Bon Voyage Party Pour Moi

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Jul 15, 2014 3 Comments

Ok, I’m about to drop a bit of a bomb on y’all. I’m moving. To Michigan.

You see, John got an Assistant Professorship at Michigan State and because those bad boys are rarer by the year, he snatched it up faster than you can say, “health insurance.” Since we can’t reasonably afford two rent payments (and don’t get me started on my antipathy towards Boston rents!) I’ll be packing up the puppies and moving to Lansing, Michigan with my husband.

Don’t worry, the shop isn’t going anywhere. Laney-belle, my darling assistant, is going to be there on a near-daily basis to tend to your fabric-related needs. We will have a modified schedule, which I’ll be announcing soon.

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To celebrate this bittersweet milestone, I vote that we get well and truly smashed. Saturday, August 2nd, I plan to do just that. We’ll have drinks, snax, and a discount to entice you to come say goodbye to your favorite Grey. That could be John, Spindle, Dart, or me. We’ll all be present for the par-tay.

All day on August 2nd, we’re extending the discount normally reserved for Crafty Fox Sewing Club attendees: 10% off everything. It’ll be a great time to stock up and an especially great time if you need a machine, since floor models are fair game for the discount!

(Additionally, blogless Tall Sarah got a professorship at in North Carolina and will be departing at the same time, so this party is in part for her as well. A veritable Flight of the Sarahs!)

Hope to see you then, sweet sewists!

Diana

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Jul 11, 2014 a crazy fabric lady gets dressed, patterns, sewing clothes 1 Comment

Easy, breezy, beautiful: The Diana Cami! I recently discovered Sew Loft’s darling PDF patterns and guess what, gentle reader, the Diana Cami is FREE FREE FREE! A front and a back connected by bias tubing, this is a great quick make for a hot summer night. I used Anna Maria Horner’s Sinister Swarm Voile and some of our 1″ bias tape in Dark Ocean Blue. I have never liked turning things inside out, but then again I had never tried turning tiny tubes made from bias tape inside out. IT’S AMAZING. That bias stretch is just the thing you need to turn them with ease. I used my trusty Clover tube turner (back in stock soon) and was sort of speechless. I kept showing people who came in the store my findings and probably seemed like a crazy person. This stuff is awesome, though. I don’t know if I’ll do another Diana, or make a slip version, or use it some other way, but I love it. It looks so delicate and professional. Just like me. Ha. By Hand London has a tutorial for another way to make them, using on grain fabric, here.

How do you feel about rouleau straps, sewists? Have you ever tried a bias version?

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On Joining the Digital Age

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Jul 9, 2014 0 Comments

PDF patterns. Some love them, some hate them. There is, admittedly, something special about a pattern booklet with its perfect little package. I am a packaging sucker and indie designers are really on the money with that. Sometimes, however, you need a pattern RIGHT AWAY. Sometimes you can’t afford the shipping from the other side of the globe. Sometimes the pattern is out of print. Sometimes it was never in print at all! Enter: the PDF.

Until very recently, we only sold patterns of the paper variety. However, when Katy & Laney released their darling Tap Shorts pattern, I knew that I wanted to hook up with them to spread the K&L word! Since that time, I’ve partnered with several more digital designers, with more on the way. K&L, Thread Theory, Sis Boom, Waffle Patterns, and In House Patterns are live as of this writing, with Named,  Swoon, and Kate & Rose to come in the near future.

We’re lucky to have a laser printer at the shop, so printing time is really fast, even if the pattern is 50 pages. Cutting and taping is kind of a pain sometimes, but once you get a system, it usually goes pretty smoothly. I like to rotary off the bottom and right-hand side of the pattern right away so that there is just one side overlapping. It makes it easier to see where everything lines up. My fave rotary size is 28mm, though since these are all straight cuts the 45mm would be great too. I’ve never used a 60mm. Quilters? Do y’all use that big honker? Anyhow, a rotary paired with Grey’s 2″x18″ ruler (and a mat! don’t ruin your table!) is pretty much perfect for prepping PDF patterns.

