Tuesday, October 21, 2014

An Elsa Dress

I do not particularly enjoy sewing clothes and would not have even attempted to sew an Elsa dress for my daughter this year if it wasn't impossible to find a decent dress for less than a zillion dollars.  But they are in short supply and my daughter really wanted to be Elsa, so I thought I'd give a go.

I found the McCall M7000 official looking pattern and took my daughter to pick out fabrics.  And then they sat there for a long time because I really didn't want to make the dress, but a couple weeks before our first Halloween party I decided I should get started.

This isn't really a difficult pattern, but it is probably the hardest pattern that I have made.  Especially because the sparkly, stretchy knit (?) that I used for the sleeves was really obnoxious to sew with.
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I decided not to make the overlay because it seemed like it would get in the way when she wore the dress to school, but I otherwise followed the pattern.  My daughter is 6 and a half so I made the 5-6 size even though her measurements were in the size 3-4 range.  It is a little bit big, but I am glad I made the bigger size because I am never, ever making another one.
elsa dress
Even though it's not perfect and I am only buying Halloween costumes from now on, my daughter was very excited about the dress so I guess it was worth it.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Southern Fabric Giveaway

I hope you are all having a happy Monday!  This morning we are lucky enough to have a giveaway from Southern Fabric.  Right now they are doing 13 days of Spooktacular Savings and today there is 25% off all full priced Layer Cakes and 10" squares.

If you haven't had a chance to take a look at Southern Fabric's precuts, they have a really great selection.


Southern Fabric is giving away a $25 gift certificate today.  To enter, just leave a comment on this post.

For a second entry, follow Southern Fabric on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter and leave a second comment letting me know.

The giveaway will end on Friday at 5pm PST.  Have a great week!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Inspiration Mosaics

Someone needs to remind me next year that I am not allowed to sew my kids Halloween costumes.  I haven't sewn anything for the past two weeks because every time I walk into my sewing room I see my daughters in-progress Elsa dress and walk away.  It is pretty much my least favorite thing.

But I have been making slow progress on the dress and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel: I will be able to sew a quilt soon!  And in anticipation of that I put together my monthly Inspiration Mosaic post using some of my favorite fabrics from each of my sponsors.  I hope that this inspires some of you, but even if it doesn't, it does help me procrastinate the Elsa dress.

Shabby Fabrics
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Mother Goose Tales GreenPinhead Dot KiwiOh Clementine GreyKiss Dot MarinePinhead Dot Limeade,  Basically Hugs Light GrayPearl BraceletOval Elements Key LimeAmerican Made Brand Solids Light LimeBrambleberry Ridge Teal Timber ValleyKiss Dot CedarOh Clementine GreyCotton and Steel Basics

FabricCadabra
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Florascape Moonstone, Tomahawk Stripe,  Sprinkled Morning, Beekeeper Coral, Canyon Wall, Plumage Apricot, Arid Horizon,  Freshly Cut Hyacinths, Notes of Winter Dew, Valley of Azure, Honey House Sunflower, Clay Sundot, Summer Grove by Day

Lark Cottons
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Stamped Grove Daylight, Foliage Tangerine, Spirodraft Carbon, Bella Solids Mist, Crosshatch Silver, XOXO Ghost, Crosshatch Curry, Foliage Curry, Netorious Roadster,  Crosshatch Lake, Serenity Entwined Pearl,  Korkek Dandelion, Winnow Forget Me Not
Fabricworm
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Forest Floor KhakiDottie Gelato GoldLinked with NightRush Hour TanNetorious Goldilocks SilverTrellis StoneDeco Petal TurquoiseClimbing Vine NavyLattice CoralPretty Posies TurquoiseWildflower CrimsonTwigged Patch SunlitDottie Cloud
Fat Quarter Shop
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Fresh Radical Blooms, Oval Elements Blue Lagoon, Pure Elements Icy Mint, Black Days of the Week, Dottie Pink Tiny Dots, Butter Pecan Cross Hatch, Black Stripe, XOXO Plummy, Dottie Magenta, Elementary Splash the Grid, Orchid Cuboid, Dottie Aqua Tiny Dots
Stash Fabrics
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Sunday Clippings in Dusk, Confetti Dot in Parrot, Pointelle in Pink, Oval Elements in Tangerine Tango,  Cottagely Posy in Garden, Basketweave in Coral, Circles in Blue, Springs Sun, Scribbles in SunriseDash Dot in Lantern, Valley in Evergreen, Thru the Wire in Marmalade, Cheerful Echo
This center fabric is from Katy Jones new line Priory Square.  It isn't available yet, but it is available for preorder here.

