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Try Something New Every Month: Quilted Bag Success!

Last week I talked about how I wanted to make quilted fabric to then make a bag out of it. New for me because I’ve never made a bag before and I’ve never really quilted!

Quilted Valencia!

Quilted Valencia!

I’m so happy to report that my try something new every month for March was a success! Look at my cute bag!

Inside!

Inside!

Flap and Back LINE UP!

Flap and Back LINE UP!

I have to say I’m pretty proud of myself. I used Valencia bag pattern from Seamwork (my new favorite thing!), but first I cut a bunch of 4″ squares, made triangles, made squares again! Laid out my pieces and created large enough quilt tops so I could cut out my pattern pieces. I quilted those pattern pieces together with some batting by stitching in the ditch of the quilt pieces, then followed the directions to make the bag.

Back

Back

This little bag has been coming with me everywhere since I finished it! I ordered purse handles that aren’t here yet, so I stole a strap from a different bag in the mean time I wanted to wear my new bag so badly.

Flap Process

Flap Process

I’ve got a bunch of pillow forms I know will be beautiful quilted pillows soon enough. I’ve got so many fabric scraps and I could just go crazy putting the scraps together and see what patterns I can make. I’m so excited to play around again!

Almada Robe

Almada Robe

Endless Summer Tunic

Endless Summer Tunic

Out and About Dress

Out and About Dress

While I’m here talking about sewing I wanted to share a few other projects I’ve finished recently! Top is my Almada Robe from Seamwork (which I’m totally wearing RIGHT NOW!), middle is the Endless Summer Tunic from A Verb for Keeping Warm, and bottom is my Out and About Dress from Sew Caroline. Those are all links to my Kollabora account – now that I’m fully sewing again I’m using Kollabora to keep track of all my projects, so let’s connect there if you’ve got an account, too! It’s a really fun site.

Ok that’s all the sewing I’ve got for you right now! But MUCH more VERY soon I’m sure. I can’t stop!

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Try Something New Every Month: A Little Quilting!

I’m joining Stephanie of Swoodson Says to try something new every month. January was a MONSTER success with bra making, in February I got over my fear of using my serger, and here it is March already!

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Recap:

January – Bra Making!
Prep Post ~ Results Post ~ AND MORE!

February – Serging!
Prep Post ~ Results Post

Stephanie’s prompt this month is painting, which I’m not super interested in. But clearly I’m not great at jumping on her prompts so I’m going to go back to January’s prompt of quilting and try that!

Quilting Dreams

Quilting Dreams

My friend Paula was working on this super cute quilting project at our last sewing day and I WANT! I just don’t have the space or patience for a project like that so I’m starting small.

Purl Bee Quilted Zipper Pouch

Purl Bee Quilted Zipper Pouch

The Spring Sling

The Spring Sling

Valencia - Seamwork

Valencia – Seamwork

I’m taking inspiration from a few places – the Purl Bee Quilted Zipper Pouches, this cute Spring Sling quilted bag, and the Valencia bag from Seamwork – and I’m going to whip something up really cool. I hope. We’ll see!

I’ve done a tiny bit of machine quilting back when I made tea cozies for a few friends and family for Christmas presents. So of course I have the confidence to create my own pattern based on a bunch of completely different things. Normal? Right?

Wish me luck!

Holy Crap You Guys More Bras

I. Can’t. Stop.

I started with one bra, then I made two more, and now I’ve made two MORE!

Shane asked me how many bras a human woman actually needs. Since he’s known me I’ve been the owner of the same 4 bras: 2 I wear, 1 junk one when I need to wash the other 2, and a strapless. Now I’m basically in bra heaven, right? I’ve got bras everywhere!

Cutest Bra of the New Bunch!

Cutest Bra of the New Bunch!

This is the best bra I’ve sewn! It’s pretty freaking perfect if I do say so myself.

Perfect Bra!

Perfect Bra!

I got my elastic tension spot on all over the bra, the cup size is perfect, the straps are great! Where everything meets in the middle is perfect, too.

Cup Lining!

Cup Lining!

The black power mesh I got from Tailor Made is great – nice stretch and support on it’s own, but I wanted it to be less shear and with a little more nipple coverage, so I lined the cups with some leftover power mesh from a previous bra. It worked perfectly! Added support and it’s got great coverage.

3 hooks!

3 hooks!

And I’m back to my preferred 3 hook closure. This bra is ACES and I’m really proud of myself!

Nude Snoozefest

Nude Snoozefest

I also made this freaking snoozefest of a all nude bra, because all my bras are lacy and/or black and I didn’t have anything I could wear under a white or light shirt.

YAAAWWWNNNNN

YAAAWWWNNNNN

I did a good job putting this one together, too – every piece is a double layer of the nude power mesh I got from Stylish Fabric on etsy. It was pretty thin, but a double layer makes it perfect!

