May 222013
 

 

Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Camille

photo from Camille Roskelley’s blog

It’s a perfect summer day and things are looking up. She can’t help but skip along, not a care in the world. Wearing a beautiful vintage dress with all her favorite colors, lime green flats, a bright red popsicle in hand, under a beautiful aqua sky, she’s happy-go-lucky, and today life couldn’t be any sweeter. Full of cheery dots, stripes, vintage florals and delightful scallops, with happy-go-lucky that beautiful summer day is just a hop, skip, and a jump away!

Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Camille

photo from Camille Roskelley’s blog

I spy a BERNINA on her sewing room table!

Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Blue

photo from Camille Roskelley’s blog

If you’re a fan of Bonnie & Camille’s, you will absolutely love this new collection. Especially if you still have some prints leftover from her previous collections; they work so well together!

The Happy-G0-Lucky prints and precuts are shipping now!

Looking for more inspiration? Be sure to check out Camille’s blog, Simplify.

Happy Sewing,

Jen

 

 

Sep 142010
 

I can’t believe the month is half over already!  Someone slow it down!!!!  There are at least 2 brand new collections arriving this month that I want to make sure you know about!  I’ll do one today – and maybe one later this week!

City Weekend from Liesl of Oliver + S will arrive this month. It’s available in cottons and select prints are also knits.  Liesl lives in New York City, which obviously influences her great style.  She is also a mom and that means her styles really can be worn by children.  I’m not sure how to approach this – but I think some of us might overlook her designs because they are not flashy and that means they don’t “show” as well online.  I’m not trying to underestimate you guys (or rather, gals!) but I want to make sure you don’t overlook this line!

Her patterns are not fussy and really focus on great design details.  She has designed for well known fashion leaders (like Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger among others) so you know you’re getting high end design when it comes to City Weekend and Oliver + S.  Please have a look at her blog! (what’s that? a link to click on?!?!?) You won’t be disappointed…plus it’ll show you the fabrics in use!  Yay!

The yardage of cottons and knits are to arrive sometime this month – and the newest patterns are in transit to me!  See all the fabrics here (yep…that’s a link…you can click on it!) and sign up to be notified as soon as they arrive!  You definitely won’t want to miss out!

Mar 252010
 

A dear friend of mine had a little boy recently.  I honestly can’t remember what I have given her over the years.  (and that is if I got around to giving her anything.  *sigh*  I am THAT person.  *double sigh*  My issues could definitely fill this blog daily from now until eternity… :-) )  In any case, I was really excited when she had a little boy because it gave me a chance to use the Sock Monkey fabric from Moda!

sock monkey baby quilt

It’s a little quilt. Just the right size for a crib or stroller cover up. Or for a little tummy time on the floor. Easy to throw in the diaper bag or stroller. I didn’t want it to be too large. I hope that she can use it and enjoy it. I enjoyed making it. I stole the idea from my friend, Elena. (Who will be having her little boy today! Of course, I can’t give a quilter a quilt…so who knows what I’ll give her!)  My quilt has no plan.  No rhyme or reason.  Just some cute fabric cut into random sized rectangles and sewn together.  Probably not the best approach, but remember, I am not really a quilter.  Just a sewist that sometimes feels like quilting! :D

All the sock monkey fabrics are in my here in my shop.  And I’ve also started a section on my website for boys fabrics.  It is not all-inclusive, but it’s a nice place to start!

Oct 272009
 

Haley has been asking me to make her the Kyoko shirt for a long time now.  Like maybe a year.  So sometime last week I finally got around to making it for her!

kyoko shirt

Let me tell you – these ModKid patterns are amazing! They are full color books with great instructions and pictures to illustrate the steps. I really really enjoyed sewing it. (So much so that the next night I made the Isabel dress. Pictures coming on that one too.)  Some of Patty’s newest patterns have already sold out! Yay! More are coming – I promise!

The fabric I used is from Moda’s designer, Momo. She is Japanese and the fabric, if you ask me, couldn’t be more perfect. It’s the Odyssea line – the main print is Calypso (in Kelp) with the accent of Nautica. I made the obi using Art Gallery’s Nature Elements. These blenders are wonderful! I find myself using them over and over!  Binding is Luxe from Charisma (which is on sale!)

Anyway – we love it.  I love it.  Haley loves it too.  (And yes, she is wearing jeans – by her own choice! )  A mom at Haley’s school ask where she could buy one.  That always makes me smile.   :-) 

Speaking of sales – this week  20% off of ALL Michael Miller fabrics.  Even the sale fabrics!!!!  Use the code MMF09 when you checkout. (good through Nov 1, 2009)  I actually think it was Michael Miller that got me excited again about sewing.  They have SO many great prints.  The Ta Dots – the kids prints – the fun floral –  and their desingers.  We all love their designers! 

Alright, I’ve got some end of bolts that need listing….

 

 

 

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Sep 282009
 

The last Monday of September….and therefore the last of our celebration of National Sewing Month. And I’d have to say….

 

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!

