Sunday, October 25, 2015

Fall Floral Dress

I can't believe October is almost at a close. I bought this fabric and started this dress back in September. I put it to the side originally because I was trying to finish it before the American Sewing Expo and I ended up having tension problems on my serger. I was in a really frustrated state of mind so I ended up tossing this in my craft closet and didn't get it out again until last week. Since I thought this fabric represented the colors of fall well I was determined to get it finished to wear in its proper season.

This is an Art Gallery Knit. It is from Jeni Baker's line, Curiosities. I absolutely adore her design. It is hard to find a floral in these sort of fall colors, most floral prints come in more of a spring colorway (understandably). I really like the Art Gallery knit fabrics. They are soft and warm, perfect for the colder season approaching! I have grown fond of sewing knits because I love to wear knits. And even though I wasn't too happy with my serger when I first picked up this project, I love sewing knits on the serger. But honestly, I think the reason why I (and many others) get so frustrated with their sergers is because they don't take the time to read their manual or any other sort of training. Something goes wrong and then they just randomly adjust the dials, praying for a miracle (at least that's my own experience!LOL). I actually downloaded the Craftsy class, Serger Solutions: Troubleshooting Techniques and it really helped me to understand how my serger works. I was able to fix my tension problem on the first try after watching a couple of the instructor's lessons. I would definitely recommend the class!

The pattern for this dress is Butterick 6096. The instructions were clear and simple. The only technique that I did differently was  the finishing of the neckline. The pattern wanted me to just turn the edge in and sew. I did that on another knit top and it made the neckline really droopy. So I used a tutorial off of Threads:

It is a interesting technique, and I loved the way my neckline turned out! I like this pattern. It comes in many different variations, including short sleeved. I can see myself making more clothes from this one!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Wonderland Fabrics Blog Tour: Down the Rabbit Hole quilt

Can I just start out by saying that I am over the moon to be taking part in Katarina Roccella's blog tour for her new line, Wonderland? I fell in love with her work from the very start of her career with Art Gallery Fabrics. I used her first line, Indelible, for quilted panels that are now hanging in my dad's clock workshop. Her illustrations and layering of textures add to her unique and mesmerizing artistic style. And can I just say, her color palettes are always on point!

Whenever I saw her new line, Wonderland, debut at Quilt Market, I was completely head-over-heels in love! In fact, I plan on buying  some more of this line for safe keeping. I dream about maybe having a little girl one day and decorating her nursery with this line. Although, I am sure Katarina will have many more collections before I will even have to think about that (did I just jinx myself?). Which poses even more of a dilemma because then I will want to decorate the nursery with them all!

But back to the original subject matter, this quilt. The pattern is one in which I designed myself, and I appropriately named it "Down the Rabbit Hole". The quilt top is made entirely of fabric from the Wonderland line, while the backing and binding are AGF blenders. I free motion quilted this quilt myself on my Brother 1500S industrial sewing machine. OH! And an important note to add-this is the first project that I used Aurifil thread for the quilting design and I was thoroughly pleased with the results!

I am extremely grateful to be able to work with these fabrics for the blog hop and all of my thanks and love go to Katarina Roccella and Art Gallery Fabrics for making this girl's dream come true! I also want to give a special thanks to my husband who spent a whole evening photographing my quilt and to his parents for allowing us to use their beautiful farmhouse and land in Southeast, Ohio as a stage for my design.

Don't miss any of the other blog tour stops!
 Click on the following link for a list of participants and their blogs!