Wednesday, May 25, 2016

New Pattern Is On The Way...June 1st

I’ve got some happy news....

It might look like there hasn’t been much sewing going on here but really, it’s been a happy sewing marathon as I've been getting ready to add a pattern to the Blue Dot Collection.  I’m excited to announce I’ll be releasing a new pattern and her name is Ally!  
Upcraft Club will do an exclusive release June 1st and the pattern will hit the Blue Dot Website beginning June 3rd.  

More details about Ally coming soon...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Come Take a Class With Me...Georgia Top

On June 11th I'll be teaching a Georgia Top class at Fabricland in Orange, CA.  I would love to see you there and have a chance to sew with you.  
If you’re new to sewing with knits or want to brush up on your knit skills, this class is for you.  In this class you will make the dolman sleeve Georgia Top PDF pattern and learn how to:
  • Choose the right knit fabric for a project.
  • Use and put together a PDF pattern.
  • Sew knits without a serger.
  • Choose the right needle and notions for knits.
  • Use a twin needle.

And best of all, you’ll have a new top to add to your wardrobe and a pattern you can use over and over!
Saturday June 11 from 12:30 - 4:30
Class Fee: $45
Class fee includes PDF pattern.  Bring basic sewing notions and machine (optional - we have machines available for use free of charge during class.)

Class supplies:  Fabric for top (see pattern for yardage), thread to match.
Please email me if you're interested or call Fabricland to sign up: (714)974-1214.
I look forward to seeing you!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Anna Sui Georgia Hack

I bought this Anna Sui fabric back in February on a trip to Mood Fabrics.  It almost became one of those fabrics I couldn’t cut into because it is just too pretty.  It’s silly treat fabric that way so I forced myself to cut it anyway. 

This fabric lends itself to a simple pattern because a frilly blouse combined with this print would end up looking too young for me.  I wanted something easy to wear and casual.  I believe the fabric is silk but it really feels more like a silk/cotton blend because although it has a sheen, it drapes more like a cotton lawn than a charmeuse.

I used the Georgia Top View C.  I know most sewers look at this pattern and think “sweatshirt” but Georgia is more versatile.  View C is made for a woven fabrics combined with knit bands.  

There are some master Georgia hackers out there and I’d almost call this a hack but I only made three simple modifications: 
  1. I hemmed the bottom and sleeves.
  2. I added a bias trim on the neck instead of a knit neckband.
  3. I added a front keyhole with pintucks next to it.

It was simple a fun and I’m glad I cut into this precious fabric. I’d like to made a solid cream skirt to go with it.

Happy Sewing!  Diane