Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Military Messenger Bag: A New Pattern

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I'm a little late in announcing it here, but if you've been following along on Facebook, you may have seen/heard that there is a new pattern out! 
And, what is even more exciting is that it is in One Thimble. 
That's right--right now it is exclusively available from One Thimble--either in Issue 15 or as a stand-alone pattern. 


This is the blurb I came up with about it: 

Inspired by my sons' love of anything military, I designed this bag as a book bag for pre-teens and teenagers. However, depending on your fabric choice, it works great for adults as well, as it includes a longer strap option for adults. Both strap options are adjustable.
The main features include the bellow pockets on the front, highlighted by the grommets. Also, the bag is reinforced by webbing that goes all the way around the sides and bottom to make sure that your creation will withstand the rigors of lugging books and other items. 
There are two options included. Option 1 is an asymmetrical flap with one pocket while Option 2 is a symmetrical flap with two pockets. Or, you can leave the pockets off and applique, embroider, or otherwise decorate the flap--the possibilities are endless!
This pattern includes printable pattern pieces and clear instructions with full color pictures. 
Finished size is approximately: 
Height: 12" Width: 10.75" and Depth 2"


Both my boys LOVE their bags! 
They take their Bibles and notebooks to Church in them, and they look pretty cool in the meantime. 


Fabrics used are a brown denim from Canadian National Fabric, and the rest are a camo twill type fabric and two quilting cottons from my stash. 
Hardware is from Emmaline Bags and the webbing from Cleaners Supply. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Vintage Dresdens

Quite some time ago, I bought a Dresden ruler with the hopes of one day using it.
That day finally came after a friend gave me a stack of vintage fabric.


I wanted to showcase the pretty florals but was afraid to piece a complete quilt out of them as they are vintage and not as strong as they once were. 
So, I pulled out the Dresden ruler and gave it a go.
It was so easy to make them! 


Instead of making 3 whole Dresden 'stars' I made one and two halves that I finished off by turning the raw edges in by 1/4" and then just stitching them on that way. 


The base fabric is yarn-dyed Essex linen and then the backing is also some vintage fabric as is the binding. I really like how the polka dot fabric cut on the bias made for such a fun pattern on the binding. Unintentional but a great surprise!


I will admit--the quilting is not perfect on here. 
The section where the lines curve--that happened while I was going into labour. 
I was sewing during contractions, trying to finish up before deciding whether or not to head into the hospital.
(I did end up going in and sure enough, by 4 the next morning our 6th child was born!)
I ended up binding it 3 weeks later--eager to get it off my desk and onto the table where it now adds a vintage touch to the living room.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

My Handmade World--Book Review


After proofreading and testing Sew Snappy  (the English version of Zo Geknipt), I was thrilled when Meteoor Books contacted me again to test and proofread My Handmade World.


I had no idea what pattern I would be sent and was super excited to be sent the cute Hedgehog Doorstop! 


It's a relatively easy sew--I would say intermediate or adventurous beginner as you need to be comfortable sewing faux leather, sewing curves, working with poly-fill, and hand sewing. 


I was pretty thrilled when I got the actual book in the mail so I could review it--it is gorgeous!
The photography is superb and the projects look like so much fun. 


Here is a picture of the Table of Contents.
There are some really cute projects that would be perfect for gift-giving! 


This is on my 'want-to-sew' list. 
Maybe I'll get to it for a baby gift...


And, because I always like to see what the inside and back of a book looks like, here is a picture of an example of instruction photos: 


And, the back cover:


It is available for pre-order from Amazon! 
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

More of Caroline

If you haven't noticed yet, I absolutely love to sew up the Caroline Party Dress as baby gifts. 
It's a quick, easy to sew pattern and so easy to modify as well. 


I made some little mods on this one. 
I added the strip of pink as a layer between the bodice and the skirt and then also added the pink at the bottom to tie it all in. 
(The real reason was not quite enough of the floral fabric to make the right length, but I love how it turned out!) 
Again, because it's for a baby, I added easy to close snaps on the back instead of an invisible zipper. 




Friday, May 5, 2017

Elsa Times Two

Last time I mentioned how my boys love Star Wars.
My girls are a little late to the Frozen party but they've joined.
My oldest daughter chose this Elsa fabric from Fabric.com and when I was sent extra because it was the end of the bolt, I was able to squeeze two dresses out of it! 


I chose to use the Maggie Mae Dress pattern by Shwin and Shwin. 
It is still one of my favourite quick dresses for older girls. I like the curve in the bodice and the color blocking opportunities! 


The pink fabric was a bonus from someone on a destash site--I had ordered a number of prints from her and she threw in this extra. I love how it adds the pop of color.
And, my girls were thrilled to match in their Elsa dresses! 


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Star Wars!

My boys all love Star Wars. 
They make light sabers out of any stick they find, they dress up as Darth Vader or Storm Troopers, and they conquer each other with the 'force pinch.' 


