100 Item Giveaway Update!

If you have been following me for awhile, you probably know that I am on a mission to giveaway 100 items this year to commemorate my 40th birthday this year. And I was hoping to get to my 40th item by my birthday. I did it! I'm actually at 42 items as of today!  Below are are few I wanted to highlight. You can see them all on my Facebook page.  The album of all items is HERE.

I upcycled a few of Felix's old Minecraft T-shirts and put them in the Weekly Auction for Gwen. I was really happy with how they turned out! But the Duck Butt Designs Treasure Pocket Tee always looks amazing.

I made this cute top from a strike off from Knit Picked Fabrics and it also went into an auction. I rarely wear short sleeves or I would have kept it. This was the Stitch Upon a Time's Merryweather.

I sometimes I'll do a custom listing. I post the fabric in the auction and let the winning bidder tell me what they want made. This particular one was unique - the winner asked for a nursing Spoxxy Tank (Pattern from Stitch Upon a Time).

This was another custom. I actually had posted this fabric from Star Dust & Moon Beam with a Dr. Who custom knit and the winner said she really didn't want the Dr. Who, so I made her a Laundry Day tee from Love Notions with just this print.

The Giving Tree print is special to me and was perfect for an auction item. These are Scrundlewear from Stitch Upon a Time.

I love that 3 Material Girlz ran some prints with prominent women. These were strike offs I was sent and think they turned out so cute.

This one is a pattern I hacked.

This one is the Block the World top from Koerbs Brothers Stitch Design.

 This is a quilt I made with cotton woven strike offs from Star Dust & Moon Beam. I amazed myself making this in only 2 days!

Each item I made, was made with love. I normally don't know who it's going to. But I always love to hear from the recipient when they get the item and especially love to see photos of my creation being worn or used. Even just a note saying how much they loved it, just makes my day. It makes the task ahead - 58 more items, not seem so daunting. Stay tuned to see if I make it.

Happy Earth Day!

I love Earth Day. I bought some awesome Earth Day fabric last year and never used it. I'll blame that on my hysterectomy I had last year in March. But this year, I had no excuses.

I purchased this fabric from Pink Zeppelin Fabrics. Pink Zeppelin is owned by Yvi and is in San Antonio, Texas. Her website has lots of cool in-stock fabrics and her BST Facebook page has some limited yardage prints (there are some really cool earth day ones).

So when I bought mine last year I got 2 prints that coordinated. Here is what I made with my 2 yards of fabric.

First - I wanted a shirt for myself to wear to work. So I made my favorite Koerbs Brothers Stitch Designs Hello Hi Lo Top.

I used some craps to make myself 2 pairs of the Stitch Upon a Time Scrundlewear. The bands are heathered turquoise brushed poly from Zenith & Quasar

I also made a girls Artemis top from Stitch Upon a Time. 

 This is the back

I also made a Duck Butt Designs Treasure Pocket Tee.

And I made a kids Koerbs Brothers Stitch Design Block the World Top.

And I still have some scraps I'll eventually make something with. But I'm very happy with how much I got out of my 2 yards.

EYMM Capsule Skirt Blog Tour

Make sure to check out all the other stops on the EYMM Capsule Skirt Tour. (Note: The links won't be live until the day they're scheduled, but feel free to click through and check out other blog posts any time.)
Wednesday, April 6
Thursday, April 7
Friday, April 8
Saturday, April 9
Sunday, April 10
Monday, April 11
Don't forget to pick up your copy of the pattern while it's on sale!  Use coupon code PERFECTSKIRT to save 25% on the Women's Capsule Skirt, Girl's Capsule Skirt, or Capsule Skirt Bundle until April 12 at 11:59pm PST.

I'm participating in yet another blog tour for Everything Your Mama Made. This time it is for the Capsule skirt. I made a capsule skirt during the first blog tour I did for the Kymy Dolman top - but you never saw it because it ended up way too big. I made the next size smaller - and it's still a little too big, but this one is at least wearable.

The capsule skirt is a very quick sew. You could easily make one from printing to wearing in 2 hours or less. It has cutting lines for low rise (perfect for maternity), a longer back cutting line (for people like me with big behinds - the longer length prevents the skirt from appearing higher in the back), and a normal cutting line that would be suitable for most. There are 2 variations to the knit waist band - regular or foldover. I just did the normal band.

The fabric I used is some very drape-y, yet very heavy, and very stretchy knit I purchased for $1/yard at Golden D'or's inventory sale many years ago. Somewhere in my closet is a top made with this fabric. I love the bright colors and floral print and thought it would make an excellent skirt for Spring and Summer.

Knitpicked Fabrics

Knitpicked Fabrics Round 4 is open for preorders through April 17th. There are many beautiful prints to choose from. And they now print on a heavier cotton lycra - so it's even better than before. They also have a great payment plan - 25% down and the rest is paid when they have the fabric in hand ready to ship!

I was sent the Gryphon Wings print light to sew up. It reminds me of peacock feathers. The print is a vibrant blue, a pretty purple, and emerald green on a white background. There is also a panel that goes with this print, but the print is gorgeous on it's own.

I made yet another Koerbs Brothers Stitch Design Hello Hi Lo Top. I'm telling you - this shirt s amazing. The fit is great and it's so easy to sew. I also like the option to add a keyhole to the back.

