Showing posts with label Sewing For Mommy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sewing For Mommy. Show all posts

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Meeting Heather Ross

 Oh my gosh, what a thrill! Heather Ross paid a visit to Chicago on Saturday to read a story from her new book: How To Catch A Frog. I would have driven anywhere in the city and to most of the close in suburbs to see her, but she did me the favor of coming straight to my own neighborhood of Lincoln Square. She did her reading in my very own branch of the Chicago Public Library, Sulzer. Her visit was sponsored by the lovely little bookstore just a few blocks from my house, Book Cellar.
 In addition to her reading, Heather was kind enough to sign her book, and the one she published years ago called Weekend Sewing that my friend Ruth gave me for Christmas. I decided to dress up the girls in clothing I made using Heather's Crafty Chloe fabrics. It's hard to tell from the picture of the the girls with Heather, but the main prints feature unicorns. Heather's new fabric collection, Far Far Away features lots of unicorns too!
In addition to autographs and pictures, we also got a special gift of two signed prints (girls in swim suits - backview). Turns out Heather loves swimming. Also a set of charm squares from Far Far Away courtesy of Windham. Lauren wasted no time in laying out a quilt design in my sewing room and setting me to work cutting some colorful polka dots to fill out the quilt. We're in the piecing phase today. We all love our Heather Ross here!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Weekend Sewing Zipper Pouch

 This post should also be titled: The Importance of Following Instructions

Usually I don't like to follow instructions, especially for sewing patterns. Especially when I read them and they seem to involve more steps and attention to detail than I want to commit to. Sometimes my sewing experience can carry me to success anyway. But there are times when my renegade sewing nature results in a fail.

 I was drawn to this pouch from the Heather Ross book: Weekend Sewing because of the boxy shape and the zipper that extended half way down each side. I've sewed a bunch of zipper pouches and clutches and even a full on purse or two, so I figured a book pattern for a zipper pouch wouldn't be any hard thing. I also admit that I don't read instructions all the way through before I start. I grab fabric and scissors and just go wild. I also don't pin things as I sew. I am so, so bad. But I sew so fast! Renegade!

 Half way through sewing, I realized that this project would have exposed inside seams and that the pattern called for sewing everything in parts that would then be closed up before the lining and outside were joined. I had assumed a lined bag would be sewn in a way that at the end you turn it inside out and viola - no exposed seams. I decided to cheat and use bias tape to close my exposed edges. It provided a fake piping look to the finished bag. I am ok with how that bit turned out. I like the pop of turquoise. The other thing I didn't do was leave the ends of the zipper free to be adjusted for the perfect fit when the bag was assembeled. The result was that as I sewed the last two parts of the bag together it was slightly off the whole way around. Slightly off resulted in the part of my cheating that is the big fail...once I zip the bag it is completely crooked.

So I just leave it sitting unzipped in my sewing room window. I love the Anna Maria Horner linen fabric so much and the red lining and red zipper and the turquoise trim look very jaunty. Next time I'll be sure to follow the instructions...well maybe not. Renegade!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Crochet Scarf Sample Sale in the Etsy Store




I'm making space by letting go some crochet scarves (and a few sewn ones too!) that I sewed to test patterns. These are brand new and one of a kind! Sale prices range from $15-30.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Tote Bag and Clutch Purse Collection

I'm working up a collection of tote bags and clutch purses for the holidays. Stay tuned and I'll let you know when they are available in my Etsy store.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Fold Over Clutch with Vintage Lace Overlay


Sometimes I take a good look at Etsy and Pinterest to get inspiration for what to sew next. I've been wondering what to make with some vintage lace that I have a lot of and some of the fall and winter weight fabrics I have like wool and velveteen. Here's the first result. This is a fold-over clutch purse. Basically it's just a zippered pouch made with some super special details. You can find an excellent tutorial for a zippered pouch on this website: Sew Sweetness.

What makes this one special is four details. 1. I used a nice bright green, tweedy wool fabric that adds a richness and depth. 2. For the front of the purse (just the bottom half) I sewed on this openwork piece of vintage lace. In the photos it might just look like it's the print of the fabric, but in person it's obviously a layered piece.

