the big move

it’s been a long time coming, but i have officially launched a brand new website!!  same address, www.snapdragonstudios.net but a whole new look….and mobile friendly!!  my blog will now be a part of my website and i hope you’ll follow along there.  i will slowly be moving some of my favorite old posts from this blog to the new site…probably very slowly, so bear with me.  eventually you’ll be able to access all my tutorials and free patterns….and until then they will still be available here.

as always, you can follow me on facebook and istagram @ohsnapdragonstudios.

see you all at my new home!

kim

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introducing…the villager blouse & tunic

november is probably one of my favorite months.  it holds so much for me to be thankful for.  it’s the month of my wedding anniversary, my husbands birthday and thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year.  so i’m introducing my newest pattern and if you read through to the end you’ll find a ‘thankful’ sale!!!

it’s been “in the works” and “almost ready” for quite some time now, but the villager blouse & tunic is ready to make it’s debut!

what began as a collaboration with elizabeth last fall before i took over sole ownership of snapdragon studios is finally complete.  after several neckline changes, sleeve changes, length changes…there just wasn’t anything left that needed to be changed!

raglan sleeves, 2 collar options, 2 lengths, full button back…it’s a super simple sew and can easily be completed in a short afternoon.  so far I’ve made it in voile, cotton, chambray, knit and rayon and i’ve loved each and every one.  and even though the pattern is fresh off the press, i’m already planning my sleeve hack so i can enjoy it this winter….maybe flannel??  i’ll keep you posted.

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the full button back may look daunting to those of us who hate dislike making buttonholes…BUT…lucky us, the buttonholes are optional!  the top slips easily overhead without them, so we can simply stitch those buttons in place and it looks like we’ve spent hours.  i think this is the one and only sample i made that i actually stitched buttonholes in.

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the sleeves offer a great little pleat detail along with a 1/4″ bias binding, giving it a vintage feel.

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the split collar may be my favorite.  the split can go on either side and offers up a great spot for those vintage brooches.  i love collecting old pins, but rarely find the right place to use them.  problem solved…this collar was made for this starburst beauty.

my sister reluctantly exuberantly agreed to don both versions and allow amy to photograph her…and michele and christine both joined in, changing in a public foyer while college students passed by.  thanks guys!!  you all look stupendous!

the villager is available now in my etsy store in both print and pdf versions.  please note that print patterns will begin shipping on 12/1/16.

and here comes the good part!!!  the SALE!!  all patterns are on sale…25% off all purchases, including the villager until 12/10/16.  just use the coupon code THANKFUL.  my way of saying thank you for your amazing support this year.

i am truly thankful.

treat your tootsies with a free pattern

i truly meant to post this last night…but i have to admit that once my “seat” hit a seat i was done for!  i hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving and that those of you who participate in black friday are finding some amazing deals.  as for me, i cherish the friday after thanksgiving since my house is still relatively clean, there are tons of leftovers so i don’t have to cook, and the day is wide open….free to sew, knit, read, or do absolutely nothing at all!!

so, about this free pattern.  i was invited to help danica at sew liberated build, man and disassemble her booth at fall quilt market.  it was a fantastic experience!  we had also been asked by shannon fabrics to teach a schoolhouse session class.  as a part of that class, danica asked me to design some smallish pattern that used some of shannon fabrics great fabrics and this slipper pattern is the result.

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this pair was my prototype.  unfortunately i didn’t take any pictures of the ones i made for the booth.  what i love about this pattern is that you can change it up easily….using a plain exterior?  add some embroidery.  add rice-rac or trim around the top edge, add some buttons, or even piece your exterior fabric for a quilted look.

shannon’s cuddle suede is perfect for the soles.  i used regular cotton on this pair, but used the suede for all the other samples and much prefer it.  it’s easy to work with and gives a natural bit of “grip”.  since it’s hard to adhere fusible interfacings to the suede i simply cut the interfacing, placed it on the wrong side of the suede and added a few rows of stitching to hold it in place.  the interior used their cuddle fabric (softness beyond belief!) and the exteriors were cotton and double gauze.

i originally used fleece and batting in the soles, but have since discovered 2 great alternatives.  soft and stable by Annie’s, and flex-foam by pellon. all my holiday gift slippers will use one of these to add just a bit more padding.

i hope you enjoy the pattern.  to download it, go to our tutorials page and click on the highlighted text. it’s graded for 5 sizes (the medium is size 7) so you can make a pair for yourself and everyone on your gift list!  i’d love to see pictures of all the completed slippers…hope you’ll share!

kim

 

 

 

It’s still summertime!

