Friday, March 22, 2013

Sewing News and Indie Patterns

First, if you don't know about Fly Away Home, you may want to check this amazing blog out this week. Lucy is celebrating her blogging anniversary in a huge way - with a week of give-aways....I entered them all but I don't really care if I win anything. I am just excited about the cool, new indie designers I've learned about...like Taylor Made Designs,


designer Cindy Taylor Oates has a large range of patterns that are all fun and unique. I will definitely be getting her Sassy Skirt pattern, the robe pattern and the Babycakes pin cushion! And you have to check out her apron patterns! They are as pretty as dresses....

Then there is School House Patterns,

bib from t-shirt - upcycle recycle - new life to well loved shirts - great gifts  - PDF INSTANT DOWNLOAD

an etsy store, with some great baby bibs (isn't that the coolest bib you've every seen?) and an American Girl doll clothes pattern and great totes. (Yup, I'll be back there soon...);

Whimsy BagLazy Girl Designs which is a fun name since I doubt many crafters consider themselves lazy (but many do like quick, easy projects). This designer has many different and really amazing tote patterns. I love the City Handbag, and the Veronica Pocketbook and the Whimsy Bag! I will definitely be back to this site....

Second, I've bought four indie patterns recently....

I decided not to buy anymore patterns from the Big Four because I have so many and the alterations I need to make are so time-consuming...so I am buying more from indie designers....

Sewaholic's Robson is a recent addition to my collection

robson coat 2

Colette's Laurel................. and I picked up the Crepe Dress Pattern too.... (I bought these as downloads)


and I bought two patterns from Sewn. Square One Patterns



But before any of this....

                I have to finish up my three pants patterns - actually I just have to sew the waist band on one.....and finish a easy coat pattern from Butterick that fit a lot smaller than I expected.....

Monday, March 4, 2013

Winter is too Long and I Didn't Get a Lot of Sewing Done this Weekend....




Here is my approach to winter: I count the days until spring. And even with that, I build in some relief. For instance, I consider March 1st a milestone because the worst two months of winter are behind us. And, I reason, even if there continues to be snow and cold, the days are longer and the end is in sight. And that brings me to my next milestone: the time change, this year it will be on March 10th.


Not my car, thank God. Just one that is stalled on the side of the road....

The evenings will be longer and it won't seem so dismal. The third milestone is the spring equinox on March 22? (or 21st? I never know...) because then spring is here and warmer weather should arrive soon....(even though spring is typically quite cool the negatives numbers are gone in the daytime anyway).



So it is March 4th and it is very cold. It is -6 C as I write this.....It was cold all weekend and all the snow covered fields are ice-covered too. And people have put tons of salt out on the sidewalks to keep others safe. The problem is that the ice bothers my dog's paws and the salt does too.


Even the dog park was an ice rink this weekend!


So I stayed in this weekend with a grumpy basset hound (who blames me for the weather) and no energy to sew.

To cheer myself up, I even went fabric shopping. I am excited about the fabrics I bought.....


Parking on a side street near the Fabricland in Hamilton - I never understand when people don't clear the snow off immediately....





And I enrolled in Sandra Betzina's pants fitting course on Craftsy because I am slowly plugging away at the Fearless February Challenge. I didn't enrol in this class sooner because I wasn't too impressed with the pattern on offer but then I happened upon VeryPurplePerson blog and I loved the pants she made.

I did have plans to take Angela Wolfe's Tailoring Ready-to-Wear course but then I realized that I just don't need that now that I signed up for the very inspiring Sew Your Own Clothes for a Year challenge.

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And Colleen has 8 Great Reasons to Sew Your Own Clothes at her amazing sewing blog....I have to do a full review of her fashion sewing blog because it is an amazing resource for us learn-it-yourself sewists....I've recently found a whole lot of great new (to me) sewing blogs!!!

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