September 30, 2014

The Mimi Shirt, Adorably Chic

Sometimes when you're neck deep in a project of one type it can be energizing to work on a quick project of a different type. I'm sewing furiously behind the scenes on some lovely dresses for my sister's upcoming mid-October wedding. Thank heavens for my commitment to Pattern Parcel -- I don't know that I would have taken the break if it had not been scheduled for me (by me) in advance. But sewing a quick knit top, straight from a pattern felt like a breath of fresh air this week amid my fury of woven fabrics and pattern alterations.

The Mimi Dress & Shirt is just one of five patterns (plus a sixth, bonus pattern) included in Pattern Parcel #5: Girls & Tweens | The Inspired Wren

September 29, 2014

Everyday Wear for the Holidays

When you sew regularly for kids and the holidays roll around you immediately think of Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving outfits, and fancy dresses for Christmas. But don't forget the holiday wear for the everyday events: the casual seasonal concerts, the trip to the pumpkin patch, the Thanksgiving lunch at school, the nighttime cuddles. 

Sew everyday wear for the holidays with large-print quilting cotton appliques. | The Inspired Wren

Today I'm over at Mabey She Made It with a quick tutorial on making seasonal appliqués with basic sewing tools. Grab a large-print seasonal quilting cotton and head on over to learn more.

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September 25, 2014

Inspire Us Thursday, September 25!

It's Inspire Us Thursday! Time to show it off and link it up! Link up your creations in fiber: sewing, cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, crochet, the fiber of your choice.

Today, try to click on a project in the opposite colorway of the project you linked or are currently working on. Click across the color wheel: for example, if your project is something predominately blue, click on something mostly orange. Who knows what you'll find. If we only fill our creative wells with projects and styles like our own, our wells, and therefore our work, will become stagnant. Time to look around and see what else is out there.

Inspire Us Thursday: Sew Needle Stitch Hook | September 25 Feature | The Inspired Wren
Last week's most viewed link: Julie of The Sum of Their Stories linked up this bright and happy Diamond Stitch Crochet Baby Blanket -- click through to see how she breaks down the pattern with great detail.

September 23, 2014

Couch Craft: Tiny Crochet Hat, Perfect (and Quick!)

Brand new babies are the best. I know one scheduled to arrive in less than a week. Eight months ago I made a pair of too cute pants for this not-yet-newborn. But as his arrival gets closer I couldn't help but make him a little something else. 

Crochet Cables Baby Beanie | A tiny cap for a brand new baby is a wonderfully satisfying and super quick crochet project. | The Inspired Wren