Thursday, July 19, 2012

Another Wiksten Top by jenib320
Another Wiksten Top, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
This week is flying by! Tomorrow I'm headed out for a weekend away to hang out at Holly's with Faith and Lee! It's so fun getting to spend time with other stitchers! Tonight I have quite a few finishes to share with you!

I've had this top half-done for a while, but finally finished it up today! It's another Wiksten tank with sleeves added to it.  Regular tanks don't get a ton of wear, but I've been loving these little capped sleeve versions.  This one is made out of the brand new Art Gallery Fabric's Voile! If you've ever felt their fabrics, you can imagine how nice their voile feels. Like butter!

Tank pattern by Wiksten can be found here, Art Gallery Voile can be found here.

Paloma Dress by jenib320
Paloma Dress, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
One more garment crossed off the list this week! The Paloma dress by Sew Liberated! I picked up this lightweight jersey knit from Joanns a few weeks back in delicious eggplant for it (so typical!).  It came together pretty easy, they have some great tips for sewing with knits on their website, here.  I sewed it up on my regular machine since I don't have a serger.  I don't wear a lot of dresses, so this will be used mainly as a beach cover up!

Paloma dress pattern by Sew Liberated can be found here, jersey knit fabric can be found at Joanns.

Summer Patchwork Pillow by jenib320
Summer Patchwork Pillow, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I'm working through my list of samples I need to sew for my Sewing Summit class this Fall, and this pillow was one of them.  It's a simple patchwork style pillow, using fabrics from eight different Art Gallery collections: Summerlove, Rhapsodia, Bazaar Style, Bespoken, Sugar (back!), and Pure, Oval, and Nature Elements.  It finishes at 15" square!

You can find all but one of these fabrics here.

Striped Drawstring Bag by jenib320
Striped Drawstring Bag, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
It was about time I played around with pieced drawstring bags, don't you think? I made this striped one over the weekend! It's somewhere between the everything and project size.  Was supposed to be project size, but I cut my strips the wrong size (everyone makes mistakes!) and didn't want them to go to waste! I used some of my favorite eggplant + mustard prints and some fun ruler twill tape to finish it off!

Drawstring bag tutorial can be found here, pattern can be found here, twill tape can be found here.

Some very fun fabric mail arrived this week! I'm excited to be working with Katherine Codega's fabrics for a few projects.  Her prints are so fun, I'm of course in love with the bunny prints! I'm thinking some zipper pouches or travel sewing kit! What do you think, what would you stitch up from these?

You can find these prints and many more here.

George by jenib320
George, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
And George! He got a new basket this week.  He loves, loves these baskets woven from timothy hay! He can chew it, sleep in it, and eat it! Win, win, win!

I'm excited and honored to welcome my newest sponsor, Pat Bravo, fabric and sewing pattern designer! Check out her fun new thread collections with Aurifil, they look like candy!

Today I love the..
Smell of: Fresh air after a rain
Sound of: Keane
Taste of: Chocolate
Sight of: Rain, finally!
Feel of: Warm laundry

Good Things about Today:
- Productive day!
- Hanging out with George bun
- Michael is home early!
- Yummy Laotian leftovers for dinner


  1. Jeni, you are just absolutely adorable! I love your blog and look forward to it!! I loved your interview with FQS too and love your special fat quarter bundle and the quilt you made with it!! That is now on my "want to do" list. Thanks for making me smile and all the inspiration! Hugs, Ruth Wright :)

  2. Oh my goodness I love that horse print! Super cute dress. Sewing with knits isn't my favorite without a serger. You did a great job!

  3. Love that pieced drawstring bag. :) Have fun on your girls weekend!

  4. You inspired me to buy the Wiksten Tank pattern, as your ones always look so nice. I just finished my first one yesterday, I am sure there will be more to follow soon. Thanks

  5. Oh, both the dress and top look great! You got my fingers itching to sew clothes again :) LOVE the fabric you got! Thank you for sharing it because now I can add some fun prints to my stash.

  6. I love that it is a patchwork bag! I also love the ruler twill tape. Great colors.

  7. Such a sweet pillow, love the colours :)

  8. I am forever cutting my fabric the wrong size.....
    The Paloma dress looks lovely on you! You should wear more dresses!!!

  9. I love the colors and prints in you drawstring bag. And George looks very happy

  10. Jeni,
    Well I am new to your blog and am thoroughly enjoying it. Love your style and sense of humor. Cute top and dress, wanting your pillow and draw string bag, guess I will have to get sewing. Enjoy your weekend :)

  11. I love the colors in your drawstring bag! So vivid.

    I agree the bunny fabric is so cute. I'm needing a travel sewing kit myself, so that's the way I would go. :D

  12. The fabric and twill tape on your drawstring bag are so pretty. Did you make your own pattern for the cap sleeves? I would love to add sleeves to my tanks. The pillow is very pretty too.

  13. Jeni, that dress is adorable! Good job!

  14. I love those fat quarters. And your Wiksten looks so great with capped sleeves!

  15. Hey! that's the shirt you were wearing at the quilt guild meeting! you didn't mention it was a wiksten. i've got my eye on that pattern. would you share your sleeve add-on with me? :) (carissa the librarian)


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