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FESA: Ooh La Leggings and a Passionate PSA

Thanks for all your very sweet compliments on my Burda top!

I got my first make of FESA done a couple of weeks ago, and you got a sneak peek on Thursday when I shared my TBT Burda top. I’ve finished my Papercut Patterns’ Ooh La Leggings!

Here’s the full outfit together:

Ooh La Leggings

More on them in a bit, I just need to get something off of my chest…


I can hear your internal dialogue as you read this: “Alrighty then… But, they cover your legs and you’re wearing them like pants… Also, who died and made you Queen?” Hell if I know, but it has to be said.

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TBT: Burda Style Ruched Top

So, I was looking over my fabric in/out spreadsheet, which contains the finish dates of each garment I’ve completed and realized that I have made about 50 things this year for a total of around 115 yards used, and I have blogged about a mere 11 of them.  WTH?  Get to it, girl.

And that’s not counting the things I made at the end of last year that were never blogged, either.  Sheesh.

Chances are, I won’t get to all of them, but I’ve decided I’m going to do my own version of Throwback Thursday to chronicle some of the makes that never got their day in the sun.  Sure, I’m not going too far back, but I am going back.

First up?  This lovely Burda Style top from the January 2014 magazine.  Completed on March 29, 2014:

Burda Style 01/2014 #113


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Fall Essentials Sew-Along!

I’ve been a bit ebb and flow on the posting lately, but if there’s one thing I know, it’s that this is a fantastic idea:

And, I know many of you are participating or have seen it around already, but I just needed to put my 2 cents in.  FAB IDEA.

For those of you not familiar, this is a bloggy sew and knit-along for all things Fall!  There’s a list of seven suggested categories, but you get to make or not make whatever in tarnation you damn well please.  Here are they are:

1.  Fashionable Foundations for Frosty Weather:  lower body separates (pants, skirts, leggings, etc.)
2.  Chic Chemises for Cool Climates:  upper body separates (Blouses, tops, vests, cardigans, and sweaters)
3.  Fabulous Frocks:  DRESSES
4.  Underneath It All:  undergarments (bras, undies, slips, etc.)
5.  Tender Tootsies:  foot related accessories (socks and slippers)
6.  Those Cozy Nights:  sleepwear
7.  Baby It’s Cold Outside:  outerwear and accessories (coats, hats, mittens, scarves, etc.)

So, what’s on my docket for FESA?  Let’s explore category by category:

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Bachelorette Betty and Wedding Wishes: Vogue 8946

So, my cousin cousister  Al is getting married…



I decided that it was highly appropriate to write a post that included her on this very special day.

Dear Al:  today I wish you all of the love and happiness in the world.  I hope for you a marriage full of laughs and understanding, for kind arms to soothe tears of all kinds, and for many, many years of love, stability and compassion for you both.

We’ll be honest, though, the posts on this blog are sew (yeah, I went there) self centered no matter what I do.

But that does not diminish the love.  The love between Al and her lucky beau that will soon bind them together.  The love that we all have for her.  The love personified today that will remind us of the love all around us, and make us grateful.

And when love turns to impending marriage, there has to be one very special night for the bride to (maybe) remember:

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Summer’s Last Hurrah: The Centauree

Here it is, my last Summery make…Deer & Doe’s Centauree!  I picked this pattern up at Lil’ Weasel in Paris on our honeymoon.

Deer & Doe CentaureeIt’s been nice knowing you, Summer, even if you weren’t very like yourself this year.  Not nearly as hot as you usually are.  We all get a little out of sorts sometimes.  I get it.

I made this dress in September, when I was supposed to be selflessly sewing for others.  I think the whole Fashion Challenge 2 kind of messed with my selfless plans and the me me me monster reared its ugly head again.

I had my reasons, though.  This was a good one:  I needed something to wear to my parents’ 40th anniversary party.  That’s right, folks, they’ve been married for FORTY YEARS.

Mom and Dad's 40th

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