Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Pinwheel Quilt

My last post for 2014, a quilt that was completed about 6 weeks ago.  I finally had two people at home to hold it up and a pretty day for pictures.  This combination has been hard to find.

This pinwheel quilt is made from two Scrumptious layer cakes and some Kona Snow yardage.  I did remove all the solids from the layer cake and a couple of prints that read mostly light background.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ginger Jeans- Second pair in Black

I finished my second pair of Ginger Jeans this weekend and wore them to a Christmas with friends.  I love this pair, too.

Lots of wrinkles in this pictures, but I think it is the hands in my pockets, making the pants pull across the front.

The fabric is from Mood - a sueded cotton, which has just a bit of spandex.

For this pair,

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Fashion Inspiration - 11

Are you thinking about making a jumpsuit?  It is a trendy garment and here is one from Asos

Here is a great pattern from McCall's 7099

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tutorial at Cut Out + Keep

Over at Cut Out + Keep

I have a second tutorial up, this one applique and especially for the holidays.

See my JOY applique 

and then the another tutorial on the

I probably should make another of these pillows for a gift!  I hope you like the tutorial.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Ginger Jeans for Me

I purchased Closet Case' Ginger Jeans right after it was released.

Finally last week I had time to make these jeans, using some Theory stretch twill from Mood Fabrics (sold out now).

I am so happy with the fit of these jeans, especially for the first time out.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Fashion Inspiration - 10

Oh, my I am getting a late start on this week's inspiration.  It is 9 pm central time  on Thursday and I am just starting, usually I work on this all week but it has been one of those weeks.

Enough about me, let's get to the inspiration, which McCall's just helped with new patterns just released.

A shirtdress is a great one to have in your wardrobe and this Vince Camuto is gorgeous from Nordstrom's
source above photo

Thursday, December 11, 2014


The good and the bad today.

Hot Patterns Fontaine Cardigan was the pattern I used

for  this sweater knit from  Mood Fabrics.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Jalie 2919 in Italian Wool Sweater Knit

Just as the song states, "oh, the weather outside is frightful" that has been the case here in Missouri.   I just need to change the words from snow to rain, cold, gloomy and damp.  With the cold and gloomy in mind, I decided it was time to make something out of sweater knit.  I went with this Mood Fabrics' Italian Wool Flamestitch sweater knit  in the blue colorway but do note if blue is not a color for you it does come in three other colors.  This sweater knit is just the softest and so cozy, perfect for yucky weather.  Since this fabric arrived, I just kept touching it and admiring how soft it is.  Plus I am amazed it is 100%wool, there is no scratchiness at all.  If the flame stitch isn't for you,  there are so many other Mood Fabrics' sweater knits available.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Friday Fashion Inspiration - 9

Back again after a week break and here are some more goodies to get you in the sewing mood.

And look thanks to Stacy, I have a button!

How does a skirt theme sound for today?

This zipper front skirt from Nordstrom.

source info above pic

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Winner of the Floral Fabric

14 comments but one was McCall's Pattern Company (aka Meg) offering that this fabric was Marc Jacobs Resort 2013 but she did not want in the drawing.

So the lucky number 13 for the drawing

And the winner is
I love this fabric -- count me in!

Congrats Sarah!

Totally Trendy Tote - First Christmas Present Completed

My girls are blessed to have a wonderful couple in their lives, not related but we always say they are like another set of grandparents.  Each Christmas we get together for a meal and exchange gifts.  The woman is a quilting friend and she makes so many quilts and quilted items.  It is unbelievable how productive she is.

Each month we have a sewing night at the local quilt storeand I decided to make my friend a big bag.  I thought the bag could be filled with "extra" sewing items.  Each sewing night instead of packing a bag she could just grab this bag and head out for sewing.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Yes, I Did It Again - Another Archer

I promise it will be the last one for a while, I am a bit tired of sewing blouses and ready to move onto other garments.

I used this Mood Fabrics' white/aqua paisley stretch cotton which is a great price at $5.99/yard

The cotton has the perfect amount of stretch and a nice hand.  You might have noticed flowers, but these are so small that you don't notice them unless you are right next to me.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Fabric Giveaway

After the reason make of this floral blouse, I have decided florals are just not for me.

I am going to give away this crepe - it is a deep purple with orange flowers.  It is 2 yards in length.

the purple is deeper and richer, just didn't photograph well.

