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Fabric Friday featuring Sleeping Porch by Heather Ross! Guest post by Kristen of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine

Today’s Fabric Friday post is brought to you by Kristen of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine!

Heather Ross has done it again! Her newest line-Sleeping Porch-is filled with whimsical prints all on buttery cotton lawn fabric. The collection contains 25 pieces-six solids and nineteen prints. The first time you see Sleeping Porch, you will be in love! It not only works beautifully as garment fabric, but also lends itself well with quilting. Lawns have become more and more popular as a cross-over fabric that is versatile and luxurious!

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When I first received my Sleeping Porch fabric, I just KNEW I had to make a kimono. I’ve been dying to try out my sweet friend SewCaroline’s pattern-Florence Kimono.  It was a quick and easy sew, perfect for your first garment. I went with the longest length because I wanted it to be flowy. This has become my go to outfit accessory, dressing up a simple t shirt and making my outfit stand out!

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My second thought for the line was silky pj shorts!!! In Texas shorts are about the only thing I wear when lounging around the house, it’s been in the 70’s this winter, sigh! My favorite pattern to whip up is SewCaroline’s Parkside Shorts. They are a fun sew, a little more advanced than the kimono, but still a great pattern for someone newer to garment sewing. The elastic waist makes them super comfy, especially paired the buttery feel of the lawn.

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This line has so many possibilities, I cannot even scratch the surface of all the projects I dream of seeing Sleeping Porch in. Next week I’ll be showing off my Sleeping Porch blouse and embroidery hoops!

 

Happy Sewing!

 

Kristen of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine

 

 

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First Blush Blog Hop Day 4!

Happy Blog Hop Day here at Windham!

 

I am so excited to showcase one of the newest lines First Blush by Ruby Red Designs. When I first got a hold of the line, all I could think about was how perfect it was to make something for a little girl. The colors reminisce a more simple time.

 

I just couldn’t imagine a more perfect match than making a Lucy Tunic from Simple Life Pattern Company. Their patterns have me swooning every time I see one, but with only having a boy I hadn’t really had a reason to make them! Enter First Blush.

 

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I absolutely loved making this top. It was so easy to assemble, the hardest part even had a youtube video to follow along with to guide you! I added my favorite thermoweb fusible interfacing to the bodice to make it extra durable around the kam snaps. It took four fat quarters to make the Lucy Tunic in a 9-12 month.

 

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The shorts were also made using a bloomers pattern and a fat quarter! I just opted out of adding elastic to the short legs so it gave a different look to the tunic.

 

After making this pattern, I’m dreaming up ways to make more with this precious line. Can’t you just see the sweetest of sweet baby girl quilts or doll clothes?!? So many possibilities!

Giveaway Alert!

Comment on this blog post with what you would do with this collection. A lucky winner will be chose at random and will win a FQ bundle of the collection and a small coordinated Thread box courtesy of Aurifil!  Contest ends October 27th, 2016 and winners will be announced on Friday, October 28th, 2016.

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Thanks for reading along! Happy sewing!

 

Kristen Wright of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine

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Day Three of the Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style Blog Tour

Welcome to Day Three! We are thrilled to be a part of the Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style Blog Tour! The lovely, Kristen Wright of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine   is guest posting for us today with her review of the book , along with some terrific projects she sewed!

Lotta Jansdotter, one of our beloved Windham fabric designers has come out with a book, Everyday Style, and it is amazing! It represents her in every way. The book is set up to be a one stop guide for everyday fashion with a few garments, accessories, and bag designs in a few different styles. There are four sections, one for each season to show off how each design can be used all year round. I truly loved flipping through the book and was more inspired every time I went through it.

Lotta Jansdotter "Everyday Style" published by Abrams

Lotta Jansdotter “Everyday Style” published by Abrams

 

I got to pick a few projects to play with which was hard! I wanted to make it all! The first project I just HAD to make was the Pilvi Coat. I adjusted the length on the short jacket so it would hit right below my waistline. To do this I cut my fabric halfway through the long and short coat size, it ended up the perfect length! The jacket came together pretty fast and was a perfect weekend project. I can’t wait to make a few more!

Palvi Jacket made by Kristen Wright using the book "Everyday Style" by Lotta Jansdotter

Pilvi Coat in Follie Fabric, made by Kristen Wright using the book “Everyday Style” by Lotta Jansdotter

The second project I picked to work on was the Elsa Tote, which was my favorite to work on. The size is perfect for using as a multipurpose bag. It came together within about an hour. Instead of leather handles, I decided to make it a more summery look by adding eyelits and rope. I love how it turned out! Let’s just say I MIGHT need a few more of the Elsa Tote!

