Sunday, March 8, 2015

Carolyn Pajamas: This Time in a Knit!

I'm back with my second pair of Carolyn Pajamas, fresh off the sewing machine! And I love these ones even more. I was inspired to use a knit, like my favorite pair of pj's from BedHead. They are so soft and combine some of my favorite things. Jammies (obv), flamingos, and America. These pjs are made in the USA, so if you don't feel like making your own I highly recommend them.

I used a knit fabric that I've been ogling at work, it's from Art Gallery Fabrics, cotton knit with a bit of spandex in it. SO SOFT, and perfect for jam jams. I used a piping that kind of looks like a cord, in the marigold color with matching buttons. The piping was easy to put in, not any different than applying it with a woven fabric.  I was planning on adding the cuff to the pants, but they were already the correct length so I just went with it.

 I used the serger to sew my seams, but all the top stitching was sewn with the machine, straight stitch, and a knit needle. I hemmed the pants and the top with a double needle. I also sewed the facings to the fronts, it's like that with my flamingo pjs. I was worried that it might not work in the knit, but it went together super easy. I can see myself making many more pairs of these pjs.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

I Like You: Carolyn Pajamas

My favorite time of day, is when its FINALLY time to put pajamas on and go to bed. I love love love pajamas. I was so excited when the Carolyn Pajama pattern by Closet Case Files came out. A full set of pjs, that is cut in a modern way. There are plenty of big 4 pattern pjs out there but I've attempted to make them and they are always huge and frumpy. I knew this pattern wouldn't be.

I made these pj bottoms over a year ago, and attempted to make a top to match with a big four pattern. The result was frumptastic and huge and I never finished the top. I bought more of the fabric, the Amy Sedaris for Windham Collection "I Like You" and waited for an appropriate pattern. SO happy with the results.

The directions are straight forward and easy. I made my own gingham piping, using rat tail as the cord. The only adjustment I made was to make the short sleeves bigger for my muscles/ chunk arms. After wearing my pjs for a couple nights I stitched the facing to the shirt. This is how my rtw pj shirts are and it is more comfortable. I love this pattern so much I am spending this snow day making a pair out of knit, and wearing my I like you jammies. Total jammie bliss.  

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

My Latest Obsession

Well for one, fabric. but now I can get CASH BACK on fabric. That's what I'm obsessed with. Ebates. I may be totally late to the game, but I signed up before Christmas and I already have $54.82 cash back. They put it right in your paypal account!

This is how it works, you shop online at stores that have an agreement with Ebates. Each store has a certain percentage that you get back after you buy something. You just have to go to Ebates first, and click the link to whatever  store you are going to.

Here are some stores that I love and have cash back... 3% back

Modcloth- 4% back

Boden- 2.5%

Herroom- 4%

and so many more. So here is the deal, you should sign up, because free money, duh. If you use my code, you get $5 to start and I get $5 dollars too! Currently in my cart I have some black gingham, and some Cotton and Steel Lawn. I would get $2.13 back. Plus they have Liberty fabric, I mean you can think of it like 3% off Liberty.  All these little amounts really add up, I have the app too, and I obsessively check how much is in there.

PS. These are all my own opinions and I really am obsessed. I just wanted to share this little tidbit with you guys as friends. I think everyone wants to save money to buy more fabric.

If you are interested here is my link.
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Cotton + Steel Quilted Pillows

Well I've finally made us some new pillows. I've been hating on the pillows that came with the couch, they are just too small, and I've been searching for the right fabric.

The inside panel is a cotton + steel quilt weight cotton "august mezzanine". To make this pillow I cut a center square 16 x 16, and strips of the border print to go around the square. The border was sewed on and I prepared to quilt it. Layered cotton batting and muslin under the top. 

I'm not the best quilter, I tried the free motion foot first, and that was a disaster. It is impossible to keep the stitches even. Then I put on my walking foot and started to trace some of the shaped in the fabric. That took a while, and wasn't really quilting as much as I wanted it to, so I started to do the crisscross across the center. The border fabric I quilted separately, but doing diagonal lines all over and intersecting them, kind of like the fabric. Then I washed the whole quilted piece, even though I had already pre washed all the fabric, and it shrunk another 2 inches. 

The back was left plain in the contrasting print, I inserted an invisible zipper, and stitched around the other edges. Boom two original pillows! 

Rockford has been enjoying the pillows the most. 

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Simplicity 1609, another Jiffy dress

This is one of the things that has been hanging in my closet forever, and I have yet to show you. Not sure why, it is so shiny and pretty! I made this dress last year to display at fabricland, to show off this amazing silk fabric. It is a very lightweight silk jacquard, with silver metallic paisley print to it. 

The pattern is my second version of Simplicity 1609, the jiffy pattern. This time I made the bow instead of the scalloped collar. The entire dress is underlined in white kona cotton, to give it body. The white gave the light pink fabric the perfect pop, and made the metallic stand out even more.  I hand basted the layers together before sewing the dress. 

I even took and inside shot for you all! Woo look at those guts. I have to remember to tack down the underarm facing, it pops out whenever I wear it. I like how this dress has the all in one facing, it looks so much cleaner. You can also see how I can never bother to take out my basting stitches. Anyone else guilty of that?

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Two Valentines Day Wreaths


HAPPY GALENTINES DAY! Today is Galentines day, where we celebrate our lady loves. So thanks for reading my blog ladies, you are the best, and this creative community of awesome ladies that make things is the best.

So lately I've been obsessed with holiday wreaths. You have seen the Christmas wreaths I have made, but I also made a Thanksgiving wreath, and am collecting for an Easter wreath. But today I wanna show you my Valentines Day wreath.

This is a big one! I used a 12 inch wreath form, and covered it in this fabulous gingham garland from the craft store, Michaels. Then I added the large green BE MINE plate, with hot glue. The rest of the hearts are collected from craft stores and pier 1 had some valentines ornaments, the polka dot ones and the raffia one. It's seriously fabulous. I also made one for my Mom, which may be even cuter.


This wreath took me 5 minutes. It's the easiest way to display the cute Valentines cards out there. These are repro vintage ones, but I would love to collect the real thing. Especially the vintage sewing ones, Sew Cute! To make this wreath I started with a wire wreath form, cut strips of some heart fabric I had left over from last years, Valentines dress, and wrapped them around the form. I just pinned the strips into place, I was being seriously lazy. Then all you need to do is clip cards to the strips of fabric. I made a hook with some rick rack.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

I'm now

Hello my fellow makers of wonderful things! Just an FYI I moved my blog from to!
Some of you are nice enough to have links from your blog to my blog, and I just wanna say THANK YOU! I'm trying to update everything, I'm not sure I've done everything, computers are hard.

I'm very excited to be sort of "official". There hasn't been much sewing going on around here, I was sick after our trip, and now my husband is very sick, and the miles of snow outside make it hard to photograph anything. What are you guys working on?

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