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Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp

Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - NoodleheadSpring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - NoodleheadSpring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead It’s finally getting green here and I’m so happy to have finished this Spring coat for Natalie just in time, it’s the Spring Showers Jacket pattern by Elegance & Elephants. It’s still a little chilly in the mornings, so it’ll be a nice layer to have! I managed to squeak in time to make this one and another one for Emily (if you’ve been a reader for several year, you might remember I’ve already made one for Emily which she has finally outgrown). I was on such a roll with projects for market that it was easy to just keep going. More on the market stuff in my next post, I forgot I haven’t shared it here yet.

Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead

Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead

Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead

Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead

Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead

So I ordered up this beautiful Robert Kaufman Kobe twill in Shrimp. I love that name for this color. And it pairs perfectly with Leah Duncan‘s newest collection No Place Like Home for the lining. I did manage to not pay attention to the fabric width when I was ordering, but I managed to jig saw the pieces together just fine. The only piece I didn’t have room for was the zipper shield, but I managed to find a pink it my stash that works well enough. It’s nice that there are two shades of pink in the lining print, so I felt like it would work anyway.

Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead

 

 

I knew from the last time I made it that the zipper length was a bit long for the sizing. I shortened the zipper the first time I made one, but I was always worried that the repositioned zipper stops might fall off. So since I was just a smidge longer, I decided to roll the zipper back on itself. It actually is better than I thought it might be and the zipper pulls really smoothly. I call that good enough! I found some of the same drawstring at Joanns, and managed to buy out the last bit in our store. It’s a perfect size and color for this jacket I think! A few bits of scrap leather accents and its good to go. This is the largest size in the pattern and it’s nice and roomy. The hood is huge, so if I made it again, I would size it down. There’s a lot of nice topstitching that I didn’t want to pull out in order to fix it. I could have added a few more inches to the sleeves, but Natalie loves it and I love the way she looks in it so that’s all that matters. I love sewing things that get worn!!!

Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead

Kind of perfect that there was a little rain shower passing through during pictures!

 

Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead

Pattern: Spring Showers Jacket by Elegance & Elephants
Fabric: Robert Kaufman Kobe twill in Shrimp, Baum (No Place Like Home collection) by Leah Duncan for Cloud9 Fabrics

Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead

Spring Showers Jacket in Shrimp - Noodlehead

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Making Magazine no. 5/ Color :: Making Backpack

Hello Spring! Yes, it’s finally Spring here and I’m excited to share with you the newest issue of Making magazine – Color!

Talk about long-awaited things, here’s another one! The Making Backpack is my contribution to the newest issue of Making Magazine. At the end of last summer I wrapped up this backpack design just before I released the Range Backpack pattern. I think they compliment each other nicely, and totally attest to my backpack obsession.

It feels like so long ago, in face, that I can barely remember that I did it! But it’s fun to see the backpack flashed around finally and seeing the excitement of others is more than I could ask for. It’s a blank canvas that I’m sure I’ll see lots of people making it their own. The zippered top compartment keeps everything safe and there’s even a cute inside zippered pocket. I kept it simple with cotton webbing, but you could swap in fabric straps you make yourself as well. I love the short handles (the back one doubles as a hang loop) and the leather patch, I mean, come on. I think it makes it all look so pulled together and special.

Yes! I will be selling some kits in my shop (they’re here!), I’m waiting for a couple more things to arrive and I’ll hopefully get them listed by the middle of next week. I bought more webbing than I’ve ever seen in my life so I hope you’ll find them useful.

I know, you’re wondering, is this magazine right for me? Glad you asked! I’m going to go over a few things and you can hopefully feel a little more informed and are able to decide what’s best for you!

So Making magazine is the brain child of Carrie Bostick Hoge, a knitwear designer/photographer/creative guru who lives in Maine. She started the magazine in the Spring of 2016 and has been blowing me away with her amazingness ever since (and now Ashley has joined her as well!). I was lucky enough to be part of that first issue and most of the other issues since then. It’s a great way for me to have some external deadlines to work with and also stretch creatively with each themed issue. This issue is all about color and it contains sewing patterns, knitting patterns, recipes and how-tos! I know it’s called a magazine, but it really is book-length, this issue weighing in at 150+ pages. Here’s a short list of some the sewing related projects included: Summer’s Fields Quilt, Wildflower Project Bag, Making Backpack, Dropcloth Needlecase, and Collaged Pillow. I feel like if you are into branching out creatively, this mag will definitely pique your interest. I do have a few copies available right here in my shop.

I know I’ve heard from a lot of folks that the subscription option is really quite nice. If you subscribe on the Making Magazine website the subscription for the two magazines is $49 and that includes shipping for both issues. That’s a whole lot of happy in your mailbox if you ask me.

If you’re still not quite convinced you need the mag, this pattern, like the others I’ve contributed to past Making magazine issues will be available as a stand alone PDF (and maybe even a paper pattern) on October 15th, 2018. That’s the first day that I can officially sell the pattern myself. I know that’s a ways out, but it’s a great project to add to your queue, maybe acquire some supplies and you’ll be all set when it’s ready! If anything should change for that release date I’ll post an update right here as soon as I know.

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Gingham + Leather Divided Basket

After a big snow storm this week it’s finally sunny and starting to warm up here! Spring is all about babies and I’m headed to a friend’s baby shower tomorrow! Of course I wait to the usual last-minute, but managed to still make a Divided Basket with gingham and leather. I’m really quite happy with how it turned out!

She doesn’t know the baby’s gender yet, so it felt really natural to grab this gingham and add a few personal touches to it. I always have a bit of hesitation when making a gift without knowing if it’s a boy or a girl. I don’t think it matters much for the basket though since I feel like it’s supposed to fit seamlessly into a room and maybe even be usable long after the first year for things other than diapers. Toys and books would be perfect, too!

I omitted the front pocket and added two layers of Pellon 809 behind this really sturdy denim gingham. I can say that I am all about trying different combinations and trying something different. I interfaced the lining pieces with SF101 and it feels sturdy and was easy to sew, too. As many times as I’ve used Soft & Stable or fusible fleece when making these baskets, I feel like this route is a great option as well! I can say that it also made it nice and crisp, so using a little fabric glue at the top made it super fast to get that topstitching done and without much fuss. I really love my Sewline glue pen, but I’m sure other types of glues would work just as well.

I also decided that leather handles would look pretty classy and added a little hand-stamped monogram (is it a monogram if there’s only one letter?) and rivet detail. Filled it up with a few basics: diapers, bubble bath, and onesies and it’s all set for gifting!

Here’s just a few of the Divided Baskets I’ve sewn over the years:

Goodnight Moon Basket || Briar Rose Basket || Bathroom Divided Basket || More Baskets || Baby Gift Set || Habitat Divided Basket || Spring Basket

Pattern: Divided Basket
Fabrics: Robert Kaufman Railroad Denim (I’m pretty sure I got mine from Jones & Vandermeer, but it looks to be sold out) Found it over at Modern Domestic!
Lining is Pebbles in Indigo (from Alexia Abegg’s Sienna collection for Cotton + Steel)