Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fashion Revolution

On 24th April 2013, 1133 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

In many countries around the world, men, women, and children are making your clothes in inhumane working conditions with very little pay.

Fashion Revolution wants the world to step up and consider 'who is making your clothes?"
Lets fight together to bring changes to the fashion industry.

The article "Why do we need a Fashion Revolution" provides more details of the horrific event 
in Bangladesh last year and how the world and fashion industry responded.

What can you do?
Tomorrow, April 24th, wear your clothes inside out to bring attention to how clothing is made.
You can wear something you made or that you purchased from a store.

Then take a picture, post to Instagram #insideout
or Twitter @fash_rev

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Swoon Sewing Patterns Blanche Barrel Bag

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Swoon Sewing Patterns has released the April Pattern:  Blanche Barrel Bag!

Blanche comes in two sizes:
Small: 10.5" wide
Large: 14" wide

Difficulty: 3 out of 4

Materials Needed:
  • 2/3 yard (44" wide) exterior fabric (1/2 yard for small bag)
  • 1 yard 44" wide lining fabric
  • 3 yards 5/32" cotton cording or premade piping
  • 1 yard fusible fleece (Pellon Thermolam Plus)
  • 3 yards stiff fusible interfacing (Pellon Craft-fuse 808)
  • 1/2 yard fusible stiff stabilizer (Pellon Peltex 71F)
  • 14" all purpose zipper (11" for small bag)
  • 6" all purpose zipper
  • Four 3/4" metal loops
  • Two 3/4" lobster clasps
  • Two 3/4" D rings
  • Coordinating thread

Blanche has two handle straps and is prescribed to include a longer shoulder strap attached on each side with D-rings and lobster claw.
You can see a picture of that HERE on the fabulous Diedelbug Handmade page.

I opted out of both of those options.  That's the cool thing about Blanche.  She doesn't give a shit what other people think about her.  She knows she's the coolest retro bag around.

Blanche is a beer, burger, and milk shake kind of girl.
 She doesn't like long walks on the beach.  She prefers MMA fighting.
She carries a switch blade.
She smokes menthols and doesn't succumb to text message grazing.
She's a badass lady.

Fabric is Michael Miller Candy Shop.
Red and white dots is from Joanns.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Willow & Co. Persimmon Dress by Mouse House Creation

The Willow & Co. Collective will be releasing their pattern collection on April 22nd!
In the meantime, check out one more pattern I had the great pleasure of sewing before the release.

The Persimmon Dress by Mouse House Creations.

This fresh and clean design is a summer staple for all girls.
The pin tuck pleats provide a soft touch on the bodice.
*The back has the same appearance as the front*

Once again, this is dress is a fast and easy sew.  
A few details of the Persimmon:
12 total pin tucks
Middle stripe on front and back
Bias tape arm hold binding
Shoulder ties
Time: 2-2.5 hours
Difficulty:  Beginner
Cuteness:  unbelievably adorable

Just check out that smile!

Thank you, Hayley, for choosing me to pattern test both of your Willow & Co Patterns!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fawn Lily Dress by Rock the Stitch for Willow & Co.

You won't believe the adorableness I have for you today!
I'm sure you have hear of Willow & Co.  It is a pattern collective of several
pattern designers. The Spring/Summer 14 Wunderlust collection is released.

The beautiful Rebecca of Rock the Stitch asked me to pattern test 
the Fawn Lilly Dress/Tunic pattern.
Rebecca is an amazing seamstress.  I am ecstatic to be selected for this opportunity.

The Fawn Lily is all about options.  Let's break it down.

Lengths: Tunic, above the knee, below the knee
Bodice:  Button yoke or cross over
Skirt:  Ruffle, pleat or a-line
Pockets: inseam or patch
Difficulty: Beginner Intermediate

I say this is a beginner intermediate pattern only because of one step:  attaching the sleeves.
The sleeves have a clean finish, which requires manipulation of the dress.
Don't let that scare you away!  This dress is perfect and well worth the effort for a clean finish.

The pattern instructions are very clear.  Intensive measurement charts, glossary of stitches and techniques, picture for every sewing step, and printing assembly charts are included.

The Fawn Lily pulls over the head; no zippers!

Check her out! She receives countless number of winks and smiles when she wears this dress.

You can tell me she's perfect.

My favorite picture of all

Monday, April 14, 2014

PRP: Signature Week: Extreme Twirl

A lot of thought went into this week.  Signature style.  For me, that's classic, party dress, and fancy.
Well, that's NOT the girls' styles.

Then it hit me.  I shouldn't make MY signature style.  I need to make THEIR signature styles.

They both like "tutus" and t-shirts. Madeleine is sweet and stylish. 
Ali is loud and rambunctious. 

They each received a circle skirt for optimum twirling but in fabrics they picked out.
Ali choose a wild rainbow animal print denim fabric and Madeleine picked a pretty cherry cotton.

The t-shirt is my ever favorite Sewing Mama RaeAnna Cupcake top.
I seriously love this shirt.  It is versatile and my go-to top.
I made a few changes to the pattern.  First, made the short sleeved.
Second, instead of turning the raw edge under, I rolled it out twice to give a faux cuff appearance.

Ahh....what girl doesn't want a kitty cat?
Nimblephish has an endless amount of stuffed pal patterns.
I can see these little guys being addictive.
Too cute, right???

 It was painful to get them to both look at me, smile and sit still all at the same time.

She had a hard time letting the kitty sit up there alone.


Willow & Co Clover Shorts by Mouse House Creations

Introducing the Clover Shorts by Mouse House Creations for Willow & Co!
I have been unbelievably lucky to have the chance to pattern test for not one but THREE
Willow & Co. patterns.
You don't have to wait much longer all the Willow & Co patterns release April 22nd!
Let me tell you how HIGHLY impressed I am with all the patterns.
All of the patterns have perfect fits and great instructions and photographs for each step.
I promise you will not be disappointed with the patterns.  Scouts honor.

The Clover shorts have front functional pockets, 3 belt loops, front pleats and 
picture perfect cuffs.

Sounds difficult, right?
These are beginner friendly and can be completed from cut to finish in 3 hours.
Seriously easy peasy with the ultimate cuteness factor.

Don't you want to eat her up?

I used Blend fabrics for this pair of shorts.
I LURVE Blend.  High quality cotton here, folks!!

Baby Tush!

So in love, I made a second pair.
What little girl doesn't want polka dot kitty shorts?

Peek a boo!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Video Tutorial: How to Insert a side panel zipper into a bag

Zippers can be soooo tricky.  They like to move around when you sew, even if you pin.

Below is a video link tutorial on how to install a side panel zipper into a bag, or 
anywhere you want to instal a zipper.

The bag I am demonstrating with is Swoon India-small size (affiliate link).

Also, ignore my ignorance of shapes.  Anytime I say a shape name, I am referring to the rectangle.
My mind was distracted by not screwing up the video. I can't seem to get anything perfect.

Here is what the finished bag looked like.  Purdy little girl.
I also have other Swoon India bags in the Etsy shop!