Showing posts with label sew. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sew. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

70s Maxi Dress | Pattern Review

One thing I love is trying out the styles of different areas as each has different things that describe them perfectly so I chose the 1970s.
The 70s seem like an era of smooth, clean lines and flowy garments and fabric patterns that are out of this world. I especially love the long, flowing, fitting designs of the dresses, that look like they should be worn at a beach or in a desert. The pattern that I chose did not disappoint in all of these accounts. 
It was an easy sew, it flowed and the fabric was paisley pattern, practically 1970s ready! 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Sewing Resolutions for 2019 | hopes + plans

Now that we're less than two weeks into the New Year and I've been thinking about what I will sew this year. Will I make pants or skirts? Russian patterns or English ones? So many options but so little time since I'm at school and have other pressing things.
I decided to write this post as a way for me to remember what I'll be doing throughout the year and to plan ahead. I do not have any firm sewing intentions because like always they can evolve over time.

In my last post, I wrote my blogging goals and plans for this year but since I am a sewist too, it made sense to do some sewing related resolutions for this year.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Fall Sewing (Tentative) Plans | Inspiration

Fall is coming soon event thought it still feels like summer. The leaves are still green, the weather is warm (30℃) and everyone is still wearing their summer clothes.
But even though the leaves aren't red or yellow yet it doesn't mean I can't plan my fall sewing. Right? 
I've actually been planning my fall wardrobe since the week before I started school. But unfortunately, the school has been harder than I thought and so I haven't had the time to sit down and sew. Honestly, I've never been so stressed in my entire life (well there was that time...) 😐. Do you have any advice for a first-year university student? Please comment down below (please!).

Recently I started seeing that the colour mustard yellow is everywhere. I think it's a great shade of yellow (looks like leaves anyone?) and it's the perfect fall colour.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Sewing Inspiration | SS 2018

Sorry for the long break! Unlike July when I had time to write and sew more, lately I've been busy writing exams and preparing for university... and *sigh* there is just sooo much to do!
But I was able to make time to write a post I've been wanting to write for a while. So here we go!
Don't you love Pinterest? I sure do! When I'm feeling stuck and have no idea on what to sew or knit, I just search and find so many ideas.
Through Pinterest, I have also found some great sewing blogs to follow. Lately, I have been stuck on what to sew and so I (like always) browsed through Pinterest to see what the trends are, what would look good on me and what new skills I can acquire.
These are 5 of the things I've found and I'm interested in sewing!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Tubular 80s | 2 Patterns Review

As you can probably guess from the title that the post is going to be about patterns (and fabric)  from the 1980s. But before I get to that let's go a bit back to last (last )week.

Like I said in my prior post, last week I had the opportunity to go to Niagara Falls. On my way back home we stopped at a thrift store in Brockville, ON. As I had been to that thrift store before and found some great (I mean great) fabrics and pattern, I entered the store looking specifically for sewing items. And what I found surprised me. There was a small ironing board on sale for $5 and lots of fabrics!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Convertible Backpack/tote/Crossbody | Made from Scratch

Another hot week, another project. Has the weather let up where you live? or is it winter now?

As for me for the last couple of weeks, I have been thinking of making a bag. Any kind of bag, as long as it fits things inside. I couldn't think of anything but then I remembered the time I was in the metro and saw a bag that would forever change me (not to be dramatic).
It was a backpack that converted into a tote and I loved it. You have probably seen it its the Fjallraven Totepack and it's super cute. But since I wasn't going to spend $135 I thought I would make my own convertible bag but it would be able to become a crossbody/messenger bag. And so I did.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Summer Holidays | Week 2!

We're halfway through July!
This past week I actually didn't go out a lot. Between the heat, sewing, and social awkwardness I just decided to spend most of my time at home. But I did do a couple of things (and found Amani!) this week worth mentioning.

