Thursday, April 30, 2009

Trapeze Dress from Heather Ross

I adore Heather's book, Weekend Sewing, I made this Trapeze Dress in 2 hours time! The pattern design was a little big for me but the pleats gave me the perfect place to take in the dress. I have seen this dress shortened to make a cute shirt. I love that idea for a wonderful summer top.
After finishing it our family jumped into our jeep for a drive in the country with a stop at the ice cream shop up the road. My favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip! I hope you get a chance to try this fun project and others like it in Heather Ross' new book Weekend Sewing.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Beach Wrsitlet Give Away!!!

wristlet anchor1
Originally uploaded by Sew Spoiled

This beautiful Sew Spoiled Scrap Happy Wristlet is this week's Giveaway!!!! All you have to do is post a comment anywhere on this blog! This giveaway will run through midnight on April 30, 2009 with the winner being announced on May 1, 2009. The winner will be chosen using I will send it priority mail May 2, 2009!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Weekend Sewing, Summer Blouse

I have bought many sewing books but Weekend Sewing just might be my favorite. I love the great pictures, templates for all of the projects and the online help on Heather's blog. My first project was the summer blouse. This is my thoughts on the whole project...
First, I have to admit, before this project I hated this fabric! I could not see it on a bag, house decor., much less on clothing! I had even forgotten that I had this fabric in my stash all together. When I found out that I needed two yards of fabric I started searching and this is what I found at the bottom of my stash. For me, this project made me realize that every print has a place. Which means every piece a fabric can look right as long as it is matched up with the right pattern or project. Now I have started looking at the rest of my stash wondering what new directions I can go.
Second, I learned about the placket, an opening in a garment! For me it was like learning how to sew a button. This is a wonderful tool I can see myself experimenting with it in shirts, night gowns and dresses!
Third, I exposed the binding along the top of the blouse. I liked the contrast! I did use the button tutorial but I have seen a few just use the blinding as ties and I thought that was really cute too.
Fourth, I put the sleeves on a little differently. I think it might be an easier way so I am going to share:) I did sew the top shoulder seams and finished the placket as it states in the book. Next I sewed the curved part of the shoulder of the sleeve, (right sides together) to the blouse. I ironed the ends of the sleeves for the hem and ironed the hem for the bottom of the blouse. I pinned the sleeve and side of the blouse right sides together and sewed the seam closed. Finally, I ironed the hem again but this time it is even easier because I had already ironed it once before, sewed the hem into place and I was done!
I joined the flickr group for Weekend Sewing. It is a fun way to see all of the great creativity out there!! Plus you can add your photos of project you have completed:)
Happy sewing!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Weekend Sewing Book by Heather Ross

Weekend Sewing tracing
Originally uploaded by Sew Spoiled
I just bought this book this weekend and I can not wait!!!! I like the kid patterns (and at first that is why I got it) but in the book store I thumbed through it and the dresses and skirts are what sold me! There are over 40 projects! All with pattern templates however they are on top of each other, which brings me to my blog post...
I wanted to trace the patterns but on what??? I am a teacher and any teacher will recognize the Chart Tablet in photo:) This 24"X32" paper is perfect for all your pattern tracing needs!!! I think I am also going to use this for other children patterns that I have so I can save all of the pattern sizes. As my girls get bigger, I'll just trace the next size. So I hope you get a chance to check out this awesome book, Weekend Sewing, by Heather Ross. Go ahead and pick up your favorite fabric and a tablet too, if you are out shopping:)
Happy Sewing!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sew Spoiled Ladybug Backpacks

OK;) I am still working on this project!! These turned out so well I wanted to share:) I was sew blessed because it rained all day however the sun was shining through my sewing room window the entire time. I am looking forward to making one more little backpack for my littlest out of these fabrics. I bought the fabric from Fabric Supplies at Etsy online. It is Monaluna by Jennifer Moore and her About Town and Mingle Lines of designer fabric, from the beautiful Spring Colorway. I thought the colors for this time of year would be perfect!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Interior Pockets

Peggy's Shoulder Bag
Originally uploaded by Sew Spoiled
If you love handbags, then you love pockets!!! I can never get enough!! In this bag I created a double layer of pockets so on the left side there are 4 slip pockets and then on the right one zipper pocket! It is also a great use of space because you can organize your purse! If you have any interior pocket secrets to share please write a post. :)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Sew Spoiled Laybug Backpack!

kids ladybug
Originally uploaded by Sew Spoiled
This is a sneak peek at the Sew Spoiled backpack pattern. It will be available in 2 sizes (Mommy and Kid) and include a zipper pull tutorial that makes the bag complete! I am hoping to have it in my store soon! I gave Emily her backpack this weekend and she has worn it all weekend long. It has been wonderful! I am no longer carrying her stuff too. She enjoys carrying her favorite Littlest Pet Shop toys along with her on any trip. ;)