Sewing, Thrifting, and Catching Up!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Staple Dresses by Jeni Baker
Staple Dresses, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Happy Thursday! Taking a little break from sewing this evening to share a few snippets of this week with you! We're in the final countdown to Quilt Market, so I'm trying to squeeze in as many more projects as I can!

I did manage to do a little non-market sewing a few weeks ago and stitch up my second Staple Dress.  The Staple Dress Pattern is a fantastic dress pattern by April Rhodes.  It's an easy sew with a great fit, I love it! I don't have to make any adjustments, it's perfect as is! I've made three so far, including a muslin, and have quite a few more planned!

Carnaby Staple Dress by Jeni Baker
Carnaby Staple Dress, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
For this one I used this beautiful floral from Pat Bravo's Carnaby Street collection.  As soon as I saw it, I knew I'd need a dress from it.  I love how it turned out! Unfortunately it was a bit dark when we took photos of me wearing it, so they're a bit blurry.  You can see a better photo of the dress here!

You can find the Staple Dress Pattern for sale on April's blog, here.

Jeans Refashion - After
Jeans Refashion - After, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I was pretty pleased with my first successful refashion last week! I thrifted a pair of fancy (for me!) White House Black Market bootcut jeans in my size for $7.  I took in the leg below the knee to make them "skinny", and it actually worked! I used a mix of this tutorial and this one. You can see them before the alteration here.

Thrifting, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
One of the local thrift shops had a fabric sale last week, and I ended up going in hopes of finding some vintage goodies.  It was a bit of a madhouse, lots of people! I did manage to find a few things!

Pyrex Passion by Jeni Baker
Pyrex Passion, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I am so excited to share this great new resource guide for vintage pyrex, Pyrex Passion! I may be a bit biased, because those are my photos on the cover! I was so tickled when Michael contacted me about working on the cover of his book.  This guide is much more comprehensive than the other guides out there, I'm so proud to have been involved in some small way! You can find it for sale here.

MMQG Scrap Swap by Jeni Baker
MMQG Scrap Swap, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Last year we had a scrap swap at one of the Madison Modern Quilt Guild meetings.  I got paired up with Kris! She made me this super cute mini quilt! I can't wait to hang it up in my sewing room, it's so happy! I made her a string block zipper pouch, which I totally forgot to take a photo of.  Thanks Kris! :)

New business cards by Jeni Baker
New business cards, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I was starting to run low on business cards, so I went ahead and ordered new ones last month.  I switched things up a bit from last time, but George is still on there! I've been getting my cards printed by for the past two years now, they always do a really nice job!

It's so surreal to see my patterns for sale at The Sewcial Lounge here in Madison! Makes it all seem so real!

George by Jeni Baker
George, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.

Today I love the..
Smell of: Conditioner
Sound of: Harry Potter 5
Taste of: Brownies
Sight of: George
Feel of: Putting my feet up

Good Things about Today:
- Productive day!
- Good class tonight!
- Happy mail!
- Brownies!


  1. Oh I'm looking forward to meeting you at Quilt Market!!! Woo, gonna be a blast! Love your staple dresses.

  2. You did *such* a great job branding your patterns. Congratulations!

  3. Jeni!!!! everything looks so awesome. Love the dresses and that stack of thrifted fabric looks so great! and i love your new cards and how your patterns look!!!!

  4. I love that looks like a fairly simple pattern to make, too!

  5. Wow, $50 for that Pyrex book?! It does look lovely with your beautiful photos on the cover though.

    I'm loving this post, especially your dress and skinny jean re-do. Congrats again on your fabric lines and beautiful patterns! It has been wonderful to follow you through your success in the crafting world.

  6. looks great! hope you had fun at MARKET. totally jealous :-)
    did you have a booth by yourself or partner with your fabric company?


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