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Date: Friday, 26 Sep 2014 11:00

Top Left – Caroline Amanda, Top Middle – Oh,She Dabbles, Top Right – Alisonrea, Bottom Left – notes from a mad housewife, Bottom Middle – Sewn By Elizabeth, Bottom Right – K & L

The Alder Shirtdress by Grainline Studios was on my must sew list all summer. I actually want it for my winter wardrobe to wear with leggings, boots and a sweater.  One day I will get to it! Until then here are a few fabulous Alders from around the Web.

The Alder features a loosely fitted sleeveless shirt dress with an A-Line shape to the skirt and a curved shirt tail hem, bust darts and two breast pockets. A second option features the same bodice with a gathered skirt at the sides and back of the garment resulting in an incredibly flattering and fun silhouette. Paired with sandals for summer the Alder Shirtdress is a perfect breezy option to keep cool and look great all spring and summer. Add a cardigan or blazer and you’ll be set for fall and winter!

Jen from Grainline Studio has an Alder Sewalong available online.

Skill level – Intermediate

Happy sewing!
~Diana

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "Where I Sew"
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Date: Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 18:49

The Short Version:

  • All inventory (fabric, printed sewing patterns and notions) is being liquidated to create space for new things to grow.
  • The Pink Chalk Fabrics web store will continue to sell printed and downloadable sewing patterns.
  • Pink Chalk Studio moves full steam ahead with a focus on teaching and new pattern designs.

The Long Version:

March 2006 marked a turning point in my life. I wrote and published my first blog post. A seed. A manifestation of my passion for making things. The blog nurtured my creative side by encouraging me to follow my imagination wherever it led me. I had a lot to say. Both in words and in fabric.

The journey led me to designing and publishing my first sewing pattern. The Note Taker made its debut June 2007. I designed more, published more, pitched it all in every way I could think of and a small business was born. I wasn’t making much money and the spreadsheet tracking my income revealed it most likely would never be a viable long term source of income.

Pink Chalk Fabrics followed. With great enthusiasm I launched the web shop on May 14, 2008. Build it and they will come. Not exactly. The growth of the shop came slowly. I had a vision of what I wanted my business to be. What I wanted it to say about my views on sewing as an expression of self. On the sacredness of this thing we do when we allow ourselves to explore our own unique creative flow. How I could best share my passion for making things.

I wanted everything that was Pink Chalk to reflect and express how gosh darn important this thing we do with a needle and thread is to me!

When I interview people for jobs I attempt to explain my philosophy of why I do this and how I view it in the greater scheme of things. How I believe that our energy, love and passion for our work is packaged up along with the fabric. Transmitted with every image shared and word written. That our customers feel that love when opening a package from Pink Chalk Fabrics. That how we resolve a problem, talk on the phone, write a blog post, share an image, compose an e-mail, greet people coming into the shop, and set our policies all matter. A lot.

It’s about respect. Respect for that sacred safe haven where we create. A place located a step away from the chaos of our lives. A secret hideaway from caretaking for children, partners, parents and friends. A place just for us. A quiet spot where our voice isn’t judged or dismissed or criticized. A happy place that brings us peace and makes us smile.

This Place provides Comfort. Safety. Love. Beauty. It feeds our Soul. Nourishes our Spirit. Reminds us that despite everything going on around us we are OK.

Now, at this point in the interview one of two things happen. The person glazes over and looks at me like I’m a total whack job. Or they light up. They understand exactly what I’m saying. Those are the amazing women I get to work with each day.

OK, so where is all this going? I feel a need to convey what this journey is about for me and hopefully by sharing that it will illuminate more clearly why I’m embarking on this new twist in the adventure.

A new direction! Never before traveled avenues to explore my creativity. To express and share my gifts. Continue to wholeheartedly experience what my passion for sewing says about who I am, what I want and how I can best serve.

I have lots of ideas about where I’ll start. Online classes. Teaching locally and afar. Writing new patterns. Video tutorials. Sew alongs. Pushing the limits of my creative ideas.

I have absolutely no idea where it will lead. And lead it will. I know that from past experience. Sort of the fun part about the whole thing.

