a 'well-composed' question 

Anna Maria Horner's new patterns finally arrived here at the shop. I took one look at the 'well-composed' blouse, and I had to have it. In every color. We sold out of this pattern after I posted this photo on Facebook, but I should be restocked at some point on Friday!

erin daley daley by the yard well composed blouse

My weekend is Sunday and Monday. My fiance also has Sunday off, so usually not much sewing gets done. Monday, however, is my day. Joseph goes off to work, and I have the house to myself. My last couple Mondays have been all about unpacking boxes, putting things away, cleaning, and all that boring stuff. Now that we're all moved in, I can get back to normal. My goal was to make 3 of these blouses. I've got 2 complete, and one is just cut out. The well-composed blouse is effortless. It's got an easy fit, great with a cami underneath and a cardigan over it. It's absolutely perfect for fall's in-between temperatures.

Featured Fabrics:

lotta jansdotter for windham fabrics, $10.70/yard

wee gallery for dear stella, $10.70/yard

Needless to say, i love this blouse. it's comfortable, and it's easy. Putting it together was a snap. There are literally 3 seams. i used bias tape to finish the neckline, cuffs, and bottom hem. My tip for bias tape on clothing? Do it backwards.

well composed blouse daley by the yard binding

Stitch the right side of the binding onto the wrong side of the garment. Then, fold the tape over the right side. Then, use an edgestitch foot with your needle position a few ticks to the right to stitch the tape on the right side of the garment. With this technique, you have more control over the visible stitching.

well composed blouse daley by the yard binding

This way, you have neat (not perfect) stitching on the inside of your garment, and perfect stitching on the outside. In this one case, it's what's on the outside that matters!

 well composed bloue daley by the yard binding

My "well-composed" question is: why aren't we using "quilting" fabric for making garments? Fabric designers are imagining their fabrics in all sorts of projects; ranging from curtains, dresses, quilts, napkins, pillows, table runners, etc. We need to recognize these fabulous, high quality, high thread count fabrics for their full potential - everything.

rashida coleman hale tsuru quilt market

Check out Rashida Coleman-Hale's quilt market display for her Tsuru line. Bags, dresses, chair, ottoman, and lampshade. I don't see any quilts at all! After seeing a few look books for quilt markets this year, this is the trend. And why not? Woven cotton drapes nicely, it's comfortable, it's inexpensive, it's easy to work with.

Posted by DaleyByTheYard Admin Wednesday, September 24, 2014 1:12:00 PM Categories: Challenges Completed Projects Ideas Pattern Review Tutorial

home sewn 

homesewn headboard lime green paper pieced flying geese

If anyone has been here anytime in the last few weeks, you know I just moved! My fiance and I are now all moved in and settled into our new place, which means it's time to "jack it up"!

I'm excited to make curtains, pillows, placemats, table runners, and all that other stuff that makes a house a home!

Before moving day, my father (Tom the Tech) and I refinished my fiance's great grandmother's buffet. I painted it in a lovely shade of "cayenne spice". It now serves as our entertainment center. It was an easy project, mostly because I had help, 2 painters work faster than one! You can get paint with primer already in it, which saves so much time! A fresh coat of paint can freshen up pretty much anything.

cayenne spice buffet

We opted against a headboard. I had given thought to building our own, but then decided a wallhanging would be much more fun. I found this flying geese pattern block online. It's paper pieced. Our bedroom is green; certainly not my favorite color, but it's very tasteful and serene. You might ask "if you don't like green, why is all of your bedding green?" WELL. Marriage is all about compromise, right? It was a good challenge to make the headboard in colors that aren't neccsarily my favorite. I'm realizing that in life, not everything can be pink. Even if I'd really prefer it that way.

lime green paper pieced flying geese unfinished

Are you an HGTV addict? Do you make projects for your home? Share your finished projects (or almost finished products) here in the comments, or on our facebook page!

Posted by DaleyByTheYard Admin Wednesday, September 17, 2014 11:31:00 AM Categories: Challenges Completed Projects Ideas