Hot Blossom Fabric – Review & Giveaway

I had the pleasure of being introduced to a fabulous new fabric line - Hot Blossom - by the awesomely talented Josephine Kimberling. She graciously sent me some swatches to review as well as some awesome prizes so I could host a giveaway! The Hot Blossom line, which is a collaboration with Robert Kaufman, comes in three colorways: sunset - pinks, fuschias, oranges and violets combined with black and white for bold contrast; spring - aqua, apple greens and browns for a colorway that's very Continue Reading

Pattern Review: Simplicity 3775 Knit Dress (again)

I have sewed this dress before and I talked about that here. Pattern Description: (from the envelope) Misses' Knit Dress in Two Lengths with Bodice Variations. I chose view D: a surplice top with ruching at the midriff and the shorter length. Pattern Sizing: 4-20, I cut a 20. Instructions: Easy to follow. Likes/Dislikes: This came together just as quickly as the other one (I think four hours total since I already had the pattern pieces cut) and I think it looks great. I think if I make Continue Reading

Craft and Sew Studio

Saturday after the race I zipped over real quick to the open house for Craft and Sew Studio in Virginia Beach. Craft and Sew Studio is a new-ish business the likes of which I am thrilled to see in this area. The studio is actually a converted garage, although you would never know it once you step inside. It's very cozy, brightly lit with modern furnishings and really cute decor. There are four sewing machines, a serger and an ironing station. It's also stacked with fabric, notions, books Continue Reading

Pattern Review: Simplicity 3775 Knit Dress

Original pattern review here. Pattern Description: (from the envelope) Misses' Knit Dress in Two Lengths with Bodice Variations. I chose view C: a scoop neck with ruching at the midriff and the shorter length. Pattern Sizing: 4-20, I cut a 20. Instructions: Easy to follow. Likes/Dislikes: The instructions were excellent. This was the first time I'd tried gathering and it turned out to be way easier than I thought! I love this style of dress, the pattern is a steal to have so many Continue Reading

Pattern Review: Butterick 4877 Skirt

Original pattern review here. Pattern Description: from the envelope, "Skirts have darts, facings and back zipper closures. A: lower flounce. B: cut on bias with gathered, top applied lower skirt. C: pleated lower front and back, purchased appliques. D: pleated lower front and back. E: contrast godets in lower front and back. F: godets in lower front and back." I made View A, lower flounce. Pattern Sizing: 18W-32W. I made the 24W with some adjustments. Instructions: Easy to Continue Reading