Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Fashion Inspiration - 39

Today's first inspiration is brought to you by Melanie @ MagpieMakery, who sent an email with this fabulous Arthur Arbesser Spring 2016 dress
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Melanie's suggested patterns are Vogue 9147
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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Oliver & S- Gallery Tunic Sewalong

Want to participate in a sewalong and make this cute tunic and/or dress?

I am going to be one of the panelists for this sewalong and making my own version of this tunic.
You can check out all the details over at the Oliver + S blog.

The other panelists are
Carmen from Carmencita
Kristi from SweetKM
Rachel from House of Pinheiro
Sara from Radiant Home Studio

Now a highlight for this sewalong is the chance to win a great prize:
Enter to win a $50 gift certificate to the Oliver + S website! When you have completed your Gallery Tunic or Dress, post it somewhere and then add a link to it using the button below. Any Gallery Tunics or Dresses made since January 1st, 2016 can be entered. If you sew more than one, enter each one separately. All entries must be submitted by Friday February 26th 11:59 PM ET. The five panelists will vote for their favorite, and the winner will be announced on Monday February 29th.

I have some fabric selected and want to find a good coordinating fabric.  What about you?  Are you going to participate?  If so, do you have fabric in your stash or are you going to order some?

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

My Fabric Designs and Trendy Tote

My Fabric Designs' custom printed fabric in Peacock Plumes

College textbooks have always been high dollar items, right?  They were back in my college days and still are that way with my daughters (two graduated and two still in college).  Meredith has so many textbooks this semester, she cannot fit them all into her backpack.  Two of her paperback textbooks were being carried around campus in her arms and one of these textbooks has to last two semesters.  Enter Mom and her sewing machine and some fantastic fabric from My Fabric Designs

Monday, January 25, 2016

Butterick 5610

Butterick 5610 top made using Style Maker Fabrics' black-white gingham

My 2016 has started with a couple of tops and from the stack on my cutting table, this theme is going to continue for awhile.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Vogue 9151- Mood Fabrics Rayon

Vogue 9151 tunic with Mood Fabrics' Rayon print mix

  Isn't it fun when a fabric just draws you in?  That is exactly what happened with Mood Fabrics' Indigo Peacock-Inspired Rayon Woven.  I knew I needed to make something from this fabric and a tunic was the garment I started to envision.  I went with Vogue 9151 and started looking for an good coordinating fabric.  Mixing prints is so much fun, I searched Mood Fabrics for a good match.  Sometimes online it is hard to get a good color  match for fabric as colors look different on the computer screen versus in real life!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday Fashion Inspiration - 38

It has been since November 20, 2015, since I have had this feature.  Really, I didn't forget, I just have been so busy.  You will find one of the posts is gone and I am not renumbering the other posts.  In December, I received an email from company B.  The email stated they did not want the pictures and links on my blog for their garments and please take them down.  I  removed the entire post as it was much of the content!

I will not be using that resource ever again but wanted you to know why something might be missing.

Now to the good stuff, the inspiration.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Burda Style List

A couple of months ago, I  received an email from Burda Style notifiying me that Girls in the Garden was selected as one of the 2015 Best of Blogging List

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Aberdeen in Polka Dot Sweater Knit

Aberdeen tunic in polka dot sweater knit from Style Makers Fabric

The official first make of 2016, an Aberdeen by Seamwork in a gorgeous 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Moda Building Blocks Quilt

Moda Building Block Quilt

My Moda Building Blocks quilt is pieced, quilted and the binding is finished.  I am so happy to share this quilt with you.  It is a long time coming and I do LOVE the finished project.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Top 5 of 2015

Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow always does such a nice job of highlighting the year and I want to be part of that.  Since I am late to the game, I am going to do my Top 5 hits only.

1.  Butterick 6244 has to be number 1, I feel so glamorous wearing this coat

2. Butterick 6208 - Pintuck blouse.- a beautiful top and I love wearing it.  
A confession - the pintucks and fabric are a bit hard to press, so I take this one to the dry cleaner for pressing!

3.  Vogue 1329 - this is such a nice combination of fabric print and solid. And I really like the fit.

4.  Morris Blazer - perfect fabric for a fun jacket.

5.  Jasper Sweater - this is my comfort garment, warm and snuggly but looks so nice.

And my bonus pick  The Mississippi Avenue Top and Dress - fun pieces that are great to layer or wear by themselves.

Our family business closes for the last two weeks of the year.  I have to work about 1-1/2 days during this time.  Usually I do lots of sewing, but this year I enjoyed the family, watched lots of TV (Building Alaska and Buying Alaska seemed to draw my attention), shopped for flooring, tile, etc,  for our upcoming remodel and just recharged.  

2015 had some ups and downs but more ups, this year of  2016 has had a very rough start.  Here is hoping you have a wonderful 2016 full of family, friends and beautiful sewn garments.

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