Archer Button Up by Grainline Studio

Archer Button Up, Oh how I love thee!!! I count 4 ways so far. My latest in Mammoth Flannel Plaid, 2 using Chambray Union and one in Studio RK London Calling.

Archer Button Up in Mammoth Flannel

I would have to say the Archer Button Up by Grainline Studio is by far the most rewarding garment pattern to make. Yes, it’s a bit technical but each step leaves me feeling like I accomplished a magical feat. Each time, I make the Archer, I rely on the Grainline Studio Sew Along to get me through. Jen’s instructions are broken up into manageable sections that are easy to follow.

The plaid stripes are easy to aligned using Jen’s tutorial online. The center placket was cut on a slight bias for added interest. Truthfully – You don’t have to match those pesky stripes. Pocket? I may have been lazy that day. I’ll go back to add a pocket or two.

I added quite a bit to the length on this Archer. My goal was to wear it with leggings or skinny jeans which means I needed more of a tunic length.

Wish I had cut the yoke on the bias as well. I saw Jen’s tip after I finished sewing up the Archer. Next time…

The Mammoth Flannel is warm, comfy and super soft. At 6.4 oz per square yard it’s a bit heavier than the the 3.8 Chambray Union. Interfacing was used only on the cuffs. I felt they needed just a little added structure for folding the cuffs up.

To get the fit I like, here are the changes I continue to make to the pattern.
1 – Start with size 16 pattern, for bust measurement of 44 inches.
2 – Lengthen the hem line about 2 inches or more for tunic length.
3 – reduce the bulk in the sleeve by cutting the size 12 cuff and grade the sleeves down to match. (The armhole of the sleeve was left at the size of the shirt, size 16. I just tapered it down to a size 12 at the cuff.)

From Instagram #momselfie

I originally blogged about the Archer Button Up at Pink Chalk Studio. And for more info on the other two here is the link.

Happy New Year!


Fold over Clutch by Michelle Patterns

I had fun making the Michelle Patterns Fold Over Clutch to take to Quilt Market this fall. The style is simple and holds just the essentials. Mochi Linen from Moda was just the right weight for the exterior. I love the construction which allows for a fun feature fabric to be the accent down the center of the bag.

A light fusible interfacing was added to the interior fabric from Cotton + Steel XOXO in Chartreuse. The sassy pop of color in the zipper and lining plays well off the gray. FYI – An iPhone 4s fits perfectly in the exterior pocket.

I love the size and shape of the bag. I may tend to over stuff a small bag so, if I were to make it again I would add an inch to the height. The strap was added by cutting a 3 inch wide strip of Mochi, fold each side into the center then over again. Tabs were placed just above the line of the snap on the pocket. My strap is 49 inches long.

There are 2 sizes in the Fold Over Clutch. I chose the large size which measures 9.5″ x 10.5″ x 2″. I would definitely make this bag again. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out!

Happy sewing!


Pantone Spring Colors for 2015

Pantone Spring

I’ve seen quite a bit of discussion on the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year. Whether you like it or not. It’s created a stir. The Pantone Institute introduces 10 colors for Women’s Fashion and 10 colors for Men’s Fashion for the spring of each year. I will focus on women’s fashion. The palette on a whole is very pleasing to me. It’s soft and comfortable with a happy retro feel.


Soft cool hues blended with subtle warm tones create a soothing escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®


Here are the Kona Cotton coordinates for the 2015 Pantone Spring Palette.


My goal is to find just the right tone for each color. Some may be lighter or darker depending upon the photo used and the availability of that color in the manufacturers color selection. In other words, I am limited by the colors that are being produced at that time. Let’s take Marsala as an example. In my first blog post on Marsala I chose richer colors in order to get the right tone. There really isn’t a close match. After serious consideration over the weekend I believe Sienna is closer to the Pantone Marsala. Sienna is lighter with both brick and pink undertones.



Are those colors you can quilt with?


Pantone Color of the Year 2015 – Marsala


Pantone announced the Color of the Year for 2015 – Marsala
I’m not sure what to think. Do ya like it, love it, or what?

Welcome to the brand new What Goes With What blog! What a great way to start off the fun. Those of you who have followed Pink Chalk Studio’s blog have seen many What Goes With What blog posts. I usually take a designer collection of fabric and provide the solid fabrics which coordinate. Today I’m working with Marsala, the color of 2015.

Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth. Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute


Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Sienna


Moda Bella Solids Burgundy


Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Brick


Michael Miller Cotton Couture Garnet

I would love to know what you think.