Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

Briar Rose Knits

I did it. I made something with knits. You know when people tell you that sewing with knits isn’t as scary as it sounds? They’re lying. ;) Ok, maybe not. I mean, I was successful. But I wouldn’t exactly say I enjoyed myself.

After buying a few Briar Rose quilting cottons, I really wanted to get a yard of the jersey knit strawberries to make a skirt for my daughter. I started Googling for sewing tips and found a really nice summary on Pretty Prudent. Armed with my ballpoint needle and stretch stitch, I got to work.

I just don’t know how people don’t get completely annoyed with how knit is constantly rolling up on itself. Please, someone tell me. LOL Once I had it pinned all over, I felt better, but it tested my patience.

This skirt is based off the Oliver + S Lazy Day Skirt Pattern, which I’ve made so many times I don’t even need the pattern anymore. My daughter’s favorite type of skirt. It’s cozy and cute, but might be my last time touching knits for awhile. :)

August 1, 2013   16 Comments

Country Mouse Twirl

Country Mouse Twirl

I am a huge fan of artist Heather Ross. If you look at my past quilts, there are more than a few which feature her fabric (this, this, this, this…), whether it be from actual fabric lines or from Munki Munki pajamas cut up for the artwork. When I saw her new line, Nursery Versery I knew I needed some again.

LOVE #heatherross

I have a friend that recently moved her family out of New York City. They aren’t exactly in the country now, but I thought the country mouse fabric would be perfect for a skirt for her daughter. This skirt is based on the free Oliver + S Lazy Days Skirt pattern. I like adding some fabric to the bottom of the skirt rather than a ribbon. I made a french seam for connecting the 2 pieces together – one less area to fray. This fabric is a cotton/linen blend and has a beautiful drape to it. Perfect for clothing.

Country Mouse Twirl

As for the rest of the week here… My oldest is starting Kindergarten. I’m a mix of happy and sad. Kind of mourning her preschoolness and getting ready to tackle the next stage in life for her – school years. I’m also finally going to quilt my Solstice Stars Series quilt! (It’s sat around for an embarrassingly long time.)

Catching up on some quilt tops

Hopefully I will have it to share in the next few days.

August 15, 2012   14 Comments

Cosmic Burst Patchwork Skirt

Patchwork Skirt Front

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.

Patchwork Skirt Back

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.

Jump

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

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