Observer fabrics, what can I say?! I love it and April totally nailed it. The colors are subdued and earthy and the textures in each print are right up my alley. When I first spotted them I knew they’d make an excellent wallet – a Double Zip Wallet (project from my book Handmade Style) of course. Because we all know, wallets take some serious abuse. At least mine do.
I did a little modification with the closure and took inspiration from my friend Krista’s version of the Rainbow Clutch (a project from my book) and made the tab from leather and used a brass snap for the closure. The leather is just so dreamy looking with Observer, it made for an easy choice. I left the raw edge of the leather instead of turning it as you would for woven fabric, I love the rugged feel it gives.
It’s really a quick project overall. And if you’ve made a zippered pouch or two before, you’ll be all set. I might just have to make a bunch for friends and teachers and Christmas presents, thinking of doing an assembly line. I don’t normally love churning out multiples, but I think I’d make an exception if I made each one unique with different details. Or maybe I’ll even make one with leather on the outside like my friend Deedee (she upcycled the leather from a pair of leather pants, woah)! Always feel inspired when I see what everyone is making, the fun creative twists you add are amazing! And looking through the #handmadestylebook in Instagram is always a good time.
That’s all for now! I’m excited to get my hands on some of the knits from this collection, too. A lot of the time I fall in love with a print but then it’s something that I don’t actually end up wearing, but I think Observer has a great selection of knits I can see myself wearing like crazy, especially this fall!
Thanks April for letting me join in on the Observer Tour! Be sure to stop by tomorrow’s stop: Finch Knitting + Sewing Studio (Instagam @finchknittingandsewingstudio). I can’t wait! And did you see the cute Petal Pouches my friend Shannon made? Drool worthy. Or have fun checking out the other stops on the tour on April’s Observer Tour page. #OBSERVERfabrictour #observerfabrics
Pattern: Double Zip Wallet (from my book Handmade Style)
Fabrics: Observer by April Rhodes for Art Gallery Fabrics
Leather: purchased a few years ago from Ortu on etsy (appears to no longer be selling on etsy)
Zippers: zipit on etsy
Have a great Monday!
If you’ve been following along here for any length of time, you of course might know that when I make one daughter something, I usually end up making my other daughter something as well. Sometimes it’s the same thing, other times it’s different. I always have fun picking out fabrics with them and I always love their excitement.
I also admittedly love sewing a pattern more than once. Knowing the steps and process starting out the second time makes me able to really sink into this mode of enjoyment. I don’t have to wonder if I’m doing things right. I know it’ll work. Yes, it is fun and necessary part of sewing for me to experiment and try new things. Projects like this is not one of those times. This is for pure enjoyment. Something I know I can make with my two hands and give to my children. I don’t think sewing gets much better than that.
If I didn’t have projects like this I can truthfully say that I would love the creative process a lot less. I personally can’t be in the ‘all experiments all the time’ mode. This happens to be a need I’m fulfilling that’s different than the need I feel when I’m creating a new pattern. I love them both, but they fill different areas of my heart and mind.
So, yes, this is another swing dress made by me for my daughter Emily. But it’s much more than that.
Pattern: City Park Tee by Hey June (modified using Adrianna’s swing dress tutorial)
Fabric: Imprint Knit in Morse Dot by Katarina Roccella purchased from Fresh Modern Fabric
After seeing Hey June’s City Park Tee in action a few times, plus the extra tutorials Adrianna added for modifying the tee to a dress and swing style dress I knew it was something my girls would love to wear. Having all the added options available was really great resource as well, because we all love variety! So a swing dress it is!
I go back and forth about sewing for my girls. I love love LOVE making them things. But kids are hard on clothes, they grow out of them quickly, and knits can be on the pricier side. But I think that being able to make something for them that they wear with pride, something they can help decide what they like and would want to change, something just for them – makes it all worth while for me.
The other super positive thing is that more and more knits are becoming more widely available. Plus, there are tons of great designer prints now, too. I used to spend a lot of time searching online or sifting through the remnant bins that my local Hancock Fabrics used to have. It was very hit or miss.
This was a fun and quick make. I used some of my stretch thread in the bobbin like Adrianna suggests in the pattern. I’m hoping this might be the last piece of the broken stitches puzzle that a lot of the hems I sew on my kid’s clothes succumb to. Making this dress for Natalie felt really great. Each step along the way I held it up and could just imagine the excitement on her face when she’d see it finished. I actually hadn’t sewn with knits for a while, more a year ago at least? It was too long and I’m glad to be back on the wagon.
Pattern: City Park Tee by Hey June (modified using her swing dress tutorial)
Fabric: Soy Jersey purchased from Fancy Tiger Crafts