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How about a little Christmas fabric treat for yourself? I’m giving away a $50 gift certificate to my store and you have just 24 hours to enter!

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Good luck and happy sewing!

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Giveaway ends at 6am December 19th 2014 PST. The winner will be announced here. Thank you!.

Saturday 20th – Thank you all very much for entering the giveaway. The winner is Emily S. Congratulations! I loved reading everyone’s comments and end-of-year and new year sewing goals. Happy Holidays to you all!

Linen polka dot dress

This was written by Leslie for the Miss Matatabi Makers series.

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I have never sewn any clothes for my little girl but I have been wanting to forever. So I thought I would start off with something simple. A little dress with some cute details. Pockets and a little bow.

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The best part of the dress is that gorgeous 100% linen. It hangs so nicely and was easy to sew with. I was going to iron it after washing it but I didn’t. I loved the slightly wrinkled look so much.

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And she loves it too. Phew. She calls it her polka dot princess dress.

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That purple bow compliments the grey linen perfectly. Blurry photo and all.

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I thought for a minute that I was crazy sewing with 100% linen for a kid but I wasn’t. It is the perfect fabric. Luckily I have some leftover so I think I will sew a skirt next. Or a top. Sewing clothes for her could become addictive.

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Cotton + Steel apron

This was written by An from StraightGrain for the Miss Matatabi Makers series.

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Do you have them too? Those friends or family members whom it seems impossible to find or make a gift for?

I think that this year, I finally found a great Christmas gift for those kinds of people. It’s a kitchen apron with adjustable straps. Everyone cooks, right? And it’s practical, it’s pretty (if you pick pretty fabrics), and it’s even easy and fast to make. Jackpot!

cotton + steel apron by Straightgrain

For my first attempt, I picked some Cotton + Steel fabrics. I combined Hexies in Paprika (from Rashida Coleman Hale’s Moonlit line) with Netorious in Goldilocks (from their Basics line) for the pocket and the straps. I love those metallic silver lines!

cotton + steel apron by Straightgrain

The design of the apron is loosely based on a store-bought apron which I’ve had for over 10 years. It has one long strap which runs through two tunnels under the arms, and so it is really easy to adjust. Just pull the ends of the strap until the top of the apron is lifted high enough, and knot them in the back.

cotton + steel apron by Straightgrain

I made one stupid mistake somewhere, and so the top part of the apron is not as high as it should be (hence the minuscule seam allowance there). This will be adjusted in a next version. Would anyone be interested in a free downloadable pattern for this apron? Including one in a kid’s size?

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Metallic knit Hudson pants

This was written by Cherie from you & mie for the Miss Matatabi Makers series.

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Hello! I窶冦 back (finally) with another sewing project! After I spent a couple of weeks working on my kids窶 Halloween costumes, I was excited to get back to sewing for ME! The Hudson Pant Pattern by True Bias has been on my to make list for awhile and I already had some fabric picked out for my first pair. But when Frances showed me this Metallic French Terry fabric (which is on sale this weekend!!), I just couldn’t resist. In hindsight, I’m not sure why I thought it was a great idea to make metallic sweatpants, but it sounded fun and that’s what sewing is all about, right?

Metallic French Terry Hudson Pants by you & mie

Metallic French Terry Hudson Pants by you & mie

A few things about this fabric . . . It comes in two colorways, Latte and Oatmeal. It’s French Terry. It’s a knit fabric that is thick and cozy. It has a definite right and wrong side and it kinda frays a little! What? A knit fabric that frays!? Yes, I was baffled too, but apparently some knit fabric frays! It doesn’t fray a ton, but I would definitely recommend finishing your edges with your serger or a zig zag stitch. It has silver metallic fibers that give the fabric a nice and fancy shine! I didn’t get a great pic of the shine though . . .

Metallic French Terry Hudson Pants by you & mie

I used the Latte colorway for the main fabric and the Oatmeal for the waistband, cuffs and pocket details. I love how the two fabrics go together! For the cording/drawstring I used some nani IRO bias tape that I got from Miss Matatabi awhile back (but is no longer available, unfortunately). The fabric is nani IRO double gauze, Mountain Views B (in case you want to make your own :P). I love this bias tape so much and was a little sad to use so much when half of it can’t even be seen, that I ended up using some twill tape for the drawstring that’s inside the waistband and attaching the nani IRO bias tape to the ends! I’m frugal with my good fabric like that.

