Thursday, December 29, 2011

The sale continues....

The sale is continuing through the end of the year.  Most items have been added.  Patterns are between 5% and 25% off, cutting tools are between 10% and 25% off, stencils are 25% off, fabric is discounted also.

Have fun looking!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Sale, Sale, Sale

There a sale going on at the eBay shop. Items are between 5% and 25% off. Some items have free shipping.  Some items will be on sale through Christmas.  Some items will be on sale through Monday.  New items will continue to be added.

Have fun looking!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Quick Gift Idea, etc.

How about another quick gift idea?  Here's a quick little set of bags:

This is the Take Along Bags pattern by Lazy Girl Designs.  The pattern includes a drawstring bag and a zippered bag.  The drawstring bag is approximately 4" x 6" and the zippered bag is approximately 14" x 8".   The zippered bag also has inside pockets.  These bags are appropriate for any one just by changing the fabric.

How about a bow tie blouse?  This one is rated as a beginner:

The Jasmine blouse pattern by Colette.  This is a lovely, bias cut blouse.  I think it would be cute in the
Light Pink Texture fabric by RJR.

All you need is 3 yards of fabric.  Feel free to ask about a kit for the yardage you need.

It's almost time for snowmen (well, in my part of the country).  Here's a cute home dec project:

This is the Snowman Placemat & Table runner pattern by Donna Ptak Collection.  This is a fat quarter friendly project.  It includes a placemat (17" x 12"), a table runner (35" x 12"), and napkin (17" x 17")

Happy Stitching!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Quick Gift and Inspiration Galore...

Today's quick gift idea is:

This is the Koozie Kouture pattern by Indygo Junction.  This sewing pattern comes with various koozie patterns - water bottle, glass bottle, soda can, coffee cup, and wine glass.  Lots of opportunity to customize with embroidery, applique, or other decorative elements.

Now for some inspiration:

Isn't this a gorgeous pillow? It's the Poinsettia Decorative Pillow from Pottery Barn.  Unfortunately, this pillow is already sold out but that doesn't mean you couldn't recreate it.  Here are the details:  the pillow cover is 100% linen and 12" square with leaves sewn on to look like a poinsettia.  There is no mention of what the leaves are made from but when you zoom in, it looks like felt. 

This would be fairly easy to reproduce.  Alternatively for the linen could be osnaburg in natural or a homespun in green.  Your choice of felt for the leaves and the bells.  How easy is that?

Let's move on to Spring inspiration.  Does anyone sew a season ahead?

This is from the Resort Collection at Neiman Marcus.  It's the Printed Dress with Solid Sleeves by Jason Wu.  The print on this dress is very vintage.  The description says that it's a 30's print.  This dress is made from silk.  Here's the details - jewel neckline with short raglan sleeves, fitted to the waistline, pleated A-line skirt, side pockets, with back zip closure.  Please note that this dress has a lot of trim.  You really need to visit Neiman Marcus and look at this dress up close.  The neckline, belt, and pockets are all trimmed. Price tag:  $2,300.00.

Here's some suggestions for similar looks:

We'll start with Peony Dress pattern by Colette.  This is a beginner pattern which has the fitted silhouette but is missing the raglan sleeves and a-line skirt (this would be easy to change).

If the raglan sleeves are of particular interest, then try:

The Go Anywhere Dress pattern by Sewn patterns.This is another cute alternative. Slightly different from the inspiration photo but it does have the raglan sleeve with a fitted silhouette.

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Enjoy your family and friends!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Quick gift idea...

Today's quick gif idea is:

This great looking scarf.  All it takes is 3/4 yard of  fabric.  This is the On The Go Trio pattern by Jackie Clark.  The pattern also includes a purse and a flower.  Here's a look at those:

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Inspiration, Shoptalk....

Today's inspiration is from Red Valentino:

RED Valentino Ruffle-Bottom Gingham Dress

This is the Ruffled-Bottom Gingham Dress. Very simple. Very feminine. Details - Sleeveless dress in a blue and white gingham fabric with a scoop neckline, pencil skirt, with a flared ruffle. Fabric is a cotton/spandex blend. Price tag: $695.00

Search details: at the Neiman Marcus search for "Ruffle-Bottom Gingham Dress" to see the details.

This dress could be worn to work with a cardigan or jacket and then out to dinner with a change of accessories.

For a similar look, try the slip pattern (upper right-hand corner in about picture) from the Roundabout Dress pattern by Anna Maria Horner.  Add a double-layer ruffle on the bottom.  This pattern is cut on the bias so you would not be able to get the straight of grain look in the original. 

