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Yesterday, I met up with my friend Julie for lunch. We had a great time together, and the time flew by.

Completed sublimated 20oz skinny tumbler placed onto its side
Mickey and Minnie design was placed onto sublimated paper

I didn’t arrive at the restaurant empty-handed; I came bearing sublimation gifts. I made J a sublimation shoulder bag, tumbler, and hoodie. The theme was Mickey and Minnie Mouse for all the items gifted to her. I had wanted to make these things for her when I surprised her with the Mickey and Minnie Mouse stickers almost a month ago now. However, due to time constraints, I was unable to create those items at that time, and so they were placed on hold.

But, back to the tumbler. I chose the design I wanted to make for Julie printed out the design on A-Sub, the sublimation paper I... [read more]

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Posting to Social Media

All WordPress.com plans include Publicize, a feature that lets you automate posting to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Tumblr. When you set up and configure these social media accounts to your site, every new post you publish will automatically post to the platforms you’ve selected. This is a great way to repurpose your... [read more]

  

I'm so happy that I can now share that I am part of the 2022 Advisors Circle for Liesl & Co!

Liesl Gibson designs many modern patterns under different brands -- Oliver & S for kids, Lisette for Butterick and of course Liesl & Co patterns. One of my favourite patterns is the Terrace Dress by Liesl, it works so well for the big prints I love to sew with! 

I'm part of a team that will be sewing up Liesl patterns this year and sharing our thoughts and experiences, and I look forward to learning from the other members of the circle - as well as Liesl herself of course. It's a new adventure for me!


Long before video games and internet, kids engaged is some pretty creative activities. And this will really blow your mind – even boys learned … More modern diy potholders »

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Yes, you can decorate for the big game without cheap plastic tablecloths and dollar store decorations. Here are a few Super Bowl décor ideas … More super bowl décor that’ll take your party to the next level »

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 Hello!! Larry David says that it's too late to say Happy New Year, but... Happy New Year!


I mean he has a point, to be fair. 

Anyway I hope your entry into 2022 hasn't been too bad. Nic and I had a very restful and lovely break over Christmas, and we managed to stay safe and healthy which felt somewhat like winning the lottery, honestly. Travelling via train to the north seemed like a bad idea so we had a very quiet break at home and it was lovely. I was very happy to spend our first Christmas in Dublin (and my first in Ireland for about 8 years) at home watching films and knitting. On the New Year's Day bank holiday, we took the Luas up into the suburbs and walked up the mountain for a drink in the car park of a pub with maybe the best view in Dublin:


It's not the best photo but we were treated to an incredible rainbow after the briefest... [read more]

Earlier this week I showed you my finished version of the Cos “Made By You” women’s shirt kit with the promise of giving far, far more details on the kit itself and some construction instructions so strap on in! This is a HEFTY brain dump intended to help others who’ve bought this thinking they were getting a full sewing pattern, or who bought it and no longer have Cos’s video online to help. Or frankly, if you’re just intrigued about what a high street shop thinks a home sewing product should be!


See more finished garment photos in this post!

What’s in the kit?

The kit arrives in a nice cardboard box/envelope tied up with cotton tape (the only bit unused in the shirt itself). There’s one small sheet of card with a tech drawing, a few words, and a QR code to a web link. For size M/L, you also get 1.5m of 146cm wide 100% cotton lightweight... [read more]

My first project in my new house and new sewing space, and my first project of 2022!


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Cover Designs is a feature in which I try to match up the outfit on a book cover with a dress pattern and sometimes even potential fabric matches as well. Today's pick is a frothy read with a great punning title -- it features a glamorous tennis star who makes waves by changing coaches.

As the publisher summarizes: 

"When America’s sweetheart, Charlotte “Charlie” Silver, makes a pact with the devil, the infamously brutal coach Todd Feltner, Good Girl Charlie is banished. After all, no one ever wins big by playing nice. Charlie finds herself catapulted into a world of celebrity stylists, private parties, charity events on mega-yachts, and secret dates with Hollywood royalty. But in a world obsessed with good looks and hot shots, is Charlie willing to lose herself to win it all?"



The cover dress is pure glamour. And if you want to channel that star power,... [read more]

A big change is coming to WordPress to make it easier than ever to create websites called Full-Site Editing. You can be one of the first to try it exclusively on WordPress.com, before it gets merged into core open source WordPress with the upcoming release of WordPress version 5.9. 

What is Full Site Editing?

If you caught the State of the Word or follow along with news on WordPress.org, you may have heard about “Full Site Editing”, a set of new features that will allow you to edit all parts of your site. This collection of powerful new features empowers WordPress users to easily create and customize their entire websites without needing to know how to code. 