I used a beautiful blue cotton lycra I picked up at C&C fabrics in the Dallas Fabric District for $2/yard.

I love how this top turned out and will be wearing it quite a bit.

Moon Beam Textiles - Gamer Round

You might recall that I recently sewed up some 100% cotton woven strike off from Star Dust Textiles that were Harry Potter themed into a quilt. Now I'm sewing up a 100% cotton woven strike off from the sister company - Moon Beam Textiles.

Kris Opsal designed a series of video game inspired prints for Fabric Igloo. Fabric Igloo went under and never had the designs printed. So Kris is running them as the Gamer round at Moon Beam Textiles. This round is open until April 21st. Order at https://moon-beam.myshopify.com/collections/pre-orders. Not only can you get 100% cotton woven, you can also get cotton lycra knit and minky.

When I made the Harry Potter quilt, I noted that the fabric was not a quilting cotton weight, but heavier. It's similar to a very light weight canvas. I though it would be perfect for making a handbag - so that's what I decided to do this go around.

The print I received is "Vault Boy" and is inspired by the Fallout 4 video game. I know nothing about this game - but my son does and he had asked for pajamas in this print when Fabric Igloo had it at preorder.

This is only the second hand bag I have ever made. I have heard lots of great things about Swoon Patterns. So I decided to give one of their free patterns a try. This is the Ethel Tote.

It's a nice size handbag. It's a roomy teardrop shape.

It has a divided pocket on the outside and on the inside.

I lined it with some black and white print quilting cotton - you can see a little bit of it in this photo.

So when I got this fabric, I showed it to my son and asked him - "Remember this fabric? Do you still want me to make you pajamas with it?". He took the fabric from me and held it, then looked at me and  said, "No way! That feels horrible". I had to explain to him that this wasn't the same fabric I would make him pajamas with. He then wanted to know what I was making. He kept checking in the sewing room to see what I was doing. After it was made, he asked me if I had sold it. I told him "no". He then asked me what I was going to do with it, and I told him I didn't know. I could tell what he was thinking, so I asked him if he thought his girlfriend would like it. He said "I think she would. Can I take a photo and ask her?" I told him he could and she did want it. He wanted to take it right away and I told him I had to take some photos first, then she could have it. So the purse has a new owner tonight. I'll be looking to see if she is carrying it next time I see her.

Bad Mash Fabrics - Selena Sugar Girl

This is my first time sewing a strike off for Bad Mash Fabrics. Stephanie is the artistic genius behind Bad Mash and she's a Texas gal. She runs a variety of unique prints that are perfect for any age. Bad Mash fabrics are printed on a 220 - 240 gsm cotton lycra.

Stephanie  sent me a strike off of Selena Sugar Girl. I love the Dia de los Muertos theme with the sugar skulls. There are so many pretty little details in this print like the center of the yellow daisies is also a skull. The colors are rich and vibrant.

The preorder for this print, and many others, is open until April 12th. Preorder at http://www.badmashfabric.bigcartel.com/category/pre-orders

Here is the shirt I made. This is the Koerbs Brothers Stitch Design Hello Hi Lo Top. I love this pattern and have made several of these.

The pink lace print is something I bought online for $4 for a yard. I only bought a yard and when I washed it, it shrank about 7 inches! I had planned on making panties with it, but it looks so great with this print.

Head over to Bad Mash Fabrics on Facebook and join the group to see what designs are coming up next. There is always something great.

Zenith & Quasar Astronomy Round

It's time for a new round of science themed prints at Zenith & Quasar. For April the round is Astronomy. Lilly Himrod is offering a wide variety of prints that range from Hubble telescope images to retro cosmic kids. There is something for everyone. Plus the base fabric is so amazingly soft, you will love to wear them.

The Astronomy Round is open for preorders April 1 - 15th. Pleace your preorder at ZenithandQuasar.com.  The prints are $20/yard and panels are $5 for kids and $11 for Adults. The Adult panels are approximately 30" x 36" with the graphic being 8" by 12". The image size works for a wide range of sizes.

Lilly is offering 8 panels this round that are perfect for making shirts without any color blocking. The panels are NASA posters from a series named "Visions of the Future" The posters are downloadable and can be printed to hang, but I think I'd rather wear them - they are so pretty and really cool. See the entire line up of posters at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/visions-of-the-future/

I got the Earth panel. When I got it, I held it as I surveyed the shelves of my sewing room trying to find the perfect coordinate. I chose my parrot rock print I had printed on Modern Jersey at Spoonflower. The greens, blues, and browns went with this panel so perfectly. I love how this top came out and will be wearing it all the time. The pattern I used is the Koerbs Brothers Stitch Design Hello Hi Lo top. I seriously love the fit of it and have probably made way too many recently.

Lilly also sent me the Cosmic Craters print to make into leggings. Because - who doesn't want lunar surface legs? I used the Spit up and Stilettos Matilda Leggings pattern to make these. I like the looser lower leg on these.

I made a Greenstyle creations Laurel tunic with the heathered charcoal brushed poly jersey from Zenith & Quasar. It goes pretty good with my moon leggings, but I think I'll make one in black to wear with them instead.

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