New PDF Patterns We Need to Try!

Summer is in full swing and so are the PDF patter designers. There are some fantastic new pattern releases for women that I’m itching to sew!

I am a big fan of Patterns for Pirates. Their patterns are easy to follow and they have a Facebook group which has supportive members. It’s pretty hard to go wrong with their patterns. They’ve just released Linen Loungers as a kick off to the summer of wovens. Several waist options are available including a yoga band or elastic/drawstring  casing, and there are many length options, pants, capri’s, bermuda’s, and shorts! So many options, I’m not sure which to try first.

 

New Horizons Bayside Romper and Dress is a cute knit romper and dress. With or without sleeves, pockets, short and long lengths… you really can’t go wrong.

 

Everything Your Mama Made and More (EYMM) has just released their new Boxy Boyfriend Tee. It’s sized XXS – 5X, with multiple neck options. Time to break out the ballpoints and whip up a couple of these.

EYMM-Boxy Boyfriend Tee

 

Designer Stitch has released a pattern that reminds me to much of the 70’s, I just love it! The Ravanna Wrap Pants are so cute and flowy, they remind me a bit of harems pants, but are jazzed up with some different hem options! The other thing I really like about these pants is that they’re made with woven fabric. Sometimes I’m not in the mood to sew knits.

 

 

Sinclair Patterns has released a new top, Monique Woven Shoulder Top. Another woven pattern, this one ads something different with the ruffle. I’m not sure that I could pull it off, maybe I just need to try.

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Weekend Warrior Project List – July 21

The weekend is nearly upon us and to do my is quite ambitious. Hopefully I’ll get a few of them done!

  1. I’ve got to make some progress o I’n my craft space. We’ve been here nearly two months and all of my stuff is still in the garage. Except the stuff that’s still at the old house (mostly yarn… lots of yarn).  I have no furniture for my craft space yet, so I’m keeping my eyes peeled for a table or desk on the Facebook swap and buy sites.
  2. I am addicted to kimono style jackets for summer, so light and breezy, and good for keeping the shoulders covered up at work. I need to sew up a few more this weekend and put together a tutorial. I love a fast and easy project.
  3. All of the stores here are charging for grocery bags, and no one needs as many as I have, so I think it’s time to go through the fabric stash and make some of my own. British Farm Wife in Training has a tutorial for a nice style of bag that I want to try.
  4. I also found a free pattern recently for the Lauren Purse.  There are so many cute bags at Sew Modern Bags that I’ll start with this one and see what comes next.
  5. Patterns for Pirates has updated one of my favorite patterns, the Every Day Elegance. It’s a light a breezy tunic with lots of options. I have the fabric, now I need to make the time.
  6. Last, a few of the big pattern companies have released their early fall patterns. While I rarely buy paper patterns anymore (hooray for pdfs) I love to look at them.

I’m sure there are a few more things I’d like to do that I can’t think of right now. It will come to me latter.

Time to get busy!

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Tales of a Neglectful Blogger

Sometimes life gets in the way, and that’s how it’s been for me lately. I’d love to do nothing but create and blog but so many things have happened in the last little while.

First cam a career change. I’ve know for a while that I wasn’t terribly happy where I was at, but I wasn’t quite sure where I wanted to go Fortunately for me, I’ve found a great new career that I love, but that led to another problem, the commute.

Living nearly an hour from work, in an area with no public transportation is exhausting. I got a ton of books read, but my crafting (as well as the rest of my life) was falling b the wayside. So a few months ago we bought a house closer to work for both of us. When I say closer, we’re talking ten minutes. So much easier to manage life when you’re not exhausted when you get home.

Now that we’re living so close to work, we also decided it was time to get a kitten. We actually ended up with two darling little cats, Paul the Manx and Calico Kitty Marie. Our little kitties are now just over 8 weeks old. I’ve crafted them a scratching, climbing table, which will be my next post. In the meantime, here’s a photo of Gunnar, our German Shepherd and the kittens.

Now that we’re finally settled, I’ll start getting my sewing/crafting room setup. An actual space that’s all my own! I’m so excited that I’ll be able to shut the door on my mess rather than take everything out of the dining room when I’m done.

There’s my update, I’ll be much better from now on!

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Vintage Fabric – DIY One Yard Easy Skirt

I really love vintage fabric. Bright colors, bold prints, fun textures. So when I find a cool piece, I can’t resist! I MUST have it. My husband might consider my vintage fabric addiction a problem. He’s wrong. 🙂

Vintage Green Paisley Fabric
Vintage Green Paisley Fabric

I found this gorgeous green paisley print a few weeks ago. It’s a cotton blend, and the piece I have is 50 x 44. Perfect for a skirt! I have a scrap of this fabric as well. It’s about 40 x 16. I’ll be putting it into the stash for later use. So now, onto the tutorial.

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Week of April 18 – Project List

Happy Monday! I’ve got some crafty stuff on my list for the week. Hopefully I’ll get a few of them done!

  1. I’ve been working on my setting up my craft space. Today I wrestled a double mattress and box spring down the stairs. No one died, but I scared the crap out of my little dog. He’s forgiven me now.
  2. I really need to make a dress form. This one will have to wait for an evening when my hubby is home. I’m having funny visions of getting myself so bound in duct tape that I’ll be stuck and my hubby will find me on the floor when he gets home. I’ll be using the Create a Custom Dress Form from Threads Magazine.
  3. I have several scarves needing to be upcycled, i was thinking of Salty*Mom’s DIY Poncho or perhaps a Kimono-style top like the one at Tatertots and Jello, it’s by Melissa of the Polka Dot Chair blog.
  4. Spring is here, and I could use a few new dresses. I definitely want to make a 4-panel dress this week,
  5. I have some vintage fabric that needs to be made into a skirt or three.Here’s my skirt, what do you think?

I’m sure there are a few more things I’d like to do that I can’t think of right now. It will come to me latter.

Time to get busy!

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Work Room Redux – Part 1

We’ve spent 2 years in our little house now, but a busy work schedule, and an adult child who keeps moving home, has kept me from getting our work space sorted out. FINALLY I’m taking the plunge and I’m going to start working on it! The entire upstairs will be dedicated to our work room. The area has some inherent problems. One of the rooms has no outlets, the largest room has one outlet and the third room has two outlets. There are plenty of windows, but no doors and no ducting in the room so it’s really hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

Our space will have many uses, we’ll have the music room, for my hubby to go and hide in, and a room for for yarn and books (I’ve got lots of yarn and books). In my defense, the yarn room is the size of a closet with sloped ceilings, it’s really unusable for anything requiring standing up. The big room will be primarily my sewing space, but we’ll also have it set up for use as our YouTube studio, with the gaming PC. Or current challenge in this room is the bed currently in the room. although it’s only a double, we can’t get the box spring down the stairs. I’ll have to disassemble it, which involves tools and will make a mess.

The music room is also cursed with slanted ceilings, and storage will be an issue. Lots of guitars, kept in cases, currently litter the space. I’ll be making some kind of stand or shelving to clear up some some space and make the room a little more tidy. Also, we’ll be putting a futon in the room, so hubby has somewhere to sit and play.

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