Simplicity sewing pattern 1660 top

Simplicity pattern 1660 misses top in yellow linen

Simplicity sewing pattern 1660 top

I  purchased this Simplicity sewing pattern 1660 top. Before cutting the pattern I started by studying the image on the pattern envelope. It is a very good indication of how the garment fits. More accurate when there is an image of the garment sewn then photographed on a live person.  At first glance this blouse model was loose fitting, formidable, no need to sew a mock-up (muslin). But I new that the neckline was too low for my taste.

See how I modified to pattern to raise the front neckline

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DIY how to embellish a sweater

How to embellish a sweater with vintage pearl appliqués and pearling details

DIY how to embellish a sweater

I needed to have a project to work on while we were spending the weekend at our in-law’s in Toronto. I searched through my clothes and though that this sweater could be improved with some detailing and was perfect for a DIY how to embellish a sweater project.

I have an idea, it will be a quick project to complete, with a rewarding result.

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I cannot resist a great sale… can you?

I cannot resist a great sale... can you?
OH! JOY! Three for one  bobbin threads sale!

The fabric store had a huge one day sale on threads, the big bobbins were three for the price of one. Okay, you understand that this kind of sale makes a sewist day, right?!

I had about 36 bobbins of threads in my carry-on basket (but who is counting?) and I was physically refraining myself from jumping up and down out of happiness when the lady in line after me said

“Uh! are you really sewing THAT much?!”………………………………………………..


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Quilts made from loved ones clothing

Memory quilt from my father-in-law’s clothes

Quilts made from loved ones clothing

When my father-in-law passed, my  spouse couldn’t let go of his father’s clothes, so we decided to bring them to our house.  At first I thought to keep all of the buttons to use them later on for a jewelry or a collage project. Then I had this idea of making a memory quilt. I had never made a quilt. Thanks to the internet, within a few hours a knew how to construct one.

I drew a few ideas, and we chose the design in which the quilt would be constructed around a square of my father in law’s  Scottish clan tartan placed in the center. I ordered their coat of arms embroidered applique from Scotland, and I went about making it.

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Fused glass necklace and earring sets

DIY necklace and earring set

Fused glass necklace and earring sets

I purchased this fused glass pendant from a stall selling local crafts in Oistins, Barbados, where tourists join in with locals at the Friday night Fish Fry and “lime” social gathering. I LOVE the colours and the bubbles in the glass.

I made the necklace and the earrings choosing beads matching the  exact colours  found in the fused pendant, and re-created an “Anthurium” flower found in Barbados,  to complete the feel of the Caribbean.

Ahh…. I want to go back to Barbados.

Lily of the valley bespoke earrings

Lily of the valley bespoke earrings by Carole Cardinal

I love spring flowers, especially lily of the valley’s fragrant tiny scalloped bells. I read that in the Language of flowers the Lily of the Valley flower means “the return of happiness”. And …Ah! do they ever bring happiness back for me! The elation to see greenery again after the sight of a colorless long winter. Spring flowers announce that spring is in full efflorescence, and when spring is in full gears it means that all is possible again.

This delicate flowers inspired me to craft this earring set that I will pair with a distinct Lily of the valley scent during this joyful energetic month of May.

What does spring make you feel like? Are you full of the joys of spring?

Ah! I cannot wait for the lilac trees to bloom.

How about you? Do you have a favorite spring flower?

Au revoir!

Color palette: The “Sugar craving” series

Chromotherapie_Chromotherapy photo by Carole Cardinal

One of my hobbies is taking pictures, I especially enjoy taking macros of flowers. One day I was having fun taking pictures of a bouquet I had received from a friend the day before. Then I had an idea to stage the flowers with candies in search of interesting color combinations and visual interest.  I went to the local grocery store, purchase LOTS of bags of goodies of all colours and shapes and for the next two days I took about one hundred pictures with different types of candies. Hum…  I should of weighed myself before and after those two days of shooting,

View the other colour palettes part of this photography series.

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Paris door knockers photo montage

Post card from Paris

Color of Parisian doors

I went to Paris the first time for my 50 ieth birthday. I could talk for hours about this beautiful city and its neighborhoods. I was fascinated by the craftsmanship of the door knockers. Ah! the color of Parisian doors. Here’s a Photoshop collage (Post card/ travel art) of my favorite door knockers hope you enjoy them too!

À la prochaine!

DIY handmade bag from old jeans

How to refashion old jeans into a stylish handbag

DIY handmade bag from old jeans

This DIY handmade bag from old jeans refashion is a step by step tutorial that demonstrate how to upcycle old jeans into a stylish handbag, sew boxed corners,  add a rigid bottom insert, a simple closure and create a funky look with some hand sewn adornments. The transformation can take between 6 to 8 hours to complete but just break it down into 4 – 5 phases. You can do it!

Keep reading to learn how I used the animal print top to line the purse, make a key chain and a zippered compartment.

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Welcome to my very first blog post!

Aspiring Photography by Carole Cardinal


Cardinal Sewing Nest very first blog post

Why am I starting a sewing and DIY blog of my own?

After all we are now reading articles stating that the Millennial’s cannot sew and have stopped practicing this ancient skill (?!!). I also read that people are now born into houses that do not have a sewing machine for the past two generations. A phenomenon that I have also witnessed among my own family and friends. On the other hand, we are also reading encouraging articles saying that sewing is revived, that home sewing is a growing trend and that the crafts industry is enjoying a resurgence.

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