Archive: Feb 2017
Perfection is over rated. That’s a motto I live by and tell all my students. In a perfect world, you and I cut our patterns precisely and sew exactly as the instructions state, but the world ain’t perfect. I’m very much a “cut as I go” type of sewist. Listen, fabrics can shift and stretch out of …
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The other day I came home to a smelly house. I had left something extra nasty in the trash can and was totally regretting it. I immediately took it out of course but was scrambling to get the smell out! I searched around and found some awesome smell hacks that helped me in a pinch….read more
I met Caroline, the talented designer behind Sew La Di Da Vintage at the West Country Patchwork & Textile show in November and whilst there is a whole other post (probably residing in my head) about the inspiration I felt at seeing quilts so up close in all their glory, I have to say I […]read more
edited with Miami from #SkiesOver, by @jeffmindell Our first new effects +pack in A Color Story since the launch—Skies Over—is here, and we couldn’t be more excited about it!! Honestly, photographers like Jeff Mindell were who we had in mind when we were creating this app to begin with. His bright, colorful style served as inspiration for a lot of the filters, so it didn’t make as much sense to…read more
I have never had such a difficult time with trying to give something away! A few weeks ago, I announced the giveaway for Londa Rohlfing’s Terrific ‘T’ pattern. So many left their name to enter. I announced the winner…and no response. I drew a se…read more
HI DARLINGS! I have been so busy lately it is insane. I did not get a lot of sewing time in last week so I was so glad that I still had some recent DIY’s I had yet to photograph. This jumpsuit is from my SIMPLICITY PATTERN #8301 and this TENCEL fabric is amazing. I […]read more
I find it difficult to be completely satisfied with garment making but I refuse to make a muslin because of the extra time and money; maybe I need to decide which is most important! So this dress is finished, not without issue, though I finally understood how vents work and I learned to make a […]read more
When life is busy it can be hard to be intentional about making time for your kids. The whirlwind of to do lists, carpool, cleaning, and cooking is overwhelming to say the least. I know I’m not the only one who has been staring at my phone, scrolling through Pinterest, and trying to figure out…read more
This month’s Scrap Bag Needlepoint ™ uses a contemporary quilt block as the basis for an Amish-style ornament. What Makes it Amish? Two aspects of the design make it a needlepoint version of an Amish quilt. First the colors range from green through red; there is no orange, white, or yellow. In the most traditional […]read more
I don’t know how I would’ve made it through the baby years with all three of my kids without using a baby carrier of some sort. I used the non-adjustable, pouch sling with Sebastian, the linen ring sling with Ruby, and both a jersey fabric wrap carrier and backpack-style carrier with Smith. Each type of sling had its benefits, but my personal favorite was the ring sling because I felt…read more
I’ve been really trying to up my everyday wardrobe these days. If I am really honest with myself, the things that I wear the most are boxy oversized tops and anything black. When I first saw the Bento top sewn up as a sweater, I knew that it would easily fit into my wardrobe. It’s boxy and oversized, but more grown up that a slouchy tee. The fabric is this really nice black merino sweatshirting from the online shop of The Fabric Store. I like that it has the comfort of the sweatshirt looped back but then looks like a nicer wool knit on its right side. It’s the perfect medium weight knit that holds it structure and is comfy without being too rigid or bulky. I did make quite a few changes for my personal preferences. I lengthened the bodice section by about an inch so that the pockets hit a bit lower. I also lengthened the bottom section by about 2 inches in the front and 3 in the back for a split hem. I decided to split the side seam just below the pocket level for more moveability. Lastly, I lowered the neckline by about and inch […]read more
This is one of the patterns I bought for $0.10. I didn’t really need it, because I can use my Jalie t-shirt, but it’s fun to see how things compare. This is a “Kwik and Easy” pattern so it’s really easy. This version is the long-sleeved, boatneck, long dress. I have also made the shorter version and wooo-weeeee is it short. I’ll take pictures of that one too.
It fits well, but it certainly has more ease than my Jalie pattern. I’m not surprised by that at all. I often pinch out a half inch or so in the CF and CB of a Kwik Sew pattern. Their smallest size is an XS and I make a S. If I make the XS, the other measurements seem to be out of whack, like the vertical distance between bust, waist, and hips. Overall, I like it. It’s a cute and (very!!) easy pattern. But, you can also just make one of these out of your favorite t-shirt pattern.
You can see this is a bit sloppy in the back. The belt helps hold it in. The fabric is a rayon blend and it’s so comfortable (bought at National City Swap Meet). It’s kind of like wearing secret pajamas.
Our Curvy Pants theme month is over! We hope you’ve enjoyed our posts. Don’t forget to enter your pants in our Curvy Pants Challenge to win a prize! Welcome to Curvy Pants Month! Plus-Size Pants Pattern Roundup: The Most Comprehensive List You’ve Ever Seen! Pantspiration: RTW Inspiration + Sewing Pattern Options Pantsmaking Resources: Fitting and Construction…read more
Hey y’all – today we’re talking about how to sew a knit hem. There are lots of ways to do this, including some you can do on a regular sewing machine and one you do on a serger. I won’t be covering the cover stitch machine, but I do have links to info about cover stitching at Read the Rest…
Today Aria and Audrey are sharing our makes for the Project Sew It February prompt – blouse. (Project Sew It is a monthly inspirational sewing challenge created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.) Audrey took the opportunity to treat herself to something she’s never had before, and Aria added a much needed item to […]
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Oops, almost a month since my last post, sorry ! Where did the time go ?! Well, there were two weeks of school break in the middle of these, which included a three-day trip to Paris. We should have gone last October but our youngest (12 1/2) was sick & everything got cancelled. So we did enjoy this little trip even more, let me tell you !
Here are some glimpses, if you are not on Instagram.
We lucked out one sunny day out of three, which is not bad for February in Paris !
These photos above were taken in La Perla, one of our favorite spots. They serve Mexican food & drinks, it’s just delicious. I’ve had quesadillas fundidas, ummmm !
We also went to the Cy Twombly exhibition in Centre George Pompidou. I was so very excited to go ! Here are some of what we saw :
“Apollo and the Artist”, 1975
“Nini’s Painting”, 1971
“Shield of Achilles”, 1978
Sorry the quality of the photo is lame, but I don’t bring my “big” camera to Paris anymore. Therefore these are only phone pics.
We also went to Père Lachaise cemetery …
I hope February brought its dose of daily magic to you as well …
Be well !!
Haberdasher Sew Together Bag from Rock Baby Scissors Anyone caught the spring cleaning fever yet? I’m always up for anything that’ll help us stay organized, both at home and at the shop! This Sew Together Bag from Rock Baby Scissors featuring our Haberdasher fabric looks pretty "cutting edge"! We hope…read more
Over the weekend some friends, Patrick, and myself went to the California Science Center as the museum was having an exhibit about the science behind Pixar animation. As lovers of all things Disney, we were excited to further understand what goes into making some of our favorite films. It also gave us a swell chance […]read more
Our spring ’17 edition of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks hits newsstands this week, and we’re so excited to share it with you! It includes 16 new quilt patterns inspired by the original blocks from our 100 Blocks issues. There are throw, … Continue reading →read more
Did you ever consider that stretch lace could be used to sew up a simple tee shirt? It just takes the right pattern and a few small sewing modifications! Here, I’ve used this lovely stretch lace in “Naughty Navy”.
When choosing a pattern for a stretch lace tee, here are a few guidelines:
Keep the number of pattern pieces to a minimum–a style with just front, back and sleeve pieces willread more