Posts Tagged ‘Fabric’

1. Make a delicious brunch.  Doesn’t this Brioche French Toast looks scrumptious?

2. Browse the new fabric at Sew Mama Sew!

3. See what Garance is up to.  Then promptly clean out closet.

4. Catch up on Never Not Knitting podcasts.

5. Splurge on a glamorous new summer lipstickWear it every single day to justify the cost.

6. Check out the new Spud & Chloe yarn colors.  Also:

7. Read about Susan’s Dream Catcher Baby BlanketAdorable and free!

8. Read the new online Lonny magazine.  Drink hot coffee. 

9. Plan a trip to the gorgeous new Purl Soho shopLeave wallet at home.

10.  Make a pot of Sunday Sauce.  Check out Ree’s yummy version.

~Have a great weekend!

{image from the lovely Sunday Suppers}

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windy moon

{a quilted storefront!}

Jaime travels a lot for business during the fall and winter months, so she uses those opportunities to seek out new fabric and yarn shops.  This past week, she stopped into Windy Moon Quilts in Reno, Nevada.  I just love the way they painted the front of the building to look like a giant quilt, don’t you?  How clever!

She managed to find a few new cotton prints to add to our ever-growing fabric collection.  First up, some holly-berry fabric which will be used to make a holiday gift for someone who shall-not-be-named:

{an old-fashioned holiday print}

{an old-fashioned holiday print}

Sorry that the picture is sort of blurry, but the gold dots on the fabric really confused the focus feature on my camera lens…after the 20th picture, I gave up!

She also found this, an homage to our childhood:


{toasted everything with a shmear, please... }

Growing up on Long Island, Sunday bagels with lox and cream cheese was a family tradition – one that we still continue to this day.   We are going to whip this fabric into some fun little napkins for those long, leisurely brunches.  The kids are going to love them!

Speaking of kids, sissy also picked up some sweet holiday-themed fabric:

holiday skirts

{naughty or nice?}

…which will be sewn into some twirly, Christmas Day skirts for the girlies.  We plan on pairing them with some striped tights and long-sleeved t-shirts.  That way, they will look nice for pictures, yet will be comfortable enough while sitting on the floor playing with all of their new toys.

This week, Jaime is back in Nevada, and will be stopping into Jimmy Beans Wool – I am off to browse their website and cross reference their stock with my Ravelry queue…


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all you need is love…

Amy Butler has a new collection coming out soon:


The collection includes 44″ wide quilting, 44″ wide flannel and 54″ home decorator fabrics, as well as 57″ wide laminates.  To view the ‘Love’ Collection, and all of the lovely, inspiring projects made with the new fabrics, visit the Amy Butler website!

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Seriously, Jenny and I have a problem.  A simple Friday evening conversation over dinner about needing to go shopping for a dress to wear to a sunrise beach wedding on Monday (that Jenny needed to attend) turns into project runway in the sorella household.  Instead of shopping for a dress, we shopped for fabric on Friday at 7:30pm.  And instead of using the dress pattern we purchased, we decided it would be easier (ha!) to just drape, pin and cut the fabric into the dress we envisioned.  

After pouring a couple glasses of wine, we took out some breezy white stretch cotton gauze we had purchased a few weeks ago (for nightgowns, of course) and started draping.  After about an hour, here’s what we had in mind:

long looked too much like the bride's dress ...

long looked too much like the bride's dress ...

And thirty minutes later we had …

short is chic!

short is chic!

cut 3
Using this as our “pattern”, we layed each piece out on the gorgeous mallard blue cotton we had purchased and cut!  About two hours later we had …
pieced together at about 1am ... was taken the following morning after some coffee!

pieced together at about 1am ... pic was taken the following morning after some coffee!

The back was tricky, considering we decided to do a portrait neck line and neither of us had ever done one before!
after a bit of fiddling, we got it right!

after a bit of fiddling, we got it right!

At about 2pm (we started sewing again on Saturday around 9am), we had finished.  However, after some sit tests, Jenny decided that the white lining was not going to work after all.  So we then took about 90 minutes and ripped it out.  SO FUN … 🙂  We love our reverse sewers!  (aka seam ripper)  Here’s the final product, and Jenny loves it!  (and she looks gorgeous in it as well)  Next time we’ll include some darts, and probably some seaming at the waist line.  But for our first non-pattern grown up dress, I think it’s pretty good!
finished 1
finished 3
finished 6
the back of the dress

the back of the dress

easy sash!

easy sash!

ready for departure

ready for departure

I can’t wait to see the pics from the sunrise wedding tomorrow!
~ Jaime

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Jaime has been in Oregon this past week visiting with Mom Jodie – and not surprisingly, they went fabric shopping:

{so bright and cheerful!}

{so bright and cheerful!}

There is also this duo:

{the classic pink & green combo}

{the classic pink & green combo}

She would like to turn these pairs into some Habitual Dresses – they can be one of the first new projects we work on in our new studio, after we finish sewing and knitting for Baby T, of course…  Our sister’s shower is a week from Saturday, and it still seems like we have so many projects to finish!  This will be a busy, busy week…

Off to knit! ~Jenny

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