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By Hand London

By | Fabric Design, Sewing

By Hand London is one of my favorite pattern companies for garment sewing. The dresses have always fit me well without the need for adjustments. Their patterns are well written with instructions easy to follow. I will be adding to this post as I have three dresses to share made from the Wild Nectar Collection from Moda.

This first dress is the Anna Dress featuring the Flutter print. The classic style and fit makes it appropriate for any occasion. You can change the design of this dress with the different neckline and skirt variations available.

Click here to read more about the Anna Dress PDF sewing pattern!

The Flora Dress says, “Let’s Party!” I love the shape of the bodice with the thin shoulder straps. This pattern comes with a bodice and skirt variation as well. Don’t let the invisible zipper in the back but scare you. This allows you to have a dress with a nice shapely fit. Just take your time, I promise you’ll love the end result. Click here for the Flora Dress PDF pattern. 

Last but not least, the Georgia Dress! This little number makes the perfect cocktail dress. A wider strap variation is also available. I would recommend practicing the bodice. If you don’t sew the curves just right the form can be a little rigid. I also shortened my straps since they are not adjustable. Otherwise, it’s pretty straight forward. Sew a few pieces of fabric together and put in a zipper! Click here for the Georgia Dress PDF pattern.

Quilt Of Many Colors

By | Sewing

It’s the quilt of many colors! This is an easy quilt project using 2.5″ strips from the Wild Nectar Collection by Moda. The final dimensions are 98″ x 108″ sized for a queen. To make this quilt, you will need 3 jelly rolls and 4 3/4 yards of an ivory solid. The Basics Grey Grunge is my favorite replacement for a solid because of the subtle brush texture. I hope it stays in production forever.

The pieces I used are 2.5″ x 6.5.” Each row has 49 pieces total, with prints and solids randomly pieced. I made 18 rows and then sewed them together. Matching the seams was my original intent but I soon decided I would rather sew like a mad woman and not worry about being perfect. It’s more fun that way and I will probably quilt it in the same fashion with some crazy swerve lines.

This quilt will update my spare bedroom/sewing room. I hope this has inspired you for a quilt project! The key to quilting with Wild Nectar it is to add some white. Let a little canvas show through all the brilliant color.

Sew To Grow with Wild Nectar Fabrics from Moda

By | Sewing

It’s easy to take pleasure in garment sewing when you hear little voices say, ” We love our dresses!” I would like to share the latest Sew To Grow pattern for children…it’s the Mini Bondi Top and Tunic Dress! Just like the favored adult version, this top is a quick easy sew that features a contrasting yolk in the back. This can be made as a top or you can add a casing and draw string for a super cute tunic. Available in sizes 12 months to size 10.

Mini Bondi Tunic Dress featuring the Wild Nectar Collection from Moda Fabrics designed by Crystal Manning.

If you are intimidated about sewing garments, I vouch for Sew To Grow patterns as they are easy to follow. You will find wonderful tutorial videos on the website as well. Sewing garments isn’t as difficult as you think and it’s rewarding to be able to say, “I made this!”

Once you’ve made a dress and are admiring it in front of the mirror, you will realize that something is off balance when you can go to a store and buy one for $10 to $15. Someone isn’t earning the money they deserve and we are buying more clothes than we need.

Lindsey, from Sew To Grow takes great pleasure in teaching others her love of sewing. If you are a shop owner that carries garment patterns, I highly recommend booking a workshop with her. She instructs the proper way of taking measurements and making alterations so you have the perfect fit and style for your body. Her infectious spirit will leave a lasting impression on your customers and excitement for sewing their own clothes.

The Night Garden PJ Set makes a wonderful handmade gift for someone! Or just treat yoself!

Jelly Roll Giveaway!

By | Fabric Design

Now that I’ve had a little down time after Quilt Market, I’m eager to experiment with some more quilt designs! Yes, my house looked good for a week and now it’s back to fabric piles and obstacle courses. I’m creative you can’t expect me to be neat too. I’m giving away one of my jelly rolls because I’m just as excited to see what other  people can create with the Wild Nectar collection which ships in October. Please “like” this Facebook post to enter and please follow if you don’t already! I will announce the winner on my Facebook page June 10, 2017.

WaterFire
60 x 60
(FREE Pattern)
Quilted by Kristi Ryan

Wild Nectar
80 x 80
Quilted by Della Orndorff

Migration
60 x 60
Quilted by Della Orndorff

Wild Nectar Is Here!

By | Fabric Design, Sewing

I’m excited to finally share with you my first collection with Moda Fabrics! My sample fabric just arrived last week and now I am getting ready for quilt market which is in just a few weeks.

As I designed this collection, I envisioned the prints being used as garments as well as quilting projects. Wild Nectar ships in October so check back here as I will be posting several project ideas. I’m just getting started…so wish me luck. I have three quilts planned for market that I will be writing patterns for and one of them will be a freebie on this website.

The first garment I made was the Bondi Top by Sew To Grow in the “Pebble Vine” print. This top is a favorite of mine because it is and easy sew and nice for everyday wear. A mini version has been released this week which is super cute and on my sewing to-do list!

A Little Sew And Tell

By | Sewing

Finishing a quilt top is a great way to end the week! This is the Tula Pink “Butterly Quilt” in her Eden Collection. I’ve worked on this sporatically for almost a year. When I saw this quilt I fell in love with it and knew the only way I would be able to have one is if I made it myself. My husband says I chose this quilt because of all the colors and it was like putting a puzzle together, which is very true…I like pretty colors and puzzles.

Even though this was a challenge, it was the perfect crash course for me to stumble through. I was able to learn a variety of quilt blocks, assembly, how to break down a design and write a pattern.

In just a few weeks I will be receiving fabric from my first collection with Moda Fabrics. This is something that has been in the works since fall quilt market and I’m so excited about our partnership. They are rockstars in my book…so amazing and easy to work with. They are producing the collection that I presented at market, however seeing the designs in different colorways has given it a new life. I’m anxious to share with you the projects that I will be making. It’s crazy to think about…and possibly write a pattern of my own!

Well…it’s time to vacuum pins and thread out of the carpet. Have a good weekend. Make something awesome!

Welcome 2017!

By | Uncategorized

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2017 with no llama drama! Click the image to download the festive desktop calendar and then right click to save.

With new goals and project plans, I’m ready to get this new year started. Right now I’m concentrating on updating my website and creating new surface designs for my portfolio. Wouldn’t this print make nice wrapping paper or stationery? I think so!

Oh Baby It’s Christmas!!!

By | Uncategorized

Make your desktop festive with my latest poinsettia pattern! Click the image to download the desktop calendar and then right click to save.

If you’re looking for a new accessory this season, the poinsettia pattern looks great on the RedBubble scarf. Available in both magenta and red as seen below!

Easy As 123!

By | Fabric Design, Sewing

If you’re looking to add a couple staple pieces to your wardrobe, might I suggest sewing the Bondi Top and Emerson Wrap Skirt by Sew To Grow! I love these patterns because you basically just sew three pieces of fabric together.

The Bondi Top and Emerson Wrap Skirt go even faster if you have a rolled hem foot for your sewing machine. I have two sizes that I purchased from Amazon. I like using them because they give your garment a nice clean hem with little effort and time. If you would like to learn more, please check out Lindsey’s tutorial video! (Oh, and she has many more if you would like to subscribe to her YouTube Channel.)

The Bondi Top is your every day causal blouse that goes great with a pair of jeans. I promise, once you make one you will realize you need 5 more!

It’s always nice to have a skirt in the mix and I think the wrap detail makes this one cute and unique. Once again, use your hem foot and you’ll zip right through these projects and have fun wearing them.

Bondi Top front with my Pebble Vine print, available at Spoonflower.

The back features a yoke in a contrasting fabric. I chose Triangles In Mustard, a coordinating design from my Midnight Meadow Collection.

The Emerson Wrap Skirt fits very comfortably with a 2 inch elastic waist band! Stretchy waist = I’ll have dessert please.
Shown in Dottie – Teal/Navy.