Gauze Swaddle Blankets

Gauze Baby Swaddle Blankets

They didn’t have these fantastic lightweight swaddles when I first started having babies (dude, that makes me sound so old!), but I can see why they are all the rage with the new moms these days. Large enough for a decent swaddle, but breathable for the summer months.

Gauze Baby Swaddle Blankets

The fabric is “Island Breeze Gauze” at Fabric.com, and there are some really fabulous colors there as of this posting. They are just a hemmed rectangle the full width of the yardage (52″) by roughly a yard and a half. (I followed Dana’s guidance as far as hemming goes. No need to iron this wrinkly stuff.)

Gauze Baby Swaddle Blankets

Baby gifts are always so simple to make, that they are almost embarrassing to give. (Here you go, I made you some fabric rectangles! I hope you like them!)

But then again, babies’ needs are so simple that the simple gift is the most appropriate. Isn’t it?

Custom Fit Leggings

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Here it is! The first #scaredypants2014 post!

Don't be Scaredy Pants - 2014 sewing resolution - sewfearless.com I decided to ease my way into the pants sewing world by sewing up what I would consider the “t-shirt” of pants sewing – leggings!

Espresso Leggings by Cake Patterns

There are a number of “draft your own” leggings tutorials out there, including this one on One Little Minute, but after hearing the rave reviews for Cake Patterns’ Espresso Leggings pattern, I decided to make life easy on myself and try it out. (This pattern is available as an instant download or a paper pattern. I opted for paper and saved myself the hassle of printing and taping together the pattern.)

Make Custom Fit Leggings with the Espresso Legging Pattern- SewFearless.com #scaredypants2014

It looks nothing like any pattern you have seen before. Steph walks you through taking detailed measurements, and then, based on those measurements, you connect the dots corresponding with your measurements to create your very own custom fit pattern. This is such a clever idea! It  has all the ease of a predesigned pattern, but without having to fuss around with adjusting a pattern piece that is based on industry averages. You get “custom fit” without needing to complete a course in pattern-making yourself!

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When I finally pulled these leggings on, I couldn’t get over just how “right” they felt. They fit my (rather high) waist, my thighs, my knees, ankles, and they had the length my long legs need. I have never felt a pair of pants fit like this EVER in my adult life. There is nothing “average” about the ratios between all my curves and I am thrilled to death that I started off this year with such a successful project. THANK YOU,CAKE PATTERNS!

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Legging Fabric

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Finding a good fabric was probably the trickiest part of this project. For my first attempt at this pattern, I used a cheap clearance jersey and it didn’t have enough width-wise stretch which caused the legs to pull up too short. Twitter consultants recommended finding some 2-way stretch knit instead. One my second Joann’s search, I was able to find the black cotton/spandex jersey. It is from their “performance” knit line and feels more like yoga pants fabric than a cheap t-shirt. If they had this in more colors, I would buy them all. It is just the right weight for leggings.

use a bit of satin ribbon to show which side is the back of homemade pants - sewfearless.com

On an aside, I put a bit of satin ribbon into the back waist bang. It’s always so hard to tell the front from the back for handmade garments. (I saw this tip on Pinterest and couldn’t find it again. I wish I could give proper credit!)

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That covers my January pant-sewing obligations! February is just around the corner. I better get cracking.

Don't be Scaredy Pants - 2014 sewing resolution - sewfearless.com

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If any of you are diving into pant-sewing this year, make sure you leave a comment so I can cheer you on!

Glass Gem Pattern Weights

"Decorative Glass Marbles" can be used as pattern weights - sewfearless.com

My husband is brilliant. Really. Andy saw these “Decorative Glass Gems” sitting on a dirty shelf, underneath a display of dusty faux silk flowers  at the local  the Dollar General. I would have walked quickly past the depressing display, but Andy, being who he is saw their potential.

"Decorative Glass Marbles" can be used as pattern weights - sewfearless.com

He was right, of course, these extra-large flat marble things do make fantastic pattern weights. They are larger than the usual marbles that are more commonly used in vases (They measure roughly an inch and  quarter.), and have a satisfying weight to them, and the 24 ounce bag was only two dollars. Two bags are more than enough for any pattern weight needs you might have. If you don’t have a Dollar General nearby, I would look for them at a craft store in the floral department.

"Decorative Glass Marbles" can be used as pattern weights - sewfearless.com

Mostly, I must admit. I just enjoy drizzling these over my pattern pieces like some sort of queen scattering diamonds across her table.  It’s a deeply satisfying experience. One I hope you get enjoy for yourself soon.

"Decorative Glass Marbles" can be used as pattern weights - sewfearless.com

 

The “Manly Poppins” – a DIY Camera Bag

Waxed Canvas and Leather "Manly Poppins" Camera Bag - using the SewFearless.com Mommy Poppins Bag pattern

Do you sew for your man? I must admit that I don’t very often. We planned this project so long ago, that I can’t remember if he asked for a camera bag, or if I offered to make one. But at some point I did promised and then it took an embarrassingly long time to follow through. (Sorry, honey!)

Waxed Canvas and Leather "Manly Poppins" Camera Bag - using the SewFearless.com Mommy Poppins Bag pattern

The goal was to start with my Mommy Poppins Bag pattern (available here!), but “man it up” and outfit it for a camera bag.

Waxed Canvas and Leather "Manly Poppins" Camera Bag - using the SewFearless.com Mommy Poppins Bag pattern

This “Manly Poppins” bag is made of waxed canvas (my DIY waxed canvas experience is detailed here) with genuine sheepskin leather accents. The interior is lined with foam padding with foam inserts for customizing the camera gear arrangement. [Read more...]

The Nursing Chair Makeover

Custom Slipcover for Upholstered Chair - SewFearless.com

Folks, I’ve got plans for 2014. Plans for switching the direction of my projects on this blog. I want to get back to the heart of why I decided to learn to sew in the first place. (Bonus points if you have been reading long enough to know what that reason is!) To prepare for this shift, I am clearing out my old unfinished projects. This is a prime example. I bought fabric two years ago to recover my favorite chair – The Nursing Chair. I finally finished it this week.

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I spend hours and hours sitting in this chair every day (and, as of late, long parts of the night as well). It is the chair equivalent of your favorite broken in pair of tennis shoes – ugly, worn, but oh so ridiculously comfortable. I will cry if/when this chair ever breaks. Originally, I had planned to legit re-upholster my Chair o’ Comfort, but after a recent stomach bug passed through the house, I decided this time in my life calls for slipcovers.

Custom Slipcover for Upholstered Chair - SewFearless.com

I can’t really give a straight up tutorial on how to do this, because every chair is different. However, I will share a general overview of how I tackled it. I hope this can help you if you want to attempt it. [Read more...]