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Friday
Aug092013

Lela and Dylan

We've all been busy cooking up lots of creative new work around the studio this Summer. Nashville has been unusually cool this Summer, and I think we're all a little more energetic because of it!

This week we received our latest patterns, the Lela and the Dylan.

 

The Lela, a simple blouse and tunic pattern, has a flattering silhouette and a modest v-neckline. The pieced yoke offers the style some possibility for contrast fabric or topstitching details. Sizes XS-XL.

The Dylan is a workwear inspired pattern for both boys and girls. The Dylan jacket buttons up the front and has cuffs and a collar. Add a little, or a lot, of topstitching. The classic jeans feature a slim cut with elastic at the back waist for a nice fit. Sizes 12mos- 6.

 See back covers and yardage details here.

Wednesday
May012013

Henley T-Shirt Re-vamp for the His and Hers microMod sew along

Hiya!

Well, here we are on the last stop of the microMod His and Hers sew along. We have one final project to share, this one by Michelle Abegg!

Boys or Girls Henley T-Shirt Re-vamp

For our sample Michelle used Arches in Grey from MicroMod by Rob Bancroft for Cloud9 fabrics, and a Boys heather grey T-shirt in size 4-5.

Supplies Needed:

Crew Neck T-Shirt

3/8yd MicroMod fabric

1/8 yd Bi Stretch Lite Interfacing by Pellon (Or any all way stretch interfacing)

3 buttons 1/2"-5/8" size

Water soluble fabric marker

18" x 2" C-Thru Red Gridded Ruler

1/4 yd lightweight tear away stabilizer (or in a pinch, tissue paper works too!)

Thread

Note- When instructions refer to right or left placket, they refer to right or left AS WORN, as if the t-shirt was on a person, and the person's right or left are the point of reference.

How to:

1. Cut two 1/4" x width of fabric strips of interfacing. (You may only need one depending on the neck circumference of your t-shirt.)

2. Fuse the interfacing strip(s) to the wrong side of the shirt neck opening about 1/16" from the neck ribbing band seam using your iron.

3. Cut off neck ribbing, take care to cut away the seam bulk as well.

4. Turn shirt right side out. Fold t shirt front wrong sides together along the center front. Using a water soluble fabric marker mark a line 1/2" from the center front and 5 1/2" long, starting at the neck edge. Flip t-shirt so that the other half of the shirt front is facing up and repeat the marking.

5. Open the shirt flat with the shirt front facing up. Connect the bottom of the two marked lines in a straight line. These are your placket line marks.

6. Cut a 2" square of interfacing and center it at the lower corners of the placket marks on the wrong side of the shirt and fuse in place with your iron.

7. Place a piece of stabilizer on the wrong side of the t-shirt front and staystitch the placket line you marked. Sew down one side, pivot at the lower corner, sew across the bottom line, pivot and sew back up to neckline to stitch in one continuous seamline.

8. Mark a line down center front stopping 1/2" from the bottom line of placket marking. From that stop point, mark an angled line to each lower corner of the placket marking. (Will look like an upside down Y shape.)

9. Measure neckline at the cut edge. Cut a 1 5/8" wide by 1" longer than neck measurement length bias strip. (If you need a longer strip than you can cut from your fabric, seam two pieces together.)

10. Fold bias strip in half lengthwise wrong sides together and press. Open strip and press under 3/8" along one raw lengthwise edge.

11. Press under 1/4" at the opposite raw lengthwise edge of the bias strip.

12. Sew bias to neck edge of shirt by folding the bias around the raw neck edge with the 1/4" pressed edge of the bias on the wrong, inside, edge of the shirt, then topstitch the bias close to the second folded bias edge.

13. Trim excess bias even with center front opening of t-shirt.

14. Cut two pieces of Arches in gray for the front placket measuring 3" wide and 6 1/2" long. Press each placket piece in half lengthwise wrong sides together and press. Open up pieces and press under the right, long side of one placket and the left, long side of the remaining placket - pressing 1/2" to wrong side with your iron.