I love going to thrift stores. You never know what you're going to find! I especially love finding books and fabrics, my two passions. I love going to Goodwill store because of 1.I don't pay taxes 2. They give jobs to mentally/physically challenged people. 
Last week I went to a Rennaissance which is run by Goodwill Industries. There I went straight to the fabric/linen/craft session and found what I was looking for... fabric! I found this nice cotton linen fabric $4 for 3.80meters! It came with 4 buttons. I also bought a meter of hard denim fabric for $2 and it's super wide.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Dungarees without Pattern | Made from Scratch

Wow, it's been a week I can not for the life of me believe that it's already the second week in July! That means that my birthday is coming soon, very soon. It has cooled here in QC so now it's about 30℃. Nothing overly new has happened, except that I made a pair of dungarees! And I'm in LOVE!
For the last couple of months years, I have been thinking about getting an overall type of jumpsuit but when I had the opportunity I would say no. But recently I decided that I was going to sew a jumpsuit. Why not? I have the time and fabric to do it. And so I did.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Summer Holidays 2018 | Week 1

I feel like for the summer I should do a weekly review of what I did (what I didn't do) besides my blog posts. Like a diary of sorts, I just hope to do this in a way to help me to do more this summer. My plans are to sew something, bake, and read a book each week this summer.
I hope you enjoy :)

So last week it was Canada day and like I said in my last post I spent it all by myself. Turns out here in QC all rent leases are over at the end of June, meaning that moving day is July 1st. I was shocked by this, for as a Canadian that felt somewhat like a slap in the face. Anyway, that Sunday I woke up got ready to go to church when I come down to realize that everyone is dressed to go to work, not to church. Turns out that friends of my parents were moving and they had not told me about it (maybe they did, but I forgot) and since they were short on time I couldn't change and was left behind. It was also one of the hottest days, it was about 38℃ with lots of humidity. All alone with a cake, I had made (which I forgot to take a finished picture). It was a long day, but the friends finally moved to a bigger place and my parents helped them move and be there for them.

Monday, June 25, 2018

6 (Awesome) Reasons I LOVE sewing

Hey, hey, hey!
This past week as I was thinking a thought passed through my head: Why do I love sewing? How did this come to be? And after thinking long and hard about it I wrote a list and it essentially helped write this post.
I have been sewing since I was 14, but I have never been able to pinpoint why sewing has been a big part of my life. When I was a child my mom used to sew my clothes for me and our family but when she stopped (it got expensive) I never thought twice about it. But as I got older I become more interested but soon I came to love it. This is a post of 6 reasons why LOVE sewing ✂ and why you could too.

Monday, June 4, 2018

It's June!

We are halfway through the year, can you believe that? It feels like yesterday that I started this blog. Thank you for being with me on this journey. This past weekend I have finished sewing something that been on my to-do list for the last 6 months (!!).

I had a dress I got about 1 1/2 years ago but never got to wear it because it was way, way too long.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Knit Knot Headband | Tutorial

So a couple of weeks ago I wrote a post on a knit skirt I made and this is somewhat of a follow-up post.
After I had finished the skirt realized that there were some big pieces of fabric left over. Since I, undoubtedly,  didn't want to let it go to waste I decided I would make something with it.
But what? A top, no, not enough fabric. A pencil case, no, the knit fabric won't work. I thought about it long and hard but then I had an AHA! moment, I would make a: knit fabric headband.
And so I did.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Knit Fabric Pencil Skirt

Last November I went to a thrift store and found this super cute striped knit fabric. It was a great buy and I had no idea what to do with, but I had a dream I would use it.
My parents recently were finishing the basement bedroom (where I sew) and so I had not been able to sew. but now that it was finished I can go back to sewing and planning.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Pin Cushion | Tutorial

Sorry, I have been out of touch for the past few weeks, life has been busy! Between the snow, school and everything else thing shave been hectic. But now things are slow.
A few weeks ago I wanted to make a little wallet but I got confused and got the measurements wrong and so I was left with some big scarp pieces. Instead of throwing it out I decide to play around and see what I could come up with. And so I did. I got a pincushion somehow. It is cute and easy-ish and I thought I would share it with you.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

My Sewing Resolutions for 2018

Happy New Year to all!

