Momma can do it

We've recently added some new products to the site and I'm excited to share them with you all! We are featuring some new downloadable patterns from Momma can do it! They have some great patterns for the forward thinking mom these days.

To all of you new mothers out there, there are some ways to save the earth and your wallet! We all know diapers can be expensive and also wasteful, so Momma can do it has reusable diaper patterns the are simple to make and can last quite a while. Easy to make with Velcro tabs that ensure a snug fit on your baby, they're easy to slip on an off on wash days! We also have a collection of PUL and diaper fabrics to be used to make these great patterns!





Momma can do it also has some ideas on how to save on the kitchen. Most people don't realize how much we waste in the kitchen. Say goodbye to tin-foil and plastic wrap and try out the Reusable Dish Cover E-Pattern. This is such a simple idea but can save you tons of money and cut down on your waste! After a little while just throw these is the wash and continue to reuse!


Lastly, I wanted to share the Swaddling Blanket. It's such a simple design but very effective for your baby! Wrap them up in this warm blanket and keep them comfortable all night long. Sizes vary from newborns to 36 months. Try it with some warms fleece prints!



Show and Tell!

One thing I really enjoy about my website is that I have the feature to share some creations done by my customers in the "Show and Tell" section. It's great to see the hard work put into the products coming from my site! So today I wanted to share with you some of the fabulous creations done by my SewBaby customers!

Terrific Teepees by Penny!
Here is a photo sent in by Penny who made these fun teepees for her great nephews and great nieces, and grandchildren! It sure does look like they are enjoying them! Great job making the patterns and picking out some fun prints to use! This pattern is great for playtime, any kid would enjoy it! Check out the pattern here!

Petal Jacket by Rika


















Rika writes: "Thank you so much for the great pattern. Easy, cute, and practical." What a great and simple pattern! It looks like the perfect jacket for these chilly fall days. The cheetah print is adorable, keep up the great work Rika! Find the pattern for the Petal Jacket E-Pattern here.

Dresses by Rose  



 Rose submitted a number of great dress designs! Rose was very creative when making this stripework jumper dress. She wrote: "This pink fabric is made from leftover material from my mothers dress worn on my wedding day in 1969. The floral fabric is upholstery fabric!!" What a creative way to make this pattern!






















She also tried out some other patterns including the Reversible Sundress and the Petal Dress patterns! She did a great job and I love the choice of fabrics for these, especially the watermelon petal dress - What a cute idea! Happy sewing, Rose!

Ottobre Children's Winter Magazine

We have just received the newest edition of Ottobre Design Magazine, and I am very excited to share with you all some of the great children's patterns it includes! This is a great magazine from Finland that includes a wide variety of patterns. I suggest it for everyone! Other editions include patterns for women as well. This magazine really has some fashion forward designs at a wonderful price! You can check it out on my site here!

This edition has the cutest outfits for boys. Here's some adorable outfits for those special upcoming occasions...gotta love the suspenders and bow-tie! And there's even some more patterns for casual wear, for those fun winter play days!



The collection of girls clothing patterns is simply fantastic! There's a variety of jackets and coats for all ages to keep warm this winter. And to compliment the boys in the bow-ties, some very fashionable dresses are included for you to choose from for those special events! These girls will be sure to make a fashion statement this winter!



 Lastly, we cannot forget about the baby wear! So to keep warm this winter Ottobre has included many patterns for thermal pajamas to make sure your little one keeps warm this winter!
 Ottobre Magazine is a great resource for unique patterns to try out. I hope you all can give this great deal a try and show off this winter with these great styles!


Happy Halloween!

With Halloween just around the corner and it's still not too late for some last minute Halloween projects. So I thought I'd share with you some of my ideas on how to whip up some great Halloween crafts!

If you are looking so make a quick and adorable costume for the kids, I've got something for you! From Precious Patterns, I have featured on my website an E-Pattern for a Pumpkin and Dalmatian costume! This is a simple pattern that is easy to fit to your young one's size with an adjustable elastic bottom with ties on top. The pattern also includes instructions on how to make an adorable little hat too!
For the pumpkin costume, I'd suggest adding crumpled up newspaper to make your child look like a big and round pumpkin! Throw this costume over pants and a sweater to keep warm this Halloween!


Next I thought I'd suggest making you own treat bags rather than going out to the store and buying one. Making your own is so much more special and it'll be something your child can keep for years to come! Featured I have the Treat Bags E-Pattern. You can choose from having a ghost, pumpkin, or spider treat bag!


