Saturday, May 31, 2014

Saturday Sewing at Simple Simon and Company

Just a quick reminder that Sewing Saturday is going on over at Simple Simon and Company again this weekend so hop on over and share what you've been sewing up this week!

Friday, May 30, 2014 want to know who the winner of Project Sewn Season 4 is?

You'll have to wait until Monday!
(I know we're mean like that.)
It is the grand finale after all.
But while you are waiting, go vote for your favorite look from the sew along linky party this week.
(To vote just hover over the thumbnail and then click on the heart that pops up.)
See you back here Monday with the results.
(And some other announcements)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Time to Vote: Signature Style

Sewing in No Man's Land: Taking Notes
Hi friends! Kelly here. I still cannot believe I am here in the finale! This has been such an amazing, fun and stressful last four weeks. I have honestly been thinking about this last week since we were given the themes. Personal style is, at least for me, a hard thing to define. I feel like mine is constantly changing and evolving, especially since moving to Paris. Originally I thought about making a lace overlay dress in a muted pink or mint green. But it felt like that was almost too safe and typical of me. Instead, I decided to use my own skirt pattern, the Taking Notes pattern (you can find the link on Sewing In No Mans Land), for a fire engine red skirt. Instead of just gathering it, this time I first made large box pleats and then gathered. I felt like this gave it more structure. It is made in a gorgeous gaberdine fabric that has just enough stiffness and sheen. For the top I wanted something dressy but still fun and playful. I used THIS pattern from Burda but I toned the bow down a little, though I think the HUGE bow would be super cute as well. I love that it has a front slit opening so you don't have to worry about buttons or zippers. I chose a silk polka dot fabric that is so so soft. I have always been afraid to sew with silk. I also worried about it slipping and jamming etc. but in the end it wasn't bad at all! If you have shied away totally go for it! 2014-05-25_0003
Of course I had to make a coat. Any excuse ha! I fell in love with the asymmetrical buttons in THIS coat. I hacked the pattern a bit so that I could make it from a water proof gaberdine instead of wool (though I will for sure be making a wool one in the future). I don't own very much red but I love it in pops and the piping certainly pops. Especially when paired with the red pocket lining. I also used a red striped bias tape to cover the seams on the inside. The buttons are from a vintage button shop where I spent way to much time agonizing over which of the millions of buttons to choose. In the end I feel like this outfit screams me. Classic to the core with a punch of color and a touch of mod. 2014-05-25_0002
To see some more fun detail pictures and hear about the crazy work it took to make that trench hop on over to Sewing In No Mans Land! Thank you so much for coming back week after week! And also thank you to all our house guests who sat next to me late a night taking with me while I sewed. And a huge thank you to my hubby who had to make way to many dinners after long days at work. What a crazy ride it has been!

Groovy Baby and Mama:  Leopard & Leatherette
Hi, it's Trine - ready for the final week of Project Sewn.  This is my Signature Style look, casual yet with a touch of roaaar!! I'm a big fan of maxi dresses and wear them all year round - especially the comfy jersey ones. So, naturally I had to make one for my final look. Soft drapey gray jersey with black speckles. I used the McCalls's 6744 as base for my dress, but changed both skirt part and sleeves to get it just as I prefer!
And now for the touch of roaaaaar. My jacket. How I love my new jacket. The shell is a gray/black leopard printed poly/cotton and it's paired with a black quilted lining. To add even more coolness to the jacket I chose to do leatherette pockets. The edge is finished with black knitted binding. The pattern used for this jacket is from a Danish fabric and pattern shop - Stof & Stil (Fabric & Style in English). I took in the sleeves a lot as they were far too wide for my liking. Now I have my perfect spring jacket!
Finally I have a confession to make. I've had my own secret mission with Project Sewn which was to make a new Mix & Match wardrobe for myself. And I've succeeded! It's been so much fun participating in this series. Thank you so much for hosting this, Simple Simon & Co, and for inviting me - I'm so grateful. If you want to see more pictures of my Signature Style look and my new Mix & Match wardrobe please visit my blog Groovy Baby and Mama

Lemon Squeezy Home: Comfortable Staples

Hello everyone!  First off, let’s be honest and just state right up front that my go-to outfit is jeans and a tee. Nearly every day.  But each Sunday when I dress up for church, it’s fun and I like to feel a little dolled up.  So I decided to make some basic and comfortable staples.  I love blazers.  A whole lot because you can wear them with dresses, skirts, or throw them over a tee with some jeans for instant style.  And what more comfortable blazer can you have than one made from sweatshirt fleece knit?  I used the latest women’s Ottobre issue (2/2014) for the blazer and I seriously love it so much.  It is so comfortable and so versatile and I will be wearing it often.  


