Late as per usual but I wanted to get the year started with a little blogging and an update on what I plan to be up to the next three months.
You may recall that I’m getting hitched this coming April and I am over the moon about it! Of course the wedding day will be wonderful and full of tears and laughter but the next day is when it gets even better!
We are off to honeymoon in St. Lucia!! One of my favorite sewing motivators has always been vacations and travel. Something about going to a new place makes me want to wear all the new pretty handmade things!! As my sister coined it “YOHO – you only honeymoon once!”
So I’ve created a realistic list of sewing projects for the trip and then some stretch list items! You know in case I have tons of free time leading up to the wedding – HAH I should quit my job and become a comedian huh?
- Gertie’s Sweet Nightie – Butterick 6031 – cus duh its a honeymoon which means one needs lot of cute things to wear to bed and lounge around in
- Noodlehead’s Poolside Tote – To tote all the millions of bottles of sunscreen and giant hats I’ll need in order to survive the beach
- Sewaholic’s Lonsdale dress – I already have the prettiest linen blend to make it in
- Bombshell swim suit bottom – I found the sweetest pink swim fabric with little hearts on it. Its the most perfect thing you’ve ever seen!
- By Hand London’s Georgia dress – must make something tight and sexy for honeymoon dinners and I won this pattern back at the LA Sewing Blogger Meetup so its been in my stash for too long
- Jennifer Lauren’s Cressida skirt – something super nautical-esque
- Simplicity vintage reprint top 1426 – to wear with the Cressida skirt perhaps?
- Vogue 8897 tunic/swim coverup – hoping a pretty linen will help this not too end up too potato sack-like
- Cynthia Rowley’s Simplicity 1371 – I want to make a dress with that ridiculously cute halter top for the bodice
- Megan Neilsen’s Cascade skirt – should be nice to have something floaty which could be wrapped around a swimsuit or paired with something pretty for dinners.
Okay now looking at that it doesn’t look THAT realistic but you can’t reach a goal if you don’t set one right?
My other big goal for 2015 is to work on really building up my handmade wardrobe and work on reaching this goal by following Coletterie’s Wardrobe Architect.
2014 was a really great year for my handmade wardrobe (tho not a lot made it here to the blog). I discovered a lot of TNT patterns and find myself reaching for my handmade items over fast fashion pieces almost everyday!
What are your goals for the year??
This is Pickles – more commonly known as my house as Mr. Pickles though his wild kitten behavior rarely warrants the more formal of the two names. He was kind enough to mostly not claw my eyes out while I took some snaps of my Cat Lady Sewing Challenge project!
I have had this fabric for over three years and it took Erin’s genius challenge idea to get me finally sewing with it. This is some thin knit fabric I got on serious clearance from Joann’s.
I recently sewed up a striped Coppelia cardigan from Papercut Patterns and It was such a breeze I had to do it again but this time with KITTIES!!
I own two cats and somehow it still didn’t cross my mind that laying my project out neatly on the floor for some photos wouldn’t be as serene as I imagined – oh well.
I didn’t make any adjustments to the pattern but if I make it again with a thin knit I would probably take some out of the back bodice piece and lengthen the ties a bit.
I had to try to get my other kitty, Olive, involved as well though she was less enthusiastic about photos.
Under my sweater I’m wearing another emery cus duh, Emery dresses are the best thing to every happen to me. This was one of the items from my Fall Wardrobe sewing list and it is already getting a lot of use. I can’t wait til it drops a little in temperature around here and I can pair it with some tights and other cute cardigans!!
And lastly this is Diego, the original cat I purchased long ago when live cats were out of the question, and I couldn’t let him feel left out!!
Back to Fall Wardrobe sewing!
The changing of the seasons always inspires the need to refresh the wardrobe. SO I went through my pattern collection and my fabric stash and came up with a reasonable list of projects that can help fill out my “fall” wardrobe.
Of course since I live in the desert we have to use the term fall very loosely! It stays pretty hot into mid to late october. This means theres not a lot of need for heavy layers and jackets.
Here’s the plan –
- Hawthorn dress – burgundy print
- Coppelia cardigan – striped knit
- Moneta dress – Black Polka dots
- Moneta dress – B&W stripes
- Archer button up – Chambray
- Cooper backpack
- Emery dress - Gingham
- Emery dress – black with peter pan collar
- Emery dress – Navy hearts rayon fabric w/ cuffed sleeve
- Zinnia skirt- Caramel rayon
- Plantain t-shirts
How much planning do you do when it comes to sewing?
P.S. Did you spot that little sewing room helper? How cute is he??
As promised earlier this week today I’m sharing the other handmade item I wore for our engagement photos.
I used the Scout pattern from Grainline Studios and followed the Madewell variation instructions to add the cuffed sleeves and v-neck. This is some of my favorite fabric and I’ve been hoarding it for over a year now! Its a nice soft chambray with a raised pattern that I got from Denver fabrics.
We moved from the LA loft that we took our so called “dressed up/fancy” pictures at to the downtown LA arts district. You know what that means! Lots of awesome graphic murals and street shots.
I am such a creeper nurse because when I look at the above picture I can’t help but notice how great that vein in Jame’s hand looks – That would be such an easy IV!