Quick gift idea -

The Fun & Flirty coin purse  pattern by This & That.

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

New Faux Leather colors....

I received two new colors of faux leather today.  Here they are:

The first of the new colors is the Burgundy Faux Leather.  The fabric looks very much like the picture.  The dark burgundy color is the background with the black.

The second of the new color is the Tan faux leather.  This is a nice neutral colored fabric.

Below, is the color that I was able to re-stock:

This is a of the Brown Faux Leather.

All of this fabrics have a fabric content of 67% PUL,  28% Polyester, and 5% Rayon with a width of  56 inches.  They have a knit backing with a small width-wise stretch from 4" to 4 1/2".  No stretch lengthwise.

Happy Stitching!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Colette Sewing Handbook has arrived...

The Colette Sewing Handbook is here.  Here is a little bit of information:

The book is divided into sections with the last 5 sections having projects.  There are 3 dresses, a skirt, and a blouse with each pattern drafted in the Colette's sizing of 0 to 18.  Here are the projects:

This is the Merinque Skirt.  The scalloped hem gives this simple straight skirt a very pretty, feminine look.

This is the Pastille Dress.  It is a simple, cap-sleeved sheath.  A great project for learning how to fit.

This is the Truffle Dress.  This is a very feminine dress.  You can make it very tailored or you make it a bit softly and flowing.  It's entirely up to you.

This is the Taffy Blouse.  It is a beautiful, floaty blouse with flutter sleeves.  This blouse is cut on the bias.  This may have be a new technique for some.

  .This is the Licorice Dress. This is a sweet little dress that will just skim over your curves.

Additional information includes Getting Started which is information on basic tools, hand stitches, and sewing lessons.

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Artful Home has arrived....

The Artful Home fabric collection from Henry Glass has arrived. Isn't it beautiful?

I really like the browns, teals, reds, and greens together.  This collection will be sold by the yard, fat quarter bundles, and a quilt kit.  Here's the quilt:

Half-yard bundles upon request.  If you want a kit, just ask.

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Cherry Fitz is here...

Yes, I finally got the Cherry Fitz  fabric collection from Henry Glass ready to go.

What do you think? Isn't it a happy collection?  The fabric will be available by the yard, fat quarters, and a quilt kit.  Here's a picture of the quilt:

Half-yard bundles are available upon request.  If you like a kit created, just ask.

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, October 8, 2011


Here's some interesting dresses:

This first look is the Tory Burch Doreen Combo Dress.  Nice two piece with one piece dressing. Details: Medium navy ribbed top with orange leather band and wool blend olive skirt.  The pencil skirt detail has side buttons to the hem and is below the knee.   This is a pullover style.  Price tag:  $495.00 

Search details:  at the Neiman Marcus website enter "Tory Burch Combo Dress" to see the details. 

The second look is the Milly Ginny Combo Dress.  Another two piece look with one piece ease.  The top on the dress is a jersey turtle neck with a key-hole button back. The skirt portion is silk charmeuse and has a wide band that ties in the back with an above the knee a-line skirt.  Price tag:  $395.00

Search details:  at the Neiman Marcus website enter "Milly Ginny Combo Dress" to see the details.

The third look is the Milly Printed Shirtdress.  This is a silk satin with plum on navy.  The dress is button front with a spread collar, long sleeves with a barrel cuff, and a tie belt.  This is an above the knee, a-line style.  Price tag:  $395.00.   I have mention the leggings that are with this outfit.  At first glance, this is a pair of dark tights but no this is a pair of Wolford velvet leggings.  Price tag:  $150.00.

Search details:  at the Neiman Marcus website enter "Milly Linda Printed Shirtdress" to see the details.

I do think that the third look could be recreated The "Liverpool" Tunic pattern by Amy Butler for the shirtdress and Angel's Handbag & Leggings pattern by Silhouette Patterns.  Here's the view of the patterns:

The "Liverpool" pattern is in stock and I can order the leggings pattern.

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The new Colettes have arrived!

The new Colette Patterns have arrived and are listed at eBay.  Check out "What's New".

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Another Cardigan anyone?

Here's another cardigan to enjoy:

This is pure luxury from White & Warren.  This is a the Cheetah Print Cashmere Cardigan.  It is a neutral that is a little bit on the wild side.  Price tag:  $298.00.

I can not help with finding the cashmere but I think you can get a similar look using:

This is Cool Cardigan - Banded Front pattern by Pamela's Patterns.  You get to choose the sleeve length.  By the has some leopard print knits available.

