Month: May 2007

Flickr Feature ~ Skirt Month Sew-Along

The Skirt Month Sew-Along Flickr group is hopping! Some of us really thrive on a deadline, you know, and there are tons of skirts showing up in these final May Skirt Month days. Here are just a few for you to enjoy! Skirt by Berry, Ca pleut ca mouille Berry is new to sewing and just got her machine four months ago! If there’s interest she’s willing to share how she created this “true waist tulip shape skirt with an invisible side zipper” on her blog, so visit her blog and let her know that you’d love for her to post a tutorial! Her blog is in French but you can use a translator to understand it and she’ll write the tutorial in English… Il est merveilleux! Skirt by Linda, Craft Apple We can’t get enough of these new Barcelonas, and Linda’s is so beautiful with her Heather Bailey Freshcut fabric. Linda also has some interesting notes about the pattern on her wonderful blog, Craft Apple, where her wit and humor (we love her version of the pattern cover!) and skilled craftiness abound. Skirt by Nancy, Sew Nancy Nancy used the comprehensive, easy-to-follow and let’s just say fantastic tutorial from Dacia at Dacia Ray to create this beautiful skirt with some of some wonderful Alexander Henry fabric. Enjoy more of Nancy’s creativity on her blog, Sew Nancy, and then...

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Pattern Review ~ Amy Butler Barcelona Skirts

Beth here, bringing you my Amy Butler Barcelona pattern review (my intro was back here). After a bit of pre-college-exam-like worry I faced my first and second zipper (invisible, at that), made both versions of the skirt, and the verdict is… Pattern Barcelona Skirts by Amy Butler Description This includes patterns for a vintage-inspired layered skirt, an A-line skirt and an apron overlay. Barcelona A-line by Beth, Write, Mama. Write. Materials Under the pattern picture, click “View Larger Images” to view the materials list for each of the three pattern options. For each skirt, in addition to your fabric, you’ll need a 7″ coordinating invisible zipper, thread and one small hook and eye. The apron requires interfacing. The pattern also suggests an invisible zipper foot and chalk pencil or fabric marker. Overall Design Both skirts look beautiful and drape in a very flattering way. I’m way too conservative when it comes to my skirts and thought, before I made it, that the layered skirt looked a little too unorthodox for me. I really love it now though because the layers and fraying are so subtle but add a unique touch. Written Instructions I’ve found Amy Butler’s patterns to be very comprehensive with easy-to-understand directions, and the skirt patterns further confirmed this impression. There were, however, several points along the way where I wished I had a little more information...

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FFF Winners

We took advantage of the no-shipping holiday and stayed out of the shop yesterday.  So, a day late, I bring you the winners of one yard of Mod Girls:  Carol, Jana, Sara and Christina.  Ladies, check your email. Congratulations! PS–If you enter the contest, you must have a real email address.  You don’t have to have a blog, but we do have to be able to reach...

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Wrap Skirt Praise and Yardage Info

  First, I have to thank Bethany for the excellent wrap skirt tutorials–pattern drafting and construction.  I whipped it up the other night, with great results. I love it and got oodles of compliments on it.  Ten reasons you should try this: Custom fit the way you like it.  Fit it to your hips or your waist, make it long or short. 2 skirts in one! No hemming.  I didn’t really catch that part until I was making it.  You get a full skirt and you don’t have to hem it!  The 2 layers are sewn together at the bottom. No...

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Free Fabric Friday

Have you see the new Mod Girls collection by Jennifer Paganelli? This is Jennifer’s follow-up to the popular Girlfriends group, and it is beautiful, bold and eclectic! We’ll give away one yard to four people–winner’s choice. This week, we’ll keep track of all comments on any posts from Skirt Month and randomly select 4 winners. Take a look around and enjoy some of the fabulous contributions our talented friends have made. In case you missed anything, take a look at these: Megan’s review of the Cute Skirts pattern from Favorite Things Tiffaney’s review of It’s a Wrap skirt pattern...

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Flickr Feature ~ Skirt Month Sew-Along

Have you checked in with the Skirt Month Sew-Along Flickr group? It’s fun to look at the skirts and lots of people have shared more about their patterns, process and the finished products. Ali, Lynn and Meg all wrote about their skirts on their blogs: Skirt by Ali, Domesticali Though it’s only the second item of clothing she’s ever made, Ali bravely forged ahead with her Amy Butler Barcelona skirt pattern. She shares things like zipper tips and fabric hints in the great discussion about her work with the pattern on her blog, Domesticali. Ali’s efforts were a success, don’t you think?! Skirt by Lynn, Craftstew   Lynn took this from a circle skirt to a half circle wrap skirt to an apron to its final, beautiful conclusion as a circle skirt. For more on how Lynn worked this all out visit her discussion of the process on Lynn’s blog, Craftstew. Skirt by Meg, Make it Snappy This was Meg’s first skirt using Sew What! Skirts and she was very happy with the result. Meg shares lots of details about her successes (and even when things don’t go as planned too) on her blog, Make it Snappy. Meg added a zipper to the skirt using Michelle’s zipper tutorial and, as Meg put it on her blog, “…Putting in the zipper was a breeze. Woo hoo!”    There’s still lots of...

