Pitter Patters II

Pitter Patters is back in production and better than ever! From baby to Grandpa there are 10 sizes included in this warm, comfy and easy to sew  pattern.  The adjustable Velcro closure makes these slippers fit everyone, including Aunt Jane who has an unusually wide foot!

Have you started your Christmas sewing yet? Handmade, gifts from the heart are always a hit. On a budget-perfect! These should cost under 20$ to make. Happy Sewing.

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The Carpet Bag is back

 

Simple Things Patterns has released our retired pattern The Carpet Bag as a PDF pattern. We are really excited to be able to direct our Carpet Bag enthusiats somewhere now!

Visit: www.simplethingspatterns.com  and check it out for yourself!

 

Color blocking!

We’re noticing color blocking everywhere…home-dec, the runways and casual, day-to-day street wear. We don’t think the trend is going anywhere anytime soon, especially after seeing denim in every color imaginable at The Bay this weekend.
The idea of color blocking an outfit or sewing project doesn’t have to be intimidating. It is a super fun, and unique way to show off your own personal style! If you haven’t noticed we experimented on two of our newest patterns this season, and after this little blog I hope you’ll be color blocking like a pro!

This is my best friend: The color wheel! (wow this takes me back to my college days). There’s so much theory behind it and I don’t have time for it all but, here are some basics:
1. Color block with colors  that are directly across from another on the wheel. 2 colors is a great way to start!
2. Color block with colors that form a triangle (or peace sign within the color wheel)
3. Color block with colors that are adjacent to one another (for example 3 colors that are all next to each other)

Start with 2 colors to build your confidence!  Keep colors in the same families (pastels with pastels and jewel tones with jewel tones). Keep it simple and work with solids -not prints. There are some amazing designers out there who have done great collections of solid cottons, voile, and linen blends.

So, how do you incorporate color blocking into your sewing projects? This is what we did:

Pick out your beautiful fabrics and simply cut out each pattern piece on a different colored fabric, creating a patched looking masterpiece. This is what we did with The Blazer. This is a great way to show off any particular body parts you are pleased with. Use bold colors on areas you want to pronounce and neutral colors you may want to conceal a little bit more.

You can also try piecing your fabric together before you cut out your pattern pieces, as we did for our Shift Dress. Cut strips, at the same or varying widths and sew together, making sure your fabrics all follow the same grain line. You may wish to serge your strips together and do make sure your fabrics are all pre-shrunk. This is another opportunity to  manipulate the way your body looks. Try stripping your fabric together to elongate your body, or like I said before: pronouncing and quieting different parts in different ways.

As you get more and more comfortable playing with color and the idea of blocking your outfits and sewing projects, you’ll be able to stretch all these little basic rules a little bit more. Do what your most comfortable with and have some confidence!  Always accessorize with jewelry to make your color blocked creation something special!! Now, go look through your fabric stash and your closet. You may find a few “new” outfits in there!!!

Have a colorful day, Kimberly

Fall 2012

We’re back in action. Yay! Our blog was sick for a while but we’re healthy and running full steam ahead to….

…. Houston! It’s been 5 years since we’ve been to Fall Quilt Market and with excitement we are packing up to see you all there again.
After I had my baby in May, I couldn’t imagine spending any of my time doing anything but rocking and patting and kissing baby cheeks but my sanity depended upon having  “me” breaks to design and do what I love. They came in short increments, between feeds and naps and as hectic as it is juggling baby life and work: its what I need, what my passion is and what I love to do.

It didn’t take much convincing to make The little Shift Dress into adult sizes. We had so many requests for it and all us ladies at the office dreamt of having an easy, slip on dress for the summer months. And so, taking a little more time than usual, The Shift dress (adult version) was made- in between the rocking and patting and we’re so glad we did it. If your familiar with the Little Shift Dress (which is adorable on the gals) it’s pretty much the same: Pleated front, puff sleeves and elasticized back waste.
We had fun maturing this pattern into something lady-like and flattering.  We love voile for this dress, but really it can be done in a variety of materials (like the jersey one here) . We had fun expiriementing with a color blocked version and plan on blogging about that soon. What also makes this pattern dear and special to me is that we’ve used a new model, my sister who wore the Shift Dress quite well for the photos, if I do say so myself.

When Leslie told me she was designing clothing this season I was so thrilled because I know how well she does it.  She has a way of turning a single pattern piece (well more like 2 or 3) into something magnificent. And that she did!
The Blazer is a simple and a quick little jacket to make up with…get it, 4 pattern pieces! It’s fitted in all the right places and has a sweet optional tie in the back. The versatility of this jacket is through the roof! You can line it with something fuzzy or plush for cooler weather or, do up two layers of linen-pictured here for the warmer seasons.  Our models are wearing  cotton, flannel, cozy/plush and linen. Wool, corduroy or oh my, velvet would be amazing.

And Flip Skirts! You wont truly expirience sewing a Favorite Thing’s pattern until you get your hands on a pattern like this! 2 pattern pieces, reversable and optional lengths, it doesn’t get better than that. This skirt is perfect for those 2 fabrics you couldn’t choose between becuase you loved them both so much. It’s great for the beach and travel because common- you’ve got 2 skirts in one.

