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It’s been a busy month here at Monaluna! We got our first collections of organic cotton knits in a couple of weeks ago, and they’ve been flying off the shelves. Our Raaga knit collection, printed on organic cotton jersey, has been a hit for little girl’s dresses, baby wear and for pairing with our new Ashland patterns. The Woodland collection, with the beefier organic interlock basecloth, has been popular for, well, everything! We’re already out of stock on a few prints, but we’ve got a new printing underway, and will have Foxy, Polka and Swedish Forest back in stock soon!

Woodland Knits

Raaga knits

Woodland knits

We’re also expecting to get our reprint of much of Fox Hollow and our core solids, including a new coral red solid, very soon! In store next month we’ll have Wonderland Blue, Shroomy, Happy Patch, Stripey Blue and A is for Apple. Yay! It’s like welcoming home old friends. And don’t worry: we got the message about Foxy Returns, and that print will be back in stock soon, too – probably early May.

Fox Hollow

Finally, we’ve got two new woven collections, a knit group and several new patterns in the works for spring! Here’s a little peek at what’s coming up:

Haven

Pintuck dress

Happy new year, everybody! This past week has been a busy one after a nice holiday break, and I’m looking toward spring. Easier for me to imagine, here where it’s been in the 60′s most days, than for those of you in the polar vortex, but spring will get here eventually! It has helped that I’ve been surrounding myself with some playful watery creatures. Here’s a little peek of what’s coming…

under the sea

happy holidays

 

Happy holidays, friends, and happy solstice! We’re welcoming back the light, preparing for Christmas, and looking forward to a fresh new year. We hope you’re enjoying the season!

Warmest wishes,

Jennifer, Dave and Anabelle

holiday stockings tutorial

 

The holidays have arrived again! My mom just flew in from Minneapolis on Monday, and will be here through Christmas, so I’m doing a little check-list of holiday supplies. Last year was the first Christmas that we spent in our own home, and I realized too late that we didn’t have our own Christmas stockings. The arrival of Meadow last week has given me a perfect opportunity to stitch up some richly-hued stockings to hang… over the floor heater, I guess. Here’s a little tutorial for making simple, unique holiday stockings.

What you will need:

-large paper for pattern

-fabric and 1-3 contrast fabrics

-1/4″ cotton batting

-trim (ricrac, etc), if desired

-ribbon or trim for hanging

-sewing machine, thread, pins etc.

 

Step 1: Create pattern and cut out pieces

I started out by making a stocking-shaped sketch on a large piece of paper. Trace the shape with a sharpie and cut out. This will serve as the pattern for the lining and batting, and the template for the outside layer of the stocking (heretofore referred to as “the stocking”). Mine was roughly 12″x20″ at the largest points, but you can vary the size depending on the end result you want.

 

stocking template

 

Then, if you would like to incorporate other fabrics, you can customize it by choosing ways to piece the stocking. I did two versions, one with accent toe and heel, and the other with a pieced stocking:

 

stocking template 2

 

Cut out the individual shapes (making sure to keep the original stocking shape in one piece) and use these as pattern pieces to cut out the fabrics, adding 1/2″ seam allowance all around each pattern piece. Lay each piece on double-layer fabric (with wrong sides facing) so that you have uniform pieces for the front and back of the stocking. Use the original uncut shape to cut out the lining (cut 2) and the batting (cut 2). (Note: keep in mind that the lining will be folded down to create the “cuff” at the top of the stocking, so if you’re using a directional print for the lining, you should place the pattern pieces on the print so that they appear upside-down. This way, when the cuff is folded down, the print will be right-side-up.)

 

Meadow stocking pattern

meadow stocking pattern pieces

meadow stocking pattern pieces 2

 

Step 2: pin and stitch

 

Sew your pieces together with a 1/2 inch seam. Then trim the seams to 1/4″ and press open. If you are doing a curved heel seam and are a beginning sewist, I will warn you that it can be a bit trickier than a straight seam, but if you clip both curved edges with a 1/4″ clip every inch, the edges should meet up. Just press this seam away from the heel.

 

clipping seam

clipped and pinned seam

meadow stocking seams

 

Pin the outer stocking to the batting:

 

meadow stocking and batting

 

Then place the corresponding lining piece on top of the stocking with right sides facing. If you’re planning to use a trim at the top edge of the stocking (which will then be folded down to form the bottom edge of the cuff), insert it between the two layers and pin in place. Stitch with a 1/2″ seam and open out.

 

ricrac trim

ball trim

meadow stockings 5

 

 

Repeat for the back side of the stocking, and then place the back & back lining on top of the front & front lining, as pictured:

 

stocking layers stacked

 

Cut a 6″ piece of ribbon or trim, form into a loop and insert about 2 1/2″ from the top seam on the back side of the stocking lining, with the raw edges of the ribbon matching the raw edges of the lining.

