Archive: Sep 2017

LANDER SEWALONG DAY 3 – DARTS AND POCKETS

I am super excited to get started today on actually sewing up our Lander Pants and Shorts. If you havn’t done so already, go ahead and cut out all of your pattern pieces from your fabric. Make sure that you also transfer all marking from your pattern pieces to your fabric. There are quite a few ways to do this. Generally I just make a small snip for all notches and use my Chalk pen for everything else. It keeps it simple. The darts should be marked on the wrong side our your fabric, and the back pocket markings should be marked on the right side of your fabric. OK, let’s get going. Step 1 – Fuse your interfacing to the wrong side of the curved edge of the front pocket pieces, the waistband, and the left fly. Make sure that your fly looks like the diagram in your instructions with the interfacing facing up. Otherwise you might fuse it to the wrong side of the fly and then the left fly will be backwards.   Step 2 – Before sewing, make sure that you have the correct needle in your sewing machine. Especially if your fabric is on the […]

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50 Activities for Autumn

Fall Activities for FamiliesFall = fun activities for families! We live in Texas where the temps are brutal in the summer, not much we want to do outside other than play in the pool. For us, autumn means a chance to go on fun family dates. Each Saturday morning we do an activity together as a family from…

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The Perfect Outfit: White Ginger Jeans + Denim Kalle Tunic

White Ginger Jeans + Denim Kalle Shirt/TunicThey said it couldn’t be done, and frankly, I’m just astonished as everyone who doubted me: it is an absolute

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Baby Lola’s First Photo Book

Life as a parent can be quite the whirlwind. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day…

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introducing the oliver + s buttoned-up button-down shirt sewing pattern

Since those of you with boys continue to ask, here’s a new pattern for you! Today we’re introducing the new Oliver + S Buttoned-Up Button-Down Shirt. It’s the perfect shirt pattern for just about any occasion.

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A Duo of Stack Quilts // Diving Board Fabric

Hi friends, My good friend Chen sent me a fat eighth set of the new line Diving Board by Alison Glass – it arrived on Monday night and by Tuesday afternoon I had not one but two Stack baby quilt […]

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Getting Ready + More Sunflower Love

The last Creative Retreat of 2017 is this coming weekend. I have a full class of knitters and it should be a fun time – as all of them have been over the years. I can’t believe I have been doing the retreats since 2009. They have morphed and changed ov…

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Old Friends

I have written many times about my “go-to” shirt pattern being Simplicity 7330.  This pattern has a choice of a notched collar or a collar with stand.  It is like an old friend that I am comfortable with and like having around.I have written …

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Free Quilting tips – Must Know Quilting Tips!

Free Quilting tips – Must Know Quilting Tips!

PATTERN DETAILS Are you determined to become a better quilter? This handy free download provides some great tips you just have to know! This Free PDF was written for Farm Wives plowing their way through the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird using my Farmer’s Wife Quilt Revival Class instructions…However, these tips apply […]

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Free Project – Book Folding Pattern + Instructions. Love.

Free Project – Book Folding Pattern + Instructions. Love.

PATTERN DETAILS The book folding pattern allows the folder to create this unique souvenir. Embrace. Heart. Love. For this pattern you need a hardback book of 20 cm+ tall ,319+ pages. You get: 1) instruction 2) pattern The pattern will be download instantly after your payment. You are free to sell completed books but not […]

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New pattern release: the Rushbrook Dress and Top

The Rushbrook Dress and Top pattern is now available in the shop. For a limited time you can buy…

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How to Keep Kids From Being Scared on Halloween Night

How do you keep your kids from being scared on Halloween?Halloween can be a spooky night for little ones out trick-or-treating! When my oldest was little, I remember getting three houses down from ours and having to turn around, because she was so scared by the ghoulish costumes worn by the older kids. Honestly, it creepy even to ME and I knew it wasn’t real….

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Backgrounds for the Geometric Canvas

We’ve talked in the past about using the focal point as the basis for a background color. These can reflect the colors in the focal point or the colors of the natural environment of the object. When it comes to a geometric pattern in your needlepoint, you may not have those. When that happens what […]

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Wearable Wednesday Rejino Ryo

I’m getting whiplash here- I lurve this dress!? But…….’Christina!? Wire Hangers!?’ The knights donned their sod helmets and prepared for the petunia joust- Please stop trying to bring this blouse back- it gives me clown sickness.  Richard Branson! You never know where he’ll turn up! Ring the gong! It’s the 4 millionth rework of the […]

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introducing the liesl + co. all day shirt pattern for men

We’re pleased to introduce our second Liesl + Co. pattern for men. The All Day Shirt pattern is a classic style that he’ll want to wear, well, all day long.

