little Sophia Cowl and some perspective

6.27.2013



Had to keep up my knitting so I wouldn't forget!!!  I had purchased the yarn at the same time as Natalie's cowl and Emily had been patiently waiting for me to make one for her.  Her favorite color was blue, now tonight she told me it was orange.  I still am glad I made it for her though, she wore it right away, then it got hot out.  That's okay, it'll be on hold until fall (and Kindergarten, eek!).

It's the Sophia Cowl kids size by Green Bee Patterns.  Very quick and easy to knit.  If I can do it, you totally can!!!  Lots of videos on knittinghelp.com and a few others really are great.  Thank goodness there's so many people able to share their knowledge.


I think it also helps give me perspective when I'm writing instructions for sewing, too.  It's hard to pick up a new craft, especially if it's one you never had been taught before.  I know a lot of us probably had home ec, but we never learned knitting!

So anyway, I think the process of learning to knit has helped me understand how it can be frustrating at times, but also so rewarding to learn something new.  For me I think it's great there are so many resources out there.  The beauty in that is if you don't understand one persons way of teaching something, try another!  I had to look at several people's you tube videos to understand casting off.  It seems so crazy backwards at first, but now I look back and wonder why is seemed so hard.  So if you're new to sewing (or  knitting) stick with it, ask a friend for help, you can do this!


Hope you're having a lovely week. ♥  Thank you for all the lovely comments on the Social Tote Pattern collaboration post.  I know there seems to be a shortage of online shops that are carrying the pattern at the moment, so hold tight!

Also, the winners of the Patchwork Please (Aurifil, Form & Fabric goodies, Pellon sampler) giveaway are:
#1 Sarah
#2 Gillian
#3 Georgia
#5 Quilter in the Gap

I did a little something different when choosing the winners, I picked the first 4 commenters (minus Amy since she's in the Zakka Along), isn't it funny how they hardly ever win with those random number generators?  Just sharing the love to those first-ees.  :)  Thanks ladies, I'm emailing you now!

Social Tote Pattern: a collab with Carolyn Friedlander

6.25.2013



I am so so excited to share this with you guys here!  I was super fortunate to design this pattern for Carolyn Friedlander for her new line of patterns in her Slow Sewing Studio!  I could not have been more excited when she first contacted me.


We worked together from the first sketches to the finished tote.  She had asked me to come up with something that would hold some hand sewing supplies and let me run free from there.  I wanted something that could sit on the arm of a couch, yet still be able to move around from place to place as you worked on your project.


It was so awesome being able to work with Carolyn.  She turned my design into an awesome pattern so please check with your local (or favorite online) shops to see if they carry it! (Here's a list of retailers, too)


I think it has just enough details to make your personality really shine through.  Even a great gift to make for a creative friend.  It would be so cute loaded up with the pincushion (instructions include a pincushion that fits perfectly inside), some thread and needles and maybe a little stack of fabric or small scissors.  And don't forget the little side pockets!  They quite perfectly hold a measuring tape (or whatever else).


The lining is quite special, it's divided into 3 sections, yep, 3!  It was totally mind bending for me to try and figure out how to construct it.  I spend many a night awake thinking up different ways to put it together.  Almost gave up, thankfully with Carolyn's encouragement I finally pushed through and figured it out.

So a huge thank you to Carolyn!


Pattern: Social Tote (designed by moi, perfected by Carolyn!) For a list of retailers, see HERE!
Fabrics:
Exterior - Essex Yarn Dyed in Black
Type by Julia Rothman
Lining - Type by Julia Rothman, binding tape fabric is by Cosmo Cricket (Tailor Made collection) and detailing on handles is Architextures


Shorts on the Line: Lesson Book Shorts

6.20.2013


I'm joining in today for the Shorts on the Line series put on by Imagine Gnats and Small + Friendly.


Pumped!!! That's what I am about these shorts.  I had serious doubts if I picked the wrong size when these were going together.  I had traced and intended to sew these shorts up during Kids Clothes Week, but never got around to the actual cutting and sewing part.  That happens a lot.


I'm so happy that these shorts will get worn.  They're made from a soft french terry and a rib knit waistband.


