It’s All About Sewing In Schaumburg, IL and Fredericksburg, VA

I am SEW excited!!! :)The Original Sewing And Quilt Expo is coming to Schaumburg, IL, a suburb just on the outskirts of Chicago, September 28, 29, 30, 2017. And guess what?!!! I’ll be teaching πŸ™‚ I will also be teaching at the expo in Frederi…

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It’s All About Sewing In Schaumburg, IL and Fredericksburg, VA

I am SEW excited!!! :)The Original Sewing And Quilt Expo is coming to Schaumburg, IL, a suburb just on the outskirts of Chicago, September 28, 29, 30, 2017. And guess what?!!! I’ll be teaching πŸ™‚ I will also be teaching at the expo in Frederi…

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Your Opinion Needed

Since I had several disastrous experiences with my old host provider a bit over a year ago, I have been without an on-line place to buy my project packs, stitch guides, and ebooks. It’s been frustrating for you and for me. I have been reconsidering Etsy. In the past I have avoided it largely because […]

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How To Make a Solar Eclipse Viewer

cereal box solar eclipse viewerOne of the coolest solar eclipse activities for kids is teaching them how to make a solar eclipse viewer. It is actually a lot easier than I imagined. With just a cereal box and a few items, you can make a solar eclipse viewer to protect your family’s eyes during the solar eclipse. What is a…

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two customizations using the sunny day shorts

Thanks to Anne, we have two nice tutorials on how to customize the Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts.

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A Color Story | Desktop

You guys!! The A Color Story Lightroom Presets and Photoshop Actions are officially live and available! A Color…

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Charmed, I’m Sure – Exchange with your friends + free block pattern

Hi! Welcome back! Did you work on cutting your scraps into charm squares? It’s amazing how fast your charms can grow. One thing I wanted to share with you today is how to organize a charm square exchange with your … Continue reading

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Vintage Cape for Tildy (+friend)

How cute is this?Another piece of material from my Melbourne trip…A gorgeous piece of cashmere blend coating, $12/m.I wanted 4 metres to make matching capes for the two little girls. There was only 2.3 on the roll, so I grabbed it all….

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5 Sandwich-Free Back to School Lunch Ideas

Sandwich-free lunches are all the rage these days! Lunches without a traditional sandwich can sometimes be a little more challenging to put together. So today on Family Food Live, 5 Sandwich-Free Back to School Lunch Ideas your kiddos will love. Family Food Live can on Wednesdays and Fridays at 12 Noon EST/11 am CST on…

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Ruffle

 Feminine ruffles and a whimsical polka dot print in dress form: my summer Friday look. Also, I love and wear these loafers so much – I *finally* jumped at getting the suede version after watching it get marked down again and again (here!). Hope you have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by! *** Ruffle […]

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Catalina Dress with Froelein Tilia

Catalina Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Froelein TiliaHi, Eveline from Froelein Tilia here and I’m sharing my version of the Catalina Dress with you guys today! This month’s blog theme is “Impulse Sewing.” Where do you align yourself: Are you a planner or more of an impulsive seamstress? I love to make plans. But when it comes to the point to put Read the Rest…

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Rainbow Overalls Dress

So I LOVE overalls, i adore them on the kids and I have a pair myself. I had this plans of drafting my own pattern of *proper* overalls because all the patterns I had seen weren’t really the style I wanted. I did a *fancy* version for my Bright & Bold lil luxe mini collection but I didn’t have any *traditional* ones.

and then, i don’t even know how, i found the I Dig Dungarees as soon as they were released. I didn’t even know the designer, but after buying them (right away) I really, really, recommend Made by Jack’s Mum (i haven’t tried any other patterns from MBJM but if you’re sewing for a boy I would really check out the others!). The attention to detail in both the pattern and the instructions is something I super appreciate when I’m trying to sew things that are more complicated than a pair of shorts or a shirt.
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Pattern Whisperer returns, Jacket making class details, and a new eyelet top

Topics for Today:
— The Pattern Whisperer returns!
— more details on what I will cover in my upcoming jacket weekend class
— a new eyelet top from an old pattern

Hey everyone – you really like those Random Threads posts!! Which I knew but that last post certainly had a lot of commenters – so fun to read what everyone said. After all, sewing can be a solitary sport and sometimes late at night with seam ripper in hand we can all wonder if our fellow stitchers have the same observations, pet peeves or just laugh at the same things. The answer seems to be yes.
I will try to do a Random Threads at least once a month, which shouldn’t be too difficult as I always have something to wonder and/or grumble about.