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Wrap Skirt Pattern Draft Tutorial

From Kristin: This fantastic tutorial and the next were written by Bethany. You can read her introduction here, and see more of her New Vintage Wardrobe creations on her blog, Bitter Betty Blogs. Supplies You will need: Wrapping paper. 5th grade math skills or a calculator. Pen or pencil Measuring tape. Straight edge. The courage to face your measurements. To draft this pattern which you will need you waist measurement and the total length that you would like the skirt to be. Also take your hip measurement to check against the pattern to make sure the skirt will give...

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Wrap Skirt Construction Tutorial

From Kristin: This is the construction part of Bethany’s Wrap Skirt Tutorial. To get to this point, see the Pattern Drafting Tutorial. Always wash and iron your fabrics. Now fold on the straight grain of the fabric making sure you center your pattern if necessary.Place on freshly drafted pattern (flat front edge on the fold) and cut ‘er out. Cut one for the front and one for the back from each fabric.Cut 3 4.5 inch strips from the fabric you chose for your waistband.Place the skirt pieces: same fabrics together- right sides facing. Pin and seam down one side....

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Pattern Review ~ One Hot Skirt

From Beth: Linda said she was thrilled to do this pattern review because her summer “uniform” is a skirt with a cute top! She’s written the fantastic and comprehensive review below and adds that the pattern gives permission to make multiple skirts as long as the company is given credit; this is nice for people who enjoy making items to sell. For more about Linda be sure to read her introduction and her blog, Whatever Is On My Mind Today. Pattern One Hot Skirt by Betsy Ross Description A simple, A-line skirt with front/back facings, darts, and side zipper. Materials For the first skirt, I used a stretch woven picked up from a local manufacturer that periodically sells their fabrics (Canvasbacks). For the second skirt I used two quilting cottons bought from a local quilt shop (Dovely Quilts). I only needed 1.375 yards of 60″ fabric to make my knee length skirt. I needed 1.625 yards of 45″ wide fabric. If you refold your fabric so that you only double the width of your skirt, you will have some nice largish pieces leftover that you can use for bags or any little crafty item. Skirt by Linda, Whatever Is On My Mind Today Overall Design This is a classic design. It is a simple skirt, yet not shapeless, and would be good for beginners as well as advanced seamstresses....

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Introduction ~ Linda

From Beth: Linda’s extensive sewing experience shows in everything she creates. She is an experienced pattern reviewer and has a wonderful way of sharing her knowledge, with great photos to help you sew along. We were so happy to have Linda’s expertise here with her One Hot Skirt pattern review. Enjoy her review and be sure to check out her blog, Whatever Is On My Mind Today, for more! From Linda: I’m a happily married mama to three children, ages 11, 7, and 2. I’m sure I goofed around with sewing and crafts as a kid, but I started seriously sewing clothes when I was 15. I had knee surgery that summer, and my mother took me over to the fabric store, we picked out some fabric and an easy pattern, and I made a sun dress on her Singer Featherweight. I was hooked. I went on to get a two-year Associate of Arts in Fashion Design, and then, after graduating in 1990, I moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. There I did a three month stint sewing patio furniture (cushions, umbrellas, YUK!), and then got a job in the dressmaking department of a fabric store (Couture Fabrics, which unfortunately closed last fall). I got married, and moved back home to Milwaukee.I took a little bit of sewing in here and there before we started having kids, but once my first...

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Free Fabric Friday

Have you checked out the Dandy Damask collection from Michael Miller? It’s incredibly versatile and works well with retro and modern, casual and formal styles. This week we’ll give away one yard of Dandy Damask (winner’s choice of color) to four people. This week in the comments tell us about a “Wow!” project you’ve seen lately. It could be one of yours or something you saw on someone’s blog. Tell us where to look so we can be...

