Home Decor, Uncategorized

Minted Photo Challenge Win

Sewing is my primary creative outlet, but I also love to experiment with photography, surface design, printmaking, and other art. I recently entered some of my art and photography in the art challenges at Minted. If you aren’t familiar with Minted, it’s a company that sells art prints, stationery items, and home goods by independent artists and designers. All art is voted on by customers and designers, and Minted sells the best ones. Artists then earn a percentage of the sales.

Last month, my photo titled “Curious Calf”, was chosen as one of the editor’s picks. I love the sunlight in this picture and I’m thrilled that it was voted among the winners!

Minted Photo Challenge Winners | Radiant Home Studio

I’ve been very impressed with the quality of the items I’ve seen from Minted. Their paper goods are truly the best I’ve seen. When I get start getting Christmas cards in the mail, I can always spot the Minted cards immediately because the cardstock is so nice. I also ordered a framed art print a couple of weeks ago and I can’t wait to get it up on the wall. They run sales and share coupons often, which they will let you know about in their newsletter if you sign up.

I currently have one photo art print for sale through Minted and several submissions in current challenges. 

If you are interested in my work at Minted, I would so appreciate it if you used my affiliate link to check out my photo and the other artwork!

Sara Curtis at Minted | Radiant Home Studio


Patterns, Spoonflower, Uncategorized

A Couple Quick Things…

I am busy packing boxes and prepping for move and I just packed up most of my sewing stuff. I have one last project to finish before we leave in a few days. We’re only moving across town, but it’s amazing how many things still need to be done for a local move.

Just a couple quick things…

Banana Bread Tea Towel | Spoonflower | Radiant Home Studio

I received my banana bread tea towels from Spoonflower this week! I’ve been busy hemming the edges for a friend and making a few more for myself. They make great hostess gifts! You can find them in my Spoonflower shop.

Don’t forget to check out Pattern Parcel #3, which includes my water bottle tote, along with 5 other fun patterns for summer. This bundle has been popular, and many of the bloggers are so excited about the patterns that they have made multiple items from the patterns.

Pattern Parcel 3 | Week 1 Highlights | Radiant Home Studio

Chambray Prefontaines at Dandelion Drift  || Emerald Bombshell Swimsuit at Diary of a Chainstitcher || Staple Dress at Sew Busy Lizzy 

 Jorna with Cap Sleeves at Sew a Straight Line || Blingin’ Prefontaines at Stitched || Striped Jorna Dress at Very Purple Person    

These are just a few of the highlights from the week. There have been several pairs of amazing Prefontaine shorts and Bombshell swimsuits. I can’t believe how flattering the swimsuit is on everyone that has made one, and it’s definitely on my list of things to make now. The dresses all look super comfortable and practical for busy moms. Check out  my previous post for a complete list of the sewists and their project days.

As much as I’d love to be sewing, I’m headed to pack some more boxes…

Pattern Review, Sewing, Uncategorized

A Caroline Party Dress in Seersucker

There were so many great patterns in Pattern Parcel #2. I made the Celestial Tee and Hosh Pants from from the pattern bundle, but I loved all of the beautiful dresses that I saw many of the other bloggers making from the Caroline Party Dress pattern.

Caroline Party Dress Front | Radiant Home Studio

My 7 year old daughter grew out of most of her dresses from last summer and now that the weather is warming up, she’s in need of a warm weather dress. The Caroline Party dress pattern includes sizes 6 months all the way up to a girls 12! I made a size 7 (without measuring her first, like a good rule-following seamstress). The sizes are right on though, and a size 7 fit perfectly with no adjustments!

(It was a little chilly outside today with no jacket…)

Caroline Party Dress | Radiant Home Studio

I only modified the front bodice. The pattern uses one whole front bodice piece. I split it in half and added center seam allowances. Then I cut the fabric on the bias to get the diagonal lines going down toward the middle. With bigger stripes, I may have sewn some fabric together first—to get the stripes lined up—then cut one piece from that. Either way, you have to think carefully about which way the stripes are going. (I say that from experience, since I managed to cut one with the stripes going the wrong direction…)

Caroline Party Dress Bias Bodice | Radiant Home Studio

Our favorite part of the dress is the hidden pockets. My little gift-giver always has little bracelets and things to give to her friends at church, so the pockets are perfect for stashing all her stuff.

Caroline Party Dress front | Pattern Parcel 2 | Radiant Home Studio

The directions were clear and easy to follow. The skirt pieces are large rectangles, so there are no paper pattern pieces. I found it a little difficult to manage cutting such large pieces accurately without a larger cutting mat. I ended up trimming the bottom skirt edges before hemming them to even up my messy cutting.

Finish Seams | Caroline Dress | Radiant Home Studio

I really appreciated the reminders to finish my seams throughout the pattern directions. The dress lining and interior seams look almost as nice as the exterior because of the detailed instructions.

The zipper instructions were easy to follow with helpful step-by-step photos and tips that could guide a beginner through the process.

Caroline Party Dress Back | Radiant Home Studio

Look how close I was to running out of serger thread! I thought those huge cones would never run out. I think these lasted 3 years and white is my most used color.

Serger Thread | Radiant Home Studio

Pattern Parcel #2 is available for 2 more days! Or you can find the Caroline Party Dress at MouseHouseCreations on Etsy.


Vintage Lace

My neighbor recently gave me a giant box of old sewing supplies. It took a while to sort through and find the things that were still usable. There were dozens of cards of seam binding tape, which I have never used before but may have to experiment with now. Most of the items were too damaged or brittle to be used though. My favorite discovery were these bits of vintage lace.

Vintage Lace | Radiant Home Studio

I don’t usually use much lace on my projects (the mainstream craft retailers don’t carry much of this kind of thing anymore), and many of the pieces are small (like 10-20 inches).

Vintage Lace Close-ups | Radiant Home Studio

Now…what to do with it? Maybe maybe a pretty linen clutch bag like this or this? Some type of hair accessory, like this denim and lace headband?

Do you have any ideas or projects for using bits of lace in a modern way? Please share in the comments!