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Art Gallery Rayon Inspiration

From February 22 – March 15, 2021 Phee Fabrics is running an Art Gallery Fabrics Rayon Pre-Order. Once the print reaches the minimum it will be stocked. Here is some inspiration from our ever growing list.

PANTS

KIDS

SHIRTS & DRESSES

We can’t wait to see your favorites and creations. Make sure to share them and tag #pheefabrics

Let’s Get Cozy

Does anyone else feel like cooler weather just shows up and you are scrambling for something to wear? I feel ya. A cool weather warm-up and the patterns to go with it.

Cozy French Terry

We used different shades of Cozy French Terry and patterns from:

Rebekah Sweater from Sonia Estep
Lakeside Joggers from Sinclair

Lisse Hoodie from New Horizons
Lexi & Lou Loungers from Made for Mermaids
True North Hoodie from Max & Meena

Tania Coatigan from Jalie
Raglan Sweater from Lowland Kids
Going Home Sweater from Ellie & Mac
Merry Mittens from Max & Meena

Let me know what you want to make with Phee Fabric’s Cozy French Terry

Happy Sewing

Melissa

Halloween Inspiration

We are rounding up some of the Phee Fabrics Halloween/ Fall makes. The following sewing makes have all used the Spooky ‘N Sweet Collection designed by Art Gallery Fabrics and sold at Phee Fabrics.

Fabrics Used: The dish towels used Pick-a-Boo and Purranormal Activity. The oven mitt used Pick-A-Boo and a panel from You Are Magic .

Patterns Used: Dish towels by Sew for Home . The oven mitt by Made for Mermaids.

Fabrics Used: Inside the Candy Bowl and a panel from You are Magic.

Patterns Used: It mashed two patterns from The Simple Life Pattern Co. Georgia for the bodice and the Pearl sleeves.

Fabrics Used: Wicked Broomsticks, Stars Aligned Trick, a panel from You are Magic

Pattern Used: Molly from The Simple Life Pattern Co.

Fabrics Used: Wicked Broomsticks and Black Rayon Spandex

Patterns Used: Jalie Drop Pocket Cardigan

Fabric Used: A panel from You are Magic

Pattern Used: self drafted

Fabrics Used: A panel from You are Magic and Through the Pumpkin Patch

Pattern Used: Little Lizard King Milan

Fabrics Used: Witch’s Wardrobe and Light Pink Rayon Spandex

Patterns Used: skirt was self drafted. Shirt Jalie 2805

Fabrics Used: Sweet Tooth, Mustard Rayon Spandex, Black Rayon Spandex, Black Cozy French Terry

Patterns Used: Jalie Frederic , Brindille & Twig Modern Joggers , Jalie Nico

Stretch Twill Shorts Comparison

Don’t we all love those comparison blogs? A chance to see a couple different patterns worked up in the same fabric base.  So, Amie, Jessica and Melissa  sewed up different women’s shorts patterns all in Stretch Twill

To read about finishing techniques or watch finishing videos, click the buttons below

Sonia Estep Designs Bahama Bottoms

Sizes:  Women’s 00-30

Size Made: 8

Drafted For:  5′ 5″

Pattern Options:  drawstring, four inseam lengths, front patch pockets, and back patch pockets with flap.

Fabric used:  White Stretch Twill

Comments:  If you are nervous about sewing wovens or are a beginner this is a great pattern to start with. The pockets aren’t mandatory and the Phee Fabrics blogs and YouTube channel has amazing techniques to help along the way, like French Seams!

Violette Field Threads Lilly (misses)

Sizes:  0-16

Size Made:  16

Drafted For:  5′ 6″

Pattern Options:  high rise, regular rise, low rise, faux flat elastic front

Intended Fit:  Slim fit, and designed to hit top of mid thigh.

Options Made:  Regular rise

Fabric used:  Charcoal stretch twill

Comments:  I love that this pattern had a lining sewn into it. In the construction steps, it mentions that 2 sets of mirrored front pieces are needed, 2 main, and 2 lining (4 total).   Since this pattern is in Misses sizes, it is not very inclusive.  The print guide, cut chart, and instructions are limited. 

Fit:  I was concerned that these would be too tight, and not fit with them being “slim fit so I reduced the seam allowance by 1/8″. This has made them more of a relaxed fit. The pattern calls for 1″ elastic but I used 1.5″. For the next pair I’m going to attempt making the inseam shorter.

