Melly Sews first offered her Blake Slate Basics pattern set about two years ago, just at the time we found out that we would have a baby boy.
I’m so glad that I bought the Blank Slate Basics as a set, they really are a great value. Melly has really put together great instructions and pictures. I’m already lining up more projects to use her patterns for my little guy.
I’ve worked up the blank tank pattern by upcycling one of my husband’s too holey tee shirts. I can’t think of a better use for his old tees than to make this so easy to put together top for baby.
Thanks to lots of hand me downs and grandma’s thrift shopping, LO already has a full summer wardrobe for this year. Thinking ahead (how unusual), I made the tank for summer 2015 in a 3T. Plenty of room to grow into.
I just finished up another double snuggle quilt to add to my etsy store.
I was immediately drawn to the hedgehogs and little brown bears. Oh my, aren’t they so cute?
If my little brown bear didn’t already have so many quilts, I would keep this one for him.
I’ve had a really productive month, so stay tuned for future posts featuring some of my work. It feels great to get some UFOs (unfinished objects) knocked out, to work on some stash busters, and to wrap up some of the mending and utility sewing that just piles up.
I came across this little cutie while scouring Pinterest for top patterns to give my summer wardrobe a little pick up.
This is the Polly Top, a free pattern download from By Hand London.
I was drawn to the simplicity of the silhouette and wanted to try out how the shaped piecing of the contrasting front worked instead of darting around the bust.
I chose these silkie fabrics to use up some of my stash and hoped it would be a good layering piece under my monk collar jacket.
For the top edge of the contrasting front piece to fall on my bust in a flattering way, I had to shorten the shoulder strap length about 1.5 inches and adjusted the underarm scythe down about an inch also. Pretty easy fitting.
The neck and arms are finished with bias binding of the same material. I pressed my binding in half and then again with the edges folded in to make it easier to attach and fold over the raw edges of the top. This was well worth the extra few minutes of pressing time, since I’m certain it gave me a much neater result. The whole project took me just under four hours.
I’m definitely going to use this pattern again to make another summer top in a light weight cotton.
My new Double Snuggle baby quilts are underway for my esty store.
I’m using adorable and cuddly flannels to create super snuggly quilts for baby.
My little snuggler just loves them.
These quilts make great gifts too.
Filed under Baby, Crafts, Quilt
All right, we sewers and creatives all have them, UFOs (unfinished objects). I have to admit though, that having this one in my stack was pretty ridiculous.
The standing collar jacket was a lot of work and time, about 30 pieces if I recall; and after putting in all that time and effort I stalled out on the buttons. Yes, five measly buttons shelved this jacket for over two years.
So now I’m on a kick to downsize my sewing stash and this jacket was on the chopping block. I was thinking I would not be interested in wearing it after two years, best just to finish it up and sell it off. Then when putting it on to test my button placement, I remembered how nicely this jacket fits and how soft the fabric feels and what do you know, I’ve a keeper after all.
EarlsMarquetry is a blog I’ve been putting together as a gallery of my father’s marquetry work.
Not familiar with marquetry? Marquetry uses wood veneers as the medium to create an image.
Custom Pet Portraits
Check out Earl’s gallery.
My latest project is the Wasp Bag pattern by machen/machen.
I had enough remaining fabric from the two year camera bag to make my sister another bag and she chose this really cute one.
The pattern instructions were pretty easy for the most part, though the pocket opening ended up with an exposed seam. With a little reworking I got the pocket corrected and this bag was done up in a snap.
I found the process for pressing and pinning to match up the tear drop shape on the handle pieces very tedious and inaccurate. I would recommend that you just sew that portion, turn, and then line up the straight edges of the handles for topstitching following her instructions. I think you would get a much nicer finish to that part of the bag.