Monday, January 15, 2018

Two Zipper Hipster Review

This pattern is called the Two Zipper Hipster, by Dog Under My Desk. I first reviewed it four years ago here after receiving my embroidery machine for Christmas 2014.
I love this design and I have to say I believe this crossover bag to be the best crossover bag pattern out there. The slip pocket and zipper front pocket is super convenient. I use it for my phone and glasses. The adjustable strap makes this bag perfect for anyone.
I personalized the front of the zipper pocket with my initials and added a Sew Spoiled design on the back. Selfish sewing is so much fun!

I realized when I got home from the fabric store that I bought the wrong color in zippers. I bought navy and the denim was not navy and not dark enough to be black. Well, with black zippers it looked navy and with navy zippers, it looked black. So I decided to go with light blue and match the embroidery to tie it all together. This also made me realize that you could do this with a variety of colors; making the embroidery and the zipper color match.
I also changed the top of the slip pocket zipper panel to accent the blue zipper color, this fabric is also the lining fabric. I couldn't be happier with the entire project!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sew Over It; Heather Dress #2

See I told you, after sewing Heather Dress #1, here is Heather Dress #2. This time I used a sweater knit fabric. It is so warm, comfortable and soft. Great for the wintery weather we are having in the south this year. Also, the pockets seem to perform better in this fabric choice.
Here is a close up of the pocket!
I again had a little extra fabric. So I made a knit pencil skirt. I just used a pencil skirt that I had in my closet as a pattern. Yay, I love getting a little extra fabric for one more design. This stretches my fabric wardrobe budget.
Piecing everything together can be fun and give you the boost you need to start sewing!
I love how easily this dress comes together. It looks professional but at the same time feels great. I can teach music and move around and look great all at the same time.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Orange Everyday Sweater

This pattern is the Everyday Cardigan by Lisa Clarke. It is a fast knit and there is no button band.  I love that. There are just a few patterns that are tried and true, this is one of them. They are staples in my wardrobe. I would love to make one every year! This year when the weather started to get cold, I began wanting to make another Everyday Cardigan.  I bought this beautiful orange yarm and set to work. 
I love the orange color and sweet snuggles that I received from my puppy knitting. Knitting does take a long time but it is a craft you can do anywhere. It is so relaxing and warm. Hope this inspires you to give it a try.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Sew Over It; Heather Dress #1

I love this dress pattern, The Heather Dress from Sew Over It! Of course, that means that I have to make 100 of them. I apologize now to you, my readers. You might have to see many more of these. These dresses are comfortable and soft, they look great in Pont De Roma fabrics and you can find this fabric in every color. Also, the Heather Dress, from Sew Over It, combines two of my favorite things knit fabric and pockets! I love pockets! No wonder I love making bags so much, bags are all about my pocket addiction. I have made many knit dresses but it is nearly impossible to place pockets in a knit dress because the dress sags. The entire dress droops and gravity takes its toll. By the end of the day, your dress is longer just because you put things in your pockets. The Heather Dress is different the pockets can be used and look great. 
Knit fabric dresses are extremely versatile! You can wear them in the spring/ summer with sandals and you can wear them in the fall/ winter with boots and legging and layers.  I have 5 knit dresses and I wear them all year round. I also love 3/4 sleeves so I can wear them at any time of the year. The knit dress is a staple in my wardrobe.
It was my first so I was expecting to have to tweak it a lot but to my surprise, I didn't! I took the sides in a little and shorten the hem but that is all.
I also had extra fabric to make this cute top.
Best Wishes and Tons of Stitches!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Monogramming Inspiration

My sister just moved into her beautiful dream home and asked for me to monogram some towels for her. These are the finished product. I am so glad that everything turned out so well. I love the ladder made from repurposed wood and the grey floors.
It is fun to help someone get the finished result that they were looking for. Sure, the towels would have looked great without the monogram but the design puts it over the top.
I found the design letter here, at Great Notions Design. Sometimes choosing a letter monogram can be daunting with all of the choices you have. As you probably already noticed I did not hoop the towel, only the interfacing. I used a baste stitch first to hold the interfacing, towel and water soluble topper together. I know most people do not do it this way but I really believe it is the best way to embroider.
Best wishes and tons of Stitches!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Embroidery Help; Lesson 4- Design Files?

Here are some places you can find more embroidery designs.

Embroidery machines have different embroidery files that they accept, so make sure when you purchase or download your files that is is the correct files.
ART: Bernina
DST: Tajima
CND: Melco w/style parameter functions
CSD: Poem/Huskygram/Singer
EXP: Melco/Bernina
FMC: Barudan
HUS: Husqvarna Viking
JEF: Janome
PCD: Pfaff
PCM: Pfaff
PCS: Pfaff
PEC: Baby Lock/Brother/Deco
PES: Baby Lock/Brother/Deco
SEW: Janome/Elna/Kenmore
SHV: Viking Designer 1
VIP: Husqvarna Viking/Pfaff
VP3: Husqvarna Viking/Pfaff
XXX: Singer
Best Wishes and Tons of Stitches!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Looking Back at 2017

This year has been great! Can't wait to see what next year will bring!
Sew Spoiled Twist Apron

  • We finally reviewed the Bunny Bag from  The Makers' Journal Etsy Shop, in Australia. This is such a cute bag and they make adorable bridesmaids gifts. 

Bunny bag
  • February and March had school events happening! We had students attending the All-District Band clinics and we performed The Wizard of Oz at a local Community College!
The Wizard of Oz embroidery!
  • My daughter entered the #KidsCanLearn2Sew Contest! She did not win but we felt like winners because it was a fun project for us to work on together!
  • June through August we were fundraising for a Tuba for our band and we successfully raised over $4,000! See I am a band director, you can't fake this stuff. 😀

  • We took our students to see the Orchestra! Every kid should go to see the orchestra at least once in their elementary career! The NC Symphony Orchestra provides education concerts and explains each piece. We also practice a song that we sing with the orchestra playing the accompaniment. The students love it and grow to love classical music!
  • Then fall arrived with cooler weather and I made a beautiful sweater, I will share pictures later. 
  • This month we have focused on embroidery! Everyone needs help with this especially if you received one for Christmas. We want to help you get it out of the box and creating beautiful works!
What a fantastic year! I have grown as an educator and seamstress.
From our family to yours Happy New Year!