We have a new WIP in our house.
Her name is Skye and she’s an 8 week old Corgi. I’m hoping to get back to sewing next week.
You can follow her progress on Instagram. Hashtag #skyecorgigram
It might normally be cold where you live in the world this time of year, but for Austin, TX, baby, it’s COLD! Over Thanksgiving and Christmas there are normally days where we can get away with wearing a t-shirt, it’s so warm, but this weekend has had rainy days with highs in the low 40s. It makes me believe I’m back in Atlanta, GA again.
I decided to take advantage of the cold temps and knock out a simple scarf project for my son. I’ve had this piece of skull flannel that’s just been screaming boy scarf for months. It’s a simple project. It took me less than an hour to complete.
You will need two panels measuring 40″ by 9″. I recommend flannel or fleece. I used what I had in my stash, the flannel skulls shown here and some heavy weight red knit.
Sew right sides together with a 5/8″ seam allowance, leaving a 3″ gap at one end. Clip your corners and turn right side out. Iron your scarf panel flat at the seams and finish your edges with a straight stitch or decorative stitch. I chose to use a zig zag.
Measure 4″ up from one short side of your scarf and mark your center. Then draw a line about 5 inches long down the center of the scarf. Like a big buttonhole, sew a tight zig zag stitch in a long rectangle just off the center line. Carefully cut open a slit in the center of the rectangle.
Sit back and admire your work. You have just created a simple scarf.
For Fall Quilt Market 2013, I had the great pleasure of collaborating with Lily Gonzales-Creed on her two debuting fabrics lines, Farm to Fork and Ninjas Don’t Sweat with Windham Fabrics. Lily, Rebecca Roach of Frybread Quilts, and I sat down one night in a coffee house in Austin to talk about Lily’s plans for market and what she wanted to feature in her booth. Lily is an event planner by day and fabulous craftswoman by night. She had a vision for her booth full of wonderful things and Rebecca and I spent the night brainstorming and planning with Lily and came up with some additional fantastic ideas for her booth.
I’ve been developing some new patterns and decided to take them for a test drive at market. I put together this Bring Home the Bacon Market tote made with Lily’s milk bottles and red herringbone fabric from the Farm to Fork line. The idea for this bag came from wrestling with bags at the Farmers Market that just didn’t quite work for my needs. I tend to pick up a baguette and a few bottles of olive oil and always struggled with how to get them home safely. The big pockets on the side of my bag serve the purpose well. I also wanted to have a cavity in the bag big enough to fit my fresh veggies and other goodies I regularly purchase at the market. It’s been test driven a few times now at the farmer’s market and I am pleased with the end result. I’ve also noticed that it’s handy to use everyday when I need to carry my laptop around with me or if I have a long outing with my four year old son that requires carrying water bottles and extra snacks. I would even gander that it would make a good diaper bag too. I’ve made a few versions of this bag for myself and friends. It seems to be working to suit all our needs, so I’m pretty happy with it.
An apron was a must for Farm to Fork. As Lily and I were shopping one day, we came across a vintage style chevron dress. I immediately knew that I wanted to make a bacon and eggs chevron apron. It was so fun to fussy cut the strips and make the chevrons come alive in some of my favorite breakfast foods. My husband always weighs in on my craft projects and lends a creative and fresh eye to my work. After sewing the band on the chevron apron, he suggested quilting the band to mimic the chevrons. Brilliant. I think this little detail makes the apron and I have my awesome hubby to thank for it.
Lily also asked me to make a messenger bag out of her Ninja’s Don’t Sweat line. I previously made one for her prior to being picked up with Windham and I was happy to be able to play with the pattern again, tweak some issues I had with it, and create a new, more vibrant version for her for market. I have additional plans for different sizes of this bag and different strap options. I’m excited to play with the pattern some more and I’m sure this will not be the last you see of it.
