Monday, September 16, 2013

Join the PR Lined Jacket Contest!

I'm the contest manager for the Pattern Review Lined Jacket Contest that runs from October 1-October 31, 2013. Even though I'm ineligible to win (so sad) I still plan to enter and make a lined jacket. I hope some of y'all decide to enter, as well, and we'll have some fun with it!
I've finally ordered the Sewaholic Minoru jacket and plan to make that during the month of the contest. I've seen SO many adorable versions of this jacket and can't wait to put my twist on it. I'm making the version without the hood:
I simply love Tasia's version of her own pattern:
I've ordered a cream and rust toile cotton twill from Mood for my jacket. I hope it's as lovely upon arrival as it is on their site:
Actually, I've had really good luck ordering fabric online. I don't think I've ever been disappointed with anything I've ordered. (I know, I know...typical comment from an addict.)
I hope some of you get inspired to enter the Lined Jacket Contest! Complete details and contest rules are on the link above. Join me!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Snap Happy!

I may never make another buttonhole again! I just discovered the wonder of snaps after purchasing the awesome SnapSetter tool from This ingenious little invention is simple in design, easy to use, inexpensive and foolproof. That is the quadrafecta (new word) of bliss for moi.
So, what better welcome to my sewing world could I give the little SnapSetter other than using it to adorn my November Archer? I could think of no better christening.
The biggest dilemma I had was choosing which color pearl snaps to order. My fabric has so many wonderful fall colors in it the decision was a bit daunting but I settled on trying to match the contrast fabric that I used on the bands and undercollar:
I went out on a limb and ordered "Peacock Blue" hoping I wouldn't wince when I opened the package. They are perfect!
This proved to me that the color charts on the SnapSource website are fairly accurate. When I place my next order I may buy one of their complete sample sets that gives you 1 snap in every color they offer.
I aspire to someday be a perfect topstitcher like JStarr4250 but I'm not there yet. I figure I might be after finishing 5 more Archers.
Oh, I almost forgot the Archer. Well, I'm not sure what else to say about it that hasn't already been said. I did review it here. I love it, the fabric is me, me, me but the takeaway I want to leave you with is GET SNAPS!