Succulents Fabric from Crimson Tate

It’s been awhile since I last posted, but I think I was just waiting for the perfect inspiration.  I am so excited to share with everyone a couple of projects I made for Heather Givans of Crimson Tate for her new fabric collection Succulents for Windham Fabrics.

Last year Heather told us she would be showing her very first fabric collection at the October 2014 Quilt Market, and she asked if anyone would help make projects for her to display in her booth.  Of course I jumped at the opportunity to sew with her beautiful fabrics, and help out a very sweet friend.

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For my project I offered to sew up a pretty dress.  Heather picked out this beautiful gray and green print.  I think her Succulents fabrics lend themselves very well to garment sewing, especially this tiny plant print that has an almost vintage feel when sewn up as a dress or skirt. 9R1A0692

The pattern I chose was the Myrtle Dress from Colette Patterns.  The pattern is written for knits, but Sarai has a great tutorial on sewing it up with wovens.  The simple pattern is perfect for people new to garment sewing.  It has a relaxed draped neckline, elastic waist, and (my personal favorite) pockets!  This great dress works in the cool spring weather with a pair of tights and boots, and can take you into hot summer days with its sleeveless style. Our lucky friend Brook was selected as a model for Heathers look book, and her friend Eric did an amazing job taking these great photos!

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Now that Quilt Market has come and gone, I picked up some of this beautiful border print from her collection.  It is also a perfect print for garment sewing, so I decided to make a quick wrap skirt using another Colette Pattern, the Osaka Skirt, from her online publication Seamwork.

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If you can’t wait to get your hands on some Succulents comment below for a chance to win a bundle from Windham Fabrics.  Giveaway Closed. One comment will be chosen at random.  And be sure to check out all the other great stops along the blog hop for even more chances to win.  Here is the line up…

March 15: Heather Givans of Crimson Tate
March 16: Eric Lubrick of Eric Lubrick Photography
March 17: Sarah Sharp of {no} hats quilts }
March 18: Lindsay Lefevere of ellesquare
March 19: Karen McTavish of McTavish Quilting Studio
March 20: David Barnhouse of Crimson Tate
March 21: Meghan Eschbaugh of Calvin and Carolyn You are Here!
March 22: Brooke Starnes
March 23: Matthew Wheeler of Kapa Quilts
March 24: Samantha Howard of Bobaloo Kids
March 25: Amy Garro of 13 spools
March 26: Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts
March 27: Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio
March 28: Heather Givans of Crimson Tate
Be sure to keep an eye on that Heather Givans, I anticipate many more amazing fabrics to come!  And one more photo of the Succulent Path quilt by Sarah, because I absolutely love it (and I had a blast helping her make these blocks).
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Me Made May

Along with Selfish Sewing Week and the Spring Top Sew Along I wrote about last week comes Me Made May from Zoe at So Zo What do ya know?  I think it is an excellent way to showcase handmade items more frequently.  My most recent finish is my first self drafted pattern.  I modeled it after an old store-bought tank top that I love to wear all summer long.  It is slowly becoming too worn, so I decided to try my hand at replicating it.

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This top turned out a lot like my last Bess Top.   It is made from a light weight knit fabric on the front with a draped collar, and a really soft lightweight rayon challis by Amy Butler on the back.  The side seams are on an angle and I added a small box pleat to the back neck, which I think adds a nice architectural touch.

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I finished the neck and arm holes with knit binding just like the Bess Top.  I am really starting to like that type of finish.

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Calvin and I had a fun hike in a local nature park to snap this round of photos.  And we found these super fun swings along the creek running through the park.  How fun?

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Where would I be without my Man Friday?

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Selfish Sewing Spring Tops

It was a long winter here in the Midwest, but spring is finally here!

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And with spring comes Selfish Sewing Week from Rachel at Imagine Gnats and the Spring Top Sew Along from Rae at Made By Rae.  I decided this year I would make a Bess Top from Imagine Gnats.  I have made one of these tops previously and I love it.  As soon as it was finished I was planning to make more.  The top is designed to be made from woven cotton fabric, similar to quilting cotton.  Making it super simple for a novice garment sewer.  Although I will admit the wrap around sleeve it a little challenging.  But the pattern includes lots of great pictures which help a ton.  The pattern comes with three versions a shirt length, tunic length, and dress.  For both tops I decided to make the shirt length, but then decided to lengthen the pattern a bit, so it is probably more like the tunic version.

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For my current version I decided I wanted to try to use knit fabric for the front of the shirt to make it a little lighter for the hot summer months.  I Also decided to square off the neckline a tad.  I could not be happier.

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Calvin and I had a fun late breakfast (*bribe*) and went to a local park to snap some pictures.

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Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming.  It’s gonna be a good year!