1/30/2009

Lets Go Shopping @ Fabric.com

ETA: I received a response from Tracy and she stated the Code is blogshelia

ETA: I received a few emails that the code blogsheila is not being accepted and I have sent an email as well as left a voicemail message to Tracy@fabric.com regading same. Hopefully, it will be corrected soon. Thanks for your patience.
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and take advantage of fabric.com's super buys while we can.

To get the fabric shopping party started... you get $5.00 off your purchase using Code: blogsheila

Also shipping is free for orders $35.00 or more.

Personally speaking, I have enjoyed the fabric that I've purchased from them. This Knit Fabric....

became a vest and

since fabric.com was so generous with cutting - I was able to make a hat & scarf set and send some of it to a dear friend.
I also purchased this Pearl Cable sweater knit which is waiting to become a garment and this Marrled Green sweater knit also became a hat & scarf setSo come on and join me in shopping at fabric.com and while you are there check out their 30% off on Apparel Fabrics too.




Don't forget to share your fabric treasures once you receive them.

1/29/2009

Fabric.com

I received a comment from Tracy @ Fabric.com letting me know that for mentioning Fabric.com on my blog, she has a special gift for me as well as my Readers.

Be sure to stop by Fabric.com and check-out their Apparel & Fashion Fabric or contact her at the number listed below or email her.

This is Tracy with Fabric.com.

For mentioning Fabric.com on your blog,
I have a special gift for you and your readers. At your convenience please
call me at 1-888-455-2940 ext. 214 or you can email me at tracy@Fabric.com
to redeem your gift.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Tracy JacksonAffiliate/Donation Coordinator

1/26/2009

THANK YOU!

I was awarded the Kreativ Blogger Award by several Kreativ Divas, Angelia @ Sew Much To Sew; Tanya @ Sew Sassy; and Cennetta @ The Mahogany Stylist.



Ladies Thank You So Much!!!

1/11/2009

Butterick 3344

I feel as if I haven't sewn in so long, despite sewing 12 hat & scarf sets as x-mas gifts. To get back into the scheme of sewing a garment, I selected Butterick 3344, mainly because I found myself visiting a few stores in search of turtlenecks to pair with a few skirts & slacks that I purchased at the Loft during one of their mega sales. I have several solid ones, but wanted turtlenecks with prints. I'd sewn this garment back in September '08 and really liked the style of it.
Misses'/Misses' Top with close-fitting top and neckline variations and stitched hems. A: elastic neck, mock-wrap. A, B, C: long sleeves. A, B, C, E: pullover. D: collar, above-elbow sleeves, back zipper.

I used Version D, but used the long sleeves from Version A. For fabric, I used a printed poly-lycra that I' purchased at Sav-a-thon. Of late, I've found it hard to get knit fabric and to my surprise Sav-a-thon had a table full of pre-cut knits 2-1/2 yds for $4.99 and purchased a few bundles of printed knits.


If anyone is looking for a quick sew, this pattern is definitely it. I did a lil process of elimination though. The pattern instructs gathering at the ends of the collar and a center back zipper which clearly was not required since the fabric has a 4 way stretch. The first time I did the top I cut the back on the fold and did an opening at the center back, but this time I cut the fabric as instructed thereby sewing a back seam, which I find eliminates gaposis.


Also, this pattern is a plus size, which meant I had to down size the pattern by decreasing the side seams and the sleeves by removing about an 1+". Once the top was assembled I tried it on wrong-side out and as best I could pinned the excess fabric along the side seam down to the sleeve.

For the collar, I folded the fabric in half and serged the raw edges together, and to give the collar more stability I folded it once again and then baste stitched it to the neckline and did a final serge. For the hem of the top and sleeves, I serged and then used double-sided clear adhesive tape to get a neat fold. To keep the hem and sleeves from loosing its elasticity since I was using double-sided tape, I set my sewing machine width to 1.0 and the length to 2.5 and stitched the garment, lightly pulling thereby popping the tape and allowing the top to retain its elasticity and keep a neat fold.

Although I did a lot of tweaking, this top was quick and easy.

Pattern Review

1/09/2009

Eternity Scarves

With New York temperatures hoovering at 27 degrees, then add the wind it feels like 19 degrees, especially when I exit the train station, which is a mere block from the Hudson River. I can often be found sporting one of my personally-made scarf & hat sets, but as of late a wave of new scarves have surfaced, which would make a great accessory to any outfit and add a lil spice to mine.
These eternity scarves come in a variety of textures and colors. Basically it is one big circle of material that you can wrap as little or as much as you like. They are also called “circle” scarves… whatever the name I must have one.

Courtesy of Zappos




Look-a-here this one is used as a head wrap, isn't it purrrrty.

Courtesy of Suzzane Juul



and what about this knitted cabley goodness....



Also, if one is adventurous, what about making one that can be used in 12 different ways...


Courtesy of American Apparel


So this weekend I will check my fabric and/or yarn stash and see what I can drum up to add a lil spice to my outerwear.

What do you think about the eternity scarves?


Would you buy one?


What about sewing one and what fabric would you use?


Lastly what about knitting or crocheting one?

1/01/2009

Baby Its Cold

and what better place to be .... snuggled under my latest crochet blanket.


actually its still a work in progress measuring 5' x 3', despite being snuggled under it as I work on it...lol


Several times dh found me in the tv room snuggled under his blanket, which I gave him a week ago and started calling me an Indian Giver...lol. So to put that name to rest I immediately began working on this one solely for me.

Like the other blanket this one is a simple freestyle blanket using Red Heart and Caron Simply Soft yarns and an I Hook. I did a row of shell stitches in the center, but majority of the blanket is single crochet, which makes it a quick project.

If you're looking for a crochet blanket to snuggle under check-out the free patterns on the following links and enjoy.


Purple Kitty


Vintage Crochet


Crochet Pattern Central

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