As for the details of this pattern, they're wonderful!  Seriously.  This book is filled with such great clothes for kids.  I love the way the waistband is put together, the pockets, the tiny bow and even the patch on the back pocket.  Yes, this book is in all Japanese, but it's totally do-able.  The directions have lots of pictures which is really helpful.  I think if you have a few knit sewing experiences under your belt you can make these.  

I used a walking foot the whole time which was very helpful.  I serged all my seams to finish them, even tucked in the serger thread tails back up into the seam.  It's also really nice that the waistband is made so that you can make the elastic bigger, perfect for when you kid hits that growth spurt this summer.  Just snip out the elastic and replace it with a longer piece.


Natalie has requested a pair so I'd better get to work!



Pattern: Lesson Book (N-2, size 100) Originally purchased at Miss Matatabi
French Terry: fabric.com
rib knit: Hancock Fabrics
Ribbon: Pinked Fabrics


This post is part of shorts on the line sewalong hosted by imagine gnats and small + friendly, sponsored by Jo-AnnPretty Prudent/Pellon®, and Hawthorne Threads


Zakka Along 2.0 Patchwork Please: Tea Cozy + Pouch

6.17.2013





I'm super honored to be joining in on this Zakka Along!  If you're not sure what I'm talking about you can read more about it here on LR Stitched.  Basically we're celebrating Ayumi (Pink Penguin) newly released book Patchwork Please!  Every week another blogger shares their version of one of the projects in the book and we giveaway some great stuff.  Can't go wrong with that!




Ayumi is such a kind and generous person.  I'm so glad I have her book finally!  I've been eagerly waiting for her to finish it and then for it to be published.  She's put so much thought and detail into each project.  I really love the construction methods she used for both the Lettered Tea Cozy + Tea Pouch.  They were truly a joy to make.

Each step is very clearly laid out and well written.  There aren't a ton of illustrations or visuals, but again, things are explained so well that it feels like she's sitting right alongside helping out!


I felt a bit out of my comfort zone with the mostly primary colors of Cloud 9's collection by Steffi Brocoli (In the Forest), but in the end it's quite beautiful and every project I've seen made with them is gorgeous.  It was hard to stop taking pictures once I was finished.  They went so dreamily with the Robert Kaufman denim linen (purchased mine from Pink Chalk Fabrics) and Essex Linen in Sunshine (purchased from Pink Castle Fabrics).


Ok, so the nitty gritty!  I think this is a great project combo just for the shear variety of skills you can build upon.  A little bit of paper piecing (nothing too complicated so it would make a great starter) and some quilting make this project really fulfilling.  I really liked that each part was so different, no crazy repetitiveness, so it was definitely an interesting sew.


Here's a schedule of all the other participating bloggers! Hang out each week as we work our way through the book, from June through the first week in October!

June 3: Penny | Sew Take a Hike :: Bell Pepper Coasters
June 10: Maureen | MC Handmade :: B,L,D Towels
June 17: Anna | Noodlehead :: Lettered Tea Cozy + Pouch (yay! you're here!)
June 24: Angela | Cut to Pieces :: Polka Dot Cafe Apron
July 1: Lynne | Lily’s Quilts :: Diamond Patchwork Placemat
July 8: Lindsey | LRstitched :: Yum Yum Apple Bib
July 15: Sukie | Don’t Ya Know :: Dino-Mite Hat
July 22: Jennifer | Ellison Lane :: Book for Baby Quilt
July 29: Krista | Poppyprint :: My Scrappy Box
August 5: Kerry | Very Kerry Berry :: Swedish Bloom Time Quilt
August 12: Tamiko | Patchwork Notes :: You’ve Got Mail Wall Pocket
August 19: Monica | Happy Zombie :: Happy Hexagon Trivet
August 26: Krista | Spotted Stone Studio :: Piece of Cake Shopping Bag
Sept 2: Lori | Bee in My Bonnet :: Triangle Patchwork Box Pouch
Sept 9: Amy | During Quiet TIme :: Vintage Pencil Case
Sept 16: Svetlana | SOTAK Handmade :: I love My Ipad Quilted Cover
Sept 23: Amber | One Shabby Chick :: Handy Market Tote
Sept 30: Deb | A Quilter’s Table :: Sweet Trips Embroidery Pouch
Oct 7: Leila | Where the Orchids Grow :: Prettified Pincushion


Along with my version of the Tea Cozy and Pouch, in celebration of the sew-along I'm hosting this bonus Giveaway today!! Here's the loot:
To Enter: [giveaway now closed, thank you to those who entered]
Leave a comment! 

