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.
we just got back from a lovely vacation to san diego, which was a nice opportunity to disconnect for an extended period. david grew up there, so we had the pleasure of catching up with a lot of old friends and their little ones. we just made it in a window of good health for all of us (i stopped barfing a day before we left home, reese started the morning we returned, nice!), and the kids are juuuuust getting old enough to travel more seamlessly. it really was restorative (lots of car knitting!). i don’t know about you other creative folk, but i really dislike stagnation, and i’m definitely feeling the urge to take a few steps back and redefine my creative goals for the coming months. for creative people with extremely limited time, that task can be challenging and i’m not exactly sure when it might happen, but i’m acknowledging it. changes coming, you heard it here first! (more…)
well, the big wedding shower has come and gone…you know what i wore, and now that the surprise is over, i can tell you about what i gifted.
this is lloni. it may be hard to detect in this photo, but she’s actually quite pregnant. i know. she’s adorable. she even looks this cute when she mows the lawn, which she is still doing, by the way. i know this, because the only thing dividing our two yards is a mere fence, so the whole top floor of our home allows us to keep close tabs on exactly what her family is doing at all times. peering out her window into their kitchen might be bean’s favorite pastime. (more…)