I always enjoy pattern testing. There are three people who I have tested for, and I always love the outcome of their projects. For different reasons of course. This is the Lilium Laptop Bag by Sara of Sew Sweetness fame. So far, I’ve tested two bags for her, and enjoyed both processes immensely. The Paparazzi Bag and this one. I’m loving them. They are spacious, they are trendy, and best of all, they’re pretty easy to sew. I would think about making a few alterations based on what I know that I like for my bags, but for a straightforward pattern, the Lilium Laptop Bag is perfect. Continue readingPin It
Hey lovelies! I’m back, and I’ve worked on a couple of things over the past few weeks of NOT posting anything sewing related. I’m such a poor keeper of “themes” on this blog, that it’s pitiful. I choose to blame the kids. Because it’s my right.
This bag is the second that I’ve made, and I think that I love it more than the first. The photographer is a college friend of mine who became a photographer after a very emotional event in her life. She gave me a color scheme to work with and trusted the process (even though it was long.) I’m learning that while I love making gorgeous things, I will never be able to really mass produce larger objects because I want to peg the fabric for each individual. The geometric shape gives it a pretty good edge and the hot pink gives it that “fun” pop of color. Isn’t this lining ingenious? She’ll never, ever misplace her bag, and no one will be able to claim it! She has a camera strap in matching fabrics, minus the camera print fabric.
I also made another Cosmo Bag! I’m getting pretty good at getting them cut out and sewn up in one afternoon or evening. This client makes hair accessories for a living, and needed something to carry her items to, for craft fairs. I guessed on the lining and it turns out that she’s in love with butterflies! So, that’s it. To all of my #sewists, what have you been up to lately?
It’s definitely been that type of week (month) for me. Last month, I was a sewing fool. Filling orders, and not really focusing on anything for me. It looks like this month will be just the same. I’m okay with that. We’re paying of student loans, so it helps. However, this is the first week that I was able to breathe with a bit of a relaxed sewing schedule. Just a camera bag, and two family passport wallets. I can live with that, for now. Next week, I fully expect everyone to put their orders in.
So, a couple of things that I worked on last month as I sewed down to the wire for Easter, which you probably saw in my Easter Sunday reveal post. I also made a cosmo bag for my sister in law, and she received it well! I’m always so nervous sewing for family!
These are a set of family passports that I made. I’m loving that I’m getting the hang of fussy cutting as seen in the second photo. I was ADAMANT about that “Travel The World” bubble being visible.
I still have a couple of WIP’s (works in progress) on my table. Some kindle and laptop sleeves, another Cosmo Bag, and another camera bag like I made a couple of weeks ago, although I think that I may fashion that into a diaper bag.
Anyone else sewing over this way? What are you making?Pin It
I remember the point in time in which I actually felt like I should learn how to sew. It had to do with a pair of babylegs. I wanted a pair for the ladybug so badly that I could taste it, but I could NOT fathom paying $15 bucks for them, no matter how cute they were. That’s when I decided that I was going to do something about it. Babylegs turned to cloth diapers, and cloth diapers turned into aprons. Aprons turned into a nursery set for someone, and I’ve done that, curtains, clothing, and basically settled on bags. Anyway, my journey to being a sewist didn’t come without help from lots of sources, most currently being Craftsy.
I purchased a class last year around Christmas time to help me with the varying issues that I had with sewing clothes for me. For example, the dress that I made myself for Easter last year was great for a first time sewing something of that caliber for myself, but I didn’t completely like the fit of it. If I knew more about fitting across the bust, and creating darts a bit better, I would have liked it more. I’ve worn it twice, but I feel like I have to make it again to be perfect.
Anyhoo, with that being said, Craftsy is having a weekend sale, offering up to 75% off various classes and switching them out each day. Starting today, and ending Monday, you can find that class that you’ve been eyeing on sale!
Don’t worry if you’re not a sewist (although I say sewer, even though SOME people read that as the place that water runs off to, blah) since they also have classes for knitting, crocheting, cake decorating, and quilting.
So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and grab these classes before they go back to regular price! You have until Monday. Have fun!Pin It
What happens when you make adorable outfits for your two girls, and matching bow ties for your son’s and then try to get them all to take a picture together?
If your answer was complete chaos, then you my dear are a genius.
While skimming the internet early this month, I found a pattern on One Little Minute that I decided to purchase for the Easter dresses of the ladybug and lil miss twizzler. I spent this weekend sewing them up (like any great mom – I waited until the last-minute when I also had orders to get out) and I think that they came out beautifully! The pattern was super simple to work with, and I love how professional the dresses ended up looking. The armholes are perfect, and the length and finish with the lining and main fabric was fabulous. Continue readingPin It
I’ve made another one (and starting to cut one more!) This is the Amy Butler Cosmo Bag from her Style Stitches book. I used the Tula Pink Salt Water Fabric line and I REALLY, REALLY, hope that the recipient loves it! They picked a really nice line to work with. Loop and button detail. Stitching detail Lining detail. I did enjoy sewing this bag – the cutting of the fabric pieces, not so much. Well, the cutting of the interfacing. It’s absolutely riDONKulous! The payoff though is worth it – of course after the fact. This is MUCH better than my first go round with this bag as far as construction goes. It also lets me know that with time, the ability to stitch definitely gets better. I’m happy with my craft and I am happy that others are willing to share it with me.
So, first off, I have a confession. I’m moving Thread Filled Tuesdays to Thread Filled Thursdays because my inability to let alliteration go is making me. However, I have one more looksie for you all.
Last week, I made quite a few things for some clients and for my Etsy Shop.
