Category — Clothing
Happy March everyone! I can’t believe we are nearing Spring. I’m going to go ahead and say it – I think we officially cheated winter here in Chicago. And I’m pretty darn happy about it!
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to receive some fabric squares from FreeSpirit designer Mark Cesarik of his uncoming line, Cosmic Burst. I knew right away they would be perfect for a patchwork skirt for my daughter. I don’t sew a ton of clothing, but when you have a little girl who wants to wear dresses and skirts everyday, you learn a few basics. I really love the Lazy Day skirt pattern from Oliver + S (free on their blog). All you need is about 1/3 to 1/2 yard of fabric and some elastic. I’ve made it several times, but this was the first time I decided to go patchwork with it.
I separated the fabric squares into thirds and sewed them together in long strips, about 42″ long. Then I sewed those strips together, staggered a bit for a scrappier look. There are a lot of seams and I didn’t want them fraying all over the place in the wash, so I did serge them and then also top stitched the rows down so the seams wouldn’t bother her. You could also use your zigzag stitch to finish the seams to help prevent fraying.
As you can see, it has passed the “hop and spin” test. My daughter didn’t want to take it off after we took these pictures, so I predict we will be getting a lot of use out of this skirt.
Cosmic Burst will be available mid April 2012.
March 1, 2012 15 Comments
Now that the weather is turning cooler here in Chicago, I have been motivated to make a few new things to keep me warm. Last year, Anna Maria Horner posted a tutorial for a Figure 8 scarf. I decided to go ahead and buy one of her kits and make one for myself. The reason I bought the kit was that you need 18″ x 72″ of two types of fabric. So, unless you want to make 2 of the same scarf (which isn’t a bad idea for gift giving), you will have left over fabric if you don’t buy a kit.
I had never sewn with velveteen before – it’s quite beautiful and I think it would make a fabulous winter skirt. Because I was sewing voile to the velveteen, I took Jeni’s advice and used lots of pins and my walking foot. This worked perfectly and I didn’t have any shifting or stretching as I worked.
So, after I finished and tried it on I decided I probably would prefer this scarf to be a bit less bulky for my body frame. (Although I haven’t altered it yet and I am still wearing it). I think if I had it to do again, I might try 13″ x 72″ for each side.
I wanted to make another scarf with some Nani Iro double gauze as well. But that fabric is kind of pricey and I didn’t want to buy a lot of extra to get the 18″ x 72″ for each side, so I followed Jeni’s alterations to make a thinner, longer scarf, that would be wrapped 3 times around my next. Her method only uses 2 half yards of fabric so is a bit more affordable if you don’t have a kit to buy.
Here is a side by side comparison of the finished scarves. You can see the first one I made is much wider, a bit shorter. The longer one is thinner and also more lightweight due to using double gauze fabric on both sides. I will say that I do feel a bit like I’m going to accidentally strangle myself when I’m wrapping that one three times around my neck. But as you can see, it is just as full as the following the original pattern.
Both of these scarves cost about $25 to make and I think something handmade like this would make great Christmas gifts. My favorite fabrics overall were voile and double gauze. I may now make some lightweight scarves like I found on Flickr here, here and here.
November 7, 2011 10 Comments
I’m so excited by your responses to the Summer Sampler Series quilt along! Whether you plan on making all 12 blocks, just a few or are watching from the sidelines (to be lured in later – HA!), I think we will have a great time together.
We spent a long (5 day) weekend up in northern Michigan for the holiday weekend.
The 4th of July is not only Independence Day here in the USA, it is also Mr. Fresh Lemons birthday. There was lots of celebrating and fireworks.
The drive home Tuesday was long, lots of traffic on the road. I spent Wednesday recovering from the “weekend”, grocery shopping, unpacking, doing laundry. The glamourous side of being a stay at home mom. Today I just wanted to get back into the sewing room and work a little project. Feel like I accomplished something. Does anyone else have days like that? I decided to have fun pulling fabrics and make some bibs.
I think both of these would be cute for a boy, don’t you? The Echino one is pretty gender neutral which is always nice.
I’m not sure what I will do with them yet. My SIL is pregnant and finds out in a week whether it’s a girl or boy…might have to hold onto them a little while longer. Otherwise they will probably find their way to my Etsy shop.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!
July 7, 2011 9 Comments
I spend a bit of time each night looking around various blogs, Etsy and Flickr at inspiring creations. I thought it’d be fun to share some of these with you!
First, I’d like to introduce you to Natalie of Greenleaf Goods.
Through this amazing quilt on Flickr, I found her blog. Which led me to her Etsy store. Where I found that she makes *awesome* felted wool scarves from recycled sweaters. I immediately knew I needed one! (Even though I think it was 85 degrees at the time.)
photo courtesy of Greenleaf Goods
Fast forward to yesterday when my scarf arrived and all I can say is, I am in love. I was actually wearing it around the house. In August.
The second person I’d like to introduce you to is Cynthia of Meringue Designs. If you haven’t visited her blog and Etsy shop, you are really missing out! I am absolutely in love with her sense of style.
photo courtesy of Meringue Designs
If you have ever found yourself looking for modern embroidery designs, you have probably noticed they practically do not exist. Except for at Cynthia’s Etsy shop! I have purchased several of her designs and am working on decorating my sewing room with them. They stitch out beautifully! If you don’t have a machine that can do embroidery, she also sells finished items. And patterns too!
photo courtesy of Meringue Designs
A couple of months ago she made this amazing quilt based on Denyse Schmidt’s What a Bunch of Squares quilt design. I am so inspired to make one for my bed now. Oh, and she made the headboard too. Not only does she sew, but she does woodworking too!
Finally, I have probably mentioned that my daughter is just a *little* bit of a fan of princesses. She is turning 4 in October and as soon as I saw this adorable Princess and the Pea doll toy and bag by Toni at Make It Perfect, I knew I needed to make one! I especially loved the use of the Heather Ross, Far Far Away double gauze fabric for the bag. Unfortunately I had used all my fabric up on her quilt…but after much persistence and searching on Google, I found more and am ready to get sewing!
You can find a free pattern for the mermaid on the Martha Stewart website.
Lots of beautiful things out there! Now I just need the time to make everything on my list!
August 25, 2010 4 Comments