Category Archives: Nano Iro

I’m beyond thrilled to introduce you to the 30 Minute Skirt! She’s a lovely gathered skirt with band and hem variations, and can be made to fit any girl or woman. Its totally customizable, and its a super quick project! And the best part is, its fully lined- the seams are totally enclosed- making this […]

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  • those fabric pairings are spot on!ReplyCancel

  • […] you made one my 30 Minutes Skirts? What are you waiting for?! Perhaps you don’t have lining fabric around. If you are not a […]ReplyCancel

  • Hi Meredith this is a fantastic tutorial! I love that it’s 30 minutes to skirt heaven! I’ve vowed to sew myself some skirts this Spring and I think this one is one that I will try. The only thing I’m wondering is I would really like side pockets on my skirts. Do you see an easy way to modify this skirt to add pockets? I guess that would make it the 1 hour skirt. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!ReplyCancel

    • You could cut your outer fabric in half so that you are sewing one of the sides together (adding in some pockets using an existing pocket template) before you assemble the skirt according to my tutorial. :) rather than having a single back seam, you would be sewing up one of the side seams which is pretty much the same thing except that our could be stitching around the pocket on the outer layer. I think it would still make for a quick project! ReplyCancel

      • Thank you! I will give that a try! I’ll use #30minuteskirt on my instagram once I get it done, but I have a few other projects to finish up before I start the skirt making :-)ReplyCancel

Let’s talk about Quilt Market! Before I get into the booths and the incredible talent I saw, I have to tell you a bit about my personal experience with the travel and being in a city! I’ll keep it short and show you the good stuff. I traveled to Minneapolis last week. It was the […]

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  • It’s too bad that I didn’t get a chance to meet you as I was walking around with Liesl most of the time!ReplyCancel

    • That would have been great! I stopped her on her way to speak to Heather Ross. I probably shouldn’t have, but I was a little starstruck. :)ReplyCancel

  • Lara

    Wow Meredith! What an amazing adventure (despite the hairy start!). Lots of gorgeous photos and so jealous of you meeting AMH. Thanks for sharing xxReplyCancel

  • You got to see Tiger Lily! I think by the time it hits stores I’ll have talked myself into buying full yards of the entire collections. I am hearing such great things about Loominous too!

    Glad you got a chance to travel away from your littles. I still haven’t since my daughter was born 3 years ago!ReplyCancel

  • great recap!! it’s like having a front row seat to your adventures!!ReplyCancel

Things have been quiet in this space for a week or so, but it hasn’t been so in real life. I’ve actually done more sewing in recent weeks in preparation for Quilt Market than I normally do in a month or more. I feel like I can’t even pack that whole experience into a single […]

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Today I want to talk to you about buying fabric. Its something that is useful for every crafty person who needs fabric regardless of what your budget is.  So let’s begin with budget. This is your beginning point, and its the bottom line. Some of us have very little to work with, and others have much […]

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  • Kay

    This is a great post. I love Liberty too and would rather have something I love and will use carefully. I have previously bought fabric that was on sale because sit was a good price and then never used it. Now I am more careful with my money and fabric choices.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth J

    Great points! I myself am wary of “fabric clubs”. They sound really great, and I joined one for a year. I ended up spending money on fabric I didn’t love and have not used to this day! Then you have to resell it, or make a scrap quilt with all of your not-loved fabrics. Not fun at all!ReplyCancel

  • Ivy

    Thank you for this. I am trying to be more of a curator, too.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Clark

    Thank you! I love all of your points.ReplyCancel

  • Carolynne Gordon

    Enjoyed the sentiments in this post. My mother was a fabric hoarder, and when she died we had to dismantle her sewing room. Aaaargh. I decided that day not to collect anything anymore. I became a quilter and learnt to trust that I would find what I needed, when I needed it. It’s become a metaphor for living. And as I buy second hand fabrics, mostly, from markets and thrift shops, it tests the premise further. And it generally works for me. Good luck, good nouse, along with a bit of magic.ReplyCancel

  • […] I know this was a long post, but it is something that has been weighing heavily on my heart. I wish I would have had someone tell me this years ago when I was just discouraged and not doing anything well. Just remember it’s all a process, and your life and family is unique. If you could use some advice and encouragement about buying fabric (because the temptation to have every new line is real!),  you can read this post about responsibly buying fabric.  […]ReplyCancel

I love the Oliver + S Jump Rope Dress. It was one of the first garment patterns I sewed for Layla so long ago. Its that time of year now when I start thinking about refreshing her wardrobe because she’s outgrown everything she has. She’s looking more like a toothpick everyday because she’s just getting […]

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  • She is such a good little model! Both shirts are super cute.ReplyCancel

  • emily

    so stylish! love how you transformed these fabrics into something magical!ReplyCancel

  • I love your modified version. Now I’m thinking of making one for my daughter.ReplyCancel