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3 Traits of Being Boss 

Today, I wanted to do something a little different. Last year, I had the great pleasure of getting…

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Denim landers

Hi hi!Following on from my last post about these Lander pants I dove straight in and made pair number 2. This time in a lovely, lovely denim from Merchant and Mills. I ordered a sample in this slightly washed blue and the darker colour and was surprise…

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The Original Sewing and Quilting Expo

A week from tomorrow, the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo will be in Schaumburg, IL, just a very short drive from Chicago. What a wonderful opportunity to do a little shopping, take a few classes, learn something new, and meet up with friends. I…

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The Original Sewing and Quilting Expo

A week from tomorrow, the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo will be in Schaumburg, IL, just a very short drive from Chicago. What a wonderful opportunity to do a little shopping, take a few classes, learn something new, and meet up with friends. I…

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First-Timer Tips for Longarm Quilting (Everyone Can Longarm Quilt!)

When I started putting the Snowbirds quilt, designed by Wendy Sheppard, together for my soon-to-be-born daughter, I never dreamt it would take me three years to finish. Talk about a UFO (or PIG, as Lori Baker would call it). I … Continue reading

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Elastic Waist Back + Side Seam Pockets // A Tania Culottes Tutorial

I’ve been dreaming of a breezy skirt with the easy functionality of shorts. I recently made the Flint pants and loved them so much I decided to try the Tania culottes. They are the most amazing secret shorts! They look put together, but they are so comfortable and so breezy. I want a different pair […]

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Hadley Sew-Along: Sides & Shoulders

Today’s Hadley step is quick and easy, sewing the side and shoulder seams! Lets dive in… Place your front and back pieces together with the right sides facing each other. Align the side seam edges and bust notch, as well as the ends of the shoulders. Sew along the seam lines at both side seams […]

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Weekend Vibes

 I was on the hunt for an easy, laid-back late-summer dress and found it in this one. The kind that doesn’t make you fidget and feels carefree. Because weekends are made for it. *** Dress – Ann Taylor (here) Jacket – Rachel Comey (old, bought it here | similar here for $100) Purse – YSL (can’t find […]

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Sewing Space Tours… Jade’s Kitsch Haven!

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

Hello! Lexy here, to bring you another lovely Sewing Space, where a crafter show us around their creative area. Today we have a sweet space in South Wales, belonging to a dressmakers who has an enviable 60s style handmade wardrobe – we love seeing her makes on Instagram. Let’s hear more from the lady herself…

Hello! I’m Jade, welcome to my little sewing sanctuary in sunny South Wales. I am relatively new to the realms of dressmaking and have only really been getting to know my way around a sewing machine for the past three years. By day I work in an office-based role in Bristol but by night can be found in my little sewing haven, musing over my next big make.

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

I have always been a creative individual and have enjoyed crafting from a young age. At university I studied Graphic Design, which instilled my admiration of beautiful craftsmanship and contemporary design. There was a time when I believed my love for fashion and textiles would be limited to high street trending ready-to-wear garments. Learning of the wonderful indie sewing makers movement really changed all of this for me and after pouring over many inspirational sewing blogs (including Tilly and the Buttons!), I wanted in! In the beginning I attended a brilliant beginners dressmaking class and learnt basic skills and techniques but soon realised that if I was going to take the next step I’d need to make some room at home to build upon these skills!

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

I started off sewing at home at my kitchen table but soon yearned for a larger space to store all of my dressmaking paraphernalia, which was growing at an alarming rate! Two thirds of my spare bedroom has thus been transformed to home a retro writing desk, some shelving, a storage trolley and a few trinkets to decorate. Overall I’d probably say that my space has a bit of a kitsch vibe about it while still being quite minimalistic. I try not to sprout out too much as the other the other third of the room is occupied by my rather understanding boyfriend who uses his space for his photography hobby, and our pet lizard (‘Lizzy’).

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

Quirky storage boxes and prettily patterned tins are a bit of a weak spot – I love a good storage solution! Not only do I find it quite therapeutic categorising all of my notions, tools, threads, patterns and fabric but I also find it much easier to pick up a project if I know where everything is. Working in the week means that sewing time is precious in the evenings and this is why having a dedicated sewing space is so great, as it saves time having to set things up and pack things away all of the time. I try and sew a few times a week but generally have more time to get stuck into a project over the weekend, usually with a nice cup of tea and some biccies.