I love me a great pencil skirt I decided to go with one of those (after making a couple other pieces I didn’t love, more on my blog about that!).  Green is my favorite color and I almost went with green, but I was drawn over and over to this floral pattern, and I already have 2 green pencil skirts ;).  I drafted my own pencil skirt and found a great tutorial HERE for doing so.  It fits fabulously.  I used an existing skirt to figure out the fun pleated kick in the back.  And it turned out which was a relief :).   The shirt was made using the bodice of the lady skater and just lengthening it. 

Signature Style Look

Head to A Lemon Squeezy Home for lots more detailed shots! 
Monday, May 26, 2014

Week 4: Signature Style

Welcome to Week 4 of Season 4...
And if you've followed the competition previously you know that week 4 is all about:
For the final week of every season we get to see what makes each designer unique...their own personal style and sewing preset themes or expectations...designers are on their own to show us what they love.  (It's is always my favorite week.)
So join us tomorrow to see what our remaining three contestants have come up with.
And for now...
We need to announce the winner of last week's sew along and open the linky party so that you can share with all of us your own personal signature styles. 
So let's get to it!
The sew along lady with the most votes from last week is:
Dressing the Role with her "India with a Twist" look.
For being this week's winner she will receive a gift certificate to our favorite go to on line fabric shop:
Now...on to the sew a long linky party!  Link up your signature style sewing us what you love to sew and wear!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Sewing Saturdays

The Sewing Saturdays link party is up over at Simple Simon and Company.
Pop on over and link up what you've been sewing up this week.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Week 3 Results!

Hello Everyone!
Happy Friday!
It's time to open the sew along voting and reveal the results of this week's challenge.
Sooooo....after the designers scores for each other were added to the popular voting scores....this week's winner is:
And sadly we have to say goodbye to:
Mary from An Idle Fancy
(But we won't be sending her home empty handed...we have a parting gift for our beautiful Mary.)
Which now leaves us with only 3 designers...and brings us to the final week of Project Sewn Season 4.  Thank you to all of you following along with us...for leaving comments, voting, and sewing along.  And thank you to all of our designers for sharing yourself and your talent with all of us.
Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Time to Vote: Going Global Challenge!

It's once again time to vote for your favorite look in the Going Global sure to scroll down to see all the looks and then find the poll at the bottom of the post!  Good luck designers!

A Lemon Squeezy Home--Colores Brilliante
Mexico Inspiration:  Project Sewn
Hello everyone!  I chose Mexico for my inspiration this week!  When I think of Mexico I think of the words bright, bold, and beautiful.  For the shirt I was searching for some Mexican embroidered fabric and happened upon Otomi is completely amazing in every way.  Bright, beautiful, bold, and so unique.  I love it.  It takes the Otomi people a very long time, as you can imagine, to make the hand embroidered fabric and so it was out of my price range.  What do I do when I can’t find the right fabric?  I paint it:).  I googled Otomi fabric online, printed an image I liked, used it under my fabric to trace the designs, then filled it in with fabric marker.  I was hoping for a brighter red on a cream color fabric, but when I couldn’t find the right shade of cream gauze, ended up dying my shirt yellow, hoping for the best with the Otomi painted on already.  Once I dyed and washed the shirt the red faded to an orange-ish color, but thank heavens didn’t wash out!! 

Mexico Inspiration:  Project Sewn
I wanted to pair the feminine blouse with a great pair of skinny jeans.  I used the Jamie Jeans pattern by Named and made my very first pair of jeans.  It was a success!  They turned out wonderful and fit me very well.  And I actually really enjoyed sewing them.  They were time consuming but after last week’s jacket, I was ready for anything.  I made this Aztec inspired cardigan using the Swingy Cardigan by Burda.  I omitted the pockets because I didn’t want them to flop around and be seen with this flowing cardigan. 
Mexico Inspiration:  Project Sewn
Head over to A Lemon Squeezy Home to see more pics! 

