Maternity Sewing Wish List

I’m pregnant and beyond thrilled to welcome our first little one. I’ve been sewing up a storm for him and can’t wait to show it all off soon.

But lets be honest.

Gaining weight and feeling like a whale is not fun.

I have a hard time buying maternity clothes because they are either crazy priced expensive or just not cute and fit horribly. I have been going with the size up shirts and leggings.

Now that I’m in my third trimester, the maternity clothes are starting to be a necessity. It’s a perfect time to try out some patterns that I think would be pregnant woman friendly. I might not get to all of them but if I don’t set some wish list goals then I know I won’t get to any of them.

Indie Sew is one of my favorite places to get inspired for garment making and they didn’t fail with having a few options that I think will be perfect for my ever growing belly. If you haven’t made it over to visit their site. GO NOW! Allie has done a fantastic job curating the patterns on her site and even has seasonal collections that are TO DIE FOR!!!! Once I’m not pregnant I’ll be sewing up a storm!!!! And if you have never sewn a garment, their blog is fantastic at teaching you the how to’s of garments.

I’ve picked 5 different garments that I’m hopefully going to get to. Each of them is special in their own way and none of them are maternity specific but should work really well!

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First up, I’ve picked the super cute and *looks* super comfy Rosaline Dress by KZJO’Studio. I think this would be so cute in a winter knit fabric with leggings and boots. Plus add a belly bump. Perfect.

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Next up I picked the super precious SoHo Blouse by See Kate Sew. This top has been on my sewing wish list for a while and I think the flowy bottom would be perfect for maternity and after. I’ve got a few rayon/lawn prints laying around that are calling my name for this top. Hopefully I’ll get to sew it this month.

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A staple in the closet, the Eleanor Cardigan by KZJO’Studio is a perfect wear now, wear later maternity outfit. I have tons of solid maternity tees and this would make a super cute addition to them. Add a fun necklace to dress it up and you are good to go! I’m thinking about going with a french terry in navy!

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Up next I picked the Bethioua Top by Elle Puls. It looks so cute and comfy. After it came out with the Winter Collection, I’ve been dying to make it. I think with a nice drapy knit, the fit would be really cute even as a maternity shirt. I’m on the hunt for the perfect fabric.

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My last *not least* pick is the Wanderer Tunic by Striped Swallow Designs. I’ve been holding onto some RK chambray dots that are perfect for this. I think a blue chambray dot with a fun color on top….swooooooonworthy! It might be put at the top of my list pretty quickly!!!!

Well…..I’ve got some good plans.

Now just to see if I can accomplish at least two of them this month!!!!

Happy Sewing.

xox-Kristen

Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt Review

I’m a quilter.

Not an apparel sewer.

….well….just maybe I’ve changed my mind.

I love the idea of being inspired by a pattern or fabric and feeling skilled enough to turn it into a wearable item. My husband always says how many quilts do you need honey…this solves everything!

I was first inspired to make clothes as SewOk Retreat about a year and a half ago after watching my sweet friends Leslie and Caroline whip up adorable clothes in just hours, making it seem easy. Now it’s going to take some time for me to feel truly comfortable with sewing garments but I love trying things out!

One of the scariest things looking at garments is knit.

It just terrifies me.

Conquer your fears right?!?

Thanks to numerous pep talks and the introduction to what I call the lightening stitch, I took the plunge and man I love knits. It’s amazing. And it doesn’t fray.

The Linden Sweatshirt Pattern was one of my first knit garment sewing projects. If you have never sewn knit I STRONGLY RECOMMEND making this pattern. It’s as easy as it comes. And no real hemming (another of my fears!).

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I chose to make mine out of Art Gallery knit from Hello Bear and a solid Robert Kaufman knit (both are linked for places to buy).

I love how it turned out. I’m still working on getting a softer stitch on the bottom (it’s a little wavy) but other than that it’s golden! And COMFORTABLE!!!! I’ll be making more to keep me warm in the Texas “winter”.

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And of course I had to show of my baby bump! Can’t wait to meet our little dude!

If you are ready to try out the Linden Sweatshirt, purchase the pattern here from Grainline Studio.

Happy Sewing~Kristen

****pattern and fabric were purchased by me and all of the options are my own :)****

 

Mini Project: Christmas Cards (10 minutes!!!!)

Christmas cards didn’t happen this year with everything being crazy at home with the baby and job changes. I wanted to at least have a few cute cards to go with my handmade gifts so I grabbed my plain cardstock and went to work with my favorite things: washi tape and fabric scraps! I keep these cards on hand for a quick card great for any occasion.

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Supplies:

Cards and Envelopes

-fabric scraps

washi tape

-ribbon or twine to wrap the cards up

-sewing machine

-thread

-holiday chocolate (ok this is just my addition, pregnant woman needs)

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Instructions:

-Grab a card and play with a layout for fabric.

