Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Suburban Stripes

I think I've fallen in love with bamboo cotton jersey.
It is so soft and the drape is amazing. 
It is perfect for spring or summer tops.

When I saw that Sew Lovely Fabrics had in some bamboo cotton jersey stripes, I knew I needed to try them out. 
I chose to try out the Charcoal Mix & Everglade and I'll admit I ordered a few more to try out on my own as well! 

My son needed a new shirt for Church for Spring/ Summer so I chose to sew up the Suburban Basic Tee from New Horizons Designs. I did do the sleeves a little different--I added enough at the bottom to hem it instead of cuffing it. 

The fabric is available now from Sew Lovely Fabrics so be sure to check it out! 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Favourite Sewing Supplies

(This post contains affiliate links!)

I thought it'd be fun to share some of my sources for some of my favourite sewing supplies.
This is so far from an exhaustive list but it's a short, fun list of items I love and enjoy using.

These are great for attaching your tags to your items if you're selling or gifting. They are delicate but add such a pretty touch! Add your washing instructions, logo tag, or even a personal note to your items. 

The selection here is amazing! I've gone with mainly plain wooden buttons but the painted ones would add an amazing touch to your handmade garments. 
These ship from Australia but arrive in a very reasonable time. 

All your zipper needs in one place. Seriously. And the cost is very competitive as well. I stocked up on a lot of 7" zippers in a huge variety of colors.
I'm not sure I'll ever get through them all, but I love having a wide selection on hand when I'm sewing little pouches or need to find a good match for certain fabrics.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Hazelbee Dress in Tulips

Sew Lovely Fabrics has some super sweet fabrics up for preorder (and these tulips are already in stock here!) 
I had a chance to sew up the Watercolour Tulips as soon as they came in and I'm very happy with this fabric. 

I used the Hazelbee Dress in size 12 months and sewed up the play dress with flutter sleeves. 
The pink is a cotton lycra I had in my stash but if you are looking for some really nice co-ordinates, they have a Jazzy pink and also a blue and white pin polka dot.

I did finish the dress a little differently than called for. I did a neck band in the round instead of a neck binding before the last shoulder is sewn. 

It'll be a perfect gift for a new baby--especially a pretty Dutch baby. 

While the tulips are available already, be sure to check out the fabrics that are on preorder before it closes on the 15th! 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Get Ready for Spring Blog Tour

Welcome to the 'Ellie and Mac Get Ready for Spring Blog Tour' hosted by 'Seams Sew Lo.'

Spring is around the corner. Or we'd like to think so.
Here in Alberta we can expect frost as late as the May Long Weekend, so it definitely feels like Spring is still a ways a way. But, we can be hopeful for an early spring.
So we're sewing for Spring!
I chose to use the Boy's Sunday Morning Sweats and the Discoverer Tee from Ellie and Mac.

 For the Discoverer Tee, I chose a lightweight jersey knit for the bottom portion and a slightly heavier weight cotton-lycra for the top and sleeves. The pattern comes with a long sleeve and a short sleeve option so you can make this year-round.

The Sunday Morning Sweats are basically shorts over a narrower almost legging-like pant. I only used the shorts part of the pattern for these shorts, but again they could be a good year-round pattern. They have a yoga waistband with no elastic so they're pretty comfy. 

Even though we're having a snow storm today and it's -30C with windchill my son decided to keep wearing this after pictures--he loves a good pair of shorts. 

Shirt fabric is from Girl Charlee (an old print) and Water Tower Textiles (solid).
The fabric for the shorts is from Zenith and Quasar (jegging).

Enjoy 35% off all Ellie and Mac patterns the month of February!

Please visit all the stops on the 'Get Ready for Spring Blog Tour' featuring Ellie and Mac spring sewing patterns, hosted by Seams Sew Lo
 Do not forget to enter the giveaway below too! 

