Posts Tagged ‘drawing’

Let’s Start a “Dear Abby” Type Meme


I haven’t gotten around to sewing this week. I’m going crazy without it! I traced a really cool pattern, now I need to just cut it out and figure out how to do the funky sleeves (more on that hopefully next week). 


In the mean time, I got an email from reader Natasha asking what to do with some special yardage she’s had stashed away for years. It’s a bright double-knit type fabric with polkadots. It’s got good drape, but also some structure to it and not a whole lot of stretch (from what I can tell from the pic).


I think for this type of knit, a peplum pencil skirt would be really neat. The peplum would have a little extra drape so you could make it a full circle peplum and the layers would fold on top of each other nicely. Depending upon how “sticky” the knit is, you may want to line the under part of the peplum so the two pieces don’t get stuck on each other. There’s a full skirt pattern from By Hand (I have it, it’s a really well designed pattern, but I can’t vouch for the pattern itself as I have yet to make it) or DIY your own using this tutorial from a pair and a spare.

Not to toot my own horn (but totally tooting my own horn), I think it’d look really cute as a box pleated skirt. I made a knit version of my DIY Kate Spade-Inspired skirt tutorial and I love how it swishes. I’d recommend going about 2-3 inches shorter on the proportion, though. Merrick just posted her own version of a box-pleat skirt tutorial as well.

Lastly, I’ve had my eye on one of the new patterns from the “Just Add Jeans” collection by Pattern Anthology. I love the casual Day Tripper top. The sleeve is just right and the tabs on the sleeves are a fun detail. Break up the bright polka dots with white or chambray colored knit on the hems and the tabs.

There you have it! So, I don’t intend to replace my sewing posts with these challenges, but that’s just how it worked out this week. If I get enough reader requests, I may make it more of a regular thing just on a different day. Contact me using the form above if you have a crafty project that has you stumped or some yardage that you want ideas for!

I’ve been drawing up all sorts of clothing plans the last week, it’s been fun to get my sewing brain working again! Hopefully I can sit down at the sewing machine this weekend and do something about the sketches I have piling up!



I’m over at Speckless sharing a visual list (not exhaustive by any means) of what makes me happy. Click here to see the full list.

Ecosystem Challenge Recap


This post is brought to you by Ecosystem.

Towards the beginning of the summer, I was given an ecosystem notebook with the challenge to use it for the summer. I welcomed the challenge, because I used to always keep a notebook on hand to sketch in. Sundays were the day when I sketched most. I’ve not done that in a while! My sketching time has diminished incredibly since having Penelope. It happens.

I had a great time using my ecosystem book. I got the small, blank (artist) notebook. It was the perfect size to cart around in my purse and I just fell in love with the coated book cover, perforated pages, elastic closure & secret back pocket.

From a bookbinder’s point of view, this book is well made. It’s sewn, then glued (where many cheap notebooks are just single sheets glued together = not strong). My cover surely took a beating between getting tossed around in my grubby purse & being man-handled by Penelope’s grubby hands, but because of the coating, I could just wipe dirt & mystery sticky stains right off. It was great!

Here are some things that I did with my notebook:

  • I used my Silhouette machine to create the patterned cover
  • I sketched random scenes & patterns when I was bored
  • I wrote down my grocery lists
  • I drew schematic drawings for my project ideas
  • Penelope had her way with a half-dozen pages

Would you like to win one? I totally know you would! ecosystem has kindly offered to give THREE (3) lucky IS•LY readers an ecosystem notebook of their choice*. Here’s how you can win:

  • Visit ecosystem’s site & check out their notebooks
  • Leave a comment on this post telling me what you’d use your notebook for
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  • Only one (1) comment per person
  • Comment by 11:59pm (MST) Thursday, September 23, 2010
  • No purchase necessary
  • Three (3) winners will be chosen via & announced Friday, September 24, 2010

Good Luck!!

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Squid Drawing + Leafy (someday) Patterns



I’ve been on a pen & ink fix right now. I’ve been hand lettering and drawing every chance I get thanks to the inspiration from my friend and this talented lady. My brother-in-law thinks this looks like a squid of some sort, I agree. It does remind me of being under water. I’m really happy how it turned out. I also wanted to do something a little different, and started drawing leaves. I like how it turned out, I’m going to leave the drawing as-is and turn it into a pattern. I’m also on a pattern kick right now, too.



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UPDATE: I finished the leafy pattern! Check out the pattern and download it for twitter/desktop here!

April Showers Bring Flowers

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I’m thoroughly enjoying the recent surge of springy weather we’ve been having and therefore shirking in the blog posting department. :( I’ve had these flowers in my drawing book for some time (since my Idaho weekend), and haven’t scanned them in, thanks to living out of a suitcase.

red flower drawing

Tomorrow Chris and I are heading down to Arizona to spend some time with the Esplin family, and I’m greatly looking forward to crafting with my in-laws, and hopefully get in some painting and drawing time with the sisters-in-law, too.


I think the drawings might make for some interesting paintings. Hopefully I’ll get around to painting soon.

I want a house
[side note: I think I’ve told Chris 99 times today that I’m apartment/house hungry–it especially manifest itself this weekend when I went thrifting with my cousin’s wife, and nearly bought a set of fiberglass chairs for the home I don’t live in. Thanks, Natalie, for oogling over vintage home treasures with me!]
[other side note: I’ve had some stellar luck with some great second-hand finds, I found a cool wool coat for $5 (pictured above) and a metal cafeteria tray for $1 and a stellar stainless steel breadbox for $10–talked down from $12. The breadbox was a particularly awesome find because about 15 minutes later I found another one selling for $50!]
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