Monthly Archives: May 2015

ALERT! New Fabric Store

Almost nothing is as exciting as a new fabric store opening in your own locale, amiright?

Circa15 Fabric Store by Sew Maris

Circa15 fabric studio, located in Kirkland, is a darling new shop that is definitely worth a visit. Bright, clean, fresh—these are just a few adjectives you might use when describing it. The owner, Kristen Suzuki, has been open for business for just a short while, but she has created a little gem of a fabric store that is right in my ‘hood.

Circa 15 Fabric Studio by Sew Maris

How often do you see an artful notions wall?

Circa 15 Fabric Studio by Sew Maris

I love having enough room to actually walk around and see the fabrics! Nice display and layout, Kristen!

Circa 15 Fabric Studio by Sew Maris

Now this guy kinda makes me want to take up quilting. 😉

Circa 15 Fabric Studio by Sew Maris

Love the classroom space!

Circa 15 Fabric Studio by Sew Maris

Kristen carries a few different indie pattern companies, and will be adding more garment samples. I am pretty sure my DGD would love twirling in this sundress.

Circa 15 Fabric Studio by Sew Maris

Even tho Circa15 primarily stocks quilting cottons, look at these pretty garment-weight cottons. YUM!

Circa 15 Fabric Studio by Sew Maris

Eye-candy!

Even if you are primarily a garment sewist such as myself, this store is worth a peek. Stop by, say hi to Kristen, and indulge yourself with some lovely new cottons.

Circa15 fabric studio
264 Central Way
Kirkland, WA
(425) 309-9553
contact@circa15fabricstudio.com

Happy sewing!

Maris

 

Remodel Timeout Finally Over

Remodeling is not for the faint of heart.

Sew Maris sewing studio makeover

But my newly-sanded-refinished floors are totally DA BOMB, and the studio-makeover-to-date looks awesome. I guess multi-thousands of dollars, a couple of gallons of paint, and hours of labor really can make a difference! 😉

Sew Maris sewing studio makeover

My amazing husband built an awesome new, L-shaped sewing table just for me. Henceforth, this will be known as the students-off-limits-zone.

Sew Maris sewing studio makeover

Ohhh, and I love the recessed table support he added for my Bernina 710. Now I have such a big work surface that is all the same level! He even drilled out a hole for the knee lift. Yay!!

Sew Maris sewing studio makeover

This closet used to hold my gift wrap, extra dining table leaves, and a few odds and ends for sewing. Now it is the sewing machine garage, Etsy store warehouse, and “less frequently used but still needed fabrics + batting + miscellany” storage area. And yes, I do need all those machines. You have heard me complain about the Hello Kitty machines kids bring to sew camps, right? 😉

Sew Maris sewing studio makeover

Moving my filing cabinet to this location also provided the perfect perch for my press. It is heavy enough that I don’t enjoy lugging it around the room, and since there is an electrical outlet behind the cabinet it is now in it’s permanent location. BAM!

Sew Maris sewing studio makeover

Categorized fabric stash. Well, one of them anyway. You will have to provide plenty o’dark chocolate (70% cacao, please) to findout the whereabouts of the remaining goods.

Sew Maris sewing studio makeover

This side of the room is for sewing students. I might get some new chairs, and am contemplating making cute fabric covers. Probably not this summer tho….all good ideas need time to ferment.

Ahhh, and notice the back windows. Another big thrill of my remodel is the window seat cushions are actually now usable as butt-seats, instead of piles-o-crap storage areas.

I can’t believe I started sorting, packing, and moving out of this room over two months ago! Now most of my supplies and stash are moved back in place, the walls have been painted a very light teal, the floors are light and fresh-looking, and all of the mahogany door + floor moulding is installed. Looking darn good. So lovely, in fact, I might just have a Murphy bed added so I never have to leave.

Happy sewing!

Maris

 

 

 

Easy Fix

Technically, this Cosy Cardigan was not a UFO, but it had been living in the gi-normous UFO pile for some months. I had worn it several times, and love it….with one tiny exception.

When I originally made this cardi I didn’t want to put buttons/snaps/any kind of closure on it, but discovered that when worn the angled front edges refused to behave themselves. They are a bit floppy actually. And since there is no one alive who detests fussing with her clothing more than me, something had to be done. I get dressed in the morning, and that.is.all. Clothing placing/smoothing/straightening is a definite no bueno.

Striped Cosy Cardigan by Sew Maris

Can you see the slight difference on the right front (as worn)? I am hoping that softening the angle will help the front “stay put” a little better when worn.

Cosy Cardigan by Sew Maris

It really was a minor adjustment. All I did was rip out some of the topstitching, adjust the seaming to a gentle curve, trim the old seam allowance, and then re-topstitch. BAM! I didn’t even rip out all the topstitching, tho I did make sure to start and stop stitching in the navy part of the stripe. The navy thread blended so well the overstitching was not even visible, so yay!

I have been on a bit of a mission to clear out some of my UFO/not quite perfect garments. So far, one purple fail and this Cosy have been yanked from my pile. I hope to test drive this sweater next week, and am super hopeful this tweak will move it from an OK garment to a workhorse. I love, love, love the fabric and the styling, so, fingers crossed!

How long does it take you to “fiddle” with your not-quite-perfect garments? Do you fix, or toss?

Happy sewing!

Maris

Vogue 8323 Purple FAIL

Tissue knits and I have a very passive-aggressive relationship. They always promise to behave properly before they get into my studio; but once home they immediately start sneaking around causing trouble. Most confrontations end up Tissue Knit 1; Sew Maris 0.

Purple Tissue Knit T-shirt by Sew Maris

See what I mean? Most T-shirts do not end up making me look as broad as the side of a barn, and ummmm, frankly,  matronly. <shudder>

These sleeves hit at the wrong point, and ride up if I wear a cardigan because they are all loose and sloppy. The artsy, little twisted neckline looks like CRAP. There are some weird flare-y things going on at the sides near the hem.

Purple Tissue Knit T-shirt by Sew Maris

WTH? I generally like princess lines on my body. I like purple. I have successfully attached cute, artsy little necklines onto Ts before. But this shirt is just one hot mess.

I am not giving up on this pattern; I think made up using a fabric with a bit more heft things could turn out differently.

Maybe part of it is I grew up sewing on linen, wool, and nice weight cottons, and I just haven’t developed a “light touch” for for handling these uber-soft and lightweight knits. But this fabric has beaten me once too often; I am going to conquer it or die trying. Game on!

Happy sewing!

Maris

Sewing Timeout

I am officially in sewing timeout, friends. And not happy about it.

Empty SewMaris Studio

Originally I thought we would be able to be back in our house by Friday, but it is looking like it could be early next week before my sewing room is ready for occupancy again. So.Not.Happy.

Hopefully gleaming, newly-refinished wood floors will make it all seem worthwhile. In the meantime, I am playing with new room arrangements and potential new furniture requirements. I took my serger and Bernina 710 in for a little spa time, so I am sure they appreciate the rest. 😉

Stay tuned for the great “reveal”, and enjoy your sewing time!

Happy sewing,

Maris