 So there you have it, it took a little longer than usual to get this announcement up but it’s here! Check out the website for additional information and images of our new suff. These patterns will be ready to ship mid-late Novemeber, but do pre-order if you’d like. Come see us in person and all our inspiartion this weekend, we’ll be in booth 2114! 

Happy and healthy,
Kim

P.S A few of our posts are no longer with us, one of them being: “Lengthening the Wrap Dress”. If your interested in some tips on lengthening yours, do call or email the office. We would be happy to help you work through it.

A favorite recipe ~for relaxation

Seasons greetings and a warm welcome back to all of you. Last year was so much fun, so we’ve thoughtfully brainstormed a whole other list of some more favorite things to share with you. We trust you are all cozy and enjoying all the wonder and beauty this time of year has to offer. The trees are all up around here and we are all savoring the sparkle of Christmas.

We’re starting off Day 1 with a little recipe for relaxation.

After testing and bubbling and fizzing all the family members till we were permanently pruney- Leslie has perfected a wonderfully moisturizing, perfectly bubbly, fizzy, yummy smelling recipe for bath bombs! (Nobody was harmed in the testing of these, we all actually thoroughly enjoyed it!)

If you decide to make a batch I can guarantee after trying one for yourself, you’ll want to keep the whole recipe. But they also make wonderful gifts! It’s so much fun to create your own little package and even slap a homemade label on them. They are fun and safe to do with kids, or make girls night out of it! Here we go:

Bubbling Fizzy Bath Bombs

  • 2c. baking soda
  • 1c. citric acid
  • 1c. cornstarch
  • 2/3 c. sodium laureth sulfoacetate (optional: this is what makes the bubbles!)
  • ½ c. Epsom salts
  • ½ c. sea salt

Sift above together in a large bowl.

  • Add : 1T. grated cocoa butter.

Mix together in a squirt bottle:

  • 4 t. water
  • ½ t. borax
  • Add some food coloring if desired.

Add to the squirt bottle and mix by swirling:

  • 2 T. fractionated coconut oil
  • 2 T. jojaba oil or canola oil
  • 1 T. fragrance oil (optional: this is what makes them smell delicious!)

Add the contents of the squirt bottle to the dry ingredients and stir quickly with a wooden spoon. Add additional water from a spray bottle a little at a time and stir well each time just until the mixture will hold its shape when a handful of it is  squeezed in your hands. Press firmly into molds. Carefully release from mold onto cooling rack. Let dry overnight. Enjoy!!

Wishing you a warm and bubbly day! See you all tomorrow…

The Duffle Coat

We did do a little more than just enjoy these all summer long.

This fall we’re releasing two new patterns: The Duffle Coat and The Little Duffle Coat. With a reoccurring request for adult and children’s clothes, we thought it was time for something cute and casual and for the kids– unisex!

If your familiar with sewing our patterns, you’ll notice some similarities to the Hooded Jacket. Its comfy fit and easy to install zipper is truly a thing of beauty. We’ve added pockets, arm tabs, and trim to make this coat unique. If you experience cold winters like we do up here in Canada (eh?), lining The Duffle Coat with something fuzzy makes it cozy and warm. For a lighter version, we experimented with 2 layers of cotton and found it it makes up beautifully and feels good too!

You can really start to have fun with the toggles or buttons and loops you choose to put on your coat! You can buy pre-made toggle sets (here’s a place we found) but we also had fun chopping up old leather purses to make our own. If that’s not your thing, stitched bias or cord with fun buttons is such a great alternative.

We wont be at Fall Quilt Market this year, so we wanted to get the word out a tad early. Follow up with your Distributors for ordering info. They should(crossing our fingers) be ready to ship early November. Hope your all having a wonderful Autumn Day.

Hemming our sleeves

Step #8: Hem Sleeves. –- And the anxiety steps in, takes over and you either stop there and never finish your project, or you end up starting a new trend in frayed cuffs!

It is our pleasure to relieve you of any frustration and you can now stop hunting down any sort of YouTube tutorial that may help you understand what in the world we’re all talking about when all we say is: Hem Sleeves.

Mostly all of our Jacket and Coat patterns have a closed hem, with an opening in the lining to hem the sleeves. We find finishing our garments this way is fail proof and sturdy and always produces a great finished product. It is a little bit fiddly but once you do one sleeve, you’ll breeze through the other! Here we go!

  • After you’ve stitched your coat to your lining, this is what it will look like once its turned right side out.

  • And there is the opening in your lining!

  • Using the underarm seam as a guide, with right sides together, finger press sleeve hem fabric and lining under  1/2″ .

  • At this point, you can either hold tightly in place or use a pin to hold in place.

  • With your opposite hand, (while still holding your seams together tightly) reach in through the opening in the lining, go down the sleeve and grab onto that seam allowance you’ve turned under. Holding tightly to those edges, pull through the opening.

 

  • This is what it should look like once its been pulled through

 

  • Pin the seam and stitch around entire sleeve hem.

 

 

  • And there’s the finished result! Press and topstitch accordingly.

 
 
Say no to frayed cuffs! Refer back to our Favorite Tips Category for all your sleeve hemming needs and other helpful tutorials.