Showing posts from January, 2018

The Fabric Geeks Mix #1

The Fabric Geeks has a fun round full of a mix of prints - hence the name Mix #1.  They are located in Canada, but have very reasonable shipping rates to the US. And Canadians are invoiced in Canadian dollars while Americans order in US dollars from the website CAD -

I was sent 3 prints to sew up. They were all equally gorgeous.  First up is Gothic Embroidery.  

I made the Patterns for PiratesSweetheart Peplum. I thought this gorgeous embroidery design print needed some lace with it.

I did lace sleeves and did lace shoulder accents as well.

Look at these gorgeous details!

The humming bird is so pretty! This print is available on cotton lycra (shown here) and double brushed poly.

Next is the Geo Succulents. I kinda have a thing for succulents - so I was so excited to get this print.

I was sent a fat half of the succulents and decided to make the Shwin DesignsCarolina Tee.  If you remember a previous post - I'…

Rheumatoid Awareness Day #Rheum #RedefiningRA

February 2 marks Rheumatoid Awareness Day. As you may know from previous posts - I suffer from Rheumatoid Disease (Arthritis). As an RA Patient Ambassador, I was asked to write a blog post about "What Would You Like People to Be Aware of #Rheum."

I'm writing this post while in the midst of a "Flare".  So I'm thinking that it might be appropriate to let people know what that means. The answer though will vary from person to person affected by Rheumatoid Disease - so my answer may not be like anyone else's answer. That is because Rheumatoid Disease can affect each person differently. The graphic below gives a little information on what Rheumatoid Disease is.

Did you read bullet 3 in that graphic? That's me right now. My flare's always start with a fever. Usually a low grade fever. That's typically day #1.

Then I have joint pain. My joint pain is fairly localized to a few areas. Generally I always have some degree of pain, stiffness, and swelli…

George + Ginger Pattern Co. RuLo

George + Ginger Pattern Company just released their first pattern of the year - RuLo. I love it! There are so many options and I can not wait to try them all. It's on sale for a limited time for $6.75

There are multiple lengths: crop, shirt, tunic, and dress. Then there are sooo many sleeve options: ruffle, bell, and tiered bells.  And I almost forgot - a Dolman style version.

For the pattern test, I was assigned to do the shirt length ruffle sleeve. I'll admit that when I first saw the line drawings, the ruffle sleeve was my least favorite. The bell sleeves all looked amazing! After I made the ruffle sleeve, I was in love!

The ruffle is fun and adds a feminine touch.

I love all the ease in the RuLo - it's so comfortable to wear and hides my belly.

Sewing Tip #1 - If doing the ruffle sleeve, pick a fabric with a backside that is indistinguishable from the front. The back of the ruffle will be seen depending on how it hangs and moves with you.

Sewing Tip #2 - Don't be A…

Halla Patterns Stella Pullover

The Stella Pullover from Halla Patterns is HERE! I've been dying to share photos of mine, because I'm seriously in love with it! Like all Halla Patterns - it is full of options. There's a hooded version, different lengths, and pocket options.

I'm going to show you photos of the second Stella Pullover I made. I plan to make more, but need more time. I'm showing this one first because, it is my favorite. I've already worn it twice and I just finished about 10 days ago.

I made this Stella Pullover with a plush brown heathered french terry. I got this from a fellow seamstress in the DFW Sewing Group. Brown is one of my favorite colors. I've actually avoided making things with brown fabric the past 2 years because my husband said all I wore was brown.

One of my favorite features of the Stella Pullover is the split cowl. There are two ways to do the split. I really love it sewn into the neckline like I did on this one.

My other favorite feature is the scoop pocke…

Made Whimsy Mambo Round

The Mambo Round at Made Whimsy Fabric is for any Dirty Dancing fan. There are several panels and two prints that are full of iconic scenes from the movie.  The prints are available on cotton lycra, double brushed poly (DBP), and canvas. The preorder is open through January 16th! Layaway is available on order over $50 with the code Mambo50 - that reduces the total by 50%. The remaining balance will be invoiced through PayPal on January 31st!
I was sent the DBP of the Mambo Dancers on Pink, Mambo Stripes, and the Mambo Lift Panel.
I decided to make the George & GingerThankful Top and Lovesick Bralette with the Mambo Dancers on Pink and the Mambo Stripes. I thought it would give an 80's dancer vibe. 

Both of these pattern are free in the files section of the George & Ginger Facebook Group. This was my first time making the Thankful Top and I'll definitely be making more!

This top has a couple of options and can be made to be worn with the v in front or back. Since I did …

Elephant House Fabrics Tessellation Wars

Elephant House Fabrics newest round is Tessellation Wars. I've always loved tessellation designs. I find them so fun and unique. These are all inspired by characters from Star Wars. The prints are available on cotton lycra, cotton woven, and french terry. The preorder is open through January 28th.

I was sent Empire OG and We're Doomed prints. When I saw these previewed, I knew they would make great boxer briefs for my son.

I used the Stitch Upon a TimeBoxerwear pattern. Look at all the cool little details in these prints.

I had some fabric left over after making the boxer briefs and made a matching Scrundlewear pair (pattern is also from Stitch Upon a Time). This is the Empire OG print below.

This set is made with the We're Doomed print.

For the Scrundlewear, I made the boyshort version and did slimmer leg bands.

Be sure to check out all the Tessellation Wars designs on the Elephant House Fabrics website HERE. Join the Elephant House Fabrics Facebook Group HERE to stay up …