 

3. You can't see it but inside the bottom rectangle section of the clutch, I sewed in heavy weight interfacing to give that part of the bag shape and to allow the top section a breaking point to flop over. 4. Lastly, I made the fold over section shaped like a triangle so it has a slanted edge when it lays over the lace part on the bottom of the bag.

I love how it came out! It fits my wallet, purse and keys and I could probably squeeze in a few other things like a lip gloss. Now I just need a date night, so it can get out on the town!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Patchwork Scarf with Zipper Tape






Went through my scrap basket the other day and found some long pieces of zipper tape that were leftover from a project where I needed the zippers, but not the entire length. I've seen plenty of projects using the zipper-less pieces of tape that are leftover. I decided to use these to add something new to a scarf.

Since I was already in the scrap basket, I pulled out a bunch of coordinating pieces of all types. There is chenille (the fuzzy cream colored stuff), quilting cotton, voile and even some jersey. After sewing a long patchwork strip from all these and the zipper tape, I cut a piece of solid mustard colored voile for the back. The only thing left to do was sew a regular circle scarf. It is long enough to double up. It's shown here long so you can see all the pieces. Great piece for fall!


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

October and November 2013 Sewing Socials

Hope you can find time to squeeze in some sewing this fall on Monday nights. I have most everything you need in my basement, but if you have a portable machine, bring it with you.

Upcoming dates:
Oct 21
Nov 4
Nov 18

THE DETAILS:
All nights are open project. If you need an idea of what to sew let me know when you RSVP, otherwise, come with the project you want to sew.
Come as you are, beginners and experts alike.
Bring your own machine.
You can bring a few bucks to cover the cost of any of my fabric you use or you can bring your own fabric.
Please RSVP.
Please enter through my side/basement door so as not to ring the doorbell and wake up sleeping kids.

In case you haven't seen it in a while, the sewing room misses you...
http://mommysaidsew.blogspot.com/2013/01/updated-sewing-room.html

Saturday, April 27, 2013

May 2013 Sewing Social Dates


Monday nights, 8pm until whenever. 

May 6th and 20th

The Details..
NEW detail: all nights are open project. If you need an idea of what to sew let me know when you RSVP, otherwise, come with the project you want to sew.
Come as you are, beginners and experts alike.
Bring your own machine.
You can bring a few bucks to cover the cost of any of my fabric you use or you can bring your own fabric.
Please RSVP.
Please enter through my side/basement door so as not to ring the doorbell and wake up sleeping kids.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

April 2013 Sewing Social Dates


Monday nights, 8pm until whenever. 

April 29th

The Details..
NEW detail: all nights are open project. If you need an idea of what to sew let me know when you RSVP, otherwise, come with the project you want to sew.
Come as you are, beginners and experts alike.
Bring your own machine.
You can bring a few bucks to cover the cost of any of my fabric you use or you can bring your own fabric.
Please RSVP.
Please enter through my side/basement door so as not to ring the doorbell and wake up sleeping kids.

Monday, February 4, 2013

February 2013 Sewing Socials


Monday nights, 8pm until whenever. 

February 18 & 25

The Details..
NEW detail: all nights are open project. If you need an idea of what to sew let me know when you RSVP, otherwise, come with the project you want to sew.
Come as you are, beginners and experts alike.
Bring your own machine.
You can bring a few bucks to cover the cost of any of my fabric you use or you can bring your own fabric.
Please RSVP.
Please enter through my side/basement door so as not to ring the doorbell and wake up sleeping kids.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Updated Sewing Room


Cutting table in the foreground. Sewing table in the background.
 The girls from my Sewing Socials and I were starting to outgrow the space at our sewing table. Ok. It's my fault. I got a new sewing machine for Christmas. But anyway, we needed to get access to 100% of the table and one side of it was against the wall in a bay window, so the slanting walls weren't helping us feel any less cramped. 
New Janome machine for Christmas!
 I didn't want to give up the chaise lounge either since it's such a nice place to sit if you need to look through a pattern book, crochet a scarf or rip out an entire seam (not that we ever make mistakes around here).


The chaise lounge in it's new home next too the display screen.
 So first things first was to move the chaise lounge out of way and position the sewing table in the middle of the room. After that feat, we decided the chaise had to lose its arm since it was going into the bay window and its arm was on the wrong side. Bring out the tool box. Ok. Arm is gone. Thinking about re-using it as a toddler headboard, but that's for another day. Now the chaise is still comfy thanks to my Patty Young pillows.

