A few weeks ago I shared a free pattern for a girl’s skirt; this week I have a free women’s skirt pattern. This skirt is super fast and easy, even for beginners. I really love the fabric I found for my version! Click below for the free pattern, hosted on Fleece Fun.
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I recently had the opportunity so sew up a strike off from True North Fabrics. They are a lovely Canadian company that prints custom knit fabrics. The custom printed fabric world is new to me, but I’m happy to share a very positive first experience!
This star print is part of a larger collection called ‘I See Stars’. The base fabric is a very nice cotton lycra fabric. It has a good weight and excellent stretch and recovery. I would recommend this fabric for any of my patterns that call for light to medium weight knits. For more information on True North Fabrics, please check out their facebook group. (Disclosure: I received the fabric for free but am not being otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.)
I used a modified version of my Henday Zip Up Hoodie. I sized down 1 size for a slimmer look, added 1″ of length to the overall length and sleeves, and switched the zipper welt pockets out for circle pockets since I didn’t have any small zippers that matched. I’m going to try to do a quick tutorial on how to do this style pockets; check back later this week!
This pattern comes with two views; a cropped sweater with a bottom band and a full length version (which I sewed up today). I’m really happy with how it turned out and it will be the perfect layering piece for spring and summer. This truly is a Canadian project: Canadian fabric, Canadian designer, and a pattern named after a Canadian explorer!
I recently had the pleasure of sewing up the Jukebox Duet Everyday Dress by FLOSStyle. You can find this pattern as part of issue 7 of One Thimble (affiliate link). I chose do do the ‘Disco’ view, which is sewn from woven fabric.
The pattern itself is quite simple; there are only 2 main pattern pieces. The construction, however, is genius. When I first read the instructions for the back placket, I was really apprehensive. I usually like to visualize each step before I sew (and cut!) but I had to blindly follow the instructions and can’t be more pleased with the final result.
Of course, each project can’t be completely without mishap, and my serger blade nicked the front neckline as I was finishing up. So instead of scrapping it all, I sewed a small decorative placket on the front to cover up the gash!
The fabric is some beautiful quilting cotton from a brand new store to me, Zoey and Bean Fabrics. The greatest part about them? They are local to me (but they do ship)! They carry a variety of high quality designer cottons and curated collections. I chose ‘Steel Hearts’ and ‘Fox Heads in Steel’ by Dear Stella. I can’t wait to plan another project so I can buy some more of their gorgeous fabric!
I love learning new skills, and at the recent quilt retreat I attended, I saw a friend show off her english paper piecing project. At the time I thought she was crazy for doing that much sewing by hand when she had a very nice machine, but later I was intrigued and did some more reading about it. I decided I wanted to try it and searched until I found a project that looked small enough to be doable. I purchased the Flower POW Mug Rug patytern by CraftyPod. The pattern was a delight to work with; everything was clearly laid out and there were even video links for some of the trickier parts. Although this pattern was designed as a mug rug, I know it’ll just get coffee stains and cookie crumbs on it so I think it’ll stay on my bookshelf.
Overall this project wasn’t that difficult, just time consuming. I really noticed my hand stitching improving as I worked through the steps. The entire project is sewn by hand. The mug rug is hand quilted with some embroidery floss and attached to the wool felt backing with a blanket stitch (a new skill for me!).
It took me three evenings from start to finish. I really enjoyed being able to sit upstairs and chat with my hubby while I sewed, rather than hiding out in my basement sewing space. I don’t think I’ll ever to a full size english paper pieced project but I really enjoyed this one!