Do you love a pattern that is super quick, super cute, super easy, and also makes a great gift? I know I do!! I still haven’t made one of these cuties for me, but have just loved giving them away! These gorgeous little zip pouches are beautifully finished! Ranging from tiny and perfect for headphones or change, all the way up to huge and perfect for a shoe bag while traveling or slipping your ipad into, this set has you covered!
Let me tell you about how quick these are. From cut to done, One of these takes me about 30 minutes. That’s nuts!! If you’re looking for a last minute holiday gift, this is a great idea!! It is easy to fit in between all the hustle and bustle that comes with this lovely season!
Part of that quickness is that it is a really simple pattern. Five cut pieces of fabric, some interfacing, and a zipper. I am a big fan of batch sewing, so I prep each available step of the pattern all at once, then sew, press, and prep for the next step! This helps me power through all my sewing a bit faster, and helps with that impatience I fight with for just wanting to see the finished product!
Now, this lovely set of 5 bags is a gift for my sister. She is forever asking for zipper bags. Always. She has asked me to make them, then gave up and asked me what pattern I use. I didn’t really have one I completely loved, so now I can recommend this one!!! She has no idea these are hers, so I’m excited to see what she thinks. 🙂 (Vicki, you can open that box.)
Then I had to make two for a couple friends. Just little, I’m thinking of you, gifts. They’re so quick and such great scrap busters, that I’m pretty sure everyone I know is going to end up with a Zoe Zip Pouch. Eventually!
I used quilting cottons for all of these pouches. I really like that i can grab leftovers from other projects, fat quarters, and end of bolt sale fabrics and have plenty to make most of these. My preference is for a mid-weight interfacing with quilting cotton. It gives enough stability to stand by itself without being a pain to turn right sides out. You really can make these out of almost any woven, just pair it with the right weight interfacing for the right level of stability and ease of sewing.
Let’s talk a little bit about versatility. These are so easy to hack! From simple colorblocking, to adding a strap or even pockets, this little zip pattern is here for all your needs! If you’re interested in some hacks, check out the Rebecca Page Sewalong group on Facebook. I’m going live to show how to sew this up, then to show a few fun hacks to give even more options!!
Grab your copy of the Zoe Zip Pouches and let me know who you’re sewing them for!! (Hopefully at least one for you!)
There are sews I don’t talk about here. Sometimes there is a solid reason for that. (Guys, my mom reads this blog. She doesn’t need to see some of the lacy bits I definitely don’t make.) Sometimes it is just lack of time. Even small pieces are fun to share and talk about. I could ramble about the simplest sew for way longer than I care to admit. There are just so many fun details to sewing!! Writing about them though, means taking photos, which I also like doing! But these things take time. Time I sometimes just don’t have.
Instead of just enjoying these beautiful sews for myself, or whoever I’ve made them for (hopefully) enjoying them, I’m going to share them! At the end of each month, I”ll gather up quick photos of each of the sews I haven’t shared yet, and combine them into one roundup post! I’m really excited, because, if we’re being honest, I tend to forget what I sewed even just three weeks ago. It just lives in the owner’s closet as if it were always there, and I move on to the next sew.
If we are trying for chronological order, then I’m going to start with the few things I managed to sew for my other sister while she was in town visiting. We had epic plans for ALL THE SEWS while she was here. Unfortunately, she picked up a bug at the airport and shared it with me. So the two of us spent the time she was here feeling terrible. On her last full day in Atlanta, we managed to make three pieces!
The first is this gorgeous ABB Tee from DIBY. She needed a warm, thermal shirt, so we grabbed this amazing brushed thermal from Mily Mae Fabrics. Goodness, y’all, it is so soft!!! I wish I had a better pic of just how beautiful this grey is. It is rich but soft. Definitely reading a bit more green in the pic she sent me. But, trust me, it is gorgeous. The fit on her shirt is perfect! But, due to the above mentioned illness, we didn’t get any modeled photos. In fact, I completely blanked on grabbing photos at all and had to ask her to grab a couple for me after she was home (and had worn it a few times!). This is a great basic top, and clearly appropriately named. (Also, it is free!!!) 😀
We also made a couple of her favorite tanks out of some lovely ITY we picked up forever ago at Fine Fabrics. She loves the fit of the Patterns for Pirates Free Spirit Tank. We don’t alter it for her hips, so it fits more like the Essential Tank (which is my favorite tank!). This is definitely her most requested sew, so I’m so glad we were able to get two done before I needed a damn nap.
