Heather Ross paid a visit to Chicago on Saturday to read a story from her new book: How To Catch A Frog. I would have driven anywhere in the city and to most of the close in suburbs to see her, but she did me the favor of coming straight to my own neighborhood of Lincoln Square. She did her reading in my very own branch of the Chicago Public Library, Sulzer. Her visit was sponsored by the lovely little bookstore just a few blocks from my house, Book Cellar.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Friday, May 2, 2014
Patty Young's Modkid Boutique. This pattern is called the Zoey. It's a pattern for 2 separate tops and 2 separate shorts. It's a PDF and not a printed pattern. It's nice to be able to print the pattern each time you want to sew a new size.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Usually I don't like to follow instructions, especially for sewing patterns. Especially when I read them and they seem to involve more steps and attention to detail than I want to commit to. Sometimes my sewing experience can carry me to success anyway. But there are times when my renegade sewing nature results in a fail.
Weekend Sewing because of the boxy shape and the zipper that extended half way down each side. I've sewed a bunch of zipper pouches and clutches and even a full on purse or two, so I figured a book pattern for a zipper pouch wouldn't be any hard thing. I also admit that I don't read instructions all the way through before I start. I grab fabric and scissors and just go wild. I also don't pin things as I sew. I am so, so bad. But I sew so fast! Renegade!
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Monday, January 6, 2014
Last year I helped create a quilt that the kindergarten class auctioned off at the gala through a silent auction . In addition to that, I donated a custom item. Much to my delight, it was one of the few items that were auctioned off live during the gala. I was sorry I couldn't attend and watch the live bidding - I bet that would have been really neat, but nerve wracking. On second thought, I'm glad I missed it.
Friday, December 20, 2013
Sarah Jane! The balloon print is the sweetest one from her collection Children At Play. The mermaid and octopus are from Out To Sea. Wait till I get my hands on Wee Wonder - precious! Make me wish my girls would never grow up and I could make them pretty little girl dresses forever.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Sometimes I take a good look at Etsy and Pinterest to get inspiration for what to sew next. I've been wondering what to make with some vintage lace that I have a lot of and some of the fall and winter weight fabrics I have like wool and velveteen. Here's the first result. This is a fold-over clutch purse. Basically it's just a zippered pouch made with some super special details. You can find an excellent tutorial for a zippered pouch on this website: Sew Sweetness.
3. You can't see it but inside the bottom rectangle section of the clutch, I sewed in heavy weight interfacing to give that part of the bag shape and to allow the top section a breaking point to flop over. 4. Lastly, I made the fold over section shaped like a triangle so it has a slanted edge when it lays over the lace part on the bottom of the bag.
I love how it came out! It fits my wallet, purse and keys and I could probably squeeze in a few other things like a lip gloss. Now I just need a date night, so it can get out on the town!
Sunday, November 10, 2013
|Baby Gift Set|
|Baby blanket with one side white minky chenille and one side VW Van camping fabric.|
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Back to where it all started... I guess you can take that 2 ways. 1. We all started out as babies, me included. 2. I started sewing baby gifts after I had my first kid and MommySaidSew was born.
I've gotten a few orders recently from friends who are looking for those special, one-of-a-kind gifts for a new mom. Baby 1 is not born yet and the parent's are waiting to find out the gender. This baby is getting a little ribbon lovey and a stroller blanket with one side faux fur in a hip giraffe print. The bold yellow and green striped quilting cotton suits a boy or girl.
|Stroller blanket features clips in the top two corners to keep it in place on a car seat or stroller.|
Baby gift number two is another ribbon lovey for a baby girl. The giver wanted to keep it classic with black and white fabrics but make it fun with colorful ribbon. Your wish is my command!
All the gifts are ready to give with their MommySaidSew tags and washing/care instructions tied on.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Went through my scrap basket the other day and found some long pieces of zipper tape that were leftover from a project where I needed the zippers, but not the entire length. I've seen plenty of projects using the zipper-less pieces of tape that are leftover. I decided to use these to add something new to a scarf.
Since I was already in the scrap basket, I pulled out a bunch of coordinating pieces of all types. There is chenille (the fuzzy cream colored stuff), quilting cotton, voile and even some jersey. After sewing a long patchwork strip from all these and the zipper tape, I cut a piece of solid mustard colored voile for the back. The only thing left to do was sew a regular circle scarf. It is long enough to double up. It's shown here long so you can see all the pieces. Great piece for fall!