Groovy Baby and Mama-- A Duet
Bonjour - it's Trine Going Global. Or, at least going French - and Japanese. Trine going Frapanese!!! (Almost sounds like something you could eat - or drink, right?)

I've really been looking forward to this week's challenge. I knew right from the start that if I made it this far in the competition, I would make something chic and French inspired with Breton stripes. I just adore these horizontal stripes. 

So, this is me going French in a fitted dress. I haven't worn a fitted dress in many, maaaaany years, but I kind of like it. Maybe because it's made of comfortable ponte jersey. I love ponte fabric - it's easy to work with and has such great drape and recovery. This striped version in particular only has a little but just enough stretch. The dress is based on the McCall's 5975 pattern. Unfortunately OOP but still possible to find on ebay or etsy. I eliminated the zipper in the back and tapered and lengthened the skirt by 10-15 cm as I wanted the dress to hit just below my knees. No other changes were made to the pattern. I really love the fit and look of this dress. The boat neck, the bust darts, the 3/4 sleeves, the skirt length. I feel so classy. Now I just need the Eiffel Tower in the background. Could that be arranged, Kelly?
As mentioned above I've also been a little Japanese inspired for this week's outfit. A self drafted drapey wide sleeved  silk kimono cardigan. Finished with French seams, bien sûr. Of course the most elegant and perfect seam would be named after France. Inspiration/tutorial for the kimono was found here
Chic, non?

Sewing in No Man's Land--Lucky Of The Irish
Cead Mila Failte! "One Hundred Thousand Welcomes" in Gaelic. When we were assigned the theme of "inspired by a country" I knew immediately that I would make an outfit inspired by my second home, Ireland. I am actually a dual citizen, Irish-American. I spent many of my childhood summers running around the green fields of Ireland with cousins and a large part of my heart will always be there.
I have also loved tartan and decided to sew up a peplum dress from a fun red, black, green and yellow tartan fabric. I added a fun kick pleat in the back so I wasn't waddling all over the place ha! I also know how rainy it is and wanted to be prepared ha! I have always wanted a cape and I found this pattern from Burda that I thought was gorgeous. I used the most lovely soft wool from the fabric district in Paris and since I had loads of black piping left over from the trench coat in round one, I decided to pipe it up! This cloak is by far the most detailed piece of clothing I have ever made. Each seam is double topstitched! I love the toggle closures and deep pockets and ohhhh is it cozy! For pictures we decided to head to one of the most beautiful places in Ireland in county Kerry along Slea Head. Right by the sea. I actually hiked up a steep, rocky and wet mountain to get the water fall pictures ha! And after shooting in front of that gorgeous cottage we saw two new baby lambs who had been born moments before. What can I say, Ireland is magical in the spring. 2014-05-18_0005

I am so happy with this outfit inspired by a place so dear to my heart! Hop on over to Sewing In No Mans Land for a MASSIVE onslaught of Ireland pictures ha!

Idle Fancy--A Trip to Sweetish Hill
Good morning, Project Sewn! For this week's challenge, I channeled not only a country, but my own childhood. You see, as the blonde hair and blue eyes might indicate, I'm of Swedish extraction. In the 19th century, my dad's family moved to America from outside Gothenburg...and have been nostalgic for all things Scandinavian ever since. We put Swedish flags on our Christmas trees, regularly visit our favorite "Sweetish" bakery, drive an inordinate number of Volvos, and dress our wee girls in heavily embroidered traditional folk dresses. I was one such child and decided to revisit that past this week! This is my grown-up twist on the classic Swedish dress of my youth.
Since I planned to embroider this dress myself, I chose a midweight linen in classic Swedish flag blue, which could stand up to the weight of all that thread-work. Once I'd settled on a simple darted bodice, with a pleated dirndl skirt and slightly puffed sleeves, I started in on the hard part: embroidering! After a call to my grandmother, to discuss techniques I'd long forgotten, I embroidered a modern Scandinavian pattern along the neckline, in white and yellow cotton pearl. It took forever, but I adore how it turned out! It adds just the right touch of all that folksy charm from my youth. To keep the theme going, I edged my hem in three rows of yellow-and-white rick rack, instead of donning the traditional apron skirt over the dress.

