Friday, January 31, 2020

Same Pattern and Fabric, Different Bodies: The Seamwork Clarke

I love the "Same Pattern, Different Bodies" posts the Curvy Sewing Collective puts out there on a regular basis. I really like to see how a garment looks on different body types and what adjustments were made before I attempt a new pattern.

Today, I thought it would be fun to do something very similar but on two bodies that are vastly different: mine and my daughter's.


I blogged about my ITY Clarke here, but here's a picture and a few details:

  • Size: 14
  • Adjustments: none
  • Measurements: 43 - 36 - 46

My daughter's

I made my daughter's version of the Clarke with scraps I had leftover from making mine. She's so tiny, I needed less than a yard for it.

  • Size: 0
  • Adjustments: none
  • Measurements: 33 - 27 - 38

I really like where the Clarke hits her and how nicely it falls on her. (She's about 5' 6".)

This was really fun to make. I love that I can use up scraps to make something for my girl. And I would definitely call both these tops a success!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Jelly Lanterns - A Quilt Finish

The fabrics that went into making this quilt had probably been in my stash for 6 or 7 years. I'm pretty sure I got the Jelly Roll as part of the "Jelly Roll Club" subscription from Fat Quarter Shop back in 2013! Which would explain why it had been in my stash for so long - not exactly my style. But as I've said before, I'm determined to use up what I have - fabrics and patterns so when looking for a quick and easy quilt to make over the holidays, I decided to finally use my Field Notes by Blackbird Designs jelly roll and the Jelly Lanterns pattern by Meadow Mist Designs.

This pattern is really fun and easy and quick - just what my brain needed at the time. I matched the Field Notes strips with Kona White for the top because that's what I had on hand. And I used leftover strips from the jelly roll for the binding.

The backing is an absolutely crazy print I've had forever. I think I bought this at Fabricville years ago thinking I was going to make curtains for my sewing room (back when my sewing room had a window!) I was tired of seeing it in my stash and it was the perfect size for this quilt so onto the back it went.

I once again went with the wavy lines for the quilting. Nice, easy, quick, effective...

The details:
  • Pattern: Jelly Lanterns by Meadow Mist Designs
  • Size: 48" x 60"
  • Fabrics: Kona white (background), Field Notes by Blackbird Designs jelly roll for the lanterns and binding 
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2600 in 50 wt

Friday, January 17, 2020

Portales Mini: Small Wall Hanging Finish

I'm back with another finished quilt from the book Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder. This is my fifth quilt from the book: Rustic, Marfa Lights, Dunes and Cielo were the other four. I think this is probably going to be my last though - a few of the other quilts in the book are paper-pieced and I'm not a huge fan.

Portales Mini was a very quick finish and exactly what I needed. But it was also my first try at half-rectangle triangles which was kind of fun!

I used fat quarters in Kona Celestial, Kona Bahama Blue along with two Carolyn Friedlander prints in white and dark grey. The binding is Kona Celestial.

The quilting is pretty simple - straight lines with the walking foot with matching thread.

The details:

  • Pattern: Portales Mini from the book Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder
  • Size: 13" x 28" 
  • Fabrics: Kona Celestial, Kona Bahama Blue, Carolyn Friedlander prints in white and dark grey 
  • Thread: Pieced with Aurifil #2600 (light grey) in 50 wt, quilted with Aurifil #2780 (dark blue) in 50 wt,  #2600 in 50 wt, #2845 (light green) in 40 wt and #2630 (dark grey) in 40 wt.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Handmade Gifts

I didn't make many gifts this year - I was a little short on time unfortunately, but I did manage to get small things done.

First was a secret Santa gift for the office exchange. The person I was matched with really likes pink, candles and tea. So I decided to buy her a scented candle, a tea cup and I made a pink one-hour basket to put them in!

I used fat quarters I had in my stash and some By Annie's Soft & Stable to give the basket some structure and make sure it wouldn't collapse with the cup and the candle.

Next, I decided to make the ladies in my family coin purses just like the one I made for my sister a few weeks ago. I made 5 in total.

And that was it! That's all I was able to get done this year. I'm a little disappointed, but everything above was well received so I guess there's that.

Friday, January 3, 2020

A New Grey Seamwork Clarke

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a new Elliot Tee I had made with a grey jersey I purchased from which unfortunately is no longer available. Well, when I finished cutting that Elliot Tee, I noticed my Seamwork Clarke pattern still on my cutting table (I made my first Clarke back in November). I had more than enough of that grey jersey so I decided to cut myself a new Clarke!

This new version was a definite success! The fabric is much more fluid than my last one so I don't have that tent look. But the fit is just as good as the first one.

I don't really have much to say about this pattern that I haven't said in my other post. It's quick, it's easy and I love that the neckline and armholes are finished with  facings. If the fabric you choose is a little on the thinner side, you can lengthen the facings and have a lined tank top. I was actually thinking how nice this would be with a lace overlay and a beautiful satin on the bottom.

So many possibilities!

The details:
  • Pattern: Clarke by Seamwork
  • Size: 14 - no modifications
  • Fabrics: Grey jersey from (no longer available) in polyester (95%) and lycra (5%)

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2019 FAL - Q4 Finishes

We have reached the end of Quarter 4 of the 2019 Finish-A-Long!!  Of course, this means it is now time to link up those finishes from the list you linked up in October. We hope that you have been able to complete a lot of the UFOs from your list and have had an overall successful year.

The 2019 FAL is hosted by a great community of bloggers. This year our hosts are:

Each finish you link up will be in the draw for great prizes, so let's give a huge thank you to our fantastic sponsors:

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The 2019 Quarter 4 link for your finishes is now open below on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs - you only need to link on one blog for your finish to appear on all host blogs.

Link-up "Rules":

Add one link for each finish.  If you want to link a round up post of all your finishes, use that link to enter one of your finishes and then link the rest of your finishes separately.  Please, only one link per finish, as your link is an entry into the randomly drawn prize draws. 

Please ensure that the photo (Instagram or Flickr) or blog post you link up contains a link or reference back to your original list so that we can verify your entry (make sure it is from the right quarter, too). On Instagram the best way to do that is to tag your photos with #2019FALQ4yourname (where yourname is unique to you), this makes it easier for us to match your finishes with your list, which also should have this tag.

Please become part of the FAL community.  Check out the links of others and leave a comment. We all need encouragement so let's applaud each other.  The 2019 FAL Facebook page is HERE and you can follow us on Instagram @finishalong.

Our hosts will also link up their finishes to share in the community but they are not eligible for any of the prizes.

The Q4 Finishes link will stay open from now thru 11 pm, EST, Thursday, January 9, 2020 - as we are global, you might want to check your time zone to determine your last possible time to link. You can also see how much time is left below the linked up images on the right.  It is best to link up your finishes early and if you have a last minute one, add that one later so you don't miss out.  The prizes will be awarded as soon as we can verify all the entries and do the drawings.  We will post the winners on each host's blog.

2019 Q4 Finishes Link Up: