Quilted Jacket – Pauline Alice Ayora

It’s about time that I put my quilted jacket in a blog! I actually got this finished just over a month ago…as with all the things you will be seeing on here soon…I told you I was catching up with posts right?!

A quilted jacket had been on my list for a while but I just hadn’t gotten around to putting the whole process into motion. Just after Christmas, I had signed up for the Topstitch Makers Community and one of their sew-alongs was for a quilted jacket!! I found this to be the perfect opportunity for me to get started on mine. The sew-along was run by Natalie Ebaugh over a series of sessions on a Sunday evening. She gave a couple of recommendations for patterns to use and I chose the Ayora Jacket by Pauline Alice Patterns.

I had just got a few of the fabrics from the Dashwood Studio Hibernate Collection in so I knew that I wanted to use those in some way. One of my favorite things about starting a project at the moment is browsing through that relevant hashtag over on Instagram. The tag for the Ayora jacket is just fabulous! It gave me a lot of ideas about design. I knew that I wanted to experiment with a couple of design ideas and I had read mixed things about the sizing so I did decide to do a toile. Now I did sell out of most of the Hibernate Collection of fabric but I do have a little of the blue clover left. I used this one for some of the panels and my binding.

I started out with my size according to the measurement chart (40) and it ended up being way too tight, particularly over the shoulders. I then tried the size 44 and it felt much better. I was aware that the finished garment would be a touch tighter than the toile because of the thickness of the quilted fabric being used, so even though the 44 toile was a touch too big, I went with it anyway to ensure an oversized + boxy fit. The length was also questionable for me but I decided to stick with the original length for this one.

Each week during the sew-along we tackled a different part of the sewing processed, and even though everyone was at different stages in their own quilted jacket journey, it was nice to have the guidance and to be sewing at the same time as others.

I did decide to make the two sides of my jacket slightly different from each other. For one side, I pieced together rectangular pieces of fabric to create a longer patchwork look.

For the other side, I had originally planned for it to be all floral, but because the bodice jacket piece is one full pattern piece, I struggled to get it to fit onto the 44″ wide fabric. I ended up placing a panel down the center back of the jacket to make it work. I then made the pocket on this side of the jacket match the panel.

The individual pattern pieces were quilted separately before they were stitched together to form the jacket. I did a diagonal quilting pattern and lengthened my stitch length slightly so that it was a touch more visible.

The armscye and the shoulder seams were bound with self- made bias binding. This bias binding went all the way around the edge of the jacket too. This did mean that I excluded the facing piece from the original pattern. Again, this idea came from the hashtag on Instagram.

I absolutely love this jacket and I’ve already worn it so much. I am planning another one for sure but I just can’t decide on the design. I would like a longer one, maybe mid-thigh length, but I would also like a sleeveless one! I would also like one made up with lighter colors….sooooo many options and ideas!!

Just let me know if you have any questions about it!

My, my…. it’s been a while! New Stock!

Once again, I’m trying to be a little more consistent with the blog. I just have so much to share so these blogs are going to be short and sweet for now! I’m getting on a regular rotation with building the stock that I am listing online so I have a few newer things to show you.

Fabric-wise, I have a bunch of newer cottons. I recently got the Perennial Collection by Cassidy Demkov for Cloud9 Fabrics in and it is GORGEOUS! The vintage florals are just so perfect. The whole collection works so well together and I’ve added a few ideas to my own make list using these fabrics.

I also managed to get hold of some of the Robert Kaufman 1/4″ Carolina Gingham in a few Spring colors. Now the lavender and green sold out pretty quickly but I do still have a little bit of periwinkle blue, candy pink and yellow in stock.

I’ve still got to list them online but I did get some Dear Stella Pirate prints, and a nice collection of cotton flannels in. You can shop them on my Instagram and in my Facebook VIP group, and maybe shortly after this blog goes live, they will be online for you too! We’ll see!

There are a few different ways to shop the fabrics and stock that I have in. Obviously, there’s this Threads + Bobbins shop site but I have learnt over the last couple of months that some people prefer other ways to shop. I have just started a private Facebook group, where you can browse what I have in stock and comment or send me a message with what you would like to order. I do tend to put all of my new fabrics there first because it doesn’t take me as long to list them. Same with Instagram. There’s a highlight specifically for shopping fabrics. AND I also very recently started an Etsy shop. So there’s lots of links there for you…let me know your preferred method to shop!

Just a quick thanks to those who do keep going back to look at my blog and order fabric from me! I really appreciate it! Keep checking back for updates, and I’ll be sharing some newer makes with you soon too.

Instagram Giveaway!

Just a short little blog from me today!

If you don’t already follow me on Instagram…head over there now…I’m running my first store giveaway! Just head to the post (you can click on the photos below and it should take you there) and follow the steps to enter. There’s a good bundle of sewing goodies up for grabs.

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Corduroy, Cotton Lawn & Florals…Oh My!

So many shop updates!

But to be honest, it wasn’t quite planned like that.  In my organized mind, I had ordered products and arranged for deliveries every couple of weeks so that I could have a little stream of new products arriving for you all.

Working with vendors is completely new to me, so it’s taken me a couple of efforts to get used to delivery times.  Hurricane Sally blew in a couple of weeks ago and really threw a spanner in the works.  Some of our deliveries were delayed and some showed up early…which actually meant that a lot of new products arrived over two days rather than over 6 weeks! No complaints here because everything new is absolutely gorgeous but it’s taken me a minute to get everything listed.  If you want to go straight to all the lovely newness, click below.