Here's a great and simple E-Pattern for a Pumpkin Bib for your baby this Halloween. Great for those messy treats on Halloween as well as the rest of the fall season!
I hope some of these last minute Halloween project ideas have helped! E-Patterns are great because you can instantly download them and get to work on your project.
Happy Halloween!

More Stash-Busting- Lots of wools

 I'm on a roll, and in a mood to organize my stash, so here are some more great fabrics that I'd like to find some good homes for.  A lot of these are wool or wool blends.  If you like any, just let me know which ones and your zip code, and I can get a shipping quote for you.  If you order 6 and are in the US, the shipping is on me!  There are a still a few black fabrics left from last week, so please check those out as well.  Send me a note at sewbaby@sewbaby.com
1. Brown/Gold/Navy Boucle 1-1/2 yards, Wool blend.  Perfect for a pencil skirt.  $9




5. Sand Wool Crepe 2-3/4 yards, 60”, Medium Weight, great drape.  $15


6. Golden Honey Wool Crepe 5 yards, 60”, Medium Weight, great drape.  Would make a beautiful suit or dress. $30
7. Black cream Herringbone 3-1/4 yards- 60”  Medium weight.  This is a lofty wool/nylon blend.  It is prewashed.   I thought it would be  a nice coat.  $18

8. Black Cream Mini Houndstooth Wool Flannel 1-3/4 yards.  Very smooth, Medium weight.  This one is perfect for a skirt or pants.  I would call this one "extra" nice!  $12

9. Navy/ White ¼ inch Houndstooth  Poly/Rayon suiting.  Light to Medium weight, good drape.  Great for a shirt dress or pants.  2-7/8 yds, 60”   $9

10. Navy Wool Gabardine- Medium-Heavy Weight.  2-1/2 yards, 60”.  Says :”100% wool, made for Huddersfield, England.  This would be perfect for a classic Pea Coat.  $30

11. Mauve Wool Flannel 2-1/4 yards, 60” wide, medium weight, lightly brushed finish.  This feels somewhere between a gabardine and a flannel.  $12

12. Grey Ivory 1/16th inch houndstooth lightweight woven.- 3-1/2 yards.  I thought it was a summerweight wool, but the burn test indicates it is a synthetic. Would make a nice lightweight jacket or pants.  $12
13. Heather Caramel  Wool Flannel.  1-3/4 yd.  $8


14. Caramel Tone on Tone Stripe- 1-3/4 yards.  5/8” stripe. Very soft, brushed finish, nice drape. Poly/rayon blend. $8
Black/Tan Houndstooth Plaid- Silk suiting.  Medium weight, 1-7/8 yards.  60” wide, 1” plaid.  $10
Thanks for looking!
Ann

Sew Cool After School club

     I haven't been sewing myself lately, which doesn't give me a lot of subject matter for blog posts, but I have been up to something that I wanted to share with you.  I love working with kids, and I have recently started leading a group at a local elementary school called "Sew Cool After School".  The kids are so excited about it, which makes me excited as well! 

     In case any of you fellow seamstresses out there would be interested in doing the same thing where you live, I thought I would give you an idea of the process that we've gone through to get it started.

1.  Last Spring, I approached the school principal about the idea.  She brought it to the building council, and they approved it.  I'm an employee at the school, but if you weren't, you would probably need to go through
a background check and fingerprinting, which is routine these days for any school volunteer. 

2.   I was lucky enough to find a parent who also shares my love of sewing, and she agreed to co-lead with me.

3.  We sent out invitations to the 5th graders at the school.  Out of 100 fifth graders, we had 14 responders.

4.  The principal approved the purchase of a few very simple and cheap machines, and I secured donations of notions and fabrics.

5.  Since we have a small room to work in, we divided the kids into two groups- they will come once a week on alternating months.

6.  We are starting with learning the machine, and the first project was making a pieced wallhanging.  The next will be a tote bag for each member to store their sewing projects in the future.

A lot of kids want to learn to sew these days, but may not have an adult available who can teach them.  Schools are always looking for interesting activities for kids to do after school, so don't feel shy in asking if you could start a club!  There may be funds available to after school clubs, so you don't have to take on the expense all by yourself.

I also lead a 4-H group called the Spinning Bobbins, which is a group of mixed ages, and they come from all over the county.  We meet just once a month on Saturdays at my house, and unlike general 4-H Clubs, our only project is sewing.. There were funds from the Cooperative Extension program to purchase sewing kits for each member.   It's another option to you if you have a 4-H program in your county.  

