Category: sew

kcw: chevron mini wiksten tank

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one last project to polish off kcw summer 2013!  i spent about two days this week churning out a few new duds for myself, so eventually you will see the adult version of this shirt.  i just got this cute chevron with great drape from girl charlee and made myself a new wiksten tank.  i figured it might be more flattering in a drapey knit than it was in the voile.  anyhow, just couldn’t resist making a bean version.  i wonder if she’ll be 10% excited as me to wear our new matching wardrobe together.  most likely not. (more…)

kcw project four: self drafted shorts

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ok, i’m jumbling these both into one post because the weekend part of my birthday week is upon us, and plans are picking up!  birthday dress is done and wearable as of midnight last night…it will make an appearance here in the coming weeks.  for now, it’s time to wrap up SHORTS.  well, capris. (more…)

kcw project 3: tribal tees

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i managed to *just* get my craft room organized enough to resume sewing for a bit.  i tend to get so involved in any given project that i quickly need a break with another project, so back to sewing it was.  mostly, as intended, it’s been sewing for me…but with all the scraps, i just couldn’t resist a little matchy matchy action.  so, bean and i are both getting a new summer wardrobe. (more…)

classic picnic shorts

IMG_1317just popping in for a *very* quick writeup on these shorts!  craft room renovation is very much underway, and i have to get it done before my bosses return or it could take months.  plus i’m trying really hard to sew an entire summer wardrobe for myself.  and a birthday dress.  and a new purse.  and a new wallet.  how many days do i have left?  my house is so filthy. (more…)

kcw day 1: linen sailor pants

IMG_1322i’m approaching kcw a bit differently this time around…as in, not like a drill sergeant.  i had my own, personal little kcw to write my guest post only two weeks ago, and seeing as this is my month of me, i have to use this last week without kiddos to polish off a few other projects still in the queue (major sewing room renovations underway, so not totally conducive to sewing right now).  however, i plan to do a short writeup of the projects i completed for the guest post, so i’ll still be showing my face at the beautiful new kcw site…what can i say, it’s hard for me to stay away!

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date night dress + simple slip

i told you guys i’d have more adult sewing in store, but i had to keep mum on exactly what until today…very excited to give you an exclusive sneak preview of april rhodes‘ new pattern(s), the date night dress (left) and simple slip (right)!  awkward photo shoots are part and parcel of self-sewing, but i must admit it’s still bizarre for me to see so many pictures of my body from so many angles…please be gentle (and if you want to comment on my apparently mom-buff arm, i won’t hold it against you).

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boucherouite washi

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that’s actually not a salutation in some exotic language.  it’s the name of this dress.  boucherouite is the name of the fabric i used (and apparently some style of morroccan rug…?), and washi, of course, is the name of this very popular frock by none other than madame rae.  in a few days, i’m flying home to michigan (alone with two toddlers, yeah!) for my cousin’s bridal shower.  i don’t own anything appropriate to wear because, as i’ve noteed, i dress like a slob, and last time i was in chicago i tried on my sister’s entire extensive dress wardrobe and wasn’t happy with how any of it fit.  a perfect excuse to graduate to making my own dresses!  and, in case you were sick of my favorite field of weeds, this gorgeousness is just a short stroll from my front door as well, so i thought i’d switch it up.  have i mentioned i LOVE WHERE I LIVE? (more…)

wiksten tank dress

IMG_1076roughly 20 years ago when i finished my sorbetto top, i immediately downloaded this pattern and sewed it the next day.  i wrote this post maybe a week later, and it has taken me THIS LONG to photograph it.  it’s ancient history now.  seriously, it took this long for another adult to be present to wield the camera and my hair to be clean at the same time, to give you an idea of an average day around here.  frankly, i was just happy to get some photos of the dress on a body, so please bear with me through the awkward poses.  maybe when the kids are in college i’ll be able to get some pics when it’s not 150 degrees with sun directly in my eyes so i don’t have to crop my crazy squinty face out of every photo. (more…)

last geranium and wrap-up!

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well, here we are!  the final day already!  you have probably come to appreciate two things this week, first, that this is a highly adaptable, versatile, solid, must-have pattern, and two, man, can i ever botch a basic pattern that i have made repetitiously.  the latter is no better demonstrated than in this final geranium, one i dreamed of for months, debating fabric choices, searching high and low, finally importing this gorgeous nani iro double gauze straight from japan, all for the honor of clothing my daughter on the great occasion of her third birthday. (more…)