Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Working on a new pattern!

It's been far too long since I have sewn on a new design of my own. Between work and kids and just daily life, I haven't really been feeling it! But I've been sitting on a design for about 5 years, and it's been screaming to get out lately. So I finally picked colors and got started this weekend. MUCH more to come, but at least it's started. What do you think of this? I'm pretty happy with it so far. Only 97 more paper pieced sections to go! More photos to come as I get more done. Follow along in my Facebook Group!

What was I thinking?

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Pattern Test - Bellavista Top by Itch to Stitch

Here's another winner from Itch to Stitch! I absolutely love everything I've ever made from this company, and I always look forward to new patterns. The latest is the Bellavista top.

This top has options for long sleeves or 3/4 length bell sleeves, and either a scoop neck or a cowl neck. Some of the tops I have seen others make out of big thick sweater knits make me jealous! I don't have anything that thick, but it came out beautifully with a lighter sweater knit, which is pretty common to see in my stash. I love how it came out!

I made the long sleeve and cowl neck options. It took less than 5 hours from constructing the pattern to putting in the last stitch, which is impressive! And now that I have the pattern already assembled and I've made it before, it will go even faster next time. This pattern is written extremely well, as are all Itch to Stitch patterns, so whether you have experience with this pattern line or not, you shouldn't have any trouble putting one or twelve together for yourself.

I have big plans for this pattern, in my tiny bit of free time.

It's on sale right now, so get over there and grab your copy! You'll love how this top fits into your wardrobe!

The fabric I used for this sweater came from a color palette mystery box from Sincerely Rylee.

Yes, that's snow on the ground. I immediately put my coat on after these photos were taken!!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Pattern Test - North Point Trousers by Itch to Stitch

I was recently picked to test the pattern for the new North Point Trousers from Itch to Stitch. I have to say, if you're looking to make some amazing pants for yourself, look no further! The pattern is still on sale for a couple more days, so don't miss it.

While I can't promise the same for everyone, these fit me with no pattern modifications, which never happens for this curvy gal. They're my most comfortable pants, and have quickly become my favorite!

And don't be scared of the zip fly, the instructions in this pattern are amazing! This is my second zip fly ever, and it went in perfectly, it wasn't even hard! Here it is, complete with a little cat hair, before I put the waistband on. I love the contrasting stitching! I used it so if I had to rip something out, I could see the thread. But it went together so well, and I love how it turned out!

This was also my first time making welt pockets, which I found to be more difficult. While they aren't perfect, they're better than I thought they would be, given that I'd never done them before!


The front pockets are amazing. Because of how these trousers are constructed, they lay flat no matter what. There's no weird wrinkled up bulges after moving around all day. I made my pockets out of this really great hot pink leopard print fabric that's a lot of fun!

Don't miss the sale! It's on sale thru Tuesday for 20% off.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Eastern Michigan State Fair 2017

One of the biggest obstacles I have to getting anything done is TIME. There's only so much time to do the plethora of projects I want to do, and my job sure cuts into that time!

This year, I set myself a goal to finish a quilt in time for the Eastern Michigan State Fair. Registration ended in June, so I went ahead and spend the $15 to register, effectively giving myself a deadline. And it worked! I actually entered 7 items (though I only actually brought 6).

First, I finally finished this!

Most people that have seen this have said WOW! And wow is right. This just hits you right in the eye. Photos truly don't do this justice, though this photo is better at capturing the colors than my cell phone was. You can't help but follow the colors, spinning your eyes around with the changes. There are over 200 fabrics in this quilt, so every time you look at it, you see something new!

Next, I finished my Toothless!

This is a modified Sitting Dragon from Sew Desu Ne?, with parts borrowed from the Jackalope pattern from the same designer, and some pieces I drew up and added. (This designer now has a really adorable FREE Night Fury pattern that you should really get!)

Next, I entered this bag I sewed up from the Everyday Attache pattern from StudioKat Designs.

This was one of the most intensely complicated bags I've ever made, but it went together so smoothly! It's a little smaller than I would carry regularly though, I'm more of a Wrapsody girl.

I also entered 3 photos I took on our family vacation this year.

So how did I do? Pretty well!

Best in Show!

Blue ribbons on Toothless and my Everyday Attache!