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, September 4, 2011


Fall is almost upon us.  Is your wardrobe really?  I wish I could say that mine was but it's not. 

Here's today's inspiration.  It's an outfit from Magaschoni:

This is the Draped Cardigan and Flannel Pants.  The colors are perfect for fall and really it is the color combination that drew me to this outfit.  The colors are port (maroon) and dark charcoal gray.  The Draped Cardigan is wonderful and is made from rayon/wool knit.  Perfect for jeans/pants to skirts.  Price tag: $236.00.  The Flannel Pants are made from a wool blend and features a wide straight that falls from the hip.  Price tag:  $292.00.

You can get a similar look by using the Cool Cardigans Draped Front pattern by Pamela's Patterns with a matching matching tank or tee (also available from Pamela's Patterns) and the Oxford Pant pattern by Loes Hinse Design.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pre-order Colette patterns

The new Colette patterns will be ordered on Monday.  Any one interested in pre-ordering and paying via Paypal invoicing please contact me for pricing. An added bonus -- all US orders that are pre-ordered will be shipped free 1st class mail or Priority Mail (if weight dictates).  If you're in a hurry for the patterns, I can send via Priority Mail and add the difference in shipping costs.

Now for the new patterns:

On the left, the top is "Jasmine".  It is right in style for fall with the feminine styling.  The pants are "Clover".  This is a slim pant in two lengths.  The dress on the right is "Peony".  This lovely sheath dress has a bateau neckline and a removable cummerbund style belt. All three patterns are rated as "Beginner".

The order will also include the top pattern "Violet" and the skirt pattern "Ginger" along with re-stocking existing patterns. 

The free US shipping will include the entire order that is placed.  So, if there is patterns that you were wanting to get from the shop and are willing to wait for the pre-order items to arrive, feel free to let me know.

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Are you ready for Fall decorating?

Fall is one of my favorite times of year.  I love to decorate. With that in mind, I have created a new kit for the fall table.  The kit includes enough materials for 4 placemats and 8 napkins in gorgeous fall colors.  Instructions are included.  Here's pictures of the included fabrics: 

This fabric is for the placemats.  The fabric on the left is the focus fabric with the fabric on the right being the backing and the binding.  They look wonderful together.

This fabric is for the semi-circle napkins.  The fabric on the right is an orange color and the fabric on the right is a golden yellow.  These fabrics will look wonderful folded together.

Here's the link to the Fall Placemats & Napkins kit.  Hope you like it.  Remember if you would like a different fabric substituted, just ask.  If it's the same collection, there would not be any additional charge.  If the substituted fabric is from a different collection, the kit price could change.

While you're looking around, check out the remaining kits.  There are many to choose from - hand embroidery, quilts, bags, etc.  Have fun looking!

Happy Stitching!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Boho for Fall

Here's a wonderful boho look for fall:

The Boho Frock Dress Formula pattern by Paradiso Designs.  This is a fun dress that can be made in three different lengths - baby doll, midi, and maxi. It is a pull-on dress with the shaping taking place at the elastic empire waist. Frock sizing: Works up to a mid-bust measurement of 41" (this is not a bra size).   It has been designed to work with quilting cottons, voile, lawn, silk, and chiffon.

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Hip Happy Laminated fabrics are here....

Two of the Hip Happy Laminated fabrics have arrived. They are very bright and very cute. They can be found at Etsy.  Check them out here:

This is the Hip Happy Red Hearts and Paisley Laminated fabric (L7501-25).  Isn't it a bright and happy fabric?

Next, is the Hip Happy Multi Colored Hearts and Paisley Laminated fabric (L7504-11).  This is a happy, little paisley fabric.  The paisleys are about 1 1/2". 

I have the fabric from this collection, too. It hasn't been listed yet.  Please ask if you are looking for something.

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Little Retro for Girls

Are you working on wardrobes for school? Here's a cutie from Indygo Junction:

The Urban Prairie Dress pattern features fresh, modern applique, a sassy gathered ruffle, and a contrast waistband with a comfortable and easy-fit elastic neckline and waistband.  The comfortable fit combined with the stylish modern details make this dress perfect to span from toddlers to pre-tweens.  Dress has three-quarter or short sleeves options.  Petal tree and bird applique patterns are included Sizes:  12-18m, 18-24m, 3/4, 5/6, 8/10.

