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Custom Labels

Yesterday was definitely a happy mail day. I finally received some custom clothing labels! These labels are from New York Custom Labels and the whole process was super easy.

I designed a simple label format in illustrator. I chose the unbleached cotton labels that are folded on each end. It took about 4 weeks to receive them but they were definitely worth the wait.

I contemplated getting woven labels and I’m so glad I didn’t. I love the look of these and plus they’re soft. So no irritation like you might get with woven tags.

I love how the tag sort of seals the deal on a garment and makes it feel finished.

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Sewing

#MonetaParty

This month I killed two hashtags with one stone, I marked Moneta off my #MakeNine list and I joined the #MonetaParty! What is the Moneta Party you ask? It was basically an instagram show and tell with lots of goodies and prizes. This party was hosted by the ‘Triple Stichers’ Rachel of Rach Against the Sewing Machine, Elle of Sew Positivity and Abigail of Sew Abigail. Now on to my Moneta!

You’ll notice that my Moneta is not a dress. This is because I dumbly ordered the wrong amount of fabric. Despite that semi-fail it actually turned out pretty cute!

Size: Medium

Version: 2 but with shorter sleeves and I shortened the skirt to about 12 inches

Fabric: The fabric is speckled jersey by Robert Kaufman. It’s an adorable cream jersey knit with little dots of color mixed in. I ordered it from Purl Soho (you can order it here)

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Notes for next time:

I used stabilizer for the seams and sleeve hems but failed to add it to the neckline and it stretched.

The fit was perfect so I didn’t have to make any alterations.

USE A SERGER. I didn’t use one this time since mine needs to be serviced but I definately will next time. It would have made the inside a lot cleaner.

*Sidebar: you see that bracelet? (not my FitBit) It’s a ruler! You can get yours at Fringe Supply Co. (It’s currently sold out but I don’t doubt that she’ll restock in the near future)

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Life

Planning a Wedding: Let’s Talk Color

Let me start off by saying, who doesn’t love Pantone? It’s literally a company that creates color. Each year they come out with a new trendy color and this year did not disappoint. The color for 2017 is Greenery. Pantone describes it as ‘a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.’

I was already planning on using greens and pinks in my wedding and using Pantone’s colors have made it really easy to create a mood board.

Here are my steps for creating a color mood board for your wedding, or anything else!

Step 1: Figure out what you like

I started looking at a ton of images from wedding blogs, Google, and Pinterest. I saved the images I liked best along the way. It’s easier then to see color and style trends that your leaning towards. You can choose to save these to your computer or a general Pinterest board.

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Step 2: Organize and consolidate your ideas

After I looked at the images I saved, I grouped the images into folders. I mostly did this by color since all of my images generally followed the same style. If you haven’t decided on a style yet  (romantic, rustic, etc.) you may decide to group them that way.

Step 3: Identify color trends

Pantone has this great app, Pantone Studio, that you can use to identify colors in your photos. Usually your palette will be made up of two to three colors. With varying hues and shades.

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Step 4: Create your board!

You may chose to do this in a variety of ways. I compiled my pictures and colors in Illustrator so I could print them out. You can also physically collect pictures from magazines and tape them to a piece of paper. Another great option is to make a Pinterest board.

 

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#2017MakeNine

I don’t normally set New Years Resolutions. They usually go unaccomplished and I work better with short term goals. However, when sewing clothes and creating a wardrobe you need a game plan. I’m taking a que from Sew DIY and creating a #2017MakeNine list.

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Here’s my list!

  1. Coco by Tilly and the Buttons (my plan is to make the dress with the collar) – Sew-A-Long
  2. Brooklyn by Seamwork – Pattern alteration
  3. X-Seamed dress by McCall’s #9426 (I haven’t decided which version yet, I love them all!)
  4. Moneta by Colette (the version with 3/4 length sleeves) – Sew-A-Long
  5. Moji by Seamwork (I have this super soft chambray I’ve been dying to use)
  6. Addison by Seamwork – Pattern alteration
  7. Willie by Seamwork (with gathered drop waist alteration)
  8. A-line dress by Butterick #3002 (Short sleeved version)
  9. Alder by Grainline Studios – V-Neck Modification – Sew-A-Long

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Uncategorized

Planning for a New Year

I feel like this year more than ever people are completely over 2016 and ready to start fresh with 2017. I most certainly am ready for what 2017 holds because I’m getting MARRIED! 

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This year I have decided to invest in not one, but THREE planners. Crazy right? When scrolling through instagram, I would see bloggers and designers with more than one planner and I didn’t understand why that was necessary. Well boy do I now. Being an adult with a schedule, a sewer needing to keep projects on schedule, and a blogger I thought it was time to get more organized.

My first and newest planner is Colette’s Sewing Planner. I pre-ordered it and I was basically staring at the mailbox until it came.

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This planner is basically set up to plan a wardrobe, much like their Wardrobe Architect project. It has a section where you can put in your measurements and general favorites.

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[I don’t have all mine filled in yet]

Then it is divided into two sections Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. At the beginning of each there are two pages where you can put your goals/inspiration/pallette. Then there are tons of project pages.

Last but not least, there is a resource section. Here, there are measurement conversions, a needle chart and  croquoises.

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I have LOVED using mine so far.

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The next planner I’m going to be using in 2017 is the Get to Work Book by Elise Joy. I’ve been eyeballing this planner for awhile and I finally made the investment. My goal is to use this planner primarily to schedule my blog and projects. It’s definitely geared towards people who want to get stuff done!  Each month features a print that you can tear out for inspiration, a monthly look, and then weekly views.

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I ordered this back in October and I’ve been dying to use it. I also ordered the today marker for it. It’s essentially a bookmark with a ruler and ‘Today’ tab.

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My third planner I will be using is a 5×8 May Designs notebook. What’s so great about these is they are so cute and customizable. I choose a graphic pattern from their Sugar & Cloth collection. I then choose to put a funny quote on the front.

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I needed a light smallish planner I could keep in my purse and use for appointments and such. I also ordered this planner back in September (they had big sale so it worked out perfectly) but I did something dumb. I order a 2016 planner instead of a 2017 one. So I’ve had to do some creative fixing.

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I’ve also invested in some cute accessories. Theses stamps are perfect for planners.

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Stamps show here are from A Beautiful Mess, Clearly Kelly, and Laina Lamb Designs.

These stamps are made to stick on an acrylic block to use them. I’ve been using something random every time I used my stamps from A Beautiful Mess so I finally invested in some stamps blocks. These are great because they have a grid. 

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I’ve also built on to my washi tape collection. I really want to get this dispenser from I Spy DIY.

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[Picture via I Spy DIY]

What planners and supplies are you using to plan for this year?

 

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How-To, Uncategorized

How to Cover the Back of Your Embroidery Hoop

img_4734I recently sold a piece on Etsy and I needed a clean way to cover the back stitches. I’ve experimented in the past with different ways to do this and decided to share the best way with ya’ll!

Here’s how to do it.

Materials:

Paper (cardstock)

Glue stick

Finished work and embroidery hoop

Printer (optional)

Instructions:

Figure out how big your hoop is, either by measuring or by looking on the hoop itself for a number.

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If you are measuring your hoop, use the inside hoop and measure from the outside of the wood.

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Now depending on what equipment you have you can either draw out the circle by tracing it, create it in Illustrator/Photoshop/InDesign or use a few of the standard templates I’ve provided (download at the bottom).

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I prefer to use a heavy paper but copy paper works just fine. In the top picture, I recycled and used a brown paper grocery bag (I really like how that one turned out). Cut out your circle.

*Bonus Tip: If you use a brown paper bag, iron it first so it will lay flat. 

Now it is time to decorate the back if you want. Stamp your logo, write a sweet note, or leave it blank (I added my logo to the back when I made my template in Illustrator). I have also provided you with a few templates as well (download at the bottom). 

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Now flip your work over and position the circle where you want it. Use a glue stick to glue it to the back of the fabric.

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Now put the work back into the hoop, pulling it tight as you go.

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Tighten hoop and cut off excess fabric.

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If you want the work to be permanent, you can glue the fabric around the edges of the hoop. 

And that’s it! Simple huh? 

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Fall, Free Patterns

Falllllllllllll: Free EPP Template

It’s finally fall. Time for cozy sweaters, coffee, and lots of projects.

I’m always working on something to keep my hands busy especially when I’m watching TV. As the weather turns cooler and more time is being spent inside, there are more projects to create!

In the spirit of the season I have created some fall themed EPP templates. There are 4 pages of 1 1/2″ hexies. Download the templates below!

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