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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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White Slip

Hello!  Lately I have picked a lot of fabrics that at first don’t seen see-through but then once the dress is finished they are more opaque than desired.  I have wanted to make slips for a while now but I just never really had the fabric, pattern, or time to really get to it.  So…

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Lace Table Cloths

Hello again!  This past week(s) I’ve been on vacation and finally have had some time to finish up a lot of projects I started and never really got around to finishing.  These lace table cloths and runners I am making are for a clients wedding.  They bought all the lace in various lengths because that…

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Lace Table Cloths

Hello again!  This past week(s) I’ve been on vacation and finally have had some time to finish up a lot of projects I started and never really got around to finishing.  These lace table cloths and runners I am making are for a clients wedding.  They bought all the lace in various lengths because that…

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Grey Puppy Kennel Covers

My puppy sitter is the best ever! She takes care of our pups and they love her, so do we.  I made her kennel covers a couple months ago, and she needed some more!  If you live in the south Jersey area near Mt. Laurel you can check out her info HERE and HERE. Above…

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DIY Girl Suspender Skirt Video tutorial

I’ve always wanted to make this quick skirt since she was born…and now I’ve finally done it…can’t believe it took me till now. And now that I’ve made one I want to make one for everyone I know and about 100 more for Rome. This could be called the scrap skirt too, it uses barely

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FALL TEACHING

I am lucky enough to be doing some teaching and such this fall and wanted to make you all aware of them in case you are interested in attending.   Now that I live in Denver I am lucky enough to be close to Fancy Tiger Crafts. It’s such an amazing store and I love attending craft nights and meeting with all sorts of like minded people there. I am going to be teaching two separate workshops there this fall, both of the Hudson pants. This is a great workshop for those of you who want more experience working with knits. Also, since the men’s and women’s patterns have the exact same instructions, this is a great workshop for me too. You can use either of the patterns in the workshop. The dates of the workshops are either Saturday October 22nd, or Sunday November 13th. You can sign up for the classes on their site.   I am also going to be teaching a weekend workshop at the Stitch Sew Shop and we will be teaching the Southport dress. I hear that these workshops are so much fun – half learning and sewing and half fun retreat. The workshop is October […]

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Smaller Kennel Cover

Hello!  Like I have been saying, my puppy-sitter is amazing!  We had some fabric left over from one of her bigger kennel covers so we decided to make a smaller one as well! This one has a roll-able door flap instead of just an opening.  We left an opening for the first cover is because…

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Puppy Kennel Covers

Hello!  So I have surprisingly been able to sew more the past few weeks.  I really hope that this trend continues.  While we are gone at work for long periods of time we have an amazing puppy sitter who owns 7 or 8 grey hounds.  Which makes for a lot of huge kennels.  So she…

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Puppy Kennel Covers

Hello!  So I have surprisingly been able to sew more the past few weeks.  I really hope that this trend continues.  While we are gone at work for long periods of time we have an amazing puppy sitter who owns 7 or 8 grey hounds.  Which makes for a lot of huge kennels.  So she…

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Dance T-shirt Quilt

Hey everyone, this quilt was a comission for an amazing dancer who just graduated High School.  She was captain of the dance team that I did all of the costumes for! This quilt was one of the biggest quilts I have made so far.  There are shirts on here from her first dance school all…

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Birdie’s swaddle quilt

I am a bit of a nostalgic hoarder. If my kids ever touched anything, ever, it goes in a box and becomes an heirloom. I want to keep everything, but sometimes, that means no-one gets to appreciate things they’ve grown out of. Like swaddling blankets. I’ve made and loved so many swaddling blankets over the […]

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COLFAX SEWALONG DAY 5 – STEPS 25 – 32

Today is the last day of the Colfax Sewalong. It’s going to be a quick finish. Just the hem facing left. Views A and B finish in different ways so make sure that you are following the right instructions. Step 25 – With right sides together, line up the two short edges of the front hem facing with the corresponding edges of the back hem facing, matching notches. Stitch at 1/2″ seam allowance. Press seams open. Step 26 – Turn down the unnotched edge of the hem allowance by 1/4” towards the wrong side of the fabric. Press. VIEW A ONLY (VIEW B SKIP TO STEP 30 ) Step 27 – With right sides together, pin the notched edge of the hem allowance to the bottom of the dress, matching notches. Stitch at 1/2″ seam allowance. Step 28 – Trim the seam allowance to reduce bulk. Turn your dress inside out and press the hem facing up towards the inside of the dress (the seam allowance will be sandwiched inbetween). The wrong side of your dress will be facing the wrong side of your hem facing. Pin generously around the folded edge of the hem facing. Step 29 – Finish your hem by edgestitching along the top folded edge of the hem […]

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COLFAX SEWALONG DAY 2 – ADJUSTMENTS / MARKING

