as a refrigerator magnet or a bookmark. How very creative! Kid-Made Craft Stick Tigers To make this cute craft you will…

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Stabilizer Experiment

2016-07-30_16-41-18Normally, I use fuse polymesh stabilizer to the wrong side of the design area to stabilize knit fabrics. But recently, I was working on a couple of knit skirts. The brown one, shown above, is an a-line skirt and easily slips over the hip. I used polymesh cut-away stabilizer on it with satisfactory results. The […] Read more…

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Stitches Midwest and lots of inspiration!

Events Hey guys! Next weekend, I’m going to be at Stitches Midwest… am I going to see you there? It coincides with the Chicago Yarn Crawl that starts today and…

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[Serger Files Singer 14T957DC]: The Five-Thread Safety Stitch – O ponto de orlar de 5 fios (com pesponto de seguran├ža)

EN Summary: In this episode of the Serger Files I am addressing the 5-thread Safety Stitch  on my Singer 14T957DC (it’s been said that this is one of the most challenging stitches); I believe the principles described apply to most of the 5-thread sergers/overlockers for domestic use so even if you don’t own this specific model it’s probable that you’ll still find some useful information. Keep reading for the complete article!
PT Sumário: Neste episódio das “Serger Files” vou endereçar o ponto de 5 cinco fios com pesponto de segurança na minha SInger 14T957DC (dizem que é um dos pontos mais dificeis de regular); acredito que os principios descritos se aplicam à maioria das corta-e-cose disponíveis para uso doméstico, por isso é provável que encontrem informações úteis mesmo que a vossa corta-e-cose não seja do mesmo modelo que a minha. Continuem a ler o artigo completo!

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Anna Sui Floral Kielo Wrap Dress

Next up in my run of projects from Named Clothing is the Kielo Wrap Dress. This pattern was released alongside the Ailakki Jumpsuit (which I posted about last week) as part of the company’s second collection and the combination of these two p…

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Adventures in patterndrafting // mystery fabric contest

My school hosts a mystery fabric contest every year. This year participants received a bundle of mystery fabric, each one marked only with a number and the general color scheme of the fabric inside. You have from October to April to put together a garment using at least 50% of each piece of fabric included. Some […]

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Progress Report: Dining Room

Just sharing a little progress from my dining room. I feel like this space has really come together! I’m sure I will tweak and change things here and there, but overall this is one of the spaces in my home that I am the most happy with right now. So, I’m excited to share it with you. But first let’s take a walk down ol’ memory lane… Guys, I apologize…

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String Art Spiral Plastic Canvas Necklace

Jean Hilton used to call her unusual stitches “string art” because they were inspired by the interlacings you get when lacing string between nails in a pattern (it was popular in the 60’s). The trusty kids toy, Spirograph let us create these kind of designs with pen and paper. The blog, Stealth & Aces has […]

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No patterns needed

Hello hello!I went to a very special party this week for the launch of Rosie Martins new book ‘no patterns needed’. Rosie and I are virtual friends so it was great to actually meet her in real life! The book appealed to me from the very beginning …

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Refashion Runway Season Four: Meet the All Stars and Challenges Announced

And what an adventure it will be! Refashion Runway Season Four: All Stars has officially begun. (Cue in the trumpets) Here’s your line up of creative All Stars for this season. I’m so honored that they will be sharing all … Continue reading

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#VintagePledge Guest Blogger: By Gum, By Golly

Tasha of By Gum, By Golly may be pint-sized, but she’s a vintage sewing and knitting dynamo! Her style is to die for and if you have the pleasure of meeting her, like I have, it’ll leave you wishing you were neighbours. Today, she’s sharing a very cute peasant blouse with us, but keep your eyes peeled for her own post soon, taking us through her pink leopard-print cigarette pants too!
I am so happy to be participating in the Vintage Pledge July extravaganza! My pattern is from the era of my youth, and not an era whose fashion I typically go for…the 1980s!
It all started because I had a style of top in my head for awhile that I wanted to sew, but I could never turn up a pattern to recreate it! Until recently on a fortuitous Etsy hunt, I picked up this pattern from the 1980s, See & Sew by Butterick 5036. Until now, I’d never sewn a pattern from the 1980s!
It fit the bill: peasant blouse style, with a ruffle at the neckline. Actually it had two ruffles which was one too many for my taste, but an easy thing to change!
I used a black embroidered cotton eyelet fabric from Mood Fabrics , which is modest enough in the size of the eyelets that I didn’t feel the need to underline it (nor wear a matching bra, ha ha). But because of the eyelets, and the fact that I didn’t have black ¼” elastic to use in the neckline and waist, I actually used clear elastic. Which is more difficult to use in gathering evenly, I found, so it’s a bit more ruffley on the front than the back.
I didn’t make very many changes to the pattern, but I’m really glad I carefully read the envelope to find out this pattern (in true 1980s style) had a LOT of built in ease – like 10”. Definitely a bit much for me. I didn’t want to change the shape of the armholes, so I simply took 2” each off the center of both the back and front pattern pieces to make it a bit more trim, but still roomy enough to pull over my head. This was an easy change since the neckline is gathered anyway. The only corresponding change I had to make was to cut the ruffle 4” shorter.
The armholes were the only thing that surprised me in this pattern. There’s only the bottom half an armhole, really! You use facing pieces (I made bias tape instead) to finish the armhole after sewing the side seams, but you don’t actually have shoulder seams, so it’s open at the top! The pattern didn’t actually explain this part, it just said to attach the ruffle to the neckline, which had me scratching my head for awhile. But I figured it out, and in the end it makes for a super breezy and awesome shape for hot weather! Plus, the ruffle is long enough to hide your bra straps under it ;)
You can see I made one stylistic change which I wish in hindsight I’d thought through a bit more. I wanted this version to be a cropped style for summer, gathered around the midriff. It didn’t occur to me until too late that since the front and back are the same size (no shaping), my bust pulls the front up more than the back, so the back sags down. I’m thinking a big chunk out of the piece like a swayback adjustment might be the ticket to fix that, if I try another cropped version in the future.
Overall I’m very pleased with this fun little blouse! It was a fast and easy make. I could definitely see a few more in my closet for summer—some without my midriff moderation, maybe in other solid colors of eyelet or Swiss dot. It’s a winner of a pattern, for sure! And it goes to show that someone who typically wears styles inspired by an earlier era can borrow from a more recent decade to get the look they’re after!
Thanks Marie and Kerry for the wonderful Vintage Pledge challenge so many of us love! xo
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Quilting That Travels Part 5: English Paper Piecing Hexies

Quilting That Travels Part 5: English Paper Piecing Hexies By Tricia Patterson Quiltmaker Associate Editor My first day on the job Paula Stoddard, our Managing Editor, gave me a tour of the F+W Media office space in Golden. We stopped … Continue reading

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Style Arc Sunny (yet again)

Another Style Arc Sunny top – I think that this is my third. I don’t think that I got the most “flattering” lot of photos of this one! Anyway, it’s another remnant top. The chain jacquard knit used for the front and upper back was in the remnant bin at Darn Cheap Fabrics, and the […]

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Amanda vs the Bruyere Shirt

Post-Holiday Amanda is totally stepping up her sewing game. There has been sewing with pleather. Making a Chanel-esque jacket. And apparently talking about oneself in the third person O_o But in all seriousness, the sewjo fires have been lit and I’m having a blast developing my sewing skills – complete with a seam ripper and […]

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