Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

Category — Clothing



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.

photo courtesy 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!

photo courtesy of Make It Perfect

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!

For the princess, I bought Hillary Lang’s book Wee Wonderfuls. I was extra motivated after seeing these creations from the book by Amanda and Megan.

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

Sew Mama Sew Feature!

Sew, Mama, Sew is celebrating Back-to-School all month long by posting different pieces of back to school clothing every day. Today they featured The Miss Madeline dress I made for my daughter. Check it out on their blog and be sure to leave a comment over there as they are having a giveaway!

August 10, 2010   2 Comments

Lazy Days

My daughter is starting preschool in a month and informed me that she *only* wants to wear skirts when she goes to class. Okay…I haven’t had the heart to tell her that most of the time it will be during the freezing Chicago winter. But I figure for Fall and Spring, skirts will be a good option.

I went back to probably the easiest pattern, the Oliver + S Lazy Days skirt. I had first made this skirt a few months ago. Less than 3/4 a yard of fabric, a bit of elastic, and an hours time and you have a comfortable, playable, and adorable piece of clothing that doesn’t cost much.

I really had to buy the Halloween fabric after I saw it in use during the Ice Cream Dress Sew Along. It’s from Alexander Henry’s The Ghastlies line. The fabric on the right is one of my new favorites by Erin McMorris – Weekends. The little bikes on the bottom trim are too cute.

My daughter approves!

August 6, 2010   12 Comments

The Ice Cream Dress

It’s done! I ended up spending all evening working on the dress for the sew along. Probably not the best idea because I made several mistakes (one of which still needs to be fixed done!), but I do think it turned out quite well. The brown isn’t as dark as it appears in these photos.

I found this cool button in my button drawer. I really never buy buttons, I just save all the extras that I get with shorts and pants.

In the spirit of full disclosure, here is just a handful of the many mistakes that left me hating my seam ripper:
1. Put the button loop too low – my bad karma for putting on a button, my daughter hates buttons.
2. Assembled the yoke wrong – fixed
3. Top stitched pockets wrong – fixed
4. Top stitched the pockets closed on the dress! – fixed
5. Top stitched the bottom of the pockets in dark thread (looked bad) – fixed
6. Attached the front yoke to dress wrong and now I have an exposed seam inside – will fix today fixed

Please tell me you all also occasionally have sewing disasters. (Hopefully everyone is nodding in agreement right now.) Really, this dress is not *that* difficult. I certainly made it harder than it was. I will either blame it on mommy brain, my inability to follow written directions, or sewing in the late night. :) But now that I have the hang of it, I will probably make more. Definitely love the dress!

Here it is with it’s new owner…coordinates quite well with a Hello Kitty band aid if I do say so myself.

July 27, 2010   12 Comments