Sunday, May 29, 2016

Quilt Market 2

And a few more photos.
Lovely appliqué by Claire Turpin.
Love the new line Matilda by Emma Jean Jansen.
The Creative Abundance booth. So great to catch up with the lovely Jemima from Tied with a  Ribbon.
Jane and Frances and their beautiful line Manderley for Moda.
Beautiful patterns and colours as always by Amy Butler.
Love this quilt by Latifah Saafir (and her new fabric line).
The amazing Lepidoptera quilt by Elizabeth Hartman.
I could have watched Christa Watson quilt all day, I leant so much in 20 minutes. (Also really wanting that sewing machine now). Her new book The Ultimate Guide to machine Quilting written with Angela Walters is fantastic.
Cotton and Steel, I love that they print on lawn and rayon as well.
The best colours and fabrics by Alison Glass. I went back and stared at this booth a lot.
Jen Kingwell's new line is in lawn!! I'll need to make dresses for me and shirts for Chris!
So excited that Simply Stitched by Yumiko Higuchi is out in English.
The Kokka/Nani Iro booth.

Quilt Market 1

I'm Back from Quilt Market and I had the best time. I saw old friends, made new ones and marvelled at the clever and talented people out there. It was so overwhelming at times I forgot to take photos but  here are some I did take.
Something new coming from Amy Barickman from Indygo Junction - perfect for left over jelly roll scraps.
Melly's very cute softies.
So excited to see the work of Sue Daley up close! (I learnt to paper piece from her excellent online videos).
No words to describe the awesomeness of these two, Peta and Jodie.
Sandi the Craft Planner having a rest in Heather Jones' booth.
The wonderful Karen Johnson from Martingale.
In love with this quilt using Riley Blake confetti solids.
I've made two dresses in the past few weeks using Robert Kaufman chambray - I couldn't love it more.
Love these fish by No Hats in The House, I've already downloaded the pattern!
The amazingly clever and lovely Jen Kingwell.
This cow by Laura Heine.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Archer Button Up Shirt Dress

Cotton lawn is one of my favourite fabrics to sew with and this Cotton and Steel lawn was on its way to me as soon as I saw it. I think the print is called Macarame and I could not love it more. I knew it needed to be a shirt dress, but I was finding it hard to choose which one to use.
Last week I wore the Grainline Archer Shirt I made last year. It appears I never blogged it so here it is. I altered the sleeves and did an FBA last year so I knew all I would have to do was to add some length and maybe make it a little more A-line and I would have a shirt dress that would fit so that is what I did.
I think I added 8-9 inches to the length and it's perfect for winter with leggings and boots.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Paper Pieced Feathers

I lost my quilting major for a while, but I think it is back. I've set aside some time each morning the last few days for piecing.
This paper pieced feather is by the Sometimes Crafter.
I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them, but I'm having fun making them.
An economy block using a scrap of the Cotton and Steel tiger fabric.
I don't think you can have too many tunic dresses at this time of the year, especially chambray ones. I modified the Stylearc Olivia dress so the back and front are one piece and I removed the waist elastic and made a tie instead. So quick to make and so comfortable to wear. I have already cut another out from some Cotton and Steel rayon.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Stylearc Maddison Top

I made most of the Stylearc Maddison top last week and after I tried it on it got thrown in the corner to be dealt with later. I made my normal Stylearc size, but it was huge and shapeless. I rescued it yesterday and took it in quite a bit on each side. I needed to do some unpicking and redo the dart as there wasn't much of it left after I took the sides in. I used some ponte from the clearance table at Spotlight. I am glad I had another look at it as I really love it now. It is comfortable and has some shape and I know that I will wear it a lot.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Fen Dress

I didn't take much notice of the Fen Pattern by Fancy Tiger Crafts when it cam out, I wasn't convinced that a dress with a gathered skirt could look any good without a zip, but I suddenly decided I had to try it last week and I was pleasantly surprised. I think it was the pockets that pushed me to try it, I do love pockets in a dress. I think I have made the perfect winter tunic to go with boots and a cardi.
I was in between sizes and decided to size down which I am glad I did, it is a perfect fit. I used cotton poplin from Spotlight (I can't go past fabric that looks like a quilt block). I think it would also be great in a lawn, gauze, linen or rayon.

The sleeves were a little too big for me so after I made it I chopped them off, the pencil line below shows how much I took off. The only other alteration was to cut off 3 1/2" from the hem to make it tunic length.
I am so glad I decided to try this pattern. I'm wearing it today and am going to search the stash for fabric for another one. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Style Arc Olivia

The Style Arc Olivia dress. 
Love this dress, it's perfect to wear with a cardigan and boots.
As always I glanced at the instructions and did it my way. The only alteration I made was to shorten it by about 3 1/2". Next time I might remove the elastic and make a belt that ties so it is more like Butterick 5211. I used rayon from Spotlight which is perfect for this pattern. I'm glad I have more stashed away to make another one.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

McCalls 7120 Tunic

After the success of yesterdays McCall's 7120 apron dress I immediately drafted a tunic pattern to fit fabric 110cm wide so I could use this beautiful piece of Japanese cotton from Tessuti.
The original pattern piece was a slightly different shape, but the great thing about a pattern this shape is that you can sew the shoulder and side seams, try it on and adjust it until it is just right.
Once again the curve out starts right under the bust dart. The bottom side parts are not joined, but are hemmed and then the bottom is hemmed. I used a packet of bias binding for the neck and arms. This was very quick and easy to sew. I probably have enough tunics like this in my wardrobe, but I'm keeping the pattern in my 'to sew' pile in case I suddenly need another one.