mingo & grace |  Jo-Ann Spring 2014 Trends & Ideas |
mingo & grace |  Jo-Ann Spring 2014 Trends & Ideas |
mingo & grace |  Jo-Ann Spring 2014 Trends & Ideas |
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Back in November Jess, of the Sewing Rabbit asked her 2013 Sewing Rabbit Team to create a top secret project that may be featured in a Spring Trend & Ideas LookBook for Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores. I don't think I read the entire message before I replied YES! Jo-Ann's is my only source for fabrics locally. When I can't get into the City (NYC), Jo-Ann's is my go to place for fabric and notions. I can't wait to go into the store to show the ladies at the cutting table what I made!

There were 5 trends to choose from, and I choose Batik. I knew I wanted to mix patterns and textures for this challenge but I also wanted to make something that I could actually use. My house is a grey and brick box, so I try to incorporate color and texture through accessories. I thought fabric baskets would be a great option for holding magazines and throw blankets.

This project is a great scrap buster. The Batik baskets were made of an assortment of canvas, faux leather, burlap, brightly colored tribal fabrics.  The more prints the better.   Download the tutorial page from the Jo-Ann's website  here.

I think I actually squealed out loud when the inaugural issue of the Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Trends & Ideas LookBook was released. My mom kind of gets, I have a blog. I know she is not sure why, or what it is for, but she "gets" that the baskets that are sitting next to the couch that I made are now featured on Jo-Ann's website.

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mingoandgrace.com | perfect pattern parcel 1 - concert tee |
mingoandgrace.com | perfect pattern parcel 1 - concert tee |
mingoandgrace.com | perfect pattern parcel 1 - concert tee |
mingoandgrace.com | perfect pattern parcel 1 - concert tee |
Perfect Pattern Parcel

The Perfect Pattern Parcel was created to offer sewist like you and me,  high quality Indie Designer PDF Sewing Patterns and an opportunity to make a charitable contribution to children's education. Sounds like an awesome idea right?  Well it gets better.  The creators of the Perfect Pattern Parcel are allowing you to dig deep into your pockets and name your own price for all 5 of these patterns.

I sewed up the Lady Skater for myself (LOVE IT), but I wanted to make something for my momma since she is the very first Indie Designer I know and just so happens to be a retired pre-school teacher. (see the connection)  When I was little, I remember my mom staying up late sewing her fashion designs into the wee hours of the morning.  On the weekends, she would go around to local nightclubs/bars to sell the garments and accessories she made out of our family van - creating her own pop up shop.  I remember a time when she let me sleep in the back of the van while she sold the garments she made, she was a rock star, people would line up just to buy her garments.  

I know my mom loved sewing and creating, but she also did it to earn extra money to make ends meet. Just remember, when we support indie designers, we are supporting small, mostly women owned, businesses, essentially providing money for a women to support her family. So shop small, it will make you feel all warm and fuzzy in side.

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SMALL FRY SKINNY JEANS PATTERN  | mingo & grace |
SMALL FRY SKINNY JEANS PATTERN  | mingo & grace |
SMALL FRY SKINNY JEANS PATTERN  | mingo & grace |
SMALL FRY SKINNY JEANS PATTERN  | mingo & grace |
SMALL FRY SKINNY JEANS PATTERN  | mingo & grace |
SMALL FRY SKINNY JEANS PATTERN  | mingo & grace |

Today I'm checking an item off of my Sewing Bucket List and I'm so excited to share it with you.

I made a pair of Jeans! I can hardly believe it myself. I have never even attempted to make jeans before.  It just seemed like a bunch of unnecessary work.  Why even bother, especially since the Baby Gap does it so well.  Well, I was shocked to learn that these jeans I saw in my instagram feed were made using Titchy Thread's Small Fry Skinny Jeans Pattern.  I had to at least give it a try.

I found this fabric while shopping at the Old Navy.  Yes, you read it correctly. Don't tell me I'm the only person who shops the clearance racks in search of fabric. ha! Whenever I can't find a piece of fabric at the fabric store, I hit up the clearance racks. I usually start in the plus size section, because the garments have the most fabric to work-- with but the options are usually limited. These jeans were a size 20W and I have plenty of fabric left over to make another garment for Grace if I wanted to. 

I cheated a little and reused the original waistband because the buttonhole was too perfect to throw away. I cut the size 3t length and 12-18m leg width to achieve the super skinny look.

Laura has really done a great job with this pattern.  She virtually holds your hand and walks you through each step in the instructions. I found the tips on getting a custom fit and top stitching incredibly helpful. And if that's not enough to get you excited, Laura has recently added a new feature to all Titchy Threads Patterns that will allow you to print only the sizes you currently need.  How cool is that?!?!

Be sure to check out the other Small Fry Skinnies around the web. Get 20% off the Small Fry Skinny Jeans Pattern until March 15th with code TOUR20.

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