Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Eyelet Callie

Hey yall!! Wow - it's definitely been a while since my announcement earlier this fall. In case you missed it, you can go here to read it. I'm still feeling a bit under the weather with this baby, so my sewing and blogging time has become very limited and precious.

Anyways, I wanted to share with yall a top I made earlier this summer, and one that has had a lot of wear already. It's quickly become one of my favorite shirts.
I used the Callie Top pattern by See Kate Sew. I like using Kate's patterns because they are so feminine, simple, and elegant. I love how this top is very modest and still has a bit of a girly edge to it. Kate made this up in an eyelet/lace top - and since I couldn't get that verison out of my head, I copied with my own eyelet one. I used this purple/gray eyelet from Michael Levine (no longer carried -sorry yall!). 

Pattern Description
The Callie ruffle top is a feminine summer top with ruffles over the shoulders and ruffle sleeves. Perfect for a summer party or date night. Back and front darts that are easy to sew. Ruffle sleeve or cap sleeve option. Button up back. 

Fabric Used
A grayish purple cotton eyelet. 
Pattern Sizing
I made a medium based on the bust measurements. It was definitely super big on me - I ended up taking four inches out of the back to compensate. Next time, I'd sew up a small and just do a FBA. 
Clarity of Pattern
Kate's patterns are super easy to follow. They are written just like her tutorials- you feel like she is right there with you guiding your sewing along. 
Alterations
Because it ended up being so large on me, I ended up omitting four inches out of the back, and omitted the back buttons - it was easy enough to get on over my head. 
Time
It took less than a half an hour to cut out, and it took a naptime to sew up! That's less than two hours, yall! My kind of sewing!
Thoughts
Obviously, I love this top! I'm a little unhappy with how the front of the neckline drapes on me, and I think its partially because of how large this was on my petite frame. But even with that, I still love this top. I wore it for a weekend away in Charleston, and received so many compliments on it. It was a great casual top with jeans, but I've also worn it to work many times, too. I love that it's girly and fun without being over the top. I'd love to see how it sews up in a linen or another type of material. Take care yall!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Did You Miss Me?

Hey blogland friends! I'm so sorry for my absence! I promise I have a really great reason why.... If you follow me on Instragram you've already heard the news. But for the rest of yall, here it is:

I'm in great company these days as I am also expecting! :)
We announced to all of our friends the same day that the Duchess announced her pregnancy. We're also a bit early for announcing but, I just couldn't keep it a secret any longer. Our second bundle of joy should be joining us in mid to late April!

So far, this pregnancy has been drastically different than my first one. I've had much much much worse morning sickness and nausea, and my tired level is way more intense. My OBGYN is actually pleased that I'm having a lot of symptoms, as he thinks it means my body is adapting more this time to being pregnant.

I'm hoping to get back into blogging more regularly but oh man, yall - it's difficult with working full time. So, stick around and hopefully things will get back to normal around here. :)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Scrappy Stars Coming Home

Hey yall! Today, I'm bringing home my guest post that I shared for my friend, Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts.
My daughter, Reagan, recently started at preschool! This, of course, meant that a new quilt was needed! I had so much fun making a scrappy quilt for her, relying on a simple star block and colorful prints for visual impact.
I made this quilt entirely from fabrics in my stash - and mostly from charm squares. There are a ton of Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets because I had a ton of the bricks (5 inch by 10 inch) from a swap a while back. I used various low volume prints for the star backgrounds, and bound it in a black and white stripe that I had in my stash. For the backing, I used Lotta Jansdotta's Mormor Whirl in Rubine - my mom had ordered it and didn't really like it, so we traded fabrics! It worked perfectly for the backing on this. Especially paired with Sarah Jane's Pretend border print.
It's a HST star block that measures about 10 inches. I say about because I wasn't perfectly exact on this one. I didn't use a tutorial or anything for this block - I just put together my charm squares and used the trick of sewing all the way around the edges to yield four HSTs, and set to work. It actually came together very quickly!
I quilted this in straight line grids using the squares as my guide. I used a soft pink Aurifil thread, and it just sank into the quilt. You can hardly tell that it's pink - but if you look really really closely, you can. Its one of my favorite ways to quilt.
Reagan thought it was great fun that daddy was holding up her school quilt!! She kept wanting to play peek a boo with him!!
I love how scrappy this quilt is and how playful it is! Reagan already seems to be enjoying it, and I love that she has something special from Mommy at school with her!

To me, this quilt is all about the patchwork. The play on colors combined with the simple block design makes for a comfortable, vibrant quilt. I could stare at it for hours - and each time I think I have a favorite block, I change my mind again! I guess that's the beautiful of patchwork.
I'd love to have yall come stop by Sew Happily sometime! :) Thanks again, Jennifer, for having me!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Sewing Studio & Inspiration

Hey yall!! We bought our first home recently, and with that comes all sorts of fun things! One part of the new house that I am especially excited about is the frog- because it's my sewing room!! Hubby was kind enough to let me have as much of it as I want - with the thought that it'll probably have a small sofa and sitting / playing space with it.

So, that means I'm trying to figure out what I'd like my sewing space to look like. I've been looking at Pinterest and different sewing bloggers to get some ideas. I've also been thinking hard about some of the features I'd like to have in my space.

Here's my wishlist so far -
Can yall think of anything I'm missing from my wishlist?

Here's a few photos of some spaces that really WOW me and which I plan to utilize in planning my space.
I've been pinning photos to my Sewing Studio board! There are so many amazing sewing studios out there. How many of you have sewing studios or a dedicated sewing room? How did you decide to decorate it?
Follow Rachel Booth's board Sewing Studio on Pinterest.

So many choices! Good thing I'm not in a huge rush to settle on something. :) Take care, yall!
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