Tilly and the Buttons came out with the cutest new dress pattern that she adorably named Francoise. It is a sixties-style shift dress pattern that is super easy-to-follow. The design features striking French darts and raglan seams. Choose from two-piece three-quarter length sleeves or a sleeveless version, with optional collar and waist tab. I love how Tilly’s patterns all come with real pictures next to each step. This makes it so easy for a beginner to follow. See below…
Tilly has created the Francoise three week sew-a-long series on her blog. She gives you tips and tricks all along the way! You can check out her blog post here.
This classic dress is perfect for all seasons. You could make it out of medium weight cotton, ponte, linen and even light weight wool or brocade. The dress only take 2 yards of 60″ fabric no matter what size you are! I know I can’t wait to make this cute dress!
Here at Hart’s, we love sharing our sewing knowledge with our customers and each other. The other day, I brought in a quilt I had just finished to display in our store. In the last year, I’ve become a huge fan of Aurifil thread and share my enthusiasm to anyone who will listen!
While I do sew garments from time to time, primarily I am a quilter, and so I prefer using 100% cotton in my quilts for piecing as well as quilting. Aurifil is made from the best, extra long-staple Egyptian cotton available. What does that mean to you? It’s incredibly smooth and glides through the eye of your needle with ease! Also, it means a minimum of fluff in and around your bobbin. Other threads leave much more lint in my bobbin case, which means I’m cleaning and brushing it out more often than I’d like. Long-staple cotton thread also means that Aurifil thread is stable, strong and dependable. And Aurifil is strong, but the 50 weight thread that Hart’s sells is a fine thread. This means that if you’re piecing a quilt block, the Aurifil thread isn’t thick, and won’t add to your seam allowance. It’s strong, without bulk – a perfect combination. Also, since it’s thin, you get more thread on your bobbin, which means you’ll be refilling your bobbin a lot less often. Sweet!
Let’s talk about economics for a minute. If you look at a spool of Aurifil thread vs another spool of thread you notice something right away.
The Aurifil has 13 times the amount of thread that our most popular spool of thread has. Specifically, Aurifil thread has 1300 meters of thread per spool, that’s over 1400 yards of thread vs. 100 meters on a typical spool of thread. If you were to purchase that other thread, and bought the amount that was on one spool of Aurifil, it would cost nearly $24, which is basically double the cost of the Aurifil thread. So, let’s recap: more thread per spool, and yard per yard, or meter per meter, you are getting a bargain for an incredible product.
Here’s a picture of one of the many quilts I have pieced and quilted using Aurifil:
I’m a big fan of straight-line quilting using my walking foot. Aurifil is my go-to fabric for both straight-line quilting as well as free-motion quilting. The Aurifil Hart’s Fabric carries can be found HERE.Tweet
I hope you all are getting into the sewing spirit this month! The reason we do “Sew Your Hart Out September” is because you, our customers, readers, and fellow sewists, inspire us on a daily basis! You are always coming in with the most interesting projects or sharing them online, and we are just constantly overwhelmed with the amazing creativity that oozes out of you so we thought this intensive month of tutorials, giveaways, and employee projects would help inspire some new sewists and spread the ever-growing knowledge pool that is our community! Don’t forget to stay involved by posting on our facebook pictures of your projects with our fabrics. You might win!!
This week we are focusing our efforts on the quilting community. Here at Hart’s we have a few inspiring employees that contribute wildly to the world of quilting. One of them is Tina of the South Bay Area Modern Quilt guild. She will be our blogger this week to share a few fun tips and tricks to add to your sewing repertoire and hopefully kick start your interest in quilting. Get lost in some of the pictures from the SBAMQG’s flickr to further inspire you. If you’re from this area make sure to check them out! They meet here at Hart’s the first Tuesday of every month
Not from the area? Check out the Modern Quilt Guild here to find a chapter new you.
It’s time to start warming up your sewing machines because the official Kick Off To our 2nd Annual Sew Your Hart Out September will be starting September 1st! Yea! Get ready for fun projects, inspiring tutorials and lots of fun!!We are all sooo excited about Sew Your Hart Out September and we hope you are too!
Here’s a little background on why we are doing this and what Sew You Hart Out September means to us…
To us being creative is not just a hobby, but a way of life! We really want to inspire more people like you to get involved in our sewing community. Inspiration feeds more inspiration and as the great Albert Einstein once said, “Creativity is contagious, so pass it on.” This is so true! Our customers and co-workers are such a creative community of sewists, quilters, crafters, cross-stitchers and home decorators and we want to inspire you just as much as you have inspired us with your projects! We really want to show you that sewing may not be as hard as you think and we want to share with you some great staff projects and tutorials to either get you started on a path to sewing or inspire you to dust off your machine and get sewing again if you haven’t in awhile.
Here is the low down on Sew your Hart out September how you can get involved and how you can win some really fabulous prizes…
Share your sewn projects with us on our Facebook Fanpage each week throughout September for a chance to win a $50 gift card from us to you. The project pics with the most likes each week will determine the winner. So, make sure and tell your friends to vote for your project!
To keep you Inspired…
Each week we will focus on a different sewing category with inspiring tutorials, fabrics and even a few quest blog posts to keep your creative juices flowing.
1st week: Fashion
2nd week: Quilting
3rd week: Home Decor
4th week: Crafty stuff
We are excited to Sew our Hart’s out this September and we hope you are too!