All posts tagged: sew

bay quilts.

I recently found out about Bay Quilts and now I’m so excited because they carry so many fun fabric prints and they are close enough to my work that I can go during my lunch break! (Dangerous…) Here’s a quick peek inside. They hold classes upstairs in the workshop space. The ground floor houses fabrics and notions. The walls are decorated with sample projects and artist work. There were pretty, pretty prints everywhere. Spot the fried eggs and pandas! Bay Quilts carries quilting fabrics and on my visit I was in search of fabrics that they don’t carry (because they aren’t appropriate for quilting). But that’s no problem for me. I found everything else I wasn’t looking for…. ūüėā I am in love with these fabrics, particularly the scissor print! Does anyone want to sponsor my fabric addiction? 

studio sew.

Aw yea, Hello Stitch studio day all up in this biz! My zipper workshop came with a free studio day and I was all over it. I wanted to practice sewing more zipper pouches. I prepped all of my fabric before heading into the studio so I could maximize sewing time. I wasn’t sure how long it would all take but I had prepped for seven pouches.¬†I ended up sewing four pouches in four hours. The first pouch took the longest and it got easier to follow all the steps the more I made. I used fabric and zippers from Joann and Black Squirrel. Dreamy! I am loving mixing and matching fabric designs. And I’m learning more about what fabrics work best for this type of project. What’s great about a studio pass is you get access to all the space and to sewing pros. It was so convenient to have areas set up for all aspects of sewing – the ironing area, the cutting area, and the sewing area.¬†There’s also a lounge area, beverages, …

leggings.

I’m not a pants person; I live in dresses. Even my pajamas are dresses. But when it’s cold I live in dresses + leggings. True story. So when my friend – the most fabulous Rebecca of OodleBaDoodle – said she was going to teach a¬†leggings class in San Francisco I was all over it! First, we picked our favorite fabric. I chose a polkadot print with stripes on the opposite side.¬†These galaxy prints though. They might need to be my next project! We were equipped with a sewing machine, templates, scissors, pins – all the sewing things – plus instructions, demos, and one-on-one time with Rebecca. I learned to work from a pattern, how to sew knits, and how to add an elastic band! Pinning the legs… I didn’t have enough fabric to make full length leggings so I ended up making a looser pajama pant. They are so comfy! Also, I wore them home because, well, I was wearing a short dress…in San Francisco…at night. >o< Yay for learning new things! I can’t wait …

t-shirt dress.

T-shirts – I’m not a big fan because I have sweaty armpits. No really, I sweat pretty easily. Sleeveless numbers and cardigans are my preference – my arms stay warm but my pits can air out should it get a little hot.¬†Now, loose t-shirts I can get into, mostly for pajama wearing, but also for DIY-ing. Here’s a shirt I found while at Sticky Art Lab one afternoon. It was¬†the last XL shirt and as soon as I saw it I said¬†“This can be a dress.” My friend, an avid sewer, looked at me and said “It CAN be” and we gave each other another look like we were thinking the same thing. We were. We scheduled a time to meet up for a craft night — t-shirt dress edition. Now, I’m a bit hesitant to have people in my bubble. In this case, for body measurements. It’s just a weird feeling for me, much like disrobing for your lady doctor (Do it, Ladies! It saves lives!) or masseuse (Also do this because massages are …