4.27.2015

The Sweetheart

Even though I have been absent here on the blog I have been a busy bee!

I have been working on my new garment sewing pattern - " The Sweetheart ".
It will include both a dress in two lengths and a top with a 1940's inspired Sweetheart Neckline.
The style has a flattering fit and flare shape with cap sleeves.

It is easy to make and includes instructions on how to professionally finish the neckline with a narrow neckline binding.


This is my first sample of the knee length dress with gorgeous rayon spandex jersey from Girl Charlee Fabrics.


The top is made with Birch Organics interlock knit fabric Poppies Print in Coral.  You can find the fabric HERE

OK...time to put my head down and get this pattern done!

Have a great day!

xo
Charise

4.16.2015

The Anna Blouse at Indiesew!



I am so excited to have my Anna Blouse for sale at Indiesew!  You can find a little more info about the pattern and a review from Allie, co-founder of Indiesew HERE!

I absolutely love the site.  Each pattern is sewn by Indiesew before it is included on their site so they can review the pattern and make sure it passes their high standards.
Indiesew also provides sewing tutorials to help you make your garment.



Indiesew is hosting a give-away - a year of free sewing patterns!  You can find the link here.
The winner of this contest will receive one Indiesew pattern of their choice every month for the next year, a prize valued at over $200!


How does it work? Simply enter on this giveaway page. Here's a breakdown of the rules:

  • This contest starts today, April 14th at 10am MDT. The contest ends Monday, April 20th at 10pm MDT.
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I was very excited to see my Anna Blouse on the Indiesew blog!  I now have sewn a total of six Annas for my Spring Wardrobe.


  
It is such a versatile blouse and I even shared different ways to wear you Anna HERE.





Next up is a pattern for my Simple Swing Tank and Dress.  Another wardrobe staple I will wear all summer long.

xo
Charise

  


4.02.2015

Happy Mail ~ I am a lucky gal : )


I have received some very Happy Mail in the past month or so and thought I would share it with you.
This adorable Pencil Pouch was hand printed by Krista Fleckenstein.  You can find her fabulous work over at her website Spotted Stones.   

 I was lucky enough to win the pouch in a series she is doing this year on her blog - a printmaking series with new prints on fabric and an item made from that print.  I adore the Suzuko Kokeski print used for the lining. 
Rumour has it, she is coming out with a book this year.  I can't wait!

Amy from During Quiet Time made this adorable block for me.  We are both members of the Cocorico Quilting Bee.  I asked for more blocks for my Paris themed quilt.  I wish you could see the quilt block in person.  The picture does not do it justice!  It is adorable.


The little sign that says Lucienne is so cool!  My youngest son's name is Luc, short for Lucien.  What an amazing coincidence.
I am looking forward to assembling this quilt.  It is going to be lovely!

I hope you find time for some creativity today!
xo
Charise

3.31.2015

Blossom Placemats and Napkins from Stitch Magazine Sp'15

It finally feels like Spring in the Pacific Northwest!  I bought my first bunch of daffodils just a week ago.
The tulips in my garden are going to bloom soon and my roses are starting to bud! 
I need to get out in the garden and pull weeds that have started to sprout. 


 I was so happy to receive my samples for the Blossom Placemats I designed for Stitch Sp '15!  They will be the  perfect addition to my table and garden tulips to add a Springy feel to the house.


The fabrics I used for this project is from Heather Bailey's line for Free Spirit - "Up Parasol".
I love the colors in the prints - beautiful clear colors in lime, orange, aqua and lilac.
The solid cream fabric is Essex linen in color Linen. 

I also love the reverse side of the placemats - the fabrics are gorgeous together.

I used 4" drunkard's block templates and an 18mm rotary cutter to cut the shapes.
This is much easier and more accurate than using templates.
Unfortunately the company who I purchased the templates from and are listed in the article are not in business : )  You can find them on the internet - just search for 4" drunkard's patch template.

Fast Cutting Tip: 
Use an 18mm rotary cutter and 4” drunkard’s path acrylic template to cut pattern pieces A and B. 
For Pattern piece A - cut 4 1/2” strips. Cut the strips into 4 1/2” squares.  Use the template to finish cutting the pattern piece.
For Pattern piece B - cut 2 1/2” strips. Cut the strips into 2 1/2” squares.  Use the template to finish cutting the pattern piece.
An 18mm rotary cutter is the perfect size to cut small curves.

If you want to make a set for yourself, you can find the Stitch Sp' 15 issue HERE.

Have a Lovely Day!
xo
Charise

3.26.2015

A very Cherry Italian Soda ~ The Paper Pieced Home


 When F  + W media asked me to be a part of the Paper Pieced Home blog hop of course I said Yes!
I have known Penny Layman, the author of the Paper Pieced Home for a few years.  She and Ayumi from Pink Penguin invited me to be a member on the Ringo Pie Bee for the second round.  It was such an honor as I love her work!