  • One entry per person.  Please leave your email address in your comment. You can leave it in a format like this if you wish: anna [at] gmail [dot] com, it's up to you though, if you have your email listed in your blogger profile, that works too!
  • Four winners will be chosen.
  • US entries only please!
  • Giveaway ends Friday, June 21st

For those of you joining in the sew-along don't forget -- there's also a Giveaway this week for linking up your finished project over on Lindsey's blog! Share your project by Sunday June, 23rd and you'll have a chance to win:

  • a fat quarter bundle of "Raaga" by Monaluna
  •  (1) yard 975 Insul-fleece from Pellon

Thank you again to the lovely sponsors!





* I included a few Amazon Associate links, if you purchase using these links I get a tiny kick back from Amazon.  I wouldn't link if I didn't whole heartedly recommend.  :)

Color Block Super Tote

6.12.2013


It's mine!  haha.  Seriously though, this one I'm keeping too!  Call me crazy.  Not sure if I can part with any of them.  I was chatting with Dana the other night and told her I needed to make a 'Dana' style Super Tote.  Something fun and color blocked.  Hope I sort of accomplished that!


It took me way longer than usual to pick out the colors for the exterior.  Kind of intimidating.  I really wanted to incorporate yellow, but held off.  Maybe I'll make another version with the yellow.  Can't stop!


This was also the lining I surgically removed from my last Super Tote when I changed my mind and made a whole new lining.  I was happy to have that part already completed!



Pattern: Super Tote
Exterior Fabric: Essex Linen in Hot Pink from Pink Castle Fabrics, Cotton Couture in Coral (I think?), and Yarn Dyed Essex in Black
Lining Fabric: Anna Maria Horner Field Study Sundials in Glow, some Architextures (yes, I'm obsessed), and Lotta Jansdotter Bella


Seafarer Top: Pattern Tour

6.10.2013



I loved making my Seafarer Top!  I was so happy to say yes when Abby (Sew Much Ado) asked if I would join in on her  newest patterns blog tour.  I know for sure I'll wear a knit top, so this one was fun to make!

I actually sat down yesterday morning and about 45 minutes later I had a top to wear.  And it fits!  I think I could have gone up to a Medium (I made the Small), but really, both would work, just depends on how you like the fit.  


I love not having to hem knits.  I can hem them and it works pretty well, but not having to is even better!  And quicker!  Abby includes options to use arm bands and a waist band for this pattern and that's what I chose.  I think it gives a really nice finished look.


I used this really soft knit that I had gotten at Hancock Fabrics.  I was *this* close to making into a maxi dress or a tunic, but then I figured I'd probably get the most use out of the top.  I think I'll try a tunic version sometime though.


Pattern: Seafarer Top by Sew Much Ado
Fabric: random knit scored at Hancock Fabrics


tiny Geranium dress

6.06.2013


This tiny dress is all ready for my soon to be born niece, Francis.  That's her code name, from me anyway, I love that name.  I had spotted a gingham Geranium on flickr a while back (and I guess I even copied her red buttons, oops) and made sure to pull my gingham from my stash and put it on 'reserve'.  It's just so pretty!  Plus it's very durable.  The bodice is lined with some lovely Dear Stella dots and added a couple red vintage buttons for the back.  I want one in my size.


I can't wait to see the little girl wearing this dress!  Might just have to make some coordinating leggings, yep 0-3 month leggings have to be the cutest ever.


And the little pockets!  I cut them on the bias, can't get much cuter.


Tutorial/Pattern: Little Geranium (0-3 mo. size) by Made by Rae, full range of sizes Geranium Dress
Fabric: Gingham, Dear Stella (Tuxedo Dot)
Buttons: Vintage


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