Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Denim Jackets....

Do you have a denim jacket or a jean style jacket?  Looks like there are several options for fall.  Here's a couple that catch my attention:

Here is a denim jacket with near classic styling of a jean jacket.  This is the RtA Denim Jacket.  What do you think of the pintuck detailing?  What do you think of the zipper closure and the zipper cuffs?  Regular price is $575.00.  Right now it is marked down to $400.00.  The pintucking wouldn't be too hard to accomplish.  Just need to do the pintucking before cutting the sections out. Remember to match the fronts It would require extra length.  A sander could be used for the rough detailing.

What do you think of this interesting take on a jean jacket?  A little more feminine look with the cinched just above the waist and little bit of peplum.  This jacket is by Co and the retail price is $470.00.  I think if you shortened a standard jean jacket pattern and then drafted a peplum section you would come close to this look.

If you want a closer look at either on of these jackets, hop over to Neiman Marcus and search for the company and jacket name.

Need a jean jacket pattern?  Try this pattern:

This is the Jordan Jacket pattern by Serendipity Studios.  It is pretty much a standard jean style jacket. Use the link and go check it out.  Remember your jean jacket can be as plain or fancy as you want it.  Denim, linen, faux problem. Faux leather...why not?

Need more inspiration?  Hope over to youtube and look up the Silhouette Patterns #900 Carol's Jacket.  There is a ton of information on making changes to a jean jacket pattern  Obviously, this video is geared toward Silhouette Patterns jean jacket pattern.

Hope your inspired to make something wonderful!

Happy Stitching!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Christmas Tree Mug Rug kit

These are the cutest little mug rugs for the holidays:

This is the Christmas Tree Mug Rug kit.  It come with pre-fused & pre-cut applique pieces, background fabric, backing fabric, fabric strip for binding, buttons.  All you need to add is fusible batting, embroidery thread, and sewing thread. 

This would be a great take along project once the appliques are fused into place.  It would also make a nice gift.

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Pop-Up Fun....

Have you seen the Fat Quarter Pop-Up?  It is a very cute idea.

This is a fun little container that pops.  The specially forms wire springs into shape every time.  All you need to create is the pattern kit, light weight fusible interfacing, a fat quarter, and a few notions.  Finished size:  5 1/2" diameter and 6" tall.  This is not intended for children under the age of 12. 

Now that you've purchased the pattern and realized what fun it is to make, here is the Small Pop-Up refill:

This would make cute little gifts.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Skirt, Skirts, Skirts….

I love wearing skirts and I have found some interesting skirts for you today.  Leather and suede are in abundance.


Isn’t this a great looking skirt?  This is the Turner Zip-Front Suede Skirt from Layette 148 New York.  It is a exposed zip-front skirt with architectural patchwork and topstitching, an a-line silhouette, and side-entry pockets in goat skin.  Price tag:  $798.00.


Michael’s skirt by Silhouette Patterns is similar.  You would need to add the a-line silhouette.



This is the Mylon Suede skirt from Joie.    This is a little longer skirt with an a-line silhouette and concealed  button front in goatskin.  Price tag:  $598.00


This is the Emaline Skirt pattern from Serendipity Studio. This skips the concealed button front but gives you three lengths and three styles. 

I wonder how the Nu-Suede from Kaufmans or the Cuddle Suede from Shannon would make up in either of these patterns.  Both fabrics are machine washable which is easier care than the leather. If anyone is interested in a group purchase, let me know. 
Hope your inspired to create something beautiful.
Happy Sewing!


Monday, August 10, 2015

Wallets and Bags Using Frames Part 1......

Looking for gift ideas?  Here is a little wallet pattern and a small bag pattern. 

This is the Diva Frame Wallet pattern.  Included with the pattern is a silver colored frame.  This wallet includes 6 card pockets, 2 open pockets, and a zippered pocket. It can even be used as a clutch.  This is a great way to use up a fat quarter stash or use up some of your scraps.  Finished size closed:  8"wide x 4 1/2 long, finished size open:  8" wide x 9" long.  This would make a great easy gift.  Rating:  Beginning.

This is the Glam Shell pattern.  Included with the pattern is a silver colored frame.  This little bag includes 2 zippered pockets, 1 open pocket, 8 card slots, and a phone pocket.  Finished size closed:  8" x 7", finished size open:  8" x 14".

If you needed extra frames, here are the color choices:

This is the silver colored frame.

This is the gun metal gold colored frame.
This is the rose gold colored frame.

If you're interested in a different colored frame than what is currently with the pattern just ask when you purchase and I will substitute a different colored frame, if it is available.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fall Inspiration...