First of all, have you heard about our new patterns?? The On the Run Bag and the Lemon Squeeze Cardigan are available now in PDF and we will have the printed patterns in our hot little hands and ready to pass to yours very soon.  So exciting!

But before I prepare my pile of cardigans, since neither the kids nor I are going to school this fall we’re holding on to that summertime feeling for all that we’re worth. For me, that means it’s still shorts season.

I made two pairs of Essential Shorts by Make it Perfect and, as promised, I am back with a review.

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(I tried to have my toddler take pictures of me wearing them and got some lovely pictures of his feet, the grass, his nostrils (when he hit the reverse camera on my phone)… so I gave up and put the shorts on the line. Pay no attention to the giant brown spot in the grass where the kids’ pool was. If the price of peaceful afternoons is dead grass I will gladly pay it.)

I made the shorts in medium with no alterations for the paisley pair, then scooped out the inseam by 1/2″ and added 3/4″ to the rise in the back for a little more booty coverage on the chambray pair.  I also made the drawstring continuous instead of just attaching it at the side seams to help out the elastic at the back and prevent any gapping.

While I love both pairs, I think this pattern would be even better in a more drapey fabric with a looser weave than I chose. (And, indeed, the recommended fabrics are chambray, double cloth, lawn, linen and rayon.)  Aside from wanting a little more room for the junk in my trunk, however, I love this pattern as is.  The flat front keeps things looking put together and the elastic in the back makes construction really fast (no fly! Hooray!).  Love. 

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I also like how the pockets are constructed because they go together really quickly. The open edge is bias bound and the curved edge is machine neatened with a serger or zig-zag and the pocket is pinned in place and top-stitched to the shorts front. Quick and easy and kind of a cute detail.

I think one pair of these took me about two hours from cutting to hemming and they are just the sort of quick, satisfying project that I am digging these days.

I also made another  Myla Tank from Sew Liberated.  It’s a little long to go with these shorts, but it has been in heavy rotation with my favorite denim clam-diggers.

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(I was wearing it the day I took the pictures and didn’t bother ironing it… sorry.)  It is made from a mystery fabric off the JoAnn red tag wall, but I was taken with the little pink birds (“Put a bird on it!”) and had to have it.

Are you ready for fall sewing? I have a Lemon Squeeze Cardi and a Finlayson Sweater ready to cut out next week, but I am still in shorts mode for a little while yet. What are you sewing these days?

presenting….the on the run bag!

finally!!  things never go quite as quickly as i feel they should, but after weeks months of waiting, testing, editing and sample making, the bag is now available!!  right now it’s only available as a downloadable pdf, but the print version will be available in the next 2 weeks or so.

so, without further ado, let me introduce you.

OntheRunBagFrontonlya classic style bag that’s quite the workhorse.  simple lines that allow you to personalize your bag with topstitching or great d-rings, with or without the button closure. “on the run” features a recessed zipper and plenty of pockets.  the pockets line both sides of the interior and can be sized to your own needs.  got a big phone?  make a bigger pocket.

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one of my favorite samples is the leather/suede one i made using fabrics purchased on our trip to nyc.  it feels so “rich”

0X1B0959little feet help keep the bottom clean while adding just a bit more class, and the bottom is solid to keep it from sagging under the weight of everything we stash in our bags!

0X1B19370X1B1946and since there is interfacing involved, we’ve put together an interfacing guide to help take some of the fear out of choosing and using interfacing. just click on the link, or you can find it on our “tutorial” page.  to view the entire pattern, click on over to our “patterns” page.

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coming up next is probably one of my favorite patterns….stay tuned!!

kim