Clever Girl Pillow

Today (11 June) is the 23rd anniversary of the original Jurassic Park movie coming out in theaters! You’ve seen it, right? There’s a scene where Muldoon is hunting the Velociraptors, locks his sights on one, only to see another come out of the bush to his side. He has just enough time to say ‘clever girl’ before she bites his head off. It’s become kind of an expression of rueful admiration of intelligence. Ever since I designed my paper pieced dinosaur patterns, I’ve been wanting to make a pillow with the Velociraptor and Muldoon’s famous last words.

clever girl diy

I got it made in time to take it to an evening event we were going to this weekend at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh to take photos with the dinosaurs. Unfortunately not all the dinosaurs were well lit, but we had a great time. It was an Indiana Jones themed night, with a whip show, giant snakes to touch, photo ops with a giant boulder, a scavenger hunt, a symphony playing Indiana Jones theme music, themed cocktails, and all kinds of other activities. It’s part of a quarterly event they have for adults called ‘after dark’ which I’m sure we’ll check out again.

Jurassic Park Pillow

The patterns for the letters to go with the 12″ pattern are now included with the Veronica Velociraptor FPP pattern in my shop – if you’ve bought the pattern before you should be able to download a new version with the letters included. As always, contact me at jmeigenbrodt@gmail.com if you have any problems. I still haven’t finished my own version of my dinosaur quilt pattern, but when I do this will be a great companion!

clever girl pillow

Our favorite part though: dinosaurs everywhere. Did you know that actual Velociraptors are feathered and only really the size of a large turkey? The dinosaurs in the movie look more like they were modeled on a close relative, Deinonychus, which is a much less appealing name. We went on a docent-led tour around their dinosaur area while we were there and learned all kinds of interesting things, including that there had been a dinosaur named Draconus Hogwartsia (‘dragon king of hogwarts’), but then they found out it was just the juvenile form of an already named dinosaur, so there is no longer a hogwarts dinosaur.

jurassic park pillow

We also wore our matching dinosaur dress and bowtie, which got more compliments than usual. Our only kind of picture of the two of us was this one from the scavenger hunt of digging for fossils – usually it’s a kids activity, but since this was an adults only event we finally got our chance to play.

And I made a little embroidery in one of my necklaces for the event – this color is now available in my 3D printed embroidery hoop shop and glows in the dark!

Pillow Details:

Pattern: Foundation paper pieced Veronica Velociraptor (letters now included!)
Fabric: Background is Twinkle from Lizzy House Constellations, letters and body are asterisk in metallic sky from Lizzy House Whisper Palette.

Unicorn Dress

Quilt Market is a bi-annual sewing and quilting trade show, and I’ve been lucky enough to make dresses and other goodies for the Andover Fabrics booths for the past few markets. For spring market this year, I made a dress with the new Lizzy House double gauze.

lizzy house double gauze dress

This andover double gauze is a dream to sew with and to wear. It feels amazing, and the colors are really saturated and bright which can be hard to find on double gauze. I of course made a coordinating necklace with one of my mini embroidery hoops with one of the other critters from this line of Lizzy House fabric.

embroidery hoop necklace

The dress pattern is view C from Butterick 6582. I had two pieces of sample yardage for the dress instead of continuous yardage and with the combination of the print being super directional with a wide repeat and my inability to not fussy cut cute critters, I had a really tough time getting all the pattern pieces to fit. I ended up moving a wedge of the pattern from the front skirt piece to the back skirt piece, making each back skirt piece several inches wider, and cutting the front skirt on the fold rather than two separate pieces. This moved the side seams of the skirt and the pockets (not in the original pattern – I added my modified Emery dress pockets) towards the center front of the dress a few inches. I ended up really liking how the pocket placement turned out! I might have to try this again with some yoke pockets. I’ve made several dresses at this point, and I did not find the instructions for this dress especially easy to follow. I’m pretty sure the pattern is missing a few steps, although I was pretty easily able to figure them out. It’s also not the simplest dress pattern with the front bodice details, so I would definitely recommend the pattern to someone with some experience sewing dresses/garments or a friend to help with the pattern.

double gauze dress

A few comments on working with double gauze: this was my first double gauze project, so I used some double gauze I’d purchased on sale previously to make several muslins of just the bodice. When making big-box store pattern dresses, I always end up making a smaller size than prescribed by the envelope measurements. The double gauze has more give to it than normal quilting cotton, so because I wanted a fitted bodice I ended up making an even smaller size than usual. All that to say – if you’re making a fitted garment with double gauze, I’d really suggest you make a bodice muslin. I’d also highly recommend using an interfaced facing and interfacing for the zipper. I used Pellon ShirTailor 950F interfacing for my first muslin. It worked well, but I wanted something less stiff so ended up switching to Pellon Shape-Flex SF101 for the final dress. This dress is incredibly comfortable and flattering (if I do say so myself), and the double gauze is so worth the extra effort to get used to a new substrate if you haven’t tried it.

lizzy house dress

I used the Lizzy House unicorn tapestry print for this dress, which has lovely unicorns, as well as greyhounds, pheasants, and rabbits. The colors and florals in this print are beautiful, but I really wanted to feature the critters. The unicorn is centered on the front bodice, but the greyhounds are also featured on the back.

The bunny is maybe my favorite (I have a paper piecing pattern of him in my craftsy shop). While he doesn’t get any special appearances on the outside of the dress, I love that I put my dress tag right under this little guy on the inside even if no one usually sees it. I’m wearing a crinoline in the previous photos for some extra poofiness, but below you can see how it sits on its own.

