It’s springtime in North Carolina

The cheery faces of daffodils are visible all over town and the earliest leaves of the trees and bushes are breaking forth.  With temperatures rising to 80 degrees for the past few days, I’m officially in spring mode.  Which is a great thing seeing that our sweet spring baby is due any day now. Hooray!

I’ve found that these last few weeks/days are the hardest as I await our little baby.  So, I’ve endeavored to find sewing projects to distract myself.

Here are two of my recent favorites:

The blue plaid longall is the Jordan pattern by Maja’s Heirlooms and the green gingham bubble is the sunsuit pattern by Creations by Michie.

This little green bubble is a 3 month size.  It’s made with the remanent of green gingham that I used for the border of the crib skirt.  He will be well coordinated with his room decor. haha.  This is also the same pattern that I used for the dinosaur sunsuit– I think it’s neat how very different they look.

 This is the baby’s “coming home” outfit.  I love the piping and the pintucked details.  I should admit that this pattern calls for smocking, but since I never really learned how to do that…. I removed the smocking ease with pintucks instead.

I am hoping that this fits as a newborn size.  The pattern only provides 3M+ options, so I removed a 1/2 in length, as well as a quarter inch in the side and shoulder seams.  I think that it should be forgiving enough of a fit to work for the first month or so.

As a side note, the background for these little outfits is a white knit blanket that The Professor’s grandmother made for him when he was an infant.  We plan on taking the blanket it to the hospital and bringing the baby home it it.

I’m also beginning to make the transition from sewing things for the nursery and our baby boy to thinking about spring tops and dresses.  I’m pretty sure that my pretty tops from last year won’t fit for a few months, so I’m planning on drafting up a few new tops for this spring and summer.  I had hoped to take part in Made by Rae’s Spring Top Sewalong 2012, but with the timing of his arrival, it looks a bit uncertain.  If he doesn’t come soon, I might have a chance to work on one or two!

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Review: Foam and Fabrics Outlet

I recently visited one of my favorite fabric shops while on one of my “last” trips to my hometown without a child.  And I thought that I would post a quick review of it, given that the shop doesn’t have much of an online presence.

Foam and Fabrics, located in the mountains of Western North Carolina, is a hidden gem among fabric shops.  I think that it tends to be more of a “local’s shop,” but if you are ever passing through the area- perhaps on I-26- it’s certainly worth the detour.

I should note that there are three Foam and Fabrics locations in western North Carolina – one in Fletcher, one in downtown Asheville and one off of I-40 in Marion.  The shop that I am speaking of is located in Fletcher, which is about 20 minutes south of Asheville, NC.

I love Foam and Fabrics because:

  • They carry all the colors in the Kona Cotton rainbow.  All the colors.  And the prices are reasonable- think $6 or less per yard for the Kona Cotton…
  • The selection of sewing notions (buttons, trims, ribbon, elastic, velcro, dressmaking supplies, thread, etc.) far surpasses anything that I can find in my local fabric shops
  • A fairly good selection of apparel fabric is available- such as knits, seersucker, gingham and special occasion fabrics, which is perhaps one of their largest selections of fabric
  • If you like quilting with traditional fabrics (i.e. not Amy Butler, etc.), then the shop has a very wide selection.  Quilting supplies are also readily available.

But the store is huge- so if you aren’t motivated by some of my fabric interests, there is also an extensive Home Dec wing, a foam section, as well as an area that sells fabric and other goods by the pound (sheet sets, pillows, random closeout things…)

If you ever find yourself in the area, I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I do!

Pretty Kona Cotton

More Kona Cotton (and a few of the pound good section)

A wall of trims

Ribbons in a rainbow of colors

A less than comprehensive picture of the quilting fabric selection


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