Tag: pockets

mother’s day dress: who wore it best

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i had an awesome mother’s day.  it’s starting to get pretty hot here in the central valley, so the kids and i have been scoping out shaded parks.  they’re finally at an age where i don’t have to be that crazy mom on the playground climbing play structures far too tiny, bonking my head and getting stuck on the slides, and instead i can sit under a tree and knit while imaginary t-rexes chase them into exhaustion before nap time.  it’s divine.  after a leisurely morning at our new favorite shade park, we headed out to st. helena and tried out this awesome farm to table restaurant.  the food was fantastic and the ambience can’t be beat.  for this occasion, i wore this little black dress i made as a mother’s day gift to MYSELF. (more…)

simplicity 2226, haircut, etc

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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…)

plaid peplum party dress!

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with pockets!  but i didn’t want to overdo the alliteration.  oh my, are you guys ever in for a treat.  april rhodes has done it again.  here is yet another pattern very suitable for beginning seamstresses that turns out a fun, sophisticated, comfortable, versatile wardrobe piece in just a matter of hours.  thank you april…oh, how i LOVE this dress.  (more…)

little red dress

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well you guys, this is it!  the final piece of my handmade vacation wardrobe.  i actually finished it awhile back with some super cheap fabric i picked up in the “silky prints” section of joanns (read, 100% polyester).  between a sale and a coupon, i paid $9 for 3 yds.  nice!  anyway, i intended to use the fabric for the simplicity 2215 sew along that never was, but it was too flimsy.  yet, the print variation at the selvedge cried out for a dress, so, a dress it would be.  of course, to include the print variation, i had to cut against the grain…rogue sewing, you guys. (more…)

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…)

celebrate the boy: closing out

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whew!  it’s been a busy two weeks with celebrate the boy.  and while countless reasons remain to celebrate this exceptionally precious specimen, it will be awhile before i again acknowledge that by making him clothing.  like any sew along, ctb has encouraged me to focus my attention at specific goals, step outside my comfort zone, acquire new skills, get through some blunders, make some new friends, and when all is said and done, walk away with some nice additions to the wardrobe of this budding male model.   (more…)

ctb: project eight, blue jeans

DSC04534it’s true what they say–jeans go with everything.  however, for kids and even for adults, i think they can sometimes be a little stiff and unforgiving (i’m a big fan of the marriage of spandex and denim that has gained popularity over the past few years).  a big button and zipper right in the middle of that squishy little belly seems a bit harsh.  you can pick up really soft, light denim fabric from joann’s, and while you lose some durability, you gain a lot of comfort and breathability.  i think it’s a fair exchange, especially as we head into spring and summer! (more…)

ctb: projects four, five & six, pants pants revolution

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just look at this kid.  i’m trying to figure out whether it’s possible to go head over heels from him *just* from pictures, without witnessing the little magical elf trounce around in person.  i don’t know, what do you think?  at least you must be gaining an appreciation for his keen eye for fashion.  i digress. (more…)