Thursday, March 11, 2010


I'm slowly but surely whittling down my list of Summer sewing projects. As you may recall I wanted to make a robe for Calder to wear after his bath and at the pool. This is the cutest cotton terry cloth I've seen in a long time. I would wear something out of it. I love that it's not cartoonish or even childish but seems appropriate. It is white with black birds in flight on it.

He loves it. He wants to wear it after bath time and pretty much any time I let him. I'm considering putting a draw string in the hood so it gets smaller as needed, but I'm not sure yet, so I'll probably just leave it.

I know the day will come where Calder doesn't want me to make anything for him. That will be sad. I'm really enjoying how excited he gets when I make something for him.

How Great is Amy Butler

Back when I was making the Weekender Bag by Amy Butler I got a little frustrated. There was 1-2 little parts that didn't make sense. One was the hard plastic sheeting you needed for the false bottom. The directions said you need one sheet but you need to cut two pieces out of it. Unfortunately the dimensions of the plastic sheet and the pieces you needed to cut didn't match up. There just wasn't enough plastic sheeting. The second issue was it was impossible to cut all the pieces I needed out of the interfacing. I ended up piecing it and I think it turned out great, but I wasn't sure if that was what I was supposed to do.

In the midst of this I emailed Amy Butler Designs to let them know that I was frustrated and confused. I know this pattern has been around for a long time and I didn't understand why they hadn't caught those issues and changed them.

Their response was mind blowing. I'm not kidding. They were amazing. I got a response quickly letting me know that they were really sorry. They hadn't heard these complaints before and they like to update their patterns as soon as a mistake is found. They would look into it and let me know. They offered me two other patterns (of my choosing) just because they wanted me to be happy and they appreciated that I contacted them.

How amazing is that. I just got an email yesterday saying that you only need to cut one of the pieces out of the plastic, not two and they were still looking into the interfacing. I am flabbergasted that such a big company is concerned with me, one little sewer. Not only did they say they would look into it, but they did! And they followed up, so I know what to do and what they are doing to fix it. And get this.. my patterns arrived today. I swear it took 24 hours from the time I told them which patterns I would like to the time they arrived at my door. Talk about service.

So, I have a deeper love for Amy Butler. Not only does she make cute fabric, great and easy to understand patterns but she actually cares about her customers. So, if given the choice, choose Amy Butler. I sure will.

Amy Butler's Anna Tunic

*I had a really hard time taking pictures of this outfit for some reason. I guess it's hard to take a picture of your whole body without someone helping. All well. You'll get the idea.

This is Amy Butler's Anna Tunic pattern. I so love it. I love the style. It is incredibly comfortable and easy to add a cardigan over or a shirt under. The pattern can be a cami, tunic, mini dress or knee length dress. I chose the knee length dress.

The pattern was incredibly easy to understand and had very few pieces. It went together pretty quickly and I didn't have any confused moments. I would say this is a good beginner project.
I did change the pattern slightly so that it can be reversible. I mean, if you're going to the effort of lining it you may as well get two dresses in one. I'm so glad I did. I love both of them. I also ended up not making the belt. It seemed a little too 'home sewn' for my liking. I just plan on wearing a regular belt or leaving it a little loose. I have yet to make the flower but I do want to.
I want to do a tunic and maybe a cami in the very near future.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Amy Butler Weekender Bag

I am so excited to show you my Amy Butler Weekender bag. I love it and I actually appreciated the challenge it was. Yes, it was a challenge. It is by far the hardest thing I've ever sewn. In a good way, you know?

The piping, handles and lining are Happy Campers Plaid in yellow from American Jane. The outer fabric is by Orla Kierly. She is my all time favorite fabric designer. You make recognize this or this from her collection. I really want that second bag, you know the luggage, but of course I can't afford that. Actually, if I am completely honest, I can't afford anything from Orla Kierly right now but a girl can dream.

A while ago she did some kitchenware designs for Target. My dream come true! It was amazing. Her linens were the best and I got a steal of a deal on a tablecloth. I'm not kidding, it was $4.95 for a massive square tablecloth. I saved that tablecloth knowing I wanted to sew something out of it but I couldn't decide what. I thought about a dress, a trench coat and about a million other things. I'm so glad I saved it. It is perfect for this bag. I totally want to get this to go with it.
Here are the tips I have for constructing the bag.
  • Follow the updated material list on Amy Butler's site.
  • Plan about 5 hours to cut out the fabric. I'm not kidding. I think this took longer than just about any other part of the bag.
  • Go slow. I didn't have to rip out any of the piping because I went slow.
  • Read the instructions over and over again. It will eventually make sense and the information is in there, you just have to find it. There was one step I just didn't get. Thankfully I woke up one morning and it just clicked!


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