Are you afraid of zippers and buttons? Do you sew mainly in knits to avoid difficult closures? If so, Pearl snaps are going to be your new favorite thing! This tutorial will show you how to add these easy and stylish snaps to your next project. Also, did you know we have them in a variety of colors?!? Button holes take forever and when one goes wrong it can ruin a garment! The only tools you need besides what comes in the package is a hammer and a spool of thread.
Who doesn’t love a circle skirt? Not only are they fashionable and easy to wear, but they’re perfect for twirling and flattering for most figures. This guy is made from a lovely linen rayon blend with pearl snaps as a closure. Pearl snaps are awesome if you’re averse to buttonholes or a zipper-phobe! The only extra tools you need http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifare a hammer and a spool of thread, they’re SO easy. Check out our pearl snap tutorial if you’re feeling apprehensive.
This project is great because it can be completed in an afternoon and worn in so many ways. So here goes, this is what you need:
I love going to Quilt Market!!! I always leave with tons of inspiration from all the wonderful booths and displays. I want you to be inspired too, so here is a lil’ photo tour of my favorite booths from this springs Quilt Market in Kansas City. Enjoy!
Sarah Jane “Out to See” by Micheal Miller Fabrics
Anna Maria Horner “Field Study” by Westminster Fabrics
Then check out our Applique Class coming up next week! It is a two session class on Tues June 5th &12th and in the class you will learn all sorts of different techniques for applique, all using your sewing machine! You can applique on pretty much anything you can sew-on! Quilts, clothing, accessories, and more. Jazz up an old skirt or cover a hole in your favorite blouse using applique techniques! Our favorite applique activity though, is quilting!
Appliqueing on a quilt gives you unlimited possibilities for different shapes and designs where other techniques have many frustrating and difficult limitations. Make circles, triangles, skinning lines, waving lines, flowers, leaves, anything you can imagine!! Not to mention the amazing effect of dimension you can get when appliqueing.
Don’ forget that you can use these applique techniques in fashion too! Add amazing details and accents by appliqueing over a solid fabric! Create patches and other details to make your garments unique!
Danielle is the teacher for this applique class as well as all the other quilting classes we offer here at Harts! She is an excellent teacher with years of quilting experience and mountains of knowledge which is is ready to share with you.
Flea Market Fancy baby quilt by Film in the Fridge
These days everyone is getting fancy with Flea Market… Flea Market Fancy that is! This new Legacy Collection is actually a reprint of Denyse Schmidt’s popular line, featuring refreshed colors and a re-invigorated modern sensibility. This collection is an absolute has been credited by many quilters for helping to light the fire under the modern quilting movement.
This collection was extremely popular during pre-orders, but we are happy to say that we now have plenty in-store, both online and at our Santa Cruz location, just in case you missed our initial sale.
We love this collection for the way it combines sweet vintage motifs with rich, contemporary hues. And we LOVE seeing all of the wonderful projects being made with these gorgeous fabrics, these quilts featured on the modern quilting blog Film in the Fridge, are especially inspiring.
Signs of Spring by Film in the Fridge
Flea market Fancy for the Bed by Film in the Fridge
Of course, as quilting cottons, these cute prints are extremely versatile!
So June is right around the corner and swimsuit season is here! Are you ready for the beach or the pool? Well if not don’t fret! Hart’s is here to help you in your time of need. We just received a large shipment of adorable swimwear fabric and it super simple to make a swimsuit made especially to fit you.
The easiest way to make a new swimsuit is to just trace one that you have that already fits well sew it up and Valhalla! A new suit for this year that you know will fit your right.
Now you can also find a swim pattern like these here:
The other dilemma is choosing the fabric and we have such a large selection that it might be difficult to choose just one.
You can always try to make your own pattern and get inspired from other cute suits you’ve seen this season, plus by making your own you can save a pretty penny. Swimsuits can get expensive. (I don’t know why… there’s not much fabric to them!) here’s a selection that I’ve come across that are $80+ that you can make for under $40.
It’s no secret that Harts LOVES the Schoolhouse Tunic from Sew Liberated. Katrina’s last Schoolhouse was made from an imported cotton/linen fabric, making it perfect for cooler weather. This time around, she used our other big obsession… Rayon!!! Rayon is the perfect fabric for summer. It’s light and comfortable, and all of the hot prints that we carry will keep you cool in the warm sun. This gorgeous ikat print reminds us of exotic beach getaways, warm sand and cool tropical drinks. Use it as a swimsuit cover-up and pair it with gladiator sandals and a wide-brimmed hat for an effortless, g-to look this summer!
Sewaholic patterns are becoming very popular very fast! They came out of nowhere and now I see more and more people blogging and making Sewaholic patterns. I am very excited about this! It is inspiring to see a young women start a business doing something she loves and then become successful at it. How cool is that?
Tasia who is the owner/creator of Sewaholic patterns did just that. She started a small independent pattern company based out of Canada and features a pattern line of wardrobe essentials for the pear-shaped woman. Her most recent pattern is the called the Cambie dress, which is named after a street in Vancouver. From work to weekend, this dress has you covered! The Cambie Dress is a fitted, fully lined dress with a gorgeous sweetheart neckline and flattering built-in cap sleeves. Great when you want the coverage of a sleeve but the comfort of a sleeveless dress! It has two skirt options; a full skirt with inseam pockets and a classic a-line. Having two skirt options with one bodice is time-saving (if you plan to make both dresses) because you’ll only need to fit the bodice once.
We just received the mother load of fantastic and phenomenal costuming fabrics and right in the nick of time because so many fun summer costume events are right around the corner. So, in life there is the stipulation that you are only allowed to wear costumes once a year, well my fiends, this is simply just not true. In the teens of the 21st century we have come to realize that there are many events that costumes are required that have nothing to do with Halloween, plus costumes are fun!
Here in California there are several events that transpire in spring and summer that are costume worthy. The First being Bay To Breakers in San Francisco. This is a race that takes place in May every year and it starts near the Bay Bridge and ends at Ocean Beach (breakers). This year is the 101st Bay to Breakers race and San Francisco always adds great flare and color to this race with colorful and creative costumes. The race starts at 8:00 am on Sunday May 20th so hurry up and get your costumes… like… yesterday! So if you don’t make bay to breakers this year there is also the Wharf to Wharf race that is right here in Santa Cruz, it’s a little tamer then bay to breakers but you still see some great costumes!
These days there are great new independent pattern companies everywhere! From Colette to Sewaholic you will find the cutest and most user-friendly patterns around but, over are the days when you can buy a pattern for a few bucks. That’s is why its important to learn different techniques for preserving your patterns so you can use them over and over again. After all, wouldn’t you love to pass on your retro Decades of Style Patterns to your little sewers when they grow up!
There are so many different ways to help you preserve your patterns so we have compiled a list of great techniques and blogs to look at! Choose the best one for you or try them all!
We saw an awesome tip on Colette’s blog about how you can use freezer paper to cut out your patterns! It’s a really great idea and would work wonderfully for light weight fabrics that move around a lot. Check out more about that here.