It’s definitely dress weather here now and thus the need for pretty dresses (or at least one). After seeing Teresa’s version of the Mini Colfax dress for her daughter made me jump in and buy it, too. I haven’t been sewing much for my girls lately. I love it when I make something they love and use. Sometimes I miss the mark, other times I get a winner.
Working with this rayon chambray was a challenge, but in a good way. I knew it would make for a super comfy and flowy dress, so I just kept reminding myself that as I was sewing. The details on this dress are great. I chose the view A, but I’m thinking I might make Emily one in view B just for fun. It is a really quick sew! I did take a peek at the clock and put in 2.5 hours of sewing. There of course was prep time putting the pattern together (which was a snap) and then tracing and cutting the pieces and then the fabric. I did try and take joy in each step even though sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in trying to rush along – trying to remind myself that the process itself is what’s supposed to be enjoyable as well as the finished product.
I wouldn’t say Natalie loves the dress, although it is comfy. Maybe a more splashy print next time? Perhaps that would seal the deal. Either way, I enjoyed making it.
Pattern: Mini Colfax Dress by True Bias
Fabric: Rayon Chambray by Robert Kaufman
I also wanted to say thank you dear readers. To be honest, I feel like I’ve been missing something creatively lately. Not sure what that entails moving forward, but I’m hoping the change of seasons and having fun with my girls this summer will breathe some fresh air into my creative spirit.
Today I’m sharing the Maker’s Tote I made for Alison Glass’ Handcrafted Patchwork lookbook. You can read more about her lookbook in my last post.
I really enjoyed working with these fabrics. The colors are so bold and compliment the designs so well. It makes it fun to combine fabrics and use them in projects like this. This Maker’s Tote was fun to sew up, I really do enjoy the challenge of getting the binding just right. Although nothing is ever perfect, I do like putting in a good effort to produce the final tote. In hindsight I wish I would have added a layer of SF101 behind the main exterior pieces, but otherwise it was a fun make.
I can imagine this one being loaded up with art supplies! I am teaching this tote at my local quilt shop, Olive Juice Quilts in a few short weeks. It’s always fun to be in a group of people all sewing up the same project. Seeing something come together from just pieces of fabric and interfacing is so exciting. Each person’s take is different and beautifully unique. If you’re interested, here’s the class info.
I’m also excited because Quilt Market is this week! I won’t be attending, but the buzz on Instagram is always fun to watch. It seems like I can hardly keep up with each new fabric line out there, but it’s always fun to see the amazing booths and new projects that sprout up. I know the designers put so much time and effort and creativity into all they do.
Lastly, I was wondering if anyone was up for a small sew along using the women’s tunic pattern in my book? I’ve been meaning to sew one up for ages, and now that it’s finally warm enough here to actually wear one without all the layers of sweaters, I thought I’d ask. If you’re interested let me know in the comments.
Pattern: Maker’s Tote (large size)
Fabric: Alison Glass Handcrafted Patchwork
I had the opportunity to sew up this Caravan Tote in Alison Glass’ newest Handcrafted Patchwork collection. It really is fun to see things start with a small pile of fabric and watch it transform into a useful bag. It’s hard to believe that it undergoes such a transformation so quickly.
The main fabric is the Andover Chambray which was really easy to sew with. I hadn’t used it before, so it was a nice opportunity to try it out. I love the colors and the subtle texture it adds. The leather details are always a fun touch and I think makes the bag really look put together. Not only does it look nice, but the leather is very durable as well. If you’re curious, you can read here about my leather zipper pulls that I use.
Now and then I get a few questions about cleaning handmade bags. A couple of years ago I put together a post on how to care for your handmade bags. With leather handles though I can say I wouldn’t recommend washing – only spot cleaning. I think it was mentioned in the comments of that post, but one reader recommended using Scotch Guard (of course test it on your fabric before spraying it on your finished bag just in case) and I think I’d recommend doing that for bags made with sewn-in leather handles like this.
I don’t have much more to say about this bag other than it was a pleasure to sew it for Alison’s lookbook. If you want to check out all the awesome projects you can view it here. All the beautiful quilts and bags and garments featured are so inspiring!
Pattern: Caravan Tote Pattern
Fabric: Alison Glass Handcrafted Patchwork and Andover Chambray
Leather Handles: available in my shop
Zippers: Zipit on etsy
ps. My friend Reece is doing a sew along on her blog for this tote, so if you’re interested in joining along read her announcement here.