I’ve been meaning (and needing) to make Virginia and I some comfy ass undies for a while. I won a gift card from Surge Fabric Shop a while back. I of course, immediately spent it on some gorgeous undie-worthy fabrics, because I’d heard some amazing things about their fabric for them. They’ve been sitting, waiting for me to actually make time for them. I even picked up FOE forever ago!! I’ve only got a pic of one pair of these comfy Bunzies, because Virginia got hers and I wasn’t going to ask for them back. 😀 (You might recall she got another pair out of this gorgeous navy from THE DEAL. I really need to make even more. They’re so fun!)
Now, I am not always going to be able to talk about each of my sews. I do still pattern test and sometimes, they just don’t release immediately. So, keep an eye out for a post soon about what I used this GORGEOUS Sly Fox Fabrics DBP for. I’m completely in love with it and so excited to share. This colorway, evergreen is currently sold out, though you can sign up for alerts if it comes back in stock. But they also have it in black and plum. (I’m secretly obsessed with the plum.)
After I sewed up that ridiculously soft fabric, I jumped back to some sewing for my other sister. While I was sewing, she was gluing and organizing patterns. She ended up with a great Made for Mermaids Nina that I made during testing and she just loves the fit. So, this is one of the patterns she prepped while I was sewing. She picked out this great french terry from Fine Fabrics. It is soft and lightweight. She doesn’t have this one yet, but I’m excited to see how it looks on her!
She has also been asking for a zip-up vest forever. It is one of the first things she asked for and I just haven’t made it a priority. (Have I mentioned I am a terrible sister?) I printed the 5oo4 Aspen Vest two autumns ago (seriously, 2017) and just hadn’t done the fit alterations she needed, even though I have a full bin of gorgeous fleece she has picked up from Joann Fabrics for a few vests. So, she finally gets one. And I have the pattern ready, after I see how it fits and make any change that might be necessary. I hacked this one to be completely self-enclosed, rather than using elastic to finish the edges. It is so, so soft. And I totally can’t wait to see what she thinks!!
Did I mention that she has no idea these are coming to her as soon as our visiting cousin heads home? If she reads this, it will be a (hopefully happy) surprise!! Love you, Vicki!! 😀
That is my sewing list for this month. It has been a productive, fun month and I can’t wait to see what February brings! What have you been working on?
This year has been full of ups and downs for me, as I’m sure it has been for most of you. Between surgery, long weekends, a whole week off for the Fourth of July, and losing my Grandma, I have taken a lot of time away from the office this year. Which is weird for me. And to top it off, I’m using a TON of leave around the holidays this year. Most of this is just for me. We are flying my sister down after Christmas to spend some sister time and just hang out. Though, she wants me to sew her an entire new wardrobe while she’s in town, so there will be lots of fabric time too. But the two weeks I took off in between Veteran’s day and Thanksgiving were mine. I really wanted a break. A real break. Time to sleep in, lounge around the house, sew whatever I wanted. Hoped to have no deadlines to worry about.
Yeah. If you’ve ever met me, you know that was a laughable goal. If I see a break in my schedule, I immediately fill it. So, the 17 days away from my day job quickly filled to the brim. I ended up stressing myself to the max and working tons of hours for my second job. Does anyone else do this? I stressed myself so much, I made a TON of sewing mistakes. Real ones! I picked up the recommended fabric for one project, plus an extra 1/2 yard, just in case. Got home, washed it and realized it was 52″ wide instead of 60″ and I was WAY short. Back to the warehouse for me and hopeful to find the same fabric (which is almost impossible).
On the SAME PROJECT, I cut directional fabric upside down for half the damn pieces. What am I even doing with my life? Off I go, to a weird Joann’s, since I already cleaned out my Joann of this fabric. I mean, the end result was WAY worth it. This is the SUAT Riding Hood for a friend to keep her baby bump warm during the cold Philly winter. I quilted the kick-ass Wonder Woman liner with some batting for more warmth, and it is so very soft. A few extra minutes to add that layer really took this from comfy, cute to a cozy, effective winter jacket. I love the designer’s self-welting pockets and the little sleeve ties. Just a really nice layering piece with super cute little details. Plus I made a cute little key fob to match! (Which I forgot to take a pic of.)
