Thursday, November 7, 2013
beginning. When I started my blog I had no idea what to call it, I couldn't come up with a cute name, no
matter how hard I tried. It became Anne's Antic's by default, even though I knew what I would write here could hardly be described as antics. I have decided to call my blog 'Stitching By Numbers', the same name that I gave my Etsy shop when I opened in 2012. I feel that this name better describes me and what I do, in sewing and my shop. I sell Vintage and Newer (or 'not-so-vintage') sewing, knitting and craft patterns. I love it, although I have not been able to work on it as much as I would like lately. I literally have hundreds of patterns, and the number is growing. I belong to a fantastic team on Etsy, called Pattern Patter. I have never known a friendlier, more helpful group of women. Everyone helps each other. There is no 'I'm only in it for me!' on this team. We are all there for the same reason - to promote our own and each other's shops and to sell patterns. I am proud to be a team member. Throughout the year we have 'BLITZ' sales, in which we all post or renew as many patterns as we can in one day. This benefits you, the customer, because many of my teamies and I have fantastic sales and discounts on that day. I will be offering a 20% discount with the coupon code 'BLITZ' on sale day. Our next 'BLITZ' is November 29th, Black Friday, with some shops carrying the sale through to Monday. So please stop by - you may find your next stitching project in my shop or in one of my teamies shops.
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Princess seams provide a better fit, and the opportunity to add another fabric colour or texture. I used a fine jersey knit for the main body and thin sequined fabric as contrast. I knew that the little girl
this cardi was intended for would appreciate the shine and sparkle. Both fabrics are from my stash, which I am slowly working through. I hemmed the sleeves, but nothing else. Mainly because the
pattern instructions have you simply fold and sew the edges. The fabric I used is VERY thin, and I felt that hemming, especially around the neckline would appear too bulky and would not hang nicely.
The next time I sew this pattern I will use a heavier weight knit and experiment with edge finishes. I may even line the front and collar pieces to avoid hemming them at all, for a much neater finish.
I sewed the size 3/4 for my petite 5 year old granddaughter, and it fits her nicely, although I will make her the 5/6 when I make it again.
All in all, I would recommend this pattern to everyone, novice and expert. The instructions while meagre, are clear, and have illustrations showing how to attach the front/collar piece at the neckline. I
enjoyed sewing this little cardi, and plan to make several more for both my granddaughters. I’ve also purchased the women’s pattern for myself, and I hope to sew it up in a lovely soft sweater knit that is
just begging to be rescued from my stash!
I’m not affiliated with Swoon Patterns.
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
I made each one a little different, varying the trims and bindings. The peplum can be made lined or unlined. I lined them with coordinating fabrics for that added pop of colour. Instead of hemming the unlined peplums I added ric rac or trim to the hemline, making it even faster and easier! Don’t you just love the cute high low hem?
I am thinking of lengthening the peplum and turning the top into a dress. I think it would be adorable. I can’t say enough good things about this pattern, and look forward to trying more of Cole's Corner Creation's patterns! And since everything looks better on a cute little girl, I’ll leave you with this…… my little ‘adopted’ granddaughter hamming it up for the camera.
So do yourself a favour and hop on over to Cole's Corner Creations and pick up your copy today. You won’t be sorry!
I am not affiliated with Cole’s Corner Creations, I am just extremely happy with this pattern!
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
I meant to write this post just after my birthday, (in March!!) but never got around to it. My oldest son baked me a cake! Not just any cake, but an honest to goodness scratch cake! I was thrilled, and so proud of him. I’m not sure what recipe he used for the cake itself, just a simple white cake that he then filled with real whipped cream and loads of fresh strawberries. The crowning glory was the topping. Marshmallow fondant. I had never heard of it before. Again, I’m not sure of the recipe he used, but it was pretty much the same as this one. He said it was really very easy to make, and tasted delicious. It was also much easier to work with than regular fondant. Enough talk, on to the pictures!
I was in my sewing room when he gave it to me.
And the inside……
Would you like a piece?
I tried to get a picture of him smiling into the camera, but it just wasn’t going to happen. He is just too shy.
Didn’t he do a fabulous job? You would never guess it was the first one he had ever made. He had so much fun doing it that he has made a few more for other occasions. He also loves to cook, and often makes dinner for the family. Isn’t he wonderful? Thanks again Adam, I love you!
Thanks for reading!