I've started looking at the Fall 2015 Folklorica Trend and found this fantastic trench:

This is the Burberry Prorsum trench coat and you really should head over to Neiman Marcus and check out the details.  This coat is suede and only retails for $7,500.00.  Yes, this is one of those items that you could duplicate if you chose.  Here's the back detail:

What do you think of the fringe?  I suppose that the fringe is the big trend item.  I'm not sure how I feel about the fringe for myself but it is certainly a fun detail.  This looks like a fairly classic trench coat and the only one I can think of that is an exact duplicate of the Burberry trench (with cup sizing added of course) is the Barbara's Trench by Silhouette Patterns:

The pattern maker stated that she actually duplicated a Burberry Trench for this pattern.  What about the fringe?  Well, Peggy at Silhouette Patterns has done a couple of videos this summer on how to add the fringe.  Hope on over to the Silhouette Patterns youtube channel and check out it out.

Hope you inspired to make something beautiful for yourself.

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, July 16, 2015


It's time to look forward to fall fashions and I found this lovely coat:

This is the Gucci Leather Single-breasted Coat.  I just love it!  However, I don't love the price which is $5,600.00.  I wonder how many skins it would take to recreate this lovely coat.  I suppose you don't really need to use skins a faux leather of some type would probably be just fine.  Here's a pattern that would give a similar look:

This is the Dakota Duster by Serendipity Studio.  It would give a similar look to the inspiration coat and faux suede is listed as one of the fabrics.

Let's move on the jacket under the coat:

Doesn't this look like a classic blazer pattern?  I don't think that it is really a classic jacket but it certainly looks nice.  This is the Gucci Kaleidoscope Light Wool Single-Breasted Blazer.  Price tag:  $1750.00.  Here's a similar jacket:

This is Kwik Sew 3715.  This is a classic lined blazer pattern.  The difference I see between the inspiration photo and the Kwik Sew pattern is the lapel is slightly different and the pockets are lower.  Let's move to the pants: 

This is the Gucci Kaleidoscope Wool 1960s skinny pant.  These pants have a 7" leg opening.  Price tag:  $795.00.   Here's a pattern that would give you a similar look:

This is the Clover slim pant pattern by Colette.

Hope you're inspired to make something wonderful for fall.

Happy Stitching!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Twist N Turn....

Have you seen the new Twist N Turn ruler?  Here's a quick peek:

This is the Twist N Turn Ruler by Cindy McCracken Designs.  It is designed to work with 1" to 8 1/2" strips.  A great way to use up pre-cut strips in your stash.  Here's a few patterns that use this particular ruler:

This fun little pattern is the Fractured Rainbow quilt pattern by Cindy McCracken Designs.  The quilt size is 64" x 68".

This is the Under the Sea quilt pattern by Cindy McCracken Designs.  Size is 77" x 85".  Isn't this a wonderful way to use the batiks?

How about this fun little Baby Twist quilt?  The quilt size is 57" x 57".  I want to make this cute little almost a pin wheel quilt.  Maybe it's time for me to start a stash of baby quilts for the future.

Hope you inspired to create something wonderful.

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Get Inspired To Sew Something Wonderful....

Spring is in the air even though looking out the window everything is white here.  Mother Nature can be cruel sometimes.  I was just starting to enjoy my flowers.  I suspect everyone is as ready for sometime as I am.  Here's some wonderful patterns to get creative with:

This lovely little wrap dress is Ramona Wrap Dress pattern by Serendipity Studio.  This design has a generous overlap with a tie closure. Great for beginners.  Make it up cottons, heavy silks, rayons, and/or linen.

This is the KISS Dress pattern from Brenson Studios. Great for those hot days!  You can make it loose and casual no zipper version or make it more tailored by adding the darts for a more fitted dress. Either way, you can make some great dresses.  Like the dress and want more variations?  Try this add-on pattern:

This is the Cowl Front Overlay addendum pattern.  This will change to look of the KISS dress by adding a front cowl.

How about some new T-shirts?  The Perfect T-Shirt pattern by Pamela's Patterns has three necklines and four sleeve lengths making it a great pattern to start making t-shirts with.  If you're interested in additional necklines, try this:

The New Necklines & Sleeves for The Perfect T-Shirt pattern adds four necklines and two sleeve styles to The Perfect T-Shirt pattern. It also includes instruction for turning the T-shirt pattern into a  tunic or a dress.

If you're interested in a woven tee, try the Simple Elegant Tee pattern by CNT Patterns.  This pattern comes with three sleeve styles, two necklines, and three lengths.

The Zinfandel Skirt pattern is a 6-panel pull-on skirt with a little flare at the hem.  Quick and easy!

Hope you're inspired to make something beautiful!

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Spring is just around the corner and we'll be shedding the bulky winter coats for light weight jackets. Here's some jacket inspiration:

Isn't this a lovely little jacket? This is the Maila Couture Cloth Topper Jacket by Lafayette 148.  This little jacket has a funnel neckline with a single hook and eye closure, half sleeves, vented center back, an A-line silhouette, and made of polyester.  Price tag:  $568.00.  If you want a closer look, go to and search for the name.