Metallic French Terry Hudson Pants by you & mie

Metallic French Terry Hudson Pants by you & mie

The Hudson Pant Pattern by True Bias is a great one! Casual and comfy, you will want to live in these pants! I love how you can make them super casual or dressy enough to wear out and about depending on what fabric you choose. I didn’t really intend to, but I ended up totally copying Kristin’s french terry Hudsons!!! Well, no real surprise – the girl’s got great style – I want to copy pretty much everything she makes :P

Metallic French Terry Hudson Pants by you & mie

I made a size 14 to accommodate my waist measurement, but they ended up being too loose in the calves, so I took them in some. I think they still ended up a little on the baggy side, which is fine for sweatpants, but I may try a smaller size for my next pair to see how that style suits me.

I love my new Hudson Pants, but I kinda wish that I had used this fabric to make a slouchy sweatshirt, maybe a Linden? Would it be ridiculous if I made a matching sweatshirt/sweatpants set!? Haha! This fabric would also make a great sweatshirt dress – comfortable, but dressy.

Metallic French Terry Hudson Pants and Mini Sweatpants by you & mie

After I cut out my pants pieces, I had enough fabric to make my two girls some pants too, so I HAD TO. Head over to my blog for more pictures and details about these mini sweatpants!

Metallic French Terry Mini Sweatpants by you & mie

Check out that sparkle! And don’t forget this awesome metallic french terry in the latte colorway is on sale this weekend.

Happy Sewing! 

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Poang chair cover

This was written by Leslie for the Miss Matatabi Makers series.

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I have been wanting to make a cover for the Ikea Poang chair I bought my little one awhile ago. I was just waiting for the perfect fabric and it didn’t take long for one to show up in Miss Matatabi’s shop. As soon as I saw this linen cotton blend with those vibrant colours I knew it was the one I needed for this project. It’s the perfect weight too – not too light and not too heavy.

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Like most of my projects I didn’t have a pattern for it. I took some measurements and sketched out a quick plan – and kept my fingers crossed. (This is where being a math teacher pays off!) After a bit of adjustments I had a cover that fit perfectly.

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I took off the cushion and covered it separately. I wanted some of those awesome colours in the fabric to pop so I found some solids in my stash that matched. I know my stars don’t lie super flat and that bothers me. I may go back and fix them but I am trying to learn to let things go.

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Obviously my girl loves her newly covered chair. I love that she is sincere when she thanks me over and over again when I sew her something. I hope that never changes!

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I think this is my favourite Miss Matatabi Makers project so far. That gorgeous fabric gives the chair the simple and unique look I was looking for! Thanks, Frances, for choosing such beautiful and inspiring Japanese fabrics for your shop!

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Cotton + Steel dress

This was written by An from StraightGrain for the Miss Matatabi Makers series.

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Hi there! It’s An from StraightGrain with a new Miss Matatabi Makers post.

Those of you who follow my blog know that I love Cotton + Steel. I was looking forward to their first collection months before it released, and since its release I’ve been making quite a few items in their fabrics (with many thanks to Frances for carrying every. single. fabric. of their collection). In the past weeks, I saw some sneak peeks of their upcoming second collection (which includes double gauze. Double! Gauze!) but I can’t say I’m done with their first collection yet.

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So in the past week, I stitched up a little dress in Steamer Trunk in Navy Cream from Alexia Abegg’s collection Hatbox. The dress is very simple: a basic bodice (from my Hanami pattern) plus a semi-circle skirt. Semi-circle skirts have many advantages: they are fast to make (no gathering), they use up less fabric than a circle skirt, and need less hemming too. On my blog, I’m sharing a tutorial today for how to draw a pattern for a perfect semi-circle skirt.

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The fabric had a bit of a ’70s vibe to me, so I decided to go for a full throttle Mad Men style and I added a little how to the front neckline. The Cotton Couture Solid Gold fabric in my stash matched perfectly with the Hatbox fabric.

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Fall knits

This was written by Angela from Sake Puppets for the Miss Matatabi Maker series.

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Sakテゥ Puppets for Miss Matatabi Makers, in Moneta by Colette Patterns

Hello Matatabis!

Sometimes the stars align and the right fabric shows up on your doorstep the same week you order a new pattern, and you can窶冲 ignore the good fortune. I didn窶冲 plan this combination in advance. But there they were, together, and … poof! a dress was born!

