06/01/2018

Felt Enamel Pin Display

Here we have it - my first make of 2018!  It was a really simple one and only took me about 45 minutes... while I was waiting for my delivery sushi to arrive, ha! 

I have been collecting a bunch of enamel pins since they became popular, and until now most of them have lived on my denim jacket... which really only gets worn for a short period in the spring/ summer before it gets too hot, and then again for a week or two in the fall.  I don't want to put them in other jackets (like my Kelly Anorak) and ruin the fabric, and I definitely won't punch them through my beloved Roots leather purses!  I had seen a tutorial on Sew Mama Sew for making a shadow box display... but I didn't really like having to keep the backs in a jar.  BUT, the other day Devon from Miss Make posted a fantastic idea on her Instagram... making a hanging felt flag!  This solves the problem of storing the backs!  Also... felt and a dowel is WAY cheaper than a $20 shadowbox.  So... here's my version:


I'm so pleased with how this turned out!  Once I get my sewing room re-do done, I'll get this up on the wall.  Click on through for more photos and a quick summary of how I made this [...]

02/01/2018

2017 Sewing Wrap-Up

Well there we have it, 2017 done!  Hoo boy that was an interesting one.  Although it felt sometimes like the world was falling apart, personally I had a pretty good year.  Really, not too many complaints!  Aside from sewing, I had a productive year professionally, rounding out a whole year as a licensed Professional Engineer and feeling really good about the work I've been doing.  Matt and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary this year, and a whole year in our first home.  Although we still have lots of work to do around the house, it really feels like our place and I love it!  It's also been an interesting couple months as Matt left his full-time job went back to school to start another undergrad degree and I am so friggin' proud of him.  He's doing incredibly well and couldn't be happier.

Sewing wise, although I didn't get as much blogging done as I had hoped, I really had a fantastic year!  I learned a TON of new skills, and I'm really feeling a ton more confident in my ability to make every-day wearable garments that fit well.  I'm gonna toot my own horn here for a second and say - I now have coworkers who are SO surprised to find out that I make 90% of my clothing, because "oh my goodness everything looks so professional!"  YOU GUYS!!  That is LITERALLY the BEST compliment I could hope to receive about my sewing.  It feels SO GOOD!  (yes, all caps are necessary for this!)

Also this past year, I reached out to the local Ottawa sewing community to see if there would be interest in a "Garment Guild".  I could not have been more surprised at the incredible response I got back, and the amazing group of women who are going to help me get this thing up and running in the coming months.  We are still getting details sorted, but you can pop over to the website for the Ottawa Garment Guild for more information!

Anyways!  I'm not going to write up a summary of all the things I've made - you can pop over to my archive for that ;)  Hopefully I'll find some time soon to photograph a bunch of my makes that I've been meaning to blog about AND I'll have my completed sewing-room re-do to talk about in the coming weeks.  I post on Instagram far more often than on my blog, so if you want more updates on what I'm up to, just follow me over there at @kalliesews.

27/12/2017

Sewing Christmas Presents: Quilted Pillows

Merry Christmas!!  Over the past couple years I've chosen not to sew any Christmas presents, as I inevitably procrastinate and then stress out over not getting things done on time.  Even if my blog doesn't show it (holy shit do I have a backlog of things to post) I've had a really productive year of sewing mostly for myself, and I've kind of rekindled a joy of quilting.  SO, I figured it was time to make some gifts for my family this year.  Also, I figured it might make up for me not actually being there on Christmas ;)

Anyways!  I have had my eye on the Dogs in Sweaters pattern since we have a few (past & present) weiner dogs in the family.  From there, I figured I could make animal-themed pillows for everyone.  Weiner dogs for my sister and grandparents, elephants (dints!) for my brother & his girlfriend, and some birds for my parents.


For each of the pillows I used the following patterns:
Click through for details pictures of each! [...]

11/12/2017

Two Emmas & Two Wedding Quilts

Okay, okay... I do enjoy some quilting from time to time.  Although garment making is definitely my first love, I started my sewing adventure learning how to quilt.  I went through a phase where I HATED quilting once I started sewing clothing, but I've learned to slow down and really enjoy the process.  Using larger blocks also helps!