Some highlights of Full Site Editing include:

  • Point and click edits in all parts of your site, including headers, footers, and sidebars!
  • Drag and drop blocks to design beautiful and... [read more]

Back in November I caught wind that the high-end high street shop Cos were selling sewing kits for two of their classic white shirt designs. Coincidentally, it was right after Black Friday so I managed to buy both with a hefty discount, purchasing size M/L for the women’s and size S/M for the men’s (the RRP for each kit is £29/€35 but I think I paid less than £20 each). Now, Cos label these as “women’s” and “men’s” but to my eyes they’re really both unisex designs, so I’m sewing up both for myself! I decided to dedicate my January sewing to tackling these kits, starting with the women’s one (as voted by my Instagram followers), so this post is to show off the finished shirt!

The kit itself contain the fabric, pattern, elastic, and a Cos label, but, while the fabric is a high quality cotton poplin/lawn/batiste(?), it is a bit sheer, and they only... [read more]

I used to have a few of what I call fancy t-shirts. They fall somewhere between a t-shirt and a blouse: made of a knit fabric but with some interesting details. In the past, there were a lot of choices in stores that sell business clothes, but it seems that completely plain, unadorned t-shirts are all that is around now. I wanted to add a few t-shirts with a bit more detail to my closet, since a knit is always comfortable to wear.

The Pattern

Simplicity 1885 from some undetermined year--I can't find it on the envelope--had already made it into my discard pile as the pieces are pretty uninspired, but on looking more closely, the top was interesting. Illustrating patterns with print fabrics is never ideal for showing details!





The Fabric

A knit with a little more drape would have been my first choice, but that is hard to find so I used this 95% cotton/5% spandex blend.... [read more]

 

Easy Guide to Sewing Blouses / Connie Long
Newtown, CT: Taunton, c1997
112 p.

This is another title in the Sewing Companion Library, and as always, it's a good one. Connie Long's book on jackets really helped me out with my last project, and now that I'm planning on making a handful of blouses to go with the blazers I'm making, it's time to investigate the tips in this book too. 

This book is really focused on more traditional blouses -- those kind of projects featured on the cover -- blouses that are made with lighter and silkier fabrics. It's not really about button down men's style shirts as much as more delicate ones. For example, in the section on plackets, there is no mention of a tower placket. Just a continuous lap or a slit, or finishing with a cuff or a row of buttons and loops; more traditionally 'feminine' styles. 


Because this topic... [read more]

Now that I have got the hang of iMovie I am fired with zeal to post some more tutorials.

Block printing is quite a simple process and you can either carve your own block, or if you want to get started with a minimum of fuss you can buy one. There are a lot of wooden blocks from India online. and Etsy has some carved from wood and rubber as well.

I used to carve my blocks from Ezy Carve rubber sheets, but these days I find it easier to use adhesive foam. With adhesive foam, your printing shapes can be cut out with scissors or a craft knife, which is much faster. However, there is a trick to using adhesive foam successfully, you need to build up several layers. I will blog about this some time soon. For a beginner I would recommend buying a block, either wood or rubber, to make things as easy as possible.

The video will have given you an... [read more]

Have an old pair of plain jeans that need some new life?

Here is some inspiration for DIY refashions you can do to spruce that pair of denim. Get your scissors, needles, thread and/or Beacon Fabri-Fix Fabric Glue ready! You can add printed fabric, lace trim, jewels, paint, embroidery...all sorts of embellishments. Now these are mainly ideas for the ends of the pant legs like cuffs but you can add details to just about anywhere on your jeans. Make them your own and make them stand out.

1. Cut out and weave other fabric through
2. Sew on colorful rhinestones
3. Hand embroider your own designs
4. Add metallic and patterned trims
5. Brocade silk fabric cuffs
6. Side split with fabric insert
7. Add embroidered floral appliques
8. Cut out the denim and stitch outlines
9. Split open sides and add in different colored denim
10. Split open sides of wide jeans to get... [read more]

I'm kicking off 2022 on the blog with something a little unusual for me...knitting! I started to knit a few years ago and still count myself very much as a beginner. I've dabbled in a few different stitches and techniques but my mind is still blown by colour work, lace work and increasing and decreasing by any more than a few stitches. I've been using kits up until this point as I haven't been able to quite get my head around matching yarn to a pattern! There are so many different types, weights and choices! I've been making an effort to look at patterns I like and the yarn recommendations and think I understand more now so maybe next time I'll give that a whirl.