The Retro Raglan Jacket pattern by Indygo Junction will give you a similar.  If you remove the button placket and move the edges to the center front along with shortening the sleeves, it will be a very close interpretation. 

This is the Open Front Linen Cocoon Coat by Eskandar  This coat is made from a semi-sheer linen/nylon blend fabric, has a V neckline, open front, and 3/4 length sleeves.  Price tag:  $940.00.   This can be found at Just search for the name.  I'm not so sure that you need a pattern for making this.  Peggy Sagers did a webcast on creating a cape which isn't too different than this coat. It looks like the difference in her cape and cocoon coat is the side seam.  You can see this information at, click on past webcasts, and click on Great EZ Fall Accessories. This information can also be found in the Third Season of Fit 2 Stitch.

This is the Fisher Project Terry Half-Sleeve Cape by Eileen Fisher.  This is a raw edge cape made from terry. This little cape looks very much like the one that Peggy Sager's makes in the reference webcast above.  Price tag:  $338.00.  If you want a closer look, head over to and search for the name.

There are many more jacket patterns over at eBay and Etsy.  Go check them out.

Happy Stitching!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Curve Master Presser Foot.....

Do you like sewing curves in your quilts?  I definitely love the look but find curves challenging.  Here is a presser foot that will help with the curves:

This is the 1/4" Curve Master Presser Foot.  It allows sewing a 1/4" seam on a curve without pinning.  How great is that?  It comes with adaptors for most home machines. Bernina machines will require a Bernina shank adaptor.

This is the Extra-Long Bent Tweezers.  This is used with the Curve Master Presser Foot.

The quilter who developed this foot has many videos available to assist with the use:

1.  Curve Master Troubleshooting #1.  This 6-minute video shows 3 common mistakes and then shows how to correct.

2.  Common Cutting and Sewing Errors. This 9-minute video discusses accurate cutting and seaming.

3. Cutting Errors Result in Imperfect Results.  This 3-minute video provides additional information on accurate cutting.

4. Attaching the Curve Master Presser Foot. This 11-minute video provides information on how to attach the Curve Master Presser Foot with the various shanks.

5.  Sewing with the Curve Master.  This approximately 8-minute video provides information on how to use the Curve Master Presser Foot.

Hope you find this helpful!

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


This week's inspiration is another skirt. 

Isn't this lovely skirt?  Light and airy.  This is the Nutmeg Latte Skirt from ModCloth.  Only $49.99.  Go check it out.  It is available in three colors.  Don't like the colors?  Make your own using this pattern:

Looks a lot like the inspiration photo, doesn't it?  Remember gathers can be pleated instead or remain gathers.  This is the Zinnia Skirt pattern by Colette Patterns.  So, go get a some wonderful lightweight fabric and have some fun.  Don't forget the lining fabric.

Happy Stitching!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Folded Stars

Are you ready to make some new folded star hot pads or even a pincushion?  Here are the two hot pads patterns:

 This is the Round Folded Star pattern.  This pattern comes with directions, measurements, and 1 interfacing template.

This is the Square Folded Star pattern.  This pattern comes with directions, measurements, and 1 interfacing template.

This can be very addicting.  It is a satisfying little project and doesn't take a lot of time.  You might even be able to use some of the stash or leftover scraps.  That's a win-win, isn't it?  Since it so addicting, I also have available extra interfacing templates:

This is the 3-pack of Interfacing Templates.  It works with either the round or the square pattern. 

This is the 12-pack of Interfacing Templates.  Some interfacing as the 3-pack, just a larger quantity for the addicted. For those who don't mind drawing there own templates, I have this:

It's the Folded Star Stencil.  This is a clear acrylic stencil which will allow you to create the perfect 8-point stars in five sizes ranging from 3 1/2" to 8".  With the template, you might be interested in the interfacing:

This is the Transparent Foundation Sheets and it contains 25 blank 8 1/2" x 11" sheets.  There is also fabric kits to get you started.  Here are the two versions currently available:

The first fabric kit has a summery feel to it.  The cold, winter weather has me looking toward spring.

The second fabric kit has a fun feel to it.  A bold zebra print with red, yellow, and brown.  Of course, if you're interested in a custom kit, just let me know.

Here is the final folded star:

This is the Folded Star Pin Cushion pattern.  I need one of these next to my machines and on my ironing board.  Another great way to use up some stash or scraps.

There are packages of the Pin Cushion Interfacing Templates available. 

Let's not forget about the pincushion kit that is available available.  The kit comes with the fabric shown and one package unscented ground walnut shells.  For an additional cost, lavender scented ground walnut shells can be substituted or purchased in addition.  If you choose to add an additional package of the ground walnut shells, be sure to contact me about adjusting the shipping on the invoice.

Happy Sewing!