Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cherie has finally hit stores! Thank you AGF for these gorgeous shots!

 I am very excited about  Chérie which is my second collection with AGF. This one is extremely different than her previous, so get ready to escape from Africa (Safari Moon)---to Paris with this romantic collection.
Let's tell you more about this beautiful, fresh new collection!
Chérie is a young, beautiful jet-setter. She's the kind of person who creates a garden in the midst of a city. Fresh, modern, and airy with a hint of grungy romance. 
Thank you to Art Gallery fabrics for doing this incredible photo shoot.

This picture knocks me out! It's gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!
This Quilt was designed by Karen Turchan Queen Bee and you can get the free download HERE!


To enter:
  • Explore the Chérie lookbook On the ART GALLERY FABRICS BLOG HERE:, then comment ON THEIR SITE with the project you'd most like to make from the lookbook.
  • Giveaway ends August 19th at 12pm EST.
  • Winner will be chosen using and announced August on this very post. 
Thank you all and I am excited about this collection. It sews very well and all the prints are very versatile and work great together! 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sewaholic Yaletown dress

I LOVE this fabric by Sara Lawson! Thank you Sara! Here is my pattern review for anyone interested in making this dress…
Fabric:ART GALLERY FABRICS  voile floral asphalt from Jungle Ave by Sew sweetness
Pattern Description: pretty easy just a couple little things that confused me about the pockets. Which actually ended up being way simpler than I thought. Also it says to finish the edges before sewing together I found it easier to finish my edges on the pockets after sewing the skirt pieces together.

Pattern Sizing:
I chose size 14 but ended up shearing it down. It runs a bit big so next time a size 12 might fit me.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it did.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I think a few more diagrams might have helped for beginners.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the fact that it works for a woman who is busty. Most clothes and dresses dont fit in the bust.

Fabric Used:
Voile  Interface was a light WOVEN

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I cut a little less than an inch on the bottom of the top once finished and I took in the sides quite a bit about another 5/8' on each side. The I shorted the length right above my knee so I cut off about 6' off the skirt part.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes. I can't wait to make this again maybe a less flirty style more sofisticated by making it longer.


I love this dress and it is incredibly comfortable, I had a very tough time fitting it mainly because I am just learning to sew garments and fit myself. I have some problem areas with my body. So I am having trouble with being between sizes 12-14 . I ended up having to rip out seams a lot just trying to fit it on me. But know that I know how to make it, it will be very easy next time. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


 New Look 6268 My favorite sewing pattern this summer very very easy and fits on anyone! Even if you are several lbs overweight! 

SIMPLICITY 2147 I made a size 16 and took a lot in on the sides as a gradation. I also hemmed the length quiet a bit.

KWICK SEW K3749 one of my favorite bag patterns to take to work. Look how pretty in this stunning fabric!

 When Katarina Roccella asked me to be part of her blog hop I was very excited. Her new collection is called INDELIBLE for ART GALLERY FABRICS

Katarina has a gorgeous website and blog here:
The most exciting thing that happend was I asked my friend Jody Miller who is a professional photographer to see if she would be interested in shooting these for me. I nearly fell over when she said yes. If you want to see a treat, grab some coffee and see her photography on her Flickr. Breath taking stuff. Thank you so much Jody for these photos your are a true artist.
      This summer I spent my focus on sewing garments I got very excited to do them. I am much more of a craft and quilt sewer. But somehow I got super motivated and jazzed to sew garments. I started this Journey sewing them for myself however, I am not the best model. I still really want to make the garments for myself and learn to fit for me. But I will belt and pin for models so you can see the lovely Clothes. I fell absolutely in love with Art Gallery Voiles and if you haven't sewn with them you must! And they are the most comfortable fabrics in the world.
Thank you to my friend Katarina who designed these gorgeous fabrics, Haejung for being a stunning model and Jody Miller who's art never ceases to amaze me.
Love, Frances

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


I am so excited to intruduce to you my Collection of Aurifil Threads called "Treasure Chest"A collection of Jewel tone threads which match all 3 of my fabric collections. The quality of the thread is amazing and it lasts a long time. I am so in love I wish I had a lifetime supply but I am so ecstatic over Treasure Chest.
 Aurifil is the hightest quality thread that comes from Italy Here is the AURIFIL website 

You can purchase your thread boxes 

Hope you like the colors I tried to chose the most versatile color spools not only to match all
three of my fabric collections but to be great for all your sewing projects.  Love, Frances

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cherie Toddler Pants / SIMPLICITY 1573

I got so excited about my bolts of Cherie I was anxious to sew something quickly, I made these very simple fast toddler Jamie pants! Yes Cherie can be for boys! 
 I am excited about this collection because it is very versatile ! 

 Pattern is SIMPLICITY 1573 Found HERE. I love that it is only one piece!!!! For a busy mom like me, it is so so fast! Cut 2 pieces of your fabric one pattern piece, stitch up the inner side seam, put one leg inside the other right sides together sew, Hem, put casing. voila your done!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

CHERIE IS ABOUT TO HIT SHOPS!!!!! Bolts just arrived at my home!

             Bolts of Cherie! Can't wait to see your projects! They are about to hit stores! 
I will update this post as soon as I get more pictures!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer Inspirations

 Fresh Modern pool quilt made with AGF ELEMENTS! Grab a lemonade and refresh with this backyard quilt!.

So excited about this darling website Hearts Fabric Here Utopia which comes out this Octobober can be pre ordered from this adorable shop. I also love this Retro Wrap Top Tutorial! =HERE! Thanks Sara Lawson from Sew Sweetness for sending me this info!