15. Cut t-shirt along the center front line, stopping 1/2" below the bottom line of the placket markings. Clip along the angled marks to almost the corner of the placket markings. Do not cut beyond the staystitching completed in step 7.

16. Mark the upper and lower short ends of the placket on the wrong side 1/2" from raw edges. (This will mark your seam line for upper and lower edges of placket.

17. Sew the right placket to the shirt front; align the unpressed, long raw edge of the placket with the right front opening raw edge and align the lower marked line on the placket with the bottom line of the placket marking on the shirt, let 1/2" of the placket extend above the finished neckline, and sew using a 1/2" seam allowance from upper finished edge of neckline down to the marked line on the placket, stop sewing at the mark. Repeat with the opposite placket and shirt front opening.

18. Fold the right placket right sides together along the pressed center line, with the 1/2" along the remaining free edge folded to the wrong side, and the pressed edge aligned with the placket stitching line completed in step 17.

19. Sew across the upper edge of the folded placket using a 1/2" seam allowance. FOR GIRLS ONLY: Sew across the lower edge of the folded placket using a 1/2" seam allowance. Repeat step 18 with the left placket, but do not sew across the lower edge of the left placket.

***Boys version shown here remaining step photos.

FOR BOYS ONLY 20. Repeat step 18, 19. Then with the left placket, repeat steps 18, 19, and sew across lower edge of left placket using a 1/2" seam allowance.

21. Trim seams from steps 18-20 to 1/4".

22. Turn plackets right side out.

For BOYS ONLY:

22. Edge stitch right placket along upper and both long sides. Zig zag lower edges to finish.

23. Edge stitch left placket along upper and both long sides. Work 3 button holes in left placket, evenly spaced starting first buttonhole 3/8" from upper, finished edge of placket.

24. Layer left placket on top of right placket evenly, with the lower clipped triangle shape of the t-shirt at the lower corners of the plackets layered between the plackets, and topstitch across the lower edge of the plackets, sew up one side 3/8" up from the bottom edge of plackets, sew across plackets and back down the remaining side back to where you started stitching at the lower corner.

25. Sew buttons to the right placket.

For GIRLS ONLY:

22. Edge stitch left placket along upper and both long sides. Zig zag lower edges to finish.

23. Edge stitch right placket along upper and both long sides. Work 3 button holes in right placket, evenly spaced starting first buttonhole 3/8" from upper, finished edge of placket.

24. Layer right placket on top of left placket evenly, with the lower clipped triangle shape of the t-shirt at the lower corners of the plackets layered between the plackets, and topstitch across the lower edge of the plackets, sew up one side 3/8" up from the bottom edge of plackets, sew across plackets and back down the remaining side back to where you started stitching at the lower corner.

25. Sew buttons to the left placket.

FOR ALL VERSIONS

26. Rinse away any water soluble marker and let t-shirt dry.

Your henley t-shirt for boys or girls is now finished!

And now for the giveaway!!! Thank you for following along the His and Hers microMod sew along! We have enjoyed all of the incredible projects our friends have made with Rob's first fabric line, microMod. Thank you to all who have sewed along, and to all of the amazing bloggers that posted!

We are so thankful to be pursuing creative careers and have never met a group of more sincere, generous, creative colleagues and community as we have in the sewing and quilting world. We are floored by that everyday!

So, to show how thankful we are, we have an amazing giveaway to share! (Open only to contiguous United States residents only.) We will draw one random commenter to win a Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine, a microMod sewing bag, a FQ stack of microMod and the entire Green Bee Pattern collection. Like us on Facebook, follow Alexia on Instagram @alexiaatitches, follow us on twitter at @greenbeedesign & @alexiastitches

To enter to win, leave a comment here on this post, comments close May 3 8AM CST.


Comments closed.

Lynda H is our winner!

Lynda said: Love this fabric line and the many ideas that have been presented in this blog hop - all the stops were packed with fun ideas. I really needed no further inspiration, micro mod was on my radar before it was released. I hope I am lucky enough to win some. How cool would it be!! May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynda H

We will be in touch to ship your prize Lynda! Congratulations :)

Tuesday
Apr302013

Book tour goes back west! 

