Sunday, January 31, 2010

Swatch Attack!



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Sketchbook style ideas for you on our Flickr page! All fabric available in downright excessive quantities for immediate enjoyment. Purchase as a fat quarter grouping or yard by yard. Bespoke services available, contact info at CharmStitch.com.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Oliver + S Press


Late last year, Charm Stitch (well, I) had the good fortune to be featured in a blog posting over at Oliver + S about the principles of fabric selection: tonal and two-color prints look very fresh. If you are nervous about working with patterns, I urge you to start with Oliver + S. The 2 +2 blouse pattern design is elegant in its simplicity. But as my mother always said about cooking - read the recipe three times before starting. I've made some silly mistakes on occasion (but not with this pattern), and getting cozy with one's seam ripper is a sure way to remember to read those instructions before you drop the needle.


This was one of the easier Oliver + S patterns that I have completed and I loved the stark quality of Valorie Wells' Del Hi print mixed with a lightweight Robert Kaufman Chambray. When I make it again, I will probably select a stiffer weight fabric for the placard detail, but I love the soft chambray for the tie. 


The back of the shirt buttons, though I suppose you could adapt the pattern to a slip-on style with a little button & slit in the back for easy wearing. Mira is constantly changing her clothes at our house and getting her head stuck more often than not. This is one of her favorite shirts to pull off the hanger. I made the 3T so she's just about ready to fit in it this spring.

Friday, January 22, 2010

of cupid and chains

Every now and then I remember a cupid mobile that my grandmother made for us in the 80's. I think the cupid had a little satchel filled with arrows, and my grandmother recalls that it was made with silk, felt and ribbons. I'm sure my sister & I lost it during one of the divorces. I've been google searching for over an hour and I can't find anything even close to what I remember.

I'm planning a little valentine play date party for Mira & some friends and would love to have something like it. I may have to relegate myself to doing some hearts this year and plan for the cupid next year. I think it would be neat if I incorporated some chains similar to this chandelier that I found on Urbs website. I've been considering it for over my new sewing area under the basement stairs (classy, right?).


Friday, January 8, 2010

No More Fiber Hostages (or, Etsy Shop is Up)


Shop news... Charm Stitch is currently offering products for sale on Etsy. Most of the Japanese fabrics that I have are listed now (including Echino, Nani IRO, Heather Ross and Olympus). The lines you should expect from FreeSpirit fabrics are: Amy Bulter - Love, Heather Bailey - Nicey Jane, Dena Designs - Leanika as well as Kaffe Fassett - Shot Cottons. Repeat Studios Fat Quarters are also due to be listed shortly.

Also expect handmade aprons & burp cloths from Mira & Westie.

I'm also just getting into knitting, which is a bit of a surprise. Anyone reading have any yarn preferences, should I stock yarn too? I'll get into the things I've just learned shortly. I lost control of my luxurious silk and have a bit of a mess to contend with. I'm sure there's a lesson to be learned. Stay tuned.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Resolute 2010

Run a 10k & a half-marathon (consequently losing the remaining baby weight).
Be on time, most of the time.
Manners!
Work harder at being a better conversationalist.
Be in the moment.
Make a new sewing to-do list.
Improve organization skills.
Stay focused.
Make my loved ones feel loved.
Learn French (and Japanese) so I can lose the doe eyes after "bonjour."

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