I put together a little boy outfit for the booth using the Ninja’s Don’t Sweat collection. I used Dana Made It’s the basic pant pattern. I took the liberty of tweaking the pattern and instead of doing Dana’s big pockets, I created knee patches. I also appliquéd a black tshirt with a little bit of scraps.
For each day of market, I made a little something for Lily to wear out of her fabric. Saturday was Simplicity’s 1609 shift dress out of Lily’s red herringbone and “stripes“. Sunday was a scalloped hemmed ninja skirt made from my old standby Stitch skirt pattern. Monday was by far my favorite, a Colette Parfait dress made out of Lily’s Eggs and Yellow Herringbone. I modified the dress to have a tie sash in the back and big rectangle pockets in front.
Lily and Rebecca’s fingers were tirelessly working to fill the booth with fabulous handmade crafts. Also, Jessica Sloan of Remnants:fiber[culture] added her amazing quilting touch to the two featured quilts in the booth. Sadly, I did not take a full shot of the booth, but I do have a shot of the oh so famous flying pigs pre-flight.
In addition to being showcased by Windham at market, Pat Fryer of Villa Rosa Designs also put together several quilts with Lily’s collections. Pat’s patterns are all so easy to put together and I can’t wait to play around with them some more.
Lily’s fabric lines will be released in April. Windham will be providing some fantastic patterns to go along with the collection and I can’t wait to see what the world does with all these fun prints.
It’s that magical time of the year where the weather gets cooler and we transcend into Fall. Since we live in Central Texas, Fall doesn’t mean jeans and sweaters, evenings by the fire, or the changing of leaves. Some days it can still be in the 90′s in October. So for us, since we are in love with all things magical, Fall means the beginning of the holiday season, in particular Halloween. My four year old son shares my absolute love of all things goulish and we start planning in August (or sometimes even before that time, like after the previous Christmas). This year, G was so excited, we made a countdown calendar mid-August and started decorating the last weekend of September. We’ve also been planning his costume for quite a while as well. My son, G, shares my creativity much to my excitement and sometimes my frustration. This year I was hoping his obsession with superheros would lead me down the path of a store bought costume, but in true to him style, he cooked up a superhero named Super Snake. Half man, half snake. He has two tails and two tongues, but still walks like a man and has arms.
So, we sat down and drew out a design. Anything off of his vision and he would have been upset, so it’s best for us to draw a picture first. Note this is my hand drawing, not his as some have assumed.
I gathered my supplies and got to work. I don’t normal work with knit and now know that I have some more learning to do. The knit kept getting caught in my sewing machine and got a bit misshapen when I stretched it while stitching.
I started by tracing a pair of G’s pajama bottoms. I knew I wanted the costume to be snug in true superhero fashion, so I was careful not to get too generous with the seam allowances. I was also sure to use two knits in different colors for that awesome superhero undies look. Adds to the cuteness in my opinion.
For the shirt, I again traced a pj top of G’s. I also took some extra gold knit and sewed it on the front of the top to make “scales” for the snake’s belly. I used the same scale technique for the tails and G even helped me stuff them.
I sewed the tails onto some reflective tape and added a clip belt buckle. I’m hoping this will keep him safe in the dark as cars drive by on trick-or-treat night.
G is very proud of his costume. I’m very happy to put a smile on his face and encourage his creativity.
Several weeks ago I put together this pleated clutch for a dear friend’s birthday. I love this pattern. It’s from Ellen Luckett Baker’s 123 Sew Book
This is a great pattern to learn about making pleats. Ellen from The Long Thread has fantastic clear instructions. The book is laid out for beginners to learn to sew project by project. It’s easy, informative and fun.
Her 123 Quilt book is coming out the beginning of September and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us.
I’ve been sewing a ton of dresses lately. Here are my favorites:
I love Sewaholic’s Cambie dress pattern. I found some fantastic border fabric by Cosmo at Bunny’s Designs and knew the two would be perfect for each other. I also used a little of Denyse Schmidt’s Shelburne Falls Lilac Complex Plaid for the piping.
The dress that’s gotten the most attention is my Star Wars dress.