Penny has a playful fun style and her pattern was a breeze to put together.
I had a blast making the Espresso Mug pattern but of course I had to give it a bit of a twist.
My mug has a Very Cherry Italian Soda inside : )  

I love the straw detail and the way Penny pieced the whip cream (or foam for a latte ) on top.

Some of my favorite patterns in the book are:
The footstool.  The shape of the legs are brilliant.

I also love the claw foot tub.  My absolute favorite kind of bath tub.

Be sure to check out the other projects and reviews here:

3/16       McCall’s Quilting / Sewing Machine Block
3/17       Love of Quilting / Review
3/17       Sandi Sawa Hazlewood  of Crafty Planner / Watering Can Block
3/18       Quilty Pleasure (Quiltmaker blog) / Review
3/18       Imagine Gnats / Rotary Phone Block
3/20       Verykerryberry / Lion Block
3/21       Artisania / Cast-Iron Skillet Block
3/23       Where the Orchids Grow / Lamp Block
3/24       Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt / Layer Cake Block
3/24       House on Hill Road / Oven Mitt Block
3/24       Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced / BBQ Grill Block
3/26       Pink Penguin / Allie-Gator Block
3/26       A Happy Stitch / Giraffe Block
3/27       Bijou Lovely / Jar Block
3/27       Two Little Banshees / Saucepan Block
3/27       Charise Creates / Espresso Mug Block
3/30       Karen Lewis Textiles / Couch Block
3/31       Poppyprint / Clawfoot Tub Block
3/31       One Shabby Chick / Stack of Books Block
3/31       During Quiet Time / Sleeveless Dress Block
4/06       Pat Sloan The Voice of Quilting / Author Podcast Interview


You can find the book here:

The Paper Pieced Home
 By Penny Layman
Interweave/F+W; $26.99

xo
Charise

3.25.2015

Work in Progress Wednesday ~ Spring Knit Dress


This afternoon I finished a dress!

We are taking a family vacation to Palm Springs and I just had to make a new dress!
I wanted something easy that I could wear with sandals.
Also, a dress I can slip easily over a swim suit.


The fabric is a Rayon Spandex Jersey that I purchased at a local Seattle fabric store.
The drape is lovely.
The cap sleeves are cut on the bias to give the sleeves a nice drape.
The underarm is finished with a double fold self fabric trim.


I am really happy with the neckline finish.  It is a single fold binding that is wrapped around the seam and stitched in the ditch so the stitching disappears.  It is a beautiful neckline finish.



I used my Dritz Ezy-Hem to mark the dress hem.  I overlocked the raw edge and then folded the finished edge to the wrong side.  I lined up the finished edge to the 5/8" line and pressed right on the Ezy-Hem.  It is made out of aluminum so you can press right on it!  I pinned the hem in place and stitched from the wrong side at 1/2".  A Super Easy hem finish.

Head on over to Freshly Pieced for some lovely Works in Progress.
I hope you find some time for creativity today!

xo
Charise


3.24.2015

How will you wear your Anna Blouse this Spring?



I had an absolute blast coming up with these design boards! They are all Spring themed and will give you a few ideas of how to wear your Anna Blouse.  Many of the  items of clothing  and shoes you probably already have in you closet but I have listed the sources for the items so you do a little shopping if you wish : )  All the Anna's are shown with current and/or fabrics that can be found in fabric shops now.

I love this Retro Feminine Look!  The Cotton + Steel Rayon print is so pretty and Springy in the Anna Blouse and looks so cute with The Lovely Gathered Clutch also in Cotton + Steel!
The Border fabric is Dottie Cousin in Bright Plum.  The "Jacks" fabric is Playroom Linen in Aqua.

I love the ease of denim and this skirt (from Anthropologie) is such a perfect basic to have in your wardrobe.

The shoes (also from Anthropologie) are adorable but this look would also be so cute with ballet flats!  I will wear this look for a few more weeks with black knee high boots since it is still a little chilly in the Pacific Northwest!

The trench from Modcloth is the icing on the cake and the perfect staple for your Spring Wardrobe.



I am always looking for ways to pull my look together for running around town doing errands.
These items combines casual clothing items that get dressed up with cute shoes and a blazer.

The Anna shown here is made with an adorable Cotton Lawn from Girl Charlee Fabrics.

I love the large floral print in the Shopper Purse from the lovely gathered purse trio.  It is extra large for your shopping excursions!

Pair these pretty printed items with a pair of cropped jeans and blazer from your closet or you can find the items pictured from ModCloth.  Add some fun colorful clogs from Lotta from Stockholm to top off the look.

If it is still chilly in your locale, you can switch out the clogs for knee high  or ankle boots - a perfect Winter to Spring transitional outfit.


The 70's are back and I couldn't be happier.  I love wide leg pants and these from Anthropologie are adorable.  I love them paired with this version of the Anna Blouse in a  chevron voile print from Cloud 9 fabrics.

Add some retro cool sandals (these are from Korkease) and a trend setting fringe bag.  A piece of modern jewelry tops off this cool look.

xo
Charise