Sakテゥ Puppets for Miss Matatabi Makers, in Moneta by Colette Patterns

The pattern is Colette窶冱 Moneta dress for knits. I simplified it a lot 窶 I omitted the pockets, collar and sleeves so the pattern was only four easy pieces. I self-lined the bodice so my topside is hugged in a double layer of this quilted poly knit, making it super warm, even without sleeves! It was a windy day — please ignore the crazy bangs — but I was comfortable frolicking outside, in New York, in October. Miraculous! I also added three inches to the hem, and hand-stitched it for clean finish.

Sakテゥ Puppets for Miss Matatabi Makers, in Moneta by Colette Patterns

Because I was winging-it and eager to finish, I didn窶冲 have all of the required supplies on hand. The pattern directions recommend using clear elastic to create the gathered waistline before attaching the skirt to the bodice. I didn窶冲 have any clear elastic, so instead I used thin regular waistband elastic that got bunchy and weird next to my serged seams. It窶冱 nothing a little belt can窶冲 fix, but I was irritated nonetheless.

Last month Frances chose this same fabric for a knit top she made for herself and gave it a thumbs up. I whole-heartedly agree. I thought the fabric was easy to work with, soft, and really warm. I have a feeling this dress will quickly become a staple of my winter work wardrobe. It is so cozy that I’ve scrabbled together all the scraps and plan to make myself some winter pjs – it’s so soft, I just can’t resist.

Sakテゥ Puppets for Miss Matatabi Makers, in Moneta by Colette Patterns

Thanks for having me, Miss Matatabi! Happy fall, and see you all soon!
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Leslie’s tulip bucket bag

This was written by Leslie for the Miss Matatabi Makers series.

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I let my three year old choose some fabric from Miss Matatabi’s shop and this tulip fabric is the one she chose. There are too many cute prints to choose from! I loved the colours in this fabric (and there are other colours too) and was happy to see that it is was mid weight cotton oxford fabric. It’s a perfect weight for loads of projects.

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My original plan didn’t quite work out as I had planned so I needed a quick project to whip up at the last minute. Well, it’s no secret that my little one loves bags so I decided to make her a new one. This kind of fabric has the most lovely weight for a little bag – not too stiff and not too flimsy. Perfect!

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I’ve been making these bucket bags for years now. It’s such an easy bag to sketch a pattern for and sew up. Curved corners and darts give it a bit of character and extra room.

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I used some older Japanese fabrics I had in my stash to add some more cuteness to the little bag. The tulips could have held their own but I thought it would be fun to have two different sides to the bag. You can find so many cute, cute, cute fabrics in the Miss Matatabi shop.

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I bribed my girl with a mini cupcake to come outside to take some photos with me today. She insisted on going to her room and filling her new bag before we left. Her little collection cracks me up. I hope her excitement over what I sew for her never goes away!!

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Ponte knit dress

This was written by An from StraightGrain for the Miss Matatabi Makers series.

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Hi everyone! This is An from StraightGrain with another Miss Matatabi Makers post.

In the past weeks, I’ve developed a bit of an obsession with princess seams. More particularly, I’ve been thinking on ways to adapt them into something original and unique. The dress I’m showing you today is a first little experiment in this new obsession.

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I started off with a basic bodice design, which I lengthened to an A-line dress. In the front and back I added princess seams, which run all the way to the hem of the dress. I merged the back and front side pieces, so there are no side seams in the dress. I added big pockets which disappear into the princess seams.

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I’m pretty happy with the result. It’s not perfect yet – I’d like to add a bit more curve to the side seams in a next version – but I’ve had worse ‘first versions’ of new ideas ;-)

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Now, about the two fabrics I used. Yes, that is two, not three! The grey and striped fabrics are actually the two sides of one and the same fabric. This reversible Ponte Knit is by far the most special fabric I have ever worked with. It looks like two layers of knit which have been merged by millions of little… hairs! I took a close-up of the fabric so you can see what I mean:

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The result is a very soft, thick but stretchy knit. It is just a joy to work with! Not suitable for every project (I don’t think it would gather well, for instance) but oh so perfect for certain types of projects, such as garments with more boxy silhouettes. I think it would be great for a women’s A-line dress in Twiggy style, for instance. Myself, I hope to stitch a simple tote from the left-overs. How awesome would those stripes look combined with some brown leather?

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The mustard yellow fabric I used for the pockets comes from my stash. It is a Nani Iro wata double gauze, a left-over from this baby blanket. I think the color combines so well with the black and white stripes.