I printed out the Cool Cowl by In House Patterns today and taped/cut it. Make sure that your printer is set to scale at 100%, or else you’ll have dire size issues later.

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Cut off as many or as few sides as you find helpful.

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If your triangles don’t match up exactly, don’t fret. You just have to shave off a bit when you’re cutting to make sure that the lines stay continuous (in fancy terms, this is called truing up). Also, I never cut out paper pieces for rectangles. I just write the measurements down (sometimes incorrectly the first time…) and cut them out with my rotary and a ruler.

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Exciting times! I’m going to try to cut this bad boy out tonight at Crafty Foxes Sewing Club, depending on how much we are all hitting the classy box wine tonight. See you, sweet sewists.

PatternReview Meetup Chez Grey’s!

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Jul 7, 2014 0 Comments

We at Grey’s love to socialize around sewing. Especially when that involves mimosas. So, when Deepika from PatternReview wanted to know if we’d like to be part of their July 26th meetup, my response was, “Heck yeah!” Well, that was my internal response. My phone response was probably much more boring.

If you don’t know about PatternReview, it’s only the premier spot for reviewing and critiquing sewing patterns on the internets. A fair number of Crafty Foxes are active members as well. I have gotten so much valuable advice from this site and I’m sure you will too!

More details here and RSVP for the meetup here.

See you at 10AM on July 26th for mimosas and goodie bags!

America!

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Jul 4, 2014 0 Comments

Closed today for America’s birthday, y’all. Fireworks happened last night on account of hurricane warnings, and thankfully the dogs seemed oblivious. Sometimes they just won’t stop shaking! Do some sewing and drink some beer, Americans and non-Americans alike.

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Crafty Foxes in the Wild

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Jul 3, 2014 1 Comment

I am a fortunate lady in many ways, one of which is that I am surrounded by such inspiring people. Many of the gals at Crafty Foxes Sewing Club have fab blogs and have been featured in fancy-pants places like BurdaStyle and KollaboraKaty & Laney, for example, are darlings of the moment, with features on many blogs thanks to their cool style and cutie pie Tap Shorts (more on our venture into PDF pattern distribution in a post soon). They’re also part of the inspiration for a recent summer style post on Sewaholic. Whenever I see my friends in a feature, my heart is made happy. So, I’m going to try to start cataloging some of these posts on our blog.

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This week:

Mackenzie from Some Real Things is was a BurdaStyle feature.

Emily from Dressing the Role has a cute Belcarra Blouse on the Sewaholic Blog.

Oh, She Dabbles has an Archer Popover and a Moss Mini featured on Ada Spragg (formerly Cirque du Bebe).

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What a Windfall!

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Jul 2, 2014 Other crafts, things we like 0 Comments

You may have seen our sleek iPad stand at the shop. Perhaps you have wondered, “Who created the gorgeous container for the technological wonder I am currently signing with my fingertip?!” Well, wonder no more: Heckler Design! They craft beautiful, functional objects and I am proud to display one in my shop. And, they did a li’l piece on their blog about us! Nifty.

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Winner, Winner, Sewing Instead of Eating Dinner

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Jun 26, 2014 0 Comments

Ok, that title was not very eloquent, but it certainly expresses something we’ve all done: sewing to the exclusion of all else! Now our lucky contest winner can sew shorts until the break of dawn!

Congrats, Sarah!

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You may suspect that Sarah won just because she has an awesome name, but I used random.org to choose, I promise!

I liked seeing everyone come out from their hiding spots, so I think I’ll do more giveaways in the future. Whaddya think?

