Tag: made by rae

guest post: geranium ruffled bodice!

hi everyone!  coming up for air again briefly with a big treat for you…you all remember how i mentioned my friend teri graciously agreeing to co-run an art fair booth with me and all the beautiful work she’s been doing for that purpose?  well, she’s really stepping it up this evening, generously assisting in keeping this neglected little blog afloat with an awesome tutorial.  we are happy to report things are going very well as we enter the home stretch of mass production….hopefully i can make it back later this week with another inventory update!  until then, i will turn it over to teri so you can hear a bit more about her and her background, and then, like me, mooch all of her creativity and knowledge born from meticulous methodology.

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to asheville and beyond

morning in the blue ridge mountains

you guys.  it will be two weeks tomorrow that we left for our big adventure, which means it’s been already two weeks since i last popped in to say hello.  no art fair updates today since i just sat at my sewing machine for the first time yesterday and have done little but botch two plackets, but i thought i’d try something different and write a bit about our trip, which ended up being pretty craft driven.  we did lots of cool stuff, so if you’re headed to the southeastern us, perhaps this will serve as a good resource for you! (more…)

boucherouite washi


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…)

last geranium and wrap-up!


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…)

geranium #6: dress shirt geranium


you guys, i almost forgot about geranium week.  i’m obviously so invested in my own series.  but…i did my skirt post yesterday and our family is on a trip right now in santa cruz (beautiful), and i’m currently trying to wrap my mind around how i might quilt my biggest ever project while sitting on the floor in front of a knee height coffee table, since that’s the only table where we’re staying.  but i transported my entire sewing room here, so I WILL BE SEWING, even if i permanently hunch my spine in the process.  i’ll let you know how that goes.  in the meantime, on with the geraniums! (more…)

geranium #3: pink petri geranium


ever since i found out i was pregnant with a girl, i made very clear i had no interest in a thundercloud of pink erupting all over my life.  i actually like the color just fine and wear a bit of it myself (i’ve been told several times in the past it’s “my color,” which i think led me to reject it in recent years), but have an ethical issue with the MAJOR gender stereotyping that happens from birth.  (more…)

geranium #2: willow geranium


here is my second take on the pattern.  this edition features cap sleeves, inseam pockets (which she can never seem to find) and a pleated skirt, made in a quilting cotton bean helped select at joann’s over the winter (previously used for this vest, and still quite a bit to spare).  i really like the organic feel of the branches and the neutral colors.  surprisingly, i can’t think of anything that went awry with this one, but it’s very possible i’ve forgotten since i made this way back in april. (more…)

geranium week, 2013!

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welcome to geranium week, 2013!  this is a personal series i’m running, party of one, to showcase this awesome, versatile pattern.  if you’re a children’s clothing aficionado and/or read this blog, it’s highly unlikely this is the first you’re hearing of it, but in case you’d like to get some info directly from the source, you can read about it/purchase it from the talented rae here.  also, do you like my sweet, off center graphic above that i made in 5 minutes because i thought this post was too text heavy?  i like to look at it and tell myself that one day in the near future, i will scoff nostalgically at my graphic design ineptitude.  but really, it probably won’t get much better than this folks.  so perhaps i should stick to sewing.   (more…)