Then I was working on some Christmas jammies and cut two left legs. What am I even doing here? I had just enough fabric left to cut a right leg and have the scraps left for the little projects we wanted to do. But, damn. I did use the Patterns for Pirates Walk the Plank pattern. It is free and quite the quick sew. Perfect for very beginners! I’ll share pics laters. 🙂
This isn’t to say I didn’t have great successes while I was on my sewcation. I sewed all the pieces for the #comfytown blog tour early on. Then lived in those pieces as soon as we took photos. After making that super comfy Cora, I immediately made a second one. (You’re getting craft room, jim-jam, 2 AM pics of this one!) That’s definitely my new fav cardi pattern!! Everyone needs a Cora in their life. I also finished off a couple of pattern tests and a pre-test. I forgot to blog about them, but you might have seen me sharing my Made for Mermaids Jamie Poncho and Hudson Hoodie. If you need some comfy, warm, cute pieces, these are lovely choices!
A few Christmas presents were also sewn, which I obviously can’t share yet, as well as a few more pieces for my Philly friend (with another cutting mistake, ugh), including a little set of Cora cardis for her and her two little girls. Totes can’t wait to see how she likes her box of goodies! And I really need to figure out some cute guy gifts I can make. I always feel bad leaving Dads out of these little matching sets. Maybe I’ll ask Bruce what he would want.
I also managed to CLEAN the craft room. Reorganize everything. As well as finally tackling the scrap pile. It was INSANE. And now it is so neat and easy to find what I need and what is useful. The only downside is that Gus Gus really liked sleeping on the pile. Now she feels she has nowhere to be comfortable. Despite the multiple cat beds and comfy places I’ve set up to keep the kittens happy. They are too expected for this little mischievous bugger. She’s been awkwardly moving about, trying new, ridiculous places to sleep. Then STARING at me with disappointment in her eyes, clearly blaming me for her missing comfy spot.
The to-do list didn’t really get any shorter, so I’m hoping to not pick up any other deadlines before the end of the year. We’ll see how successful I can be with that goal. But, I’ll try! Even without a shortened to-do list, I am working through the projects. Virginia is helping where she can. A few more Christmas presents to sew first. Gotta get those in the mail. Then, a few promo patterns to sew up that I’m just really excited about! I love trying new patterns and these should be fun, so I’m hoping to write up my experiences with them as well! Keep an eye out! <3
Now we’ve made it to December. I have a few weeks to prep some patterns for the sister, so we can power through some beautiful pieces while she’s in town. She always gets the short end of the stick when it comes to my sewing time. She doesn’t live with me, so it is harder to fit anything that isn’t knit and forgiving. Plus, I haven’t found a designer that drafts just so, that matches her shape, like I have for Virginia and I. This means a good bit of altering before I start cutting. Which is a much bigger time commitment and since she isn’t sitting there with the sad eyes, making me feel guilty, her projects end up near the bottom of the to-do list. I’m truly a terrible sister. (LOVE YOU, VICKI! <3 <3)
Here’s hoping the next few weeks can be a little calmer and a little more productive. I really, really, REALLY want to have patterns prepped and ready to go, so as soon as Vicki walks in, she can just pick a project and we’ll start cutting!!! Anyone want to come help? 😀
As the year wraps up (seriously, how is it December?!), it is great to look back at what we’ve done and what is still to come. I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions, but, I do like to evaluate goals and priorities moving forward. So, I’d like to blog a little more, celebrate little things a little more, and sew a little bit more in the coming months.
Focus on you today.
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My goal in life is to be comfortable always. Comfortable with who I am. Comfortable with who I give my time to. Comfortable with my choices. But, most importantly, comfortable in my clothes. 😀 If I could work in jim jams, I would. They frown on that at my work. You might have noticed that I do my best to make clothes that are comfortable, while still being work appropriate. My lounge clothes are no different! So this Rebecca Page Comfy Town Blog Tour is the PERFECT topic for me!!
Nothing is more comfortable than well-fitted, soft, cozy clothes. Turning over the theme for this blog tour sparks so many options for living in #comfytown. When I think of Rebecca Page Sewing, the patterns that pop in my head first are beautiful, classic, well-fitted pieces. Mostly just work appropriate sews. But, there are soooooo many choices for ridiculously comfortable clothes to be made from these patterns!
Now, I can’t make comfy outfits without including Virginia. It is a goal in my life to help her feel the true college experience. This includes studying for hours in your jammies. You can’t focus on psychology without soft fabrics, cozy tops, and warmth! So we started with Pippa Pants. We both LOVE Pippa pants. I used them to make our Christmas jams last year and I wear mine all the time!! (I hacked them to shorts, so they’re perfect all year!) We picked up the ever-coveted Harry Potter Fabric at Joann Fabrics when it finally hit our store (and our sister’s store). It is the perfect weight cotton lycra for these pants!! Plus, I made them a little long, so when she curls up with her textbooks, her feet have a bit of extra coverage!
