Friday, July 19, 2013

Shabby Stitchery Bliss - Jenny of Elephantz

This post is about a blog I started following about nine months ago and totally fell in love with.  It's Shabby and Stitchery used together to create one of a kind "BLISS" as far as I'm concerned!!  Jennifer Reynolds of  Jenny of Elefantz designs and sells embroidery patterns.  She also has a monthly e-zine she publishes full of patterns,tutorials, and a lot of inspiration !!! There are BOM quilt patterns, her Craftsy Shop....well you will just have to pay Miss Jenny a visit to see everything and experience her creativity!!

She has just released a new BOM        
So click on over and see this new pattern!!


I will share a few of the items I've been working on ....First is the Shabby Roses "Beauty", a BOM from the e-zine.


Miss Jenny is doing her's in Red and White, but I'm a Blue and White kinda girl.  
(Hope she doesn't mind)


This is block #3 I just finished...I've never used this applique method with 
stitchery before,,,,I'm Loving it!!!


And this is one of her free patterns....
"Lord Bless You"  which is in her Craftsy Shop also.

In her e-zine she is sharing some cute little patterns for practicing the stitches used in her patterns...These are fun and quick and I'm hoping to be making a needle-book and pincushion from them....



And my all time favorite quilt pattern is her 

I've only got the verse block started, I don't want to rush this one,,I love it soooo much!!


Please forgive me,,,it's wrinkled, but it's just too hot to turn the iron on!!!

Miss Jenny is at this moment having a very generous give-away...So you really should pay her a visit, take a peek at all her wonderful designs and inspiration ... you can tell her I sent you.!  Her button is on my sidebar or you can click here .   Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!!

Until next time

Have fun sewing, and stitching

xx Kim





Thursday, July 18, 2013

Kids Clothes Week-Summer 2013

I spent so much time on the Heirloom Roller Skate Dress that it's already day four of Kids Clothes Week-summer edition.  It's been soooo hot here that it's hard to sit at the machine for any length of time without melting!!!  I will at least have these two items, which is better than the spring edition.  Even with all good intentions I wasn't able to finish anything that week.

You may recall awhile back, Pattern Revolution had a huge give-away.  By the time I entered, I was #10,000 and something, but I entered anyway, can't hurt right???  Well believe it or not I won a prize package of my choice of one pattern from ten, yes, TEN different pattern designers.  I thought I would sew up a top from one of  the patterns I had won.    Yippeee, I felt very,VERY lucky !!!!

Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop was one of the shops I won a pattern from.  We (my daughter and I), chose the Sweetheart Halter Top.  Everything about the top appealed to her.  She loves halters, the sweetheart neckline, and the fullness of the top,

As it turned out this is a win,win pattern....She loves the look and feel.  I LOVE IT because it is a quick, easy pattern to cut, sew and finish!!!  I had a little piece of the blue with white dots border fabric that worked perfectly for this top so I got to use some stash up too.

The pattern is only four pieces and goes together so quickly.  It has a small amount of gathering on the front, a bias binding for the back( where the elastic goes,) and ties.  And because you can mix and match different fabrics you can use up those pretty little pieces that you can't bare to part with.


I used the poofy flower border print for the front, just the plain dots for the back, a piece of embroidered white eyelet for the bodice and pink/white gingham for the bias trim/tie. Amy's tutorial/directions are good with lots of pictures,and she is available to answer questions. If you are a just getting started at sewing, go ahead and give it a try, I think you will love it.  This pattern comes in sizes 6 mons. to 12 yrs.  And if you are an experienced sewist this is a quick to finish, fun to sew, get it done and out the door pattern.    So I would like to say a big THANK YOU  to AMY for my free pattern.  You can meet her on her blog Nap Time Crafters, and see all her other cute patterns at at her shop..    One more photo please...I'm just thrilled she likes it (she said she wants more)!


Hoping you are enjoying your summer.....     

Until next time

Have fun Sewing..

xx Kim

p.s. go check what everyone else is sewing this week....click on the KCW button on the right....

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress "Flipped"

The pattern for the July Flip this pattern hosted by Frances Suzanne is the Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress/Tunic.  It's a good basic style with as many options as there are sewists.  I could see what I wanted to do to flip this pattern right away............but I also wanted my almost 13 yr old to wear it,,,eeeeeek!!!  So I only gave her my general idea of what it would end up as and made sure she liked the fabric choice.

Now, I am a lover of heirloom sewing and create along that line whenever I get the chance.  With that being said, I would have loved to make this in white batiste, with endless pintucks and flowing lace, but like I said, I want Sam to actually wear it, so this is our flipped Roller Skate Dress.!!!


She chose the fabric, we both love high-low hemlines, and I was able to add a bit of pintucks, piping and lace without any complaints...I  wanted pintucks on the bodice, no back seam and the skirt fuller at the hemline. I placed the "cut on fold" line 1" from the fold to allow for the pintucks, and then  I split the pattern from the hem up to the casing line in two different places and added 6 inches to the back and 4 inches to the front.


I attached the lace to the lining and left it free from the dress.



I used the palest pink for the piping, and just a bit of picot satin ribbon for trim between the pintucks on the bodice front.  Because I omitted the seam in the back of the dress I had to hand sew the lining down at the armholes. I used a thread loop for my button closure at the back instead of the loop closure.

Over all I was pleased with working with this pattern as a basis for what I had imagined,( something between a regency era gown and an anthropology fashionista-lol)  and we were both happy with the finished dress.!!  






I'm hoping to make a few more fashions from this pattern, for sure a few of the shorter tunic length tops will be great for school.  Head on over to the Frances Suzanne Flip this Pattern Link Up and see how some other talented Mom's flipped this pattern!!!  While you'r there, take a peek at what these two sisters have sewn up, on their blog.  Some very cute and inspiring ideas,  Thank you for hosting this fun series.
Have you flipped yet ?!!!!

Until next time...
Have fun sewing, creating and "flipping"

xx Kim