check me out, delivering on my promise to keep sewing…very excited to share the latest pattern from womenswear mastermind, april rhodes! you may know april from her outrageously popular staple dress pattern, and you have seen her work before on this blog both here and here (and my visit to her mom’s adorable shop here), with many undocumented but well-loved projects also hanging in my closet. april has a wonderful niche in the women’s sewing pattern community, wherein she designs highly flattering, wearable, customizable patterns that are also very beginner friendly. hers were some of my first patterns used when i began sewing for myself, and it was so rewarding and empowering to produce cute garments efficiently and without confusion or rage. even now as a more confident seamstress, i return to her patterns again and again because they produce high quality, on trend products without any hassle. her latest pattern, the popover poncho, is no exception! seamstresses can expect the same clear, simple, thorough instructions (with diagrams and photographs) full of tips and tricks to quickly turn out something they will love to wear.
i am so excited to talk today about a most inspiring start to my year of knitting dangerously. it was a total coincidence that this event took place immediately after i decided to trade in my stethoscope for my knitting needles, but i’m pretty sure if i hadn’t really committed to this year, i would have never made the trek. in fact, i doubt i would have stumbled upon this event in the first place. i can’t even begin to express how fortunate i am for this serendipitous timing. attending the 2014 wool symposium at the fibershed out in gorgeous pt. reyes absolutely changed the course of this year for me. (more…)
hi friends, i’m over at oliver + s today with a tutorial on workout shirts. this will be my last guest post over there for a bit as i’m taking the winter off to…KNIT. i know, what a shocker. if the seamstresses among you are beginning to develop some anxiety about the sudden sharp turn in content toward knitting of late, fear not. i have lots of fun sewing plans in store as well for the coming weeks/months. stay tuned!
as new, exhausted, exasperated parents, we often hear, “kids don’t come with an instruction manual.” ain’t that the truth. every baby is different, even if as a parent you are the same. every one of them requires their own individual tool kit, and adding a new one to the fray can definitely throw that equilibrium out of whack. there’s not much we can do as bystanders to aid growing families in this transitional period other than offer our love and support…and this bag. (more…)
like most of the country, we have officially gone back to school. this year, the kids will continue in their co-op preschool that we all love, but they have moved up to the three day class. after a few orientation sessions and easing in over the past week, today was the first day the whole class came together, and i got to LEAVE! if any day were to be formally recognized, i felt like this was the one. (more…)
my apologies as i’m back for just one more cop out post before i hope to return to cultivating this space a little more generously in the near future. i know i have missed so many comments and failed to respond in a timely manner–so embarrassing and i promise i will be a better blogger soon. just this saturday, i worked my last shift of my full time job that felt like it was not so slowly killing me. maybe my last shift ever as an adult acute care rn, who knows?! it was a wild, wild ride and i will definitely miss my wonderful coworkers, but it was 100% the right decision on both personal and professional levels, and a long and tenuous journey to even reach that decision. but that’s very much it’s own story not at all related to camping capes–we’ll see if it ever finds its way to this old blog. (more…)
you guys. stoked to announce a little blogging series beginning today over at oliver + s. it’s been an idea several months in the making, and today is my first official post on sewing outdoor apparel for the kiddos using oliver + s patterns. you can expect to read about minor tweaks to the patterns to make them prime for adventuring, as well as tips on selecting, sewing, and caring for different performance fabrics. first up, hiking shirts! (more…)
i am filling my closet with grainline shirts made in nani iro, and i don’t feel bad about it. i think it’s a perfect marriage of simple, quality garments and beautiful, wearable fabric. what else can you ask of a wardrobe? (more…)
i had an awesome mother’s day. it’s starting to get pretty hot here in the central valley, so the kids and i have been scoping out shaded parks. they’re finally at an age where i don’t have to be that crazy mom on the playground climbing play structures far too tiny, bonking my head and getting stuck on the slides, and instead i can sit under a tree and knit while imaginary t-rexes chase them into exhaustion before nap time. it’s divine. after a leisurely morning at our new favorite shade park, we headed out to st. helena and tried out this awesome farm to table restaurant. the food was fantastic and the ambience can’t be beat. for this occasion, i wore this little black dress i made as a mother’s day gift to MYSELF. (more…)
i started sewing for myself just as the weather began warming here last year, and was on a major tank kick the whole summer. i did knit, woven, split back, dress and peplum versions of some great basic tank patterns–the sorbetto (free!), the wiksten, and the tiny pocket variety. a basic tank pattern is very adaptable and great to have. while i’m not over tanks by any means, sometimes i did have trouble with the fit despite how basic they are–gaping armholes, low cut necks, too boxy or unflattering. while i do recall getting one of those patterns tweaked just right, i decided this year to play around with a tee pattern for a change. you’ve already seen a few versions of this awesome pattern, a double gauze, a knit and a rayon, and today i have two more, my two new favorite shirts! (more…)