Am I scared? Hell yes. This is a HUGE leap of faith. To follow that little voice inside of me that won’t sit quietly and leave me alone. That tells me it’s time for a change. Time to act. Time to think big and do new things. To follow my muse and not be afraid.

I’ve decided to listen. Let Faith and Trust guide me. I just wish it didn’t require me to let go of something so BIG! My EGO is having a field day. Grow more. Bigger is better. Are you crazy? You can’t stop doing this. Who do you think you are?

The gift of making a decision to take this new course is this: I’m excited in a way I haven’t been in a very, very, very long time. It feels right. So in alignment with my purpose for being. I’m at peace.

I move forward with an understanding that it might not work the way I imagine. That I may look back with fear when things get rough. That the path may not be all that I thought I was signing up for. I’m OK with that.

I know deep in my Heart and Soul that honoring my passion will lead me exactly where I’m intended to go whatever that ends up looking like.

Thank you for continuing to share this journey with me. It’s going to be fun!

xoxo :) Kathy

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Author: "Kathy" Tags: "Inspiration"
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Date: Monday, 22 Sep 2014 11:00

The simplicity of  the raglan sleeve drew me to sew the Belcarra Top from Sewahlic. Voile fabric from the Tula Pink Prince Charming collection in the Indigo color was found in my stash.

The pattern is designed to nip in at the high waist allowing for enough ease to fit nicely in the bust without tucks or darts. I chose to relax the waist line just a bit to accommodate my larger bust size. Still no need for darts!

Options include decorative tucks along the shoulders, folded cuffs and a pocket.

What an easy sewing project with a figure flattering fit! The Belcarra has become one of my favorite go to tops for comport and style.

Happy sewing!
~Diana

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "Sewing, What We're Making"
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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 11:00

Top left – Sarah Hessler, Top right – Sarah, Bottom Left – Nicole at Home, Bottom right – Shades of Bold

The downloadable Poolside Tote from Noodlehead seems to be all around Instagram these days. What a great size for a tote bag! At approximately  7.5” D x 14.5” W across the base, 14.5” tall, 23.5” including the handle, you really can till it with towels and head off to the pool.

Fabric recommendations are as follows:  home dec, heavy linen, denim, canvas, twill, duck cloth, for exterior and lining. Quilting cotton for accent fabrics.

Skill Level: Advanced beginner with an adventurous spirit.

Happy sewing!
~Diana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "Sewing"
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Date: Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 11:00

Becky stitch up 107 The Mississippi Avenue Dress & Top from Sew House Seven. The fabric she selected is an imported double gauze from Ellen Luckett Baker Framework Quarter Circles in Coral.

The cut of the Mississippi Dress pattern features a V-neckline, spaghetti shoulder ties, an elastic almost empire waist (slightly higher than the natural waistline).

As a sleeveless style, it lends itself to spring and summer dressing. However it makes a great transition piece when paired with a cardigan, tights and boots. There are three options for length, high hip tunic length, above the knee and below the knee like Becky’s.

The encased elastic wraps around the sides and back leaving the front panel flat where we all hope to be flat naturally. Becky chose to leave the spaghetti ties off the shoulders which gives the dress modest coverage on the shoulders.

Happy sewing!
~Diana

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "Sewing, What We're Making"
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Date: Friday, 12 Sep 2014 11:00

Kristen made the Hawthorn by Colette Patterns using  Tina Poppytot 4280-B from Liberty Of London. Isn’t it dreamy in Liberty! The perfect dress for her friends rehearsal dinner.

The fitted bodice with a semi-circle skirt gives the dress a curve hugging feminine fit.  There are many sleeve options, short, 3/4 length and sleeveless.

Kristin lowered the neckline about 2 inches from original pattern.

Beautifully finished seams.

The flat collar and fitted shape give the Hawthorn dress a late 1950s charm.

The sash was made using the leftover fabric and measures 5  inches in width with a small rolled hem. Cutting on the bias gives the sash just enough give for comfort.

Sarai of Colette Patterns has a wonderful Sew-Along with great detailed photos of the whole sewing process on the Coletterie blog.