Onward to another popular topic – Pattern Whisperer. My first pattern whisperer was a very specific post for one person, my subsequent ones have be more general pattern recommendations but let’s go back to the beginning. Not this week but perhaps later in September I will open it up and choose a couple of people to make specific pattern recommendations. By then we will be heading into holiday/festive season sewing so think party dress, check your stash and prepare to make your case as to why you should be pattern whispered. Stay tuned and wait for that post.

Sewing Class: Jacket Essentials
We have scheduled a Weekend Intensive Class for Jacket/Coat making at Hello Stitch Studio in Berkeley, Sat. Sept 30 and Sun. Oct 1. Each day’s session will be from 10 am-4 pm with open studio time until 8:00 pm so you can continue working on your project. Lunch and snacks are included. I think it will be really fun and a great way to spend a weekend with other stitch enthusiasts, plus you will have a great new jacket or coat ready for fall.
I’ve had a few questions on what I will cover so thought I would talk about my plans here.

Firstly, I have selected a few coat and jacket patterns that don’t require a huge amount of fitting, yet have interesting collars, pockets and buttonholes so we can review loads of techniques. The goal of the class is to learn to work with coat and jacket weight fabrics, use plenty of fusible interfacing for modern tailoring and be able to tackle all the ins and out of pressing, clipping, welt pockets or buttonholes and adding the lining. So I am recommending these patterns (or something similar if you already have a pattern) that you can sew up in your chosen size – with maybe some minor fit changes such as grading between sizes or adding some length.

Looking around I found these two fantastic ones from a pattern company that I have always wanted to try: Waffle patterns.

Waffle Bamboo coat

This is their Bamboo coat pattern. The version with collar/lapel is great for learning to do that construction and the proportions of both designs look so ideal to me. Plus welt pockets and set in sleeves.  I see on their website that they are having a special 15 euros (no idea how long it will be on) for the actual paper pattern printed on large format paper and that includes the shipping. For a coat it would be nice to skip the printing and taping! This would sew up well in so many different types and weights of wool fabrics, from lightweight to full-on coating.

Another option from Waffle is the Yuzu jacket pattern.

Waffle Yuzu coat

A cocoon shape with raglan sleeves and pocket options. She also has a free pattern download to add a hood which looks very cozy.

Butterick 6423
B6423 coat Butterick Lisette

This one is also a loose fit coat with cool pockets that are a feature of the front seaming. Also that big collar reminds me of my Burda jacket with the portrait collar that feels very glamorous to wear on a cold winter day.

Even though these three patterns are quite different they all share some features that I want to demonstrate in the class, based around using various types of fusible interfacing, how to apply, which to choose, where to put it and on and on. Also pressing is one of my favorite things to do (yes, sewing nerd here) but it makes SUCH a difference in how the garment turns out. I am guessing if you have seen a coat or jacket somewhere in sewing world and thought it was nice but something wasn’t quite right – I will bet money that the issue would be pressing during construction.

I plan to do lots of demos and have some hands-on practice of things like welt pockets or bound buttonholes, trimming/clipping and hand stitching techniques.

So if you are in the area I hope to see you in September for a weekend of jacket making fun. Actually we have lots of classes scheduled for Sept. and October. I am really thrilled that people are signing up for additional classes after taking their first one, that makes me feel great. We have the button front shirt class again at the end of Oct……

So, speaking of button front shirts, I have once again use my trusty Simplicity 2339 which is an Amazing Fit pattern (out of print, boo hoo) that I use to make any and all shirts. This pattern is getting quite ragged, but I think I could make it in my sleep. But sometimes I use the pattern as a jumping off point to make a different type of woven shirt.

green eyelet top1

It must be Taco Tuesday if I am standing in front of a Mexican restaurant. Why, yes it was 😋. Is this a California thing? It could be every day as far as I am concerned. Side note: I heard a news story that the price of avocados possibly may double due to the after effects of our long drought – so I will have to start setting aside some mad money for my avocado addiction. I eat a LOT of them, so delicious.

