Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jordan & Jade Textiles

Jordan & Jade Textiles is a new custom knit group. Their first preorder is all printed on a soft brushed poly and only $11.99/yard. The preorder is open through April 14th. Join the Facebook group to see what's going to be offered next.

The first round features 2 dinosaur prints with a geometric coordinate and 2 floral designs that each have a coordinating plaid print.

I was sent the Regal Floral and Regal Plaid to sew.

I decided to show off these 2 prints together with the George & Ginger Illusion Tunic.

I love the asymmetrical hem!

The wind was ready to blow me away - but look how light and flowy the brushed poly is.

I almost used the floral for my neckband - but went with the plaid for some contrast.

These 2 prints are gorgeous together.

Brushed poly is all the rage right now. These prints are perfect for some spring sewing and are at a price that can't be beat. Give Jordan & Jade a shot with this first round of prints.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

George & Ginger Pattern Company

It's no secret that I love patterns from George & Ginger. Right now they are in an Etsy contest for small businesses. The business with the most votes wins $10,000! This would be HUGE for Kristi - the owner and designer behind George & Ginger. If she wins, she plans to invest in a new studio to give her more room to work which will allow her to design more patterns faster - because we need more patterns!

Vote HERE! Kristi is so sweet and is always giving to others. She is so deserving of this prize.

#DifferenceMakesUs #EtsySmallBusiness

So I thought I'd show you all some of the things I have made with George & Ginger Patterns.

First - The Swagger Sweater. This top is seriously amazing! It does amazing things for your butt! I was hesitant to make it at first. I was worried it would make my butt look bigger than it already is. Instead it really accentuates my curves.

Then we have the Darling Dress. Y'all know I never wear dress, but I do love me a tunic. The tunic version of this is so cute. I love the lined bodice with the keyhole back. Also - I make the skirt portion using only a fat half of fabric.

The Illusion Tunic drew me in with it's asymmetrical hem. I'm a pear according to my measurements and they say that asymmetrical hems are very flattering on pears. I have to agree.

I have to say, I wasn't to sure I could pull off the Edgy Top. I didn't want it to be too figure hugging (I wanted to keep my fat reserves to myself). So I graded the top out to be more forgiving across my mid section. I also made my flounce a little longer to make me feel a bit more covered. I also added a strap to hide my bra strap - I have not found a strapless bra that I can wear.

Doesn't Kristi design some fabulous patterns? Vote for her in the Etsy Small Business Contest! Vote HERE!


Monday, March 20, 2017

Lyrically Mused Fabrics

Round C is now open for Preorders at Lyrically Mused Fabrics through April 3rd. There are so many prints this round, Astrology, Floral, and an' Old School/New School" tattoo inspired print.

I think someone has been snooping my Facebook profile, because they some how knew that my zodiac sign is the Taurus and sent me this panel.

They are also running the galaxy print with constellations as a coordinate - but it would look great all on it's own as well.

I made the Halla Soho Top and used some stars from TKB prints for the sleeves.

I also had a little bit of fabric left over so I made 2 pairs of my favorite underwear - The Stitch Upon a Time Scrundlewear.

The colors in this print are so pretty!

I made one pair with the extra fabric from the panel and one with the scraps from the coordinate. Then I used the TKB stars for the rest.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Itch to Stitch Newport Top

I always enjoy testing patterns for Kennis Wong of Itch to Stitch. I just finished testing the Newport Top. I love it! You will probably see me wearing many of these - as I made a total of 3 during the testing process - and I still want to make some more!

The Newport Top has a wide boat neck that features an overlapping shoulder. The top has a boxy fit with a subtle high-low hem. It can be made with a variety of fabrics and fabric choice will influence the fit and look of the finished top. The top has 2 different sleeves - a fluted 3/4 length sleeve, and a long straight sleeve.

I think my favorite one, is this one that I made with a striped sweater knit.

These photos were taken at the Allen Station Park in Allen, Texas. The park includes a section of railroad and a bridge from 1910 that has been out of service for many years. The city recently constructed a walking path to the train tracks and have educational signage about the station.

The photo below shows the subtle high-low hem.

I also made a Newport Top using a cotton lycra knit from Pink Zeppelin Fabrics

The cotton lycra knit does give the Newport Top a stiffer silhouette.

Here's a closer look at the overlap at the neckline.

I normally don't share earlier versions, but this one is really close to the final fit. I normally do not wear stripes or pink - but I ended up really loving this one on me. This is a lightweight poly jersey I bought for $1/yard in the fabric district. 