Striped Swallow Coachella

Pattern Options:  Relaxed fit, Slim fit, 2″ inseam, 4″inseam, low rise, mid rise, high rise, trim and bias tape options.

Intended Fit:  Relaxed or Slim Fit

Options Made:  Slim Fit, 2″ inseam, mid rise

Fabric Used:  Coral Stretch Twill

Comments:  I love this designer’s patterns. There is no cut layout, all pages are printed landscape, make sure to check your settings in case you need to change them. The pattern does call for trim, which I left off because of them being dual purpose.  The problem is that I kind of had to wing it because there are no instructions on how to sew these shorts up with no trim. I want to try the relaxed version next time, and see how that compares to the slim fit version.

Made By Rae Rose Pants/Shorts

Sizes:  Women’s sizes XXS – XL, Plus Sizes 1-5 

Size Made:  XS

Drafted For:  5′ 6″

Pattern Options:  High-waisted pants and shorts sewing pattern with slash pockets and a pleated or gathered front. The front waist is flat while the back waist is elasticized. Choose from three lengths: long, cropped, or shorts

Options Made:  High waisted shorts with pleats and slash pockets

Fabric Used:  Navy Stretch Twill

Comments: Sizing is true to size. I did take a little extra seam allowance to slim them down through the hips and thigh.

Made For Mermaids Women’s Lucy Shorts

Sizes:  Based on colors

Size Made:  Green

Drafted For:  5′ 5″

Pattern Options:  3.5″ curved and straight hems, 4.5″ curved and straight hems, trim and bias tape options.

Intended Fit:  Relaxed low rise shorts

Options Made: 3 1/2in curved hem

Fabric Used:  Black Stretch Twill

Comments:  Easy to follow instructions. Quick sew. These shorts are low rise but it is easy to adjust the rise if you wanted a higher rise. You can also do the ruffle hack, like the ones pictured by following this blog.

Patterns For Pirates Linen Loungers

Sizes: XXS- Plus 3X. There is also a kids version called Little Loungers

Size Made:  XL

Drafted For:  5′ 5″

Pattern Options:  Curved hem, shorts length, cuffed shorts, button tab, bermuda length, capri length, pant length, elastic waistband, yoga waistband, back pocket, exposed front pocket, slat pockets, grommets and tie option, faux fly

Intended Fit:  Loose, Relaxed fit

Options Made:  Curved hem, shorts length, back pocket, elastic waistband, faux fly

Fabric Used:  Navy Stretch Twill

Comments:  I found that these have a mid rise fit. Basting your back pockets on first with help achieve the desired placement. The instructions include a faux fly but I did mine the way I’m used to.What I did was with right sides together, sew around the faux fly using a 1/4in seam allowance until you get to the curved crotch, then switch to 1/2in seam allowance.  Clip all of the curves, then turn right side out.  Fold fly over the front of the shorts, then top stitch the fly down and around the fly like shown in pattern.  That’s it!  

My Mental Health + Sewing

In February of this year, I found myself in a deep dark place both mentally and emotionally. Things started getting a little better for me in March, but come late March after the pandemic began, I slowly began spiraling down that rabbit hole of lost hope again. Working from home, I felt like a prisoner in my own home, and my once safe place (safe place away from work) was no longer safe. Whenever I looked at my den, that once made me oh so happy; I just wanted to cry.

By early May, I had gotten really bad, I was always crying, and I couldn’t focus on a single task. I felt like I was drowning, and I would never see the sky again. I knew it was time to find help, so on May 7th, I got in my car and drove to the Psychiatric Urgent Care clinic. The previous day I had spent calling around trying to find a therapist, without anyone calling me back that day, and I knew I couldn’t wait any longer. I’m not sure if all cities have a psych urgent care center, but I feel so blessed that I was able to get help the same day I needed it.

Mental health is critical, and I know it can be tough to talk about. I hope that by sharing my story, I can help you to be stronger to seek help when you need it. I have struggled with depression for over 20 years, it’s part of who I am, and I know when I need to seek out help.

Quilted by Kristen Lee.

In the past, sewing has always helped in times like this, but I was having trouble even doing that. I needed something that was mindless sewing, something more meditative; this is where sewing a quilt top came to be. I’m not a quilter, I’ve always said this, but I am a fabric collector. All the Art Gallery Fabrics Bundles that I had been purchasing from Phee Fabrics were a mini fabric collection on their own. I loved looking at them all but didn’t know what to do with them, then I saw this quilt on Instagram and fell in love. Taking time to choose each fabric, then putting them together to make a single quilt block brings me so much joy. And then how full of joy I feel when I get my quilt back from my quilter is even greater. Yes, I said my quilter, that means I love making quilts now!