And a blue for my dolphin photo (top right), a red for my marine landscape photo (lower left), and a white for the photo of my boys while snuba diving (upper left).
Not too bad for the first time I ever entered! I'm going to try a different fair next year though. I have several more quilts to finish, so I'm going to check the open book this year and see what categories there are, and what projects I can finish for those categories. This won't be my last fair!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Pattern Test - Chai Shirt and Dress by Itch to Stitch

This week, I had the pleasure of testing a new pattern from Itch to Stitch, the Chai Shirt and Dress. And let me just tell you, this has got to be the cutest shirt I have ever made for myself! I have plans to make at least four more, and at least one will be a dress. I LOVE the shape and fit of it, it's super feminine. Even my husband likes it! I can't say enough good things about it! And it went together relatively quickly and smoothly (except for a couple finickey buttonholes, but I worked it out.)

This pattern is fit not only in the usual bust, waist and hips, but also for cup size. I had never done a pattern with cups taken into consideration, and I am so happy I tried this!

I had to shorten the bodice slightly (one inch), and graded to fit, but no real major adjustments. I do recommend doing a muslin for fit though, I did two before I stitched this one up.

There are buttonholes and buttons, a collar, seam trimming and grading (there's a tutorial linked if you don't know how to do this), hand stitching OR stitch in the ditch (your choice), darts, and gathers. I definitely wouldn't call this a beginner pattern, it's more like intermediate.

And how great is this collar? I have made a couple collared shirts before, but they never turn out this good! The instructions are very clear and well written, so you can sew up a professional looking collar.

You can get this pattern for yourself HERE, and you should because you'll look amazing in it!

📷 by Logan Maciejewski.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

New Quilt Pattern: Fat Quarter Festival!

Now that I am working full time again in a "real" job, finding time for pattern writing has been difficult. But today, I am releasing a new new pattern as part of the Aspiring Designer's Challenge!

Yup, I'm right there in the middle of some pretty amazing designers. Make sure you check them out as well.

Mae & K
Laela Jeyne Patterns
The Wolf and the Tree

Ok, back to my pattern! I went back to my quilting roots after my hat release this summer. Quilting really is my comfort, and keeps me sane in my world where there's no time! And with that, I will tell you about my new fat quarter pattern, Fat Quarter Festival!


This is a really fun pattern if you like your quilts good and scrappy looking. It starts with fat quarters, and one cutting diagram. With those pieces, you can make 4 different blocks. I'm sure there's probably a few other ways you could stitch them up too, but my pattern includes 4 layouts. It's a very fast sew, so it's great for a quick gift. Just choose which block (or blocks) you want to make, cut your fat quarters (you could even stack a few of them to make it go even faster) and stitch them up!

Here's a couple more pictures of other quilts made from this pattern!


Many thanks to Heather T. and Jenn B. for testing my pattern and allowing me to use their photos!

Want to make one for yourself? Go grab the pattern here!

Or if you'd rather win a copy, you can enter here!

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Look what made it's way home!

I can't believe it has made its way home! Anyone that has known me or followed me for a few years might know this story, but the ending only came on Friday.

Way back in 2012, I entered a contest at the American Sewing Expo (there is a post about it here.) Somehow, I won an honorable mention ribbon. I went to the expo on Saturday that year, so I wasn't there to pick up my entry after the close of the show.

Instead of sending my entry back to me, they upgraded my honorable mention to 6th place, and the contest sponsor took it on tour with them to trade shows for a year. I was so excited to have placed, and couldn't wait for the year to be up so I could have the ribbon. I had planned to put the letter, the ribbon, and my project into a shadowbox frame together.

But the following October, when the year tour period was over, I didn't get it back.

I watched the mail the whole month of October. When i didnt get it, I started emailing the expo in November, asking if they had gotten it back, or if they knew when I could expect it back. They poked around, and unfortunately, In December, I was informed that the sponsor couldn't find it. Nobody knew what had happened to it. The expo people apologized to me and gave me some seminar time for the following year, along with the ribbon I had won.

Fast forward two years later to now!

Friday, I was driving home after dropping my son off for a scouting event, and stopped at the mailbox. Nothing but little packages that day. But one was from the American Sewing Expo! I haven't entered a contest there since my entry was lost (an entry fee was added to the contest, and I didn't want to pay it hahaha), so the only thing it could be was the one thing I never expected to see again!

I pulled in and parked right at the end of the driveway, and opened it right there. And sure enough, it was found! No explanation in the letter as to what happened, but it doesn't matter!

I haven't gotten it into a shadowbox frame yet, but I was excited to finally get it back and I wanted to post a "post expo" photo. Here it is!

