Made with Moxie

October 19, 2014

Pattern Parcel #6: Selfish Sewing for the Every Occasion!

We've been building Pattern Parcels all year, but I've got to tell you that I think this one is my favorite one yet. Guys, just check it out:
Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

The patterns included in Parcel #6 include:
Syrah Skirt by Lauren Dahl (exclusive release!)
Bronte Top by Jennifer Lauren
Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations
Hudson Pant by True Bias
Zsalya Top & Dress by Kate and Rose

Here's what I love about the patterns in this Parcel: the all mix and match and interchange with each other. Hudson Pants + Bronte Top = Cute gym outfit. Syrah Skirt + Bronte Top + Julia Cardigan = PTA or book club meeting. Zsalya Top + jeans + favorite boots = Date night.

And then there is the Bonus Pattern, the Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll. Sigh. This dress is just dreamy. It's vintage inspired. It has two necklines, three sleeve options and can be made with contrasting panels making it a fun scrap buster project. The fit is outstanding. That skirt is made to accentuate your waist and skim your hips. The bodice is designed with a D cup in mind, so no Full Bust Adjustments, ladies! Oh, and it runs from a size 4 through a 24. Yeah, that. ;)

They whole bit makes me kind of sad that I am so swamped up to my gills with school right now. I want one of everything here, at least. Maybe I can hire someone to make mine? My wardrobe is seriously sad since schools started. I need to do some selfish sewing real soon. Until then, go check out Pattern Parcel #6. It's got wicked good patterns, in a wide size range (we're all about that bass) at a price you get to choose! Plus, you can help us in our mission to help classrooms in need through our charity of choice, DonorsChoose. It's our goal to raise $20,000 this year.

Get great patterns. Help kiddos who need our help. Support freaking awesome indie pattern designers.

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Follow the Inspiration Tour as it happens to get great ideas on what you can do with these patterns, or follow the Official Pattern Parcel Pinterest Board:

Friday, October 17 Pienkel || Casa Crafty || Sew Like My Mom || YosaMi

Saturday, October 18 Disaster in a Dress || Sew Busy Lizzy || the Brodrick Blog || Oliver's Fancy

Sunday, October 19 Design By Lindsay || Cookin' and Craftin' || Stitched

Monday, October 20 a happy stitch || oonaballoona || Nutta || Oh, She Dabbles

Tuesday, October 21 the quirky peach || Our Familly Four || Kadiddlehopper || La Pantigana

Wednesday, October 22 While she was sleeping || Sew a Straight Line || EmmylouBeeDoo

Thursday, October 23 Sanae Ishida || Groovy Baby and Mama || Dandelion Drift || Create/Enjoy

Friday, October 24 Shawnta Sews || verypurpleperson || Peneloping

Saturday, October 25 Nine Stitches || Sew Exhausted || YoSami || Radiant Home Studio

Sunday, October 26 paunnet || Sew charleston || Amanda Rose || EmmylouBeeDoo

Monday, October 27 Very Shannon || Diary of a Chainstitcher || So, Zo... What do you know?' || Swoodson Says || Things for Boys

Tuesday, October 28 mama says sew || Make It Perfect || Envueltos de Amor || Julia Bobbin

Wednesday, October 29 EmmylouBeeDoo || Max California || Radiant Home Studio || Made by Meg

Thursday, October 30 la Inglesita || House of Pinheiro || FABulous Home Sewn || Friends Stitched Together

Friday, October 31 sew chibi || Things for Boys || Nearest the pin || Swoodson Says || Robin's Fabric Nest

October 16, 2014

Present Perfect: Cargo Tablet Sleeve

Cargo Tablet Sleeve, pattern by Betz White. || I love this. Totally need to make one for my husband!

I catch a lot of flak from my dear husband, Danny. It turns out that despite my lack of affinity for ruffles and lace, my fabric collection is well, quite girlie. I do my fair share of sewing for our home and family, but since no men go fabric shopping with me, most everything handmade in our home has a feminine touch. I'd been mulling over a more manly handmade aesthetic when I was asked to make a little something from Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Sew and Bestow, the newest book by Betz White.

As a very techie family we have a variety of devices in our home. Some have proper homes (aka, my tablet), others not so much. For instance, my husband's Kindle goes on business trips within the not exactly protective confines of the wool hat I crocheted him last winter. Hey, I give him points for the attempt. It seemed pretty obvious after flipping through Betz's new book that I should be making Danny some proper device sleeves (and practice using some manly fabrics, too.)

Cargo Tablet Sleeve, pattern by Betz White. || I love this. Totally need to make one for my husband!

I'm not usually a big craft book fan. Most times there is one pretty great project and eight other meh ones that both you and I wouldn't exactly need a book for. But after flipping through the copy of Present Perfect that the publishers sent me, I've got to tell you, that this is not the case. I had a hard time deciding which 'man' project to pick. The Cargo Tablet Sleeve was the ultimate winner, but the Gentleman's Travel Case is still calling my name. Plus, I've been having this love affair with bees all this year and bam, there's that Sweet Life Pillow just begging me to make one. And then I saw the hot pink version Melissa made and it's a must.

