Month: April 2007

Flickr Group Feature

Pencil roll by Megan, The Scent of Water Megan lives in New Zealand with her husband and three children. It’s been said that she’s “crazy smart with a wicked wit and she also takes beautiful pictures” (said over at Creative Little Daisy). A click to the About page on Megan’s blog, The Scent of Water, quickly confirms this. Megan recently completed her bachelor’s degree in English and her writing is always beautiful, contemplative, honest and interesting. Her Flickr site is equally amazing (the I make things collection alone has well over 150 photos of inspiration)! Click away and have fun on Megan’s blog, her Flickr site and enjoy one of her tutorials. Once you visit you’ll stick around for more of that wit, for those wonderful pictures and for her great ideas like this pencil roll. You want to make one now, don’t you?! Don’t forget to add the roll (or anything else you’ve been making) to the Sew, Mama, Sew Flickr...

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FFF Winners

This week’s winners are Kristine, Emily, Anne and Autum.  They have been emailed. Thanks for playing along, everyone!  (Please remember, if you want to win, you have to leave a real email address so I can contact you 😉 Next week we’re giving away a new Amy Butler BARCELONA SKIRTS pattern, so you won’t want to miss that...

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Free Fabric Friday

I got wrapped up in Skirt Month this morning and forgot Free Fabric Friday!  This week we’ll give away 4 grab bags of fabric totalling 1.5  yards.  It might be one yard and 2 fat quarters, maybe 3 half yards…It’s a surprise.  You do like surprises, right?  We’ll keep track of all posts between now and Monday morning anywhere in the blog.  Have a great...

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Skirt Month ~ May, 2007

With the return of blue skies and warm weather, we think a wardrobe boost is in order.  This is why we’re declaring May, 2007 Skirt Month! We’re going to dedicate all the blog posts in May to skirt patterns, skirt fabric, skirt sewing, skirt books and your skirts! Here are a few of the exciting things we have planned: 4 skirt pattern reviews from our blogging friends Megan, Linda, Tiffaney and Beth 2 skirt tutorials from the super-talented Michelle and Bethany 1 book review Flickr Group Sew-Along Contests and give-aways! Doesn’t that sound like fun?  Who’s in?  Comment here, then head on over to Skirt Month Flickr Group to join that.  If you’d like, you can take the little badge above to display on your blog.    Whether you’re a pro at sewing apparel, or you’ve never sewn a garment in your life, we think there is nothing more satisfying than whipping up a little skirt for yourself, so we do hope you’ll sew along with...

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Flickr Group Feature

  Bag by Mona, Mistry Designs  Mona’s unique fabric combination in the above bag is just the start of her beautiful and creative body of work at Mistry Designs. Mona works from home as an interior designer and shares some of her sewing creations with others through her Mistry Designs Etsy shop. Go look at her Rainbow Drops Handbag (it might be under the sold tab by now!) for a quick view of the attention to detail and the clean lines in Mona’s work. For more Mona-related goodness you can also view her Flickr site (her Purse Portfolio has over seventy beautiful bags) and look for her additions to the Sew, Mama, Sew Flickr Group under the name forksandspoons.     Don’t forget to add your own creations to the Sew, Mama, Sew Flickr...

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FFF Winners

The randomly-selected winners of the Summer In the City pack of fat quarters are Tammy, Mindy, Karyn and Zoe.  They have been emailed.  Thank you for all your great ideas for gifts to sew!  I’m sure we’ll revisit this topic.  Don’t you just love it that so many people are hand-crafting their gifts these days?  This topic reminded me of a pdf that was making the blog rounds during the holidays.  The Japanese government issued this handy little guide for wrapping gifts in fabric.  A great way to reuse fabric and a beautiful way to wrap a gift! (Although it looks like these are designed...

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Free Fabric Friday

You thought I forgot, didn’t you? 😉  No, just needed a little break from #?!#% WordPress.  Beth and I fight with the formatting on these posts every single time. I even take a post into Dreamweaver and clean up the html, and when I bring it back, I still have random tags. Any WordPress users out there have some tips for us?    On to the good stuff.  Have you seen the Summer in the City collection yet?  No?  Well, I just finished entering the products at midnight, so they are very fresh and nice and pretty and still wrapped in plastic.  We’re...

