Monday, March 30, 2015

The Jakelyn Quilt

On August 1st, Kailtyn will be marrying Jake and there is much happiness and wedding preparation around here.  I asked them if they wanted a quilt and the answer was yes!  They both like a more rustic decorating style with western flair mixed in.  Browns, blues, blacks and creams seem the  way to go.
Fireworks pattern in the Strip Savvy book used to make a lap quilt from Sweetwater fabric

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Butterick 5997- Red Challis Rayon

I wanted a blouse, pullover style, interesting front slit, some beautiful details, shirttail hem and maybe a roll-up sleeve.  Well, I found that combination in Butterick 5997, specifically View A with a collar.
Butterick 5997 in red challis rayon from Style Makers Fabric

This is a nice pattern but you will need to make some changes and I will get to that later.   I do believe what makes this pattern so very wonderful is the Rayon Challis fabric.

Monday, March 23, 2015

April Showers- Lap Quilt

This Monday and next Monday will be quilt showcase days, then I will be all caught up.  I am a fan of Bonnie and Camille's fabric.  I think it really is the colors that draw me in but whatever it is, I cannot resist each new collection.  I used two jelly rolls for this quilt, and was inspired by a snowball quilt idea.
Bonnie and Camille's April Showers quilt with jelly rolls

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Fashion Inspiration - 20

I know I have been doing a garment theme but today we are doing a retailer them,
  Anthropologie to be exact.
Let's start with Maito Printed top
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cute in the front but look different fabric on the back
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I think this looks so much like True Bias Sutton Blouse and just make it with two fabrics.  I love this idea!
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Vogue 8805 - Red

Red is the color of the day.  Why?  Well, you all have said, Lori, you look great in red and now all I want to sew is red fabric!  I went with a quick knit dress from red ponte (Fabric Mart I believe)
Vogue 8805 red knit dress

This is a great dress pattern, fun lines and great possibilities.  I went with the one-color basic dress but it is red!

Red ponte knit for cute summer dress using Vogue 8805

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Jacket Help Please

Do you all have times when your sewing plans change?  I ordered this tweed from Mood

and I  was planning on Vogue 1440

but now I really don't want this anymore, not wanting the fringe and this look.

So I was looking at Net-a-Porter
and found this

So what do you think of the tweed jean jacket?  Any other ideas?  Moto-jacket or bomber jacket?

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Cheerio Quilt

At the end of 2014, I didn't blog much and spent time with family and making a couple of quilts.  I wanted to concentrate on controlling the quilting cotton.  Back from the long arm quilter is one of these quilts based on pattern by Camille Roskelley
Cheerio quilt made from Heather Bailey's Up Parasol

The fabric contains a bundle of fat eights which are Heather Bailey's Up Parasol

Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday Fashion Inspiration - 19

It is back and time for some tops.  Here is a cute one for that transition time with the weather and this one is from Nordstrom
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This Butterick 5997 is similar
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or McCall's 7094 (thanks Shari)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Selfish Sewing Week with Josephine Top

Hey if you haven't heard it is Selfish Sewing Week, which means it is all about sewing for yourself this week.  So bring out the fabric and a pattern and make yourself something fabulous.   It could mean some fabulous prizes, too.  When Allie at Indiesew asked me to be part of 
Selfish Sewing Week, I was thrilled and very quickly responded YES!
Josephine top from Indiesew made using Art Gallery Voile

My pattern is Josephine by Made by Rae,woven tunic or blouse with front pleat detail, bust darts, and three sleeve options. Also included is the option for elastic casing or belt.  This pattern is available at

Monday, March 09, 2015

Winner of Fabric

Sunday has come and gone but I have a good excuse, I was out-of-town, celebrating Paige's birthday!

Spring Selfish Sewing Week

Yes, it is here and starts today, March 9th through the 15th.
This event was started over at Imagine Gnats and read about the event details

Friday, March 06, 2015

Gallery Page

I have been working hard, check out my Gallery tab on the home page on 
Girls in the Garden

I have linked most of my garments from 2006 through 2012.  Only two more years to go and I will be current.  It has been fun remembering what I have made, seeing which garments are still favorite, how my photos have gone from dressform shots to me and how much more I am sewing now.  

Note - This is why there is on Friday Fashion Inspiration today, I was determined to get a majority of this project completed.

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

McCall's 6992- Neon Pink

Have you ordered fabric thinking it would be fabulous for you but when you open the box it turns out it is fabulous for someone else?  This is what happened with this fabric from Emma One Sock, I loved what I thought was a soft pink on my monitor and in reality it is a neon pink.  
McCall's 6992 sweater knit top

Last Sunday afternoon, I said to Meredith, who loves the neon colors, I will make you a sweatshirt using McCall's 6992 and this fabric, okay?  Meredith wasn't quite sure about it, the fabric was maybe too bright for her.  We both loved the fabric and the texture and my plan when I ordered was to use the texture fabric for the sleeves, too.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Vogue 8909 - Black Denim Ponte

I am in a spot between sewing for winter and sewing for spirng.  I thought Vogue 8909 would be a good transition  piece even when snow is still in the ground.  The fabric is a black denim ponte from Emma One Sock and I knew this was just the fabric for this pattern.  
Vogue 8909 pants made with Emma One Sock Ponte

Monday, March 02, 2015

Border Print Maxi Skirt -McCall's 6755

Oh, the maxi skirt, where have you been all my life?  I do love this look but needed a dressier maxi in my closet and in my wardrobe.  Enter this fabulous Mood Fabrics' Italian Marc Jacobs Border Print and the idea of a straight maxi with a nice side slit.  
Mood Fabrics' Italian Border Print fabric for a maxi ski using McCall's 6755