Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wild Flower Top

This is my first make from the Just Add Jeans Bundle I purchased awhile back.

It is the Wild Flower Top by Blank Slate Patterns.  The fabric is from a binge purchase that I made from this spring.

In all honesty, this top was the one in the bundle that I was least excited about.  So why I chose to make it first, I have no idea...but I'm glad I did.  I love the way it fits!!

I chose to do the short sleeves which I think makes all the difference.

The gathering at the bust is actually very flattering but does require that a shirt be worn under it to prevent an indecent amount of exposure. 

I can definitely see myself making more of these!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Let's Link Up

It's that time of the month again ladies!  Don't forget that this month you can link up both the Lucky Mint Denver Bag AND the Chandelier Swing Bag...

(Photos used with permission of Martingale Publishing.  Photograph by Brent Kane.)

Once again, we had a crazy month around our house and I wasn't able to get any bags made myself :( so I will be living vicariously through your makes.  Link up below to show me what you've been working on.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Shopping in Style

I recently had an old schoolmate ask me for a shopping cart cover for her adorable new little boy.

She picked out the supplies, dropped them off with me, and this is what I came up with.

I added a pacifier leash because we all know how easily they fall onto the dirty floors.

 I added some little ribbon "taggies" to help amuse him.

 A pocket for his sippy cup/bottle.

And slits for the belt to keep him properly secured in the cart.

Hopefully it will keep him happy and cozy during many shopping trips to come :)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Puppy Love!

My poor puppies haven't been getting nearly as much attention since the kiddos came into the picture (don't worry they are still well cared for and loved).  They have handled it pretty well though :)

I picked up this charm pack quite a while back.  I'm thinking that maybe I even won it from Quilt Taffy...?  It's the Max & Whiskers line from Basic Grey.  And it is absolutely adorable.  As soon as I got it I knew I wanted to make something for my pups but it got put aside in the chaos and was forgotten. 

I came across it again when sorting fabrics for a destash and decided it was time to put it to use.  I simply sewed the charms together to make a top and used some fleece from JoAnn's for the side panels and bottom.  It is stuffed with the huge pile of leftover batting scraps that were taking over my sewing space and is super comfy (or so Squeak tells me).  I couldn't get them to sit on it long enough to get a good photo (my dogs are SUPER energetic!) so this one will have to work.

I'll leave you with this collage of cuteness :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Amy Butler Anna Tunic

My clothing kick continues today with the Amy Butler Anna Tunic.  When I first started sewing I was in awe of Amy Butler, her fabrics, and her patterns.  I scooped up everything I came across.

I have now broadened my horizens a bit but when doing some housekeeping in my sewing studio (sounds fancy, huh!?) the other day I came across this long forgotten pattern.  I also had a good chunk of yardage of one print from Pat Bravo's Carnaby line.  

Side Note:  Pat Bravo is to me as Tula Pink is to lots of others.  In other words, I love every fabric line she puts out even if they aren't in a color palette I normally go for.

Anyway, back to the Anna Tunic...

The fit is just okay and may need to be adjusted.  

I'm not crazy about the way I styled it but that can be fixed :).  I'm thinking with a pair of navy leggings and a cardigan of some sort it could be pretty cute.  (Cardigans are so wonderful when it comes to covering up slight flaws with the fit!) 

I managed to put the top together fairly easily.  There was a bit of time spent with the seam ripper when it came to putting on the yoke but nothing too bad :).  Overall a fun pattern and a bit more advanced than the usual patterns I've tried.  I wouldn't rule out the possibility of another version of this in a voile sometime in the near future...

Friday, August 15, 2014

Custom Order Complete

This quilt was made at the request for a former customer.  I had her two other quilts using Amy Butler fabric in past.  I never managed to put up a post about them but I did manage to find a couple of photos...


She wanted me to use up the scraps left over from the quilt in the top photo.  This was really the only layout option based on what I had left.  I think it turned out pretty cute :).

She wanted a lightweight quilt that would fit in her daughter's backpack so we decided to skip the batting and use a soft flannel for the backing.

I originally planned on doing simple, wide-spread, straight line quilting but couldn't resist trying something a little different in the end.   The finished quilt measures approximately 44" x 42".

The binding was machine stitched on for the sake of durability.  Daycare can be rough!!

All in all it was quick and easy.  Hope the customer is happy!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Plantain Tee #2

After my first Plantain Tee I knew I wanted to give it another try.  So a couple of months ago I grabbed another fun print from my stack that I bought from, reprinted my pattern, taped it together, and cut a larger size (not really sure which one though).

The verdict:  It's definitely not too tight.  In fact, it's quite loose and looks a little sloppy.  BUT you know I'm still going to wear it ;).