About Jan

Musician and geek and Juris Doctor; lover of fine art and fine craft; mother and grandmother and significant other and friend. Passionate about sewing.

A Jumper for Camp

I hate that it’s been so long since I posted here about any sewing projects. I don’t hate that I didn’t post. I hate that I haven’t had time so sew any garments. I tried to buy a jumper for camp, but couldn’t find any anywhere online or in bricks&mortar stores. And then I saw the Grainline Uniform Tunic pattern and had a great aha moment. Add to that the fact that JoAnn’s actually had the perfect fabric for this jumper. The cotton/spandex blend navy pinwale corduroy had just the right amount of stretch to make a jumper that I … Continue reading

New Old Equipment

My last blog post—the last item I made—was on March 12. That’s about two and a half months! I got sick of looking at that same old post, so, amid the kitchen reno and the water leak in the basement sewing room that had rusty water running across the floor to the drain, and the tearing apart and putting back together of the guest room with its now-refinished hardwood floor, I finally found a couple of half-hour sewing segments. I’ve been having bobbin birdsnest problems with my Bernina 330 (accompanied by a trip to the dealer/technician and a diagnosis of … Continue reading

Sewing Room Stand

The Jazzman bought himself a new iPad Pro, after four years of reading his morning news on an iPad Mini. His new-to-him device came with the keyboard case, which gives you a full keyboard on which to type emails, but doesn’t give you the right support to position the device in landscape mode on a table. When he drooled over the case on my new 2018 iPad Pro, I immediately thought, “Sara Lawson included a device stand in her Minikins Season 2.” When I had this thought, there were four days remaining before my guy was leaving for a week … Continue reading

Bellevue Pouches

I decided to participate in a March bag swap among members of Sara Lawson’s Facebook group, “Sew Sweetness Sewing Patterns.” The organizer of the swap gave us a list of Sara’s bags and pouches that we could make for the swap. I chose the Bellevue Pouch, which is part of the Minikins Season 1 series of patterns. The Bellevue comes in three sizes: small, medium, and large. First I made the medium-size pouch out of the Australian aboriginal fabric that I had used several times for the Metro pouch. My DNA cousin, Barbara C., who shares a love of sewing … Continue reading

A Quick Little Gift

Have you been buying some bits of the wonderful new cork fabric that’s all the rage nowadays? And maybe you’re not quite sure what to do with it? I’ve got the answer! If you watch Facebook or Instagram or this blog to see what I’m making, you’re aware I’ve been making a lot of Sew Sweetness bags lately. One of the really brilliant things Sara Lawson does for most of the bag patterns she makes is to create a video covering the construction of the bags. Recently she has begun importing cork fabric and offering it in her online store. … Continue reading