7.05.2015

What is a girl to do when it is hot outside? Turn up the fan and Sew!!!




Happy 4th of July to all my U.S. North American friends.  I hope you had a good one!
It has been unseasonably hot here in the Pacific Northwest - in the 90's!   So what does a girl do when it is too warm to go outside (well, if I'm not at the beach with my rascal boys!)  Why sew, of course : )


I have always loved Pucci prints and when I received this fabric in a Girl Charlee Knit Fix assortment  I knew a dress was in order!  To clarify, Girl Charlee Fabrics sells a special assortment of 2 yard cuts of knit fabric - a surprise bag every month.  Lets just say, I need to be sewing up all that knit fabric I've ordered : )

If you want to see some vintage Pucci prints, click [HERE]


The pattern is Simplicity 1804.  I lengthened the shortest version to make more of a midi length.
A versatile pattern,  I can see wearing it to the beach as a swim suit cover up or it can be dressed up for a night out!



Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise

6.30.2015

The Great Pattern Hack - Anna Blouse to Dress



Happy Summer to you!
Yes, that is my Anna Blouse Pattern pictured above!

Kait Witte of Making it Fun took my Anna Blouse and made it into a dress!


I just love how it turned out.  She used Michael Miller Clip dot for the bodice (basically a swiss dot)
and Michael Miller's Glitz Gardent for the skirt.  I love the contrast red binding on the bodice.  The dress is so fun and summery.

I may just have to make one for myself!
You can find the Anna Blouse pattern [HERE]

Michael Miller is hosting the "pattern hack" - sewists are taking an existing pattern and giving it their own twist.   There are some great projects so far.  Don't miss the following blog posts:

Monday 6/29- Kick off with Jessica Abbott: Me Sew Crazy
 Tuesday 6/30- Kait Witte: Making it Fun
Wednesday 7/1- Delia Randall: Delia Creates 
Thursday 7/2- Jane Kohlenstein: Buzz Mills 
Friday 7/3- Melissa Quaal: A Happy Stitch 
Monday 7/6- Rachael Gander: Imagine Gnats 
Tuesday 7/7- Tamara Serrao: Kaya Joy 
Wednesday 7/8- Betsy Blodgett: Indygo Junction 
Thursday 7/9- Laura Titchener: Craftstorming 
Friday 7/10- Kristin Timm: Skirt as Top 
Saturday 7/11- Jessica & Ericka: Violette Field Threads 
Monday 7/13- Celina Bailey: Petit a Petit and Family 
Tuesday 7/14- Sanae Ishida: Sanae Ishida 
Wednesday 7/15- Erin Sundet: Sewbon 
Thursday 7/16- wrap up! Surprise give-away!!

Happy Sewing
: )
xo
Charise

6.12.2015

Free Shipping at Sew Me a Song!!!

6.03.2015

~ pinwheels, strawberries and lemon slices ~ oh my ~ Work in Progress Wednesday



Happy Wednesday.  I have been working on lots of projects.  My Sweetheart Pattern is top priority now that I have a secret project for Sew News complete : )  The Sew News project will be in the Spring '16 issue that hits news stands in December.  Hint - you carry it and it is sparkly : )

I have been working on bee blocks for the Cocorico Traveling Bee.  I made a few more for Melinda's quilt whose them is "Itty Bitty and Bright".  I am trying to add a little more orange to the group - I think I succeeded : )

The lemon is from my Jam Jars and Fruit pattern.  

The strawberry is also from my Jam Jars and Fruit Pattern.

The Pinwheel is from a Stitch magazine project from a few years ago.
I would love an entire quilt made with pinwheels : )


I have also found time to work on My Small World quilt.  It is a fun one to work on but I have a feeling this will be a very long work in progress.  The little pinwheels are just 2" square!

Happy Stitching!
xo
Charise


5.24.2015

Apple and Pear ~ Free Paper Piecing Patterns!


I created this Paper Pieced Apple and Pear hot pad design for a Sew Mama Sew Binding tutorial. You can find the tutorial on the Sew Mama Sew website [HERE]

The Apple and Pear are an easy to sew paper pieced pattern - you can find the pattern [HERE].


The fabrics I used are from a new collection from RJR fabrics - "Pie Making Day" by Brenda Ratliff.
The collection will be available in July.
It is a lovely, retro inspired line with cute florals and geometric prints.

The apple and pear would also be cute on a tote bag, fabric basket ~ the possibilities are endless : )

If you would like to make the round potholders, you can find the tutorial [HERE]

Happy Sewing!

xo
Charise

5.21.2015

My Small World Quilt Along

When  I saw a picture on Instagram of a new Quilt Along I knew I wanted to join!
Kerry and a group of bloggers are hosting the Small World Quilt Along.
Link HERE for all the info on the Quilt Along.

The pattern is by Jen Kingswell and can be found in a special Spring issue of Quiltmania.
I found my copy at my local Barnes and Noble bookstore.

I have admired Jen Kingswell's work and have wanted to make one of her patterns for some time.

I love the Small World Quilt because of its use of different bits of fabric and the theme of the quilt - an interesting and vibrant city made up of quilt blocks : )

The sky in my quilt is blue and I achieved that by using a combination of light value cream and blue fabrics.

Fashion is a passion of mine so I decided to make my Small World a very chic city complete with stylish women in the windows of the skyscrapers.

If you need a few more low volume prints to make your Small World Quilt, here are a few ideas.

Becca at Sew Me a Song has a lovely F8 bundle of low volume fabrics in her shop.

 This bundle is also a beauty!

Becca carries the fashion print from Japanese designer Suzuko Koseki, that I used for the skyscraper windows

I am looking forward to finding just the perfect pieces of fabric in my stash to make this quilt!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise






5.20.2015

Bias Binding Tutorial at Sew Mama Sew

 

Happy Wednesday.  I am featured over at Sew Mama Sew today with a Bias Binding Tutorial.
I love to make my own Bias binding.  It adds such a nice, personal touch to clothes and sewn items.


Bias Binding is the perfect neckline and keyhole finish for my Anna Blouse.
The Anna was made from gorgeous Double Gauze by Nani IRO supplied by Miss Matabi fabrics.


It also is a great finish for items such as hot pads, purses and tote bags.
This hot pad set is make with RJR new's fabric line "Pie Making Day" by Brenda Ratliff.
I love this new collection - it includes adorable vintage inspired floral and geometric prints. 
The background fabric is my very favorite "go to" fabric - Essex Natural Yarn Dye Linen from Robert Kaufmann fabrics.

I will be sharing a free pattern for the Apple and Pear on Sunday the 24th of May.  
Be sure to stop by : )


Happy Sewing
xo
Charise