let the games begin! as promised, i have STACKS of fabric set aside to hand out. i tried to organize it in some way today, and it looks like i have enough to post for several days. my plan is to just keep the giveaways posted until all the stacks are up for grabs, then i will announce the winners all at once and ship all at once to save myself some trips to the post office, in roughly one week. when i get to the last stack, i will notify in the post how long you have to leave a comment before the giveaways close. the only other rules are as follows:
well you guys, art fair is nearly upon us! and we are all but ready. the photo above doesn’t even include teri’s stuff…so much for being short on inventory (booth is 4×8′!). after returning back to my sewing room and getting my bearings about me a few weeks ago, i blazed through the several remaining projects i had cut. fortunately, my mom had an extended visit with us, so i was able to move very quickly in spite of a wave of fevers and malaise moving through our family and reese developing severe insomnia (not in that order). it was basically intolerable for two weeks, but seems to have mostly resolved by sticking the kids in the same room at night. now there’s literally nothing they don’t do together. anyway, i initially thought i would regroup and do more sewing (boy pants? more home decor or accessories? more jersey?), but i took about a week’s break or so to attend to the business side of selling crafts. turns out, that’s quite a task if you’re starting from scratch! after a fair amount of research, filing, registering, establishing, and branding, i’m happy to say i am legally open for business. i can even take credit cards! (more…)
hi everyone! coming up for air again very briefly to share some projects. you all know my deep loyalty for kcw (and every time i visit the site, i am blown away by how much it’s expanding…way to go, meg!), but when i saw the dates this year, i knew it wasn’t meant to be. i had vowed to do nothing but art fair projects until december, with the exception of using kcw as a break to do some fun sewing for my own kids. but, this is a crazy week for us as we’re leaving early thursday to fly back to michigan for my cousin’s wedding. i have the distinct honor of making the canopy under which they’ll be wed, which ended up taking waaaaaaaaay longer than i anticipated (it’s both top secret and so giant i can’t take photos quite yet, but will try to snap some on the big day). (more…)
i know i said my next post would be the tutorial to make this dress, but i sort of get the feeling nobody’s really *clamoring* for it, so i’m deviating a bit from the plan here to catch you all up on what has totally taken over my life for the past few weeks. i have long been dragging my feet on turning out art fair inventory, mostly because i am a total novice and unsure of what to even make! many artists probably go into these things with existing inventory, or at least a clear idea of who they are and what they do. i have none of these things. there has thus been a lot of this in the past few months:
guys, i have officially caught the self sewing fever. notice, i’m not referring to it as “selfish” anymore. some very interesting things are happening as a result. first, my wardrobe is growing faster than it has in several years. i’m not a big clothes person, but my fever is resulting in at least one garment per week…far more than i’d ever shop for. it’s the most productive fever ever. second, i’m becoming a better dresser. similar to when i began sewing more confidently for the kids, it’s been a weird transition into realizing i actually can wear what i sew, rather than treat all the pieces as ugly, failed experiments. i have to consciously divert my attention each morning from my typical ratty tee shirt and $5 jersey gaucho pants that haven’t been cool since i bought them in 2005 that compose my summer uniform and say to myself no, you are a respectable adult, and you can wear this sweet linen shirt hanging in your closet with the aligned stripes and contrast binding. now put it on and go stare at a waterfall, why don’t you. (more…)
i’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!
we’ve got a fair number of little boys inhabiting this neighborhood, which provides many opportunities to exercise my boy clothing brain when birthdays roll around. while clearly my repertoire isn’t incredibly diverse, this hoodie pattern has served me quite well in this regard, and is obviously highly adaptable. i’ve already made a couple for reese, and pulled it out again twice in the past month for the recent birthday boys on our block.
i thought i’d be overly ripe for a break from sewing at the end of this past week, but as it turns out, such was not the case. given my absurd degree of preparation, variation of projects, and strict daily schedule of tasks, i ended the week with plenty of both finished garments and energy. and after cleaning my craft room and catching up on laundry (to the extent it’s usually caught up, i.e. 50%), never one to spend a nap time idly, i found that i just wanted to sew some more! (more…)
don’t mess with liesl, that’s all i have to say. today, i am the proud survivor of liesl bootcamp, having successfully completed my first oliver + s pattern. i first saw these shorts popping up in blogland last summer, and had them mentally bookmarked (life was so hard before i found pinterest). in my recent sewing shopping spree, i selected a few o+s patterns along with my ample fabric purchases, and a majority of my cutting leading up to kcw included these patterns. for months i’ve been admiring their design and reading about the impeccable quality of the product and garment, the clarity of the patterns, the innovative techniques, etc. needless to say, a lot of anticipation had built to finally MAKE one of them. (more…)
i mentioned my minimalism recently, but i wasn’t always this way. my childhood bedroom is full of assorted collections, trinkets, photos, books, and general clutter. i was always a collector and a bit of a packrat, actually. once i got to college and had some independence, i was constantly buying strange things because the price was right, or i might need them someday (electric orange juicer? i don’t eat oranges or drink orange juice with any regularity). my home and trunk were full of piles of clutter devoid of both sentimental value and utility. i have always been a big bargain shopper, which is economical, but also made me somewhat inefficient, since my inability to resist a bargain led to several useless purchases. which is actually not economical. (more…)