Welcome back for day 2 of the Colfax Sewalong. Today we will be going over a few common fit adjustments that you may want to make, as well as transferring all markings from your pattern pieces to your fabric and cutting everything out. By the end of today we should be ready for sewing up our dress tomorrow. Make sure your fabric is washed, dried, and ironed so it’s ready to go. I will be making two dresses with the sewalong (one for View A and one for View B). The fabrics that I am using for the dresses were designed by me and made through My Fabric Designs. For View A I am using this pastel geometric print that I had made up in silk crinkle linen. I love the texture of the fabric and am really excited to see how it comes together. I think this dress will end up looking a little more expensive with the one fabric and silk component. For View B I am using two coordinating blue / black graffiti type prints that I had made up in the faux linen slub. The fabric on the top will be the main fabric and the bottom one will […]

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How to take passport photos for a toddler at home

Last week i was in the post office, and witnessed some parents suffering through trying to get their 2 year olds passport photo taken. It was a disaster. The child was tantruming up a storm, and the parents were turning red with embarrassment. I felt their pain, because i’ve been there before. Four years ago. I also […]

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Leftover Fabric = New PJ Shorts!

I am still adjusting to finding a good sewing schedule while taking care of a puppy.  One day he likes chilling, while another all he wants to do is run around and play.  I did find enough time for a super small and easy project. I originally got this fabric to make some infinity scarves…

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Kylo’s Tie-Blanket

Hey everyone I am head over heels in puppy love with Kylo.  I found some extra fabric and decided to make him an embroidered tie blanket.  I think that he likes it so far 😉 He always loves to cuddle with me on the couch, because of my own obsession with always having a blanket.…

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i love you too much // part 2

Finally getting around to posting part 2 of this project! Incase you don’t remember the story: when i tuck Buddy in at night he always says “I love you too much!”. It’s one of my favourite things ever (i hope he never stops), so i decided to make a little banner for his bedroom to […]

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Relay For Life T-Shirt Quilt

Hey everyone!  This t-shirt quilt was made for a good friend! The shirts are in order by year.  It starts with the red one in the top corner with the 2009 date. The back of each shirt corresponds with the front of each shirt.  This is the second t-shirt quilt I have made and it really…

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Rockin’ the T-Shirt Quilts

Hey everyone!  I am slowly catching up on all of the things that have been piling up over the past couple weeks.  This quilt is a commission for a good friend! Here is the front! And the back, this is the first t-shirt quilt I have ever made.  It turned out really well.  I just…

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Loving Apron

Hey everyone!  This begins the start of the Christmas gifts for the family.  Have no fear, these posts will be hidden from them.  The only way they will find them is if they go directly to these links. This apron is for my mom 🙂  I am really excited for her to open the present.…

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Loving Apron

Hey everyone!  This begins the start of the Christmas gifts for the family.  Have no fear, these posts will be hidden from them.  The only way they will find them is if they go directly to these links. This apron is for my mom 🙂  I am really excited for her to open the present.…

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Inside Out Apron!

Hey everyone!  So I have been obsessed with Inside Out even before it came out.  I re-posted almost every preview (something I normally don’t do for movies).  I am in love with the movie, Amy Poehler, and Parks and Rec.  I was at Joann’s waiting for my mom to get off of work, ran into…

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Tutorial // How to make the perfect baby swaddle (every time)

I absolutely love swaddling my babies! Swaddling is awesome because not only does it keep your baby snug and warm, but it helps prevent them from waking themselves with their own startle reflex. There are a lot of really cute swaddling blankets out there, but unfortunately many of them are just too tiny to actually […]

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Paige’s Memorial Bear

Hello everyone!  This is the first stuffed animal I’ve ever made, it was fun!  This memorial bear is for a friend of mine. The owner of this bear was really good friends with a little girl who was taken from this world way too soon.  The aunt of the girl gave Paige one of her…

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Custom Cushion Slip Covers

Hello Everyone!  So this past week I worked on come custom cushion slip covers for a good friend of mine.  I meet her while doing several dress fittings for her and her sister.  Later on I also taught her kids swim lessons, which was adorable.  (The past several summers I have been a life guard…

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5 Ways to Keep A Teen Girl Healthy

5 ways to keep a teen girl healthy featuredI don’t have a teenage girl in fact, I don’t even have a daughter but I do remember what it was like to be a teenage girl. Those were the days… Boys, drill, boys, music, boys, and more girly things. It wasn’t easy being a teen and I can imagine that it still isn’t. Teens […]

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We are Giving Away $500 Apple Gift Card!

apple gift cardIt’s Summer! Yay! I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite blogs to bring one lucky reader the must have techy item of 2015 – the new Apple Watch! Sure you have a smart phone, and you might not justify a need to buy the new Apple watch, so that’s why it would be so […]

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