December 15, 2015

Day 2 - A Vision to Remember Stocking Blog Tour

Hi! I'm the second stop on the stocking blog tour for A Vision to Remember. This pattern is for a Rag Quilt Stocking. Now, I have never made a rag anything or a quilt anything so this was definitely a learning experience. Apparently, I can't follow directions either, but I finished (fairly quickly I might add) and I think it turned out pretty cute.I used some Christmas fabric that was going on year 2 in my stash and added some fun pink. I think it brightens up the whole stocking. Mine is as raggish as I'd like,but the more you wash them the more raggedy they get.

My stocking is a bit skinnier because I was too lazy ahem busy to print the pattern so I free-handed one. This was pretty simple and one of the most no-fuss"fussy" projects. If you've got some holiday coordinates or even scraps that you've been hoarding for a while this is a great project for those! You can see the instructions and grab the stocking pattern right here on the blog.

You can follow along each day and be sure to go back and check out Day 1!
Day 4: Merri Poppins
Day 5: All Things Katy

This would be fun to make with your kids.Just have them pick out their own fabrics.
If you happen to make one comeback and link it in the comments.


September 24, 2015

Top Stitchers Interview with Ali Cat & Co

Welcome to the beginning of my journey for Season 3 of Top Stitchers! After taking an impromptu break from all things sewing I am thrilled to have my "sewjo" back and looking to really jump out and challenge myself and what better place than in Sewing Stadium? As usual, the talented lady behind Top Stitchers is absolutely brilliant and came up with an awesome theme for myself and Brianne of Ali Cat & Co.

Both of us are Top Stitcher veterans: I accepted the challenge for Season 1 and Brianne strutted her stuff for Season 2.This season our prompt is to channel our Spirit Animal and we debut on November 17th. Before we go toe to toe or tail to tail Brianne and I sat down (on Facebook) to get to know each other a little better. After talking to her I am so excited to participate in this challenge with such a fun and talented lady. Brianne is a SUPER BAD bag maker who lives in California with her permanent roommate, 2 offspring and 1 feline and without further adieu here's my interview with Brianne!

Brianne Ali Cat & Co

About Brianne: 

What's your name?
 Brianne Matlage aka Brizee aka B Money

Where do you live? With who? Whom? 
San Marcos, CA with my permanent roommate, 2 offspring, and 1 feline

What’s the craziest (PG) thing you’ve ever done? 
PG! HAHA! Jumped off a 20 foot rock into a river BEFORE checking there were rocks submerged beneath me.
What would your best friend say is your personality strength? 
 My independence.  I can do everything myself.

What are 3 interesting factoids about yourself?
1.  I was born with an ear deformity.  I was made fun of a lot when I was little for my alien ear.  Because of that, I would never wear my hair up.  Glasses sat crooked on my face.  It was a stab to my self-confidence.  When I was 24, I finally had the opportunity to have it corrected. It was a long procedure and fairly painful.  But now I'll wear those ponies without fear of ridicule. I'm a real girl! 

2.  I graduated from University of Texas at 19.  I will say there is no reason for such a young person to be in the 'real world' before you can legally drink.

3. I am a cereal connoisseur.  The two best cereals are Ohs and Target's brand Archer Farms Blueberry granola.

How long have you been sewing and why did you start sewing?   
About 5 years.  I started sewing right after my oldest daughter was born.  I wanted to make her pretty things.  Now I only want to make myself pretty things!

What are currently sewing on?
I have 4 sewing machines.  Janome Magnolia 7318 (now my daughters machine), Janome MC 8200, Brother 1034D serger, and Brother PE 770 embroidery machine.
I am currently working on FMA and a new Elsa dress for my daughter to attend a Princess Tea Party.

Do you have other hobbies?  Where does it (do they) rank compared to sewing?
I love to read. I enjoy being in an alter reality full of murder, mystery, and magic.  Crafty wise-I like paint by numbers!  Both fall behind sewing.

Why did you join Top Stitchers?
Because Becca asked and I can't say no to a fabulous friendly competition.
Our prompt is to pick an animal that you feel you represent.  How do you feel about this theme?
I love animals, so I'm quite excited.  I already have my game plan on.

What IS your favorite animal?! Any and all cats

What is your LEAST favorite material to sew with and why? Stretch pleather.  Never again.

What is the worst thing you’ve ever made? One of those ribbon shoulder tie tops for my daughter.  Yuck. Newbie mistake.

 What’s your favorite thing to sew? Accessories.  They are one size fits all.

Where can we follow your awesome work?
Instagram: Alicatco

Well, there you have it. Be sure to check out Brianne's blog and follow her on Instagram. See you in Sewing Stadium!!

April 07, 2015

Pattern Revolution's Top Stitchers - My Turn!!

I'm so excited about this week's Top Stitcher Contest because it's my turn! My opponent and I were prompted to create a "Climate Change" piece, basically, taking a warm weather pattern and turning it into something winter-worthy. I could never quite figure out who was at more of a disadvantage me - who hasn't seen a real winter in a looong time or Jeanine who lives in Canada and can't possible ever need summer clothes, right?

First, let me redefine "winter" for you because I live in Florida! Winter in Florida or Fwinter as I so affectionately call it is basically a lot of days that feel like fall in the morning and then afternoon temperatures around 70 degrees. By evening you may want to put back on one of those layers you shed earlier. If it is snow-maggeden in the rest of the country then we just wear coats and a scarf. So winter wear around here is made up of layering and more coverage. Oh and boots!

Now that you know what winter is like I can show you what I created. I took the Winter Wear Designs (appropriately named) Riviera Romper pattern and added coverage. The pattern has options for shorts and capris so I lengthened and widened the bottom for a palazzo pant kind of vibe. For the top portion raised the neckline for more coverage and added sleeves by using the sleeve piece from the Winter Wear Phresh Blazer. I kept the scoop back because remember, when I go outside at noon I will not need that jacket I dug out on my way to work that morning. By the way, if you haven't checked out any of Suzanne's super fresh designs I highly recommend that you do. 

Now, I am not sure if you can tell, but the top is my favorite part of the whole thing! That is why I took this weird sequin selfie.  So, about my fabrics and finishing: I chose a pretty purple suiting fabric for the pants portion and and pretty sequin material with the tiniest bit of stretch for the top portion. Both came from my local Joann Fabrics. Let me tell you about sequins: they do not like to be gathered. Also, they are just as bad as glitter. I had sequin pieces in my bobbin case. It was THAT bad. I was so grateful that the pattern calls for most of the edges to be finished with bias tape. (Hooray!) When it came to the sleeves I just went with the theme and finished them in bias tape too. I did add the pockets from the original pattern because I liked it on my summer romper. And of course I had to finish off the entire look with boots! Nothing screams it's winter (even at 75 degrees) like boots. Well, that is it for this southern girl. Happy Voting!