 

stocking loop

 

Pin in place. Pin stockings together at any seams you would like to match up, plus a few other spots.

 

Choose a place on the stocking lining (I chose the bottom of the foot) and stitch with a 1/2″ seam allowance all the way around the stocking, leaving a 3″ opening in the lining. This will allow you to pull the stocking “right side out”. Once you’ve stitched the stockings together, trim or pink the edges to about 1/4″.

 

turning opening

 

Then, reach into the lining and grab the toe of the outer stocking, pulling it through the hole until the whole stocking is right-side-out. press stocking and all seams.

 

stocking right-side-out

 

Then, stitch up the turning hole…

 

stitching

 

stuff the lining inside the stocking, turn down the cuff and you’re done!

 

meadow holiday stockings tutorial

 

It’s been a busy week here! Meadow and Urban Patch arrived on Tuesday morning, a few days behind schedule, and I spent the day unpacking, taking inventory and stacking bolts on our new shelves (I put Dave to work last week, as seen on our facebook page). Then I spent Wednesday shipping out dozens of boxes of fabric. It’s fun to know that the new prints are making their way all over the world! It’s always fun when the new collections finally arrive and get shipped off, but I only get a moment to savor the completion, because next week I have to have the final designs done for spring. Whew! Off and running… I’ll share a peek when they’re ready to go.

 

urban patch organic fabric

 

urban patch organic fabric

 

meadow organic fabric

 

meadow organic fabric

The dust has settled after another exciting Quilt Market, and I’m enjoying a little chance to breathe and reflect. I don’t have long, because our two new fabric collections, Meadow and Urban Patch, are due to arrive on Thursday! Before I launch into the flurry of shipping out the new stuff, I wanted to take some time to share an overview of the Market introductions here. There was a lot to show!

 

First of all, I have to give a shout out (and a round of applause) to my father-in-law, Ed Miguelucci, for building a powerhouse of a booth. We basically built a little mini-house inside the Houston convention center! Those walls weren’t going anywhere once we bolted them in place.

monaluna quilt market booth

monaluna quilt market booth

We got everything set up the night before the show, and then at the last minute we realized that our sign had reacted poorly with the spray mount I used to re-stick it, and had bubbled terribly. Luckily, we had used chalkboard paint on the walls, and so Dave and I did a little chalk fix the morning of the show. It worked out pretty well!

monaluna quilt market sign

monaluna sign

We had a bit of an urban-meets-woodland theme going on in the booth, with Edison lights, wooden pallets and galvanized metal accents along with birch poles and cedar boards. It was a pretty good fit with our Urban Patch collection, highlighting the farm-to-city theme.

Urban Patch organic fabric

Urban Patch at Quilt Market

I was lucky enough to get Melissa Lunden of Lunden Designs to whip up one of her Northern Exposure quilts out of Urban Patch for the booth, and it looked great! Here’s a photo, with an On the Go dress out of Bouquet in front:

Northern Exposure Quilt by Lunden Design

On the other side of the booth, we had a gorgeous Wiley Way quilt by Sassafrass Lane out of our new Meadow collection. I loved how energetic and kind of retro it felt! We also had cute dress samples using the Bonnie Dress pattern by One Girl Circus, and the Ruby dress by Made by Rae.

Meadow Wiley Way quilt by Sassafrass Lane

meadow organic fabric

The runaway hits from the show were our two new knit collections, the Woodland Knits and Raaga Knits. I couldn’t believe how popular they were!

Woodland organic knit fabric

raaga organic knit fabric

They’re not expected to arrive until January, but I’m already contemplating a reprint. It helped that we also introduced three new sewing patterns specifically designed for knit fabric: the Little Bee Babysuit and the Ashland A-line Skirt and Culottes sized for adults and girls.

monaluna sewing patterns

We also reintroduced our wildly popular Fox Hollow collection at the show! We have had so many requests for a reprint of this collection, and we finally decided it was time. We’ll have 5 prints back in stock in January: Wonderland Blue, Shroomy, Stripey Blue, A is for Apple and Happy Patch.

fox hollow organic fabric

The ever-talented Karen LePage of One Girl Circus whipped up this adorable dress to show off the collection, and we’ll have the pattern available in the spring.

fox hollow dress

fox hollow dress

Finally, we introduced some great new kits at Market, including two new versions of our Super Simple Skirts, and a new Super Simple Patchwork Quilt! Right now we are offering the Super Simple Patchwork Quilt in the Leaf colorway of Urban Patch, but we will be offering it in the Petal colorway as well, along with a version in our Meadow collection.

Urban Patch Super Simple Skirt

Meadow Really Super Simple Skirt kit

Super Simple Patchwork Quilt

All in all, it was a great show! It was so good to see some old friends and familiar faces there, and fun to get such great feedback on the new stuff. I’ll keep you posted on the arrival of the new collections later this week!