When they saw that there was such a thing as Star Wars fabric there were many requests for some.
It is hard to find in Canada so when I found some on Fabric.com, I asked friends of ours to pick it up for me in the US to save on shipping. 
The boys each picked their own fabric and chose whether to have a t-shirt type shirt or a button-up. 
My youngest wasn't too picky--he was happy with a woven-front raglan.


My oldest wanted patches on his arms to showcase the fabric even more. 
And, my second wanted a button-up. 



The patterns I used were the Rascal Raglan from Ottobre 4/2013 modified to not have sleeve cuffs (I know, I could have made the oldest's a little longer in the sleeves, but I can always add the cuffs yet), and the Offbeat Oxford from New Horizons. 


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Show Your Stoff Blog Tour

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Welcome to my stop on the Show Your Stoff Blog Tour! 
I'm excited to be sharing what I sewed up from the Zierstoff Sewing Patterns.
This is a new to me pattern shop, and it's always fun to try a new designer--especially a European one. 
These patterns are all translated from German. 
One thing that is different than other patterns I've tried is with taping these together. 
You have to tape the pages edge-to-edge...no overlapping. 
I'm not sure I like it as much as overlapping as it's harder to fold the master copy of the pattern. 
But, that is a minor--the pieces all fit nicely together and the end result fits nicely. 


I chose the Nicki Capris.
They come in two versions--knit and woven. 
I made the woven version with woven cuffs and waistband. 


The fun thing is that they actually fit under my 35 week pregnant belly! 
I'd only recommend these for maternity if you don't mind wearing your pants under your belly rather than over. Or if you generally can--I know every woman has a different pregnant belly.


I'm really looking forward to Spring and Summer when I can actually wear these outside. 
They are very comfy and I'm sure the knit ones would be even more so just because of the softness of a knit fabric. 





Make sure to check out all the other stops on the Show Your Stoff Blog Tour! 

Monday April 10- 
 Tuesday April 11- 
 Wednesday April 12-
Saturday April 15- 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Rock 'n Romance--a Lap Quilt

 When the Rock 'n Romance line came out from Art Gallery Fabrics (designed by Pat Bravo) I absolutely loved it. 
I knew I wanted to buy the line. 
And, I knew I wanted to make something lasting out of it--a quilt. 
So a number of years ago, I ordered one colorway of the line and some coordinating prints to complement it from Hawthorne Threads. 


I ended up using the 4-Patch Slice Quilt Pattern.
The total size is about 47"x 58".


This is the first time I've made a quilt out of actual quilt blocks and not just randomly throwing things together. 


I ended up quilting it with free motion quilting. 
I'll admit I was super nervous to start quilting it. 
I've only done small quilts and this was to be my own lap quilt and I have a tendency of 'inspecting' things such as seams, quilting, and any stitching in almost anything.
I wanted perfection. 
But, it's not perfect and I think I'm okay with that as it's hard to tell unless you really inspect it. 


I used my favorite fabrics from the line for the backing. 
I just pieced them together--there's a pink 'border' on both sides of the grey. 


And, lastly a close-up of the binding and a bit of the quilting. 
(The lighting in this picture is pretty bad, so the colors are not as true on this picture.) 
The binding I attached by machine--I do not have the patience to do it by hand and I know it won't be done as tidily as when I do it by machine. 
It might not be the official or time-honored way of doing things but I love the quicker finish and the look of it as well (as long as you are very careful to stitch in the ditch on the front and just catch the binding in the back.) 

I'm already dreaming of doing another quilt, but we'll have to see when that happens! 


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Suburban Minnie

My youngest daughter absolutely loves Minnie Mouse so when I saw someone destashing some Minnie Mouse knit, I knew it'd make the perfect shirt for her. 


For the pattern, I used the 
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in size 2 with two inches added. 
My kids are usually quite slim. 
I love this pattern as it works for both my boys and girls and it has options for long, short or combined sleeves. 
It also comes in sizes 6m to 10, so a good size range. 


Now, if anyone has any pointers for taking pictures of a two-year old who wants to look at the picture before the picture is taken....


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Caroline Party Dress for Babies

I've been whipping out Caroline Party Dresses like they're going out of style. 
A friend ordered two of them and the third is for a brand new niece.


First up are two size 12 month dresses. 


Next is a size 6 month for my niece. 
I find they make great baby gifts as they are pretty quick to sew up and what baby can't use more dresses?


I again modified them all with snaps as it's much easier to dress a baby with snaps rather than a zipper. 
I'm always afraid the zipper will catch their skin.
To do this mod, I again added about 3/8" to each center back and sewed that shut as I sewed around the neck and armholes. 
A super simple modification! 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Knippie Sewing

Quite some time ago, my parents brought a Knippie home for me from the Netherlands.
As soon as I saw this pattern (#8, February/March 2016), I had to sew it up for my youngest daughter. 


I love the ruffles on the front. 
The neat thing is that they are not actually gathered--they are cut like a 'C'. 
Also, the fold-over elastic bindings are super sweet. It looks so tidy and neat. 


It has an easy button closure on one shoulder seam. 
Made with some sweet European fabric, it's the perfect dress for my little girl! 




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