Friday, April 24, 2015

My, What Big Eyes You Have!

There are two versions of Little Red Riding Hood. Well, probably more, but the two that I am thinking of are pretty much the same, and it all comes down to timing.    

Version A: "My, what big teeth you have Grandma!" and the wood cutter jumps in just in time to save Red from being eaten. (grandma was hiding in the closet)

Version B: "My, what big teeth you have Grandma!" The Big Bad Wolf eats Red and the woodcutter jumps in to chop open the wolf and saves Red and the previously eaten Grandma.

This bag is an ode to Version B. 

Fabric: Wool blend felt (Mr. Big Bad)
             Home Dec weight (exterior main and contrast)
             F aux Suede (interior "cape")
             All fabric from Joann Fabrics
Construction: I didn't actually look at the instructions from Sugar Bee and kind of winged it. I assembled both the exterior and lining with out sewing the top strap seam and leaving an opening in the bottom of the lining. After hand sewing Mr Big Bad to the front, I sewed the exterior and the lining together around the top/strap edge, leaving about 2 inches un-sewn at the top of the strap. I turned everything right side out through the opening, then stitched the exterior strap pieces together and the lining strap pieces together separately. I used red thread to top-stitch around the edge and viola! A new library bag for Violet! 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Welcome to Dymbrulee!

I love to sew for my kids, for gift-giving, and sometimes even for myself. I also love great fabric, but am often at a loss as to what to do with it. With this blog, I'm hoping to strike up some inspiration for you using the fabric I stock in my Etsy shop. Expect to see lots of my three children, Violet (5) and twins Rosemary and David (1). They are the most fun to sew for, of course.  I want to leave things fairly open-ended for now, as I have no idea how this project will evolve. But know this, my number one goal is to get your foot to the treadle!

This super soft cotton voile spoke to me right off the bat. It said, "hi, I'm what spring looks like!" Floaty and dainty and fresh. It's not exactly sheer, but not 100% opaque either.

 I wanted to make something that was as airy in style as this is in your hand, without absolutely floating away.  This pattern was exactly what I was after.  Don't you love the hidden button placket?! first time making a button placket of any kind. Go big or go home, right?

It was a dream to sew with, too. It pressed so easily, it hardly frayed and washed up even softer than I expected.

It took a really long time for the weather to cooperate with our photo shoot plans. Finally spring has sprung in PA. We even saw our first daffodils.  

You can find this fabric HERE in my Etsy Shop, Dymbrulee Textiles. I only stock limited quantities, so get it while it's hot!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions, please email me. I'm looking forward to posting coordinating outfits for the twins next, look for that soon!