There are lots of ways to learn how to sew these days, and the tutorials and videos on the internet are fantastic.  But I still like the old fashioned way of passing down the love of sewing from generation to generation.  This is a fun way to do that, so if you are at all inclined to get something started in your area and need any advice, just e-mail me at sewbaby@sewbaby.com

If you've also started something in your town, please share your story!

Happy Sewing,

Ann

De-Stashing- Black Fabrics


I love black fabrics, but for some reason, never sew them up!  So, I want them to go to good homes where they will be used.  Black fabrics are difficult to photograph, so I'll try to describe them to the best of my ability and show photos where I could get a distinct picture. 

Contact me at sewbaby@sewbaby.com with the numbers that you are interested in, along with your zip code, and I can give you a shipping quote.  If you take 6 or more fabrics, the shipping is on me for US residents.  Shipping will be the cheapest way, or free for US with 6 or more pieces


#5.  Black nylon/spandex, heavy weight, just like you see in activewear leggings.  54" wide, 2-1/4 yards. $10

#6.  Black Nylon Taffeta.  Soft and flexible, with a light sheen.  Lovely fabric.  Perfect for a trenchcoat.  64", 4-1/2 yards. $18

#11.  Black Striated Jersey.  Polyester knit with a beautiful, almost irridescent sheen.  Has striated pattern on one side, smooth on the other.  Could use either as the right side.  Liquid look.  1-1/2 yards, 60". $6
Fabric 11

#12.  Black Iridescent Polyester Satin.  2-1/2 yards, 60".  Soft, nice hand. $6

Fabric 12

#15.  Diagonal Weave Poly/Spandex Double Knit.  This one has a high spandex content.  I was going to use if for leggings, but you could also do a very form fitting dress.  It's heavyweight with very high stretch.  You can see diagonal ribs on one side, smooth on the other.  3 yards, 48" wide. $15
Fabric 15

#21.  Black/Cream/Gold Nylon Lycra Border Print.  2-7/8 yards, 60” wide. Great swimwear or exercise fabric.  $18

Fabric 21


 #22.  Liquid Look Black Jersey.  2-3/8 yards, 100% poly, 56” wide.  Very soft, thin, fantastic drape and shine.  $12.
Fabric 22



#25.   Vera Wang Navy/Black Wool/Nylon Boucle Coating.  4 yards, 60” wide, Heavyweight, Loosely woven with a large, but subtle plaid design.  $40

Fabric 25

#26.  Vera Wang White/Black Geometric Cotton Jacquard.  Woven design of white ovals inside black squares.  1-1/8 yards.  100% cotton.  Medium-heavy weight. Perfect for a pencil skirt.  $7
Fabric 26

#27.  Vera Wang Black Textured Suiting.  5 yards, 60” wide, 100% poly.  Medium weight, beautiful suiting with a raised shimmery ribbon like texture.  $30
Fabric #27



Thanks for looking!

Ann

Women's Fall 2013 Ottobre Magazine

One of my favorite magazines is the Ottobre Women's Pattern magazine.  If you've not heard of it, it is a magazine that is produced in Finland twice a year, and includes about 20 different patterns in a wide range of women's sizes.   The patterns are really versatile, and can adapt from a Mom on the Go type wardrobe or a Working Woman wardrobe quite easily.
Here are some highlights of this issue:
These are the line drawings of all of the patterns in the issue.  I want one of each!  But I probably won't have time for that.  This v-neck t-shirt with side ruching will probably be my first pick.  We have some very nice cotton/lycra solid knits that would be perfect for this:

I also love making coats.  So this hooded Anorak jacket would be great for fall.  I've got some coated linen that I've been looking for a good raincoat pattern to make, and I like this one for all of the pockets and hood.
For a comfortable work dress, I like this simple wrap dress:
I can see it out of this fabric at SewBaby:
And for a little colder weather, this coat in a signature color would be fantastic.  I'm thinking a raspberry purple wool for me:
This dress is really cute too.  I might just make it color blocked instead of mixing prints though.
One thing that I would recommend is Swedish Tracing Paper to trace the patterns with.  It is highly durable, and easy to see through for tracing.

What do you think?  Which patterns strike you as a must-make for fall?  We should be getting our shipment next week, so I've made it available for ordering today.  Just go to this page and we'll reserve your copy and ship it as soon as possible! 

Happy sewing!
Ann