For a bit of flourish, I also whipped up this cute little bow clutch, in a coordinated yellow leatherette, as a sweet accessory for the dress. So, what do you think? Would my Scandinavian foremothers be proud of all that hand-sewing? I hope so! This was, more than anything I've sewn in recent memory, a labor of pure love. More photos and details can be found at my blog, Idle Fancy

Monday, May 19, 2014

Week 3: Going Global Fashion Challenge


Welcome to week #3 of Project Sewn....where we are going global!  This week we are all about choosing a country for inspiration and making a fashion statement out of that country.  So, think big or think small country....we want to see what you have been sewing!

Also, we need to announce our Week #2 sew along winner and that is Teri from Fa Sew La and her Saltspring Dress! 

Teri will be receiving a $25 gift certificate to one of our fantastic sponsors

And now it's time to Link up!  Remember that the linky party closes on Thursday night at 8 pm so that the sew along voting can start first thing Friday morning!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Saturday Sewing over at Simple Simon and Company

Hey Ladies!!!
Just a quick reminder that we have a sewing linky party going on this weekend over at Simple Simon and Company and you are all invited to come on over and link up the sewing and handicraft projects that you've been working on this week.
We'd love to see them!

Week #2 Results and Sew Along Voting Begins!

Hi everyone....are we all glad that it is Friday today?  Mostly because I have more sewing time over the weekends than I do during the week and that makes life exciting!
And now let's get to the results of Week #2 Floral Frenzy Challenge.
Our winner this week is  Trine from Groovy Baby and Mama.....
Much congratulations to Trine....I love that floral print!

And sadly we are losing a spectacular designer....and a look that I am equally in love with (which happens often in Project Sewn because I am so in AWEEEE of all of them each week).....
Liz from Cottons and Curls will be leaving us with a $25 gift certificate in hand from

Thank you to for sponsoring us!

And now you must go vote for your Favorite Sew Along outfit of the Floral Frenzy Challenge!

Head here to see all the looks and then click the heart to vote....
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and happy sewing ;)
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Time to Vote: The Floral Frenzy Challenge

It's time to vote on your favorite "Floral Frenzy" creation! Read through each of the designers looks and then vote for your favorite! Cottons and Curls--Springy Peasant Wrap Dress


Another week and another theme...this favorite. Floral! Since I've been born, floral is my go to favorite pattern. When I stumbled across this minty pink fabric at the thrift store, I knew I had to make it into something very feminine. Therefore, a peasant maxi dress was made! With a few scraps left. And I'm in love with it. I made this dress from draping on my dressform with a little mixture of a tutorial I did a few weeks back tutorial here.

A Lemon Squeezy Home---Moto Meets Floral
Moto Floral

For this week’s challenge I sewed a Lady Skater.  I paired this pretty floral with some Ponte stripes that I salvaged from a pencil skirt I made before.  I could have bought new fabric for the bodice, but there was nothing I liked quite as well with the floral as the Ponte I already had used from THIS skirt.  The only problem was that I didn’t have enough of the fabric leftover to make the bodice, so I sacrificed the skirt to use for the dress :).  I’m happy I did!  I love these fabrics together!  I had to piece the sleeves to get enough fabric to use.  Thankfully it worked.  The neckline is finished with the same floral from the skirt.  I love how the Skater fits so perfectly! 

Floral Skater Collage

I knew I wanted to pair floral with something a little edgy, so I bought the Burda Moto Jacket pattern, naively thinking it wouldn’t be as complicated as it looked.  It was complicated, and then some.  By the end of sewing this thing I was feeling like rather than me paying them for the pattern, they should pay me for sewing it, ha!  Just kidding...a little ;).  But seriously, this jacket was laborious.  There are 13 pattern pieces for the outer, and then you have 8 for the lining.  Oh my word this thing was difficult, mostly because you get one page of instructions.  I had read that Burda patterns were hard to understand, and boy were those people right.  But the designs—they are amazing!  So I don’t know that I’m going to be sewing any jackets this intense anytime in the near future, but I do love how amazing the design is.  Hard work but worth it.  I think that the hard work paid off.  I seriously love how this jacket turned out.  The seaming on this thing is incredible!  And of course, I lined it with some pretty floral fabric. 

Jacket Collage

Head on over to my blog A Lemon Squeezy Home for more pictures!

