2 New Jetsetters

These two lovely Jetsetter wallets were custom made for some dear friends who will be travelling soon.  I love the fabrics they both chose, they are so representative of these girls!  The wallet on the left was ordered by Whitney, whose wedding colors were purple/lilac and green/chartreuse.  The wallet on the right was ordered by Kelley, whose wedding colors were yellows, reds, oranges and other Fall colors.  

Here are the insides of the wallets: 

  

 

Hope you ladies LOVE them!

If you’re interested in ordering a Jetsetter wallet, please email me or request a custom item through Etsy.

Daybed

This weekend my husband and I got an urge to build something.  We decided to make a daybed to put in a corner of our living room that wasn’t getting much use.  We drew up the plans, quickly headed out to Lowe’s, bought some 2 x 4’s, brackets, nuts and bolts and came home and got started.  $50 later we had built my new favorite place in our house!

I made the mattress cover using MADE’s fitted sheet tutorial.  I just adjusted the size for a twin mattress rather than crib sheet.  I still need to make more pillows, but I’m having a hard time finding patterns that match well with that lovely Joel Dewberry print on the curtain.  Any suggestions?

Here’s how it looks in the corner of our living room.  It’s such a great use of space!  Perfect for curling up with a good book, or using as extra seating or sleeping arrangements when we have guests over.

My husband created up the artwork and I just love it!  I think it’s perfect for the space and the colors really work nicely with the fun lighting and fabrics.

Ok, back to lazy lounging on the daybed!!

Reversible Messenger Bag

I’m moving at a snail’s pace this summer. 

It doesn’t help that I’ve gotten into those books….you know, the ones that were written for 13 year old girls yet are somehow strangely addicting and offer hours of mindless entertainment.   

I made this Reversible Messenger Bag recently.  It’s up in the shop if anyone is interested!  I think the fabrics work well for a guy or gal, which is nice.  And who doesn’t love a reversible bag? 

Don’t you love that my tree has a face?  I like to think he greets me each day I come home.  I’m not sure where my aunt and uncle bought the face, but I found some online here after doing a quick google search.

Hope your day is lovely!

Urban Satchel

New In My Shop!! 

Introducing the Urban Satchel.  The Urban Satchel is the perfect purse for the savvy city dweller. Inside you will find a cell phone pocket and ample space to hold all things necessary for your day or night on the town. It closes with a chic squared magnetic clasp.

This purse is made from high quality Amy Butler fabric and a features a lovely faux leather bottom and handles. I have lined it with a maroon cotton fabric (darker in color than it looks). It has been generously interfaced to give it a structured form.

This purse measures approximately 15″ long by 6.5″ tall. It is about 3.5″ deep.

Contact me through Etsy if you are interested in a Custom Urban Satchel!  Or, grab this one from the shop if you love it!

Slow Sewing

I’ve been enjoying a bit of a slower pace in my life lately.  Watching a lot of movies, spending a lot of time with friends and my husband, enjoying my garden and outdoor space.  It has been relaxing and rejuvinating.  I did manage to get a couple of projects finished, the first was a custom Damask Satchel for a family friend’s birthday.  A lovely peacock blue silk lining was requested, and I was happy to oblige:

And then another custom Damask Satchel, this time in a slightly different damask:

If you’re interested in a custom satchel, just send me a message through Etsy.

I also finished this complex block for the Modern Quilting Bee:

This block is 16.5″, so it’s huge!  Makes quite an impact though, doesn’t it?  I love the mish-mash of colors and how they all come together so beautifully.  I did absolutely no planning with the colors, I just grabbed a pair and sewed them together, hoping it would work out alright.  I think it’s better that way, less calculated and more improv.  I can’t even imagine making a whole quilt though, this block alone must have taken me 5 hours!

I hope you are all enjoying your summer, ours has finally come!  This week it’s supposed to get to the high 80s, a rare treat for us Seattleites!

In My Shop: Minky Blanket

I made this Minky blanket and let my nephew be the model (these pictures will be fun to show to him when he’s a teenager and anti-pink!).

I’d say he looks pretty comfy, what do you think? 

I made the blanket out of high quality minky (fun zebra print on one side and a lovely pink rosette minky on the other) and I made a ruffle binding using ultra-soft Charmeuse Satin.  It is a large blanket, measuring a 30″ square.

And guess what?  It’s for sale in my Etsy Shop!

Liberty of London Peter Pan Collar Top

I finished another top for the Pattern Challenge!  I’ve been having too much fun sewing clothes for myself, I’m worried I might turn into the Selfish Seamstress!!

 

Does anyone recognize that fabric?  It’s the ever lovely and luscious Liberty of London in Dunvina.  I purchased it when I was in London at Shaukat Fabrics (they have a humongous stock of gorgeous Liberty prints at the best prices I’ve seen, you can order them online).  I only purchased 3/4 metre, which was just enough to make the body/sleeves of this top.  I had originally envisioned the collar made out of the same fabric, but alas, I ran out.  Instead a used a beautiful cotton/sateen by Robert Kaufman.

 

I used the basic top and sleeve pattern from…you guessed it….Simplicity 2599 (are you guys majorly sick of this yet?) and added a self-drafted peter pan collar.  The collar is the sweetest accent and it was so much fun to make!

