Sewing Loot

After I sent these off in the mail to Teresa, I got some goodies of my own!

I bought the Carry Me book, some of you might remember I reviewed it a while ago. It really is the best bag making book I’ve come across and I’d like to make some more from it. I also purchased the newly released Stylish Dress Book, it has some pretty cute casual designs. I can’t wait to make my Juniper pants, I’m a pants (especially wide-leg!) girl so imagine my delight when they released this pattern! The thread is from Pick Your Plum, I paid 10$ for all those spools (each has over 300 m of thread). I can’t really attest to its quality since I haven’t used it but if anything it’ll do for hand-basting and muslin-sewing.

I’m not done yet…


Look at my sweet new stash! I’ve some lovely black featherwale courduroy (yes, Juniper pants!), a Valori Wells cotton spandex knit, yellow t-shirt knit, striped rayon ponti de roma knit and some coral jersey!

It’s going to be a busy sewing season this fall!

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Sewing for Orphans

What a productive past week it’s been in terms of sewing! I managed to finish 8 pairs of boy’s shorts and 7 popover sundresses for Teresa’s Sewing for Orphans project,  take a look:

7 dresses in total, of varying sizes and prints. They’re all made out of natural woven fibers (linen, rayon, cotton). Click to zoom in, its sharper for some reason when you do that.

A closer look, my favorite one is on the bottom left hand corner, yellow linen with white shoulder ties.

8 shorts with contrast stitching in different sizes (I’m not too pleased with the picture quality but it’s the best I could do this time around).

I didn’t buy any fabric for this, it was all in my stash, but I did buy bias tape, elastic and one spool of thread (a big one of course).  I’ve never made so many of the same item before, and while I love sewing (and for a good cause), I can see why the assembly line model of production can become uninspiring and repetitive. All in all however, a great experience.

Essential Sewing Tools – Tailor’s Ham

I meant to post about this earlier but this past spring I decided to to recycle and reuse my scraps to make a tailor’s ham. So far I love it. It’s made pressing curves and darts so much better and I can’t sew without it!

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It’s a funny name isn’t it? My family was like “you’re making a what?”, my sister joked that it sounded like a special gourmet dish for a portly tailor. It’s not edible but the name isn’t entirely off, it does look like a big fat fabric-y ham. I used the ham pattern provided by The Sewing Princess and I chose a quilting cotton print on one side, and unbleached muslin on the other. I lined it with cotton flannel and stuffed it entirely with cotton and/or linen scraps so it is a little lumpy. I thought about getting sawdust from a handyman’s store but it sounded too messy to me.

In other sewing related news, have you heard of Teresa’s wonderful sewing project? Sewing clothing for children in the Tam Ky orphanage in Vietnam! I love it! I’ve already started on 8 pairs of shorts for boys (fabric.com has a free pattern here) and I plan on making some Oliver + S popover sundresses for girls. If you want to participate check out Teresa’s post to find out more, it’s a wonderful way to give back (and de-stash).