Matt and I were invited to two weddings this September, two weekends back-to-back, each for our respective friends named Emma!  Depending on the time I have before a wedding, I do occasionally like to make a quilt as a gift.  Especially when I know the couple will really enjoy the end product.  I had two 10"-square packs of different fabrics I had bought earlier in the year anticipating these weddings, so sewing these together didn't take terribly long and I really love the look of the finished quilts.


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19/11/2017

Rollerskate Carolyn PJ's

Well, well, long time no blog!  Holy cats I've been busy over the past couple months.  Between August and Thanksgiving I was only home for 2 weekends... so not much time for sewing or blogging!  Camping, weddings, and family get-togethers all crammed in at the same time.  I've also been busy working on getting the Ottawa Garment Guild going, and we've now got a great little Executive Committee working together to get organized for meetings starting in the new year.  

I sewed up these PJ's (using the Closet Case Carolyn Pajamas pattern) in August just in time for Camp Roller Derby.  It's a summer camp for people who are part of the roller derby community, and I just neeeeeded to get these done in time.  Now, I haven't really been on my skates much over the past 6 months thanks to a knee injury and crazy busy weekends, but I'm getting back into it this winter, armed with some great physio exercises for my knee and (finally) some free time.

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17/09/2017

Grey & Silver Dot Kalle Shirt

When one of your favourite pattern designers releases a pattern that is almost your name (it's actually the mis-pronunciation of my name I get all the time), you obviously have to make it.

Enter, the Kalle Shirt & Dress from Closet Case Patterns.  If I haven't documented my love for Heather's patterns enough... you should know that I looooooove her patterns.  She's really been killin' it this summer with the Kalle Shirt & Dress and the Charlie Caftan.


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29/08/2017

Camping Maypole Quilt

I realize one of my latest posts was saying that quilting isn't really my thing - but I do enjoy it!  I bought this fabric a while ago, not really sure what I was going to make with it.  I thought I might even make a dress out of the canoe-print!  I've been following more quilters on instagram, and one of my favourites is Suzy Quilts.  She posted a great pattern - The Maypole Quilt (albeit meant more for solids) and I knew it would be a great fit for my camping-themed fabrics.  Best part - I had the right amount of fabric for the throw size!


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28/08/2017

IKEA Canvas A-Frame Skirt

Have I told you guys how much I love the A-Frame Skirt pattern?  Because OMG you guys, it is SUCH a great pattern.  Definitely underrated in my opinion - why don't I see more of these out there?!  I've already made one in a fantastic orchid-print cotton sateen (it gets almost weekly wear!) and I have at least 2 or three more lined up in my fall sewing queue.  It's the pefect skirt for work, and I just can't get over how well it fits and how easily it comes together.  Oh, and it has POCKETS.  You can't beat a skirt with pockets!

Now, you might remember the Portside Duffle I made a while back with some great canvas I bought at IKEA.  Well, I had juuuuust enough left over to squeeze out a skirt!

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24/08/2017

Ottawa Garment Guild

Oh hey there!  So, I've decided to undertake a new challenge - I'm going to endeavour to set up a "Garment Guild" of sorts set up for garment-makers living in the Ottawa area.

What is a "Garment Guild" you ask?  Well, that's a super great question and I'm actually in the process of figuring it out for myself.  I've been a part of a local modern quilt guild for a few months, but I'm really not much of a quilter, in case you haven't gathered that already!  I do quilt from time to time, but my true love is sewing clothing. I've been looking for a place to meet up with like-minded people to talk about sewing clothes, so the idea of starting up a Garment Guild was born!

If you have any comments or questions, please leave them below!  Watch this space for more information as I'm still working out some kinks.  I have set up a quick survey so if you could take the time to fill it out (even if you're not in the Ottawa area!) I would so very much appreciate it.  Also, you can follow the Ottawa Garment Guild blog for more information as I sort things out!

Thanks a bunch!