The antique hoops are holding my girls custom fabric.
 Now we have room for at least 6 machines to be set up. Bring out the power strips and extension cords. I also will be needing more task lighting. My fabric continues to have a happy home in the Ikea Expedit shelving. No chance in heck that could be moved.


Special spots for my AMH collection and my voile.
So now it's time to get busy sewing things. We've got pajama pants for mommy in the works using voile fabric and this tutorial.The girls are getting some pink skirts (stay tuned) and it's time to put another date on the calendar to sew dresses for Handmade For Africa.

And on last time... there's my fabric! Love you fabric. See you soon.




Thursday, January 24, 2013

New Ribbons to Fall in Love With

More Anna Maria Horner Ribbon  - love the feathers!
Just wanted to share some ribbon I've fallen in love with. I've always been a huge fan of woven jacquard ribbon. It is so rich in detail that it really makes a high quality addition to sewn projects. I like to put a strip down the bodice of a knot dress or run a strip all the way around a hem. It would do amazing things in a strip down the front of a zipper pouch or as trim above an outside pocket on a tote bag.

A few of my favorite fabric designers have great collections of ribbon out right now.

Tula Pink

Anna Maria Horner

Amy Butler

Patty Young

You can get an eye full of each collection on the Renaissance Ribbon website, but then you'll have to buy it at a retailer like Quilt Home, fabric.com or Pink Chalk Fabrics. Because the ribbon is woven, the back side is not finished, so these ribbons have to be sewn down onto something. They can be sewn with a backing of fabric (with the raw edges folded inside) to make straps or sashes too!

Amy Butler Ribbon

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

January 2013 Sewing Socials



Monday nights, 8pm until whenever. 

January 14 and 28

The Details..
NEW detail: all nights are open project. If you need an idea of what to sew let me know when you RSVP, otherwise, come with the project you want to sew.
Come as you are, beginners and experts alike.
Bring your own machine.
You can bring a few bucks to cover the cost of any of my fabric you use or you can bring your own fabric.
Please RSVP.
Please enter through my side/basement door so as not to ring the doorbell and wake up sleeping kids.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Mother and Daughter Apron Set - Great Gift for Christmas

 
This apron set was a commissioned project from a friend of mine. She's giving it as a Christmas gift. She brought over a kid apron of her own for inspiration and picked out the cute fabrics for this set. I think this combo of prints is great for the large and small scale requirements of the two aprons.


As for the fabric choices: the large medallion is Sandi Henderson's Secret Garden and the small scales are Tula Pink's Parisville. The great colors in these prints were easy to pair with buttons, ribbons and trim!


Nevermind the mermaid appearance of the mom size apron... I should have put it on myself for the photo, but I wasn't exactly camera ready so here it is on the kid size dress form. The waist strap can be tied in front as shown (it would be a bit shorter) or done in a bow in the back. The length falls to the knee. Both aprons tie behind the neck.

Time to cook up something yummy! 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Velveteen Zipper Clutch with Suede Wristlet Strap

 Just enjoy the pictures of this clutch. Fabric and inspiration (Ruthie Clutch) by Anna Maria Horner.




Tuesday, November 27, 2012

December 2012 Sewing Social Dates


Monday nights, 8pm until whenever. 

December 3, 10 and 17


Meeting for the first three Mondays in December so you can get your holiday gifts made!!


The Details..
NEW detail: all nights are open project. If you need an idea of what to sew let me know when you RSVP, otherwise, come with the project you want to sew.
Come as you are, beginners and experts alike.
Bring your own machine.
You can bring a few bucks to cover the cost of any of my fabric you use or you can bring your own fabric.
Please RSVP.
Please enter through my side/basement door so as not to ring the doorbell and wake up sleeping kids.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Scarves - Fall and Winter 2012

Anna Maria Horner voile



Anna Maria Horner voile and velveteen



 
Anna Maria Horner voile and striped lace jersey


There is nothing I love sewing for myself as much as a scarf! I recently got in a stack of Anna Maria Horner voile and couldn't wait to pair it up into these circle scarves. Worn long or doubled, with a coat or all day long, these scarves are so easy to wear. They make amazing gifts - so unique! Each of these is for sale in my Etsy shop: www.mommysaidsew.etsy.com.