Last Chance!

Time is running out to have a chance to win $1000 to donate to your favorite charity that focuses on art or craft-type activities. For most of my readers, that would be sewing or quilting. Think Quilts of Valor. Or SAGA. Or Threads of Love. I’m sure you know of many others. How do you enter to win that donation? Everyone who purchases a class from Craftsy through an instructor’s link – this is mine – will be entered in the drawing. March 13 is the last day to have this chance! You don’t have to purchase my class (although I’d like for you to!) Any class will do.

In the interests of full disclosure, I earn a small amount from any class purchased through my link. That means more fabric!

Because I’ve been encouraging people to try out new interests, I thought I should, too. About a week ago, my husband and I watched “Mexican Street Food: Tacos¬†& Salsas.”

Then he made tomatillo/cilantro/avocado salsa while I tried my hand at homemade corn tortillas. We cheated and used a rotisserie chicken, but oh my goodness!Mexican

I am totally hooked on those fresh tortillas! I’ve already made them three times. I had no idea they were so easy. And, no, I don’t have a tortilla press; I just used my cutting board and the bottom of a large saucepan to press the tortillas.

Click here to take this class!

This is another class that, if I had little people in my life, I would take. Not all sewing has to be heirloom or contest-worthy ūüôā

In “The Costume Box,” learn to make capes that transform your child into a princess or superhero; wings for a dragon or fairy; no-sew skirts, crowns and sparkly wands; or a sword and armor.


Other classes that I think would be fun (click on the images to read more:)

Okay, I need to stop looking through the class catalog and thinking, “ooh, I want to learn this, and this, and this…” and get to work on my next big project! ūüėČ


Cathedral Lace Windows

When I was preparing for my Craftsy Heirloom Sewing Essential Techniques (get it for 50% off here!) class taping, I wanted an adult garment showcasing the Cathedral Lace Windows technique. The Amber Woven Blouse pattern from Style Arc seemed too perfect to pass up!


The narrow front band looked like it would be a wonderful place to place a strip of this embellishment, and have a top that would be sophisticated and not at all frilly.

I chose ivory, black, and gold silk/cotton Radiance from my stash. (Yes, I know, I have a serious case of Radiance hoarding!) A strip of black insertion lace, some tiny cord to cover for piping, a little lightweight fusible interfacing, and I was set to go.


Like the¬†Fleur and Marley¬†tops made as samples for the class, this one is a size 10 to fit the dress form, so it’s a bit too small for me. But I love the way it turned out! I think the top would fit me perfectly in a size or two larger.

The Cathedral Lace Window strip down the center front is the highlight of the top. 1

It was made from the instructions in the class. You can get the class for only $24.99 here, and until March 13, 2016, you can be entered to win $1000 to be donated to your favorite art or craft centered charity (think Quilts of Valor, or Threads of Love, or any other 501-c3.)

In this pattern, the center front strip and front neckline reverse facing are made as a unit, then applied to the blouse front. Be sure that when you’re stitching the center strip down, it is exactly in the center. Yes, I got mine on a little catty-wampus the first time and had to take it off and stitch it again.

I think¬† that if I make this again, in my size, I would do a couple of things differently. First, I would increase the biceps¬†measurement of the sleeve a little, as I do for almost all Style Arc patterns. I would also lengthen the sleeve an inch or so, and I would finish the lower edge of the sleeve differently. The pattern allows for just 1/4 inch narrow hem. You can’t cut a deeper hem because of the curve of the lower edge, but I would either make a facing or bias binding to finish the edge. I think I would also shape the side seams a bit, or perhaps add a center back seam or back darts to shape the waistline just a little.

This is a nice pattern, and I can think of lots of ways to use color blocking and a little embellishment to make it unique!