I bought this fabric at Joann’s on one of those whims where it was super extra double coupon discounted (not the accurate term but you get my drift) so a couple of yard for less than $ 10. It is SO hard to find nice eyelet in interesting colors. Then I thought why-oh-why did I get something I really don’t need. Enter the super simple sleeveless top derived from my Simplicity shirt pattern.

green eyelet top front on form

Sewing details:  the bust darts are turned into shoulder gathers, I included the waist darts as this fabric is a bit stiff and needs help in shaping, the neckline was just me winging it with my french curve ruler and then I used the selvedge edge of the fabric where there is no embroidery as a design detail down the center front as well as the edge finish on the inside.

Which you can see below.

The binding is some cotton fabric I found after a deep rummage in my cotton scraps box, enough to make the bias strips needed. I stitched it on and then hand sewed the edge for both the neck and armholes.

green eyelet top inside view

green eyelet top close up

Not bad, huh? I kinda like it although I wish the fabric was a little bit softer. But the color is one of my favorites, and I have wanted an eyelet summer top ever since I made this one. Also this top looks nice with my Mirambell skirt.

So that’s the scoop. Funny how I make a new top like this and end up wearing it many times in a row, such as last night (meeting up with my Italian speaking pals for conversazione, which could also be called Wine Wednesday, ha!)

And on to the next thing. I have been sewing up a storm for other people, squeezing in a few projects for myself and am waiting to reveal a thrift store refashion that hopefully will be a success.

Happy Summer Sewing,
Beth

Today’s garden photo, this one is a bit of a thrill as I have tried with Clematis several times to no avail, but this year I planted another one and look, a flower! OK only one but it is in a pot and rather spindly. However I can move it when the frost hits and hopefully baby it through the winter. But that color, love it!

clematis

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Pattern Whisperer returns, Jacket making class details, and a new eyelet top

Topics for Today:
— The Pattern Whisperer returns!
— more details on what I will cover in my upcoming jacket weekend class
— a new eyelet top from an old pattern

Hey everyone – you really like those Random Threads posts!! Which I knew but that last post certainly had a lot of commenters – so fun to read what everyone said. After all, sewing can be a solitary sport and sometimes late at night with seam ripper in hand we can all wonder if our fellow stitchers have the same observations, pet peeves or just laugh at the same things. The answer seems to be yes.
I will try to do a Random Threads at least once a month, which shouldn’t be too difficult as I always have something to wonder and/or grumble about.

Onward to another popular topic – Pattern Whisperer. My first pattern whisperer was a very specific post for one person, my subsequent ones have be more general pattern recommendations but let’s go back to the beginning. Not this week but perhaps later in September I will open it up and choose a couple of people to make specific pattern recommendations. By then we will be heading into holiday/festive season sewing so think party dress, check your stash and prepare to make your case as to why you should be pattern whispered. Stay tuned and wait for that post.

Sewing Class: Jacket Essentials
We have scheduled a Weekend Intensive Class for Jacket/Coat making at Hello Stitch Studio in Berkeley, Sat. Sept 30 and Sun. Oct 1. Each day’s session will be from 10 am-4 pm with open studio time until 8:00 pm so you can continue working on your project. Lunch and snacks are included. I think it will be really fun and a great way to spend a weekend with other stitch enthusiasts, plus you will have a great new jacket or coat ready for fall.
I’ve had a few questions on what I will cover so thought I would talk about my plans here.

Firstly, I have selected a few coat and jacket patterns that don’t require a huge amount of fitting, yet have interesting collars, pockets and buttonholes so we can review loads of techniques. The goal of the class is to learn to work with coat and jacket weight fabrics, use plenty of fusible interfacing for modern tailoring and be able to tackle all the ins and out of pressing, clipping, welt pockets or buttonholes and adding the lining. So I am recommending these patterns (or something similar if you already have a pattern) that you can sew up in your chosen size – with maybe some minor fit changes such as grading between sizes or adding some length.

Looking around I found these two fantastic ones from a pattern company that I have always wanted to try: Waffle patterns.