Diary of a Chain Stitcher: Moss Green Wool and the Gang Deep Sea Sweater
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My last post was to let you know that we were in the process of moving. We physically moved on Nov 30. I had to finish cleaning up the house we moved from so the seller could move forward with selling the house. I also was unpacking boxes at the new home. DH was cutting up the boxes to take to recycle center.

Let me say that this was very stressful with constantly going back and forth. The Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year holidays were very low key and the focus continued on setting up the new home. 

Then I had to deal with Omnicron which thankfully was more like having a cold but the fatigue and backache were brutal. Of course, my DH got it next. Thankfully we both had our vaccine shots plus booster which proved to be, I think, the reason for the mildness of this virus version.

I am still unpacking my office/sewing room. This has proved to be more challenging as this room... [read more]

 I can't help looking at bright waterproof rain jackets, especially with the record rainfalls we've been having in Seattle (known more for drizzle than measurable rainfall)


Well, I can't see it in the picture, but I know exactly what they mean by the term


https://www.gearpatrol.com/outdoors/a719133/napoleon-pocket/
covers what deets you might desire.
Or chest utility pocket, as you might prefer

As I mentioned in my last video, I was up much past midnight. I finally went to bed around 3:00 AM. I thought about sublimating; however, I decided to take it easy and wait until I awoke later this morning. I was up around 5:40 AM. And started getting ready to sublimate. Here’s what I did!

I sublimated a shirt and tumbler for my nephew. I sublimated the shirt first. He loves the manga One Piece, and so that’s what I created for him. I purchased both designs on Etsy.

Sisir (pronounced Ceasar) Easy Subli HTV was used to sublimate on a 50% Cotton, 50% polyester shirt.

I must say that I love this product, and it’s definitely worth the price you pay per sheet. I first printed the graphic onto A-Sub Sublimation Paper, and then I transferred that onto the Sisir Easy Subli. I’d washed the shirt last night.... [read more]

Sewing your clothes means they often have a story, or maybe just a memory associated with them. I bought this fabric on the last day that fabric stores were open in March 2020. There hadn’t been any kind of announcement, but I overheard the employees talking about how to submit their unemployment insurance claims. So I bought this fabric without a plan, which I try to avoid doing. Although I didn’t get to sewing anything with it until now, I am pleased to have finally found the right pattern. 


The Pattern

This Simplicity pattern took a little effort to get, since the fabric chain in Canada that sells patterns refuses to carry Simplicity. So aggravating. Online ordering it is, if you can find someone with affordable shipping. I’m looking at you, Etsy. How do you set your default pricing to $18 from the US to Canada for shipping a paper pattern that weighs virtually nothing?? I... [read more]

 


In its past life: remnants of jeans, shorts, corduroy pants and cotton.

Found new life as: A unique Eco-friendly crossbody / messenger bag!

Measurements: about 10.5"L x 2.5"W x ~12.5"H and one adjustable strap 1" wide about 54" long.

This bag has pockets inside and out, including a zippered pocket on the outer back and button flap pocket (from some cargo shorts) inside. There is a magnetic snap to keep the bag shut. The patchwork is as you can see a mix of Earthy tones with the usual denim blues.

Find it in thee shop: Here



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Well, I've astonished myself by already finishing one of the items on my Make Nine/Use Nine 2022 list! After finishing up my skirt suit, I felt like something quick and easy, so grabbed New Look 6525 and the colourful knit I planned for it, and got busy.

But actually I wasn't that busy, because this is a quick and easy project. I chose View A, the simplest one, with no sleeve, collar or frilled bottom option, so it was super fast. I really just wanted a simple tent dress to wear with all my blazers and cardigans, and since this fabric has such a bright, strong print, I went with a no-fuss silhouette. Also, I wanted the slim fitted sleeves so I could easily layer this up.

It's basically a front, back and sleeve in this view; the only changes I made were length ones so that it wasn't a maxi on me. Also, I decided to add pockets since the... [read more]

Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner for two or hosting a cocktail party for your Galentines, these macramé heart coasters will definitely gather lots … More macramé heart coasters »

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A little over an hour ago, my lovely daughter (and I) put together Folding Multipurpose/Sewing Table Craft Table Sturdy Computer Desk by Sew Ready. It’s been in its box since Monday. It arrived one day early. This desk is sturdy, and we assembled it quickly. I’m delighted with the purchase. The table is portable. It was the main selling point in my purchasing since when it’s not in use, I’ll collapse the table and place it in the closet in my office/crafting room. After putting the table together, I broke it down,  carried it upstairs, and placed it in my office/crafting room.

I’ll mainly use it for sewing, cutting, and other crafty things. It’s almost midnight, and I’m wide... [read more]

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