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Monday, September 30, 2013

Still Stashbusting... and a Confession

If you missed the original stashbusting post, it's here.

One of my paired fabric/pattern plans has come to life in this gorgeous bright purple knit that I found on the remnant table at G Street Fabrics during a trip last fall to DC.  It's not done yet and this was just a quick photo taken with my computer.  I'll be wearing it to a wedding in a couple weeks, so I'll get better pictures then.  I love this pattern (V8742) and can completely see myself making another.

I had plans to make a McCall's 5241 cardi in blue knit, until I got a pattern from the Sew Fab bundle that I thought would work just as well.  This is the Infinity Sweater by One Girl Circus.  For now, it is exclusively available through the Sew Fab sale.

I felt so lucky to have exactly the right knit in my stash for this.  It's thin, but not rolly.  It's nice and flowy and has some weight to it, which makes it drape so nicely.  I also got this on the remnant table at G Street Fabrics!  I bought the whole piece and it turned out to be just enough for this pattern, which calls for 2 yards.
The Infinity Sweater goes together sooooooo fast.  There isn't any edge finishing, so picking the right knit is important.  

I like the trendy super long version and the versatility of it, but this could easily be made into a short, hip-length version and be equally cute.   I'm even considering trying it in a woven like a rayon challis and doing a rolled hem on the edges.

Here's a link to see the rest of the patterns in the bundle and my affiliate link to buy your own bundle, which includes the Infinity Cardigan.

In my post (here) about knits, I also showed you a swimsuit I'd made.  Although not from the original pattern I'd envisioned, it still counts toward my stash busting.

So that's three more down and 8 more to go to meet my pledge of 13 garments sewn from my stash before I buy any more fabric for myself.  

And now... the confession.  I bought fabric.  Of course that was the confession, right?  And you probably knew better than I did that it was going to happen, I bet.  I seem to be in sync with Kelly and there's some consolation in being bad together.

My little bit of good in my being bad is that I have specific intentions for each piece of fabric.  I ordered this from Girl Charlee:

I'm sure it will be all over the blogosphere, but I can't resist feathers!  I'm going to make a knit Grainline Scout Tee with this.

Which I plan to use to make a dress inspired by this one from Mod Cloth (no longer available), 

which I have been coveting from afar.  I read some reviews on it that said the fabric was fairly thin, so I bet mine will be even better.  Also, as much as I love a rainbow, mine could potentially be worn across all seasons because of that nice grounding brown in there, don't you think?

Did I make my case well enough?  Do you forgive me for cheating?

The Best Deal on Patterns You'll Get All Year

The Sew Fab bundle is now available for purchase. (My blogs are only two of many places you can purchase the bundle through affiliate links....which means that wherever you purchase, that's the person that gets a percentage of the sale.)
They are already going like hotcakes and I am still working through the bundle so I'll have plenty of pretties to show you. If you don't think you need it now, I bet you'll be overwhelmed by the amount of awesomeness you will see by the end of the week and then you'll really neeeeeeeed it. Haha! So, just buy it now so you can have something cute sewn by the end of the week instead!

Here's the official blog post with all the details and links to purchase.  (do read all the way to the end because there's free stuff to be had through giveaways)

Just a few little teasers:

If you can't stand to wade through the long post on my Molly Blossom Design blog and you realize your immediate neeeeeeeeed for these patterns, just go right to the shopping cart, pay, download and get started!

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Sew Fab Sale


A little teaser over on my business blog for the second annual Sew Fab Sale.  I was an affiliate last year, selling the bundle through this blog.  This year, I'm proud to be a designing contributor and will be posting all about the sale and showing you my makes of quite a few of the patterns over at my business blog, Molly Blossom Design.
I have been steadily sewing through the bundle since the designers got to play with it early.  Let me tell you, there is some really great stuff in here!  For my daughters, I will have one dress, two tunics, a coat, a shirt, a cardi (and another for ME, hello selfish sewing) and possibly more to show you.
Can't wait?
Neither can I!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Knits Are My New Fave

These t-shirts are all from Ottobre Magazine.  The cutest ever owl knit is from Stoffe and so are the hearts (which I also got in pink).  I loved that ruched sleeve tee so much that I made two.  They will be perfect layering pieces as the weather cools.

My jump-roping girl is wearing a Charlie Mack-a-doodle dress.  My good friend made this pattern because she loves knit dresses for her girls, but wanted to have a slimmer alternative than she could find available in a pattern.  This pattern makes a great tank top, then there is an optional drop-waist pattern piece (I also added a ruffle) and a full or 3/4 circle skirt option.  So it's a build-your-own kind of thing.  This dress is going to be great layered over my purple ruched-sleeve shirt.

To add to the knit cuteness, the designer of the above pattern is about to release a t-shirt pattern with sleeve options.  The cool thing is that you could just add the drop waist and skirt onto the t-shirt and have a flutter, short or long-sleeved dress.
Here is my tester tee.

One more stretch fabric garment to show.

I never did take the time to do any more muslins on that "perfect" 70's swim suit pattern, but I did make myself a suit from a ladies' underwear pattern by Jocole. Again, there are tons of options: high-waisted, brief, bikini, boy short, different leg openings, lace accents, ruching.  Seriously, this is the only underwear pattern you will ever need.
 I just winged the top and it still needs some elastic in the bottom and cups sewn in.