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August Birthdays

11 Aug

My sister and one of my sisters-in-law have birthdays this month, so I have been sewing and knitting a few items to include in their birthday packages.

I made another Heather Ross Everything Tote using decor -weight fabric from Alexander Henry’s Copenhagen.  I love this print since it reminds me of something I would find by Marimekko. I picked this up at JP Knit and Stitch earlier in the summer and think I need get a bit more.  For the lining, I used a print from Anna Maria Horner’s Chocolate Lollipop from my stash.


With the extra fabric, I made a little weekend travel bag. I know the zipper and the lining don’t really match, but I used what I had in the house.  I still think it works together.


I also knit another pair of Fetching Wrist Warmers in cream using one ball of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran.


For my sister, I sewed a Wiksten Tank Top in cotton voile from AMH’s Innocent Crush.

You can’t really tell in this photo, but the top has such a nice drape in the voile.  I’m tempted to make one for myself.  I suppose it is a good thing my sister and I live almost two thousand miles away from each other, so we wouldn’t have to worry about being seen together wearing the same top.  Oh, the horror!

After seeing Genevieve’s adorable bag after I finished teaching my sewing class last week, I was inspired to make not only one but two reversible bags using this pattern.

I added two pockets on the inside and used fabric from Aneela Hoey’s Sherbert Pips for the lining.


For the other bag, I used decor-weight fabric by Ty Pennington.

I let H. and J. pick out the lining from my stash.  They unanimously chose Lotus Full Moon Polka Dot by Amy Butler. 



I didn’t check the test square until I had already cut out fabric for two bags (tisk tisk).  My print out was about a inch smaller than it should have been.  Sewing with smaller seam allowances didn’t remedy the matter either.  I went ahead and sewed the two reversible bags. One will go to my sister and the other will go in my gift pile.

I want to make a larger one, so I’ll be adding that to my ever growing sewing queue.



Lisette Traveler Dress

9 Mar

I now have the perfect work dress. Well, perhaps that is an exaggeration, but I do have a nice addition to my work wardrobe with the completion of the Lisette Traveler Dress (Simplicity 2246, view A). When the I first saw the photo on the cover of the pattern, I found it humorous since I have the same yellow Campers on the model.  I’ve been a long time sucker for Campers.  These particular ones were designed to wear while riding your bike.  I don’t think I’ll be wearing 4-inch heels on my bike anytime soon, but I digress.

Back to the dress…for the fabric, I used Heath in black by Alexander Henry.  It reminds me of the cross hatch print in many of Orla Kiely products (yet another designer I gravitate to, and yet another digression).

Some of the details on the dress, like the pocket tucks and the darts, are lost in the print of the fabric.  In fact you can’t even see the pockets at the top of the dress in these photos. I suppose the flip side is that print was very forgiving when it came to hiding any mistakes with my top stitching. Regardless, I do love the flattering cut of the dress.

Samples for JP Knit and Stitch

7 Dec

I am so excited that there will be fabulous yarn and fabric store opening so close to my home.  In the midst of paint fumes and construction dust, I’ve been lucky enough to get a quick peak at the new JP Knit and Stitch.  You can see all the progress they have made in converting the old Petal and Leaf space into an inspiring place for knitters and sewers here at their blog.

Over the weekend, I made a few Oliver and S samples for the shop using fabric that will be stocked in the store.  I thought I would share them with you here.

Using bold prints by Alexander Henry and Kaffe Fassett, I made the view a of the Oliver and S Ice Cream Dress.  I love the purple leaf silhouettes on the print by Alexander Henry print, so I tried to place them in the center of the dress.

For the button closure, I covered a button in darker purple.

For the Hopscotch Skirt, I used Carla from the So St. Croix fabric collection by Jennifer Paganelli. In these images, H. is wearing the skirt with the Music Class Blouse she wore to school yesterday.

I love this skirt since it has such stubtle detials.  To make them pop out a bit more, I used hot pink thread for the top stitching.

I also used hot pink buttons I picked up on a recent visit to Loop.

If you live in the Boston area, be sure to check out the JP Knit and Stitch website.  The shop will be opening later this month.  I can hardly contain my excitement!

Sailboat Top and Pants for Nephew B.

19 Jun

Our youngest nephew is turning 2 this weekend, so as part of his present, I made him the Oliver and S Sailboat Top and Pants in size 2T. For the top, I used fabric by Alexander Henry, and for the pants, I used a heavy-weight chocolate brown linen. The pattern itself, was so easy.

For those of you who have been daunted in trying an O&S pattern, may I recommend you start with this one?  I can’t say enough how well-written these patterns are.  They have enabled me to really push myself as a sewer and try things that I once thought were beyond my technical ability.

I am working on another sailboat outfit for J.  I finished the top earlier this week, but still need to get around to making the pants.