1. A Happy Accident

    March 22, 2013 by Sadie

    Spring sewing is in the air and I was rummaging through my stash and came across this lovely jersey. I wanted to make a summery maxi dress with it and after looking through my stack of patterns decided on this one. I pre-washed my fabric. Laid it all out and prepared the pattern. I began cutting out the skirt pieces when I realized that in my excitement I didn’t even check to see if I had enough fabric to make this dress. Well, after some swear words and deep breathing I decided to just whip up a maxi skirt with the two pieces I already cut out. A happy accident indeed!

  2. In the Mood

    March 21, 2013 by Sadie

    I am a HUGE fan of Project Runway! In fact, I secretly dream of being a contestant. I don’t think I would ever make it, and if I did I don’t think I could handle it. However, it is fun to dream. In preparation for this dream I have been practicing drafting, designing and illustrating my fashions. I was completely inspired by a trip to NYC I took last fall and to Mood Designer Fabrics! I designed, drafted and stitched up this sweet skirt using some Jason Wu fabric I purchased at Mood. While I was there I also picked up some gorgeous Thakoon fabric and Buy Tramadol I made my first Sencha top. I love this pattern and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a comfortable blouse that fits great.

    Jason and I have been planning a secret trip to Disney World for spring break this year. The girls don’t know! I can’t wait to see their faces when they find out! I whipped up this Socialite Dress for the trip. I love any dress with pockets and this one delivers. Plus it is great for layering under a cardigan if it gets chilly. We will be there on Easter, so it might just be my Easter dress. Yeah Spring!

  3. Austin & QuiltCon

    February 28, 2013 by Sadie

    February was a great month. Although Denver has not seen a hard winter I got to escape the chill and take a vacation with my two girls to Austin, Texas to visit my in-laws and spend two days at. Not to mention talented, kind and funny. I even went out for a margarita with him, his partner, some friends and the Fancy Tiger ladies. I was trying to be cool and not act like a dorky fan.
    I sat in on some lectures too. One was with Amy Butler. She is one of the most inspiring women I know. She is a true artist and she shared her process in color selection that really had me feeling motivated to get creative and start designing my own fabric. You can see that lecture and more for FREE on the QuiltCon Lecture Series on Craftsy!

  4. Happy New Year

    December 27, 2012 by Sadie

  5. NYC

    October 27, 2012 by Sadie

    A photo tour of volume pills usa my trip to NYC.

  6. Chicopee Socialite and Retreats

    September 29, 2012 by Sadie

    Over the next seven months I will be traveling to NYC, Austin and Boulder for very inspirational and fun sewing adventures!

    First up is the Heather Ross Weekend Sewing in New York City! I will be hitting the Big Apple with two of my fellow sewing instructors from Fancy Tiger. Of course there will be lots of sewing. However, I anticipate even more shopping, eating, drinking and girl talk on this weekend than sewing. We shall see!

    In the new year and after all the holiday madness is over it is off to Austin, TX for QuiltCon! I am most excited about getting to meet Jay McCarroll and make a fun skirt with him.

    In April, just after my 43rd birthday, I get to participate in the first Makerie Sewing Retreat. This takes place in Boulder, Co. just a short drive from my home in Denver. I am too excited for words and I can’t wait. Amy Butler will be there! Yes, Amy Butler. I know. I will be the dork in the front row. There is still room if you want to join me!

    I am madly in love with Denyse Schmidt’s new collection for FreeSpirit Chicopee! I had to make myself a dress out of this print. I used Anna Maria Horner’s Socialite Dress pattern. The yoke on the dress is made from some luscious Yuwa fabric from Japan.

  7. Summer Peaches

    August 11, 2012 by Sadie

    I spent a day at Fancy Tiger Crafts sewing with Anna Maria Horner. She is a peach. She is. She is sweet and beautiful. She is also talented and has an endless supply of snappy energy that I can’t explain. I can’t lie, I want to be her BFF.

    A lovely group of crafters and Anna fans made Multi-Tasker Totes, which Anna said is her number one pattern. I can see why. It is fun to make and can hold everything and anything.

    On a different note; peach season came early this summer to Denver. My grandmother’s peaches make wonderful jam! Here is to enjoying the final days of summer.

  8. S’il te Plait Miz Mozelle

    August 3, 2012 by Sadie

    If asked to describe my style, I would have to say that it is highly influenced by days gone by. I am attracted to looks and the fashions of the decades that came before I was born. When I saw this dress pattern by Jamie Cristina I knew I had to make one for myself. Plan on seeing several more posts with dresses made from this lovely pattern.

  9. The Not-So-Maxi Holiday Dress

    July 3, 2012 by Sadie

    Happy 4th of July!
    The tomatoes in the garden are coming along nicely with all this HOT weather in Denver. Here is a simple frock made from a thrift store tank top and some red, white, blue (and green) fabric found in my stash. I am teaching others how to make this DIY Maxi Dress at Fancy Tiger this summer and I whipped up this shorter version just in time for the hot summer holiday.

    Happy Summer!

  10. A Full Life

    April 21, 2012 by Sadie

    Life has been full of new and wonderful things these past few months. In February we started a complete kitchen remodel. It is April 19th and it is still not complete, but very close. I am in love with our refinished hardwood floors. Can you believe these gorgeous floors were underneath some terrible white tiles! The new farmhouse sink and the subway tile back splash make me very happy. The IKEA cabinets look clean and seem sturdy.

    Meet Dutch. He is a Chihuahua/Dachsund or a Chiweenie, Chiweener, or Mexican Hot Dog. We love him so much. He was somewhat of a rescue from a neighbor that was not properly taking care of the new puppies. He was bottle, dropper fed for the first two weeks. He is now 8 weeks old and is happily eating canned puppy food and destroying anything he can get his little mouth on!

    We had an epic Spring Break vacation this year. We took the girls to Portland, drove the Oregon Coast and headed to San Francisco. It was a lovely trip full of new adventures and cherished long time friends. Portland might be my new favorite city. We were lucky to be there on two very sunny spring days. However, I could see the evidence of a rainy city by all the moss and ferns that seemed to grow out of every crack and crevice. Looking forward to visiting again someday.