Happy sewing!
~Diana

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "Sewing, What We're Making"
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Date: Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 11:00

Year 4 of Where I Sew Month comes to a close. Whew, what fun! The thoughtful contributions from participants always unfolds with an elegance and transparency that makes me glad to be a part of the sewing community. Thank you for making the month over-the-top-fabulous with images of your own sewing spaces. And the comments – goodness – so nice!

A full list of featured designers and your sewing room mosaic available on the Where I Sew 2014 post.

Now for the $1,000 Pink Chalk Fabrics Giveaway winners. The following 50 sewists receive a $20 gift certificate to Pink Chalk Fabrics (winners have already been contacted via e-mail):

  • ana c
  • Margaret
  • Amorette D
  • Nikki B
  • Carla G
  • Lori M
  • becky m
  • Carol B
  • Carrie P.
  • Corsara
  • Dianne B
  • Diana
  • Diane C
  • Heather
  • Elizabeth
  • Nesta
  • Teresa W
  • Sarah F
  • Ginger
  • Heather in California
  • Heidi
  • Heidi @ Fabric Mutt
  • Jess
  • Julie
  • Julie
  • Marianne
  • Kathy D
  • jenny
  • Krystina
  • Karrie S
  • Karen T
  • Linda P
  • Lindsey F
  • Maggie M
  • mary
  • Maxine
  • Melanie C
  • Fran
  • Renee G
  • Sarah
  • Jennifer
  • Donna B
  • Audrey
  • Stephanie R
  • Mary D
  • Vicki H
  • Kelly Wilson
  • Margo

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "Where I Sew"
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Date: Friday, 05 Sep 2014 11:00
Author: "Diana" Tags: "What Goes With What?"
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 11:00

The downloadable pattern You + Me by Heather Jones is complete. I started the You + Me Quilt at the Modern Quilt Guild Sewdown in Portland back in February. What a fun and inspirational gathering we had! Everyone braved the snowy weather to get to the event then we hunkered down to enjoyed the weekend. Heather Jones was a calm and relaxed instructor who inspired me to look at classic quilt blocks in a new modern way. I love her bold graphic take on the traditional.

The pattern calls for solids. I chose the tone on tone Botanics Collection from Carolyn Friedlander to give a subtle texture to the quilt.

Botanics Metallic Succulent Tangerine
Botanics Mid Stripe Fern
Botanics Stems Ash
Botanics Sewgrape Tangerine (binding and back border)

The pattern construction is simple with the orange and white stripes worked first then the wider green stripe is added. I found it straight forward and easy to complete. Deciding on the quilting  presented more of a challenge to me. I opted for straight lines and boxy spirals in the big open squares. Aurifil 100% Cotton Mako Thread #MK50-2021 Ivory was used for piecing and quilting.

I threw a party on the back of the quilt, using the extra strips of fabric left over from the front of the quilt.

The quilting magically lined up on the back in a very complementary way. Wish I could say I planned it that way. Don’t you love those happy accidents!

The Seagrass binding fabric is broken up by a surprise binding strip. The overall size of the quilt is 66″ x 66″ when complete.

Happy quilting!
~Diana

 

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "What We're Making"
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Date: Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 11:00

I made my first quilt gift. The Canvas Quilt downloadable pattern by She Can Quilt was made for my daughter’s best friend Ashley who moved into her first apartment in Arizona. To get just the right combination of prints my daughter helped pick out the fabrics from my stash. We then I added 4 solids for the center blocks and a pretty Kona Cotton Blueberry for the binding.

The center blocks are Michael Miller Cotton Couture Straw, Moda Bella Solids Lead, Moda Bella Solids Steel and Moda Bella Solids Pesto. The quilt was made much like my previous Canvas Quilt, using 9″ squares to make the main block which was then set off center turning the square quilt into a rectangular lap quilt.

Ashley is a vintage girl so a thrifted full size bed sheet became the perfect backing.

I’m so happy to see my quilt living with Ashley and Alex in their new Arizona life together. I wish them all the best!

Happy sewing!
~Diana

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "Sewing, What We're Making"
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Date: Saturday, 09 Aug 2014 11:00

Kristen was inspired by an upcoming wedding to make napkins for the newlyweds.  2 yards of Alison Glass Sun Print Feathers in Chartreuse was selected to make eight napkins.

