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Friday
Aug172012

Giveaway: Fox Hollow Fat Quarter Set by Monaluna

Monaluna is generously offering a fat quarter pack of her newest organic fabric collection, Fox Hollow, to one lucky commenter on this blog post. 

Fox Hollow is a whimsical collection of woodland prints featuring those fantastic foxes among other woodland motifs like toadstools and frogs. Included in this fat quarter set are three coordinating solids. 

Above are some of my favorite prints from the collection. For a chance to win this fat quarter set, leave a comment on this post about what you envision making with Fox Hollow organic fabric. Comments close Monday, August 20. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced next week. Good luck!

Wednesday
Aug152012

Book Review: Fabrics A to Z by Dana Willard

Fabrics A to Z is a fantastic little sewing reference book by Dana Willard (you may know her from her blog, MADE). I would highly recommend it to anyone who sews, especially those who sew garments, accessories and/or home decor. 

The book is really straightforward and easy to use. The fabric sections are divided between wovens, knits, specialty, blended and patterns. The reference page(s) for each fabric type not only explain what the fabric is and its properties, but (my favorite part) what type of needle, thread, interfacing, stitch length to use and more (under "working with"). Oh how I could have used this book last week when standing in front of a shelf of interfacing, trying to figure out which one to buy! Or, how about when you go to the fabric store with a certain fabric type in mind, only to fall in love with another and wonder if it will work for your project. Or, there's a really good deal for a certain fabric and you're wondering what you could use it for?

At the top of the reference pages are little symbols indicating what this type of fabric is used for (garment, home decor or craft/quilt). Very handy! 

There's another section all about notions and tools (again, who hasn't stared at a notion wall, wondering which one to buy?) 

The book is a convenient, small size so it will fit right into your purse or bag. Above, I placed it next to a typical paperback so you can get an idea of the size. 

Basically, I think this book is a perfect, little sewing reference book perfect to take along on your trip to the fabric store, at home buying online and when you're ready to sew that fabric up!

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(Full disclosure: I was provided with a copy of the book for the purpose of a review. All opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.)

Tuesday
Aug142012

Sewing Trends at Sew, Mama, Sew!

Thursday
Aug092012

Ladies' Stitching Club by Liesl Gibson of Oliver and S

I really love the color palette of this new collection by Liesl Gibson of Oliver + S. Ladies' Stitching Club should be available in shops soon!

Thursday
Aug092012

Romper Revamp - not yet

Today is my turn on the Figgy's Patterns Romper Revamp except for one tiny thing. I haven't finished my homework yet. Sigh. I took a full-time (though temporary) position with a really wonderful company and I haven't had time to sew. I planned to work on it last weekend, which I did, but other things needed to be done, too, and I didn't finish.

I encourage you to come back next week to see the finished romper - my daughter is so excited for it! But in the meantime, here's a little information (and a discount for you!)

The romper revamp is a step-by-step video by Shelly Figueroa (Figgy's Patterns) of popular "Zephyr" pattern. The video covers:

  • Making a stylish romper-based outfit for girls ages 18 months to size 8/9
  • Taking accurate children's measurements and adjust for a perfect fit
  • Selecting appropriate fabrics and featuring details for comfort and seasonality
  • Adapting the basic pattern to create five pattern variations from pants to a dress
  • Creating a boutique-chic look that your child will love

To be honest, part of the reason I didn't finish yet was because I watched the videos, which is time consuming but SO INFORMATIVE. Taking a Craftsy class is really like taking a class with a real, live teacher. Instead of just flying through the pattern and trying to make it as fast as I can, I want to take my time and really learn how she does things.

And, if you'd like to check out the class and maybe take it yourself, use this link for a special discount: Kids Romper Revamp: A How To Creative Sewing Pattern Adapting Class.

So, stop by next week to see our finished romper and also stop by some of the other stops on the tour:

July 31       All Buttoned Up
August 1    Sarah Jane
August 2    Luvinthemommyhood
August 4    Sew Much Ado
August 6    Noodlehead
August 7    Betty Crocker Ass
August 8    Imagine Gnats 
August 9    A Sewing Journal
August 10  Susan Beal
August 11  Such Designs
August 12  Kelly Hogaboom
August 13  Bolt Fabric
Tuesday
Aug072012

Back To School Sewing Round-Up: 9 Backpacks to Sew

If you've ever thought about sewing a backpack, there is no shortage of inspiration around the web! Here are a few of my favorites:

Clockwise from top left: