Most Unexpected Yet Relevant Vanity Plate Ever?

May 20th, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Let me preface this by saying I spent a lot of time with family and friends this weekend, so this is going to be a short post. But I’m still very excited about this…

My hubby and I were in a mall parking lot when I spotted a vanity plate that says, “SEWING.” True story. I was so excited we snapped a picture on my phone!

Honestly, it was just so unexpected and coincidentally relevant I couldn’t help but share. I know this is a crazy short post, but hopefully you got a kick out of it because I know I did.

My Mom’s Antique Singer Sewing Machine

May 13th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

My mom inspired me to learn to sew, and I remember using her antique Singer sewing machine when I was a kid. At the time I wasn’t interested in sewing décor or adjusting clothes for myself. Back then, my sister and I sewed sleeping bags for our Beanie Babies (remember those?!), and I made a few little fabric notebook covers — nothing difficult or fancy, but a precursor to my current interest in sewing. The Singer was not only my mom’s, but my grandmother’s as well.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, and especially to mine! I honestly can’t imagine a better mom.

Sew Alluring’s Alphabet Soup

May 6th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

On April 1 I explained I had decided to participate in a month-long challenge: Blogging from A to Z. Essentially, I had to write a post for each letter of the alphabet, resulting in a new blog post every day in April except for Sundays. Admittedly, the challenge was far from easy. But it was certainly rewarding, and I’m happy to say I was able to complete the whole alphabet successfully — notice the new survivor badge on the right side of the blog! Here are the Sew Alluring posts from A to Z:

A = Apron

Sewing Project Complete! Apron Reveal…

B = Bag

What’s in My Sewing Bag?

C = Camera

Better Camera Means Better Pictures

D = Decorating

Living Room Décor: My Pillow Project in Context

E = Evolution

The Evolution of a Sewing Project

F = Fabric

A Tale of Accidental Fabric Shopping…

G = Guide

Easy DIY Seam Guide Made with Household Items

H = Hunger Games

Hunger Games Costumes: The Girl on Fire

I = Inside Sew Alluring and IT

Inside Sew Alluring: My IT Guy and My Mascot

J = Journey

My Sewing Journey So Far…

K = Kravet

Daydreaming: Designer Fabric from Kravet

L = Lessons

3 Very Important Sewing Lessons

M = Magazines

Catching Up on My Magazines

N = Needles

Sewing Machine Needles: Size Matters

O = Organizing

Organizing My Sewing Supplies

P = Pinterest

Pinterest: An Inspiring Paradise for DIYers

Q = Quotes

Sewing Quotes and Adages

R = Reupholstered

My Reupholstered Furniture: Ooh La La!

S = Stitches

Built-in Sewing Machine Stitches: Options Galore

T = Tiny Thread Trash Can

Tiny Thread Trash Can: A Handy Accoutrement

U = Unrelated Update

What I’m Reading Now (An Unrelated Update)

V = Valances

Valances: Sewing and Design Inspiration

W = Wardrobe

Sewing to Enhance Your Wardrobe

X = X Marks the Spot

X Marks the Spot, Sewing-Style

Y = Yardage

Fabric Yardage: Getting It Just Right

Z = Zebra Print

I Spy Zebra Print Chairs in Modern Family

Here’s to a happy (and less frantic) May!

I Spy Zebra Print Chairs in Modern Family

April 30th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Z = Zebra Print

Happy last post of the A to Z Challenge! I had planned to do Z for zippers, but I haven’t had time to try sewing a zipper yet. So instead, let’s talk zebra print.

I used to really dislike most animal prints, whether in the form of clothing, accessories or décor. But blogging about interior design and noticing the zebra print chairs on the set of Modern Family made me start to rethink things.

Animal prints are actually great natural patterns, and — used well — they can add visual interest to a space while tying together a color palette, making them a win-win in certain settings. Take, for instance, Gloria and Jay’s breakfast area in the show. Maybe it’s my love of parsons chairs, or maybe it’s my love of the classic contrast of black and white, but Modern Family’s zebra-print chairs really had me at hello.

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They tie in perfectly with the black-and-white tribal-patterned vase and romantic floral accessory in the background while adding just the pop of interest this neutral space needs.

Maybe when I get into sewing more décor, I’ll find a place to use zebra print where it’s sophisticated and beautiful rather than in your face, screaming over-the-top animal print — which is how I used to think of it. Oh, how tastes change!

Fabric Yardage: Getting It Just Right

April 28th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Y = Yardage

When buying fabric for a sewing project, a seamstress wants to get just the right amount, including seam allowance. Figuring the correct yardage is a little like Goldilocks finding the bed that’s just right: Getting too much fabric isn’t terrible, but it does cost more; meanwhile, not getting enough fabric can be downright detrimental.

So I was thrilled when I found out the back of a sewing pattern shows the right amount of yardage needed for a project — broken down for different fabric widths and different sizes if necessary.

And like I’ve mentioned before, the pattern itself shows the most effective way to cut out the pieces to save on fabric — there’s as little wasted space as possible.

Gotta love a hobby that’s so user-friendly!