 

Exciting New Uses for Fabric: Cold Brew Coffee

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Jun 24, 2014 notions, Other crafts, things we like , , 1 Comment

So, I guess it’s not really a new use, but it was news to me! A very nice couple came in the shop the other day looking for unbleached muslin. Oh, they’re prototyping a garment, I think immediately. They ask what the minimum purchase is (a quarter yard) and I search my brainbox for what project they could be working on. I came up empty and just asked. “Well, it’s going to sound really weird, but we’re using it to make cold brew coffee…” The lady said sheepishly. “That’s awesome!” I replied.

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(photo from Haley Pierson-Cox’s cold brew tutorial at Make Zine)

It is always cool to see how folks are using fabric in ways that I have never thought of. I’m not a big coffee drinker on account of it making me super jittery and a little nauseous sometimes. John uses our Moka pot at home to make super strong li’l cups, which smell enticing, but that I know would make me feel ill. I’m a tea girl. Black, sometimes black flavored (fancy full leaf is great, but I also love me some cheap old Lemon Lift!!). However, I definitely appreciate the occasional cup o’ joe, especially iced on a hot summer day. This method will be great for those occasional cravings. I found a few tutorials: Make Zine has one, as does Revolution Coffee Company and the organic folks at The Rodale News.

I thought previously that cheesecloth would be the preferred steeping cloth, but it apparently doesn’t have enough stiffness to stand up properly in brewers. Unbleached muslin seems to be the preferred fabric and whaddya know we have it here for $4 a yard (sold in 1/4 yard increments). We also have baker’s twine to make the drawstring in 10 yard spools for a mere $1.

And what better way to enjoy your deelishis new coffee than in a deelishis and fancy laser-etched glass Crafty Foxes Sewing Club mug? There is no better way. So there. It is so cute that it makes me want to pose like Ginger for all of my pix.

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P.S. We’ll be getting some snazzy new custom made woven labels in soon, so stay tuned!

Tap Shorts: Enter to Win!

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Jun 18, 2014 contest, Crafty Foxes, patterns 73 Comments

All aboard for Katy & Laney’s Tap Shorts Blog Tour! Today’s stop is me, Sarah, in the pair I made from our Mochi Linen Dot in Orange. Can you believe this pattern only needs like a yard of fabric? Crazy. I made the pleat-front ones, but my next pair will be the fly front version. So many choices! Unlike, I am realizing, my poses, which are pretty much all the same. Profile with hands on hips. Guess it’s my signature pose! After you’ve absorbed my glamorousness (heh) to capacity, scroll to the bottom for a sweet giveaway!!

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Ok, all you need to do to enter is to tell me where you would wear your Tap Shorts! I’ll select randomly from the commenters; if you would like an additional entry, follow me, Katy, and Laney on Instagram and make sure to tell me in your comment! Entries must be submitted by next Wednesday, June 25th 11:00AM EST. You’ll get a copy of the pattern and the goodies in the pic below. Also, hardly anyone ever comments up in this joint, so you’ll have a really good chance of winning! Score! I know that you’re out there lurking, sweet sewists! I do the same thing on many other blogs. Time to show your pretty faces and enter to win!

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Winner receives:

2 yards Amy Butler heavy sateen fabric in Sunspots

1 invisible zipper, one metal zipper

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1 yard PrimaSoft Luxe Woven Interfacing

1 Grey’s Retractable Tape Measure

Crafty Foxes Membership Pin!

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Tap Shorts Tour Roundup:

Thursday, June 12th: Heather at Closet Case Files

Friday, June 13th: Ping at Peneloping

Saturday, June 14th: Jenny at Cashmerette

Monday, June 16th: Mary at Idle Fancy

Wednesday, June 18th: Sarah at Grey’s Fabric and Notions

Thursday, June 19th: Jennifer at Workroom Social

Friday, June 20th: Kelli at True Bias

Saturday, June 21st: Mary at Young, Broke, and Fabulous

Sunday, June 22nd: T at Uandmii

Tuesday, June 24th: MacKenzie at Some Real Things