a month in review


my friends, what a fine month it was.  countertops cleared after one year of accumulating piles, cars cleaned and serviced, blades sharpened, walls painted, wardrobe multiplied, books read, faraway destinations traveled, old friends visited, new friends made.  a little business, a *lot* of pleasure.  a month long vacation is luxurious by any standard…i really vacillated over whether or not to write a roundup post at all because it makes me self conscious.  but, i really made it count, you guys…i don’t think a moment was wasted.  and i want you to know there was no sloth to be had.  the immediate and self-perceived dire needs of toddlers quickly erase any memory of relaxation, so join me in a walk down memory lane as i recall what it was like to have a month to do WHATEVER I WANTED. (more…)

what happens in vegas

i’d describe my current state as mildly discombobulated.  the little bosses are back in business and have been dishing out orders for a solid week now, but the transition was gradual as their return was marked with a family reunion and my folks stuck around until early this morning.  i actually have an entire post written to summarize the past month, but the pictures from my various adventures are in all different places and it was starting to really stress me out to get that post squared away as time continued to tick by without showing my face here.

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darling ranges birthday dress

IMG_1641happy birthday to me!  don’t worry, i wrote this monster yesterday, because today i’m doing…NOTHING!  this, you guys, is a very special dress for many reasons.  it’s a dress i wore to commemorate my final birthday in my twenties, the most complicated garment i’ve made for myself so far (intermediate, heyo!), and created with a pattern and a fabric with unique and memorable origins.  i have a lot to say about this dress, but i think i have enough photos to break it up into manageable pieces.  where to begin…


kcw: chevron mini wiksten tank


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


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


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!


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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kcw guest post: behind the scenes

if i were just about any other blogger, this post would go something like this:KCWC

hey everyone!  are you ready to get fired up for some summer sewing?!  in just one week, the first ever kids clothes week, summer edition, will be underway.  you all know how i love me some kcw, so i hope you’ll join me in what’s sure to be a fun week full of late night sewing disasters/triumphs and bribery induced kid photo shoots.  i’m over at the kcw blog today to talk all about shorts, so head on over to check it out.  make sure you keep visiting over there throughout this kickoff week for all kinds of summer wardrobe inspiration.  while you’re there, grab a button, and sign up to sew along! (more…)