Waffle Bamboo coat

This is their Bamboo coat pattern. The version with collar/lapel is great for learning to do that construction and the proportions of both designs look so ideal to me. Plus welt pockets and set in sleeves.  I see on their website that they are having a special 15 euros (no idea how long it will be on) for the actual paper pattern printed on large format paper and that includes the shipping. For a coat it would be nice to skip the printing and taping! This would sew up well in so many different types and weights of wool fabrics, from lightweight to full-on coating.

Another option from Waffle is the Yuzu jacket pattern.

Waffle Yuzu coat

A cocoon shape with raglan sleeves and pocket options. She also has a free pattern download to add a hood which looks very cozy.

Butterick 6423
B6423 coat Butterick Lisette

This one is also a loose fit coat with cool pockets that are a feature of the front seaming. Also that big collar reminds me of my Burda jacket with the portrait collar that feels very glamorous to wear on a cold winter day.

Even though these three patterns are quite different they all share some features that I want to demonstrate in the class, based around using various types of fusible interfacing, how to apply, which to choose, where to put it and on and on. Also pressing is one of my favorite things to do (yes, sewing nerd here) but it makes SUCH a difference in how the garment turns out. I am guessing if you have seen a coat or jacket somewhere in sewing world and thought it was nice but something wasn’t quite right – I will bet money that the issue would be pressing during construction.

I plan to do lots of demos and have some hands-on practice of things like welt pockets or bound buttonholes, trimming/clipping and hand stitching techniques.

So if you are in the area I hope to see you in September for a weekend of jacket making fun. Actually we have lots of classes scheduled for Sept. and October. I am really thrilled that people are signing up for additional classes after taking their first one, that makes me feel great. We have the button front shirt class again at the end of Oct……

So, speaking of button front shirts, I have once again use my trusty Simplicity 2339 which is an Amazing Fit pattern (out of print, boo hoo) that I use to make any and all shirts. This pattern is getting quite ragged, but I think I could make it in my sleep. But sometimes I use the pattern as a jumping off point to make a different type of woven shirt.

green eyelet top1

It must be Taco Tuesday if I am standing in front of a Mexican restaurant. Why, yes it was 😋. Is this a California thing? It could be every day as far as I am concerned. Side note: I heard a news story that the price of avocados possibly may double due to the after effects of our long drought – so I will have to start setting aside some mad money for my avocado addiction. I eat a LOT of them, so delicious.

I bought this fabric at Joann’s on one of those whims where it was super extra double coupon discounted (not the accurate term but you get my drift) so a couple of yard for less than $ 10. It is SO hard to find nice eyelet in interesting colors. Then I thought why-oh-why did I get something I really don’t need. Enter the super simple sleeveless top derived from my Simplicity shirt pattern.

green eyelet top front on form

Sewing details:  the bust darts are turned into shoulder gathers, I included the waist darts as this fabric is a bit stiff and needs help in shaping, the neckline was just me winging it with my french curve ruler and then I used the selvedge edge of the fabric where there is no embroidery as a design detail down the center front as well as the edge finish on the inside.

Which you can see below.

The binding is some cotton fabric I found after a deep rummage in my cotton scraps box, enough to make the bias strips needed. I stitched it on and then hand sewed the edge for both the neck and armholes.

green eyelet top inside view

green eyelet top close up

Not bad, huh? I kinda like it although I wish the fabric was a little bit softer. But the color is one of my favorites, and I have wanted an eyelet summer top ever since I made this one. Also this top looks nice with my Mirambell skirt.

So that’s the scoop. Funny how I make a new top like this and end up wearing it many times in a row, such as last night (meeting up with my Italian speaking pals for conversazione, which could also be called Wine Wednesday, ha!)

And on to the next thing. I have been sewing up a storm for other people, squeezing in a few projects for myself and am waiting to reveal a thrift store refashion that hopefully will be a success.

Happy Summer Sewing,
Beth

Today’s garden photo, this one is a bit of a thrill as I have tried with Clematis several times to no avail, but this year I planted another one and look, a flower! OK only one but it is in a pot and rather spindly. However I can move it when the frost hits and hopefully baby it through the winter. But that color, love it!

clematis

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Bridal Update + August Shirtmaking!