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Interview – Erica, Pumkinlittle

Our quick glimpse of Pumkinlittle weeks ago made us hungry for a better look at Erica’s business and her creations. This interview with Erica continues our series of inspiring women (if you missed our first interview check here, and then come back!). All dresses and photography by Erica, Pumkinlittle Family life Erica lives in northern California at 5000 feet in elevation. Her husband quit his LA “rocket scientist” job to become a teacher north of Tahoe, and the pace is slower for the whole family in the mountains. Erica’s children Josiah (13), Peter (almost 12), Noah (8) and Abby (6) have lots of freedom in their more secluded locale, and the whole family enjoys quiet without a lot of interruption (or TV… as Erica says, “Internet is my friend!”). Her grandmother was an influence on Erica’s crafty life early on. Erica says, “My grandmother is an amazing quilter and sewer. She has done it all: tatting, crochet, knitting, needlepoint, cross-stitch. She quilts now and all of the grandkids and great grandkids have more than one from her. I think her craftiness has definitely seeped into the rest of the family! That need to be busy doing something you LOVE, not just work, work, work. Work, of course, but after that you play!” Erica started creating early and remembers being eight or nine, working on plastic canvas and cross-stitching. Creativity-...

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Flickr Group Feature

Amy Heather Butler-Bailey Quilt by Carol, wip Carol made this quilt as a birthday gift for her sister who lives in Florida. She writes, “The colors and prints of the fabrics that I used remind me of the area where she lives. Naturally, the quilt got its name from designers Amy Butler and Heather Bailey.” 12″ Squares She adds, “I didn’t have enough of either fabric for an entire quilt and noticed that they really worked well together. I started with 12″ squares of different fabrics and slashed through them with my rotary cutter, mixed ’em up and sewed them back into squares.” Sewed up into squares Carol likes “winging it” when she designs and sews her quilts. She writes, “I didn’t start quilting until I was around 40. Before then, it seemed like there were way too many rules for me and I was afraid that the Quilt Police would come and ticket me if I did it wrong. With turning 40, I somehow cared a lot less about what people (or Quilt Police) would think about my work and I just went for it. I make HUGE mistakes, sometimes I fix them and sometimes I live with them but I always learn from them.” You can find more of Carol’s work on her wip blog and her Flickr site. You must visit her embroidery album in Flickr:...

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FFF Winners

The winners of 1/2 yard of Bird Seed by Alexander Henry are Stephanie, Colleen, India, Kelly and Meegan.  They have been emailed.  Thanks everyone, for the amazing book suggestions.  Definitely worth a compilation list, so check...

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Pretty Little Pinafore

I’m putting off the unenviable task of deleting all those pesky little cyrillic letters seen throughout the blog, so I thought I’d share The Easter Pinafore.  I finished it at about 3 pm on Easter, just in time for the dinner guests to arrive.  The Easter Dress was not finished, and will now simply be The Spring Dress. (Or The Summer Dress, depending on how long the editing takes.) It’s hard to tell, but the bottom of the pinny is embroidered with designs inspired by (okay, lifted from) this Japanese Embroidery book.  It is ISBN4-8347-2421-2. I did find that the scale...

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Free Fabric Friday

Bird Seed, anyone?  Special fabric love coming at you this week.  I know how much some of you adore the Alexander Henry Bird Seed  (see the three bird prints in the sidebar on the left). At first it hurt me just to ship it out of here, because I also love it so much I want to cover my walls with it.  I know, however, that it will be well cared for in your creative hands.  We’ll send a half yard to 5 people.  Tell us about your favorite craft or sewing book.  We’ll announce the winners Monday morning.  PS–As soon...

