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
I had the honor to make a few samples for Quilt Market for Cloud9 Fabrics this past fall. The Poolside Tote and Market Bag (pattern from my book) patterns were perfect for showcasing this beautiful fabric, plus they definitely give off that beachy casual vibe. I always love sewing samples for market because it’s such relaxing sewing. Someone else picks the fabric and patterns and all I have to do is sew. Bonus because it’s my own pattern and I get to switch to automatic mode and go go go.
Of course it’s always fun to sew with beautiful fabric, too. This is the Underwater collection by Elizabeth Olwen. I can see how this fabric collection would be so fun for beach gear, or a nursery, and of course bags!
Kind of fun side note, I was finally able to use a zipper I had hand-dyed for this Market Bag. I think I was going for a gray, but it ended up a bluish purple which ended up coordinating so nicely with this fabric! I used the organic cotton zipper from Zipit and it seemed to take the dye very nicely, but I did it quite a few years ago so I’ll be excited to try some more! And maybe indigo!!!
I managed to snap these pictures with the fall leaves just before I shipped them out to Cloud9 last fall. It was fun to have the fall foliage provide some beautiful color contrast! Looking at these colors is so fun when everything now is white!
Patterns: Poolside Tote and Market Bag (pattern from my book)
Fabric: Underwater by Elizabeth Olwen
Leather handles: available in my shop
Zippers: Zipit on etsy