throwback thursday {aurelia cardigan}

On Thursdays I “throwback” by pulling from my years of archives. Today I go back and look at the first thing I ever tackled with knits. Honestly It was probably the craziest thing to try and sew as a beginner project, but in the end I was super excited with it and it remains one of my favorite patterns ever. Here’s the final view of the project back from 2012.

I’m still stitching slowly on this cardigan by sew liberated.
Today I was able to sew on the sleeves and the skirt for the bottom.
This is the first time I’ve stitched sleeves onto a knit garment and whew…it was awesome! Love that you can just stretch to make it fit :)

aurelia cardigan WIP

I’ve still got to sew in some clear elastic onto the seam where the skirt joins the bodice and a few other finishing up issues. Not to mention all the basting threads I have to pull!

But over all, I’m pretty pleased with it!

And I tried it on and it fits!!

throwback thursday {custom embroidery lookback}

On Thursdays I pull from my store of archives and take a look back at past projects, words and other fun memories. This week I remember one of my first custom typography embroideries. Back in 2011 the idea of “family rules” was all over the web and I had a client come to me asking if I could design a fun embroidery of their family rules for a gift for her dad. It was probably the second custom I had designed at that point and I had a blast doing it. Here’s a look back from November 2011.

Do you have some family rules that your family always quotes? This family did and requested a custom family rules embroidery with a wrapped hoop.

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throwback thursday {halloween edition}

On Thursdays I pull from my archives of posts and today in honor of Halloween I share with you the easiest costume ever. If you are scrambling today, October 30, for a quick costume have no fear. Grab a black shirt, some felt and throw some wings and a mask together and voila! You have a bat. This is back from 2012 and was the last costume I made…until this year. :)

My daughter is insanely indecisive. Given a plate of food in front of her, she will struggle to figure out what to eat first (unless there is cake of course!) So when it is time to make decisions about things…themes for parties, what to wear and by all means what to be for Halloween she is enough to make you pull your hair out.

After looking online at a few costumes and listening to her hem and haw for weeks I finally told her she was going to be a bat. Thankfully she stuck with it.

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This is probably the easiest costume I have ever put together. Obviously I have huge felt reserves in my house, so the materials were all here and essentially free. The tutorial and pattern for the mask can be found here

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I did alter things a litle bit. The tutorial has you use fabric and then felt with boning stuck in for the wings. I used felt and then made seams for the bends in the wings. I used two layers of felt so the wings are fairly stiff, but not too much to make the shirt uncomfortable.

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The mask in the tutorial is made of paper and I knew that wouldn’t fly on my chick, so I used the same felt with some other scraps and sewed it together.

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I used a ribbon instead of elastic, again because I have crazy picky children and I knew she would hate that tightness on her face. (and we have a serious licking our lips issue going on…any tips?)

I was a little worried that Miss. Indecisive wouldn’t like it, but she loved it and threw it all on as soon as she came home from school yesterday. Score one for mom!

Now, if we can get Bilbo Baggins dressed, Hallween 2012 will be off to a great start!

Happy Halloween!!!

tipsy tuesday {pattern review: lane raglan & plantain tee)

I few months ago I traded in my old serger for a newer one. I had heard raves about Juki sergers and I finally broke down and bought one and honestly I’m beyond happy that I did. My original serger was Husqvarna Viking and not only was it insanely loud it was a bugger to thread. I know, what serger isn’t? But seriously, it was horrendous. The first time I was shown how to thread the Juki I was dying it was so much simpler. Since then I’ve been branching out and learning about sewing knits. I’m still very ignorant when it comes to the types of knits etc, but the more I sew the more I absolutely love it.

Deer and doe plantain tee

The first project I  delved into once I got my serger was the Plantain t-shirt by Deer and Doe. It’s a free pattern by this awesome french pattern company (don’t fret! It’s in English too!) and the knit was one that I had in my stash from way back. I’d been saving it to make a maxi dress or something and still haven’t gotten around to it. I have to say that this t-shirt came together like a dream. I had read a few reviews about the fit and sizing and the sewing angels were over me that day because it fits like a dream.
It’s sort of a scoop neck shirt, but it doesn’t come down too low and it will definitely be a standard t-shirt pattern in my repertoire

Lane Raglan Tee

My most recent knit garment was the Lane Raglan by Hey June patterns. I came across this fun knit at Hobby Lobby and restrained myself from purchasing it the first time I saw it. The second time I was in the store I realized that I had to get some. It feels divine! They have a couple of different color-ways and I had the hardest time figuring out which one to get, but decided the blue was the safest. I wasn’t sure what kind of shirt this would turn out to be, but in the end I really think it turned out super cute. I love, love, love this pattern so much. I’m a sucker for a great raglan t-shirt and this one comes together like a dream. No sewing machine needed: it’s all done on the serger from beginning to end and it’s super simple. My only struggle was with the fit. While I really feel like the overall fit is great, the arms are super long. I need to go back and cut them off a little, but honestly it’s an easy fix and something I know now. I’ve got a couple more yards of knit I’ve gotten my hands on and I’m hoping to make another one asap!