Sport shorts

As soon as I saw these shorts from Melissa Mora aka Mellysews on Instagram, I knew I had to make a pair.

While I did make a pair with lace for my sister (and she actually wore them, yay!), I decided to make mine with bias tape for a sporty look.

I love how they turned out!

 

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Summer Sewing

In between knitting my Aquae tank, I’ve been able to get quite a bit of sewing done.
Last month, I made 3 beach totes (one for me, mom, and sis) in preparation for our vacation and just a couple weeks ago, I made 3 more (one for my aunt and 2 cousins).
I was very happy with how they turned out and picking out the fabric patterns for each was a lot of fun!

Make all the things…

The month of May seemed to fly by and I can’t believe June is following the same suit!

I’ve been keeping busy making all the things.

Here are some of the those things I’ve made and posted on my IG feed and Facebook page.

Most of the below are available for purchase through custom order in my Etsy shop.

Top to bottom:

-Tall foldover leather clutch

– Crocheted beaded necklace (this was actually made years ago but I just recently rediscovered it)

– Leather cord beaded wrap-around bracelets (tutorial available on Creativebug)

– Zebra print foldover clutch

– Navy & Red floral maxi skirt

– Flannel snap cowl

After all of this sewing that I’ve been doing, I’m definitely looking forward to returning to knitting on my Aquae tank!




Me Made May – #MMMay16

I’m not officially participating in Me Made May (#MMMay16), but I’ve decided to partially partake in it and post some of my hand-mades throughout the month .

So far, this has been my favorite.  I drafted this maxi skirt pattern with the help of the Threadbangers YouTube video.  This video offers a simple tutorial on how to not only draft your maxi skirt pattern but it also shows you how to sew it as well.  In their video, they showed how to sew a maxi with fabric placed on the bias.

I purchased this fabric from my local Jo-Ann Fabrics store. On the bolt, I thought it was pretty but once I got it sewed up, I LOVED it!  It reminds me of an abstract watercolor painting.

Here’s to more hand-made in May!

Fold-over Maxi Skirt
Fold-over Maxi Skirt

-Karen

#SewingMySummerWardrobe

I’m *sew* glad that lately I’ve been doing a lot of sewing. It only took me just about 10 years to get to this point! LOL.
But anyways, I’ve really gotten into the slow fashion movement not only with my knitting but also now with sewing.

My sewing machine was gifted to me by my lovely aunt as a wedding shower gift back in the summer of 2006. At that time, the only sewing I had done was in home economics class in highschool 9 years prior. But needless to say, I’m very grateful to have received my first sewing machine as a gift. Partly because, the one she purchased for me was rather expensive at that time. 

My Husqvarna Viking Prelude 370 has been a real workhorse for which I’m thankful. Because when I first dusted this off, I made some boo boo’s to my machine…for example, not sure how I did this but when I was sewing my first few Flannel+Fleece infinity cowls, my machine was threaded entirely incorrect. Not sure how/why it kept sewing (and the sewing seemed nice actually), but it did. Although, I could tell something was a bit off. Then I wised up and decided to…use the instruction manual!!! Yay for me.

I’ve not had to purchase any additional accessories for my machine aside for some Husqvarna bobbins. That was another boo boo. I thought I could just pick up the already colored bobbins that Joann Fabrics has for purchase and use them. Well, I did…and I did. Then once I realized I could only use the Husqvarna bobbins, everything seemed to sew a lot better. LOL.

Back to the sewing…my goal is to get to the point where I’m only supplementing my wardrobe with store bought clothes – mainly from Old Navy or Loft. My two favorites. But, I know that may take me a while. I will say though, I’ve already made 3 tank dresses, 1 skirt, a dolman top, a hi-lo tank, and a double gauze infinity cowl. I’ve learned how to gather stitches, put in an elastic waistband, put in a collar, sew with zippers…etc. 

I just wish I would have started this back when I started knitting in 2005. It was always a dream of mine as a little girl to become a fashion designer and now, I’m starting to live that dream 🙂

   
    
   

Welcome to Flannel+Fleece

Flannel+Fleece is a new brand offering under my company, iKNITiatives, which will feature handcrafted products mostly about knitting, crocheting, and sewing. While these products will have mainly a relation to sewing/knitting/crocheting, I will also offer others such as project/tote bags, all natural bath & body products, simple home décor products, all natural candles, and some framed art.

The story behind Flannel+Fleece began in the Fall of 2015.  At that point, I had been dyeing yarns and fibers for 2 1/2 years at that point and wanted to introduce products into iKNITiatives that showed off the handmade side of me.  So I started purchasing my favorite plaid flannel fabrics and lining them with fleece.  That was how my Signature cowl was born.  While we didn’t have much of a winter (it was very cold at times but no real snow accumulation), I started to think of what other products I wanted to sell under the Flannel+Fleece label.

This blog will showcase my latest in sewing and handmade so please join me on my handmade journey!

-Karen