First of all, a good stock of fabrics is now on the site; there’s a little bit of something for everyone.  
We got some gorgeous corduroy fabric in.  Its quite lightweight and not too stiff.  I feel like it still holds a little bit of drape all while having a light hand.  This would be perfect for a jacket, skirt, pants and even children clothing.  I’m thinking about making a couple of Poppy & Jazz Willow Pinafores for my daughter with it.  Maybe even a matching one for me too!

I also listed a beautiful collection from designer Marketa Stengl.  Marketa is a popular designer over on Spoonflower, but has recently partnered with a fabric distributor to release a small range of fabrics…these are at a nicer price point too! I just ordered 2 of each type to begin with as I wanted to have a feel at the quality before I ordered more.  There’s a double brushed poly knit fabric and a quilting weight cotton.  I am pleased to report that both are fantastic.  Check the designs out below.

There’s a few other fabrics that have been listed so definitely have a good explore over there.  There is only a few yards of the pink tie dye rib knit jersey left but I do still have plenty of the blue/grey version left.  Theres also a few great cottons from Lewis & Irene, and a small assortment from Monaluna.

In addition to fabric, I have also listed a few patterns from both Sew Over It and their Kid’s range, Poppy & Jazz.  There’s some new notions and a beautiful 30 day embroidery sampler kit too.

Just to finish off, I wanted to thank you for your support!  Your likes, shares, and orders all mean so much to me.  This little shop of mine has been in the pipeline for quite a while and I’m still in a little disbelief that I’ve managed to open it up, and during a pandemic at that!  

Don’t forget, you can still use coupon BLOGLAUNCH10 for 10% off your order until the 31st of October!

Thank you again, and have a great week!

Natalie
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My Online Sewing Store Has Launched!

That’s right…you read that correctly! My very own online sewing store has launched. I actually launched on Monday, and this post was supposed to go up on Monday also but plans quickly changed.

In my mind, I was launching in the morning, and then when I got home from work, I was going to release the blog and chat about some products. In fact, I’d planned for most of this week to be about different products and what was going to be coming in. On Monday evening, Adam & I actually found ourselves hanging our hurricane shutters in preparation for Hurricane Sally.

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…and boy did she show up! Hurricane Sally was very slow moving and sat over us for at least 10 hours. It sounded like a train was next to our house all night and through to the morning. The winds got up to 125mph and the rain was unbelievable. Luckily, we ended up with minimal house and property damage but our local areas really suffered. Some of our local cities may be without power for weeks and we have hundreds of line crews working around the clock to make everything right again. We were without power for almost 48hrs, which is nothing to complain about at all. It also meant that we couldn’t access the internet for 48hrs either, and to be honest, that was an almost welcomed break!

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Anyway, the site is live and I’m now packing orders! I’m stocking fabrics, sewing patterns from UK designers, accessories, notions and I’ll have a few sewing related gifts on there too.

At the moment, there’s just a small selection of fabric but I am waiting on more deliveries this week. I wanted to stock some fabrics with UK designers in mind so I have some arriving from Dashwood Studios, Lewis & Irene and Liberty!

In terms of sewing patterns, I have a good range from Tilly and The Buttons, and Sew Over It Patterns are being listed as I type. I’ve also got Poppy & Jazz children’s patterns and hope to be finalizing orders from a couple of other UK designers soon.

I’m always on the lookout for great quality notions and I fell in love with Clover a little while ago. I have a small range of their notions on the site too; pins, wonder clips, chaco liner pens, tube turners etc. There’s a few other notions on there too so have a good explore!

I also stock a small range of accessories from Pink Coat Club. I have some gorgeous labels, stickers and pins…in fact one pin has already sold out!

Feel free to check out what I have listed, and keep checking back to see more stock updates! And for getting to the bottom of this blog post, please feel free to use discount code BLOGLAUNCH10 for 10% off your first order!

Matching Outfits + Machine Appliqué

Last week, I blogged about some shorts that I had made up for a class, and of course for Rosie to wear afterwards. Now here in South Alabama, monogramming, embroidery and matching outfits are everything, and us being from the UK, tend to throw on whatever slightly matches and we’ll call it an outfit. Well, these shorts were just calling out to be made into matching sets and I really wanted to try some basic machine appliqué as I hadn’t done it for such a long time!

I bought some blank t-shirts for Rosie from a local boutique. These were a purchase where I thought that I could have probably made them but I just didn’t have the time to find the perfect t-shirt fabric, and wanted these to be completed in an afternoon. I want to show you how I created my appliqué designs on my regular sewing machine.

I started off by gathering my supplies. I printed my appliqué template shapes onto normal paper and pinned them to my transfer paper. The one I used was Pellon 805 Wonder-Under. I cut my shape out of the transfer paper.

I then placed my transfer paper onto my fabric. I made sure that the paper side was facing me and the adhesive side was on the fabric.

Using a low iron, I pressed over the transfer paper. This allows the adhesive to stick to the fabric and the paper stays on the template.

I then cut around my template so that I had my appliqué shape.

The paper part of the transfer paper then peels off, revealing some more adhesive. This is the adhesive that sticks the appliqué shape to the shirt.

I positioned my appliqué shape on the shirt and then used the iron on a low heat to stick it down to the shirt.

I also iron a little bit of stretch interfacing onto the inside of the t-shirt. This will sit behind the appliqué shape and add a tiny bit of extra reinforcement.

I changed my machine stitch to a basic zig zag and carefully stitched around the edge of my shape.

And there you go! The appliqué is nice and secure and matches perfectly with the shorts. I really think that this is a great little method to add something extra to those plain t-shirts. I know that I’ll be making many more of these.