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Pattern Review ~ Amy Butler Swing Bag

From Kristin: This marvelous pattern review was written by Nora. You can read her introduction here, and see more of her work on her blog, La Cantatrice Chauve. Pattern The Swing Bag — Amy Butler Midwest Modern Description Reversible shoulder bag and scarf/sash. Materials Exterior Fabric: 5/8 yard Reversible Side Fabric (optional): 5/8 yard 5/8 yard of cotton Canvas Overall Design This is a cute bag with a nice size and shape. It is quite large and may be a little overwhelming in size on a smaller person (I am 5’8″) but it easily fits books, wallet, cell phone, water bottle, etc. There is a layer of cotton canvas sewn between the interior and exterior fabrics, which makes the bag nice and stiff, and gives it some weight. I particularly like the way that the straps incorporate a little pleat at the base of each- I think this adds nicely to the style, although it was a little tricky and mine didn’t turn out perfect.  The main reason that I wanted to make this bag is that it has a coordinating scarf, and I am a huge scarf person. The scarf is cut on the bias, which makes for a lot of extra fabric, so I would caution anyone making this to buy a fabric for the scarf that they will want to use for another project! I found...

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Introduction…Nora

From Kristin:  Nora wrote and excellent review of the Amy Butler Swing Bag pattern, which is coming up next! From Nora:  I grew up with a mother and two grandmothers who all knew how to sew very well, but hated it! My experiences with sewing in childhood were very stressful, and I never associated sewing with enjoyment. As an adult, though, I have been drawn to sewing more as a creative endeavor than a necessity. It’s been really fun for me to learn that sewing can be a fun and inventive process. I don’t work much from storebought patterns, because I take draping classes at a local community college. We work on mannequins and create our own designs, translating them into patterns and then, finally, sewing. I do enjoy sewing from other people’s patterns, though, and learn a lot of techniques that I can incorporate into my own work. Fabrics are my primary inspiration for the work that I do, and I love to take a beautiful fabric and try to envision the dress that would show it off to its best advantage. I love the fabrics that are available at Sew Mama Sew, and am happy for the opportunity to contribute to this website with my pattern review!...

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Flickr Group Feature

Maternity Top by Mary Beth, Supafine! Mary Beth’s due at the end of May and she makes pregnancy look good (and stylish) with the maternity tops she’s been sharing in the Sew, Mama, Sew Flickr Group! This first top is a Simplicity pattern (Simplicity 3887) with a modified neckline and sleeves. Mary Beth’s Supafine! site gives you fun, incredibly well-written glimpses into things like toddlerhood and bad haircuts (this is the tip of her blog iceberg… It’s a fantastic blog). Her Flickr site gives you more background (you can see her amazing creations, fun in home improvement, the progression of Supafine!…) and more views into Mary Beth’s adventures in motherhood and life. Modified Simplicity/Built By Wendy 3835 Visit Supafine!, check out Mary Beth’s Flickr site for more information on these tops (and an upcoming sundress) and don’t forget to add your own projects to the Sew, Mama, Sew Flickr Group. Built by Wendy 4111, altered for...

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FFF Winners

The winners of the Amy Butler Lotus fabric are Viagra, Cialis, and Free Insurance Quotes!  Just kidding, of course.  My strategy for picking the winner has been to put all the comment emails into a folder and randomly click on an email to pick the winner (they all say the same thing in the subject line and come from “WordPress” as the sender.)  Well, I’ve been getting a heck of a lot of spam comments lately and I was laughing outloud this morning when I’d hit a Cialis comment every time!  I moved down the list until I hit some real...

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Readers’ Best Sewing Tips PDF

You provided some excellent tips the other day! We thought it would be fun to have a handy PDF for you to print and reference when you’re deep in your sewing zone. It’s set up to fold into a little book, if you so desire. Add a hole and some ribbon, and the book can live near your machine! 1. Print SewingTips1 first on three pieces of paper. 2. Then, on the blank sides of those sheets, print SewingTips2. 3. Fold the pages in half (the two Tools + Such sections and Technique sections should meet if you want continuous categories). There’s no particular order to the pages. Thanks for all of the wonderful tips! Some of the comments were altered so we could squeeze it all in; let us know if you’d like us to change anything. Happy...

