As you know, Alicia Paulson will be joining us down at Modern Domestic this Friday afternoon from 5-6:30. She'll be chatting, signing books, and doing some giveaways. I'll be doing my best not to make off with some of her gorgeous samples and the rest of the cupcakes.
Malka Dubrawsky's new book Fresh Quilting is here! This book is full of original and approachable patterns for quilts, home dec items and accessories, all of which employ Malka's bold approach to colour. Pair it with a stack of Kaufman solid fat quarters and you have yourself a fantastic gift bundle for yourself or someone like you.
April and Hannah were unpacking this box from Westrade this afternoon-- there's a grey print that I didn't get a picture of that matches. As well, there are a couple solid, mid weight, textural/weave bolts that coordinate. They had just finished shelving the brand new Parisville line from Tula Pink and Free Spirit (not pictured). The second photo are a stack of prints from Windham. We don't carry a lot of reproduction prints and I really like the medium scale and rich palette on these.
There are new bits coming in almost every day, so if you're looking for some inspiration-- COME ON DOWN! And, if you haven't registered or picked up a Supportland card yet, now would be a good time. We're one of the retailers participating in a big giveaway between now and December 19. Details HERE!
Now, as far as sewing clothes go, mentioning things like collars, set in sleeves and button holes can send even an intermediate sewer into a fit of anxiety. With that in mind you need to try out the Jalie Pajamas and give yourself a boost of confidence. This pattern is dead easy as far as all of those things go. I made zero modifications, save leaving out the interfacing, and after tracing the pattern and cutting the pieces, the actual sewing only took an evening. Pajama sets just became a doable, give-able item of clothing!
The buttons went on after the first picture, but I pulled it out of the laundry for the second so that you didn't have to take my word for it. Since entering the dark days of a PNW late fall and winter, I take my light (and my pictures) when I can get them. The Jalie pattern comes in sizes from child to woman, so take the time to trace your pieces onto swedish tracing paper or newsprint so that you'll be able to use the pattern again and again. I picked my size based exactly on the measurements on the back. They came out a little loose (how I wanted them), but if you're looking for something more fitted, you might try going down a size. Measure the pieces if you're in doubt. The flannel I used came from my piles, but now that I know how quickly it came together I'm going back for some Moda or Riley Blake prints. This pattern would also work well in lawn or voile for the warmer months.
There's a reason that mall shelves are jammed full of comfy pants and pajama sets before the holidays. Keeping someone cozy at night is a fantastic gift to give. I'm giving these ones to myself!
Slippers or house shoes are another sweet and fast gift to make for any number of people in your life. They are easy to sew assembly line style as well, if'n you want to check multiple people off your list. We are largely shoe-free in the house (especially in the wet months) and this year I've resolved to keep a basket of slippers next to the door to keep everyone's toes toasty.
I used Amy Karol's pdf pattern (it's a part of her popular Mailorder series and comes with a bunch of extras) and some of the new Innocent Crush Velveteen. The velveteen is freaky soft and was so easy to handle in the machine. You'll also need a little FOE/Fold Over Elastic if you choose this pattern, and we have several plain and velvet (!) options available by the yard. I used some dark grey/purple velvet, which ended up being a little sturdier and easier to sew than the regular kind.
- The only modification I made was to add some cotton batting as an interlining on the sole. I quilted the batting to the cotton canvas outer sole piece.
- It didn't take me long to justify small cuts of the velveteen, and now that I've seen how well it sews up, I am thinking about bigger projects.
- I am particularly fond of the slippers from Zakka Sewing by Therse Laskey and Chika Mori. In fact, I am fond of many of their patterns and hope to complete one or two for the holidays. Anna Maria has a slip on slipper pattern Handmade Beginnings that uses upholstery foam for the souls-- they look super comfy.
- If you're going to gift these and are feeling a little ambitious, you won't want to forget the monogrammed drawstring bag!