The fabric was cut to a size of 18″x18″ then hemmed 1/4 inch which makes the finished size 17″x17″.

Here is a great tutorial from Rosey Corner Creations on mitering the corners.

Happy sewing!
~Diana

 

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "What We're Making"
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Date: Thursday, 07 Aug 2014 11:00

Megan made the Canvas Quilt pattern from She Can Quilt for a friends baby. The downloadable pattern includes sizes from a mug rug up to a king size quilt. Megan chose the baby size quilt measuring 36″ x 36″, which uses 8 fat quarters or quarter yard cuts..

The simple diagonal quilting makes the Canvas Quilt a quick and easy baby gift.

The soft flannel is from the Tim and Beck Wee Ones Collection called Baby Elephants Powder Blue.

For more info on the Canvas Quilt pattern take a look at the previous blog posts, Diana’s Birthday Stack and Quilt Dreaming.

Happy quilting!
~Diana

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "What We're Making"
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Date: Tuesday, 05 Aug 2014 11:00

I like to make quilts and play with color and design. Although I enjoy exploring all kinds of quilting styles, I am happiest when I am making  minimalist quilts in a style I call modern industrial. I like to include a lot of texture in my quilts through the quilting process and I am having great fun learning how to do that with my new longarm quilting machine.  I blog regularly and  have recently started creating patterns of some of my modern industrial style designs.

Leanne’s Links: Blog, Instagram, TwitterFacebook, Patterns at Pink Chalk Fabrics

Where I Sew is a month long celebration of the spaces we create in. Leave a comment and be entered to win one of 50 $20 Pink Chalk Fabrics Gift Certificates. Add your sewing room to the tour!

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "Where I Sew"
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Date: Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 11:00

I am a fabric and pattern designer with a passion for modern simplicity mixed with eclectic and vintage style.  I love to sew clothes for myself, though I greatly enjoy all types of sewing, patchwork/quilting, home decor, embroidery and so on. My crafting adventures bring me a sense of fulfillment hat nothing else does. I have two young daughters and my house is generally messy because making things in more fun than cleaning.

April’s Links: Website and Shop, Patterns at Pink Chalk Fabrics

Where I Sew is a month long celebration of the spaces we create in. Leave a comment and be entered to win one of 50 $20 Pink Chalk Fabrics Gift Certificates. Add your sewing room to the tour!

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Author: "Diana" Tags: "Where I Sew"
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Date: Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 11:00

Amy Ellis is an author, fabric and quilt designer, quilter, blogger, wife and mom to four. Her books include Modern Basics, Modern Basics II, and Modern Neutrals, and has contributed to a number of other books. She lives with her family in a small town in the Utah mountains, where the hot summers and cold winters are a great excuse to stay inside and sew! Amy writes a regular column in Quilty magazine about quilting on your home sewing machine, and posts regularly on her Blog, Amy’s Creative Side.

Amy’s Links: Website and Shop, Blog

Where I Sew is a month long celebration of the spaces we create in. Leave a comment and be entered to win one of 50 $20 Pink Chalk Fabrics Gift Certificates. Add your sewing room to the tour!

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Date: Monday, 28 Jul 2014 11:00

Tamara Kate grew up in the hot and colorful Caribbean island of Trinidad, where one cannot help but be influenced by the beauty of the land and the vibrancy of the multicultural population. She was raised by a father who is a skilled draftsman and a sewing, needlepointing, quilting, rug hooking mom who encouraged constant creativity from the get-go, both at home and throughout their children’s education. She has been sewing for as long as she can remember, with recent addictive forays into quilting.

Tamara is a licensed fabric designer with Michael Miller Fabrics. Her fifth collection, Origami Oasis is set to hit stores in early September. Tamara currently lives in Montreal with her husband and two fiercly loved little ones, from whom she derives much creative inspiration.

 

Tamara’s Links: Website and Shop, BlogPinterestFacebook, Fabric at Pink Chalk Fabrics

Where I Sew is a month long celebration of the spaces we create in. Leave a comment and be entered to win one of 50 $20 Pink Chalk Fabrics Gift Certificates. Add your sewing room to the tour!

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