We are doing our best to avoid buying fabric, so we were stash shopping for something for the top. I found this great burgundy/maroon ish waffle knit that I ordered a while back from Fabric Mart. Since I picked it up for me, I hope Virginia appreciates my sacrifice. 😀 (I really am kidding. We have lots of fabric! I much prefer using it for the perfect project, rather than having it sit around.) This waffle knit is PERFECT for the Paris Party Top! I cut the neckline a bit wide, then took no care not to stretch it out a bit while working with it. The off-the-shoulder coziness was this delightful end result. I did bind the neckline, rather than the traditional t-shirt neckband, and love the end result!
But, with an off the shoulder look, we couldn’t not use the Strappy Cami to make a coordinating tank! Bonus – this black double brushed poly is a scrap from a bundle from So Sew English, that we already used to make a shirt! That’s right y’all, a quick sew that also uses a tiny bit of fabric! Crazy.
Virginia is now comfy and ready to study. Or help decorate for the holidays. You know, whichever is most important. 😉 Now for me!! I also want Pippas. Obviously. But, I’m not much for pants, and we’re in the stage of our house where we are desperately trying to not turn on the furnace, so it is a bit too cold for shorts. The 3/4 length is exactly what I need! This french terry has gotten a lot of use in the last month, after sitting in the stash for at least a year. I’m 90% sure we found it at Fine Fabrics. (That’s how long it has been in our stash! I just don’t remember.)
I knew I wanted to try the Strappy Cami with the ruched option. So I dived into my stash and found this great black mystery knit from a scrap box I ordered FOREVER ago from So Sew English. I’ve been meaning to make a tank out of it since the box arrived. I am so very glad I waited! This tank is PERFECTION! It fits perfectly. It is comfy. It is more than just a layering tank. With the ruching, I am more than happy to wear it out and about with a cute cardi!
So, obviously I need a new cardi. I’ve had my eye on the Cora since it released. So simple, but so beautiful. The Moms bought this oatmeal sweater knit from her first visit to Fine Fabrics, the remnant section, which I didn’t know existed. I was so excited about it and KNEW it needed to be a Cora. I just hadn’t taken the time to print and glue the pattern. Turns out it was less than an hour from a stack of pages to wearing this ridiculously comfortable cardigan. I almost immediately made a second one. And text all my friends to tell they everyone needed this cardi. I knew it would be comfy, but had no idea that it would be cozy and warm, but cute and easy to wear. Everyone really needs at least half a dozen of these. EVERYONE.
Outfits complete, Virginia and I are ridiculously comfortable, but so cute, and ready to tackle anything. Christmas decorating. Target runs. Movie marathons. Plus we’ve added a few staple pieces that can mix into our regular work wardrobes as well.
If you want to be as comfy as we are, check out the other bloggers on the tour!
Please visit all the stops on the Rebecca Page Comfy Town Blog Tour. Don’t forget to comment on the blogs each day and enter the giveaway posts in our Facebook group for a chance to win some prizes from Rebecca Page.
PS – Even the cats wanted in on this photo shoot. Keep scrolling for adorableness. <3
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Buying fabric might be one of my favorite things. It is so fun to wander a warehouse or a website and find beautiful, unique, hopefully soft fabrics of all sorts. I love the unfettered possibilities at hand!
I’d like to say that most of my fabric comes from a local place that has an amazing selection and better prices, but alas, I often succumb to the gorgeousness filling my Facebook feed. The trouble there is that is can be scary buying from a new fabric company! I’ve seen so many people scammed and cheated out of their money over fabric.
So, I’m going to break down where I spend way too much money and share some of my favorite fabric sources!
One of my new favorite places, is Love Adore Knits (loveadoreco.com). They are such a sweet company, have gorgeous fabrics and amazing prices. They have frequent sales and super fast turnaround time for shipping. I am obsessed with checking out their website and planning an entire closet full of gorgeous pieces. Their website is available Wednesday 5 pm to Saturday 5pm. Then they close down, clear out and ship all those orders. If you order multiple times, they do combine and refund overages, which is always nice. Also, from what I can tell, they do sales A LOT!! So their already low prices are even better!
Talking about new obsessions, Sly Fox Fabrics (slyfoxfabrics.com)is killing it with beautiful prints, bold colors (if you haven’t noticed, these speak to me), a wide selection of types of fabric, and wonderful prices. Plus, Katy does a reveal video of new fabrics every week and gives them away!! Now, I never win anything (like, in life, I’m just not the lucky one), but it is fun to connect with the shop owner, see all the fabrics and pairings and chat with other fabric lovers. And she often does a Sly Buy!! The Sly Buy is one fabric, offered at $5 a yard for just one day, or until is sells out. Pro-tip – IT ALWAYS SELLS OUT!! Because it is always gorgeous.