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Free Fabric Friday

This week we’re giving away 1 yard of Amy Butler’s Tree Peony print from the Lotus collection to four different people.  This time, take a look around the blog and leave a comment. Â Everyone who comments anywhere on the site between now and Monday morning is eligible.  Happy Easter!   PS–We hope the new website will be up Monday!  So sorry to keep you...

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Flickr Group Feature

Coasters by Jo, The Complete Adventures of Violet & Rose Jo created these coasters with a fantastic tutorial from Allsorts. The coasters were made from a bit of our favorite Erin Michael fabric. You can visit Jo’s blog, The Complete Adventures of Violet & Rose, for looks at her creations (beautiful dresses, aprons, quilting, knitting… it’s all there!), documentation of her amazing taste in fabric and so much more! Jo shares pictures on her Flickr site and has a store to sell her work, Violet & Rose (Funky, Old Fashioned Favorites, Handmade Gifts for Kids Big & Small). You must go look at her latest “Freshcut” paper dolls, inspired by her daughters’ new pajamas and Heather Bailey’s fabric. ...

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Interview – Beki, Artsy-Crafty Babe

Many of us yearn for other women a doorstep away waiting, just like us, to grab a cup of mid-morning coffee and chat about our latest projects (and maybe what the kids are up to today). Luckily the world of crafty blogs brings those women to our door in a new, albeit familiar way. We get glimpses into family life, we’re inspired, we find new recipes and ideas for projects and, if we’re really lucky, we feel like we’ve made that new friend a doorstep away. Here at the Sew,Mama,Sew! blog we want to bring you a step closer to learning more about women who create and inspire in their daily lives. The women we interview might be in your state or they may be across the ocean, but we think you’ll enjoy getting to know them better as you visit us here. Beki, a.k.a. Artsty-Crafty Babe, is a busy woman. She works each day, has three active and happy children, crafts by night (and weekends!) and she has a beautiful blog that integrates all the components of her busy life. Beki shares her world with others through her blog, Artsy-Crafty Babe. While craftiness has always been a part of Beki’s life (the “Things to Make section in Highlights magazine was a fun focus in her childhood), she creates more now than ever before. Beki first discovered blogs about...

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Readers’ Favorite Tutorials Part 3

We just had to add these to our Readers’ Favorite Sewing Tutorials! Have you already checked out Readers’ Favorite Sewing Tutorials Part 1 and Readers’ Favorite Sewing Tutorials Part 2? Do you have another tutorial for us to include?   Little Owls Alex from MOONSTITCHES provided this wonderful “Tutowlrial” so her readers could make some darling owls of their own. The original pattern was from a Japanese craft book but Alex has made it her own through adaptations and shared her process with us. Try one yourself and thank her over at MOONSTITCHES (while youe’re there you might get lost in her beautiful pictures of her everyday life in Japan).   Easy Applique Barbara Brandeburg is the author of twenty quilt books and she is also a fabric designer. Though shee’s currently busy with a new line of patterns and a new book for That Patchwork Place, she kindly shares her expertise with you in her Easy Applique Tutorial! Take a look at her blog for quilting, sewing and design inspiration.   Fabric Flowers Blaire’s creations on her Wise Craft site provide inspiration for many crafty bloggers. She started a craze awhile back with her Fabric Flowers Tutorial (women in small villages in India are now making them out of silk!). Create your own beautiful fabric flowers and then stop by the Fabric Flowers Flickr group Blair started to...

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Free Fabric Friday Winners

Wow, what a lot of wonderful sewing tips you all came up with! Â Beth is going to put them together for you in a handy printable. (One tip that I thought of that didn’t come up is that you should top-stitch the elastic casing of waistbands.  Make your casing, then do another stitch just about 1/16th in down from the very top {making sure to leave enough room for your elastic.}  This helps the waistband lay flat and looks very professional.) The winners of Free Fabric Friday this week are Ana, Julie, and Joyce.  (They have been emailed.) ...

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