Elsa Tote made by Kristen Wright from the book "Everyday Style" by Lotta Jansdotter

Elsa Tote in Glimma Canvas Fabric, made by Kristen Wright from the book “Everyday Style” by Lotta Jansdotter

My last project was the fabric necklaces. I made three different styles, the bias tape scrap, the bias tape with a bead, and the string with fabric necklace. It took me about an hour to make all five of them and I fell in love with them. This may be my new go to scrap buster accessory!

Fabric Necklaces in Lucky Fabric made by Kristen Wright from the book "Everyday Style" by Lotta Jansdotter

Fabric Necklaces in Lucky Fabric, made by Kristen Wright from the book “Everyday Style” by Lotta Jansdotter

Now that I’ve made a few projects, I can’t wait to make some more. One of you will also get a chance to be inspired by Lotta’s new book!

Happy Sewing!

Kristen @ Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine

***GIVEAWAY!!!!!! Comment below with your favorite everyday accessory for a chance to win: a copy of the book, fat quarter of Lotta’s fabric, Lotta temporary tattoos, and Lotta washi tape!!!! Giveaway ends Wednesday December 9th and will be announced shortly after. ***

Be sure to check out the links below for more information on Lotta and the wonderful people and companies she works with!

If you are interested in workshops in Lotta’s Brooklyn Studio and in her Create Nature Retreat back in her native Scandinavia visit : http://jansdotter.com/workshops/

To learn more about Lotta’s fabric collections with Windham Fabrics: http://www.windhamfabrics.net/cgi-bin/fabricshop/designer.cgi?designer=28

To learn more about the books:

http://www.abramsbooks.com/product/lotta-jansdotter-everyday-style_9781617691744/

To learn more about  Lotta’s  my temporary Tattoos for Tattly:

http://tattly.com/collections/lotta-jansdotter

To learn more about the seamstress Alexia Abegg and her work:

http://alexiaabegg.squarespace.com/

 

 

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Lotta Jansdotter’s Everyday Style Blog Hop

Welcome Fabric Lovers!

Lotta Jansdotter "Everyday Style" published by Abrams

Lotta Jansdotter “Everyday Style” published by Abrams

We hope you all had a lovely holiday. We are pleased to announce the Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style Blog Hop! Lotta Jansdotter has a brand new book  featuring beautiful designs in her signature style, that Alexia Abegg of Green Bee Designs helped her imagine.

During the course of the hop, we will be providing a lucky winner with a prize package to include a copy of the book from Abrams Publishing, a Fat Quarter bundle  of “Lucky” fabric from Windham Fabrics, Lotta temporary tattoos by Tattly, and Lotta washi tape.

See the schedule below and be sure to follow along!

Dec 1 – Lotta

Dec 2 – STC Craft

Dec 3 – Windham

Dec 4 –  Noodlehead

Dec 7 – Modern Handcraft

Dec 8 – Sew Scatterbrained

Dec 9 – Crimson Tate

Dec 11 – Groovy Baby & Mama

Dec 14 – City Stitching with Christine Haynes

Dec 15 – Craft Sanity

Dec 16 – Aesthetic Nest

Dec 17 – Sew Mama Sew

Dec 18 – Lish Dorset

Dec 19 – Fancy Tiger Crafts

Dec 21 – Generation Q

Dec 22 – Carolyn Friedlander

Dec 23 – Crafty Planner

 

 

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Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine’s Take on “Flora”

Kristen Wright of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine couldn’t resist working with Kelly Ventura’s Flora cotton lawn. Here’s her take on the fabric and the lovely project she made with it.

“Flora” cotton lawn is like a dream come true. It is so soft against the skin and drapes really well. The second I saw the new line I just knew it was perfect for garment making. With the light colors and summer feel, the Wiksten Tank by Wiksten was the perfect garment to make. The fabric was amazing to work with! It has quickly become my favorite summer tank to wear.

Kristen in Wiksten Tank Top in Flora Cotton Lawn

Kristen in Wiksten Tank Top in Flora Cotton Lawn

Kristen wearing the Wikenston Tank top in Flora by Kelly Ventura

Kristen wearing the Wiksten Tank top in Flora by Kelly Ventura

Thank you so much Kristen! Be sure to follow her on Instagram @Twoblondesandasewingmachine.

We have a few more posts about “Flora” coming up within the next week! Be sure to comment on this post to let us know what you would do with “Flora”cotton lawn!

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