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Working On ... Something Pretty!

Right now I'm working on something with Emily Taylor's pretty Verona collection. I adore the colors in this collection, perfect for brightening up dreary winter days.


This collection also features apron panels! Yes, aprons ready to cut out right on the fabric. Riley Blake produced this excellent video where Emily Taylor shows you how to cut out and make these really cute aprons with the panels.

Round Up: 7 Big Bags to Sew

Sometimes a girl just needs a big roomy bag, no? Probably some guys, too! Here's a little round-up of some of my favorites.

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[Disclosure: Any links to books link to my Amazon Affliate shop where I receive a very small commision from sales]

Victory Sewing Patterns

Do you love? I love! Victory sewing patterns are designed by Kristiann, who has taught sewing and drafting at The Workroom sewing studio in Toronto. From Kristiann:

Victory Patterns came from a desire to create a responsible and ethically produced clothing line, combined with a love for DIY, and the desire to contribute to that growing movement. I decided to make a user friendly, fashionable DIY clothing line.

Find out more about the patterns and a lot of inspiration on the Victory Patterns website.

Inspired by Nani Iro

Yesterday, Miss Matatabi posted photos of sneak peeks at Nani Iro's 2012 fabric line on her Facebook page. I immediately headed over to naniIRO's website to see if any images were up yet, they are not. However, while I was there I remembered how much I love all the inspiration on that site. The fabric, the patterns... Below are a few collages I put together of some of her free patterns from over the years. They can be found on the naniIRO website, but are written in Japanese in the manner that most Japanese craft books are written (with detailed diagrams).

Round-Up: 12 Felt Flowers to Inspire

Today, I'm feeling inspired by pretty and happy felt flowers. Here are twelve to inspire:

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Giveaway! Ottobre Design Sewing Magazines & More!

As many of you may know, I closed up my fabric shop (it went out of business last year and I closed it for good the first of this year). I have some left over sewing pattern inventory and I thought it might make a nice "thank you" giveaway gift to my readers. Thank you for stopping by, thank you for leaving comments, thank you for sharing my blog with others.

This giveaway consists of four prizes (and four winners!). The first three are identical to what you see above. Sewing patterns as follows: one Ottobre Design Woman Autumn/Winter 5/2010, one Ottobre Design Kids Autumn 4/2006 (see details for both on the Ottobre Design website), one Nolan Cap & Snack Sack by Hot Scott Patterns (see details here) and one Izzy Pincushion Toy by Bari J (see details here). 

The fourth giveaway consists of the following sewing patterns only: one Ottobre Design Woman Autumn/Winter 5/2010 and one Izzy Pincushion Toy by Bari J.

If you do not want to be in the drawing for the prizes that include the children's patterns, please indicate so in your comment. If you don't indicate which prize you would prefer, you'll be in the drawing for the three prizes with the children's patterns.

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post telling me what you like most about A Sewing Journal. I'd also love it if you gave me a suggestion(s) for improving the blog as well!

Giveaway ends Sunday, January 22 at 10pm Central Standard Time. Winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday. Good luck!

Giveaway! The Abbey Coat Sewing Pattern by Jamie Christina

Today I have a giveaway for you, lovely readers! The Abbey Coat Sewing Pattern by Jamie Christina (remember I posted about it here?) I have 3 patterns to giveaway to 3 readers. All you have to do to is comment on this post. How about if you tell me what is your first sewing project of 2012.

And, by the way, I have a few more giveaways in store for you, too. I will have some giveaways of some of the final inventory from my old shop (which is now officially closed) and more. 

So, back to today! Please do check out Jamie's lovely shop - her sewing patterns are pretty, well-written little pamphlets that explain every step very clearly with pictures and diagrams as well. I love her blog, Pretty Ditty, too!

Giveaway ends Sunday, January 8 at 10pm Central Standard Time. Winner will be picked randomly from comments on this post. Good luck!

Sunday Dinner Hostess Apron from Weekend Sewing - Pattern Review

I made this apron as a Christmas gift for my mom. The pattern is from Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross and the fabric is from the Garden Rose fabric collection from Treasures by Shabby Chic designed by Rachel Ashwell. 

I chose this apron pattern because I love the full and vintage look of it, even though the poor reviews of the book did make me hesitate a bit. I checked the book out of the library and later bought it because it really is a beautiful and inspiring book. There is a lot of errata information online, too.

The apron really came together quite easily and here is my addition to the errata for the book (I also added this to the flickr group):

- The apron hem: says turn up 5". There is no way that can be correct. When I turned up the hem 5" it went up almost halfway up the apron. The picture in the book clearly didn't look that way. I believe it is supposed to be turned up 2.5" (which brings it up to the 5" mark - maybe that's how the mistake was made?)

- The apron hem: because of the trapeze shape of the apron, when turning up the hem you will have too much fabric. The instructions should indicate to "ease", though there are no instructions for easing in the book so maybe that is why it is left out. Anyway, easing is quite challenging and not my forte so I just went with "well it looks good from the front" :)

- Ties: The instructions to sew closed the ties are missing. I *think* they should be in Step 7. 

All in all, those are easy things for an experienced sewist to catch and I really, really love the look of this apron! 

Have you made anything from Weekend Sewing? How did it go?

Sewing Inspiration: Thanksgiving

Nine projects to sew (or not) or use as inspiration for your Thanksgiving preparations.

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See anything you want to make? I'm loving that Turkey Shirt and Martha's Paisley Scarf!

Inspiration: Across The Pond by Cloud9 Fabrics

How about some organic fabric inspiration for your Tuesday? Across The Pond is designed by Michelle Engel Bencsko for Cloud9 Fabrics.

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Round-Up: 12 Capes or Capelets to Sew

Capes and capelets are so cute and fashionable for fall! Sew one for yourself or your daughter (or grand-daughter or friend...)

For girls, clockwise from top left:

For women, clockwise from top left: