Simplicity 3835

Friday, April 29, 2011


For those of you who know me in person, or through Flickr, it's no secret one of my favorite patterns is, Built By Wendy 3835.
I love that there's no set in sleeves and that any neckline puckers are hidden once the elastic is inserted. What I love most is the range of fabrics this pattern can accommodate.
I've made this shirt in; quilting weight cotton, heavy yarn dyed cotton, voile, cotton lawn...and it's turned out perfectly every time....well perfect for my amateur seamstress expectations.
For anyone considering this pattern, my one tip is to make the arms larger. I make the shirt in a 14 throughout the body and then add size 20 (yes 20) arms. I also love this pattern without the arm elastic, but the elastic looks super cute too!
Above you will find my most recent 3835 creation, made of Liberty of London Cotton lawn.
Have a happy day <3,

Is it okay to join a quilt guild've never finished a quilt

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Bakerfield Modern Quilt Guild totally thinks 'sew' (you will only get one cheesy 'sew' per blog post-promise), which makes them even more rad individuals than they already are. So accepting of my 'topper only' status. Yesterday we had a sew-in. Jen (she's in the middle, isn't she freaking adorable?) brought all of her blocks, backings and some cool fabric for us to assemble her quilts. We had so much fun, we talked more than sewed! When finished she is donating the quilts to a girl's group home. How wonderful is that (and of her)!? I am pretty sure she can still use some backing and batting, or maybe some pre-made quilt binding you made, but never used? If you have anything you would like to contribute, please leave a comment and I can put you in touch!

Heather Ross Everything Bag

Monday, January 10, 2011


I am excited to say I've officially completed my Heather Ross Everything tote! I photographed it as completed last month, but finally finished the hand-stiching today! :)
It is huge!!!! Perfect to carry all my truly Bella packages with me to the post office. I also plan to bring it to my Heather Ross and Friends weekend. This puppy will fit tons of fabric in it....perfect for a fabric hoarder like me! It even fits my neglected yoga bag and a change of clothes.
This took about a day to make. I used Amy Butler Nigella Home Dec weight on the outside, Essex linen in Putty on the interior.
The handles, I cut on the bias. I've seen some gorgeous bags that do not have the handles cut on the bias. I however had tons of yardage, so i figured-why risk it?
I also cut my bias strips wider and sandwiched them.
Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments section below regarding this pattern and I will do my best to try and answer!
Have a Happy Day!

Palm Springs = Sewing in Style


I am overly excited, jumping out of my chair with joy.
In two weeks I will be hanging out with fellow fabric junkies for a weekend in Palm Springs with Heather Ross and Lotta Jansdotter! Heather is bringing some of her other fabulous and talented friends as well!

I am thrilled to meet all the oh 'sew' talented designers and sewists attending the second week. I am a bit bummed out that I don't get to meet some of my online artsy BFF's going the first week though ): . To avoid sounding like a spoiled, complaining brat, I shall proceed below...

I hope to have a weekend of relaxation, spa-ing, learning a million new sewing tricks AND OF COURSE coming home with a couple, always-to-be-treasured completed objects.

I am bringing all my 'good stuff' too; the kokka, the out of print Heather Ross Stash, some Belgian linen to hopefully paint-or stamp and some super soft cotton voiles for clothing.

As a lot of those close to me know, my husband is deployed. This vacation and a new sewing machine were his Christmas gift to me. Nice guy eh? I think I will keep him ;). Hope he feels the same!
Have a happy day,