Wednesday, June 25, 2008

25 on the 25th

25 years together.

25 roses from my beloved.


God is good.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Kat's Wallets

A few weeks ago my name was chosen in a drawing for a wallet from that*darn*kat. I love the colors and prints of the fabric that Kat used for my wallet. Just perfect! Thank you, Kat!

Just yesterday I realized that Kat has a tutorial on her blog with great instructions (and pictures) for making her wallets. I think it's wonderful that many people in blogland are so generous in sharing their designs. I know I find a lot of inspiration from all these creative bloggers, and it seems I learn something new everyday that I read blogs. I appreciate you all!

happy sewing,

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Aqua and Red

I'm loving this color combination--aqua and red. This granny bag is made from a Martha Stewart towel. I've already had two daughters try to claim it as their own, and if it doesn't sell on Etsy they can fight it out. : )


Monday, June 09, 2008

Favorite Skirt Pattern....Again

Remember the Gap-Look-Alike skirt I wrote about last week?

Carla drafted a pattern from my instructions and made her granddaughters several skirts. What I really like is how she modified the pattern for young girls by using elastic in the waist instead of a waistband with zipper. Carla used only 8 gores, scaled down the gore size, and allowed about 1 inch of ease for over the hips. Her skirts turned out great!

I am normally a "follow the pattern to the tee" kind of girl, and so I find it fascinating when I see others doing their own thing when it comes to sewing. I find a lot of inspiration in the sewing blogs I read, and I'm even starting to feel a bit more comfortable with branching outside of ready-made patterns and making my own modifications. I know I would never have made this "Gap" skirt if Jessica had not first made the pattern. But then, Jessica is more creative than I am---more of a designer--whereas I am one who has to have laid out plans, patterns, and instructions. I hope this is beginning to change in me....

Carla's skirt

Thursday, June 05, 2008

The Birdie Sling is finished!

This purse pattern went together much quicker than I had anticipated. I finished it today! I posted a review at and have pasted the review here. Now that the bag is finished, I'm not quite sure if I like the fabric. It's kind of bright and wild, don't you think? I may end up using it as a knitting bag....
happy sewing,

Pattern Description:

From the pattern: "This honey of a sling holds everything and it's easy to make! (Great for beginners.) Modern styling and dynamic proportions will make this one of your favorite carry-all bags!"

Pattern Sizing:
This bag is big. I don't normally carry big purses, but since I like the design, I reduced the pattern pieces to 86% on my copy machine. The purse is still big---I should have reduced it even more.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were easy, but a bit wordy so that it was confusing at times. I found it best to read through the instructions and then just start making the purse in my own order.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
In particular, I like the gussets at the bag bottom. Also, I like the design of the handle, but I disliked its length. I would have liked the handles to be longer than they are, and next time I make this pattern I will make them longer.

Fabric Used:
Cotton quilting fabric: to be specific, I used Alexander Henry's Kleo and Bangle Dots fabric.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
1. To make the bag a bit smaller, I reduced the pattern pieces as stated above.
2. I added a metal magnetic closure.
3. I added a zippered pocket in place of the smaller pocket.
Inside of Bag
4. I did not use fleece as an inner lining. Instead I used a heavy canvas. I used the canvas in the handle as well as in the purse body and upper band; I basted the canvas to the lining pieces and treated them as one layer. This makes the bag sturdier on the inside, but still looks soft and drapey (is that a word?) on the outside.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I will sew it again. I already have the fabric! Next time I will make the bag even smaller yet; I will lengthen the handle; and I will probably find a lighter weight canvas for the inner lining. Perhaps I'll try the fleece that the pattern recommends.

I am very pleased with this bag. The colors I chose are brighter than I normally would use in a purse, so I may end up using this for a knitting bag if I feel too self-conscious using it as a purse. The purse did go together fast and easy, and I won't hesitate in making it again in more-subdued colors.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008


My Son, The Pitcher

Fabric for Birdie Sling

Well, I bought some fabric for my next new purse, but I can't decide which fabric to use. See, I found two different fabrics sets for the purse, and since I couldn't decide I bought both. Should I make the purse from the brown and pink rose with contrast polka-dots, or should I use the pink and green floral fabric? Decisions, decisions...

I'll be using Amy Butler's Birdie Sling pattern, but I'm going to reduce the size a bit. I'll keep you posted.

happy sewing,