3/19/2016






Hi all- we're nearly to Spring and I couldn't be more excited. 



Well, actually yes I could be- I definitely could be MORE excited, especially if  Superman walked into my sewing room with arms full of Nani Iro fabric and fresh rotary cutting blades. A ten pack.   Of  blades.





 Anyways-- I've had this insane rush of garment sewing. See above knit dress in navy blue, a Meg McElwee  pattern (surplice dress) from her 2012 Craftsy class. I will be reviewing this as a guest post on Sew Sweetness next week. Don't miss it if you are even remotely interested in sewing your own knit fabric garments.  (The "knit fabric" is the stretchy kind-where you can go to an all-you-can-eat buffet and still have positive self esteem when you leave!)





The skirt with pink tights is a Liesl and Co pattern called the Everyday Skirt. It's easy! It's fast! Perfect for using that extra special fabric in a totally wearable way. The flat front waist band is flattering while the elasticated back waist ensures comfort and stretch.




For St Patrick's Day I made my kiddo a green charm quilt. I was free with the pattern and just let it flow. I think there is magic in letting things "be" and not overthinking it.  This is probably what happened when I ventured into my green spandex leggings bottom right corner. I mean, spandex is never a good idea past 1992, but you know, I had the material and never made the swim suit I had planned--so why not?! They are surprisingly comfy and super fast and easy to make. I traced a pair of workout leggings I own from Target, and then just sewed the legs together. Here is a tutorial by One Little Minute that is easy to follow.

I made my kids each a pair as well-we were a sight I tell you. LOL







Since we're on quilts...





Here is a close up of my Improv quilt #101
More on this to come, but for now here is a close up of  the matchstick quilting. I have more peeks on my IG feed. ;)









I'm still working on my Improv medallion quilt too. It's slow going but a fun exploration in shapes and color. This is going to be a huge Patchwork Doodle quilt, maybe big enough for my bed. 
Those curves...
I'm slowly learning the fine art of curves.
(With a few cuss words thrown in for good measure.)

No measuring is done for Improv, it's cutting shapes freehand and "making it work". 




 Another finish this week I've wanted to tackle for quite some time is the double zip wallet in Anna's book Handmade Style. I like it, but it could gone over better if I had used plastic zippers.  (sighhhhhh)

Just another thing on my list of "learn that better" ...










Annnnnd another pair of Luna pants-made with calico on sale at Joann Fabrics and then the luxe Liberty print for the pockets. At $36/yard I opted to do the pockets only in Liberty.

One day I'll make a pair (or two or five) in ALL Liberty.
#LifeGoals


I love this pattern because it's fast and is easily customized for a perfect fit. I had to chop some length off the hemline and slightly taper the legs a bit to get that perfect look--but I didn't do this until the third pair. You can see my other two pairs here. 







Even Henry can't stop staring at my
Lunas.










This is Dress "Y" I completed in one sewing session from the Japanese designer Yoshiko Tsukiori. This book is so fabulous I've kept on with other patterns. I have two more dresses/tunics to photograph and share as I think it's so fun to wear "Granny chic". 

It's whimsical and comfortable.

It's a little weird and hippie and so groovy with colored tights. I feel like an artist when I dress like this, though I think I did hear "Smurfette" when shopping at Target.... I didn't drop kick this stranger though, because I knew he was just absolutely jelly of my tights. I just winked at him. LOL

Moving on.















I finally broke down and bought the Wiksten Tank pattern by Grainline Studios.
I've now made three tank dresses that will be perfect in the hot sticky summer. 

OR layered over a striped long sleeve shirt I think it could look bad a$$. 

This print is by my current mega crush Katarina Roccella. I have a bolt. No shame about it either.
Pink + Gold = Heavenly.
All her fabric really speaks to me.



It whispers "buy me.......buuuuuyyyyyy meeeeeeee"... you know the feeling I'm sure.










I made another Scout Tee and pieced the back as I ran out of this lush print by Leah Duncan called Meadow. It's one of my favorite prints of all time.
I recently found out green is my color this year too-according to numerology (if you believe in that stuff or not doesn't matter- it's fun to learn about it).  :D



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Are you sick of my "oh look what I made" post yet?  I kinda am but...

If I don't blog it here, it will be lost in the abyss of life and someday when I'm 96 I want to remember this crap. You know?
I mean, I can hardly remember what I ate for dinner yesterday.
Actually- I can't.  Can you?






This little bag is the  March Bag-of-the-Month make-- the pattern is called The Polaris by Sara over at Sew Sweetness.  It's a fun pattern to make and is just a small bag, so you only need a bit of fabric. The piping is optional-but a good idea if you're looking to expand your skill set. It was my first time adding piping to a bag, and it went pretty well. I only had to rip out a section on the bottom one time and re-sew because my seam allowance wasn't big enough. I used Alison Glass Sunprint Grove for the fabric exterior and a cobalt blue for the inside. I can see myself making many more of these lil' nuggets.













I only finished one block so far this month for the Snapshots QAL. But that's okay because I'm listening to my intuition. When I try to force sh*t it backfires. Does this happen to you?

Newest block is the sundae dish in the middle here:
All fabric is by Pam Kitty Morning.











I've got a HUGE list to finish up before April, including the official release of my Sugar Skull quilt pattern. It's still available at Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, (for free) so grab a copy of Issue 26 if you can. (Pick up as many issues as you can find of this quilting magazine, it's gorgeous and super informative!)


I will be releasing the PDF very soon..
This make is my a fellow IG user named lopolokko






Here is another make by Inghelhoe

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On my radar this month:














An Oliver & S Hide and Seek dress for Ruby (She's been requesting a dress with BIG pockets).









I also want to try Art Gallery's new denim out on something epic. 
Not sure yet on what to make-but it's going to happen!







We are also clearing out our house and donating lots of furniture and items that don't fit our life anymore, and that is a time consuming job let me just say. But--it feels so good to let things go. Spring cleaning is going to be full on this year in our home.

I would like to hold a garage sale and use the money for a family trip or something-but the reality is I'm not willing to invest the time into having a sale. Time is precious, and I want to sew or be with my kids, period.

:D




What are you up to?



Whatever you do-- keep making!











2 comments:

  1. Sure show a lot of activity in your posts.....do you ever sleep?

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    1. Heehee :D xoxo No rest for the wicked!

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