We had a great neighborhood photoshoot for Urban Patch last weekend! I had to coax the boys from across the street out of their Ninja Halloween outfits and into some cute little button down shirts, but once dressed they were the perfect models. We got some good photos, they had a blast, and Anabelle got a little more attention than usual from the big kids, putting her in a good mood for the weekend. Everybody was happy! The fabric has been a dream to sew with, and I’ve used it for everything from boys shirts to girls outfits, women’s pajamas and a couple of quilts. I’m super excited to get it in the shop in just a few more weeks!

 

urban patch organic fabric

urban patch organic fabric

urban patch organic fabric

urban patch organic fabric

urban patch organic fabric

urban patch organic fabric

As promised on Tuesday, today I’m sharing photos of our new Raaga organic knit fabrics which will be coming out in late fall. This collection features four of our most popular Raaga designs, printed on 100% organic cotton jersey knit. We’ve shown it here used on our new Ashland A-line skirt pattern for kids (we’ll have an adult version too, with a culotte option!). The tank top and shrug are from the book Sewing Clothes Kids Love. Stay tuned for more cute knit projects, coming soon!

raaga organic knit fabric

raaga organic knit fabric

raaga organic knit fabric

 

Happy Thursday, everyone! Today, the talented Karen LePage of One Girl Circus will be guest-blogging and sharing a tutorial for how to convert our On the Go dress pattern to a super cute peplum top. Karen is a pattern maker, author (Sewing For Boys) and seamstress extraordinaire , and has worked on all of our Monaluna patterns. Take it away, Karen!

 

TheOn the Go Dress is equally as charming when made up as a peplum blouse, and the process to convert the pattern is remarkably easy. Follow our tutorial to alter your pattern and you’ll have a blouse you can wear with anything you like when the weather turns too cool for a summer dress.

 

Note: When you make clothes from Monaluna patterns, you should first trace the pieces required in your size onto some sort of pattern paper. You can use anything from dedicated tracing medium found at the fabric store, to a roll of drawing paper from your kids’ art supply stash. The only requirement is that the paper must be transparent enough to see the lines you want to trace. Here’s a good tutorial on tracing patterns, if you need a little help.

 

 

Get Ready

 

 

Gather your traced copies of the three pieces that require adjustment: front skirt, back skirt, and button placket. You will use all the remaining pattern pieces as is, omitting the pockets.

Alter the Pattern

 

 

To make the blouse pictured here, use a ruler to measure down 6″ from the waist edge of your chosen size every few inches. Using a curved ruler (or a steady hand), connect the dots to form the peplum hem. Repeat for the back skirt. Use these new pieces to cut the peplum portion of your new blouse.

how to alter the skirt pattern tutorial diagrams

Now you’ll need to shorten the placket to accommodate the new shorter length of the “skirt” portion of the pattern. For the 6″ peplum pictured, the placket measurements are as follows:

XS: 22 1/2″ || S: 22 3/4″ || M: 23 1/4″ || L: 24 1/4″ || XL: 24 3/4″

 

Sew it Up

 

 

Construct according to the On the Go Dress instruction sheet, skipping the pocket. Pair with a cardigan or cropped jacket in cool weather.

 

Wear it!

 

 

Wear your new peplum blouse with everything from skinny jeans to trousers, from pencil mini to flowing maxi skirt to take you into cooler weather.

 

We got the sample bolts of our new organic fabric collections last week, and I’ve been busy sewing and photographing ever since! We had a weekend of fun photo shoots and can finally show the fabrics in action. There’s tons of new stuff coming, so here’s a little preview.

 

First up: our new Woodland knit collection! This is soft, 100% GOTS-certified organic interlock knit printed with some of our most popular designs – Foxy, Swedish Forest, A is for Apple, Shroomy, Dotty and our Geo Dot. The fabric is ideal for t-shirts, yoga pants, play clothes and baby clothes like our new Little Bee onesie and pant pattern, as modeled by Mila and Elias here. We will also be introducing organic jersey knits in some of our our Raaga prints, and photos of those will be coming soon.

Little Bee sewing pattern

woodland organic knit fabric

woodland organic knit fabric

Next up is our Urban Patch collection, a playful group of prints inspired by our local urban gardening community. This group is printed on our soft 100% organic cotton poplin, and is great for quilting, kids clothes, adult clothes and all kinds of other projects.

urban patch organic fabric

urban patch organic fabric

Finally, we had a fun photo shoot yesterday with our Meadow collection, a warm and vibrant group of quilt-friendly woodland designs. Lots of organic goodness coming to the shop soon!

meadow organic fabric

meadow organic fabric

meadow organic fabric

meadow organic fabric

 

Tune in on Thursday for a guest post by the fabulous Karen LePage of One Girl Circus! She’ll be sharing a stylish peplum blouse tutorial based on our On the Go dress pattern.