Friday, May 29, 2015

quilted pouches

Another project I saw at Purl Soho was these gorgeous quilted pouches. I have been needing some so this was a great purposeful project and surprisingly easy to sew. I love the fresh summer colors of the Robert Kaufman fabric and the diagonal quilting. The quilting is done at a 60 degree angle. I set to making these up yesterday and am so happy with the way they turned out.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

liesl kerchief

Love this pattern! It's a kerchief and can be worn two ways, on the head or around your neck. It was a really nice knit that had the right amount of intrigue but didn't take forever.
I used leftover sock yarn and right at the end had to finish with a slightly different red sock yarn. It all worked out.
Pattern by Caroline Hegwer.

gingham smocked shirt

I was at Purl Soho a week ago and purchased a kit to make a Smocked Dress and Shirt. I've admired this pattern for a while especially in this grey gingham with red thread. I found the embroidery peaceful and love the little puckers. The smocking is called honeycomb smocking and I thinkI should have made my stitches a little tighter. The smocking is in the front and back and there are two shoulder ties. It fits my daughter like a tunic. This photo was taken while in progress. Here is a link to the pattern

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

summer lines embroidery sampler

I love having a hand stitch project to work on a little at a time here.
Rebecca Ringquist makes really fun samplers and it's a great place to practice your embroidery stitches. I think this is my fourth one from her line. The next one I am going to start is a paisley design. I have my eye on the color wheel as well.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

liberty of london double layer collar

Perfect for adding a little spring to your outfit.
You can find the pattern here if you would like to make one of your own.

Monday, May 18, 2015

cream linen simple slip dress slip dress

I recently made this linen slip dress in a beautiful mid weight cream colored linen. The pattern is actually a slip from April Rhodes and comes with two dress patterns. You can find it here. To be honest I misplaced my directions and had to sew this up without which in my case worked out fine since it was pretty simple and with sewing experience and a few measurements worked out fine. I look forward to trying the date night pattern as well as making up more of these simple slips. I remember this style was very popular in the 1990's and I don't think it really ever goes out. It's a nice easy piece to put on and wear out. I often buy my linen from here.

Monday, May 11, 2015

simple servant frock

I found a pattern that I've made a few times before and though she has outgrown the sizing chart I decided to make one. It is the Simple Servant Frock from Sugar City Journal which was one of my favorites 'back in the day' ha ha! I feel like so much has changed since then.
I wanted to sew something for her which I don't do nearly as much as I used to. This a nice pattern and it makes the person wearing it shine and I think that in itself is really beautiful.

Monday, May 4, 2015

like the night sky

I finished knitting this poncho over the weekend that I started in March. It is one long stockinette stitch rectangle which is then sewn so it can be worn over the head. It drapes beautifully. I must say it was very tedious to knit. In the end though this is beautiful and elegant when finished and worn. It would look nice paired with slim pants or a pencil skirt. I bought 5 skeins of this inky blue color but, only used four and the tiny flecks remind me of the starry sky. I've always loved that time of day on a summers night when it switches to this color briefly before complete darkness.

Pattern: Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
Wool: Rowan Felted Tweed DK in Seafarer