 

Seriously you guys!  Totally awesome stuff you’re making!!!!  I hope you will all go look at the pictures, and I wish that I could share them all here! Please keep adding more pictures as you finish projects.  Who knows, I might surprise a lucky person now and again with a little blog feature.   ;-) 

Many people I know start sewing (again) when they have children.  It’s just fun to make them stuff.  So I figured that I HAD to do a feature on children’s clothing. 

Amanda sent me these photos of little lounge sets.  LOVE them!  And love that they are for little boys – because how often do our little men get left out of the sewing fun?  Too often!  She sent me several pictures – so be sure to look at them all in the Flickr pool.  The Cowboy print is from Alexander Henry and the Monkey print is from Moda!  Thanks, Amanda for emailing them to me!  

Totally adorable little boy set

Totally adorable little boy set

 

And Ericka shared with me these adorable outfits she has made for her daughter.  

skirt and shirt

This was made by sewing together Soiree charm squares and cutting the Little Hip Skirts pattern out of the pieced fabric. Way cute appliqued shirt too!

cuppycake

And this Cuppy Cake dress is soooooo cute! She used the Riley Blake Just Dreamy Fabric. Love it! Great job, Ericka!

Okay so I just have to include one more this time as well. I was so excited when Rebecca added this picture

DSC_7494

It is one of Patty Young’s new patterns that will be released at Quilt Market next weekend! Rebecca was one of Patty’s pattern testers. She use fabric from the Mezzanine collection to make this adorable skirt and appliqued shirt. I love it! Can’t wait to get my hands on the new patterns!!!!

Thanks everyone for playing along!  You’ve been great!

Sep 022009
 

I have said before that I love charm packs.  They are packs of 5 inch squares made from the entire collection of a particular line of fabric.  The packs usually contain around 40 squares.  The cost is generally about $8 and gives you a nice sampling of the line of fabric.  Obviously, you can also use the charm packs, but a lot of people are at a loss as to what the heck they are supposed to do with these little squares of heaven.  Here are a few ideas:

Little Charms

  • Arrange and rearrange all the pretty squares of fabric (just for entertainment)
  • Camera Strap Cover (just blogged about that)
  • Cards (visit Craft Apple‘s blog)
  • Little Girl Skirts
  • Little Girl Pants
  • Little Girl Pinafore Top
  • Dish Towels (jazz up plain ol’ towels)
  • Quilts  (TONS of patterns out there using charms & combos of precuts)
  • Apron (pieced diagonally – seriously cute!)
  • Tote Bag
  • Pincushions
  • Patchwork Memo Board (Just saw this on Moda Bake Shop!)
  • Yo-yos
  • Notebook Covers
  • Patchwork Pillow cases
  • Applique Bibs
  • Applique or patchwork burp cloths
  • Applique Onesies
  • Applique T-shirts
  • Applique Pants
  • Patch holes in Pants
  • Patchwork placemat
  • Decoupage furniture
  • Decoupage picture frame
  • Decoupage mirror frame
  • Patchwork Scarf
  • Patchwork anything and everything you could possibly think of sewing.

So that last one is totally cheating – but basically true.   :-)   Also be sure to check out Moda Bake Shop.   They have tons and tons of ideas for precut fabrics (not just charms).

Sep 012009
 

Patchwork Camera Strap Cover

I could have actually worked on my “to-do” list today. It is long. It is growing. It would have been the responsible thing to do.

But I had to visit the dentist. (Follow up work, nothing new or unexpected.) Paying him even more money kinda put me in a bit of a mood. For me, sewing helps right that mood. So instead of being responsible, I made something pretty.  This not totally irresponsible now that I now get to share it with you!   :-)

Here’s how: I determined I needed my cover to end up 2 inches wide by 20 inches long (I wish now I had made it 2 inches x 22 or 23 inches so it’d go onto the leather strap area.)  I used a charm pack as my starting point. That along with a scrap of fabric for the back and some fusible fleece was all I needed to make this quick project!  (and the fleece is optional!)

3 inch squares
I used 9 – 3 inch squares from the charms and sewed them together.
(If I made it again, I’d use  11 or 12 squares instead so it’d be longer.)

Sew together

Then sewed the patchwork piece and the solid piece together.

fusible fleece

Iron fusible fleece on the wrong side.

top stitch

Top stitch the patchwork squares.

Fold ends

Fold over the ends and stitch in place.
(I did 4 rows of stitching because I though it looked cooler.)

Right sides together

Sew right sides together.

Trim excess

Trim the excess so the seam is not bulky.
(if I had used 2.5 inch squares this wouldn’t be necessary)

Turn and iron

Turn right side out and iron.

Camera Strap

Slide it onto your strap and you’re done!

****** BONUS ******
I have an extra one laying right here. It measures about 2 inches by 20 inches.
Would you like it? Just leave me a comment. I’ll draw a name in the next couple of days.

PS. The FABULOUS fabric is Momo’s new line for Moda.  It is called Odyssea and I am so in love with it.  The pre-cuts are here now.  The yardage will be here sometime this month!

Off to be “for real” productive……