Present Perfect has great handmade gift ideas for everyone, really. Babies, men, your girl friends, housewarming... you name it, Betz has a great idea for you. Oh, and did I mention that the book comes with pattern pieces? Yes! Even the rectangular ones that most books just tell you what size to cut out. I don't know about you, but I usually screw those up. But not with these patterns, friends. (You can tell, I was perhaps quite excited by this.) If you know someone who has just gotten into sewing and crafting, this book would make a fabulous gift for them. The instructions and drawings are clear and easy to follow, and the photographs just make you want to keep sewing up project after project.

Cargo Tablet Sleeve, pattern by Betz White. || I love this. Totally need to make one for my husband!

I used a pirate print for the lining and a milk chocolate brown cotton twill for the outside of the Cargo Tablet Sleeve. I was going to wax the twill with some beeswax I recently got a honeybee festival, but it was too soft to alter it. The flap and base of the Cargo Tablet Sleeve are cut from a chocolate brown suede jacket my sister in law gifted me for upcycling purposes. It's the first time I've ever sewn with salvaged animal hide and I was pretty pleased with the result.

Cargo Tablet Sleeve, pattern by Betz White. || I love this. Totally need to make one for my husband!

Cargo Tablet Sleeve, pattern by Betz White. || I love this. Totally need to make one for my husband!

The clasp is a vintage Euro swivel clip and key ring I picked up from an Army/Navy store in Provencetown, MA this summer while we were on vacation. I don't even want to tell you how inexpensive this hardware was. I'm embarrassed to say that I did not buy them all, because I so should have.

The result is a pretty sweet, man friendly, tablet bag. It's not the first fabric choices I would have chosen, but Danny approves of it's manliness and I can breath a bit easier knowing his tablet is traveling protected (and in style!) I think I'll have to make myself one with a bright vintage floral canvas...

Until then, check out Present Perfect by Betz White. She's made a short video to flip through some of the projects in this book. I can honestly say this book is worth getting, or giving. Also, you can pop into the blogs below on their tour dates to see what other makers have sewn from the book.

Cargo Tablet Sleeve, pattern by Betz White. || I love this. Totally need to make one for my husband!

Happy Home:
October 6 - Sew Mama Sew – Make & Bake Apron
October 7 - Stacy Sews – Falling Leaves Appliqu├ęd Placemats
October 8 - House on Hill Road – Hot Mitt House & Tea Towel Set
October 9 - A Happy Stitch – Sweet Life Pillow

Memorable Moments:
October 10 - Sew Sweetness – Wool Courier Bag
October 13 - Raspberry Sunshine – Gentlemen’s Travel Case
October 14 - Pink Chalk Fabrics – Pasha Pleated Clutch
October 15 - The Long Thread – Eye Candy Glasses Case
October 16 - Made with Moxie – Cargo Tablet Sleeve
October 17 - Bijou Lovely – Coffee Cash Coin Pouch

New and Little
October 20 - Flax and Twine – Forest Friends Finger Puppets
October 21 - Imagine Gnats – Bib, Rattle & Burp Baby Set

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget tomorrow is the launch of Perfect Pattern Parcel #6! You're going to love it.


September 25, 2014

A quilt "for all the wrong reasons"

A quilt for all the wrong reasons. Another Fuck you, Cancer quilt.

Some people make quilts to celebrate the birth of a new baby. Others make quilts as gifts for newlyweds. Me? It seems I make quilts to thwart cancer.

Exactly one year ago I made my Fuck you, Lymphoma quilt as a gift for my friend, Angela who had cancer. Since then she has beaten cancer. I had hoped I was done with having friends with cancer. I was wrong.

A few months ago, another of our same group of friends found out she had cancer. She's a twenty-something single mom of an adorable four year old. And she's got stage four lung cancer. I've got to big, fat middle fingers for you, cancer. Go the fuck away.

A quilt for all the wrong reasons. Another Fuck you, Cancer quilt.

Needless to say, I immediately set to work on making her a quilt. I used these purple and green fabrics I've been hording for a quilt and made some half square triangle blocks. I'm sort of in love with half square triangle quilts and sketch our designs in my classes. I went with a diagonal pennant looking design for this one. Sort of a festive, block party in the street kind of feel.

A quilt for all the wrong reasons. Another Fuck you, Cancer quilt.

Just like my last cancer quilt, I had all of our friends email me messages for to put on the quilt. We're all so far away, covering various countries. The messages all went on to the back of the quilt so that Elaine can take her quilt to chemo and hopefully our words and well wishes give her the strength she needs to keep fighting. It's the least we can do. But we can't do any more. We're all tied by location, finances and circumstance. We can't make her dinner. We can't clean her house. We can't take her our to drinks or pedicures. All we have is our words. And this quilt.

A quilt for all the wrong reasons. Another Fuck you, Cancer quilt.

Keep fighting the big fight, Elaine. The Gumdrops all love you dearly and wish we could do so much more than this. You are beautiful. You are strong. You are fierce. We all love you, and your quilt is on it's way to you.

And cancer? Pack your bags and get the hell out. I'd rather be making quilts for happy reasons.