Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Bann Bag

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Introducing the Bann Bag! 

Bann means "sling" in Gaelic.  A very simple word for a standout bag! This Hobo style Sling bag is laminated cotton on the outside and lined in natural canvas.  Laminate is fun, and it makes everything easier to clean.  Just wipe clean when little figures leave their prints in pursuit of a quarter for the gumball machine! 
With 3 inside pockets of different sizes, a full divider panel and darts at the base to open up space, you can carry as little or as much as you need.  The Bann is great for  for long days at work, school or out at play. 
The Bann features a pleated mid panel giving this Hobo a little flair on top of the "power clash" patterned combinations. 

The pockets measure: 9 x 5.5", 2 x4", and 5.25 x 4" 
The strap gives a 17" drop, and the bag is 11" x 15" ,  if full the darts open the width from 3" to 8" 
This laminated cotton is BPA free

During October, Sew Sweetness was running the Purse palooza.  It was a month of bag and purse patterns and and a link up for giveaways. I was inspired to make a new bag for myself and ended up really liking what I came up! I am hoping to turn this into a PDF pattern also. 
I've got the listings started and up in the Casa Crafty by turtleturtle Etsy storefront so that you can get yours ordered and shipped in time for the holidays!  These are limited... 
so hurry up!


model: Ashley Beard

Monday, December 15, 2014

sew fab: extraordinary girl

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It's the last day for the Sew Fab pattern Bundle!  I decided to make one more pattern from the bundle to show you how awesome it is!  Over the weekend I discovered my longest running friend had her baby! It's her first and she and her family live far away from me.  I had also just gotten some very much anticipated Charley Harper Nuture knits in the mail.  I have been waiting on these for sooooooooo long.  I adore Charley Harper, and had to work with it as soon as possible. So straight out of the dryer to the cutting table.


I knew I was going to make a baby gown. I got to thinking about how the Extraordinary Girl pattern had the classic envelope neck line that the baby gowns do.  I thought, that's it! a coordinating outfit! My friend is close to my size in the arms and torso but, being a new Mama, her bust is way bigger than mine, I'm sure.  So I made the medium. It's very big on me, so I didn't model it.

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The pattern goes together fast, with lots of options to make it your own.  You can add a pocket or lace, or whatever you want.  For this one though, we had a mama and baby koala. I used a stretchy cotton french terry for the main body of the adult top.


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When I had Hawley, this same friend sent me a matchy matchy item, and I remembered that as I was putting this combo together.I tried to find you the pic but its buried in my hard drive...


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Friday, December 12, 2014

sew fab pattern bundle round 2: panties and stuff

the Greenstyle Norah nightie and panties

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If you guys didn't check out my modified Capitol Hill from the other day, you should, because today I'm in my undergear... sort of. I'm not sure why it is so much harder to accept posting pictures of myself in underwear instead of thinking of it as a swim suit. It isn't like I haven't shown you more in a swim suit (here and here).  Its just the idea that these are THE under things. But, I've  posted underwear before too...



In any case, the sew fab pattern bundle is a really great one stop purchase giving you tops, lounge pants, UNDERWEAR, and dresses. It really does have it all.

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I know. Another pattern bundle. But these are previously UNRELEASED! hurray, new patterns!

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And that was all a build up to show you...

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the best boy short undies ever. really. perfect fit, no riding up, no squishing around!

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I am not really a nightie person, but I wanted to make this whole ensemble to be fair to the designer.  And it is a good pattern, I think it would work better for me in the summer. I made the short and flirty hem to wear my leggings on regular days. It's a good fit, but I think I should have added the elastic under the bust.  My poor bust is not a happy stand up sort of affair after feeding two babies.  Was that a nice sentence to say sagggggy? But, I love my body all the same, with or without a standing ovation.

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Do you realize you only have 3 days left to buy this bundle?  Come Monday  night (the 15th) it's done. Not only would this be great for you, but what about seamstress friends?  Or I bet you all know a mom that sews for her kids.  Does she ever sew for herself??  This would be a fabulous way to help her head towards a little self love sewing.

Don't forget.  Monday its over,

So go get your pattern bundle, quick, its just a few clicks away!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sew Fab Pattern Bundle


I feel like I have been doing a lot of pattern bundle posts. They are all so different and offer so many neat things to make and the 2014 Sew Fab Pattern Bundle is pretty great!  This year the bundle contains 10 totally new, previously unreleased patterns for women! Yes! These are new to the scene and the variety is really incredible. From a nightie to a circle skirt, this bundle has got you covered!
I'll be posting at least one other sew up from the bundle this week, but let's get this started with the Capitol Hill.


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I made it in a very stretchy, silky poly cotton blend french terry from Girl Charlee.  When I ordered this I thought it was going to be a little more cotton and a little less polyester feeling. I am not disappointed, I just had to change my plans for it.