Southern Fabric
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Megalopolitan, Sugio TilesDumb Dot Sorbet, Utopia Chatter Pods, Utopia Lucid Hills, Specks of Rambutan, Atomic Influx, Cool Dots Tangerine, Piccolo Spray, XOXO Dandelion, Stitch Circle Teal,  Stitch Square Ocean, Atomic Influx

Monday, October 13, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

FabricCadabra Giveaway Winner

Thanks everyone for entering the giveaway.  If you haven't already, be sure to check out FabricCadabra, especially because they have just added lots of fabrics.

The winner of the giveaway is . . .
Congratulations Abby!  I will be emailing you soon.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Follie Baby Quilt (and Tutorial)

A few weeks ago Windham Fabrics sent me a bundle of Lotta Jansdotter's new fabric line, Follie.  I love Lotta's designs and these are no exception.  I love that this collection uses those fun stripes in new colors plus lots of other great prints.  The almost-black brown prints are my favorite since this is a color that is difficult to find but one that I love to use!
Follie FQB
I decided to make a baby quilt with the prints because baby quilts are pretty much my favorite thing to make.  I love how Lotta's prints are pretty and sophisticated and kind of funky at the same time.
Follie Baby Quilt
Fabric Requirements
1 Fat Quarter Bundle Follie
1 1/3 Yards White Solid
1 1/2 Yards Backing
3/8 Yard Binding

Cutting Instructions
Block Construction
Each block is 10.5" unfinished and we will make a total of 20 blocks.

I am going to demonstrate the construction of an "A" block, but the construction for the other blocks is very similar.
A Block
1.  Piece the 2.5" x 4.5" darker rectangles onto either side of the 2.5" x 4.5" lighter triangles.
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2. Add the 3.5" x 6.5" rectangle onto the long side of that piece. 
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3.  Add the 2.5" x 7.5" white rectangles onto the 7.5" sides. 
follie block
4.  Add the 3.5" x 10.5" rectangle onto the 10.5" side.  
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A Block
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B Block
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C Block
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D Block
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Arrange your blocks into the following layout.  Your layout may vary depending on your fabric choices, but try to mix the blocks up so that all of your A blocks aren't next to each other, etc.  Piece into rows, then piece the rows together.  
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Baste, quilt, and bind as desired.  I have been holding onto this Echo print for a while and decided to go ahead and use it as the backing for this quilt.  As much as I loved looking at the fabric on my shelf it is fun to see it used :)
Follie Baby Quilt Backing
Follie will be available in November.

Finished size: 40" x 50"

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Welcome FabricCadabra (and a giveaway)

This giveaway is now closed.  
Today I am excited to introduce you to a brand new shop called FabricCadabra. One thing that is really great about this shop is that the owners, who also happen to be sisters, really love fabric and that love shows in their fabric choices. Right now they have a gorgeous selection of mostly Art Gallery prints (including Arizona!).
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Since their shop is so new I thought it would be great to have them introduce themselves so you can find out a little more about them.

Hello from FabricCadabra,
We are two sisters who love fabric and love to sew and make things. Lastenia is the oldest and wisest of our family of 7 children, and I (Makyka), am the 5th and between the two of us we have 13 kids. Lastenia started sewing in 4H as a young girl, and made clothes for all our Cabbage Patch dolls. While she was honing her mad dress making skills (eventually making all of our wedding dresses), I was running around in wheat fields pretending to be an Indian princess. Eventually I learned how to sew enough to where I could decorate my room. Since then we’ve become level 15 sewing ninjas, turning out everything from doll clothes, dresses, and bow ties to pillows and curtains. When we’re not running around to 5 different soccer teams and 12 music lessons between our two families, we create things with our handy-dandy sewing machines so it seemed only natural to open a fabric shop. Fabric makes us happy and our goal is to make something out of every fabric we sell in our shop, which won’t be hard since we create with each other. We love doing this together and hope you’ll join us on our FabricCadabra adventure.
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FabricCadabra has been nice enough to offer a giveaway for us today. One lucky winner will receive a fat quarter bundle of Leah Duncan's Meadow.  I love, love, LOVE this collection.  
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To enter the giveaway . . .
1. Just leave me a comment on the post. 
2. For a second entry, follow FabricCadabra on Facebook or Instagram.  

The giveaway will be open until 5pm PST on Friday October 10th.
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