-Head to your sewing machine and sew a straight line in the middle of each scrap to hold it in place. (no need to backstitch)

-Fold card and write a sweet note for your friend!

-For washi tape cards, think about different designs that you like. This can be a christmas tree, ornament, or random lines.

-Tape it down, fold your card and enjoy!

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xox-Kristen

Next up……Linden Sweatshirt Review

Last Minute Handmade Holiday

Who’s feeling a tad bit behind this year???? Well, I’m the furthest behind I’ve ever been. Lets just say I started Christmas shopping last weekend. Oops!!!!

One of my favorite things to do is make something handmade for my girlfriends and family. I just love giving something to someone that you picked out and made for them. It’s my favorite type of gift too!

This year with me being soo… behind, I had to change my typical sewing list to be a tad bit more practical.

I’ve spent some time compiling a list of my favorite DIY bloggers and pattern writers easiest and cutest projects….Most of these should take an hour or two and with things laying around in our typical sewing rooms or with a quick stop at your local craft store.

 

First up we have Erin from Sewbon. If you haven’t made it over to her blog before (my quilter friends) head there now. Be inspired. She’s a garment sewer by trade but has tons of DIY projects that the quilter can handle easily. Plus her pictures are just way too cute!!!

Make-up Brush Organizer, Faux Fur Throw, Bath Robe, and Leather Cut Out Clutch

Next up I picked a few of my favorite DIY tutorials from my sweet friend Caroline of SewCaroline. She is primarily a garment sewer but has recently gotten more and more into quilts. I’m so proud :)! She has a few lines with Art Gallery (Happy Home and Gleeful) and a new line coming out in the spring (Chalk and Paint). I love her patterns and fabric. It’s the perfect site to check out all crafty goodness!

Quilted iPad Mini Pouch, Jewelry Holder, Wrap it up Bracelet, and Tassel Infinity Scarf

Nicole from Modern Handcraft is one of my favorite instagramers and is a HUGE inspiration for me. Her modern hexies have taken the world by storm. Every time I’m feeling like a need a bit of creative motivation, I’ll check out what Nicole’s got going on! Although she has tons of modern hexie ideas, I picked a few of her other quick DIYs to look at making this week. I’m saving my two hexie projects to finish for baby w after Christmas!

Quilted File Folder, Fabric Spool Keychain, Half Hexagon Coaster Set, and Modern Geometric Pillows

If you haven’t made it to Anna from Noodlehead‘s blog and patterns….go. right now. It’s amazing. I love it all. I may have made every one of her bags. She writes the most comprehensive and easy to read patterns. I’ve picked a few of her quick DIY projects to feature, but trust me you’ll see lots of projects I’ve made using her patterns in the future.

Toothbrush/Paste Carrier, Lil Cutie Pouches, Open Wide Zipper Pouches, and Fabric Trays

 

Ok, now that you have tons of ideas on some quick handmade Christmas gifts, go grab your supplies and get to making! A week and a half left!!!!

Can’t wait to see what you’ve made!!!

xox-Kristen

next up…..last minute handmade christmas cards

***all pictures were used with permission from each of the creators***

 

 

Fall Market 2015: Part 2

After schoolhouse and sample spree I have to admit I was exhausted. Thanks to a parade, rain, and construction it took us an hour to get from our hotel to market….grumpa bear was out!

This year we only had one day to make it through the floor of market so it was a rush but we had a blast! I tried to snag as many pics as possible but I missed a few that I wish I had gotten.

Windham has some fan-TAS-tic lines of fabric coming out. EEEEEKKK, I’ve got bundles of the ones below and have already been plotting what I’ll make.

Mendocino by Heather Ross, Paper Obsessed by Heather Givans, and Good Hair Day by Kim Andersson

Carolyn Friedlander previewed her newest line Carkai at market and it did not disappoint! I got a chance to make some earrings to match her outfit and wall! Her new patterns are seriously amazing. Maybe one of these days I’ll take on the challenge of needleturn applique!

Carkai by Carolyn Friendlander for Robert Kaufman

Art Gallery always has the most inspiring and interactive booths at market. I seriously could spend hours looking at all the projects!!!

Petal and Plum by Bari J., Chalk and Paint by Caroline Hulse, and Paperie by Amy Sinibaldi

Below are a few of my all-time favorite booths to stop in. Alison Glass had her new knit line featured which is to die for! Can’t wait to make garments with it. Sassafras Lane has two amazing new monthly clubs designed for 2016 and I’m on board! I may have already started the BOM and cut the first mini club of the month. The Tula Pink booth was so fun and colorful!! We loved grabbing a copy of her new coloring book and getting a sneak peak at her new notions. Shannon Brinkley is a sweet friend of mine who is a local Texas gal. She has her first line coming out this spring! I think I may have squealed a little when I saw her booth. And of course Domestic Strata had her ever amazing quilts and bag patterns up. Her hand quilting is amazing. Just amazing!

