I’m not sure why these are called Pussy Bows, and blouse bow sounds old timey. Neck scarf bow? I’m really not sure what to call it.
I inherited some of my grandmother’s vintage clothes and one of her blouses had this amazing detachable neck bow. I took it apart and drafted a pattern from it exactly as it was and it turned out pretty awesome.
And when I made it in pink it totally reminded me of the latest Gucci looks that are feminine but somehow tough at the same time. It’s a pretty great accessory for a punch of color.
I’ve made up a bunch of these bows in red, black and pink and you can pick one up at Cut and Sewn on Etsy.
And if you really want to DIY your own blouse pussy Gucci whatever bow you can get my downloadable PDF pattern with complete how to instructions here:
You’ve been asking for it and now you can get all 4 of my collar designs in one pattern.
The Standard Point, Super Pointy, Curved and Double Curved Collars with 1″ stand are all included in this one sewing pattern.
You can make these collars from almost any fabric. I love making one up from the scraps from other projects. These make up great from classic shirt fabrics like poplin, quilting cotton, or get fancy with taffeta, satin or lace.
I’ve written out some very easy to follow instructions with clear illustrations which you can purchase here:
Pattern includes full size pattern pieces in an easy to assemble PDF downloadable pattern.
Fabric and Notions:
1/2 Yard of fabric will make 2 collars
1/4 yard of iron on interfacing
1 Button or snap fastener
And you can brush up on sewing perfect points for your collars in this post with some great tips Making Perfect Points.
I’m releasing two new hat patterns this summer from my most popular hat designs. Now you can make these great hats for yourself.
This rain hat is perfect rainy days and fun to make. It even comes with instructions for little storage case so you can take it with you instead of bringing a bulky umbrella.
This pattern was first published in the book Hat Shop by Design Collective. You can get a PDF version here
And one of my favorite summer hats that perfectly covers up my frizzy humidity hair is a classic cotton turban in colorful fabric. This is easy to make and a breeze to wear.
I have several in gingham because I love the look, but they look great in florals, plaids and solid colors as well.
Make your own turban from 1 yard of quilting cotton, gauze or linen.
You can get the PDF downloadable pattern here
What is a skube? It’s a skirt plus a tube! Skube.me, owned and designed by Monica Kohler, makes fun, easy to wear tube skirts. The idea behind the skube is versatility; fashion that transitions easily from workout to work day. The skube fits right in poolside just as well as a business casual setting.
Over the past few weeks, we at Cut and Sewn have been happy to be a part of the skube production process, contracted to produce 300 skubes for the Skube.me summer stock. Kohler hand selected a variety of complimenting patterns, then delivered them to Cut and Sewn to be made into the finished product. This kind of access to local small batch manufacturing is what Cut and Sewn is all about. It provides a way for entrepreneurs to have their product made locally and affordably, while allowing us to give close attention to the manufacture of every garment. For the small business, it’s a win win situation.
Skube.me will be showing at Second Sunday on Main throughout the summer, starting this Sunday, June 14. Owner Monica Kohler can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (513)505-9384 to schedule a pop-up sale or private showing.
Brightly patterned skubes
Reversible “urban” skubes
This summer I took a big journey into creating art.
I was invited to help with the construction of a Memory quilt for the Contemporary Arts Center‘s 75th annaverary by the amazing Pam Kravetz.
She asked me to make quilt portraits of the members of my family to replicate the work of JR who’s portraits of citizens of Cincinnati cover the walls of the museum.
I had never done anything like this before and I was terrified and excited to try it.
First, I took pictures of my family and myself and using photoshop I applyied a grid over them and applyed the painter filter.
I printed out full size copies of the photos and used the paper piecing quilting method to lay out the image. Then I stitched around every piece of fabric to quilt all the layers together.
The quilts are large, 35″ X 50″ and it took about 30 hours to finish each one.
When the huge quilts were finished and installed in the museum they looked like this:
It’s that time again, hat and scarf season. Sweater weather is my favorite time of year here in Ohio and when the temperature tips just enough for me to put on a hat I am happiest of all.
I was inspired by my daughter, who has an affinity for the beanie style hat, to design this patchwork version made from recycled sweaters. I wanted to feature the lovely colors and textures of the fabrics and create something that is utilitarian and beautiful. It’s a long process from choosing the sweaters, washing and drying them, then cutting them into the pattern pieces to be sewn together.
They are one of a kind, soft, slouchy, warm, simple and interesting. Too many adjectives? For me, these hit all the right spots for a hat.
Available in my Etsy store.
My wall of Patterns and my doll necklace. Starting to run out of room here again.
I wear my headless doll necklace when I need to be reminded to stay focused, stay true to me.
A stack of fall hats waiting to be run through the serger. Shades of fall, white, blue, gray and brown.
A stack of done hats ready for labels, photos and posting to Etsy. This part takes longer than making them!
Today I draped some peplums on the half-size dress form. I’ve been thinking of making these for months but something has been holding me back, today everything just clicked for me and I was able to finally start.
This is the first finished peplum and it’s really beautiful. I got this fabric at Mood this summer. It has a black cotton background with brown satin stripes.
This peplum ties around the waist with a drawstring of the same fabric and on the back there are buttons to hold it in place and extra buttons inside so that you can adjust the width of the peplum at the waist.
I’m working on some in other fabrics including one from crisp white poplin with a rounded shirttail hem that will resemble a men’s shirt.
I’ve uploaded my Super Pointy Collar, corrected pattern for your personal use. I hope the instructions work, I did write them fairly quickly so let me know if anything is unclear. I have made this collar more times than I can count so I know the pattern works for me and I hope it works for you. See my post on how to make perfect points if you need a little help with the points.
*Make sure your pattern prints out at the right size, the ” fold” edge of the collar should measure 2.5″, you may need to adjust your print settings.
I have also designed collars with standard and curved points and written more detailed instructions with illustrations.
You can get all 4 of my collar patterns with new easy to follow instructions in one PDF downloadable pattern here: