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Fussy Cut, Appliqué, Repeat- Indie Style Sewing Patterns

Hello Makers, 

Have you seen the Indie Folk fabrics lookbook yet?  Words can't explain how amazing the appliqué projects are! So I knew I had to create a blog post all about different ways you can incorporate the art of appliqué into your sewing and diy projects. I am totally  in love with the bold, rich colors in Pat Bravo's new collection Indie Folk fabrics, which I think will go perfect paired with any sewing project this time of year! Take a look below at some of the great ways to add applique to garments and home decor projects for a indie style and boho flair.  

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Modern Quilting with Reverie Fusions- Sew Up Something New

Hello Quilty Friends,

What is your go to quilting style? There are many different ways to create a quilt: patchwork, applique, paper piecing, English paper piecing, art quilts and the list goes on. Which ever style you prefer it usually falls into two different categories Modern or Traditional.  Depending on what fabric collections we  are working with, the theme we are aiming for, and how we are feeling that day all depends on how our quilt designs come to life! Today I would like to share this fresh modern quilt design we made with Reverie Fusions fabric

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We mixed the dreamy blooms and soft geometric prints from Reverie Fabrics with solid smooth denims from the AGF Denim Studio and our snow Pure Element which added amazing texture and complexity to this quilt. The quilt is made entirely out of strip pieced blocks and put together in such a way to create this kaleidoscope looking design that keeps your eyes moving with excitement! I love how the happy colors pop from the background fabric and the cool shades of denim fabric makes for a refreshing, crisp feel. 

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You can find the pattern for this quilt in the Nov/Dec 2017 issue of Modern Patchwork. Pick up a copy today and get started on some great projects to make as gifts for the holiday season ahead! 

To share our love for modern fabrics and quilting we are giving away a fat quarter bundle of Reverie fabrics along with a copy the Nov/Dec issue of Modern Patchwork

To enter the giveaway fill out the form below! Good Luck and Happy Sewing. :)

The Giveaway is from November 13- November 20! 

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Congrats Kathy Luehrs you are the winner! Make sure to check your email! :) 

 

Ready for Thanksgiving? - Sewing Patterns you will love

Hey Everyone, 

November is here and it's time to start thinking about your holiday gatherings with family and friends! November is one of my favorite months because of the yummy food, the warm cozy colors that fill our home and the smells of cinnamon and pumpkin candles in the air all while being surround by family and friends. I put together some great sewing patterns that will come in handy during the Thanksgiving season!



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Handmade Toys for Kids - Sewing Plushie

Hey There, 

What was your favorite toy when you where little? For me it was a little pink and white stuffed penguin that rattled when you shock it.  My mom made it for me  and gave it to me the day I was born. I carried that penguin around EVERYWHERE...I couldn't sleep, eat, or function unless I new exactly where it was. Not sure how me and my pal the penguin parted ways but we were inseparable for quite a long time. 

Stuffed animals or plushies are not only cute but are a great comforting gift to make for little kids. Below I share some of my favorite plushies patterns for sewists of all levels. 

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Dressing for Fall- Creating the Perfect Wardrobe

 Hello Fabric Friends, 

What's your favorite season? Mine has always been Fall! Growing up in Minnesota I couldn't wait for the hot summers to be over and the cool crisp breeze to come, which meant it was time to break out the boots and leggings. It also meant creating outfits with layering pieces like scarfs and cardigans. There is nothing better than a perfectly balanced layered look!

Below I share great sewing patterns to add to your to sew list for Fall.  Adding these great pieces to your closet will have you perfectly prepared for what the Fall Season has in store!

 

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  1. Scarves 

Let’s start with the ultimate topper to any outfit in fall, scarves!! Not only do they look cute they also serve as a great layering piece to keep you nice and warm. We love making our scarves in AGF Rayon to make nice lightweight scarves that won’t add to much bulk to our outfits. If you are looking for your scarf to be extra warm and cozy try AGF knit.

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  1. Button Up Blouse by Burda Style

This oversized button up with extended shoulders looks so cute tied in a knot or tucked in for a more polished look. Pair this blouse with your favorite jeans and roll up the cuffs for a casual look. This blouse acts as a great layering piece, I love wearing oversized button ups over basic dress or in place of a cardigan.

We made our Button Up with the “Gitan Paradis Pearl” from the Indie Boheme Collection.

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  1. Lourdes Cropped Jacket by Named

Layering the perfect outfit can take a bit of playing around but with the Cropped Jacket by Named layering becomes super easy for any fashionista to master.  The inverted pleat at the back makes this jacket effortless to wear and the boat neck with rounded corners is perfect for showcasing the décolletage.

 Another great feature this jacket has is the ¾” sleeve with dolphin hem which makes it perfect for adding stacks of bracelets or a timepiece and some bangles.

We made our Jacket in “Scarlet Brick” Solid Textured Denim from the AGF Denim Studio.

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  1. Wenona Shirt by Named

Here is another great version of a button up shirt with more details you can choose add. It has two great options to choose from, a loose-fitting button-up shirt or a knee-length shirt dress. The front pleat detail is super structured yet playful and the three-piece sleeve with the middle piece that continues up until the collar is perfect for using two different fabrics. We used our AGF Linen mixed with “Adobe Clay” Solid sooth denim! They make such a dreamy combo! 

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  1. Locked Tote by AGF Studio

Ok! A look is never finished without a bag! The Locked Tote is perfect for being prepared for the days that never seem to end. We all led busy stressful lives and not having enough handbag space shouldn’t be one of them! This spacious tote has a cute front flap pocket that is perfect for keeping all the most used items throughout your day! This bag is extremely functional yet will bring together any outfit you decide to put on! We made our tote with prints from Artisan Fabrics mixed with AGF Denim and faux leather.

 

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  1. Knit Tunics and Leggings by Simplicity

Creating a staple wardrobe would never be complete if we didn’t talk about super soft leggings made with AGF Knit and of course an asymmetrical long tunic to pair it with.This ensemble makes you look nicely put together but also feel comfortable and confident throughout your day. The tunic is made with “Tin Tint” AGF solid knit which is a nice light neutral grey. The leggings are made with the “Become One Antique” knit print! Spice up your leggings by using a fun geometric print!

 

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Have fun layering this fall season and I hope you add some of these outfits to your wardrobe. Make it your own and style it to your liking. To get great tips on how to simplify your wardrobe check out this great blog post by Bonnie Christine!  

Looking for fabrics to sew up some of these great patterns? Here is a great blog post where Steph talks all about her favorite fall fabrics.

Til Next Time,

Meli


Modern Fabrics for Everyday Outfits

Hi There, 

What are some of your favorite sewing patterns? I know I am always on the lookout for sewing patterns that are first somewhat easy and quick to sew up and second they have to be comfortable! And just because it’s comfortable don’t mean it can’t be cute!  

Picking the right prints for your garment is the fun part! I am really digging Dana Willard’s new collection! Blush fabrics has super fun geometric fabrics mixed with modern floral fabrics. My favorite print in the collection is the print called Cat Nap, perfect for all the cat lovers out there!

Lastly, I need to pick the right fabric substrates. My go to fabrics for sewing apparel for me and my family are AGF knit fabric and rayon fabric. AGF cotton fabrics are also great because they have enough drape for clothing yet they have a bit more structure that works great for so many great clothing patterns like dresses and lightweight jackets!

 

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Here are a few of my favorite sewing patterns that can all be found in the Blush Lookbook.

1.Kitty Dress by Maven Patterns

 With bust darts to frame your figure and a peter pan collar for a sweet modern look the Kitty Dress is a great basic dress to have in your wardrobe. It also includes the option for 3/4-length or short sleeves. This dress is easy to wear and what I love the most is you can add different style of collars or no collar at all which makes this dress super versatile.

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2.Vintage Joan Dress by Burda Style

We made our Vintage Joan Dress with our Floret Sun Kissed rayon fabric. This dress can easily be worn casually to the grocery store or an afternoon in the park but can also be transformed to go out to a nice dinner or a special occasion all while being super comfy and looking great! The feel and drape of AGF Rayon is amazing and you can really live in it and not be afraid to get it dirty or use and abuse it on your daily endeavors. I really love how the armholes are constructed to taper towards the neck, which helps accentuate the shoulders. 

 

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 3. Sugar Pop Top by Sew Caroline 

The Sugar Pop Top is perfect for the those of you who live in jeans. Throw on a Sugar Pop Top and a pair of your favorite jeans and you will be ready to face the day! Just like the Kitty Dress you have the fun collar action which who can change up to your liking. This top has two great sleeve options, cap sleeves for the everyday look or flutter sleeves to make your top a bit more dressy!

 

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4. Anywhere Skirt by Dana Willard

I love dresses but skirts are a great alternative for the person who loves their jeans and tops. Try switching up your everyday wardrobe with a simple skirt and a basic t shirt or blouse!

Isn't Dana adorable in this outfit? :) 

 

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5. Audrey Pants by Burda Style

We made our Audrey Pant with the Retro Petals Power knit print! My favorite things about these pants are of course the super deep pockets and the beautiful tapered hem. We paired our pants with a solid knit fabric basic tee. Tuck it in for a more polished look!  

 

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 I hope you all end up sewing up some of these sewing patterns and incorporating them into your wardrobes! I look forward to hearing about some of your sewing faves! 

Check out this great inspirational video featuring Blush Fabrics

 

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli