Summer is almost here and if you live in the South like me then it already feels like it. To tolerate the heat I prefer wearing breezy looks with light materials like this gauze top. The Woven Jacquard Elastic from Dritz adds a nice detail to an off-the-shoulder neckline and bonus points for being comfortable. This boho top is simple to make and a trendy Summer staple. Get the details and make your own.
The days are getting longer and warmer which means getting outside more. This also include doing more yard work to enjoy the yard. I don't have much of a green thumb but I love a pretty garden. Many of my neighbors have large gardens that grow all sorts of produce and plants. They inspire me to try my hand at it and also inspired me to make this "Garden Apron." I thought it would be a lovely Mother's Day gift as well, since many of my mom friends garden. I have a feeling it can be similar to sewing. You put down the gloves/shovels and then you spend half the time look for where you put your tools...much like us sewists and our scissors. This would even make a great sewing apron too if you really struggle with losing those notions. Get the details below and make your own.
I've always been a fan of a good headband. My hair is long and thick and sometimes just throwing on a headband is all I have time for. I've really been loving the knotted headband trend. It's a good way to add some glamour to an otherwise dull hair day...even with a pony tail or bun. I've found some great ones I like but with the prices they can go for I just thought why not make them. It doesn't require much materials and everything I already had in my scrap stash. The key to a quality headband is using a nice medium weight fabric and pellon's fusible interfacing to give the fabric the puff it needs. Get the details and make your own.
One of my favorite weekend activities to do when the weather warms up is head to our local Farmers Market and shop for fresh produce and goodies. We love picking out fruit and vegetables for dinner that night. I, of course like to bring my handmade reusable bags like this denim one we did here. I wanted to add a new one to my collection with a bit of a spin using wooden handles and embroidery. I like the look of Burlap right now and since I had some in my stash I went with it. Get the details on the Brother Sews blog to make your own here.
Recently we had our annual family trip to Panama City Beach for Spring Break. We typically spend a lot of time here because it's a quick 5 hour drive from our home. It's become our vacation location. To kick start our trip I wanted to make some fun hats we could wear during our time in the sun. I found some blank hats online from Buck Wholesale that had the style and quality I look for in a hat. For the embroidery design I used a couple built-in designs from my Brother PE800 Embroidery machine. I loved the palm trees design and it was a good size for a hat. The gecko hats were designed by my sons who love to catch lizards and call themselves the Gaming Geckos. Embroidery on hats can be a simple way to customize them for special events like bachelor/bachelorette parties, family reunions, teams, and businesses just to name a few... Below I will share with you how to embroidery on a hat with a Embroidery Machine.
Lately I'v been seeing a lot of burlap fabric and wood handles incorporated into handbags and it inspired me to try and make my own version. Because the burlap is a boring material I wanted to add embroidery. I loved the combination of this Folk Stitchery embroidery collection with the burlap and wood handles. I embroidered onto the front and back using Coats Embroidery Thread which really gave it a pop of color. Get the details below and make your own.
Whenever we go to the beach I notice all I wear is a swimsuit and a cover-up. I typically bring a pair of shorts and t-shirt in my beach bag to transition the kimono from a beach cover up to a lunch or dinner look. This year I decided to make a couple simple kimonos to bring to our yearly beach vacation. I wanted to add a fun boho detail to the simple cotton fabrics I picked out and found these Ikat printed elastics from Dritz. I typically wouldn't think to use this as a trim but it turned out more than perfect. The weight of the Woven Jacquard Elastic kept the drape of the kimono nice and flowy without the wrinkle you an get from a typical trim. I liked it so much I made a gathered version as well with a set of scarves.
When my Grandma passed away she left a lot of sewing patterns and even a very old sewing machine from my Great Grandma behind that I inherited. My mom brought them over in a box and said "you're the only one that sews in the family so I thought you'd want these." To be honest, I was very excited about this stuffy box of sewing patterns. Many of them had little notes about what to alter and or take in and measurements of my mom and aunts as teens. It was fun to see what she was designing or working on based on what was cut out. My mom even said she remembers a couple of the patterns made for her. This vintage Simplicity 6888 was one of the patterns and I really wanted to create a Spring dress with it. I loved the ruffled puff sleeves and overall silhouette of the dress. When looking for fabric I really wanted something that had blue in it. While I love a colorful floral I didn't want a lot of bright colors since the dress had a lot of details. I'd been on the hunt for a pretty blue floral for awhile now and this chiffon fabric from Stylish Fabric was more than perfect. Even better it didn't wrinkle which made it great for traveling.
I felt like a true Southern Belle while photographing this dress at the Shorter Mansion in Eufaula, Alabama. The Mansion is a breathtaking two-story structure built in 1884. They offer tours inside for the public. One of the rooms is a sewing studio complete with one of the first sewing machines ever made. On display you'll see many women and children dresses dating back to the early 1800's. I shared a lot of this on my Instagram story you can check out here.
Lately I'v been interested in sewing more tailored looks for myself and my son. Maybe it's because I've been on the hunt for a sleek tailored pant and I haven't had any lucky finding a pair that fit me right so I decided to make my own using Stylish Fabrics Wool Suiting. Not only did a I make a pair of pants but I decided why not add a toddler vest to have a mommy 'n' me matching set with my little Louie. Since I've been sewing a lot with this material I compiled a blog post for those that may be interested or new to sewing tailored garments with wool suiting.
I've had this quilt for awhile now, my mom bought my sister and I both one for our freshman year of college. It was such a beautiful floral quilt with vintage inspired hankies sewn together that I kept all these years just because I loved the prints so much. My son kind of inherited it the last couple of years, he will literally keep a quilt till it's falling apart. Honestly by accident this dress was created. I was waiting on my fabric to come for this off-the-shoulder dress pattern McCall's M6558and I decided to use the quilt as a sample material. I was in a creative mood on this sunny Saturday afternoon so I just started making the dress. It was a process re-sewing the parts together since half the quilt was falling apart. Some of the pieces that were torn in half are the top and bottom ruffle. I'll hem it up a bit so I can actually wear it, but for the photos I wanted it really long. I domlove how it turned out and what a fun spring look. With the additional fabric I made a matching purse. Okay a little extra, but why not? I couldn't help but giggle when we were taking the photos as cars passed by in this little Georgia town built in 1895.