Quilted by Kristen Lee.

Fabric

I started with some of the AGF Bundles from Phee Fabrics, and ordered an additional bundle, then got my backing and binding fabric. Below is all of the fabric I used:

  • Geometrica Bundle
    • Eight of the ten fabrics in my quilt top, one of those was a background fabric.
  • Katarina Roccella Edition No. 1
    • Five of the ten fabrics with one of them as a background fabric.
  • No. 13 Light & Shadow Edition
    • Five of the ten fabrics as the background – I did cut the darker fabrics, and when laying out the blocks, I didn’t like how much of a contrast there was between the light and dark of the background, so I pulled them out.
  • Written Bundle
    • Five of the ten within the quilt top (two were part of the group of background fabrics), and one fabric for part the binding.
  • Animalia Bundle
    • One of these, in my background.
  • Deep Black Solid
    • This stuff is super black; it’s so amazing! I used it for the majority of my binding with one strip of an accent fabric from one of my bundles around one corner.
  • Roses & Letters
    • While working with my quilt blocks, this fabric kept made me smile every time I saw it. The fabric was in the Written bundle, but I wanted yardage of it to use for my quilt backing. I instantly contacted Phee and asked if the fabric was available for them to order. It didn’t take too long for the owner Melissa to get back to me and let me know that it was, and it could go on pre-order. When you need enough fabric for a queen size quilt back, you know the pre-order will go through because that was at least 8 ½ yards of fabric. I went with extra fabric to make a couple of pillowcases to match, which I need to get on top of.

Pattern

The pattern I used was Starshine by Modernly Morgan. If you want to make your first quilt, then I highly suggest using one of her designs, as they are straightforward and easy to understand.

What I Learned

  • Double-check your measurements before cutting.
    They always say cut once, measure twice, but they don’t tell you to double-check your measurements on the pattern before cutting. I continuously measured twice before cutting my background fabrics (the white and blacks) as I had a minimal amount of extra fabric for the size I was making. Well, instead of cutting 5 ½” x 3” rectangles, I cut 5 ½” x 5 ½” squares. I cut down the squares and then pieced the fabrics that blended well together, although I wasn’t able to piece some of them.
  • There are no rules in quilting.
    Okay, maybe one rule, use a consistent ¼” seam allowance, but other than that, you can do whatever you want. Other than that, you can do whatever. So if you don’t want to follow the pattern for the fabric placements, you don’t have to. I wanted to spread my fabrics out more, so I did my own thing.
  • Art Gallery Fabrics fray the least amount from any other fabrics.
    Of all the fabric I’ve used in my life, I noticed that the handling of the AGF barely frayed at all! If you go back up to my “double-check your measurements” bullet above, I did run out of background fabric and pulled in some stuff from my stash that who knows how long it was sitting there. I wish I could have used all Art Gallery, but it wasn’t going to happen. Those other fabrics frayed so much while I was working with them, I couldn’t believe the difference.
  • Hand sewing a quilt label takes forever but looks so pretty.
    Check out this sweet hand embroidered quilt label that made. I used the same fabrics that were used the blocks. This thing took forever, but I love it, and I will continue to hand embroider labels for quilts.
  • Matching corners and seams take practice.
    I’ve noticed that with each block I make, the more precise my corners from half-square triangles (HST) and seams start to match up better and better. This doesn’t mean I don’t love my wonky crooked seams and cut off HST corners, because I see them in my quilt as a learning and healing process.
  • When using a mixture of low volume fabrics for the background, don’t overthink placement.
    I kept overthinking my placement for where my low volume fabrics were, yeah, I know not all are super low volume, as I went more for black and whites, yet I have a couple of navy and whites mixed in, but you get it. I kept thinking this is a “scrappy” quilt; it needs to look that way, then I finally said forget it and just started sewing. It took a lot of the stress out of the fabric placement of the background out. I then divided my lighter backgrounds among my blocks and then my heavier, as well as my mids so that they would be evenly distributed among the quilt. When working on each block, I just focused on how the block made me feel.
  • Choose fabrics you love or bring you joy.
    I had one fabric, I wasn’t super in love with, and when I went to match this fabric with others for one of my blocks. I then pulled this fabric from the piles of the different cuts and went on.
  • Sew and extra block if you have the fabric.
    I sewed an extra block just in case I wanted to make a matching pillow cover or aren’t happy with one of your blocks. I love all my blocks, but the extra block I didn’t add, I just couldn’t figure out where to put it in my quilt “puzzle” when I laid it out. I’m planning to make a matching throw pillow for my bed with it.
  • If you’re making a bed quilt, buy extra backing fabric to make pillowcases.
    I love the back of my quilt so much, and now I need to make pillowcases to match it, as well as pick one of the colors on my quilt to paint my bedroom walls.