Groovy Baby and Mama---Something Up My Sleeve

So - floral frenzy you say. There is so much floral printed apparel fabric to choose from when you go fabric shopping but of course I had to fall for this polycotton black/gray interior fabric! Luckily it worked well for my project so I won't have to turn my dress into curtains or pillows!
There's a vintage vibe to this print making it perfect for a 50s style dress. My 'Mad Men' dress is based on the 'Emery Dress' pattern designed by Christine Haynes. It's the first time I've used this pattern. Perfection - that's all I have to say about this. This is without doubt the best fitting dress I've ever sewn. I made a size 10 and the changes I made to the fit itself are minor. I'm 5.10" and I always lengthen the skirt parts when I sew dresses. My upper body is a little short compared to the rest of me, so I only had to lengthen the bodice a teeny tiny bit. Not even sure it was necessary. And oh, I left out the lining and drafted a facing that extends all the way to the sleeve. That was it!!
Now for the changes on the design. And this is what I had up my (tulip) sleeve. Laugh, please. Or at least just smile a little at my bad joke. Since this is a floral theme I went floral all the way and drafted a little tulip sleeve for the dress. I think this fitted and flattering overlapped sleeve is great for a 50s style dress and just so comfortable to wear.
Let's turn around and see the other surprise. A little fold-back detail. It was actually my friend and pattern designer Marte's new Lotta Dress that inspired me. And when I did a little research on how to do this fold thing the best way I stumpled upon this great tutorial by Gertie.

To keep me comfy on those not always so warm Danish spring- and summer nights I made this oversized blanket  wool cocoon 'coatigan' . Pattern from Burda .Be sure to visit my blog for more photos and details.

Sewing in No Man's Land---Monet's Garden
Hi friends! Kelly here! This challenge was particularly hard for me. I am not a huge fan of floral print fabric on me. On others, TOTALLY, but on me, ehh. I struggle with sizing of the floral pattern, color combining etc. So, I decided to take a step back and attempt a more creative approach at the idea of "flower power". I asked myself what it was that made flowers have such a powerful impact: color, vibrance, the emotions they evoke etc. Then I thought about one of my favorite places on earth, Monet's Garden. I thought about how I love seeing the flowers bend in the breeze and the movement on the water in his ponds. The splashes of vibrant colors all around. I decided to take all these things and roll them up into my project. What is fun with this one is you get two outfits for the price of one! 2014-05-09_0007

2014-05-09_0001 ^^^The gorgeous silk skirt fabric is from Joann's Fabric^^^ That citron top? It is actually a dress! No worries about keeping your top tucked in! And if you want something a little less bold and attention grabbing, simply zip off the skirt, rotate your flower crown (because you totally wear one daily right?) and away you go! I was inspired by this swing dress and simply added lots of length to make a comfy maxi with sleeves (which I can never ever find). The fabric is from Girl Charlie and is super soft and comfy! We drove out to Monet's garden in Giverny and even though it was POURING rain I loved being there in the outfit(s) inspired by it. And yes, those are real live flowers on my head! I never smelled so good in my life! To see more pictures of the outfits and Monet's stunning home, hop on over to Sewing In No Mans Land.


Idle Fancy----Twice the May Flowers

Good morning, Project Sewn! I can't even tell you how much I loved this challenge. Floral fabrics are my number one sewing addiction. I live for a cute, flowery print! For this week, however, I wanted to push myself a bit more than usual. So, I made a piece that's long been on my wish list: a bright, floral trench coat. I found this gorgeous rayon linen-look blend, then paired it with Butterick 5966, a full-skirted princess seamed coat. Finished off with white gumball buttons, then lined in aqua pinstripe cotton, it's a feminine twist on my favorite classic.

A girl can't just wear a coat, however, can she? Luckily, I had this gorgeous embroidered cotton voile in my stash, waiting to be a sundress. After underlining this very delicate fabric, I turned it into a princess-seamed bodice and gathered skirt. The result is a light, airy sundress, with heavy floral embroidery running along the neckline and hem. I absolutely adore how it looks under the coat, with its scalloped hem just peeking out from the bottom. It's an outfit that's both classic, but feminine, which is my jam. I will be wearing both of these pieces for many springs to come! For more details and pictures, check out my blog, Idle Fancy.