Moda has the coolest set-up at market. They are all in a U and its easy to make it to all of them and see everyone! I just think their designers are the sweetest of sweet can be! I love sweet Vanessa and of course I’m a sucker for a mother-daughter duo of A Quilting Life! Their new lines are swoon-worthy!!!

Little Miss Sunshine by Vanessa Goertzen, Valley by A Quilting Life, and Vintage Picnic by Bonnie and Camille

Wasn’t it all gorgeous!!!

I come home from market on an inspiration high and want to create as soooooon as I get home.

And then there are a few days to recover from all the overstimulation!

Can’t wait to show you some of the fun things I’ve made since market!!!

xox-Kristen

P.S. Up next…….Last minute handmade Christmas Guide

Fall Market 2015: Part 1

I am finally getting back to my blog (of one post). Oops! I promise to be better…..I promise! (see my goals at the end)

Market may be one of my favorite things to do as a sewer. It’s a time for everyone in the profession to get a chance to hang out and see what’s coming. And I love it! It’s like the night before Christmas. I can’t sleep and I get giddy with excitement to see all of my friends.

This year I got a chance to help out a few different companies and make some samples that were seen across the market floor. It’s so much fun to walk around and see all the projects I got to work on.

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SewCaroline’s Chalk and Paint Booth for Art Gallery Fabric

Caroline Hulse of Sew Caroline asked me to make a few things out of her Chalk and Paint Fabric for AFG booth and gave me the freedom to create whatever I wanted. I pulled out the trusty sketchbook and got to drawing. I ended up making all of the pillows seen above, the Noodlehead bag on the bottom left, and the Noodlehead clutch right below “paint” (both bags are from Noodlehead’s book Handmade Style Book). It was so much fun to just create without a task in mind!
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SewCaroline’s Chalk and Paint Booth for Art Gallery Fabric

Next up, I got to work with Windham Fabrics new line Flower Pedals by Carolyn Gavin. The new line is so fun and playful. I made a Noodlehead Super Tote and two Noodlehead Envelope Clutch. (Yes, I’m a huge NH fan, I mean her patterns are just too well written to not be!) These patterns were picked by Windham, but happen to be two of my favorites that I’ve made for myself and gifts.
I made a quilt for Windham and a few items for Thermoweb but in the chaos that is market, I forgot to snag pictures. Once I get it all back, I’ll be sure to post a few!
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One of my favorite parts of going to market is getting to take my mom and partner in crime with me. She’s the reason I started quilting and getting to experience it all with her is by far the best.
This year we did fall market right. We arrived the night before schoolhouse (30 minute previews from designers and companies) and got ready for our jam-packed schoolhouse/sample spree Friday.
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SewCaroline’s Chalk and Paint Booth for Art Gallery Fabric

Ok schoolhouse was AMAZING! It was our first time going and we just had a blast. Being pregnant slowed me down a bit and we had to take a few more breaks than I had anticipated but it was still fun.

 

We made it to all of our favorites: Angela Walter’s Fractional for Robert Kaufman, Jeni Baker’s new book for Lucky Spool, Carolyn Friedlander’s Carkai for Robert Kaufman, Sassafras Lane’s new BOM, and Elizabeth Hartman’s Pacific for Robert Kaufman. They were all phenomenal.

By the end of schoolhouse I was EXHAUSTED. And beyond INSPIRED…but we had one thing left to do…..

………..SAMPLE SPREE!!!!

Sample spree is a crazy time for shops and industry peeps to have an opportunity to purchase fabric and notions before they have hit general public. It’s a lot of fun but kindof like a stampede. Of fabric loving crazy people.

This year mom and I braved the long wait and made it to our third sample spree. It did not disappoint. We aren’t as crazy as most, but we always try to catch some of the goods: Robert Kaufman, Windham, Cotton and Steel….

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SewCaroline’s Chalk and Paint Booth for Art Gallery Fabric

…and then I passed out.

Whew!

One long post for the first one in almost a year! Thanks for sticking with me!

Goals: a post a week plus a tutorial a month. I’ve gotta set some type of parameter!!!!

Next up…..

Fall Market: Part 2

-Kristen

 

the first post

ok

i’ve had a blog before and i loved it. and i hated it.

i would feel bad if i didn’t post enough or wasn’t funny enough or whatever.

so when i started thinking about creating a blog dedicated to sewing and the journey it takes me on i really didn’t know if this was the right journey. but after much consideration i decided i wanted a photo journal, more than just ig, to track my journey and communicate with all the lovely people in the sewing world.

here goes. in starting this i promised myself i wouldn’t put any pressure on myself to post a certain amount or be someone i’m not. what you see is what you get on here. i hope you enjoy joining me on our ride.

there’s two of us on this journey- my mom (val) and me (kristen). i’ll be posting but we started this sewing journey together so this blog is for us.

let the fun begin.

-kristen