If you are interested leave a comment and I will draw on Thursday after 5 pm.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Little Help from my Friends

Sewing friends are just the best! On this week of Thanksgiving, I want to say thanks to my sewing friends.  Those friends are ones in my local quilt club and those in the online sewing community.  Some of you from the online sewing community I have had the wonderful pleasure to meet while others are emails, comments on blogs or Instagram.  Also, I am thankful for sewing friends who are so giving of their knowledge, advice and time.  I have had the pleasure to get packages with fabric from a friend, buttons from another one and cording for a jacket from another online friend (to name a few).

My good friend, Meredith,  quilt store owner, shared some extra quilt blocks and fabric she had leftover from projects. She knows my how I like to make baby quilts for gifts.

Monday, November 24, 2014

McCall's 6436 - Floral Silk Crepe de Chine

Enter this gorgeous Mood Fabrics' floral silk crepe de chine (sold out) and McCall's 6436  a perfect pairing.  After all, the fabric recommendations on the envelope include crepe de chine.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Fashion Inspiration -8

How about blouses for this week?  I for one love them, on their own or layered, a versatile garment.

The beautiful wrap blouse, perfect for daytime or evening or holidays
here is one RTW inspiraton from Nordstrom
source see above picture

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mood Fabrics' Silk Blouse - Vogue 1387

Fabric and Pattern,  very important parts of constructing a garment, right?  Well, I had the perfect combination of fabric and pattern right in front of me and I kept missing it!  I purchased  Mood Fabrics' red polka dot silk by Donna Karan and I just kept touching it and touching it.  I had purchased Vogue 1387 after seeing Erica's gorgeous sleeveless blouse.  Then I had one of those light bulb moments - the long sleeve blouse from Vogue 1387 and the red silk would be a perfect combination.  This red polka dot silk is sold out but Mood Fabrics has a great silk  selection and more specifically Crepe De Chine (one of the recommended fabrics on the pattern envelope)

Mood Fabrics' silk for a blouse using Vogue 1387

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Vogue 1387 - Mood Fabrics

Yes, it is November and I have a blouse completed for the holiday season.  I am feeling pretty pleased with myself.

I used Vogue 1387

and a beautiful  Mood Fabrics' red polka dot silk

Here is just a peak at my sleeve placket, first one I have made in a very long time.  It was easier than I remembered so I will do it more often!

You can see the rest of the blouse over at Mood Sewing Network 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Fashion Inspiration - 7

Outerwear is the theme for this Friday and I am starting with capes.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Archer Shirt - Paisley and Polka Dot

I know what you are thinking....another Grainline Archer Shirt.  Sorry, I can't help myself, I love this pattern and wear my previous makes so much. Plus it fits so nicely and always turns out just perfectly.

I won't wear this one with the collar popped up but wanted you you to see the polka dot under collar

Friday, November 07, 2014

Friday Fashion Inspiration - 6

Let's start this Friday inspiration with a holiday look.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Charm Pack Bag - Tutorial

Here it is a tutorial for the Charm Pack Bag

This is a bag I started with a basic design and then developed along the way.  My first one was 2007 and has gone from there.

Here is the one that started it all

July 2016 update:

I  am updating this tutorial just a bit.  Mainly adding some pictures of the other bags and variations I have made from this basic bag.

Fabric with a band

One less row

Ruffle at the top - patchwork band, solid fabric and ribbon ties

Jelly rolls to make the pattern.

Your supplies:

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Seamwork Magazine

Have you read about this on the
 Coletterie blog?

A digital magazine from Colette Patterns coming soon, December 1st, to be exact.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Winner of Marbella Dress Pattern

The giveaway closed today for the
Itch to Stitch Marbella dress pdf pattern

and I used again

So Andekate email me and I will get you the information for your pattern.

Thanks all for the compliments and those of you who purchased through my affiliate link, I really appreciate it.

I have more fabric on the way to make this dress again.

Shirts for Sewvember

I am borrowing the "Sewvember" from Instagram, a tag from Bimble and Pimble's Sewing Photo a Day Challenge.

I have several things I would like to sew but number one on my list is some new blouses.  I have plenty of fabric for shirts/blouses and the right patterns, so nothing is holding me back.  Especially since the time change and fall back now, darkness comes early, which means more time in the house.

The patterns

1.  The Archer- of course

Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Fashion Inspiration - 5