Sewing

A Dress and Some Cardis

Hey hey! Happy Summer! Been just a bit since I last posted.

I want to first to take an opportunity to wish my awesome, sweet and amazing Cheeks a Happy 5th Birthday this week.  It’s hard to believe he’s already FIVE! And check out this shirt I made for him. :D

It’s a Jalie Nico, if you can believe it. :P Print is Lillestoff cotton/Lycra jersey and solids are from Purple Seamstress.

Like many folks I’ve been spending a lot of time at home this Summer, which translates into lots of sewing.  I’ve often had a thoughts about sewing for the upcoming season to get maximum wear out of garments, but often seem to be playing catch up with my sewing.  But not this time:  here are my first transitional pieces for Autumn, entirely inspired by the wonderful sweater knits I kept spying at FabricMart.

Continue reading “A Dress and Some Cardis”
Sewing

Easter Continued: The Kielo Dress

Howdy Howdy!  I meant to write this much sooner…but you know life, it happens.  :)  I’ve been busy sewing like a mofo for the Pattern Review Mini Wardrobe contest, and have also been documenting my 100 Day Project (which is crafting for at least 15 minutes a day) and Me Made May on Instagram.  WHEW.

Here is my Easter dress:  Named Kielo!

IMG_20190421_091723

If you read my last post, you’re probably thinking:  but what about Peaches’s dress?  I thought you were going to share hers next?  Totally was!  But then realized I need to pop her in it again to take a few more pics, as I don’t have an unobstructed view of the front.  Oy.

Continue reading “Easter Continued: The Kielo Dress”

Sewing

LuLaRoe Copycats: My Pattern Picks

LuLaRoe has become a giant phenomenon, and I have friends and family that are huge fans, but for the most part I’ve looked at what they offer and thought “Man, I’m glad I can sew.”  Mostly because I often score RAD deals on knits and can actually save money sewing my own.

That said, I’ll admit I do own some pieces.  I’m definitely not begrudging the consultants that sell LLR; sewing is not for everyone.  Even as someone who does make her own clothes, sometimes there’s only time to buy ready to wear instead of DIYing.

That said, the beauty of sewing is you can make exactly what you want exactly how you want.  You can get the exact fit, fabrication, and colors or prints that YOU love (well, the latter if you can find ’em). And prints really are LLR’s shtick; the garments themselves are all quite simple.

Basically, I keep seeing sewing patterns and repeatedly thinking “That’s LLR *insert name here*!” so I thought it would be fun to share my pattern and fabric suggestions for some popular garments they offer.  Imitation is the purest form of flattery, amirite?

These are by no means the only options, but just the first or best (IMO) ones that have come to my mind.  In no particular order… Continue reading “LuLaRoe Copycats: My Pattern Picks”

Sewing

April Ruminations, May Plans

Been a bit of a quiet blogging month, but since I actually set some goals for once, thought it would be nice to follow up!  To recap, here’s what I was hoping to accomplish in April:

  • Sewaholic Minoru
  • 2 Oliver + S Bucket Hats for Cheeks
  • Jalie Cora running tights
  • McCall’s 6873 for Cheeks
  • Simplicity 8291
  • Unblogged plan:  Blue Calla Iris for my mom’s birthday gift

While writing that post, these didn’t seem like THAT much work, but looking at it now:  bahaha…like I was going to get all of that done.

So, how many did I finish?

Continue reading “April Ruminations, May Plans”

Sewing

Easter Best

Momentum is a funny thing; sometimes you’re on a roll and then…BAM!  Stopped.  Stuck in the mud.  Or your head.  Or whatever.  I swear I posted a week or two ago last, but it has been almost THREE!  Such a lollygagger.  I haven’t gotten a ton of sewing done in that time, but I still have many garments to photograph and blog from February and March plus some oldies for Throwback Thursday.

That said, life has been a little busy, and I’ll use that as my excuse.  We’re currently looking for a bigger home and readying our own house for sale.  The real estate market here (and many places, per the many nationwide articles I’ve read) is pretty much insane at the moment:  so little inventory, such high prices, very much a seller’s market.  It’ll bode well when it comes time for us to sell our sweet little starter home, but this end is just a tad frustrating.  We’ve been looking since late February and we are persisting because quickly selling our home is very attractive with a toddler around.

Speaking of a toddlers, I managed to make Cheeks some stuff for Easter.  :D  All three pieces are part of McCall’s 6873.

2020-02-19_0235

Continue reading “Easter Best”