3 Hooks, Too!

3 Hooks, Too!

The rest of the pieces of the bra I got from Tailor Made, and it came together really well. It’s NOT cute, but it does it’s job.

So I’ve got ONE MORE BRA on the brain and then I’m putting my bra making on the back burner I promise. It’s just so addicting! Have you tried it yet?!

Try Something New Every Month: Serging Success!

Last week I talked about how I was finally going to get over my fear of breaking out my serger and actually dig into it, and I did!

Serging!

Serging!

But it was almost over before it even got started. For some reason instead of like, looking at the machine! I just started serging something to see what would happen. What happened is that 3″ in I broke a needle and everything basically exploded. Because of course it did! It wasn’t even threaded. I have no idea what I was even thinking!

Luckily my friend Paula, the sewing expert, came and showed me how to thread the machine and it started sewing beautifully! What was really cool was that Paula’s mom, and my serger’s previous owner, had color coded the spools so I could see exactly what was happening with each thread, which really helped! This weekend I’m going to try using it on my own and threading it myself and see if I feel as confident about it. But! I used it, it was awesome! And I’ve got just 10000 more things to learn, but I’m not scared anymore.

And I made 3 new shirts!

Sweatshirt Knit and...

Sweatshirt Knit and…

... a reclaimed pair of sweatpants!

… a reclaimed pair of sweatpants!

I made 3 (more!) Linden Sweatshirts (you may remember when I went on a flannel Linden tear a couple months ago!), this time actual sweatshirts since they were made with a few different variations of knits. First up is a blue sweatshirt knit I grabbed from Craft Sanctuary when she was having a destash sale on her instagram account – such a great idea! The grey is a reclaimed GIGANTIC pair of sweatpants I got from a thrift store as part of last year’s halloween costume that seriously went to good use because I used every inch of those $7 XXXXL sweatpants. I can’t wait to shop for more gigantic sweatpants to make more sweatshirts out of! But that’s why you see a seam or two around that wouldn’t normally be there. I opened up the big legs but had to put the leg seams somewhere.

You’ll also notice the neckline bunches a little bit – I didn’t have enough of the sweatpant material to cut the neckline piece with the grainline so it didn’t have enough stretch. I should have cut a larger piece but again! Not enough material. So I just went with it! It doesn’t look too bad and I think it will kind of even out with a few washings.

Polka dots and some grey jersey makes a freaking SOFT sweatshirt!

Polka dots and some grey jersey makes a freaking SOFT sweatshirt!

So Cute!

So Cute!

This brownish with redish polka dot materials is also from Ashley’s sale! I paired it with some grey jersey I had from my stash forever and it’s so great! So so cute – wore this on Sunday and got some really great response. It makes me pretty happy!

And YEAH holy crap I need a haircut! haha

Also Cute!

Also Cute!

Tee View!

Tee View!

I had just enough of the grey jersey left to cut the body of the other view of the Linden Sweatshirt and I paired it with some redish jersey I also had in my stash that I bought a few months ago specifically for a Linden Sweatshirt and then got too scared to use my serger on my own. It made great sleeves and I have a TON left to do something with.

So there you have it! A day of sewing with my friends and I have 3 new tops and I only broke 1 needle! Not too shabby.

Try Something New Every Month: Serging!

I’m joining Stephanie of Swoodson Says to try something new every month. January was a MONSTER success with bra making so I’m excited to dig in to February!

TSNEM20161

Recap:

January – Bra Making!
Prep Post ~ Results Post ~ AND MORE!

So Stephanie’s prompt this month is a tactile craft, like clay or soap making. And of course I had every intention of staying on prompt and would actually really like to try making soap someday! But I have a bigger hurdle to jump in my life right now.

My Serger

My Serger

 I had an amazing opportunity to buy a second hand serger from my friend Paula’s mom who was upgrading her machine so I took it!

… back in December. I brought it home and put it here in this corner and there it has sat! It’s not even like I’m not sewing. I’m just not using the serger. My serger! Than I bought! And that is in my house. I’m just too intimidated by it to pull it out. Like a dummy! I know as soon as I dig into it I will love it and my sewing life will change and everything will be amazing I just haven’t.

I used a serger once, back at Camp Workroom Social, so it’s not exactly NEW new to me, but my machine is new to me and doing it without someone helping me every step of the way is new for me so I think it counts.

SO! I’m writing it here on this post. This weekend I WILL sew with my serger and it will be awesome. I even bought a beginner serger class from Craftsy I’m going to take! I’m doing it.

Wish me luck! I’ll post my findings next week. And PS I’m making more bras this weekend, too! I seriously can’t stop!