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

straight stitch society 

I absolutely love the patterns and the philosophy of Straight Stitch Society. This is their "Feed the Animals" coin purse.

Their manifesto goes as follows:

1. Life is hard, sewing is easy.

2. When the going gets tough, the tough get sewing.

3. Sewing is cheaper than therapy and easier on your waistline than chocolate.

4. Don't make it if it's not super cute.

5. Don't let anyone trash talk your sewing skills. Especially your mother.

6. Sometimes a glass of wine really does improve your sewing. Or at least your attitude. Same difference.

7. A strategically used curse word can make you feel better when you need to get the seam ripper. But only the first time. After that you're a potty mouth.

8. No matter what happens, remember that it's only fabric.

9. If someone asks "Did you make that?" say "Yes" proudly and leave it at that, no matter how much you fudged along the way.

10. Sewing straight stitch society projects makes you thinner, younger, and richer. You'll see.

TOO CUTE. Straight Stitch Society puts out fun, easy patterns and projects that are useful and can be completed in a short amount of time. These are my favorite kind of sewing projects. They are funky, fresh, and you'd be happy to show off any of them. I made the delicious "Keep Your Cool" smartphone case last year. Featured is one of my many broken iPhones. I'd be much more cool if I wasn't constantly smashing the screens on my iPhones. Anyway...

I love projects that can be made with quilting weight cottons. It's soft, it's easy to work with, and it always has the most fun prints. All of Straight Stitch Society's patterns will be available here at the shop for the first week of September!

Happy Sewing!

Posted by DaleyByTheYard Admin Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:09:00 PM Categories: Classes @ Daley's Completed Projects Ideas Pattern Review
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