Thursday, March 31, 2011

Simplicity Pattern 3802

I recently made a new apron for my daughter Jolie! She will be 4 in May and she loves to help me cook and she loves to paint. Her old apron was getting a bit small for her. I think I made it when she turned 2.
I decided to use Simplicity Pattern 3802 View D. I made the size 5 and it required 7/8 yard of fabric and 2 packages of double fold bias tape.
I have one problem when it comes to sewing. I am really bad at reading the instructions on patterns. However, with this one, I read as I was sewing and when something didn't seem right, I kept telling myself, it will turn out right. And it did! I think it came out pretty cute and it turned out very professional.
I am getting so much better at working with bias tape. It used to scare me but now I get pretty excited about it. It makes everything look so much better. I love that it makes the little pockets stand out!
I would say this pattern is for a experienced beginner. It may be slighty difficult for them, but they will not be afraid of bais tape when they are done!

Round Satchel Pattern Review

A few months ago I won a giveaway on the Sew Sweetness Blog and the giveaway was 3 patterns designed by Ali Foster. If you have never heard of her patterns go here and take a look.

Yesterday I made the Round Satchel Purse. I was a bit nervous about making this one, but it is so different from the purses that are in stores now, so I just had to try it.

I will honestly tell you that after getting the pattern pieces cut, I really didn't use the pattern. It is a pretty simple straight forward purse. I used a fusible interfacing and cotton fabric for the exterior layer, and I used fusible fleece and cotton for the lining. I like having the extra structure with the purse. I want my purse to be able to stand on its own and protect what is inside. There is one pocket on the inside. It measures 5 inches by 7 inches. I like that it is larger. The strap is 2 inches wide!

Are you nervous about the curves? Don't be! Just pin the heck out of it. curves can be scary at first, but just remember you can always use your seam ripper to take out the stiches. I do have to say, that I was lucky and didn't have any problems on the curves. I feel like I have improved so much on my sewing in the last few months!

Take it slow on this pattern if you are a beginner! If you are more experienced at sewing a purse, it shouldn't be much of a problem. It took me about 3 hours to finish this project!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sis Boom Jamie Dress Sew Along

I am sewing along with this one and I am very excited about it!

Go here to get all the information! If you let her know that you want to sew along, you will get a discount on your pattern. There is still time to get in on the action! We won't start sewing until after the first of April! There are prizes involved!

Go check out all the information on the Sew Sweetness blog!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Recent Sewing

Haha! Lame title! I have a hard time with titles when I am posting about multiple items!
I have been working on several different items lately! I want to start on my favorite of all of them! This is the new Ruffle Pocket Tote. It is a spin off of the 4 Pocket tote that I make. The ruffle adds a bit more character and on the back there is a Pleated Pocket. I am still not sure if I love the pleated pocket on the back, but without it, I think it would be pretty plain.

I love this fabric too! The purple and black prints are from Hobby Lobby. I have heard some people aren't to crazy about their fabrics, but I really love them. I have never had any problems with the quality, and I love the prints and colors that they use. The aqua argyle is from Connecting Threads. It was around $2.60 a yard on clearance. I bought all the different colors in this print, plus a extra yard. I really love their site and catalog. All of their fabrics are made from 100% US cotton. It is a brushed cotton...Not to sure what that means, but It has a nice feel to it. Not to light, feels alot like Kona cottons.

I recently made this Dale Earnhardt Jr tote too! Same shape of bag, just with out all the frilly extras! We are a Nascar household. My husband and I both cheer for Jr when we have a chance to watch! I really love how the checekered flag print makes this purse pop!

Next on the list is a Reversible Slip Dress. This one is made out of the Tutti Fruitti fabrics from Joanns. The strawberry shortcake fabric is the same feel as the TF but not sure where it came from! This dress has a super light summer feel to it, even with the 2 layers. This was made using the Popover dress pattern from Oliver + S, but made reversible!

Then there is this cute little rag quilt! I had made it for the shop, but when I found out my cousin had just had a baby, it went to them! Of course I also decided to make a cute little Tag blanket to go along with it! The fabric is from Joanns. It was a set of flannel recieving blankets. The backing was snuggle flannel that was on sale!

I think that just about covers my sewing as of late! I am linking up to Amy Lou Who's Sew and Tell! I really love this linky party! Only every so ofter, so those who follow always check back to see when it is! Not to big...not to little! It is the perfect linky!

I am also linking up to SEW MODERN MONDAYS! This is the first time linking up. I love checking out all the creations there on Mondays!
{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Late Birthday Present

Here at my house birthdays go recognized, maybe not on their exact date, but I will be sending presents. That is what happened with my Mom's birthday. I had ideas in my head for what to make her, but just didn't get around to making anything! We went to Florida at the beginning of March and I was able to make a trip to Hobby Lobby. I found the perfect fabric for my mom there!

This bag is so georgeous! I am completely in love with it! Will I keep it for myself? Nope, I know my mom will get so much more use out of it! If I make anything for myself it will need to be a bit bigger!

This bag is a basic box style tote with some added extras. There are 2 pockets on the front with a cute white ruffle. On the back is a pleated pocket for your phone or keys. On the inside there are 3 slip pockets and a key FOB!

I love the ruffled pockets! They make me smile! I was kind of unsure about the pleated pocket but decided to keep it after I saw it all together! Had I taken it off, I would have make a heart out of the white fabric and had the letter V monogramed on to it and sewed it on instead!

I still have more of this fabric and I am pretty excited about using it! There are so many beautiful things I could make with it!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

To celebrate go shopping! Use coupon code STPATS2011 to save 25% in my ETSY shop! ONE DAY ONLY! New purses were listed last night!