Butterick 6582

Dress Specs:

Pattern: Butterick 6582
Modifications: Moved a wedge of pattern from front skirt pattern to back skirt pattern to fit on the fabric I had and cut front skirt on the fold to eliminate a seam. I also added pockets.
Size: 12.
Fabric: Lizzy House tapestry double gauze in green

Lizzy House Lawn Beatrix Top

Having a full time job with regular hours in an office and moving into and redoing our whole house has put a significant damper on my crafting/sewing time. We still haven’t moved into where my craft room will go, so finding supplies and room to cut out patterns has been especially difficult as well. I was able to get my hands on some of the new Lizzy House lawn fabric from Andover though, and made time to whip up this Beatrix Top from Made By Rae.

Lizzy House Beatrix Top

I got the peach star chart and tapestry prints. The star chart is on a darker fabric than it’s quilting cotton counterpart, and the print is a lovely shimmery pearl/silver color that is the perfect mix of subtle and interesting to wear to my new office job. The lawn was what I would consider to be acceptably sheer on its own, but I went ahead and self-lined this top to be extra modest. I never really like facings anyways, and because the pattern fabric requirement was overestimated enough that after I decided to switch from 3/4 sleeves to short sleeves I had enough to make a second bodice.

beatrix top 001

I’m a big fan of sewing my own clothing, and many of my favorite fabric designs are only available on quilting cotton, so that’s what I make most of my handmade wardrobe with. It’s been really exciting to see more modern quilting fabric manufacturers making their designs available on fabrics geared towards a wider variety of garments, and I am super excited that Andover is coming out with some of Lizzy House’s most popular prints in lawn (and soon, double gauze!) to complement the knit fabrics of some of her other popular prints last fall. Their lawn is lighter weight and noticeably smoother than the quilting cotton, and folds a bit less harshly. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Lizzy House fabric (just scroll my instagram, or this dino dress, my flying geese dress, this second dino dress, this unicorn pillow, my dino quilt samples,… the list goes on), so I’m extra psyched about these Lizzy House garment fabrics.

Beatrix Top Back

I’ll be making more of these Beatrix tops, although I may be tweaking a few things for fit. I lined this version since the fabric was a tiny bit sheer, and I took about an inch off in the waist and hips on this one. I love the curved hem and the opportunity for color blocking/fussy cutting on the back button placket. It’s roomy enough to be a pull over top, so there’s no trying to get those cute buttons together on your back. It is super comfortable to wear, especially in lawn!

beatrix hop 004

Buttons were something I’ve been hesitant about sewing for a while, but my Janome Horizon made easy work of both the button holes and even sewing on the actual buttons. I’m hoping to find time for an Archer top soon!

Lawn Beatrix Top

Dress Specs:
Pattern: Beatrix Top from Made By Rae
Modifications: Slightly narrowed waist
Size: M
Fabric: Lizzy House Hit Parade Lawns – Star Chart Lawn in Peach Metallic and Unicorn Hunt in Orange

Thanksgiving Weekend Sale!

I hope all my American friends had a lovely Thanksgiving today! My family usually has our Thanksgiving meal on Saturday to accommodate some of our family members’ schedules, so on Thursday we eat at an Indian food restaurant because they’re open … and Thanksgiving is all about pilgrims and *indians*, right? It cracks me up every year 😀

Mini Scalloped Embroidery Hoop

Anyways, now that I’m selling my 3D printed embroidery hoops, I wanted to have a Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday sale! The mini hoops in my shop will be 25% off starting Friday morning, through Monday evening or when they’re all gone! They’re regularly $10, so this weekend they’ll be $7.50. Necklace and brooch kits will also be $2.50 off. The prices will be updated in my Etsy shop – no coupon needed! If you’re interested in buying a completed necklace or ornament rather than the DIY version, I’ll also honor the 25% off if you contact me by this Monday. Again, I’ll only have so many off those available. Email me (jmeigenbrodt@gmail.com) or send me an etsy convo of you’re interested in those!

Embroidery Hoop Christmas Ornaments

They’re perfect as Christmas ornaments or necklaces as gifts for friends and family or to keep for yourself. Fill them with embroidery, cross-stitch, or just your favorite fabric! Check out the etsy listing here or pictures of my hoops on instagram at #starsandsunshinehoops.

Plastic Embroidery Hoops

You can read more about the mini hoops and see a video of how to assembly them here. Have a fantastic weekend!

Bunny Paper Pieced Pattern

There’s another new pattern in my Craftsy FPP pattern store!

Paper Pieced Bunny Pattern

This bunny pattern is available here. The pattern includes templates for 12″x12″ and 18″x18″ blocks. I made it for the Andover booth at Quilt Market to go along with my unicorn pillow.

Paper Pieced Rabbit
Block by @nwquiltedcat

This is a pretty beginner-friendly paper piecing pattern, with only 11 sections, all of which are fairly simple. I’m working on a sheet of paper piecing tips to include with my patterns, but two that would be really helpful here would be to cut out background fabric for the big one-piece sections first and to tape large pieces that aren’t well attached to their sections to the paper.

Rabbit FPP Pattern

Block by @alchemytea

I had the pattern tested by several people, and I love how the different fabric value placements turned out. They’re each linked under the photos of their blocks. A big thanks for all their feedback and being willing to test the pattern out!

Foundation Paper Pieced Rabbit Pattern

Block by @sliceofpilife

I’m working on a few more new patterns, and on a paper piecing tips list to include with my patterns, so stay tuned! If you want to know when those are available, follow me here or on instagram as @stars_sunshine.

Foundation Paper Pieced Bunny
Block by @lisasquiltshop