February 3rd: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
February 4th: Seams Sew Lo
February 5th: Violets and Jewels
February 6th: Threadistry
February 7th: Mama Can Make it
February 9th: Aurora Designs
February 10th: Flaxfield Sewing
February 11th: Floral and Flannel
February 12th: FABulous Home Sewn
February 13th: Minns Things
February 14th: Our Play Place
February 15th: Tenille's Thread
February 16th: Seams Like Style
February 17th: Hutsepruts
February 18th: Candi Couture Designs
February 19th: My Sewing Roots
February 20th: Manning the Machine
February 21st: Stitched by Jennie
February 22nd: Kathy's Kwilts and More
February 23rd: Sewjourns
February 24th: Mermaid Mama Designs
February 25th: Fee Bricolo
February 26th: Oak Blue Designs
February 27th: Big Fly Notions
February 28th: Sewing Blue

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Sewing Something Sew Lovely

Sew Lovely Fabrics--a brand new fabric shop in Alberta, Canada that offers cotton jersey fabrics that are milled, printed and/or dyed in North America.

The fabrics I used are both bamboo cotton jerseys--chili and charcoal mix
(Just to clarify--the bamboo fabrics are from overseas but are part of their sustainability fabrics and pass all required tests.)

First of all, the packaging!
It was like receiving a present, it was so nicely wrapped.

A couple of samples were included--I think I'm in love with the Bamboo Fleece--I may have to try that one out as well.

And, to top it off, candy and a coupon! 

Last but not least, the fabric. 
The bamboo jersey is so soft! 

 I decided to sew up Ellie and Mac's Dicoverer Tee.

My son chose which fabric would go where and his one request for the pattern was that it wasn't too tight--either in the arms or the fit. I think we accomplished that.

This fabric was a dream to work with--I would LOVE to sew myself all the bamboo tops. 

Also, February is Heart Month at Sew Lovely Fabrics

Be sure to join the group and follow/like their page!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Something Different--Classic Book Challenge!

This is a little different than my usual sewing! I used to be an avid reader but have not read as much in the last number of years as I find I get lost in a book and have a hard time putting them away. Also, the little time I feel I have I want to use to read books that help me to grow in my faith and knowledge of God. However, as a homeschooling mom it is good to read the books that my kids will be reading and to keep my brain sharp. So...I will try to join in on this challenge:

Karen from Books and Chocolate is doing a Back to the Classics Challenge for 2018. 

1.  A 19th century classic - A G.A Henty book

2.  A 20th century classic - 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding

3.  A classic by a woman author. 'Cotton in my Sack' by Lois Lenski

4.  A classic in translation.  'Reis Door de Nacht' by Anne Devries translated to 'Journey Through the Night'

5. A children's classic. 'Winnie the Pooh' by A.A. Milne

6.  A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction. Probably 'Sherlock Holmes' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction. 'Pilgrim's Progress' by John Bunyan

8. A classic with a single-word title. 'Christiana' by John Bunyan

9. A classic with a color in the title. 'Anne of Green Gables' by Lucy Maude Montgomery

10. A classic by an author that's new to you.  I'll need to look for something yet! 

11. A classic that scares you. 'Pride and Prejudice' or 'Sense and Sensibility' by Jane Austen

12. Re-read a favorite classic. 'Margaret Paton: Letters from the South Seas' which was published in 2003 but the letters are written in the 1860's to the 1890's. 

I myself am curious how many of these I'll get to! I'd love to get in the habit of doing more reading and this looks like a do-able challenge.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Mug Rugs!

In December I had some fun doing a couple of small quilting projects--mug rugs! 
For a couple of years already I've been wanting to make some of my friends a small Christmas gift and this year I finally got to doing it for four of them. 

I had so much fun coming up with different ideas for each one, and working with each of their favourite color combos. 
This first one I found a cool idea on Pinterest with stacked tea cups, so I found some neutral colors in my stash to make them and then appliqued them with sketch-like stitching. 

Next up I used my Dresden ruler and just sewed them together along the long ends, alternating the direction. Navy, yellow, and teal were the colors of choice here. 

Black and white, grey and blue. This one has random strips sewn together and then the blue fabric, I fussy-cut around the design in the fabric. It turned out so bold and fun!

The last one has the hearts appliqued onto a piece of white fabric and then I reverse appliqued that behind the Essex linen. This one is based on my plates and cups--this friend has always loved the color of my plates and cups. They look almost like Delft blue but are actually a Martha Stewart set from Sears years ago. 

It was neat, working with the fabric I had on hand, doing some different quilting techniques (mostly free motion and straight lines), and trying to be a little artsy with fabric.


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