Here we go:
A second Dog Under My Desk Daytripper. This one was for a client of mine, and I LOVE IT! I almost didn’t want to give it up, but purple is not a color of mine, so it was a bit easier than I thought. I feel like this one sewed up much better than the first one that I did, and I’m looking forward to making another one.
And yes, I took all pictures in an unprofessional way. Essentially, as soon as that bad boy was hot off the sewing machine, I went to snapping. So no stark white background for it this time. Next time, I promise.
These potholders are all from Michelle Patterns, and are her Just A Pinch Potholders. Such a super cute way to use up fabric scraps AND protect your fingers when taking hot things out of the oven! These are all in my Houseful Of Stitches Etsy Shop, and I can’t wait to see who becomes the owners of all of these! Here I have a passport holder that a friend of mine contacted me about. She needs one to hold eight passports and I went to work on trying to figure out one that holds six first. Good thing that I had One Shabby Chick‘s pattern to use. It’s a fantastic use of scraps as well. This one won’t be going to my friend though because of two things. It’s missing two pockets for two passports, and the interfacing was too thick, so I will be making two more and then sending it over. How about you? Are any of you working on any sewing projects? Share them with me! I love looking at what you’re working on!
It looks like I have my sewing mojo back! Hallelujah! Last night I decided to start sewing bags and clutches to stock my Houseful Of Stitches Etsy Shop. So far, I’ve put three new bags in there, and this week I should be able to sew a bit more – I hope at least. This beauty pictured above is the Lots of Pockets Tote by Michelle Patterns. I love her patterns – they are super easy to work with, and the finish is fantastic. I also love that I don’t have to slip stitch linings too much with her patterns. Inserting the magnetic clasps according to her directions was different for me, but I can totally understand her reasoning. From cutting to sewing, I think that I spent about three hours on both bags. THAT’S how simple they are!
This little number is the pocket clutch. Literally perfect for putting in a coat pocket and going. For those days where you only want to carry essentials, cash, credit cards, chapstick or unmentionables (why are they unmentionables anyway? It’s a way of a girls life, but I digress.) There are two inner pockets, and the flap wraps around to insure that everything stays put. I’m also loving the fact that I got my label perfect this time around. All other attempts have been slightly wonky. Pretty soon, I’ll be able to do this in my sleep!
That’s pretty much it. And just in case you aren’t noticing, I’m trying to stay organized on the blog. I mean, you’ll still get my random postings, but I would like to bring you all regular programming around these parts. It’ll probably take me until the middle of February to form the habit, but I’m working on it!
Thanks for stopping by and Make It A Fantastic Day!
So, I totally missed last Sunday. Blah. I thought that I was cute too. I’m still struggling in the shirt department. I feel like I don’t have enough girly shirts in my closet, and then when I look, I realize that the feeling is true. I’m sure that I can make this “look” work with some sort of black blouse-y lace number. Oh well, I tried. Other than that, my skirt is one of my sewing creations. It’s a Simplicity pattern, 4236 to be exact.
This skirt was super easy to sew up. Two panels, a zipper and twill tape, and I was finished! AND it doesn’t feel like a home-ec project to me!
I really like this pattern, so I think that I will be adding more of these simple skirts to my wardrobe.
My shoes I got in a clothing swap years ago, and I thought to wear them with this look to give more of a casual feel. I’m lacking a LOT in the jewelry department. I will get better, but I will go ahead and admit right now that I have pierced ears, and 99% of the time, I do not wear earrings. I BEGGED my mother to get my ears pierced, and she relented when I was in 7th grade only to have me go earringless the majority of the time.
Yeah, I’m totally not one of those ladies who feels naked without earrings on.
However, let us pay CLOSE attention to the fabulous twist out that I am sporting a top my head. They NEVER come out like this unless I’m thinking about taking it down and doing another hairstyle. >womp< This style was achieved with the twists that you see from the last few days of my cruise – shea butter, shea moisture coconut & hibiscus hair milk, and my two hands.Pin It
YAY! I’m back to sewing again! This time, I’m sewing up lots of clutches and bags for the Etsy shop. This beauty is the Flores Clutch by I Think Sew, and it was a breeze to sew up.
There were ten pieces of fabric, and a magnetic clasp. That’s it. And in those ten pieces, three of the pieces were interfacing. Didn’t take a huge amount, and I’m all for not using a bunch of interfacing because of the cost.
From cutting out the pattern, to finishing up the topstiching took me an hour and a half. Love it. I bet that I could have a marathon of five or six to stock my shop, and not take more than three or four hours.
Right now, most patterns from I Think Sew are on sale for 50% off and she even has some that are on sale for 35% off as well. There are a few that are full price, like this Katie Boston Bag but it’s worth it. I’m loving the structure of that one as well! Can’t wait to pick it up.
I don’t know if you can see it now, but I have my labels! Finally! My bestie did the design for me, so be prepared to see them emblazoned all over everything. I did put them in an odd spot on this bag, so I hope that the recipient doesn’t mind. The labels were done by Sewnique (SBshop on Etsy) and she did such a fantastic job. We convo’d back and forth for a bit until I was satisfied with what I wanted (and believe me, I’m kind of wishy-washy with very easy decisions – Mr. Houseful hates it) and she never made me feel like I was getting on her nerves.
So, I’m back in the swing of things, and can’t wait to show you all what I’m whipping up. I’ve also joined another swap, and can’t wait to show you what I’m thinking about making for my partner – but I won’t be able to post until I know that they’ve received it.
Until later, make it a fantastic day!Pin It