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Fabric I Love: Suzy Q Organic Fabric

I'm so in love with this new fabric collection from Timeless Treasures. The 70's vibe with different scale florals and the fact that it's printed on 100% GOTS certified organic cotton fabric makes it just perfect in my book.
(Found at Fabricworm).


Sewing for the Season: Winter hats for Kids

I'm not much of a knitter, so I love the idea of sewing winter hats for my kids. With so many cute patterns and tutorials, how will I choose?

 Clockwise from top left:

:: Quick n Easy Girls Winter Hat (free pattern) from Grand Revival Designs
:: Snow Blossom Hat (tutorial) from Made By Rae
:: Cozy Winter Earflap Hat (sewing pattern) from Monkey's Bug on Etsy
:: Warm Winter Hat (free pattern) from From An Igloo
:: Flight Cap (Stitch Magazine Spring 2010) by Betz White, using some of her fabulous organic fabric.



Hi there! Welcome to A Sewing Journal. This is where I share beautiful, fresh and inspiring sewing projects - some from me and some from around the web. Enjoy!


Back To School Sewing: Petal Top

Petal Top 3

From the book, Making Children's Clothes by Emma Hardy, the Petal Top. This smock-type top was really easy and fast to make. I used Bundles organic cotton fabric from Daisy Janie's Geo Grand collection. I love the movement of this pattern, really fun for apparel! The fabric, though heavier than traditional quilting cotton, has a beautiful drape, making it nice to work with for clothing.

Petal Top 2


Back To School Sewing: Half Yard Skirt

Half Yard Skirt


I saw these skirts on The Long Thread a little while back and had to quiz Ellen on how she made them. Basically, you sew together the ends of a half-yard of fabric, hem and add an elastic waistband. Simple, fast and inexpensive - perfect for adding to a back-to-school wardrobe.


For instructions (because I'm just not that good at "winging it", even with something this straight forward), I used the instructions for the Corduroy Skirt from the book Making Children's Clothes by Emma Hardy. The skirt in the book is a half-yard skirt like Ellen's, but embellished with ribbon, a pocket and accent fabric.

I made this for my 9-year-old daughter, who didn't want any embellishments (by the way, the book only goes up to size 5. I knew I was making a short skirt with an elastic waistband, so measurements didn't matter much). I chose Hip Squares fabric from Daisy Janie's Geo Grand collection for several reasons. The chocolate brown is a classic fall color, goes with many items she likes to wear (mostly long t-shirts nowadays). It is also a fabric with a nice weight. It is not as heavy as home dec fabric, but definitely has more weight than a traditional quilting cotton. And, it has a beautiful drape with no stiffness. This was an important factor for my daughter, as she's one who really plays at recess and needs something that will withstand playground equipment. No dainty fabrics for her!

I am pleased with the final result, my only caveat being that the elastic waistband is not quite as style-forward as a 9-year-old girl would like (causes a bit of a puff under the waistband). However, as stated before, her favorite tops are long t-shirts/tanks/sweaters/henleys so she would never tuck a shirt into this skirt. Therefore, the look of the waistband doesn't matter so much and she gets some added comfort along the way.


Pattern Review: Linnea Knit Top from Ottobre Design Woman Spring 2010

Earlier, I attempted to make myself a new summer top based loosely on a popular tutorial and adding my own ideas to the mix. I failed. I actually gave up at the point where I knew I could spend hours and hours more to end up with something I would never wear. Fresh off that failure, I started a top that I knew would be easy.

This is the Linnea knit top (#1) from Ottobre Design Woman Spring/Summer 2010. The magazine makes the top with a linen knit and it's a much more formal top. But by looking at the construction, I realized any knit would work if you're going with a more casual look. I used an organic cotton coral knit jersey.

This top really, very seriously, went together in one night. There are two pieces to sew together. Hem the armholes, neckline and bottom. You're done. The pattern calls for elastic tape around the armholes, but I didn't have any therefore skipped that step. The elastic will prevent the armholes from stretching, important for a more formal look to the shirt. I think I can get away with slightly stretchy armholes on mine.

I love patterns that look easy and are easy. Sometimes you just need a win :)

On a related note, we are now stocking Swedish Tracing Paper in the shop. Perfect for tracing your Ottobre patterns!

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