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Sew To Grow with Wild Nectar Fabrics from Moda

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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!

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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.

60 x 60
(FREE Pattern)
Quilted by Kristi Ryan

Wild Nectar
80 x 80
Quilted by Della Orndorff

60 x 60
Quilted by Della Orndorff

Wild Nectar Is Here!

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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

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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!

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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!!!

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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!

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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.

Sewing And Sunflowers

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Well hello there! I’m excited to have my first garment finished for quilt market and to share the Noosa Shift Dress by Sew To Grow. I had plans to sew this dress in my sunflower print and when Grinter Farms was featured on our news, I knew it would be the perfect backdrop. What a gorgeous sunflower field that instantly makes you feel joy! It has been a very popular place; I think over Labor Day weekend they had over 2,000 visitors! I must admit I had to photoshop some people out of the background.

As a new sewist, mostly self taught, I hope to encourage others to give sewing a try. Not only do I love to make things but sewing reminds me of the good ol’ days when life was simple. For some reason I love the sound of a sewing machine and the thought that my clothes are one-of-a-kind!

Like most shift dresses, this can be made in an afternoon. I really like the sleeveless option because it is different than other dress patterns that I’ve seen and to switch it up you can use a contrasting fabric if you wish.

The best advice I would have to offer is too make a muslin out of an old sheet or inexpensive fabric before you begin. I personally don’t like to take the time to do this step but it’s important to make sure the garment fits appropriately and you don’t want to waste your good fabric. One advantage to making your own clothes is to tailor them to your body!

A quick way to make a muslin is by using the basting stitch on your machine. I skipped over the pockets and only sewed the shoulder and side seams. This was enough to get an overall idea of the fit. My muslin was a little big so I knew I needed to go down a size. Also, I haven’t inserted elastic in a garment like this so it was a good chance to practice.

The Noosa makes a great summer dress you can whip up in an afternoon or pick out a pretty fall fabric to go with a cardigan or jacket! Be sure to share your creation on Instagram with #Nooshashift.

Well I’m off to my next garment now….a jumpsuit!

Welcome September

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Pumpkin spice latte season is officially here! I’m looking forward to cozy sweatshirts and I’m sure I’ll hear a little football in the background while I paint or sew this fall. In case you didn’t already know, this is the year the Chiefs are going to the Super Bowl. (eye roll emoji)

So I just received my fabric order this past Tuesday to sew up some garments for quilt market in Houston. I’m actually washing some now and I’m excited to get started sewing and sharing my projects using Sew To Grow Patterns! Pictured to the right is a sneak peek of my prints I will be working with. I’ll probably have something ready to go by this time next week! If you are a sewist or would like to start; stay tuned to the upcoming projects I will be posting.

Enjoy this September desktop calendar designed with my latest floral pattern. Click the image to download and then right click to save.