Stephanie

Car Seat Neck Pads

Phee Fabrics is finding ways to use up your Art Gallery scraps. This blog is focusing on Car Seat Neck Pads! Plus you have a chance to win a Scrap Pack! 

Over time the neck pads are on the car seat have become dingy plus they’re boring. So why not redo them? These only cushion the straps against the collarbone and do not reduce the safety of the car seat. These are the same size and thickness of the original ones.

SUPPLIES LIST

  • 4 cuts of woven fabric measuring 7″ x 5.5″
  • 4 cuts of bra foam measuring 7″ x 5.5″
  • A Leather or Microtex needle
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Two 3″ cuts of hook and loop tape aka velcro

Instructions

  • Stack 2 pieces of woven fabrics, right sides together, on top of 2 layers of cut foam
  • Pin or clip pieces together
  • Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, stitch around all 4 layers. Important: Leave a small opening for flipping.
  • Clip your corners to reduce the bulk
  • Flip your woven pieces so the wrong sides are together with the foam sandwiched in the middle
  • Push out your corners. I used a wooden skewer
  • Press (Not necessary but I iron every single thing while I am sewing)
  • Topstitch around the entire rectangle using 1/8″ seam allowance
  • Measure 3/4″ from each short side and sew on the velcro. One side for the hook and one side for the loops.

Easy breezy lemon squeezy. New car seat strap pads!

We would love to see your scrap makes! Enter to win an Art Gallery Scrap Pack. 

Happy Sewing

Melissa

A Ruffled Golf Skirt

I found a cute skirt from Flirtee and decided to recreate it.

I found a few patterns in my collection for my Inspiration. Both patterns I measured medium and they’re both FREE!

A good starting point is the Patterns for Pirates Peg Leg shorties and the Patterns for Pirates pencil skirt. Shorts under my skirt makes me feel much more secure on the course. I made the entire skirt out of Phee Fabrics Tricot. It is a light, airy, antimicrobial, and quick drying.

Shorts

Construct your shorties based on the pattern, including hemming, up to the point that you would add the waistband, then put them aside. Important: typically you would not start here but I do this to avoid stitching my bottom flounce piece into the hem.

Pencil Skirt

To achieve the added flair to the pencil skirt:

  • I drafted three 4″ flounces to go across the back of the skirt. If you have not done a flounce before, think of it like a little circle skirt but you cut a line through one side of it. Drafting flounces takes a little math and I will explain it in the next paragraph.
  • After cutting the flounces, stitch them down using a stretch stitch and following the chalk lines. The top of the flounces should be “upside down”  
  • After the flounces are stitched down, serge the skirt together. Important: you want the flounces to go slightly into the side seem so they will look like part of the back of the skirt.

Flounce Drafting

  • Figure out the point that you want the flounces to start on the garment and measure. Side seam to side seam horizontally is what I chose.
  • Repeat this step 3 times and mark your lines on the back skirt panel using a ruler and chalk pen.
  • How wide do you want the flounce? Once you know that, divide that number by 3.14. This will give you the radius needed for a half circle. However, for a full circle (which is what you need) you must divide the result by 2.
  • Use this number to draft the first circle line. 
  • Measure from the point of your first circle cut down (the first circle line is 4″ down to make the flounce 4″ or what width you choose) to the length that you would like, as mentioned above I measured mine to be 4 inches and don’t hem the Tricot because it doesn’t fray.
Example, my target length was 20″. This is how I calculated the radius for a full circle.

And just like that you have your flounces!

Finishing Up

  • Your shorts and skirt should have the side seams are constructed and hemmed at this point.
  • Now you can add the waistband. You will only be using one waistband because the shorts and the skirt will be attached.
  • To add the waistband, you will want to measure it off in quarters and put pins at each quarter point. You will do the same for your skirt. After quartering take your shorties and skirt and clip or pin them all together stretching the waistband (not the skirt or shorties) just enough to make it line up.
  • Now you can serge it all together

Voila you have a ruffled back golf skirt!

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