Monday, August 27, 2012

Pincushion Caddy

There is a new post up at Cut. Sew. Press. Love.  I hope you guys will come on over and check it out! :^)

Pincushion Caddy

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Change of Address

Hi everyone!  I have decided to change my blog name and address to something a little simpler.  I hadn't been loving the sew addicted name for a while now and finally a better name came to me.

Cut. Sew. Press. Love.

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It feels so right!  I made a pretty header for it and everything, and I don't think there is anything too similar out there.  I don't want to copy anyone :^(  I also think that if I ever do decide to sell any handmade items, this name will look better on a label. 
So there it is a new name and new address.
I really hope it isn't too much of a pain in the butt for you guys to update your subscriptions and follow me over to my new place.  There is a new post up, here is a peek

jewel star

Hope to see you guys on flipside!  Thanks for reading.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Washi Dress

Last week Rae of Made by Rae released the pattern to her much anticipated Washi Dress.  After talking myself out of it for a few hours, I finally gave in and bought the pattern.  I am so glad I did.  The dress was fun to make, and so easy I was surprised.  I kept waiting for the complicated part but I never got frustrated once.  It took me a couple of days to make because of the boys and household stuff, but I think it could be done in a day with a few dedicated hours.  I do suggest cutting out everything one night and then have another day to put it all together.

The fabric I used is Wrenly Wildfield in Gypsy by Valori Wells.  How can you not love rainbow dandelions.  It was supposed to be for my Tova but the Washi Dress pattern seemed to be perfect for this fabric.  I love it so much and can't wait to wear it out.

washi dress

As I stated on instagram, I am petite at 5'2, but with 36DD nursing boobs. I cut out a size medium, made a muslin, and felt that I didnt need to do a Full Bust Adjustment.

washi dress

  The shirring in the back allows the front to fit nice and snug but not too snug  No boob smushing. 

washi dress back shirring
I didn't see any weird gaping on the sides either.  The only change I made was on the skirt part where I cut some off of the width of the dress.

side adjustment

 Next time I will just grade the pattern from a size medium bust to a small skirt.  I had to cut the pockets and resew them but it worked out fine.  The pockets are pretty sweet by the way.

washi dress

I like the bias tape to finish the armholes.
attaching bias tape

Its pretty on the inside too.

washi dress inside view

washi dress inside view

washi dress

In a wrap, I think this is a great pattern. Easy to follow instructions, with a great end result.  It feels so good to have made a dress I absolutely love!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Carry On bag

Last night I stayed up way too late but it was worth it because I made this!

drawstring bag

I love it so much!  I used Jeni's (In Color Order) tutorial with Terri's (Sew Fantastic) pocket addition.

handy pockets

I made it to hold all of this stuff.

ready to EPP

This little bag of goodies was intended for road trips, but I may try to baste some pieces while sitting on the couch.  It will keep me from hearing the mister fuss about me spending too much time in my sewing room and not with him and the boys.  I have never tried English paper piecing before but I enjoy hand sewing binding so I think I will enjoy this as well. 
 I bought the Sewline pen but I also have thread as a good old fashioned backup.  There are only enough fabrics cut for 6 stars right now just to get started.  Rachel's Star Blossom tutorial is super helpful and she even has a video too.
I just realized I get to cross 2 items off of my list!  I cut my hexies and I made a bag for them, sweet!

What's everyone else working on?

Sunday, August 5, 2012

I was able to cross two more items off of my sewing checklist.  I made my sister a dress for her birthday.  I used the Honey Girl Pattern by Jaime Christina.  This is the second dress I've made from this pattern.  It's pretty easy and makes a great summer dress.

Honey Girl dress for sis

Today I finally finished up a top for my mom.

For fabric, I used super soft Anna Maria Horner Innocent Crush Voile, purchased from Hawthorne Threads
I love Swedish Tracing paper.  Its so nice to not have to cut your original pattern, and its tougher than than pattern tissue paper.

voile top

I used bias binding to finish the edges instead of facings.  Here is a great tutorial on how to do it from the Collette blog.  It took me a few times to get it right.  The width of the bias tape I was using was too wide originally, and so I was getting all kinds of awful bunching when I tried to flip it over.  I trimmed my tape to 1" wide and then things finally went smoothly.


adding bias facing neckline

finished AMH voile top

I can't wait to see my mom in it!

I've been making random granny squares when I can.  I've made four and thats about as far as I want to go right now so I am going to make a wall hanging.


My favorite block.


And finally some new favorite fabrics added to the stash.


Now I think I can get started on my Tova.