This photo shows you the back of the shirt. In the background you see a waterfall. That is the water of the Cottonwood Creek going over the 1874 stone dam. This bridge in front of the dam is a new addition to the park and gives a spectacular view of the dam and the 1910 train tracks and bridge in the distance.

My friend Sharon was also a tester of the Newport Top. Catch her blog - Sweet Mama Sharon for her photos. We had to do a few photos together in our Newport Tops.

Testing a pattern is always more fun when you have a friend to share the experience with.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Pink Zeppelin Sparkle and Shine

This is my first time using the cotton woven from Pink Zeppelin fabrics. It's pretty amazing! It's so silky smooth and washes up great with virtually no wrinkles. It's comparable to a high quality quilting cotton - but this is 56" wide.

The print I used is Spectrum Stripe and is at preorder through March 15th. Order HERE.

Use the code FATHALF for ordering fat half cuts and Layaway to order with Layaway.

I had to make one of my favorite tops for combining knits and wovens the Go-To Patterns Adora Top & Dress. The woven yoke only takes a half yard.

I love the back.

And I love the unique neckline in the front.

I had fabric leftover so I made myself shorts. I used a free pattern. They are the City Gym Shorts from Purl Soho. They were super easy to make.  The only thing I did different was put a knit band on instead of an enclosed elastic one.

Here are a few more photos of the items I made.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Kimmy Snabric Spring Round

Kimmy Snabric is a local to me custom knit seller owned by Amy Shippee. Amy offers custom prints on bamboo spandex and a cotton stretch woven.

The Spring round is full of prints perfect for Spring. The preorder is open from now until March 31st. When you order through the Etsy shop you can get 7% off with a code from the Facebook Group.

This was my first time to try the stretch cotton woven. It's fabulous! It's 95% cotton and 5% spandex with 20% stretch. It's nice and soft and the print is crisp and clear.

When I saw this faux sparkly recycle symbol fabric - I knew I had to make something with it. One of my favorite patterns for combining a knit and woven is the Adora Top from Go-To Patterns.

First of all - I love this neckline and the gathers on the front of this top. It's so flattering!

Then there's the back! You get to see a lot of the design of the woven fabric - and have some more gathers.

I also received a sample of the lime sparkles bamboo spandex.  It was the perfect lightweight knit for the skirt portion of the Darling Dress pattern by George & Ginger.

It's so drapey.

It's so flowy - and soft!

I love this top and need to make more!

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Zenith and Quasar Earth Day and March for Science

I'm super late putting this blog post together, but not too late. Zenith & Quasar has some amazing panels and prints at preorder specifically for Earth Day and for the March for Science. The March for Science will be held on Earth Day. Earth Day is on April 22 - for those that may not know.

Zenith & Quasar prints on Athletic Brushed Poly (ABP). It's super soft, breathable, and wicks away moisture. I love it! You can Order HERE. The preorder closes on February 28th (but may be extended to March 3 - MAYBE).

I especially love the "Science is not a liberal conspiracy" panel. Many going to the March for Science will be wearing brain hats - so there needed to be a brain panel too.  The Rainbow coordinate is so pretty too!

Then there are the Earth Day prints themselves - love these! I'll be making myself a shirt with each of these! The background on the panels is a recycled paper print and the designs have a vintage/weathered look to them.

I was sent the "Science is not a liberal conspiracy panel and the rainbow coordinate to sew for promotion. Here is what I made.

 I made the See Kate Sew Gwen top. It's been awhile since I made this pattern. I did make some modifications to the pattern this time around. For one, I made it a wide v-neck.

Here is the back. I added the color blocking to the upper back myself. 

I had a yard of the rainbow coordinate, so I made another top for myself with it. I did some color blocking to the Love Notions, Laundry Day Tee. I just love this pattern - and it's FREE!

I did do some inventive color blocking on this one and raised the neckline slightly.

I added a concave curve on the front and a concave curve on the back.

I also tried out the new black ABP - while I was at it. This is a little bit heavier than what was previously offered, so it doesn't drape as well as I would like. I'll still wear this top a lot though. But this ABP is the perfect weight for perfectly opaque leggings.

And I got them to match up *almost* perfectly at the side seam.

Then I was left with scraps. So I took my scraps and went to see if they looked good with any of my other Zenith & Quasar pretties. Lo and behold - they went amazing with the watercolor wildflowers. So I made my cousin's baby girl a little dress.

The pattern is the Beach Comber Dress from Fresh Stitch Patterns. This company closed not too long ago and their patterns are no longer available for sale.

Look at these amazing colors!

This little dress is so cute! I can't wait to see it on.

Don't miss out on these great prints and panels. There will be some retail, but retail at Zenith & Quasar often sells out in a few hours.

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