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Flickr Feature – Skirt Month Sew-Along

The Skirt Month Sew-Along is gaining momentum! Of course you knew this would happen with all of the neat pattern reviews, tutorials and other resources here in May. There are lots of lovely new skirts out there and it’s fun to see all of the skirts added to the Skirt Month Sew-Along Flickr Pool. While some of us are still working on our skirts, Kim, Malka and Nancy have already shared these beauties: Skirt by Kim, Kim Kelly Kreations Kim’s skirt was made with the help of this wonderful Twirly Skirt tutorial from House on Hill Road. For more of Kim’s creations visit her Flickr site and her Kim Kelly Kreations Etsy shop. Skirt by Malka, A Stitch in Dye Malka drafted the pattern for her skirt with the help of Sew What! Skirts. Malka’s a fiber-related artist with an extensive website. Take a look at some of her quilts and look for more of her work on Flickr. Skirt by Nancy, Belle Epoque Nancy’s skirt is her design (part of her Summer Picnic mini-collection) with an embroidered vintage hankie pocket. Find more of Nancy’s work on Flickr, her Belle Epoque blog and her Etsy shop. Ready to work on your own skirt(s)? Add it to the Skirt Month Sew-Along...

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Introduction ~ Michelle

From Kristin:  Michelle is one of those people that hardly needs an introduction–so many of you know her well from her wonderful blog, Green Kitchen.  She is one of those people that makes the crafting blogosphere feel like a true community, always responding with a kind comment, a follow-up email, or a link to a blog post somewhere else that is just the information you were looking for.   For awhile now she’s been whipping up beautiful skirts for herself and her family, so I asked her if she’d give us a little lesson.  Coming right up is her great tutorial on how to set a zipper in a skirt.  You should also visit her Flickr set for images and tips of the entire skirt construction process.  From Michelle:  A crafty childhood, an art degree, a career in graphic design, and intermittent small bits of time all add up to my current crafty, at-home-mom self. I live in coastal California with two active boy children, my husband, and my mom. Our three-generation household is packed with crap — I mean craft. I try to keep the stacks from blocking the windows completely so we can still see...

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Pattern Review ~ It’s a Wrap

From Beth: Tiffaney made several skirts with this Indygo Junction skirt pattern and she says they can easily be done in under an hour! Wow! After you take a moment to imagine the possibilities, make sure you check out Tiffaney’s introduction and her blog, Folded Gingham. Pattern It’s a Wrap by Indygo Junction Description A simple wrap skirt with tie closure. Materials For 44″fabric you will need 3 yards for the long or short skirt For 54″fabric you will need 2 yards for the short skirt and 2 1/3 yards for the long skirt. Optional materials include 9 yards of 1/2″wide double fold bias tape (I chose not to use this). Short skirt front, by Tiffaney Short skirt back, by Tiffaney Overall Design The overall design is simple and classic. It’s a great skirt for the beginner sewer and a super easy project for the more advanced sewer. It can be worked up in under an hour (it took me about 30 minutes) so it’s great for those days when you need a last minute “something new” to wear. Plus, it could easily be jazzed up with ribbon and rick rack or a decorative machine stitch. Written Instructions I gave the written instructions 4 stars because I felt they were lacking a little guidance if a beginner sewer were to use this pattern. I would have included a few...

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Introduction… Tiffaney

From Beth: Tiffaney is a busy woman! She has six children and shares bits of her life with her family, her crafting and thrifting on her blog, Folded Gingham. She also has an Etsy shop and with all of this she took the time to do a pattern review for the It’s A Wrap skirt for us. Check out her great review above. From Tiffaney: I’m your typical stay at home suburban mom who likes to keep herself busy with sewing and crafting projects and some fun thrifting thrown in. I’m a self taught sewer without any instruction other than trial and error and tips from the internet. I started off hand sewing everything from Halloween costumes to curtains then my sister gave me her old machine and I learned the basics on that old Singer. Over the years, and several sewing machines since, I have become quite comfortable tackling almost any project I can come up with. And with 6 children, there is always a new project on the horizon. We live in Maine, which unfortunately does not have the greatest variety of fabric stores, so thank goodness for the internet! I’m so happy to have found SewMamaSew with their beautiful selection of fabrics, now I just need to find more time in the day to make all the ideas I have in my head for my pretty...

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FFF Winners

The winners of one yard of fabric are Jennifer, Cindy, Suzanne, LeeAnn, Kathleen and Laura.  Congratulations!  We have a great pattern review coming up so check back...

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Free Fabric Friday

Have you seen it yet?  We have Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt!  This week we’ll give away 1 yard of Ribbon Flower to 4 people.  We also want to tell you about a gorgeous new Moda group called Chez Moi.  We’ll give away 1 yard from this group to 2 lucky people.  Six winners this week!  Tell us one of your favorite craft...

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Flickr Group Feature

Skirt by Mindy, One Wish World Mindy shared this picture in the Sew, Mama, Sew Flickr Pool and we wanted to learn more. Her daughter Skylar is modeling the skirt and One Wish World is Mindy’s up and coming online shop specializing in handcrafted items created by women, for women. Mindy’s Flickr site gives you glimpses into her creations (check out this recycled scarf) and you can see more skirts for girls here. Don’t forget to add the skirts you’re creating to the Flickr Group Sew-Along pool and send those pictures (and anything else you’re working on) over to the Sew, Mama, Sew Flickr Group too. You could be the winner of the May gift...