I am gearing up for some more book touring and teaching in the month of May! This time I am headed back out west.

First stop is Sew L.A. On Sunday, May 5 from 11am-5pm, I will be teaching a special one day class on the Lulu Tunic from my book. Click here to sign up today! After the workshop, the fabulous team at Sew LA will be throwing a little soirée to celebrate my book Liberty Love! Even if you're not into the workshop, please join me at Sew L.A. from 5–7pm for cocktails, treats, and more!

Next stop in L.A. is May 6 for the LA Modern Quilt Guild meeting. I will be speaking and sharing quilts and projects from my book and our pattern line! Here's a sneak peek of some things that will make it into my suitcase. Sometimes when I'm unpacking samples I feel like Mary Poppins, with a magic bag full of more quilts and clothes than you could ever guess!

Then May 16th I head up to Portland, OR for Quiltmarket. I will be signing books on Saturday the 18th (which happens to be my BIRTHDAY!!!) at 10am in the EE Schenck booth.

Here's Mom and I at the last Quiltmarket in our Green Bee Booth! (No booth for Spring this year, Portland is so far to ship everything, but you'll see a booth for us in the Fall!)

 

 

 

After that it's back to Nashville for me for a bit!

Saturday
Apr132013

His and Hers microMod sew along stop over and some pillows!

 

Rob and I have been loving all of the creative projects our friends have sewn up so far on the microMod His and Hers sew along!

Today the microMod sew along is stopping off back here on our blog for another tutorial! I'm happy to share this simple patchwork pillow project with you.

Rob and I have been working on our house, a 20's era fixer upper, over the last year and we're finally at the stage where we are starting to decorate. Overall our style is fairly simple, a little mid-century, and we have used a lot of greys and whites throughout the house, both on the walls and on our furniture. This makes the perfect backdrop for pops of color here and there, and a patchwork pillow is just the way to accomplish that.

Rob and I started with some of my favorite microMod prints from Cloud9 Fabrics, paired them with some of my friend Melody Miller's awesome fabrics, along with bits and pieces of other neutrals and scraps. These pillows got the official stamp of approval from Rob, so I can happily say they are His and Hers!

I hope you enjoy this project, and be sure to follow along the His and Hers microMod sew along!

SUPPLIES NEEDED to make two 13 1/2" x 19 1/2" pillows:

Total of 1/2 yard scraps for main pillow front - We used Tick Tock in Teal, Vertigo in Teal and Purple from microMod and other assorted fabrics

1/2 yard 44" wide fabric for pillow backs - We used Night Vision in Teal from microMod

Two pieces batting each measuring 18" x 24"

Two pieces muslin or lightweight cotton each measuring 18" x 24"

All purpose thread in a neutral color for piecing

Thread in a contrast color for quilting (I prefer Mettler silk finish cotton)

Hand Sewing needle

Fiberfill Stuffing

Recommended: Walking Foot accessory for your sewing machine

Cutting required for EACH pillow:

1. Cut 36 rectangles measuring 2 1/2" wide by 4" tall from your pillow front fabrics.

2. Cut 2 rectangles 10 1/2" wide by 14" tall for pillow backing.

Sew:

To make one pillow.

1. Arrange 36 rectangles into 4 rows of 9 fabric rectangles until you are happy with the layout.

2. Sew the top row of 9 rectangles side to side using a 1/4" seam allowance. Press the seams to the right when looking at the wrong side of the fabrics.

3. Sew the second row in the same manner, press the seams to the left when looking at the wrong side of the fabrics.

4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 to complete the remaining two rows.

5. Sew the rows together starting with the top row and the second row. When sewing them together keep the seams pressed in opposite directions and match seamlines. Use a 1/4" seam allowance.

6. Sew the remaining two rows to the first two rows and press the pillow front.

7. Layer the wrong side of the pillow front onto a layer of batting, letting the batting extend evenly beyond the raw edges of the pillow front. Layer the batting/pillow front onto the muslin with the wrong side of the muslin facing the batting. The batting should be sandwiched between the pillow front and the muslin.

