Honey Girl Dress and Top

In preparation for the upcoming sewing class, Harts employee Julia has made two variations of the versatile Jamie Christina Honey Girl pattern for display! She made a top with straps using a black Echino Double Gauze, and a strapless dress using a red rayon batiste.

This pattern is perfect for beginners since it teaches simple techniques that can be utilized in a variety of ways. More advanced sewists will love this flattering, versatile pattern as well. With no zippers or darts, this pattern is easy to fit, and easy and satisfying to sew!

Julia had never done shirring before this project, and now she’s hooked! She said the hardest part of this project was sewing in a straight lines, and couldn’t believe how quickly the dress came together. The pattern has ample room for personalization and comes with instructions for straps or strapless, skirt ruffles and different amounts of shirring. You could even add a cute trim or applique for a unique touch.

She says that it fits right in with her wardrobe, and can be styled for any season or occasion. here it’s styled for our brisk spring weather. There is still room in the beginning machine sewing class, which starts May 2, to learn to make this cute and fun project, just in time for summer!

Decades of Style Photo Contest

Calling all Vintage Pattern Enthusiasts!!!
Decades of Style and Hart’s is sponsoring a three pattern giveaway.  For more details on rules and how to enter click here!  If you have not tried a Decades of Style pattern yet you are missing out!
     Decades of Style Pattern Company has a lot of love for vintage fashion and vintage sewing patterns. All their patterns are vintage reproductions of  the beautiful and amazing clothing designs from 1900 through 1959.  These high-quality reproduction sewing patterns are available from bust size 30″ up through bust size 46.”  Select styles are available in 12 sizes. If you’ve ever sewn with an original vintage pattern, you know how daunting it is to face blank pieces of tissue paper. You will find it easier to work with a Decades of Style reproduction than with the original vintage pattern.  Decades of Style faithfully reproduces original vintage patterns so you will have the opportunity to make these breath taking garments!  So why not give it a try.  We know you’ll be as excited about these patterns as we are! Happy sewing!
 For some inspiration here is Dana’s Lilly Jacket from Decades of Style.  Also be sure to check out her 1930’s kitchenette pajamas too!

Featured Hart’s Fabric Fan Juli!

Here at Hart’s we love seeing our fabric enter the store with nothing but endless possibilities of what it can be made into and then actually getting to see the finished result from your photos. Craftster, blogger, artiest and fabric fan Juli emailed us to show us some of the projects that she made from our fabric and we thought they were so well done and adorable that there wasn’t any doubt about sharing them with our blog readers.
Sweet Little Chickadee Juli!
Juli’s blog is Sweet Little Chickadee and it has all of her wonderful projects that she has made but the ones we are highlighting are her  Retro Floral Ginger (Skirt)and the Hip Tourist Skirt. In her blog she describes herself as a small town girl who loves crafting, Mr. Sweet (her husband) and her adorable dachshund Ollie. She is a talented craftster who does so many other things besides sewing like illustration, photography and knitting. Hart’s fabric tips their hat to you today Juli for making some of the most adorable skirts we’ve seen so far this season.
Retro Floral Ginger (Skirt)
 We are big fans of the Colette Patterns here at harts and almost everyone of our staff members has one Colette garment in their closet so we always love to see other peoples variations and we are in love with Juli’s Ginger Skirt! She used a Japanese imported Melody Miller floral fabric that really make this skirt pop and makes it a perfect spring wardrobe staple.


The Hip Tourist Skirt
This skirt is so cute and so simple but the fabric really makes it pop! She used a simple Burda pattern and used the Japanese Import Light Weight Cotton Linen Euro Map Print Fabric.
This skirt is super adorable and she wears it so well!
So all in all thank you Juli for sharing your projects with us and keep up your good work and we look forward to seeing your next project!
If you have project photos that you would like to share with us We’d love to see them!!)  email them to customerservice@hartsfabric.com.

Tera’s Raspberry Maxi Skirt

2012 is the year of “Maxi”! We’re seeing gorgeous maxi dresses and skirts everywhere, and we love the look! Harts employee Tera jumped on board with this trend and created this belted maxi skirt out of a gorgeous raspberry pink colored dotted swiss fabric.

She said that she wanted something “nice and summery” and chose a breathable cotton fabric in a yummy summer color. This skirt was created using the Burda 7216 pattern, and this Pink Swiss Dot cotton. It features a modest slit in the back for extra comfort and movement. It also features a pleated waistband a removable tie belt for a dramatic look.

Tera is going to be rocking this skirt with maxi-style all summer long! What’s your take on the maxi trend?

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