I may also have a super awesome Alder shirtdress out of this same fabric that is finished and ready for pictures!!
I really love the Scout pattern as my go to easy top pattern and I love this variation. I have some knit versions that need to be blogged and they are my go to t-shirts.
Again all the engagement photos were taken by the lovey Yvette of Ettevy Photography. She is out of Southern California but will be jointing us in Phoenix for our wedding next year!
Two weekends ago we got to head to Los Angeles and meet up with our wedding photographer Yvette from Ettevy Photography for our engagement photos.
I am a super terrible procrastinator so it really wasn’t until Saturday that I figured out what I wanted to wear for our Sunday shoot – and no duh I decided on an emery dress and stripes. I’m fairly certain there are no two better things in the world.
I was sewing up until about an hour before our photographer arrived to the location. I’m so glad I stuck with a TNT pattern with some minor twists. For this variation I lowered the front neckline and dipped the back into a V. I had zero time to line the bodice so i finished the neckline with bias tape. Maybe someday I’ll go back and add a lining in but she still looked lovely!!
I was terrified of matching the stripes across the zipper but it actually turned out perfectly – thank goodness for lots of basting! By squeezing out the upper back darts it helped not to let the v-back have any gaping.
These are by far the best sewing outfit photos I will ever have!!
In the next couple of days I will show the other half of our photos and the scout variation I made for the casual look half of our photo shoot.
And you know I had to add this last one in cus – DANG look how handsome that future husband of mine is!! How in the world did I get so lucky!?
This also checks off #8 on my 26 before 27 list!
I have been sewing up a storm this month and I finally joined the rest of you and made a lovely Moneta dress from Colette Patterns.
I had a little trouble with my twin needle at the neckline due to my own dumb fault of not testing it on a scrap piece of fabric. It got all kind of wonky so I had to turn my neckline under an extra time but It worked out pretty well and I’m sure no ones the wiser.
I am in love with how super comfy this dress is and who doesn’t love pockets!!! This is a great piece for Arizona since its so light and breezy in this super soft jersey print. I need to make some more of these with a slightly longer sleeve to cover my tattoo for work.
I may have already made another one!! In the most practical print ever!!
And now to show you what comprises my lovely backdrop for these photos – my ridiculous fabric stash!! You may have seen a shot of this madness on my instagram a while back so i thought I should share it officially.
When I moved at the beginning of the summer I went from a studio apartment which was a glorified one room place to my new digs where I have a whole room and closet dedicated to sewing. My number one priority of my sewing room was having open storage for my fabric so I could be inspired and more importantly be able to see what I have in the stash.
I fold my fabric into little bolts with these comic book boards. Comic book storage supplies are one of the best things for organizing your sewing room!!
I hope that this makes it easier to shop my own stash instead of buying new fabric every 5 minutes but I’m trying to be realistic and James believes I’ll be asking for another row of shelves in a matter of months!
How do you store your fabric and how do you curb your fabric stash? Or are you like me and you’ve given up trying?
Today I decided to print out the ever famous Tap Shorts pattern – the plan was to just whip up a quick test version to try out the fit.
Once i got started with this striped cotton I picked up in Chicago a couple years ago I started to actually really like them so I tried to finish them up as neatly as I could and I might actually wear these for the rest of the summer.
I like the general fit tho I had to take in the sides and will cut a smaller side next time around. I’m excited to try out some of the other variations that come with the pattern.
I’m sure the horizontal striped are not the best thing to plaster around your backside but I’m just going to go with it.
These are officially the only shorts I own and I’m kind of excited about it. I can’t believe there was a point in my life where I said I wasn’t a “shorts person” because I wasn’t comfortable with myself – now I’m saying embrace yourself wherever you are in life!
There’s something about going on a vacation that makes me want to make a bunch of new things to wear! When we decided to head up to central and northern California to visit my sister and brother in law it made for a perfect opportunity to wear some of my handmade goodies.
The first day we drove up to Fresno and did some relaxing hanging out including hitting the world’s most ridiculous estate sale store.
I made this little navy circle skirt last october for a trip to Austin (but obviously never blogged about it). Its such great basic piece I can’t believe I haven’t made a million more.
The little piece my sister is holding was the only thing that left with me and I can’t wait to make a teeny cake to put on display, or some flowers, or cheese, the possibilities are endless.
The second day of the trip we headed up to Sequoia National Park for a day of adventures. I wore an appropriate knit scout tee from Grainline Studio – I used the swingy back variation of the pattern for a test run of sewing it in a knit fabric.
Its a really comfy make though next time I would skip the swingy back variation because its a little too baggy for my taste. This was my first knit scout but I very quickly sewed a second within the week! I followed all the instructions from Jen here.
This is the Sherman tree which is the biggest tree in the world!! How cool is that!?!
On Sunday we jaunted up to San Francisco for the day and I wore my new Mabel skirt I posted on instagram recently. We hit up good food and coffee at the ferry building, as well as the presidio, the bridge, and more!
I had heard that this was a quick make so I decided to try timing how long it took and was pleasantly surprised that with printing the pattern, cutting fabric, and putting it all together was just a little over an hour! Colette patterns is really rocking the knit patterns these days!
This weekend left me so happy and recharged! Hope yours was just as great!
Do you ever make special things to wear on vacations??