Thursday, June 28, 2012

I Ain't Afraid of No Silk

I hold myself back a lot when sewing. Buttonholes, zippers, bias tape -- at some point I have run from them and later been forced to conquer them. This was the case when my friend Liz asked me to alter some sleeves on a dress she was wearing to a wedding.

Alter some sleeves? No problem! But when I found out the dress was silk, I got a little worried. I had never worked with silk before and if I messed this up, Liz was going to look like a bag lady at the wedding. I bravely changed my machine needle, did some test stitches on a scrap of the silk, and whatdya know? It turned out pretty well.

In honor of my bravery, some of my favorite silk fabric picks.

Clockwise from top left:

Aqua/Gray Misc Jersey Prints from Mood Fabrics

Teal Green Dot Silk Jaquard from Denver Fabrics

Bone Floral Voile from Mood Fabrics

Champagne/Rose Floral Jersey Prints from Mood Fabrics

Viburnum Fleurs from Vogue Fabrics

What are you scared of when you're sewing? Maybe I can persuade you to try it!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

A Flowery Folky Peony Dress

I can't gush enough about Colette Patterns, and here's proof: I've made yet another Peony dress. You can see all the details -- including where I bought this amazing fabric -- in my post on Sew Weekly.

Sew Weekly is becoming a really great motivator for me and my sewing. I love seeing so many variations on one pattern.

Are you a Sew Weekly member? Let me know and I'll add you as a friend!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Craft Supplies for Grandparents

My parents are two of the coolest grandparents in the world. So when asked me to recommend some craft supplies that all grandmothers should have, I had a hard time narrowing down some of my niece and nephew's favorite stuff.

For you seasoned crafters, none of the supplies will come as a surprise. But they're perfect for grandparents who want to bond with their grandkids through crafting -- something we all support!

Let me know if you have any recomendations of your own. My niece and nephew would love to try them!