Selfish Sewing Week {Spring 2015}

Hello #selfishsewingweek!! In case you have no idea what I'm talking about, I thought I'd give you a little introduction to this week of creative fun and inspiration in the sewing world. Sadly, this is my FIRST time participating in Selfish Sewing Week. I've known about it, thought about and even planned on it, but it the spools & bobbins never lined up ... until NOW! Here's how Indie Sew {co-host} describes SSW:: Over the last year, we've learned that the cocktail of a person’s sewing preferences varies widely. Maybe you only sew women’s garments. Or maybe you dabble in a bit of garment sewing and also quilting, enjoying the change of pace from project to project. What we do ... Keep Reading

WIWW // A Capsule Wardrobe

Maybe I should have titled this ... WIDWW {What I Didn't Wear Wednesday} At the beginning of September, inspired by this girl, I challenged myself {I love self-imposed challenges ... Whole 30 anyone?} to NOT spend any $$ on new clothes until Black Friday. Shannon's {FPFG} challenge was to only purchase clothing from thrift stores for 6 months ... and while I liked the idea, I knew it wouldn't be very practical for me as I don't really have the time to invest in 'the hunt' at thrift stores. So I compromised with no clothes at all for 3 months. Surprisingly it wasn't that hard and in fact saved $$ in other spending as I simply avoided leisurely browsing most stores and quickly recycled or ... Keep Reading

WIWW // Handmade Fall Fashion Inspiration

Every now and then the stars align. Today I'm showing you how my 'work' sewing stars + blogging stars + 'new creative inspiration' stars aligned to bring you a post all about pulling together an amazing HANDMADE fall wardrobe. As I was sewing up samples for Robert Kaufman, I was optimistic that several of the pieces I was sewing would fit me and I'd know whether or not I would want to sew them for myself personally ... because, as you're about to see, the patterns + fabrics were pretty fabulous and perfect for fall. Hoping to do slightly better than my 'in the mirror' shots with my phone's camera, I enlisted the help of my 10 year old son ... so keep that in mind as you view these less ... Keep Reading

WIWW {Late Lunch Tunic Style + Pattern Review}

Last Fall {which sounds like SO long ago}, Liesel of Oliver + S children's patterns released a line of women's patterns under the name Lisel + Co. I've sewn several pieces from Oliver + S patterns and I have never been disappointed with the finished garment. While they are not the *easiest* patterns out there, they do create a beautifully finished lasting garment that features techniques and details you'd find in high-end clothing. I think I've learned something new with each Oliver + S pattern I've sewn from. {Practicing my WIWW poses ... the "look at the ground" & the "oops, what did I step  in?" poses are two that seem very popular. I need all the help I can get!} So ... it ... Keep Reading

No tricks, just a sweet treat!

I didn't originally think about this post landing on Halloween, but it is full of sweet-ness ... so here is a little sewing treat to start your day! As a mama to a boy, I don't get to try my hand at all things sugar + spice very often ... especially when it comes to sewing clothing. So, when Carina asked me if I'd like to try out one of her patterns {Kimono Skirt} AND select the fabric I couldn't resist. I immediately knew who I wanted to sew it for, my sweet + "a little bit spicy" great-niece. I could not be happier with how this little skirt turned out. I made the smallest size (XS) which fits a 2T-3T. I mean seriously, isn't everything sweeter in 'fun size'?!?  Little Miss is ... Keep Reading