Espresso Leggings Class in Austin

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Hey all, this is just a quick note for those of you in the Austin area. I’m teaching a class on Cake’s Espresso Leggings pattern at Fabricker next Tuesday night. You can checkout the pair I blogged about here.
This pattern is so great because it uses your exact measurements to create a great fitting pair of leggings. The pattern accomodates those with waist sizes 25″-55″ so if you’re worried the pattern won’t fit you, think again!

For the class you will need:
  • Cake’s Espresso Leggings pattern (buy it at Austin Fabric Co-Op!)
  • 1-1.5 yds of knit fabric. If your thigh circumference is more than 30” you will need 2-3 yds. Fabric Suggestions: Jersey, doubleknit/ponte, stretch velvet, stretch mesh, ITY, stretch lace. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Knits with a 5-10% Spandex/Lycra content (no spandex means your leggings will be baggy in the knee area)
  • 1-2 yds of ¾wide elastic

  • Sewing machine that can sew a ZIG ZAG stitch
  • Matching thread
  • BALL POINT sewing machine needles
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Pencil
  • Tape Measure
  • Ruler
  • Tracing paper (optional)
  • Twin needle (optional)

Wear tight fitting pants/shorts to class to get the most accurate measurements.

You must PRE-WASHfabric before class (otherwise you’ll end up with cropped leggings after you wash them!)

This class is for ADVANCEDBEGINNERS. You must know how to operate a sewing machine but you don’t have to have previous garment sewing experience.

Here’s the details:
Tues Jan 21 @ 6pm
Small class size – 4 people max
$35 for the 4hr class
Call the store at (512) 323-2668 or visit in person to register (and buy your fabric!)
You can get your copy of the pattern at the store.

Hope to see ya there!

The Little Red Circle Skirt

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I can’t believe it but it’s been raining for like 3 days straight. This is good because we could really use the rain but this also means I can’t exactly go outside to take pics and inside is too dark with all the clouds. Luckily today it cleared up and took these photos of my new circle skirt!

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Remember my last circle skirt? Well, what I didn’t tell you was that skirt was a test sample for my new class I’m teaching on drafting circle skirts. Monday night was my first class that I taught (it went really well! yay!) and this red skirt was my in progress “example” skirt I used to demonstrate steps to my students.

The fabric is a red linen which is on the thinner side but is much stiffer than the rayon I used on my last skirt. The linen gives the skirt a little more of a voluminous effect.

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I did a baby hem on this skirt rather than hem tape like last time ’cause I knew you might be able to see the underside of the skirt because I made this skirt with a slight hi-lo hem. It’s most obvious from a side angle.

Making the hi-lo hem was easy, and I made a nifty little graphic to demonstrate!

Basically, you take your circle skirt pattern, which looks like a big donut, and you shift your center circle (for your waist) forward a few inches closer to the front of your pattern. That makes the front of the skirt shorter and the back longer.

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My hi-lo effect isn’t very exaggerated. I was limited to the width of my fabric, it was only 54″ and I didn’t want to cut the skirt in two pieces. I like the single back seam look. Nor did I want the front of the skirt to be too short

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The rest of the skirt is pretty much the same as last time – regular zipper in the back, waistband with a button (this time it’s a shiny shell button!).

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I pretty much love this skirt! And it’s red and I don’t own much red clothing right now so something new is pretty exciting. It fits well at the waist and the linen fabric gives it a different shape compared to my teal skirt. And the fact that it’s solid makes it easy to match with tops! Circle skirts for the win!

In other news I got to wear my bombshell swimsuit this weekend (to a rather shallow and slightly slimy river, but whatevs) and I’m going to Florida for a week next week to visit family and I’m sure I’ll get to wear it again. It’s quickly becoming my favorite swimsuit!

Quilting and Teaching

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Liberty Quilt

I’m back! And just in time to get my new quilt back from the quilters. Thanks so much to my friend Susan (aka Miss Lulu) for guest posting while I was away on vacation. If you follow me on instagram you’ve probably seen all my Boston pics.

This is my second quilt I’ve made that I got quilted at Remnants using their long arm quilting service. Uh-oh, I think I’m becoming a quilter!

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It’s not that exciting – I made it using a kit and a pattern. All the fabrics except for the light blue panels are Liberty of London prints (did you know they had a line of quilt weight fabrics now?). Basically I loved that I could use bits of all the wonderful prints!

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I did get a little creative – with some scraps I made a stripe on the back side, just for fun.

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And for some reason I though it would be a good idea to hand bind the entire quilt. Yeah, probably won’t be doing that again. Major props to people who hand quilt! Such patience that I do not possess.

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Spice Market Tote

In other news: I’m teaching a class at Remnants! If you’re in Austin (or near enough to come visit) you can take my new Amy Butler’s Spice Market tote bag class on Saturday, June 8th at 12-4pm or Wednesday, June 19th at 6-10pm.
This isn’t just your ordinary tote bag. This one is big, strong, and packed with interfacing to make it hold up to whatever groceries (or even small children) you put into it. The thick straps wrap all the way around to the bottom seam and are reinforced. There are interior pockets, too. Even Amy herself says this is the bag of hers that gets the most use and it’ll be your go-to bag, too.
If you’ve made an Amy Butler bag before you know that she includes thorough instructions and professional finishes. If you’ve never tried an Amy bag before this is the perfect one to start with and a great canvas for fun prints.
The class is recommended for advanced beginners and up – those who can at least cut out pieces and use a sewing machine. You really don’t need much experience at all.
You can sign up online or by going to the store or calling 512-821-1511. The class is $35 and you get a 15% discount on your total purchase if you buy the class and supplies together.

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Well, it’s good to be back home. I’m gonna snuggle on the couch with my new quilt now!