I used this method for attaching the peter pan collar, and it worked out perfectly!  If you do decide to use that tutorial, the one part that confused me was what width of bias tape to cut.  In the tutorial she says to use a 1.5″ folded bias strip, which I took to mean cut a strip 1.5″ and fold it in half.  This leaves you with a 3/4″ bias strip, which is fine, but when you go to sew it on you’ll need to use a about 1/4″ seam allowance in order to have enough to fold to the back and topstitch (rather than the 1/2″ seam she instructs you to use).  Other than that one point of confusion, the tutorial was great!

To give this top some shape I used elastic thread to shirr 3 rows under the bust.

I love that the inside looks as finished as the outside with serged raw edges and the bias tape cover around the neck.  It also doesn’t hurt that there really isn’t a wrong side to this fabric!


Oh my, wouldn’t this make the sweetest dress?

Pattern Challenge: For Him

 

PatternMcCall’s M6044
View:  E
Size:  Cut between a Medium and Large (yes, you can do that!)
Fabric:  3 yards homespun plaid from Joanns ($3.99/yard)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes, very much so!

Were the instructions easy to follow?  I actually thought the instructions and techniques were very simple to follow.  Even those tricky looking parts like the collar and cuffs turned out to be quite easy.  Usually when I make a pattern there is at least one part that I get tripped up on, but this one didn’t have that.  Every step was clearly explained and pictured, making the construction of this top a breeze.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I wasn’t too crazy with how much hand sewing there was (back of the collar, both sides of the button yoke).  The inside didn’t turn out as nice looking as the outside since I had to try to hide my seams by hand sewing the lining over them. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  The only change I made was to use metal snaps rather than buttons/buttonholes.  This was a huge time saver!  Plus, I wanted this shirt to have that 70s/western flair, which these “pearl”-covered snaps helped to achieve.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I am already making plans to sew this again!  This time I’ll let my hubby pick out the fabrics (I bought this plaid fabric on a whim and thankfully, he liked it!).  I’m thinking one that’s a little bit more dressy (maybe a black on black stripe).

Conclusion:  I highly recommend this pattern!  And don’t be afraid to cut between sizes if you need to.  My hubby didn’t measure perfectly as a medium or large so I just eyeballed my cutting line right between the two sizes and it worked out perfectly.  He loved the fit so I don’t think I’ll have to do anything differently next time.  This pattern also makes it super easy to adjust for arm length and shirt length, so if your man doesn’t normally fit in RTW (ready to wear) shirts, you might consider making a muslin first to adjust for a great fit.  Remember, the sleeves pieces will seem very short, but the cuffs add a good 3″ or so to the over length of the sleeve.  

Here’s the happy customer: 

 

 


 

 

Thanks to Alicia from Posy Gets Cozy for inspiring this!!

Summer Beach Quilt

There’s still time to enter my giveaway for $50 to CSN stores!  Click here!!

And, check out a great tutorial for the most adorable baby sun suit ever here on Savvy Stitch!  Tell Emily I sent you!

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I’ve finally finished another quilt!  It seems like it has been ages since I finished a large quilt, and in looking back at the archives, it has been since Christmas (Sammy’s quilt).  I used my friend Dacia Ray’s Easy Beach Blanket Pattern (free!) and it worked great!  I love the size of this blanket for beach-going (about 80″ x 55″).  I was very envious of this quilt when Dacia would bring it for us to picnic on every 4th of July.  Thankfully, my jealousy kicked her into gear for writing the pattern so that’s a plus!

I made this using all large scraps I had on hand.  I like the random assortment of colors with a dominantly yellow/teal color scheme.  It also has a tie on one end which allows me to roll it up and tote it to the beach (yeah right, I live in Seattle, let’s be honest:  there is no beach-going…).

I tried something fun for quilting this.  I did wonky straight lines, intersecting each other randomly along the way.  I was hoping that the way it puckered up would mimic waves and I think it kind of worked.  I haven’t washed it yet, and I suspect the puckering will become more dramatic once it shrinks. 

Seeing it all rolled up like this makes me insanely happy.  I know…I have a problem!  I think there are support groups for this type of thing!

And one last photo, for fun.  Here’s how I spent last Saturday hand-stitching on the binding.  I love this part!  Does anyone else love hand-stitching the binding or is this another support-group worthy quirk?  Nevertheless, the weather was absolutely beautiful, the grass was green and I enjoyed myself thoroughly.

What’s your favorite part of the quilting process?

50s Chic Apron

I designed and created this 50s style apron as a custom order for a friend.  I think it turned out super cute!!

It has a sweetheart neckline, with darts on the bust (so it doesn’t gape open) and a circle cut skirt.  It was so fun to make the pattern.  I’m thinking about writing out the pattern and selling it for $5 as a PDF download.  I think it would make a great Christmas or birthday present for moms and best friends.  Another nice think it is only uses 1.5 yards of fabric, so you can make it for pretty cheap.

I made a sweet little rosette pin, which can be worn with the apron or used to embellish another item.

The sun is shining today (a rarity, it seems, for Seattle) so I’m all inspired to finish a beach quilt I’ve been working on for a shameful amount of time….once that sun goes down I’m going to get to work making the binding and getting it finished.

Hope you all have a blessed Saturday!