Happy Friday! The sun is out and shining today plus my girls are home because there’s no school today. I love days like this! I figured it would be fun to pop in and share a couple of fun things I’ve been up to.
Last weekend I was lucky enough to spend a few days at a sewing retreat with my friends. It was just a blast and I so look forward to those times together. We hung out at Stitch Supply Co. in Eau Claire, WI and I highly recommend it. Ann has really thought of everything when designing the space! It was my third time there, the first time I went for another retreat and the other I was teaching at!
So at the retreat I worked on my double gauze quilt which was totally inspired/ripped off from my friend Jeni. You can see her finished quilt here and read all about her great tips, too. I followed suit and went with a random patchwork. I need to get a small bit of fabric to complete the backing and then it’ll be all set! I can’t wait to cuddle with it and have reserved a spot for it in my living room where it will live. So snuggly!
I also sewed up this infinity cowl thanks to my friend Deedee who just happened to have already made an infinity cowl out of the same fabric. Black and white, yes please. It went together in about 3 minutes and I wore it the rest of the trip.
I also walked away with a few fun gifts! My friend Amanda gave me a copy of her new (yes!!!!) book, No Scrap Left Behind. I’m so pumped about trying out a project or two. They’re all so pretty. I also scored some fabric and a needle wallet and this great tote bag.
I couldn’t be more grateful and feel so lucky to call them my friends.
Also, I’m working on getting some hardware kits together!
Happy Friday everyone! I put the finishing touches on this sample of my Explorer Tote pattern the other day. I’m glad to be able to get some pictures and show it off a bit. I’m pretty certain that this one will be mine to keep.
I had actually made this sample a very long time ago and had to do a bit of bag surgery on it to get the turn lock installed. I had made it without one before I finalized the design and knew I couldn’t just leave it heaped in a pile in my closet. So out it came and I had to rip some seams to get the bottom of the turn lock in, but it wasn’t too bad of a struggle! I’m so glad I did because I really like this color combo. The Rain Walk, Carkai, and waxed canvas combo just had to be made.
I’m hoping to take it on my next sewing trip!
Also, not sure if you’ve heard of Quilter’s Candy Box yet, but one of my patterns will be included in their March boxes! I’m so excited!!! I had gotten one of their first boxes and it was such a fun treat. Speaking of treat, I think that definitely sealed the deal, a treat to eat is included in each box! I love that. So stop by their website and see if you’d like a box for yourself or maybe gift one to a friend!
Lastly, I was considering selling some turn locks – either individually or as part of an Explorer Tote hardware kit, is that something you’d be interested in at all? Let me know!!! I’m planning on having the turn lock video tutorial ready for next week. I promise they’re way easier than you think to install, and super user-friendly to use. 🙂
Pattern: Explorer Tote (large size with recessed zip option)
Fabric: Rain Walk by me! (it’s a couple of years old now so maybe a few shops still have some?),
Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander, and waxed canvas from AL Frances Textiles
I’m super excited to share this finish today! I’ve had these woven Hudson pant on my to do list for so long. I’ve even had the fabric washed and pattern printed and set aside for months. The reason I got inspired to start them finally was when I had gotten a clothing catalog in the mail a week or so ago and spotted this jogger pant. I don’t know if it’s just the styling of them or what, but I immediately jumped on their website and was considering buying some until I saw the price. It’s a little spendy for something I wasn’t sure I would wear a ton, but they immediately reminded me of the Hudson pant and I figured why not try and sew a pair first?!
I took some of the ideas from that jogger pant and set out to finish some for myself. I used a knit for the cuff and waistband, but used the Brussel Washer Linen for the main parts. I added back patch pockets and followed Kelly’s tips for making a woven pair of Hudson’s. About halfway through I was totally questioning what the heck these would even look like on. Without the waistband it’s super hard to get an idea of the overall fit, but I continued on and trusted that things would work out. I’m glad I stuck with it and didn’t give up. It’s been a long while since I’ve made myself any pants! I really love them.
I’m so glad these are finished and I hope I get to wear them a bit. I like that they look a little more dressed up than if they were made of all knit, so I’m hoping that I can find more tops to pair with them. I think I definitely need a jean jacket! I did add about an 1 1/2″ to the length for which I am grateful that I remembered! I needed it.
Pattern: Hudson Pant by True Bias
Fabrics: Brussel Washer Linen and Laguna Jersey Knit both by Robert Kaufman fabrics