Come to think of it, I actually did use a third fabric. I lined the bodice with the thinnest knit fabric I could find in my stash… swimsuit fabric! I topstitched the neckline and armholes with a zigzag stitch so that the lining would stay in place.

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Norah was thrilled with her new dress. I think she immediately recognized how much junk those two big pockets would be able to carry. Less than 15 minutes after she put on the dress, I found an empty toilet roll, 15 ad cards, and a pen in them. The next day, she parked half her cars collection in them.

In the coming weeks I would like to give this dress a try in woven fabrics. Maybe something for a next MMM post?

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Halloween party dress

This was written by Cherie from you & mie for the Miss Matatabi Makers series.

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Hello! It’s Cherie here, back from a long MMM break. I’ve missed you guys! Hard to believe that it’s October already, but I’m here with quite the Halloween themed sewing project because it’s that time of year!

A little while back, I got a sneak peek at some awesome Halloween fabric (that are on sale right now!) that Frances had ordered for the shop. It’s such an unique print, but I wasn’t sure what it could be used for. Then when Frances gave us Makers our choices for fabric for the month, she listed the Halloween fabrics and challenged someone to make something with it. Well Frances, CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

Halloween Party Dress by you & mie

I decided to go all out and make myself a party dress! Why? Who knows! I honestly am not sure why I decided to make a dress or if I’ll get many chances to wear it, but it seemed fun and I’ve been wanting to try out April Rhodes’ Riding Peplum/Party Dress pattern for a little while.

Yoshiko Jinzenji Halloween Fabric from Miss Matatabi
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The fabric is designed by Yoshiko Jinzenji for Yuwa and is covered in awesome Halloween images – cats, bats, pumpkins, witches and stars. It comes in 4 colorways – black on orange, mint, and white and white on white. I chose mint because I thought it was beautiful and not a typical Halloween color. The fabric is a quilting cotton, but it is lightweight and works well for garment sewing, except that it wrinkles like most quilting cottons.

Halloween Party Dress by you & mie

The Riding Peplum/Party Dress is designed to be a suuuper quick and easy sew. I made this dress right after making the Alder Shirtdress and compared to that, this seemed like a breeze. Bodice front and back, skirt front and back, and that’s it! According to my measurements, I should have made size XL, but I wanted it to be more on the fitted side, so I made a muslin in size L to see if that would fit. It wasn’t too small, so I went with that. But after I had sewn together the dress, it still seemed way too baggy and not very flattering. I ended up taking both sides in by 1/2 an inch (which is a total of two inches off the bodice) and while I could wiggle into it without any closures, figured an invisible zip would be a wise thing to add. I’m curious how this bodice is supposed to fit – maybe more on the loose side, considering there are no closures. But with my body type, I felt like the extra fabric just didn’t do anything for me. I also added pockets, because . . . well, POCKETS!

Halloween Party Dress by you & mie

The pattern requires quite a bit of fabric, especially if you’re making the dress and your fabric is not super wide. I love the fullness of the skirt, but if your fabric isn’t 54″ wide, then you need to cut the skirt as 4 separate pieces and you end up with a seam down the middle of the front and back. Luckily it’s not too noticeable, but you can still see it and if you have a printed fabric, it may be tricky to line up the prints on that seam. I ended up with a cat/bat hybrid on my butt seam! Haha. Frances had sent me plenty of fabric and I was able to play around a little with the placement of the images, especially that strip of rectangles that I love so much. It was fun planning that part of the dress.

Halloween Party Dress by you & mie

Another thing to mention about this pattern is that the dress is SHORT! It’s got a high low hem and it’s meant to be short in the front, but if you’re not comfortable with a skirt a few inches above the knee, you may want to add some length. But the way the skirt moves is beautiful and I felt like a little girl in a circle skirt wanting to twirl all day! But then I’d show my unmentionables to everyone, so I mostly resisted :P

Halloween Party Dress by you & mie

I’m planning on using this dress as part of my Halloween costume, but I haven’t finished all the pieces yet, so stay tuned on my blog, you & mie, for that reveal later this month :P
Are you doing any Halloween sewing yet? If you’re looking for some fun Halloween fabric to get you started, I’d recommend this lovely Yuwa print. It’d be fun to make fun dresses, pants, a bag, blanket or quilt with! Next up for me? Halloween costumes!
Thanks for having me, Frances. See you all again later this month!

 

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