Indiesew Summer Collection // Handmade Fashion

Hi guys! Despite my lack of blogging, I have been creating behind the scenes ... sample sewing, catch up projects AND thanks to Indiesew, adding to my handmade wardrobe. When Allie reached out and asked if I'd like to be a part of the Indiesew Summer Collection blog tour I was just coming out of the initial shock of finding out after more than 10 years of waiting, we were expecting our second child. My changing body was at the front of my mind as I picked patterns that I *hoped* would work for me and my summer of maternity wear. I picked 3 "maternity friendly" patterns c/o Indiesew as being a part of the blog tour:: Ella Top / Poolside Tote / Harem Pants I'll be sharing my modified ... 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 {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

WIWW {Sewing Summit Style}

Well, clearly I dropped off the blogging earth last week as I geared up to leave my boys for a long weekend and head off to the Sewing Summit. This was my first year attending and I had the great pleasure of being a teacher as well. SEW much fun. Cheesy pun? Yes! But it's really true. Being in a group of people who share your passion and excitement over creating with cloth and thread is just ... well ... sew much fun! I plan to share a full post with about my thoughts/experience at this conference as well as details about my fun class. But ... as I'm still trying to recover {i.e. catch up on sleep so I can kind of put a complete sentence together} from thecreative high, I thought I'd ... Keep Reading

WIWW {Half-Marathon Style}

Well ... I know you guys are waiting with baited breath for my half-marathon re-cap and trust me, I am bursting to yackity-yack-yack about it ... BUT ... lest I bore you tears with all words, I'm waiting to get all the photos downloaded to add a little visual entertainment. In the meantime, I thought I'd do the half-marathon style of, What I Wore Wednesday {WIWW}:: Mother Nature was so kind and gave us a beautiful running morning in Portland. Overcast {but not raining}, cool {but not cold} and little to no wind. Perfect. Although it did mean starting with and planning for an extra layer or two before, during and after the race. Let's take a look:: Pre-Half with my awesome weekend ... Keep Reading