Saturday, September 27, 2008

Inspiration & Shop Talk - Fall Wraps

Today, I was looking around at the Big 4 websites and came across an interesting wrap at the Butterick site: Retro Wrap. Looks like it would be easy to recreate. You will need to register for email to get this.

If this isn't the type of wrap that you're interested in, perhaps one of the following items in The Pattern Loft shop will be of interest:

1. Pamela's Poncho pattern by Pamela's Patterns.

2. Pamela' Poncho for Kids pattern by Pamela's Patterns.

3. Zoannes Cape/Coat a Silhouettes pattern by Peggy Sagers.

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Inspiration & Shop Talk

Today, I was looking at the fashions for me at the MyShape website. This jacket caught my eye - Obstinee - Long-Sleeve Jacket with Flower Detail . I thought that this was an embroidered fabric until I zoomed in. It is a very artsy jacket. All of the bias tape and the embroidery really make this a beautiful jacket. The floral detail is really pretty. Go look at this jacket and think about how you could apply this type of detail to something that you are sewing. I know I will be adding this to my list.

Here's a couple of jackets to think about:

1. The Confident Jacket by Indygo Junction would be a good jumping off point for this type of jacket. Add a zipper and a little bit of shaping.

2. The Zippered Jacket by Loes Hinse would also make a good start for this type of jacket. It has a different neckline than the Obstinee jacket but I think that it would would for creating this type of a look.

Happy Sewing!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Shop Talk - New Items

I added several new items to the store today. A few of the items were restocks of sold out patterns but it's mostly new items. Go check out the "What's New" section to see all the goodies. The link is to the right.

Tomorrow is the last day of the 15% off sale on the rotary cutters and rotary cutter replacement blades. If you spend $50 and it includes one of the sale items, the shipping will be free. Remember to ask for an invoice to get the free shipping.

Happy Sewing!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Gift ideas & Shop Talk - For the dog lover

Here's a few ideas for the dogs:

1. Here's a link to two toys for dogs. The gutless fleece toy and a toss ball toy. Dog toys. Make extra and donate to your local shelter. The dogs will love you.

2. Here's a Doggie Sweater made from fleece. There are also many more items on this page.

3. Here's a Doggie Coat.

For the dog lover:

1. How about a cute little Doggie Bags that's just big enough to carry your cell phone and necessities.

2. How about a Pieceful Pet Beds to match the decor?

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Inspiration - St. John's Whipped Stitch top

Today, I found this whipped stitched top at Neiman Marcus. What a simple idea for changing the look of a top / outfit. There are grommets attached around the neckline with a scarf threaded through then tied in a bow. How easy is that? You could also create this look for much less than the asking price? Here's a link to the top so you can zoom in and check out the details - St John's Whipped Stitch top. With all the money that you're saving by making a similar top, why not make a pair of Loes Hinse's Oxford pants. to complete the outfit.

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Gift Ideas & Shop Talk - For the kitty lover

Here's a few ideas for the kitties in your life:

1. How about a catnip filled rat for the kitty? You'll find material, instructions, and a template at the Martha Stewart website - Catnip Rat.

2. Here's another cute kitty toy idea from the Martha Stewart website: Cat Toys.

3. A cute kitty bed and pillow: My Own Kitty Bed pattern.

For the kitty lover:

1. Who can resist a Cat Purrse? Here's the Cat Purrses pattern.

2. or a cell phone catty - Here's the Cell Phone Catty's pattern.

3. How about Cats in the Kitchen oven mitts and pot holders pattern.

Look around at the store. There are more cat related items. Next, I'll write ideas for dog lovers.

Happy Sewing!

Friday, September 5, 2008

110 days to Christmas - Can you believe it?

Tonight I have found an absolutely wonderful blog full of freebie patterns. It's . Go check out it. Now, think of all the items that can be made for gifts and for donations. Enjoy!

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Shop Talk - Christmas/Winter Decorating Ideas

As you know, Christmas isn't that far away. Here's a few ideas of decorating:

1. Here's a cute pattern by Artful Offering - Victorian Elf Stocking. If you're looking for a more traditional stocking pattern try the Goodie Socks pattern by Details by Diane.

2. How about some cute Christmas Elves or Pretty Penguins? These patterns are by Disa Designs.

3. Finally, how about the cute Jingle Bell Vases pattern by Artful Offering?

Don't forget to look around at other decorative items in the store. Patterns for pillow coverings are fun and quick to change out for each season.

The backordered items are starting to show up. Today, I received the French Fuse interfacing in white. This is a knit interfacing that is 60" wide with crosswise stretch and lengthwise stability. It will be selling for $6.50 per yard. I can also order this interfacing in beige and black. Let me know if you're interested in one or both of these colors and I'll order.

Happy Sewing!