Monday, February 24, 2014

Working With Knits

I blame my new obsession with sewing garments with knits on  If I hadn't stumbled across their wonderful selection of fabric I wouldn't have gone looking for women's clothing patterns that use knits. It took a little searching but I found a few that I think are going to be great!! 

My first attempt was a horrendous version of the Penelope Peplum.  Don't get me wrong, the pattern was easy and the top itself super cute!  It just didn't fit me properly.  But I have already printed the pattern again and will be making a larger, longer version in the very near future.
My next attempt was the Burda Young 7148.  I'm not sure if it was just me but the instructions included with this pattern were about as clear as mud.  I ended up cutting out all of the pieces called for in the pattern then excluding some and modifying others until I was happy with the finished top.

(Sorry for the headless photos.  The sun was in my eyes and I was making horrible faces.  If you saw them you would thank me, they were that scary!)

I used a jersey cotton sheet that I found on clearance at Target as my fabric.  Since I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out I didn't want to use my good stuff :).  But look, it has a hood and a front pocket/pouch and everything!!!
I will definitely be making more of these.  I've also purchased several other patterns that I've found via Instagram and other blogs that I'm anxious to get started on. But first I need to finish up a few other projects.

Big-City Bags Link Up

I have to admit this month has gotten away from me a little. I've gotten as far as buying all of my supplies for my GoGo bag.

Hopefully you've had a bit more luck than I have!  As long as the kiddos aren't too sickly this afternoon I should get a bit of sewing time.

If your already done I'd love to see your finished bag. So go ahead and link up for a chance at a great prize from this months sponsor, Cluck Cluck Sew.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Big-City SAL-The GoGo Bag

Another month, another great project from the Big City Bags book by Sara Lawson.  This month we will be working on the GoGo Bag.

(Photo used with permission of Martingale Publishing.  Photograph by Brent Kane.)

The wonderful Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew has offered up four patterns to this month's winner!  The lucky person will receive each of her three new patterns--

Plus a pattern of your choice, or if your indecisive like I am, she will pick for you!  I've had my eye on the Pow-Wow pattern for quite awhile but there are several great ones to choose from!  So go dig through your stash and see what you can find make the bag for this month.  I've got my fabrics picked and ready to go.  As soon as the weather improves I'm off to the store for hardware :).

A reminder of the rules:

  • We will be sewing the books in the order they are in the book.  Only the bag for that specific month will be eligible for the link up.
  • The bag must be complete to qualify for prizes.
  • On the first of every month I will announce a new project and prize. 
  • You will have from February 22nd until midnight on February 28th CST to link up your project for a chance to win that month's prize.
  • I hope to have some wonderful ladies help me out by sharing their takes on the project, as well as with their tips and tricks for completing them.
  • Join the Flickr group to see all the projects that have been made.

I also need to say a huge thank you to Debbie from A Quilters Table for all of her helpful tips when I was trying to get the ball rolling on this sew along!  Without her it probably wouldn't have happened.

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ALYOF February

I've been debating and finally decided to commit to finishing my Giant Scrappy Swoon duvet cover as my February A Lovely Year of Finishes project. Since this photo was taken I added a colored border but am not happy and will be spending some quality time with my seam ripper.

I only need to remove the current border, add another lv row, reattach the colored border, add one more lv border, quilt it, and add an envelope style back. Shouldn't be too hard, right?!

Linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes.

Monday, February 3, 2014

We Have a Winner!

Stoney Lonesome Sew Works you are the winner of some wonderful interfacing provided by ByAnnie's Soft and Sable!  I'll be sending you an e-mail shortly and can hopefully get it to you in time to use for the February bag (more on that later). 

(sorry, my photo editing software is on the fritz!)