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I made the great hurried mistake of not checking the size gauge and cut out a medium. that in combination with the extra stretchy heavy drapey fabric made my original look very sad. as witnessed here:



I ended up shaving off quite a bit and raised the hem a lot as well.  In the end it didn't end up as flouncy as the original pattern, but it is true to what I tend to want. I don't mind a snug skirt :)

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The pattern is very well written and precise, the pleats at the front give it an unusual interest that changes this from a basic jersey dress to something a little more.

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It worked out perfect for our black and white holiday pics!

even though Hawley has his eyes closed. 

Are you ready to go get you pattern bundle???

Head on over to the Southern Institute and get it while you can! The sale lasts through Monday the 15th! get on it!





Sunday, November 30, 2014

this week in knitting 11-30-14

As the weather turns bitter cold, my desire to knit gets stronger.  there is more on the "boob tube" to stare at while I knit, and well, I got some things done this week:

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the aidez, my first real cabling project. intense...

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Aidez is a free pattern, and actually whips up pretty fast.  I just had trouble getting started and memorizing the pattern.  once I had all of that down the progress was made quickly. I've been getting a fair amount of my yarn from knit picks lately and I really like this superwash chunky wool.

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I am in love with this sweater and may have to make another for my (insert family or friends name here when decided upon).  For now though, I have to finish other gifts.

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 I also whipped out a couple of fast projects to feel like I was making some sort of progress...

Autumn beanie: I got inspired by Michelle's instagram feed one night when she posted her finished Autumn, and that night with 2 episodes of Miss Fisher, I whipped out this chunky super size beanie. The pattern is from the ever fabulous and lovely Jane Richmond. new hashtag: #peerpressureknitting use it wisely.

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and a new turban(d), I have another of these in the works for my favorite Seattleite!  You may remember my first one from when I was learning to knit last winter.  oh how far I have come eh?  i wear it all the time, and so, when a friend was visiting she commented on liking the design.  I got some yarn from pepperberry knits in the colorway: Seattle Skyline! how perfect. I am working on it now, so it should be in next weeks knitting post.
This turban(d) pictured below is done with some silk and wool from Noro, left overs from a beanie I made my sis last holiday season. I'm gonna make something for my other sis out of whats left and we'll get a pic soon, I hope...

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

You know nothing Jon Snow




its that time again! sew geeky, lets go Epic Fantasy!
honestly I wasn't going to jump into this one.  I've been overwhelmed with adjusting to the new schedule, job and all the snow. We've had really cold temps too which turns the garage sewing studio into a frigid work place. But, the weather has turned, the snow is melting, and Murphy really wanted pleather pants.

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Enter: Murphy takes The Black.



In case you are unfamiliar with Game of Thrones, the brothers in black are mostly criminals sent to serve out their time (forever) at "the wall" protecting Westeros from the "Others" and the Wildings (any body from the other side of the wall). They take a pledge, to serve forever with pain of death, etc etc. The most well known brother is Jon Snow.

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In the story Jon takes the black to get away from a family he doesn't feel really love him and to create a place for himself as a high born bastard. While Murphy doesnt need to worry about such things, he fell in love with the pictures of Jon Snow and his direwolf. A fighting dude in leather pants with a giant wolf companion? What's not to love??

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I made murphy a faux fur vest using the schoolboy vest as a base. I kept it pretty basic though. The pleather pants are Hosh pants and Murphy hasn't wanted to take them off since I made them a few days ago. He is a serious hipster.

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I couldn't find a giant direwolf to pose with however, we had the snow...

I could have stopped there, but one of the things the HBO show has going for it is the intense costumes. Daenerys Targaryen is a queen without a country that has a bit of a rough beginning in the books. She eventually comes into her own with her ability to hatch and care for 3 dragons. In the third season of the show, she has a dress that is much loved by cosplayers and the average Jane a like.



So I took some inspiration from dragons and keyholes.

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This is my "mother of dragons" fierce look...


I used the Go To Patterns knit pants for the leggings (glam pics in yesterdays post). The fabric is a metallic snakeskin print jersey and its pretty awesome. They fit like a glove much like the pleather leggings. The top is an edited Plantain tee.

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To make the hole, I just cut out a circle and then made a facing to match. It was that simple. the hardest part was making sure the circle was placed so my bra straps didn't show. I added about 8" to the base to make it a tunic.
While I have watched the show, in its entirety, I prefer the books. I am excited for the next installment as it has been a few years since the last book was published.  They take a while though. Maybe if you start the series now, you'll be up to date by the next one's publication.  Come on Martin! get on it!
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I purchased all  of the fabric for these projects at JoAnn's, which is kind of unusual.