It's 2018, can you believe it? How was your New Year's celebration?
We spent new years eve with family and friends, had a great time and ate lots of food. Right now I am on break from school for a whole week (yes!) So my plans for this week is for me to plan ahead on errands and things to be done (I will try). Which includes my new year's resolutions.
For 2018 I do not have a fully definitive sewing plan. Most of the time I am mostly 'go with the flow' when it comes to sewing, or when I have that sudden craving to make something by hand. Which to be honest sometimes it doesn't end well.
But this year will be the year where I will have a plan and will do it.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Sewing Blogs/sites I follow

Happy New Year!

How was your new year? Today I am going to share all of the sites and blogs I follow that concern sewing and crafting. Some are Canadian others are international, but all are great.


Making it In the Mountains The mom behind the blog is from Northen Alberta, just like I am, though I am from the North West.
A Pretty Life Joanna is from Calgary, AB she has posted on crafts, food and more on her blog.
One Little Project  Debbie is the face of this great blog, she is from Ontario.


Faye's Sewing Adventure, Faye is a lady from Georgia who LOVES to sew. So patterns shes did look hard but when she finishes it looks great.
True Bias The writer behind the blog does pattern reviews, she is from Colorado.


The Drapery Fiona and Jane are the owners of The Drapery fabric shop in Australia. They do pattern reviews and more.
Fabric Tragic Sarah does lots of pattern reviews. She is also from Australia
Happy Sewing From Greece, Argyro is a mom who loves to sew and showcases her creations.

So those are the blogs and sites I currently follow as of Jan 2018. I am slowly finding more blogs, this is just the beginning, What sewing blogs do you love? Any in the great white north?
See you next time.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Hand Made Presents

Hi guys
How was your Christmas? Since it was our first Christmas in a new province, it was quite different. On Christmas eve we went to a friends house and were there til 3am! I was so tired at that point that it took everything just to keep my eyes open and not fall asleep.
So on Christmas day we didn't get up and open our gifts til 12pm. Although this year was different, we still have the family together, unlike last year where my dad was away.
Like I promised in this post, I will now post what I made for my family this Christmas. Like I said before for my dad I made a small tote for his Bible. He was happy about that.

For my mom, I ended up making a small crossbody bag, with I pattern I designed by myself. It was confusing and hard but it was worth it when I saw my mother's smile. For her, I also knit her a headband for the cold. And the little blue wallet showed next to a bowl of cookies.
For my brother I knitted him a simple scarf, well not that simple for the scarf would not lay flat, it still rolls up. *sigh*
Turns out that I was the big gift giver this year for I gave the most things to other compared to most years. It wasn't a big trouble considering I had the time and material. There were moments of frustration and near tears but it was a well worth it just to see their smiles on their faces.
I will update as I am able to take pics of the projects.

*Brother's blue scarf not shown, nor the mail project, nor mom's headband.
*The flower/gray bag was the one I made for my dear mom.
Was there anything special you got this year? Did you hand make a gift? 
See you all in 2018!!
Feliz Año Nuevo

Saturday, November 25, 2017

What I've done so far

Hi there
I'm Loren, I don't know about you, but here where I live there is not a drop of snow on the ground, in fact, it's raining! I can not believe that its a month before Christmas and nothing. This is hard for me because last year before the 'big move' the first snowfall had been in September! Either way, Christmas is just a couple of weeks away and this year I am semi-prepared (yay me!)

Christmastime is my favorite time of the year for many, many reasons some of them being that I can sing Christmas carols and bake! Right now I am totally obsessed with a cookie recipe I found with a Christmas spin. It' sooo good and easy to make. I'll post the recipe later. The only thing I did differently was that I added some cinnamon and in another batch, I added lots of crushed candy cane. The cookies came out green and red, so Christmasy.