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Pattern Review ~ Cute Skirts Pattern

From Beth: This fantastic pattern review by Megan kicks off a month’s worth of skirt pattern reviews. Megan makes a good case for immediately starting your own Cute Skirt. For more on Megan don’t miss her introduction and, if you haven’t already, you’ll want to become a regular reader of her blog, The Scent of Water. Pattern Cute Skirts by Favorite Things Description A simple skirt with 8 panels, and options to add gores or a flounce. Materials 1¾ yards fabric (44 inch wide) ¾ yard fusible interfacing 1 pkg. 1” waistband elastic thread Additional fabric for flounces or gores listed on the pattern. Overall Design It’s not often that sophisticated style meets easy construction, but it does here. The 8 panels combined with the elasticized back waistband make for an individualized, flattering fit, and the flounce and gore options mean you can achieve a multitude of looks with the same pattern. Written Instructions The written instructions are clear, easy to follow, and a little less formal than most, which was an appealing touch. My first read through of a sewing pattern usually leaves me a little bewildered on the details but this time I was quite confident on how the skirt went together before I started sewing. It is constructed differently than I would have imagined if I had just seen the cut out pattern pieces, however, and...

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Introduction… Megan

From Beth: Megan wrote a wonderful pattern review for Cute Skirts above. You might remember her from this recent Flickr Feature. She creates beautiful things and shares her wonderful writing and photos on her blog, The Scent of Water. From Megan: I am a thirty-something stay at home Mum of three school aged children. I have recently completed a Bachelor’s degree in English, which has left me with plenty of time to sew, blog, and collect fabric. I also drink too much tea. I now find myself in search of a new challenge (there are only so many blog posts one can write in a day, alas) and though I am not yet sure exactly what this will be, I await it with eager...

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Free Pattern Friday

How are your skirts coming along?  Anyone need some inspiration?  How about a Barcelona Skirts pattern? We’ll pick 2 winners from the comments.  This week, a request comes from a reader.  Tell us about the sewing machine that you have, that you love, or that you want.  Some information about good brands/ models is what we’re looking for here, so if you hate your machine, let us know that too. Have you read Sew What! Skirts?  If so, head down to the previous post and tell us what you thought. PS–Look at us on the Adorn Blog today!  Wow, how...

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Sew What! Skirts ~ Group Review

We’re going to try something new today–a group review.  How this works is I’ll give a little information about the book, and then if you have read the book, you rate the book and explain your ratings in the comments.  Hopefully over time we’ll have enough ratings and reviews to give readers some meaningful information about books and patterns.   Obviously you can see some ratings on Amazon, but this should be easier than creating an Amazon account, plus you might be able to recognize some of the reviewers as crafters you know and trust. In honor of Skirt Month, our first review: Book:  Sew What! Skirts Author:  Francesca DenHartog Publisher:  Storey Publishing, LLC; Spiral edition (September 1, 2006) Description from the Publisher: Sewing is back! Young, crafty women are discovering the fun and creativity of working with fabric, needle, and thread to create simple, colorful skirts, suitable for showing off as wearable art. Sew What! Skirts assumes no prior sewing experience (and no home ec. class or mother with sewing skills!), and doesn’t get bogged down with overly complicated instructions or patterns. Author Francesca DenHartog, a fabric fanatic and sewing instructor, has stripped skirts down to the basics: 15 styles, ranging from an A-line to a circle, wraparound, gored panel, tiered “hippie,” layered, and more. All it takes to get started is basic body measurements (no need to go...

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April Flickr Pool Winner

Skirts by Rebecca, Coyote Craft This month’s winner of the SMS Flickr group prize is…. Drum roll, please… Rebecca (but most people call her Bean) of Coyote Craft. Rebecca wins a $25 gift certificate to Sew, Mama, Sew! Yippee! Rebecca has some beautiful work in her Flickr sets (check out this incredible crocheted play set, made without a pattern and with hand-dyed wool). Enjoy her blog, Flickr photos, and this picture Rebecca shared of the matching yellow gingham lollipop outfits she made for Annabel (her daughter) and Norah. Our Sew, Mama, Sew Flickr group has over 200 members now and the work is just amazing. You can win a gift certificate too! Just be sure to share a photo of your work with us in the pool. The drawing is random and your name is entered once so you have the same chance of winning whether you add one photo or many (but we like to see it all!). It’s Skirt Month now, you know, and we’d love to see your skirt in the new Flickr Group Sew-Along...

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