The Bubble Shorts, Hat & Shoeies pattern features an easy-fit elastic waistband with full bubbly short. Reversible cloche hat is a modern take on a 1920's felt ladies' cloche and reversible soft shoes are a perfect gift for the new baby. Combining all these vintage era pieces with the modern applique provides a fresh twist on the classic summer girl. Caged bird and elephant applique patterns are included. Short sizes: 0-6m, 6-12m, 12-24m, 3-4 years, 5-6 years, 8-10 years. Shoesies sizes: 0-3m, 3-6m, 6-12m, and 12-18m Cloche Hat sizes: 0-6m, 6-18m, 18m-3 years, 4-10 years.

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sale, Sale, Sale...

Everyone enjoys a sale.  All the patterns that were listed by 5pm on July 26, 2011 are on sale. 

Here's the link -   Pattern Sale.

Enjoy looking!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The New Indygo Junction patterns have arrived....

The new patterns that I ordered when I was at market have arrived.  There are craft items, bag patterns, and clothing patterns for adults and children.  Here are some highlights:

Let's start with the Chic Cowl Neck Shift pattern by Mary Ann Donze Design for Indygo Junction.  This can be made as a tunic or a dress, with sleeves or without.  Sizes: XS - 2XL.  Approximate finished bust measurements: XS - 38 1/2", S - 40", M -42", L -44", XL -46", 2XL - 48".

Next, is the Day to Night Dress pattern by Mary Ann Donze for Indygo Junction.  this dress has a vintage feel but very modern with the exposed zipper.  S - 2XL. Approximate finished bust measurements: S - 38 1/2", M - 40", L -42", XL -44", 2XL -46".

Finally, we have the Ideal Duffle pattern by Indygo Junction.  This pattern is so cute using the recycled denim jeans.  Size:  Approximately 8" high x 18 1/2"long x 7 1/2" deep, excluding the handles.

I'll show more items over the next few days.

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Thoughts of Christmas....

Well it's July and Christmas will be here before we know it.  Have you thought about gifts that you would like to make?  the gifts you want to purchase? or given it any thought at all?  Unfortunately, I'm in the later category with my own gifts.  However if I'm going to make anything, I need to start now.  The gifts to my family will need to be ready before Thanksgiving this year.

I've put together a couple of gift ideas for eReader wraps using:

The Reader Wrap pattern by Atkinson Designs.  This pattern will fit e-Readers that are 5 1/2" x 8" or smaller such as the Nook or Kindle.  For the first kit, I used both the Reader Wrap pattern and the Cash and Carry pattern.  Use leftovers to create the Cash and Carry bag with the cables.  For the second kit, I used the Reader Wrap pattern.  Both kits contain everything you need to create the create the wrap except for the closure.  The pattern has two options for the closure.  The d-ring option is available for an additional charge.  Here's the fabric - black and cream - that has been chosen for the first round of kits:

More fabric options are coming.  Some kits will include the pattern and some will not.  If you're interested in creating your own fabric combination for a kit with or without the pattern, let me know. 

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Another look for fall....

Here's a look that is for the office (or so they say):

I love the overall look of this outfit by Milly. 

Let's start with the jacket - The Colleen Peplum Jacket.  It is made out of cotton/spandex corduroy with a toggle at the waist.  The peplum hits below the hip.  The only thing I'm not too sure about it the hook & eye closure down the front.  I was unable to find a pattern exactly like this.  However, I did find Simplicity 2703 has a jacket with a similar feel (no hook & closure) with a label.  Corduroy is not listed as a recommended fabric.  Price tag on the Milly jacket - $395.00.

Now for the skirt - Deanna A-line Tweed Skirt.  It is made out of wool tweed blend, sits at the natural waist, has side pockets, and is knee length.  I think you could get a similar look using Joyce's Almost Bias Skirt pattern by Silhouettes, Amy's Skirt pattern by Silhouettes (I do not have this in stock but can order), (I realized that neither one of the Silhouettes skirt pattern will work with a wool tweed.) some of the Serendipity skirt patterns may work also.  The price tag on the Milly tweed skirt is $250.00.

Be sure to zoom in and check this outfit out.  There are lots of details that can easily be duplicated.

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Another wonderful skirt pattern.....

Here's another wonderful skirt pattern for little girls. This one might have some twirl factor also.

It's the Little Charmers skirt pattern. Actually for toddler's there is a cute little jumper. Sizes for the jumper are toddler sizes 2, 3, and 4.  Sizes for the skirt are 3/4/5, and 6/7/8. 

Check out this blog post regarding the Little Charmers skirt by Design... with training wheels. Such a cute example!

Happy Stitching!