8. Thread your sewing machine with the contrast color thread for quilting and switch to your walking foot.

OPTIONAL: Baste the layers together using safety pins or spray baste, great tutorial here on pin basting for quilting and here on spray basting for quilting!

9. Sew rows of quilting stitches spaced 1/4" to each side of every vertical seam in the patchwork. I like to start in the middle at the top of the pillow and work my way right and left.

9. Trim excess batting and muslin in line with the raw edges of the pieced pillow front.

10. Sew the pillow backs together along one of their 14" sides with right sides together, using a 1/2" seam allowance and sew 2 1/2" at the top and 2 1/2" at the bottom. This will leave an open section in the pillow back for stuffing.

11. Press the (center back) seam you just sewed open.

12. To keep the pillow corners from being "dog eared" and looking pointy you can sew an angled corner seam to make a knife edge pillow cover. To create this new seamline mark each corner of the pillow as follows; a. Mark the original 1/4" seam allowance at the corner and extending 3 1/4" from the corner in both directions. b. Mark 1/2" in from the corner raw edges of the pillow. c. Make a mark on each side of the corner at the 1/4" seamline 3" from the corner's raw edge. d. Draw a line connecting the original 1/2" mark to each 3" mark. This will provide your new stitching line for the corners.

13. Sew the pillow back to the pillow front with right sides together in one continuous stitching line, pivoting at each corner point and use a 1/4" seam allowance.

14. Trim the corners and finish the raw edges of the seam allowance using a narrow zig zag stitch. Turn the pillow right side out through the opening in the center back of the pillow back and press.

15. Stuff the pillow with fiber fill until it looks smooth and plump.

16. Sew the lining shut by hand using the ladder stitch for an invisible seam.

17. Tie off your threads and take one more stitch into the pillow and out the other side. Clip your thread as close to the fabric as possible. (This last stitch will bury a long thread tail inside the pillow which can help the final knot look neat and not unravel.)

Now fluff the pillow and take a nap after all of your hard work!

I hope you have enjoyed this project, and be sure to follow along the His and Hers microMod sew along! If you make a project from the sew along be sure to tag it on Instagram with #microMod , posting on the Green Bee Patterns Facebook page, or adding to the microMod flickr group. You can keep up with the stops on the sew along by checking back here, or on the Cloud9 Facebook page!

There will be prizes at each stop, and when we land back here at the end of the month you can enter to win an amazing grand prize: A fat quarter stack of microMod by Rob Bancroft from Cloud9 fabrics, the entire Green Bee Patterns collection, a microMod sewing bag, and a Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine! (Open to contiguous US residents only.)

April 2 - Alexia & Rob Green Bee

April 3 - Kelly at Kelbysews

April 5 - Amanda at the Craft Junky

April 6 - Rachael at Imagine Gnats

April 8 - Heather at alamode

April 10 - Holly at Bijou lovely

April 13 - Alexia, Michelle & Rob Green Bee  

April 17 - Faith at Fresh Lemons

April 18 - Katie at Swim Bike Quilt

April 19 - Deborah at Whipstitch

April 20 - Jacey at Jaceycraft

April 24 - Jenny at the Southern Institute

April 25 - Amy from sukie don't ya know
April 26 - Jen from Betty Crocker Ass

April 27 - Sara from Sew Sweetness

April 28 - Krista at Krista Withers Quilting

April 29 - Katy from I'm a Ginger Monkey

April 30 - Amber from One Shabby Chick

May 1 - Alexia, Michelle & Rob Green Bee GRAND PRIZE

 

xoxoxo

Alexia and Rob

Tuesday
Apr022013

His and Hers microMod sew along! 

Welcome to the first stop on the His and Hers microMod sew along! We are so excited to share a month of amazing tutorials and projects, some just for him, some just for her, a few that can be customized for both, and even a few things for boys and girls! Some of our favorite seamsters and quilters will be playing along and we hope you will too! MicroMod is Rob's first collection for Cloud9 fabrics and it is available now. You can view the entire collection at Cloud9.