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

I am a bit of a planner and like to make a mood board to help me decide how the final garment I am making might look – the idea stage is just as fun as the construction! In addition to our resident gecko I have two gorgeous little helpers who keep me company while making, Henry and Coco the Chihuahuas. Coco is a puppy and can often be seen running around the house having fun with rogue scraps or on occasions a snail (pin-free) pincushion!

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

I’m not much of a fabric hoarder and only really have two main stashes of fabric. Interestingly my stashes mainly comprise of patterned fabrics that I’ve had for a couple of years now before I discovered my fondness for plainer fabrics. I love interesting prints but soon realised that although the pieces I’d bought were really striking, often they wouldn’t be something that I would necessarily wear. Nowadays I tend to gravitate towards plain, bold coloured fabrics and sew them up straight away, so they don’t hang about for long!

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

As you can probably see I don’t have a great deal of space in my sewing area and unfortunately can’t quite squeeze in another desk for my overlocker. For this reason I hacked an Ikea footstool into an overlocking station by attaching a couple of tin trays, a few hooks and a lick of paint which now means that I can sew and overlock with ease – yay!

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

Although I am a fairly new sewist, dressmaking has been in my family for generations. My most treasured possession is my dressmaking scissors given to me by my lovely mum who was a fanatical dressmaker herself! My mum sadly passed a couple of years ago and every time I use these scissors to make a garment it gives me a warming sense of pride and connection.

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

My favourite guilty pleasure of all (even more so than fabric shopping!) is acquiring vintage sewing patterns. My pattern collection comprises of a few commercial patterns, lots of lovely indie patterns (notably Tilly and the Buttons of course) and my beloved, ever growing collection of vintage sewing patterns. Over the past couple of years I have been lucky enough to collect patterns from various decades including the 40s, 50s and 70s but my favourite decade of all has to be the swinging 60s! I love the futuristic undertones in the styling of many of the garments from this period paired with the flamboyant expressions of colour.

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

I think a wonderful thing about vintage sewing patterns is that they all have a story to tell and it is quite remarkable to think that they are still being enjoyed decades after they were first printed. I try to keep the most delicate patterns in cellophane sleeves, away from the sunlight to prevent them from aging any further and when it’s time to use a pattern, I tend to trace off all of the pieces onto tissue paper to try and preserve the original pattern pieces. Etsy and eBay are a vintage-pattern treasure trove but I have also found a couple of gems at vintage fairs…it can be a bit addictive though! The sky’s the limit… well, my spare room for now!

Thank you so much for letting me share my little sewing space with you!



Thank you for sharing your lovely space with us, Jade. We’d love to spend an afternoon sewing with you, especially if Henry and Coco are around to assist! 


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24 Things to Make for Fall

I have a confession. I still have Summer decorations up. I know, I know! I keep wanting to switch them out for Fall decor, but it is pretty low on my priority list for now. But as I start to think about Fall, and October, and Halloween, and Thanksgiving – and everything good, colorful, and […]

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Beginner Sampler in New Colors

A pretty piece of fabric stitched in colorful floss is an especially lovely thing, made…

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Vintage Pinafore Simplicity 7197

On our way home from our last holiday we did an Op Shop crawl.In the Horsham St Vinnies I found this gorgeous little number.I had some odd pieces of denim left from sewing some Hudson’s pants for Elsa and an apron for Sarvi.To try and reduce …

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20 {Amazing} Coffee Filter Crafts

coffee filter craftsCheck out these 20 Amazing Coffee Filter Crafts! Coffee filter crafts are one of my favorite types of kids art.  It’s so fun to see what you can create just by digging around your kitchen cabinets!  With a little imagination, you can always find something in the house to create with. Kids will also enjoy…

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LANDER SEWALONG DAY 2 – COMMON ADJUSTMENTS

We are going to spend today doing all of the prep work so that we can start on our final Lander pants and shorts tomorrow. Before continuing though, I want to make a plea. If you are using precious fabric, or if you are making a lot of fit adjustments, PLEASE make a muslin first. Pants (especially crotches) are one of those things that are a bit trickier to fit. And a muslin just allows you to take more risks and get the fit right. OK, I warned you. Now we can continue. First we are going to talk about the most common fit adjustments you might want to make. It will not cover everything so if you want to go deeper I recommend the book Pants for Real People from Palmer and Pletsch. It’s a great one for your sewing library and it covers a lot fitting issues and how to solve them. Or, if you happen to be in the NYC area, I know that Workroom Social offers pants fitting classes using the methods from this book. Choosing Your Size Waist There are three measurements that you need to know when choosing which size to cut. You want […]

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