Citrus Summer Tank–for Me!

I have tendency to do this every summer.
Right as the season is coming to a close, I start sewing tank tops like I live in an oven.
Oh wait. I do.
It’s called Texas.

But more importantly, I’m headed to Palm Springs today for our annual Sisters/Cousins trip!

So you know…citrus fabric, swimsuits, tank tops, and Thrifty ice cream seemed like the right move.

(If you’re from California, you know what I mean).
((Chocolate. Malted. Freaking. Crunch.))
(((Dude. I miss it so much in Texas)))

And I’m totally loving this tank.  I don’t sew nearly enough for myself. But already this summer I’ve made two versions of this tank, a swimsuit coverup, and I have another outfit scheming in my head.

What I love about this tank top is how easy it was to make.
The pattern is self-drafted.  And I used the Citrus knit fabric, from my fabric collection called Fiesta Fun.
Because this fabric just makes me feel happy!

And the fabric is so stinking soft.  I know I’ve said this before, but Art Gallery knits are really some of the softest that I’ve ever felt.  And I like the weight—not to light; not to heavy—just enough to keep some structure around the armholes…which I did by creating a 1/2 inch double fold binding (like making knit bias tape).  It’s similar to what I did on the Scooter Dress for Clara a few months ago.  I keep playing with my method of attaching it.  And I’m really enjoying it.

If you’re new to sewing with knits I have post with tons of tips HERE and a good video HERE.
The good news about knits, is that you can sew them right on your standard sewing machine! In fact for this tank, all I used was a zigzag stitch.  So easy. And cute.

I seriously love this tank!
I’m going to keep going with more versions.  Maybe a subtle ruffle “sleeve” attachment.

And if I’d thought it through better, I would have waited to TAKE my pics in Palm Springs…where the colors and mid-century love is everywhere
….along with barrels o’ cactus, and 100 degree weather.

But we still have plenty of that in Texas.
Have a good weekend! I’ll see you poolside!

New Pattern is HERE–The Parfait Pouch

Hooray! I have a new pattern to share with you!
YES. These are some of my favorite days—sending a pattern off into the sewing-sphere and seeing what you guys make with it.

Of course I love a pattern that is a simple quick-sew, with tons of possibilities.  So I think you’ll enjoy it too!  Because a person can never have too many bags, right??

The pattern is the Parfait Pouch.
It’s parfait for holding so many things; and they make great gifts—make one for everyone you know.  The pattern comes in 8 sizes, with perfectly rounded pattern pieces, and detailed illustrated instructions.
You can get the PDF pattern HERE in the shop—for only $4.
Hooray again!

I’ve shown you how to make zipper pouches before….but the reason for this pattern is to get a really specific fit with metal zippers, in many lengths.  YES.  I love metal zippers. They give your projects a unique and polished look.  (I’ve got links to good zipper shops here in the listing, and on the Headquarters Page).

Since metal zippers come in many standard lengths, I made this pattern to fit the exact range of zippers from 5 inches up to 12.  That gives you lots of options!  I love having these perfectly rounded bon-bon looking pattern pieces all ready to sew with.

This pattern is great for beginners up to advanced sewers–even if you’ve never sewn a zipper before!  You’ll be able to follow along with the detailed instructions and clear illustrations.  Plus there’s a cheat sheet of quick steps included at the end, so it’s easy sew again and again.  Here are some snippets from the pattern:

Bon Bon Pouch sewing pattern from MADE Everyday with DanaThere are tips in the pattern for:
• Sewing with interfacing
• Sewing with vinyl
• Sewing with zippers
• Topstitching/quilting ideas
• Tips for getting a nice polished finish

It’s all in there!
With plenty of room for your own lipgloss and summer shades.

So grab the Parfait Pouch Pattern HERE – $4
And check out the Headquarters page HERE, with additional tips and info.

Of course I want to see what you make, so tag your photos on Instagram with #parfaitpouch and @made_everyday.
Have fun sewing!

 

Weekend Style–Sewing book GIVEAWAY

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

The weekend is here! So how about a new WEEKEND STYLE sewing book!
Yessss.
I love this book (by Caroline Hulse of Sew Caroline).
And I just love Caroline!

She’s one of my fellow designers at Art Gallery Fabrics…so you’ll often notice HER sewing with my fabrics; and ME sewing with hers.
We both have a thing for bright colors and happy fabrics.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardIn fact that’s what I love most about Caroline: her cheerful personality, and of course her adorable style.
All of that is in the new book.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardThere are some great intro pages—talking about fabrics, how to care for them, which stitches to use, etc.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard(And yep, I’m still holding onto scraps of Caroline’s yellow knit fabric that I used for both my girls here.  I can’t get rid of it! And I can’t believe how short Lucy’s hair was!)

Then Caroline jumps right into the projects.
And they’re all so cute/cool/useful.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardI really appreciate that in a book—when each project is something you REALLY would make and use (rather than filler projects).
I mean this skirt?? I would totally wear that.
In fact, I need that.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardThis dress has a cool back that I haven’t seen before:

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardAnd if you’re not a garment sewer, there are some fun bags, flip flops, and other projects too.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardSew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardAnd honestly, she had me at Shift Dress.
THIS. IS. SO. CUTE.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardWould you like to see more?
Check out the rest of the book tour here.

And
, if you want to win a copy of the book??…..

Today we’re giving away ONE copy of Weekend Style.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

GIVEAWAY RULES:
• Leave a comment, that’s it.
• Only one entry per person.
• Open to US residents only.
• ONE winner will be picked via random.org
• Giveaway ends Monday 7/3/17 at 10pm Central time.

Thanks Caroline!
Grab the Weekend Style book here.