You can sew along by tagging your projects on Instagram with #microMod , posting on the Green Bee Patterns Facebook page, or adding to the microMod flickr group. You can keep up with the stops on the sew along by checking back here, or on the Cloud9 Facebook page!

There will be prizes at each stop, and when we land back here at the end of the month you can enter to win an amazing grand prize: A fat quarter stack of microMod by Rob Bancroft from Cloud9 fabrics, the entire Green Bee Patterns collection, a microMod sewing bag, and a Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine! (Open to contiguous US residents only.)

April 2 - Alexia & Rob Green Bee

April 3 - Kelly at Kelbysews

April 5 - Amanda at the Craft Junky

April 6 - Rachael at Imagine Gnats

April 8 - Heather at alamode

April 10 - Holly at Bijou lovely

April 13 - Alexia, Michelle & Rob Green Bee  

April 17 - Faith at Fresh Lemons

April 18 - Katie at Swim Bike Quilt

April 19 - Deborah at Whipstitch

April 20 - Jacey at Jaceycraft

April 22 - Krista at Krista Withers Quilting

April 24 - Jenny at the Southern Institute

April 25 - Amy from sukie don't ya know
April 26 - Jen from Betty Crocker Ass

April 27 - Sara from Sew Sweetness

April 29 - Katy from I'm a Ginger Monkey

April 30 - Amber from One Shabby Chick

May 1 - Alexia & Rob Green Bee GRAND PRIZE

And now on to the sewing!

The first project on the microMod sew along blog hop is a simple wallet, sewn up for both ladies and gents.
We used fat quarters of microMod; Seaweed in purple and Tick Tock in Teal for hers, and Library in black and Night Vision in teal for his, and both used a grey solid to coordinate - Robert Kaufman Kona in Iron.
Download the pattern templates here. Instructions are included in the pdf, but you can follow along here as well.
Cut your required pieces for each wallet - two main pieces, two pocket pieces from fabrics & two main and two pocket INTERFACING from interfacing. I like Pellon Decor Bond 809.
Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the corresponding pieces. Press the pocket pieces in half at the edge of the interfacing. Pin the pocket pieces in place with the folded edges towards the center of the main wallet fabric section.

Pin the main wallet piece to the wallet/wallet pocket piece right sides together. Mark the section to leave free of stitching on the wrong side, follow the lines maked on the pattern piece (next to one set of side notches).
Sew the wallet around the outside edge, using a 3/8" seam allowance, leave the space between the marks free of stitching. Pivot at the corners. Clip the excess seam allowance at the corners.
Turn the wallet right side out...don't worry! You CAN turn it, just pull slowly :) you won't break it! You can carefully use a chopstitck or turning tool to fully get those corners turned out.

Press the wallet flat, be sure the seam allowances at the opening are turned to the inside/wrong side of the wallet and topstitch around the outside edges a scant 1/8" from the finished edge.

Fold the wallet pocket sides together and press a nice crease.
The wallet is ready to use, one for him and one for her! This slim wallet is the perfect size for your essentials.

Stay tuned for the next microMod project from Kelly tomorrow at Kelbysews

 

xoxoxo

Alexia & Rob

 

Tuesday
Feb262013

Books & Sewing in Seattle

I am so excited to be teaching, signing books, and sharing a trunk show this Saturday at the Drygoods Design studio, Make Do Mend, in Seattle. My friend Keli has an amazing shop and I can't wait to see it in person!

There is still room in the afternoon class and you can sign up here: Make Do Mend Around Town Tote Bag class

It is only $55 plus materials, for which you get a 10% discount at the shop!

Thursday
Feb212013

Quiltcon

Hi friends!

I'm heading out to attend Quiltcon, the first ever modern quilt convention in Austin TX, this weekend.

I will be having a book signing in the Stash books booth #314 on Saturday at 12:00. Bring your copy of Liberty Love or buy one on the spot (and 10% of proceeds go to charity) and I'll sign it!

I will also have a bunch of samples from the book with me at the signing.

Hope to see you there. If you're not going, you can follow along in the fun by following me on Instagram and Twitter, I'm @alexiastitches!

xoxo

Alexia