June 2013 Archives
June 30, 2013
When I was a kid, my mom had the most amazing stash of patches in her sewing box. From time to time, she'd use them to patch up holes my siblings and I would wear in our clothes, but mostly, I think she kept them on hand to keep me busy while she worked. I'd rifle through those patches for hours, ever entranced by the tiny tableaux rendered in appliqué and embroidery.
Nowadays, I think of patches as embellishments more than colorful repair tools. And I love to make my own. Here are a few ways to create your own custom patches using just small bits of fabric remnants (total stash buster!) and a bit of Heat'n Bond.
June 28, 2013
Clutchs are loved by women everywhere. It is a great go-to bag. The only downfall is that most are too small. I decided to combine my new obsession with envelope clutches with just the right size (which also happens to fit a small tablet) to make this grab and go bag perfect! The colorful nature of this envelope clutch means it will sync with any dress. It is an easy-breezy date bag or you can use it as your non-kids bag (it can slip in your diaper bag so you can just grab your essentials when you are free from your little ones for the night). This will be your new favorite bag; I can say this with confidence because it is now mine.
June 26, 2013
Creating a knitted and sewn project is not very popular despite the growning population of sewists who knit and knitters who sew. Combining the 2 arts can be tricky, frustrating and create headaches that most would rather not deal with. After all, two of the key reasons people craft is stress relief and and enjoyment of the finished product. However, it doesn't have to be very difficult and with some tips combining sewing and knitting can be a great way to design a one of a kind project.
June 24, 2013
They've kind of been on the slow burn in fashion for a while now, but in the past several months, patterned leggings have exploded as a trend. Getting the look couldn't be easier -- in an afternoon, you can stitch up several garments to add a little fun and flair to your wardrobe.
Animal Print Activewear Knit
Animal Print Activewear Knit
Stretch Jersey Knit
June 21, 2013
It's hot out there; your (and my) baby needs a hat. This much is obvious to every mother, however finding the perfect hat or one that matchest the utter cutest of your offspring is virtually immpossible. Nothing can match the ultimate picture in your head of summer style for your little baby. Unless of course you make said mind picture. Why not try out the perfect baby hat pattern by Oliver + S. First published in the book "Little Things to Sew" it is now available as a free pattern download in all kids sizes.
June 19, 2013
I am unsure how I ever missed this month's gold mine that is the Blog of the Month: Sew Maris. This lovely blog is chock-full of tutorials and sewing lessons that any sewer could use. The first post I discovered was "3 ways to Gather Fabric". This post in itself pays for the time spent googling to find this month's blog. I had just heard of the second method Maris outlines and was going to try it this weekend on a new skirt pattern but now that I have seen her third version, I'm not even going to bother with #2 any more. Then, I found her sure-fire method of perfectly positioning a zipper. I am hooked.
Maris is a self described "sewing nerd" and even has a collection of Japanese sewing notions. She learned to sew from her mother and in turn loves to pass on her gift to others in her in-home studio which hosts private and semi private classes as well as kids camps. You can read Maris' testimonials here and learn about all the fun her classes bring. You can find all of Maris' tutorials/lessons here on her tutorial page or you might be better off finding what you want on the rightside of the page under categories, of which there are many. My personal favorites are: Heirloom sewing and Pattern adjusting & drafting.
June 17, 2013
Thanks in part to Baz Luhrman's recently-released film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous novel, roaring '20s style is in vogue. No complaints here! (Except for the fact that I don't really have the figure for it.)
I decided it was definitely time to add a few sparkly accessories to my collection that evoke that gorgeous, glimmery era.
First up, a headband!
June 14, 2013
The new Threshold line by Target has captivated me. Granted it is not a hard task because I am already drinking the proverbial Target Kool-Aid but the outdoor line has me giddy. Give me a nice pouf over a couch for movie-watching any day but put that pouf outside on a patio next to the grill with a margarita in my hand and I'm done for. I would have been at the store the next day purchasing one had it not been for the color selections. I enjoy bright vibrate colors outside but the red ikat and greenish stripes were not doing it for me. I decided to make my own and change it up a little with some indoor fabric treated with some tent spray I found at another big box store (it starts with a W) that promises UV protection as well as mildew resistance.
June 5, 2013
This year I bet you are looking to change up your boring outdoor setting but nothing too crazy, and still a little traditional, classic or maybe modern (if that's your idea of Zen). You may be getting a little bored with all that the big box stores have to offer. Perhaps you just want to make something fun without a huge headache. I think it's time you gave stripes another thought. Stripes do not just go vertical or horizontal. Get a little creative with your stripes and one piece of fabric can give you many variations, brightening up your outdoor area while easily staying in your palette and not spending a ton on many different prints and solids.