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Lickety Split Boho Bag

This is my new summer bag. I used Made By Rae's Lickety Split Bag pdf pattern and it really did go together lickety-split. It was SO EASY to make.  Perfect for an impatient seamstress such as myself. The bag is reversible (!) and has nice sized pockets inside and out. There are no zippers or buttons or anything fussy. The straps tie at the top. I used quilting cottons so it's slouchy and soft. The fabric is from Sandi Henderson's Secret Garden collection. It really is the perfect easy-breezy summer bag!

Inspired By: Sewing with Vintage Sheets

Today I'm feeling inspired by these lovely sewing projects made with vintage sheets.

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Seaside by October Afternoon for Riley Blake

Seaside is a new fabric collection by October Afternoon for Riley Blake. I love the nostalgic, beachside feel of the collection. You can find both the Summer Sun Pillowcase Kit (upper right) and the Sandcastles Quilt Kit by Kimberly Jolly for It's Sew Emma (lower left) at Fat Quarter Shop. By The Sea (lower right) is a free quilt pattern from Riley Blake. This fabric is expected in stores any day now!

Sewing Patterns To Do

So many things I want to sew, so little time...

I'm working on (and by working on, I mean, in the planning stages):

  • Sandpiper Capri & Top by clever charlotte
  • Shearwater Kaftan by Make It Perfect
  • Hannah shorts & cropped top by modkid

Well, I'm actually "working on" a few other projects, too. In my mind, anyway ;)

 

Tape Measure Shoes

I promise this is still a sewing blog and I will get back to regular programming tomorrow. Today I was window shopping with a friend in Milwaukee's Third Ward and we happened upon these fabulous tape measure shoes at shoo. They have a pretty hefty price tag for me, but I just had to share with my dear sewing friends. Don't you just love them? Aren't they so "us"?

Round Up: 13 Towel Cover-Ups to Sew

Summertime sewing inspiration! Eight towel cover-ups to sew for kids above.

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And, five towel cover-ups to sew for women.

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Easy To Sew: PJ Shorts

You know, I'm calling this "easy to sew", but somehow I always, always, sew shorts and pants together upside down or backwards the first time. But I know it's only me - that never happens to anyone else ;) Other than that, these were really fast and really cute, I think. (They're for my 11-year-old). I used Pajama Elastic which sped the project along. (And yes, I know, I started these a month ago, but the hold up was our busy schedule and not a complicated project). Also, when your daughter picks out some really cute Jennifer Paganelli fabric and you only have a half yard, it's really fun to use another half yard of a coordinating print. I love how they turned out!

The pattern is Butterick B5153, but I can't help but think that the instructions are overly complicated (and it's a "Fashion Express 1 Hour Pattern). Also, there was a problem with the back pattern pieces and I checked, double checked and triple checked to see if I cut it right. The back was about 6 inches longer than the front. Weird. Luckily, I could just cut that off. 

Do you have a go-to pattern for PJs?

Round Up: Tutu DIYs

Aren't these pretty? I haven't made any tutus (yet...), but these beautiful versions make me want to give it a try! Have you ever made a tutu?

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Round Up: Tea Towel Tote Bags

I love picking up tea towels, both vintage and just "pretty", when I see them. I was thinking about how fantastic it would be to use them to make tote bags and I found plenty of inspiration on the web.

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Hello Friends

I want to start by thanking you so very much for visiting my little blog. I appreciate each and every one of you so very much! I also want to let you know that posts will be a little light in the next few weeks (probably around 3 per week for a bit) while I do some re-grouping. I am taking a fabulous blogging course (Blogging Your Way 2.0) by decor8's Holly Becker and I'm focusing on some of the assignments and such right now. I've been wanting to make some changes for awhile now and this course will hopefully guide me in the right direction.

When I first started this blog, about one and a half years ago, I had hoped to eek a decent little income from it. Something akin to a part-time job. Alas, I work on it almost full-time hours and haven't been able thus far to carve out what I had hoped (monetary-wise). However, I do have some fantastic sponsors (see them over there? ------------> They are wonderful!) and have had a lot of fun. Really, I'd do this for free if I didn't need to help my family with some sort of income! Why am I telling you this? In addition to "keeping it real", I also wanted to explain some of the changes that may be coming.

I need to find a better balance between work/hobby/income. I may need to get a part-time job. I may find some more freelance opportunities. I may make a final push for more readership for this blog. I'm still working it out. But I plan to have it "figured out" in the next few months. So changes they are a-coming.

You may have already noticed a few changes that I haven't talked about. I stopped the fabric features. I found out that what I was doing was not within the scope of use for the copyrights of the designs. Though some people have indicated that most designers and manufacturers would not mind, I really, really, don't have time to contact all the right people to find out. And then I saw one of my collages pinned on Pinterest with the words "would make great note cards". I thought, "oh, no, I don't need to be involved with that!" I now only feature photographs of fabric rather than the artwork itself. I think if one were to feature fabric artwork on one's blog it would need to be not in a collage-type way, but just the pictures. But I'm not sure and don't have the means of navigating it.

I'm also planning to feature more of my own sewing projects and more tutorials (original content, in blog-speak). I plan to continue the round-ups and Flickr features as well as occasional photo shoots from manufacturers, designers and pattern-makers. Also, book and pattern reviews. And, I have some ideas for some new features as well.

Now it's your turn. I'd love it if you could help me out. What would you like to see on this blog? I'd love your opinions, thoughts, advice. What do you think?

Seersucker Pants & Crafty Onesies for Baby

Here is what I made with that stack of seersucker fabric. Easy-peasy pants for a baby boy (I used this Free Simple Baby Pants Pattern from Make Baby Stuff).

I teamed them up with some embellished onesies the girls and I made together and gifted them to my sweet little nephew.

We dyed the onesies following these instructions on MADE. I have to say, though, the dye was still running even after five washes so I warned my sister to only wash them with darks. We stenciled designs using freezer paper and fabric paint (again, using instructions from MADE). There were a few issues with the paint given that I allowed the girls to paint the shirts themselves, so they have a definite homemade look. The girls also drew pictures on one onesie with fabric markers. 

All in all, it was a fun project and made for a pretty unique gift!

Bright Dresses

I am checking out for the next week or so as we are going out of town and I won't be able to update the blog. I'm leaving you with this photo of my girls in their handmade dresses (save the one on the left which is store-bought) in front of the Wisconsin capitol building. Have a great weekend!