Another place I recently started shopping is Knitpop (knitpop.com – this one is an affiliate link – if you buy something after clicking it, they send me a small portion of the sale – it adds nothing to your total, but is appreciated on my end!). Talk about inexpensive fabric!! Wow! They have a wonderful selection and low, low prices. I was thrilled when we loosened the purse-strings a little earlier this year because they still had the snowflakes I had been dying for all winter!! Now that I have a few yards in hand, no idea what to make!! But in general, gorgeous prints, fun custom fabrics and great quality. Also, damn, the turnaround time is ridiculous.
We spent a long time eyeing up Sincerely Riley before ordering. Not because she’s shady, but because her gorgeousness sold out before we could get our hands on it!! Darcey has amazing taste and puts together beautiful mystery boxes. She often posts an inspiration pic and you get fabrics that coordinate with the photo. We ordered some of the sweater boxes and let me tell you, they are effing gorgeous. (sincerelyrylee.com/)
A not-new favorite has to be So Sew English Fabrics (sosewenglishfabrics.com). I swear half my stash is from So Sew English. So is half my closet!! 😀 They have fun, trendy prints on ridiculously soft fabrics at reasonable prices. What?! The thing that they ALWAYS get me with (like every effing time) is the gorgeous bundles Chey puts together! Sometimes the fabric isn’t available by the yard, sometimes it is. But every time, I lust and send pictures to my sister hoping she’ll cave and buy more fabric. Plus they are now doing a deal of the day! They reduce the price of one or two fabrics for just one day. I need a third job…
Also not-new to me, but damn, have I been ordering from them for quite a while is Fabric Mart (fabricmartfabrics.com). Now, my Facebook feed isn’t filled with them (probably a good thing) and I don’t see a ton of social media in general, but they have AMAZING fabrics and the best prices. Seriously. They do flat shipping, so I always order when I can order too much, to spread out the cost (it is only ten bucks, but still). They have the best sales. Every day, new stuff goes on sale or drops into the various clearance sections and they have a Sue’s Pick deal. Guys – they have an entire section of $1/yard fabric. And it isn’t terrible, gross, ugly, not-usable fabric. The other half of my stash is from here. They have amazing quality at how-do-they-stay-in-business prices and really fast shipping! If you aren’t buying from them, sign up for their emails and see if they can’t tempt you.
Those are my main online shops. I do branch out when I want something specific, or a new shop has something I just can’t pass up (after doing ample research, of course). And I do buy online at Joann and Fabric.com and window shop at Mood.com and a few others.
I also shop at Joann Fabric in person, sometimes. I find they are getting more frustrating to deal with, the more competition they have. Their cuts are often short, most fabrics shrink a lot and they just don’t have the selection or competitive pricing I’m looking for. Sometimes they have something I just can’t get anywhere else in a timely fashion and every once in a while they have something I HAVE TO HAVE!!!! Did anyone score the Harry Potter Maps cotton lycra? I asked about it and was told they haven’t had it since the 70s and it wasn’t orderable. Um, what?! So, their customer service is also leaving me wanting. But, they are still a solid standby and for those not lucky enough to have room to stash fabrics, or have access to the warehouse I’m about to mention, it is a great option for something close and convenient.
Atlanta is a great place to need fabric though. We have tons of shops for anything you could need!! Cute little quilt shops? Check. Small, crazily “organized” apparel fabrics? Check. GIANT WAREHOUSE OF APPAREL FABRIC? More than one option!! My favorite is Fine Fabrics. Its about 15 minutes from my house (with light Atlanta traffic). Most their knit fabric runs 4-6 bucks a yard, they are super generous with their cuts and they have literally any type of apparel fabric I could want. (I’m lusting after some of those flipping sequins that change colors right now to make a bomber jacket. That’s normal, right?) They also have walls and walls of zippers, elastics, stretch lace, and thread cones. All at prices that make me grab stuff, just in case I might need it. Now, it has downsides. They don’t list fabric content on anything. Nothing is organized. It is loud and crowded. Not everything is price tagged. But, the customer service is killer!! They are beyond helpful, friendly and knowledgeable!
I hope this small breakdown of just a few options is helpful to at least a few people! If not, it makes me happy. 🙂 HAHA
What are your favorite places to shop?! I’d love some suggestions for more or to hear your thoughts on these places!