recently made: ledger top

ledger top_carolyn friedlander

 

As we get closer to the release of my next fabric line (this fall), I’ve been scoping out new clothing patterns to try when it’s here. I’ve already been working on some new quilts, but clothes are also important (/fun). Plus it gives me the excuse to make them.

 

While prowling a bit online I found this version (here) of Lisette 0450 (or 2245? not sure why the numbers are different) and was instantly curious. Plus, I happened to have the pattern already in my stash. (Woohoo for pattern hoarding!)

 

lisette 0450

 

 

The fabric Laura chose was great, and I thought the piping at the neckline was a smart detail. She also blogged about it here, which was helpful in thinking about my own.

 

Overall I stuck pretty closely to pattern, but lengthened it and added a slight curve to the hemline. In the future, I’ll lengthen it just a tad more and further exaggerate the curved hem. I really like the bias cuffs at the sleeves and chose not to interface them, which was a good call. The piping is definitely a must, and I can see playing that up in future versions, as well as playing with a contrasting neck and cuff.

 

The fit is pretty good and quite comfortable. I ended up taking it in a bit in the back seam and might play around with bringing in the sides a little more too. (I guess I could have just made a smaller size…) But with the shape being a bit boxy, you kind of want to find that sweet spot where you don’t look too truncated. Or at least I do since I don’t have much length myself. Someone taller could probably pull off the fuller shape without as much tweaking.

 

In the end it’s a good pattern that came together relatively quickly and easily. I’ll look forward to making it again.

 

ledger top neck_carolyn friedlander

recent weekend makings.

It’s been fun slipping in a few non-market related items over the last few weekends.

The first was a camera strap for my sister and her brand new camera.

 

lauries camera strap

made from the camera strap pattern in this booklet.

(fabric credits : stamped, dear stella, and some architextures)

 

lauries camera strap_2

Then there was a Super Tote.

supertote outside_noodlehead

Except I added cording to the entire front. (Would have added to the back too but ran out…)

supertote outside fabric

Pleated gusset is a sweet lil detail.

supertote pleat

Loving the elast-i-fied inside pockets. They will hold a TON.

supertote insides

Great pattern.

(fabric credits : stamped, Yoshiko Jinzinji, Robert Kaufman linen, and some architextures)

And finally some wiksten tanks that I’d been dying to make. These suckers go together nice and fast–I whipped out 2 in one day.

First with tsuru.

wiksten tank_tsuru

wiksten tank_tsuru

Then with some architextures.

wiksten tank_architextures_carolyn friedlander

wiksten tank_architextures_carolyn friedlander

I’m going to be living in these this summer.

saturday sewing binge.

I LOVE getting totally lost in a project, and that is exactly what happened over the weekend.

 

It all started with these guys that I’d picked up the day before at a quilt show.

 

ed emberley fabrics

 

Ed Emberley from Cloud9. I’d already been obsessed, and then finding some and actually having them in my possession made it impossible to resist.

 

For a hot minute, I thought about using them in a future pattern, but no. That idea was quickly turned down when I realized that I kind of wanted to make a quilt for no real reason.

 

After the fabric, my next muse was a project in this beautiful book by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison. Such a lovely, lovely book, and it’s been calling my name for a while. Candy Coated, aka the cover quilt, is exactly what I was looking for.

 

Sunday Morning Quilts

 

The fabric pull was fun. Especially because this pattern buys me all sorts of scrap liberties. I happily helped myself to a load of stuff and will continue to do so as the project grows. Sweet, merciful fabric.

 

fabric pull

 

The warm ochres in the lion print are majorly enticing, and I’m coupling them with some grays, lush blues, and plenty of neutrals. I’ve got the first few rows together, and hope to find time to plug away on it again soon.

 

candy coated lions in progress

recently made: green topo blouse.

 

When it comes to clothes-sewing, there is nothing like finding a pattern that just works. It’s the best, and I’ve LOVED this pattern for that exact reason. One of these days I’ll try making it as a dress, but for now, an adapted shirt version is what I keep coming back to.

 

green topo blouse_carolyn friedlander architextures

 

This was one of my architextural wearables that I sported at Market (see here). While the prints in this collection are a lot of what I have wanted to use in my quilt-making, I’ve also been having a lot of fun using them for clothes-making.

 

Here, I used the green topo and gray ledger prints. I was so stoked with the ledger-print, bias trim on this shirt, that I ended up using it for cording in my recent clutch.

 

green topo blouse_detail_carolyn friedlander architextures

 

 

 

And I’m seeing more and more shops receiving their fabric! Here are some more.

Bolt Neighborhood (in Portland, OR)

Fabric Worm

Lark Cottons

Pink Castle Fabrics

Pink Chalk Fabrics

 

 

feeling wild about texture and wildly strong.

 

Ah, texture. Such a wonderful thing. And one of my favorite things about quilting.

 

aerial texture carolyn friedlander

 

It’s been nice to be able to enjoy some of my quilts since getting them back recently. I finished my aerial cover sample right before her launch in Kansas City, and she’s been touring quilt shops ever since. So we haven’t had much time together outside of her making.

 

While laying it out yesterday, I was reminded of how much I love texture and my obsession with it in this project.

 

aerial texture carolyn friedlander

 

I am also one of those people who enjoys both sides of a quilt, especially when the back allows you to see the front in a different way.

 

aerial texture carolyn friedlander

 

Also recently, I have been killing rotary cutters. I’m not sure if I’m using the wrong type, using them the wrong way, or just totally unaware of my own brute strength, but I’m on my third in about 2 months.

 

rotary cutters

 

I’m down to the little guy on the right, and based on my track record with the big ones, he’s not going to last long.

I’m taking recommendations…

 

 

winter stitching.

 

Just got a copy of the latest Stitch Magazine and…

 

snowflake sham in stitch magazine by carolyn friedlander

 

I’ve got a new project in there–my snowflake pillow! Hoorah. The design is inspired by Hawaiian quilts (a personal obsession) and folded paper snowflakes. It’s also my first applique pattern, and in honor of that I’ll be doing a tools and tips post soon.

 

In the meantime I’m excited to check out the rest of this issue. Based on the cover project I think it’ll be a good one.

 

stitch magazine winter 2012

 

 

 

aerial eye candy.

For whatever reason I’m having a difficult time focusing today, so I thought I’d share some (slightly random) eye candy from one of my newest patterns, aerial. Enjoy!

First is an early sketch. I think this one happened on an airplane, which is where I got the inspiration–an overhead (aerial) view of a patchwork landscape. From early on I wanted each block to have its own flavor, so I decided to limit the colors in each to a small set. That way I’d get more overall variety and (hopefully) keep some of the craziness under control so you could still see the pattern. When I made the sample I found myself trying not to repeat any of my previous color combinations. It was fun, challenging, and kept me entertained.

aerial sketch carolyn friedlander

Next up is a shot of the sample before she got sandwiched and quilted. I thought her backside looked especially enticing. The added texture and directionality of the seams makes it feel somewhat sculptural, which I like. (Looks like my chambray was getting a little out of control down there in the corner. No biggie. Chambray can be discreet about that from the front.)

aerial underside carolyn friedlander

And last are some stamp shots. While I haven’t been able to fiddle around with too many other aerial quilt samples, I have had some fun with the stamp. Bring on the visual texture.

aerial envelope red carolyn friedlander

aerial envelope carolyn friedlander

aerial envelope purple red carolyn friedlander

Red on purple. Oh yeah.

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