This project may just have to jump to the top of the list.
The new organic voiles from Cloud9 fabrics have arrived! They are so dreamy and soft. You’ve got to come by and feel them for yourself.
The designer of the fabrics is Leslie Shewring from the A Creative Mint blog. She made the most beautiful pair of pajama pants using the fabrics as well as a few other projects.
Think summer blouses, little girl’s dresses, scarves … the possibilities are endless with this fabric. This is definitely the kind of fabric that you will kick yourself over passing up if you don’t snag it. That is if mom and I can leave any on the bolt.
The pattern itself was really easy to follow (as are most of the Bonnie Blue patterns). I chose the jumper option and went with a coordinating Kona Solid for the bodice. I did go ahead and add a lining to the skirt. I just have this thing where I just can’t NOT line fabrics that are mostly white. I’m sure it would have worked well without the lining but adding it really didn’t take that much longer. This is a pattern I would definitely make again and would recommend to others.
Apparently, I didn’t get a picture of the back of the dress. It just a simple button-down back. There are 8 buttons down the back of the size 3. Before you swear off the pattern because you hate making buttonholes and sewing on the buttons (I know how you feel .. I used to say the same thing), you’ve really got to come into the shop and let me show you how easy buttons can be with the BERNINAs. Automatic buttonholes come on every BERNINA machine starting with the compact 3-series and when combined with the #18 button sew-on foot .. buttons are a breeze. I’m not even kidding.
Let’s take a minute and honor the fabric shall we … I die over this fabric. I don’t know why but this is just one of those pieces that speaks directly to me. The colors, the nautical/80’s – ish pattern, the white background .. I love everything about this fabric. I have been trying to come up with something that I could make from it. My first thought was a bag but I’m not so easy on my bags and a white background .. ummm, not going to happen. So then I started thinking dress but I am extremely pale and white dresses just make me feel so self-conscience. And then we have the whole lining issue again. I wasn’t sure if I would ever find the perfect project or not before we ran out but inspiration finally hit … the Anna Tunic from Amy Butler but in the mini dress length. Perfect! It’s a great length for wearing over jeans (no blindingly white legs) and it’s lined (yay!) …
The Anna Tunic was one of the first things I ever sewed and it was such a great pattern. I’ve got it all cut out and ready to go. I just have one project in the works that I’m trying to get done first but then it’s on!
The BERNINA Foot-of-the-Month for March is the #63 Zigzag Hemmer Foot (3mm). This means you save 25% off the #63 hemmer foot for both new and old style machines.
You just got to love a foot that makes your life so much easier! BERNINA’s series of hemmer feet allow you to take a raw edge of fabric and have it double-folded and stitched all in one motion. No more burning your fingers with the iron while trying to fold perfect 1/8″ seams and then trying to keep your stitch straight.
The trick to using the #63 Zigzag hemmer, and all the hemmer feet, is to make sure you feed the fabric evenly keeping it in the scroll. Once you get the fabric started, just hold the fabric up a bit and let it feed smoothly. I suggest practicing first with some scraps to get the hang of it but once you got it, your good to go.
There are a series of the hemmer feet with varying widths and stitch styles. Come stop by the shop to pick up yours and get more information.
BERNINA’s Foot-of-the-Month for February is the #23 Applique Foot. That means you save 25% off the #23 foot for both new and old style machines through the end of the month.
With its clear sole, you have an unobstructed view of the needle and stitching area which makes placing your stitches exactly where you want them so much easier. The cutout underneath the foot allows bulky satin stitches to pass under the foot without catching even around curves.
The #23 foot has a small hole on the front of the machine where you can feed small cord or thicker thread such as perle cotton to create a raised satin stitch or reinforce the edge of a fabric.
Tip: When creating satin stitches, run your bobbin thread through the small hole in the finger of your bobbin case or change to your embroidery bobbin case. This will increase the bobbin tension and pull the top thread to the back preventing the bobbin thread from showing through on the edges.
Come stop by the shop to take advantage of the 25% off coupon.
The instructions for making the long-sleeve Jane can be found on the Children’s Corner blog. The instructions are easy to follow and great for a beginner.
No lie … this may be the absolute cutest dress I have ever made. I just love it!
I just love the Oliver + S patterns. They are so easy to follow and well written. The finishing details they put into the patterns elevates my sewing level considerably. I always feel a great sense of accomplishment after completing one of their patterns. If you’ve been intimidated by their patterns in the past, you must come in and let us help find a good one for you to start with. They’ve got several that are geared more towards beginners.
We’ve got the entire collection of Oliver + S patterns available anytime as PDF downloads including their retired patterns you can’t find in paper form anymore. We also have a good selection of their paper patterns in the shop too
I’m working on the their Roller Skate Dress now using the new Violet Fields, Waterfront Park fabrics. Stay tuned … this one is turning out super cute too!