Wednesday, October 19, 2016

My Handmade Wardrobe : Relaxed Raglan

after reading Overdressed by Elizabeth L. Cline, i wanted a mostly handmade wardrobe. first off i can't stand most ready to wear (RTW) clothing, it is so cheaply made, and never seems to fit my post two kids body very well.

after preparing myself, mostly mentally that i could sew my own clothes. i started giving it a serious go this year. i began with woven garments, since as a quilter i am most comfortable working with them. well woven garments are nice, but nothing compares to the versatility of knits. after a different attempts that were okay. i discovered Patterns for Pirates and my knit sewing game has certainly stepped up.


as a mom with little kiddos, having clothing that lets me be comfortable is key! i never know how the day is going to shape up. so while i love sewing up woven garments, right now those are perfect for church or the occasional date night with the hubby. but my knit garments are perfect for day to day wear and i can dress them up too.

i picked up the Relaxed Raglan to give knit sewing a try again. i LOVE this pattern. Judy does a fabulous job of walking you through cutting and sewing up your raglan. and since it is raglan sleeves this is an ideal pattern for beginner seamstress. i have since sewed up 2 and have one more ready to go! and my oldest daughter is asking for a few shirts for herself.

the pattern comes with lots of ways to customize your shirt: long, elbow, or short sleeves; shirt or tunic length, curved hem or banded hem; and with the add on pack you can make yourself a hoodie or other cozy shirt.

time to sew up a few more shirts, now to just work up the courage to try pants!

Happy Sewing!

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Simply Love : A Finished Quilt



coffee and quilts go hand in hand. my hubby and i are big coffee drinkers. all of the baristas at our local Biggby know us and our girls pretty well. during the week, the girls and i spend a bit of time in the morning hanging out at BB (as Nora tends to call it). well the manager of our store is getting married this coming weekend. and since my girls love her and she loves on my girls, i decided to search through my stash and make her a quilt.

i had a couple Simply Colorful II charm packs that i knew would be perfect for her since she loves blue and purple. so i had my charm packs, now what to make as I was trying to keep to what i had in my stash. as i'm trying to keep to a pretty light fabric budget as of late. finally after searching for a few days i landed on a disappearing nine patch after watching the video tutorial from Missouri Star.

i love a quilt pattern that takes time, but i'll tell you what, when i can make a quilt top in just one afternoon of the girls napping and playing that makes for one happy mama! after i pieced my blocks together i knew i was going to have to purchase some fabric for borders. but i'm happy to say that is the only fabric i needed to purchase for this quilt. besides the borders, everything came from my stash!

i kept the quilting simple, with a serpentine stitch and one accent set of stitching. i am finding that i enjoy the piecing and i like simple quilting. at this point i just don't have the time to do some of the detailed quilting that i admire, maybe one day.

here are a few outtakes from shooting this quilt. Nora loves to try and get into all of the photos. as you can see from the first pictures she had to help daddy hold the quilt.


Enna had to join the fun as well. the gloomy day made for difficult pictures, but i wanted to get the pictures takes, since we are giving her the quilt when we visit Biggby on Monday.


silly kiddo!

Quilt Stats
Pattern: Disappearing Nine Patch
Dimensions: roughly 56 inches x 56 inches
Quilting: Serpentine stitch
Fabric:  Simply Colorful ll by Vanessa Chistenson of V & Co. for Moda, inner border Moda Essential Dots

Happy Sewing!

Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social and Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Friday!