Monday, July 26, 2010

Sewing as Work

I've been spending a little time making some card cases to sell in a local shop that is owned by my friend's mother. I was going to make some key fobs as well, but those just aren't as enjoyable to make. I'd like to make a couple of pouch/key fob sets like this one here, but that will have to wait a while. Sewing as work just isn't as much fun as selfish sewing is! :) I'm going to add snaps to the rest of the cases you see here and then get back to sewing for ME!

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Sunday, July 25, 2010


On Friday I drove down to Falmouth, MA for a conference and while I was down on Cape Cod, I decided to try and find a shop I have read about online (Thank God for GPS!). Yummy Goods is a gift shop run by Melissa Averinos, who writes on the blog of the same name. I have been following her blog for a few months now and was happy to take the opportunity to check out her shop. I have never been to the Cape before and so being there for this conference was the perfect chance to search the shop out. I'm so glad I did! Yummy Goods is an adorable little shop with lots of cute items. I told myself I could get one treat, so I got the t-shirt that you can see below and also here on Melissa's site. Melissa was behind the counter and she was just as warm and friendly in person as she comes across in her writing.

I wanted to buy some of Melissa's fabric, so she directed me to Tumbleweed Quilt Shop, which was just down the road. What a fantastic find! Not only was Melissa's fabric available, but I found Amy Butler, Denyse Schmidt, Heather Bailey and Anna Maria Horner fabrics among many more. I couldn't resist, so I bought 2 pieces of Sugar Snap as well as 2 pieces from Amy Butler's Love line and 2 fat quarters of 30's reproduction fabrics (they had a whole wall of 30's fabrics, I couldn't decide!!)

If you are ever in the Cape Cod area, you must stop by Yummy Good's and Tumbleweed. I can't wait to make a return trip! And if you aren't from the area, check out her online shop and blog, you will love it, I promise!!

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Denim Skirt

Fabric: Medium weight cotton denim in Dusk from (purchased 1 yd for &7.98 and used about 3/4's of it): $5.98

Notions purchased: Jeans Thread (2 spools) $3.58 (50% off); Jeans Needles (purchased 5, used 3): $2.99

Stash Items: Light weight interfacing, cotton fabric used for the facing, 7 in. zipper

Pattern: McCall's 3341

Total Cost: $12.55

I love my new skirt! I have been wanting a simple denim skirt for a while and finally ordered some denim from and made this one up. It was a lot of fun to work on this skirt - I inserted my first zipper in a garment! Came out pretty good too :) The side seams were serged and I serged the edges of the back seam, which is where the zipper went in. I used some cotton fabric I had on hand for the facing and serged the edge of that as well. I have had this pattern in my stash for probably 9 years. I think it was one of my first pattern purchases! It was so comfortable to wear, I know I'll get a ton of use out of this one!