A little bit about it: This is a clutch purse I made from the Apropos Pack pattern from Studiokat Designs. I quilted the exterior fabric using three threads sent to me for the contest, in a diamond plaid pattern.

The stripe of blue (and the stripe of orange on the inside edge of the flap) were added when I realized the piece had shrunk due to the quilting, and it was too short to put the snap in! Oops!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Craftsy's October ALL-ACCESS Class Pass -- just $9.99!

You heard right! Craftsy is offering an All Access Class Pass, access to ALL THEIR CLASSES for the month of October -- for only $9.99! You can try them all, binge watch everything that you've been curious about.

What's the catch? Well, November 1, you won't have access to those classes anymore, only the ones you've paid for. But if there's a few classes you've been wanting to watch, and you have some free time this month, it's a great opportunity to watch them and see if you'd like to purchase them. If you have taken any class notes during October, they will still be there if you decide to purchase the class after the pass expires.

It's a hard deal to pass up! Less than $10 for access to EVERY Craftsy class? I know I'm signing up! But hurry, you can only get this deal through Midnight on October 6.

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Cote d'Azur Sun Hat pattern is now available!

Hi everyone! I've been away from pattern making for several months, but I'm back with a brand new pattern. I've been spreading my wings, so to speak, and I've stepped outside my normal quilted box to release my very first wearable design!

It's almost summer here on our side of the globe, and I'm a pale, pasty chick. I avoid the sun like a vampire. It doesn't take long for me to turn lobster red, and I've had more than my fair share of sunburns in my life, especially on my face, shoulders, and the back of my neck. To avoid raising my risk of skin cancer even more, I decided I needed a big hat. And why not? They're very fashionable these days, and much easier to put on than sunblock (which I'll still wear!) Most of the wide-brimmed hats I see are some kind of woven style, but I wanted a fabric one, so it's washable and keeps out ALL the sun's rays. And this is it! Introducing the Cote d'Azur Sun Hat from ShannonMac Designs!

I have designed this sun hat pattern to fit head circumferences of 16"-24", with brim options of 4", 5", and 6". With those options, it will fit most people 12 months and up!

And since you're making it yourself, you can make it truly fit you and your style! I used quilter's cotton, but you can feel free to use any fabric you like, as long as it's not stretchy and won't lose it's shape (knits and silkies are probably good to avoid).

I used Pellon 809 Decor Bond in the brim, but some of my testers tried other things, like thermofleece, buckram, and peltex. Other interfacings can result in different levels of stiffness in the brim, but if you like a floppier hat, just try a lighter interfacing.

Check out some of the photos that my testers submitted!

Thank you so much to all my amazing testers!!

And now it's time for you to get the pattern, and make one for yourself! You can purchase the pattern in my Craftsy Shop, OR you can enter my rafflecopter drawing and win a copy!

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Omni Tempore by Sofilantjes Patterns

Hi there! Recently I had the opportunity to sew up the Omni Tempore pattern by Sofilantjes Patterns for my son (It's also available in adult sizes here! Or look for the bundle :) ) I usually sew clothes for my 6 year old because he's a better model hahaha, but I thought this would be a great pattern for my 11 year old. He likes hoods and pockets and fleece, so this was a great combination of all his favorites. So here it is!

He really loves this shirt! I made it out of black polar fleece, which is the same fabric I used to back his quilt last Christmas. So now he can wear this and feel like he's wrapped in his quilt. I made it in a size 13 so he can wear it for a while, and because he likes his clothes a little baggy (and we have long monkey arms in my family LOL). Now my 6 year old is jealous because he doesn't have one. Guess I'll be making one for him today!

And it really is fast enough that I can do that. I put the pattern together at a cub scout meeting, pinned and cut the pieces while watching tv with my family, and sewed it up in about 3 hours last night (and it only took that long because I don't have a serger, so I was using a mock serger stitch that took a long time to do on my DSM). There are several options to this shirt too, so I could have taken less time and done hemmed sleeves and bottom. But I did wrist and waist bands, which took a few extra minutes. So when I finish the second one, I'll post pictures here too.

This is a great, simple, unisex pattern that is easy enough for anyone to do! You can see some other great photos at the other blogs on this blog tour.

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So now that you've seen it, it's time to go make one yourself! You can buy the pattern at the link at the top of this post...Or you can win a copy by entering the Rafflecopter drawing! They will be drawing a winner at the end of the tour, so get your name in the hat while there's still time :) Enjoy!

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