Monthly Archives: December 2011

Hope everyone had an amazing holiday! I know a lot of my fellow sewing buddies have been busy the last month making last minute gifts for loved ones. Now it’s time to indulge and make something for yourself! Katrina made this stylin tunic out of a new Japanese import from designer Ihsoyok Nijnezij. This fabric is very unique and I haven’t seen another fabric quite like it before, it has a very modern artsy feel to it and it is also available in grey.


She used the “Schoolhouse Tunic” pattern by Sew Liberated. This Sew Liberated pattern is stylish, flattering, and quick to sew. The Schoolhouse Tunic is a versatile addition to your wardrobe. This pattern lets you make a tunic to wear as a dress or over jeans – or make a shirt. The Schoolhouse Tunic features front and back pleats, 3/4 -length sleeves with optional elastic gathering at the cuff, and an open bodice perfect for laying over your favorite camisole or tank.
This pattern is super easy and perfect for a beginner, no zippers or buttons required. Go ahead it’s time to make something for yourself that you will love to wear!


Katrina made this lovely “Jasmine Blouse” by Colette patterns. She said it was super easy and perfect for a beginner. The blouse is cut on the bias for a great fit with no zipper or button closure. How awesome is that?! I asked Katrina if it was tricky cutting the slippery fabric on the bias and she told me about a great tip on how to keep the fabric from sliding all around. All you have to do is lay down an old cotton sheet, then lay the slippery fabric on top with the pattern on top. Next just cut the slippery fabric by hand and it won’t slide around on you while it’s laying on top of the cotton sheet. I love little tricks like this, they definitely make a big difference. The fabric she chose is a retro inspired polka dot chiffon.


Just seeing this scarf makes me want to learn how to knit! Lucky for me my co-worker Dana is an expert at knitting. Maybe she will teach me someday….hint, hint. Dana knitted the design pictured above from a pattern called “Moonlight Picnic.” It is just one of the amazing patterns from the new “Twinkle’s Escape” pattern pamphlet, which includes four standout designs using “Baby Chunky” yarn. Can you believe this scarf only took two skeins of the Twinkle Baby Chunky in Barley. The skill level for this design is marked easy on the pattern. Dana said it took her about three hours from start to finish. If you love the Twinkle style be sure to check out her book called “Big City Knits.”


How cute is this skirt?! Denise made this adorable skirt from the “Barcelona Skirt” pattern by Amy Butler. She chose the popular guitar print from Heather Ross’s last collection. This pattern is perfect for a beginner and has a couple different variations to chose from. You could make a straight a-line or a layered a-line skirt like Denise made in the picture above.