Friends, with all the MPB Day excitement, you may have forgotten about my wedding gown projects.Here’s a brief update:As you can see up top, Christina’s gown now has a very full skirt.  It’s a circle, cut in four quarters.  I’ve also purchase…

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Cowgirl in Black

Before I get to the body of this post, I need to say a few things. For the last few days, I have had difficulty functioning. The current happenings in the United States are deplorable, disgusting, and heartbreaking. As of late, I feel as if my blog is very shallow and of little importance. Especially […]

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The 1950’s Robin Hood Dress

Hi friends! I’m so happy to share this dress with you!  It’s a dress that I not only love immensely, but one that means an awful lot to me as the fabric is not only vintage, but it is a treasure that I recently unearthed.  A couple of months ago, I started going through some […]

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How to crochet the mane on a lion!

Our Kepler the Lion CAL is well underway! Ami Club members have the pattern available in your downloads, and the pattern is also available for individual purchase! There’s already a lot of great finished Kepler’s in the July/August CAL: Kepler the Lion Finished Photos thread, but I know there’s still a lot of you who […]

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Built-In Breakfast Nook

When we purchased this East Nashville project house earlier this spring, one of the things that first drew…

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Etsy Steers Away from Reinventing Commerce, Instead Encourages Sellers to Compete

I’m noticing a real change in the way Etsy talks about itself, its sellers, and its future. Before the board fired CEO Chad Dickerson in May, replacing him with former board member Josh Silverman under whose auspices another 23% of the staff was let go, Etsy’s message was focused on changing the world, what Chad… 

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#TBT PENCIL SKIRT TUTORIAL + SKIRT WORN THREE WAYS

HI DARLINGS! I thought I would post some #TBT pics from one of my favorite FREEBIE TUTORIALS from back in the day 😉 This is a super easy, perfect for newbies sorta project. A few years back I posted “Three ways to style your pencil skirt” so I am reposting those pics today for you. Also, […]

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DIY Backpacks with Fabric Markers

This school year, let your kids showcase their unique style by making DIY backpacks with fabric markers. We’ve partnered with Tulip Fabric Markers to bring you three ways to transform a white backpack into a colorful masterpiece your kids will love. DIY Galaxy Backpack All things galaxy are IN and your kids will love this…

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Modern Handcraft now on Youtube!

Hi friends! I have been a little MIA from the blog these days, but great news – I am making some of my more popular tutorials into Youtube videos for you to enjoy! As a visual learner myself, I love […]

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Sewbussted’s Closet

A surprise came to my inbox just recently… The message read;I hope you don’t mind but I named my puppy Little Bit. She is a 6 week old German Shepherd wolf dog and only weighs 4 pounds. The rest of the litter is twice to three times her size. Be…

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13th Annual Mariners Stitch n Pitch

On July 20th, I joined the America’s Knitting contingent at the 13th annual Mariners Stitch n Pitch night to cheer on the Seattle Mariners. A plan formed when I was still in Ireland to meet up and when the event…

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Fall sewing and ponte inspiration

I am trying to reduce the winter footprint as much as I can in my life.Going down south and working remotely for three months a year sure has been a help in that campaign.The fact is though that fall and winter still happen and happen even to me.So the…

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DIY Essential Oil Body Spray

Essential Oils Great for Body SprayAre you thinking about making a DIY essential oil body spray? Maybe you’re looking to ditch the chemicals in brand name body sprays or you’re looking for a less expensive alternative. Essential oils can allow you to create beautiful fragrances that are customized just for you! Here are some tips on using essentials for body…

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Transform your Needlepoint with this On-line Class

Sometimes I think that if we didn’t enjoy the process of stitching so much that we’d give it up in frustration. Why? Because all too often we find ourselves confronted by a canvas or even just an area on a canvas where we don’t know what to do. My stash is full of these and […]

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Messy Fishtail Milkmaid Braids

Wow, it’s been nearly a year since I cut my hair into a bob and my hair is…

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PennyDog Vlog #10 – August 14th 2017 – Where’d I go this weekend?

Here is my vlog, again, I’m late, getting good at that, but I have a really good excuse, I promise.   On Saturday we bought a house! My day was taken up with viewings and realtor stuff, I managed a bit of cutting out for my first project from Windy City Bags by Sara Lawson […]

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