Saturday, March 17, 2012

What's Coming: New Nani Iro and Assorted Cuteness!


I got to order some lovely Japanese fabric for the shop recently, and here's a sneak peek at what I picked out. Keep in mind that it will be about six more weeks till this fabric actually gets here - and rest assured that I will tell you all when it arrives! First off, some new prints from on of my favorite designers, Naomi Ito of Nani Iro. She's come up with a gorgeous knit in three colorways - perfect for our Serger classes!




Ivory

Slate Blue

Gray




 




And of course, I love it when she gets graphic - here are both sides of a new border print.




    
    

  




 Two versions of polka dot double gauze... 



From Kokka: Hedgehog / Ladybug / Shamrock







And two large scale abstract florals to round out the goodies!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Violet Blouse Sleeve Adaptation






Everyone knows how much we love the Violet Blouse pattern from Colette - such a comfortable but still put-together look! I myself have 4 of the short sleeve persuasion, so I thought it was about time to sew up the mid-length sleeve variation. 

The difference here is that I thought it would look GREAT with a band to finish the sleeve instead of elastic, and then I thought of doing a post to show you how! (This might have also been suggested by 3 or 4 Violet Blouse classes... in a row...) 







And of course I needed something to compliment my skirt made from 'Zebras & Giraffes':
So here we go! First, measure your arm just below the elbow. To that measurement, add up to 2" for ease - my measurement was 9 3/4" and I added enough extra to make 11 1/2". That measurement will be the length of your band.