Sunday, April 15

Craftsy Online Classes: Sewing Studio

Craftsy offered their online classes at 50% off today, so I decided to take the plunge and purchase one. I had been thinking about signing up for a class since I opened my PDF pattern shop on Craftsy to improve my clothes making skills.

I chose the Sewing Studio class by Diana Rupp because it takes you through making a pencil skirt. I really wanted to learn the basics of sewing clothes and adjusting a commercial pattern to fit. If you are going to purchase this class just be aware that the pattern she will be using for the pencil skirt is from her book, Sew Anything Workshop (which you can buy on Craftsy at a  discount).

I think I will try to follow her directions with a skirt pattern I already purchased (the Cute Skirts pattern from Favorite Things Patterns). The big thing for me is to learn about making a muslin properly and adjusting patterns to fit my body.

This will be my first Craftsy online sewing class (in fact my first sewing class ever outside of the one week in home economics in high School), so I am curious about how it goes. I do like how the class is a collection of videos that you can watch whenever you want and how many times you want. This will work well with my late night bursts of energy! I will make sure to post a review when I am done.

Wednesday, April 11

Blue Roses Cotton/Linen Fabric

Image via Apples and Eggs.

A soft and beautiful cotton/linen blend fabric. I love the white lace print detail. Available on Etsy.

Monday, April 9

How to Make a Ruffle Tutorial

I made the bag above last spring as a gift for my Brother-in-law's niece who lives in Mexico. His family comes and visits from time to time and I like to send some stuff back with them.

I have had some people ask me if it was easy to make these ruffles, so I decided to do a quick tutorial on how to make them. The great thing about ruffles is you can make a simple ruffle and add it to most bags or even clothing and it makes a big difference on the finished product.

Below I have made a simple tutorial on how to make the ruffle I used on this bag.

Sunday, April 8

Retro Picnic Fabric

Image via Pink Chalk Fabrics
Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley Wallflower in New Day. I love the retro feel of this print and the blue, green and olive colours. I feel like it belongs at a picnic, maybe as some nice napkins or placemats.

Friday, April 6

Easter Projects Link Round-up

With Easter weekend being a long weekend for most it is a great time to get some projects made. If you are like me you use this long weekend to complete your Easter projects (as opposed to realizing it is already almost April the week before and getting to it early).

Here is a round-up of great Easter projects, inspirations and free tutorials from around the web:

All pictures are kindly borrowed from their respective blogs.

(from top to bottom, left to right)
Ukrainian Egg Cookies from Craft Room by Brett Bara.
Baby Binky Bunny Pattern from mmmCrafts. I purchased this pattern about 2 years ago and love it!
Easter Bunny Cake Pops tutorial from Bakerella.
Child's Bow Tie tutorial from Prudent Baby. This is great for wee ones for an Easter service or dinner.
Bunny Hand Puppets tutorial from the always awesome The Purl Bee blog.
Pantone Easter Eggs from How About Orange.
Snappy Toddler Dress tutorial from Prudent Baby. Make it up with Easter or Spring fabric and you have the perfect little girl outfit for Easter.
Bunny hat and Paw Mittens tutorial from The Purl Bee. I did say they are always awesome.
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