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Book Review: Handmade Bags in Natural Fabrics

Friday, June 30, 2017

Handmade Bags in Natural Fabricsis another wonderful title fromTuttle Publishingthat I had the pleasure of reviewing. This book has twenty-five unique patterns with sixty variations with ideas for embellishments, appliqué, and more. The instructions and diagrams are very clear, so a beginner would have no problem creating the bags in this book. I would recommend to everyone, at all sewing skill levels.

My son was in need of a new bag to carry his books in, so I made him the large sized shoulder bag, with a short strap, so he could hold it in his hand.

Using some IKEA fabric I had in my stash, here is the finished result:

He loves it!

Head over toTuttle Publishingfor more information on where you can purchase this fantastic book!

Book Review - 501 Enchanting Embroidery Designs

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Today, I'm reviewing a delightful book from Tuttle Publishing entitled:501 Enchanting Embroidery Designs. In the past, I've always been very impressed with their books, so it was a pleasure to once again have the opportunity to explore another one.

501 Enchanting Embroidery Designs is FULL of ideas for adding embroidery and cross-stitch to household items, embellish clothing, etc. with detailed instructions on the various stitches and techniques. This book is an excellent way to discover this skill if you're a complete beginner, or someone more experienced who is looking for new ideas.

As you can see in these sample pages, the photographs are beautiful, and the instructions are very clear.

Embroidery is something I have not really done much, so I was able to look at this book much like a beginner would. I have done cross-stitch in the past, but it has been many, many years, so I was excited to try something new. I decided to add embroidery to a new dress I wanted to sew for my daughter. After looking through the book together, she chose the two birds on a perch with the flowers and heart.

First, I sewed the dress (I modified a tank top pattern from the Spring 1/2013 issue of Ottobre magazine) and then transferred the design onto the front.

After a few hours of stitching, it was done!

It's so very special to be able to create something unique and one-of-a-kind, and I know Anja will enjoy wearing this all summer long!

I look forward to trying more designs from this excellent book! In my experience, you can't go wrong with the quality of a Tuttle book. To check out this, and other craft titles from Tuttle Publishing, head over totheir website.

Frolic Fabric Blog Hop

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tamara Katehas done it again and designed another exquisite fabric collection forMichael Miller Fabrics. Frolic is a hand-painted, Mexican fiesta inspired garden full of whimsical creatures in bright, vibrant colours. You can even see some of the original paintings inthis poston Tamara Kate's blog! There are more possibilities than ever with this collection because, for the first time, Tamara's designs are available in knit! How exciting is that?!

My daughter loved all the available prints as much as I did, which made it a lot of fun to choose which ones to pick for our projects. TheFrolicking on Knit in raspberrywas our final choice, and it is so perfect! This knit is top quality and the design is so lovely! I chose to use theSkola Dress patternsimply because the style seemed to suit this print so well. With a matching headband, Anja was ready to frolic down our main street!

For the second outfit, I just had to include the highlight of the collection: theFrolic Border. I can't resist a beautiful border print, and that's exactly what this one is. It was a perfect fit for a new pattern I've got in the works, when paired withSummer Portrait. The floral hedgehogs just blew me away when I saw them and I had to make them the centrepiece of this dress. As with other Tamara Kate fabrics I've had the pleasure of sewing with, these are a perfect weight: light enough to have a beautiful drape without the necessity of a lining. I added a pair of capri leggings with my leftoverFrolicking on Knit in raspberryto complete the outfit, and we were off to park to show it off!

Thank you,Tamara Kate, for the opportunity to create these pieces with your works of art! This collection is sure to be the must-have of the summer (and beyond!). For more Frolic inspiration, follow the updates onTamara Kate's blog.Frolicis shipping to stores on June 15.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Suz fromsewpony和吉尔Kneesocks & Goldilockshave collaborated to create a beautiful new pattern called Juliette, and we just love it! When asked to participate in the tour, it was an easy yes, because I just love a versatile pattern with a classic design. The signature feature of this dress (which can also be a top), is the soft ruffle at the neckline, although it can be omitted for a simpler look. There are two closure options: button & loop or bias ties. In seam pockets can be added as well as a faux button placket and three different sleeve lengths or the option to keep it sleeveless.

What I love about this pattern is that it's super easy to make, and very achievable for a beginner, while still having enough options to keep it interesting for those who are more advanced. My daughter doesn't like wearing ruffles much these days, but she still liked this design. What I did do to appease her aversion to ruffles, is shortened the length of the ruffle (by 8cm) so that it's less pronounced. The result is more subtle and she loves it! I made a size 5 and opted for the biased ties closure. The fabric is a lightweight floral cotton lawn from my local fabric store. The pattern itself was well written with high quality photo instructions. The dress came together very quickly, and I look forward to making more of them soon!

Thank you Suz & Jill for giving me the honour of sewing your pattern and participating in this tour!

Use code: DRESSEDINSEWPONY to receive 10 % off any sewpony pattern (until June 2) and follow along with the Juliette Tour:

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And have you heard about the hugeDressed in sewpony Sewing Contest?
Head over tosewponyfor all the details.

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