Monday, June 10, 2013

Sometimes you just got to get back to basics.
            Summer is a great time to slow down, enjoy yourself, and sew.  Let's make it easy. 
And just cause it's easy doesn't mean it won't be unique, expressive and creative! Here are a few easy essentials to brighten your days. 
     What a cute and simple sundress!
Easy to make, easy to wear - great for a no hassle lifestyle.
What a relief for those of us with jam packed schedules.
Put this dress on and let everything go.
This lined dress has pockets and a back zipper.
Great in cotton, cotton shirting, linen, and gingham.
            Use a fabric with a border or add a separate fabric in a contrasting color to get the look in the Vogue dress above.
            African and Indian style cotton prints and a  butterfly print
            These prints would be bold to try.
            For beginners, we recommend stable cottons (like the butterfly print above!)
            and linen wovens.
            Worried about matching prints on your seams?
            Fold under your seam allowances and cut your second piece to match the with seam allowances folded out of the way.
            Don't forget to make a muslin for fit first!
Here is an easy pattern to cut your teeth on if you are a beginner or make up a bunch for you or as gifts for the experienced seamster.   
PJ sewing party anyone?!
                       Tofino Pants are cosy, casual pyjama pants for lounging at home.  
Sewaholic named these pants for the Tofino district on Vancouver Island that's known for its beaches, surfing, whale watching, and beautiful resorts. Now there's something to dream about!  
The rise of these pants is cut higher in the back and lower in the front so it's  more comfortable for sitting.  Piping and vertical seaming down the sides elongates the leg and adds a  bright touch of color. You can make these as long pants or knee length shorts.
Beginners you  may want to skip the piping on your first pair to make them even easier  to sew. So cosy, you'll reach for them the minute you get home! The key is to pick a fabric that feels soft enough to sleep in! 
                       This pattern works well in lightweight cottons, rayons, or even knit  fabrics. Use our cotton flannel for a cosy winter set of PJs! 
         Navy floral silk charmeuse print                        
Use silk or linen for a dressier set of casual pants or mediumweight silk for luxurious PJs. 
Get started with classes at Stonemountain!       
            This is our most basic class! We supply the machines and our instructors will teach you what you need to get started!
            Learn to use the machine and make your first project.


  1. I am visiting from Laurel's Quill and like what I see. I always adore what Laurel creates. Congratulations on your collaboration. Happy Hearts are Creative Hearts...

  2. I love what Laurel creates also! I feel like the luckiest woman in the world right now to be able to collaborate with her and share it with our community!