Disappointment in Tunic form (plus leggings)

I’ve been gravitating in a different direction style-wise for a while now.  I can’t put my finger on the impetus, baby is certainly a factor, but I have begun to go bonkers over the Tilton Sisters and what I think of as art-teacher-chic.  My birthday dress was one of theirs, and when I saw Vogue 8817 I had to have it.


It wasn’t a new release, just one that hadn’t caught my eye before.  The colorblocking…the flowing silhouette, the opportunity to really play with fabric:  YES. Continue reading “Disappointment in Tunic form (plus leggings)”


Throwback Thursday: Vogue Tops

Before I begin, I’m just a wee bit excited to share that I was featured as the “Member in Focus” on Pattern Review’s blog yesterday; such a great honor!  I love the PR community and really treasure it as my online sewing home.

Also, this happens to be my 200th blog post!  Wheee!

I’ve recently been culling my photo collection, mostly brought on by the fact that I seem to take 500+ every month now that I am a Mamarazzi (get it?  Paparazzi?) and in doing so, found a ton of past project photos that just never made it to the blog!

I may not be able to share a lot about pattern or fit with some of them, but thought it would be fun to share regardless.   First up:

Pattern:  Vogue 8962
Completed:  Not sure exactly, but it was photographed November 2014.


So, this pattern is OOP now, and McCall’s JUST finished up an OOP sale.  At the end of this post, you might be thinking:  “Shit, I really like this, but I’m not paying $25 for this pattern.  Why are you doing this to me?!”  Well, I guess you’re gonna have to keep thinking that, ’cause I swore up and down that it was re-released as a See & Sew (Butterick), but cannot find it for the life of me.  Which likely means it does not exist…sorrrrry.

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Birthday Dress 2017!

OK, so I turned thirty *mumbles second number* four weeks ago, but I never got around to getting photos of my birthday dress!  Vogue 8904:

Vogue 8904
Gah.  So bright.  But yay, sun!

It’s a little different from what I’ve gravitated toward in the past, but I’m way more practical in general with my sewing these days, since my time is more limited.  Definitely substance over frills over here now.

Here’s a little review of past birthday frocks (sans the last two years:  I was pregnant and useless in 2015 and had a baby that wasn’t sleeping through the night in 2016):

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February Plans: Part One

Thanks for your kind words on my quilt!  :D  I am so happy to have it done and really appreciate it.  Would also be so appreciative for your vote at PR for the contest!

UFO Contest 2017

And yeah, you read that post title right.  I have so many sewing plans for February that they need to be split into TWO MOFOING BLOG POSTS.  Now that’s a spicy meatball!

Why so many sewing plans?  I get to attend a UFO retreat with my sister in law J (thanks for watching the pumpkin, sweet Mr. 5!) next week!  J manages a quilt shop in central Wisconsin and they’re hosting an awesome retreat for folks to finish up their unfinished pretties!  And I got invited!  Squee!

That said, I currently have no unfinished pretties (Huzzah!).  Since finishing my quilt, I have been cutting patterns and fabric in preparation for an ENTIRE LONG WEEKEND of sewing.  To say I’m stoked is an understatement.

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Wedding Wednesday: The Flower Girl

It’s Wednesday again, and you know what that means:  wedding DIY!  If you don’t like this series, don’t worry, there are only two more left.  ;)

All of the photos in this post were taken by our wonderful professional photographers, Chrystal + Lucas Photography, with the exception of the second to last one, which was taken by my sister.

Before I launch into it, I just wanted to thank you guys for all of your very sweet comments on my BurdaStyle skirt that I made for the Great Pattern Review Sewing Bee.  When I found out on Sunday that I wasn’t chosen to advance to round 2, I was very disappointed and a little POed (Now feeling a bit sheepish for this, but I really thought my skirt was at least good enough to be in the top 56).  But, that boil has relaxed into a simmer and the only thing bothering me now is that I will never know what the judges thought was wrong with it.  Soon that shall pass as well.

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OK, back to the weddingness of it all.

When we got engaged, I knew immediately that I really wanted my niece and nephew to be flower girl and ring bearer.  I also knew that could be tricky, since my niece would only be 2 (and change) on our wedding day.  My sister warned me that kids don’t always do what you want them to…  That’s part of the charm of having them in your wedding!  Riiiiight?

I also decided early on into our engagement that I would not be making my wedding gown, because I would just stress myself out too much.  Turned out that was an A-OK decision because I found the perfect dress at the local bridal salon.

So, in lieu of making MY dress, I decided I must make the flower girl’s and it had to be totally poofy cupcake city.

In steps Vogue 7819, AKA the fanciest dress I may ever make.

Vogue 7819

This dress has six, count ’em, SIX layers of skirt.  I picked up all of the fabric from JoAnn, so I could color match in person, and ordered the waistline trim from Fabric Mart.  Here are the layers from the outside in:

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