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Wild Horses: Deer and Doe Magnolia Dress Review

Hi ya’ll!

Good use of “ya’ll” I think considering the western horses in this dress. You probably do know, but if you don’t, I grew up as a competitive equestrian. I had a white horse and everything. I wasn’t in any way western- I was one of those prissy girls in tall leather boots and fitted jackets. Anyways, I like to think this dress is inspired by a dress I had when I was a teenager which I LOVED but was fast fashion and fell apart pretty quickly. I like to think this is a sort of wild resurrection of that dress, pictured here.

Ren Fest 2018: M7763 Angela Clayton for McCall's

If you know me at all in real life or have been following me for a few years, you know I indulge in one unabashed weird thing every single year: The Sterling Rennaisance Festival. Not only do I "attend" the festival, but I go all out. All the fuck out. No stops. I've been making full-blown gowns for 4 years now, and a few haphazard costumes for years before that. I usually attend with my best friend Stephanie (of firedfigments fame) and her partner Adam. This year we lost Adam to the trauma of lots of work, but I finally got to drag Sam. 

Wearable Basics: Gingham Seamwork Veronica

I've been working lately on making pieces that are work wearable and shift with a changing body. With the new job I have to look nice and wear actual makeup when I go to work! Things are different when you're not rolling around with the pugs in the flowers all day (floristry is not like this, for the record. It's just a really unexpectedly dirty job.) 

Ikat Tumbling Blocks Quilt

I knew I wanted to get back into quilting but I didn’t have a good excuse to do it until I received this beautiful genuine ikat from Fibers to Fabric. They have lovely hand printed fabric and real ikat for good prices and very quick shipping. The ikat fabric I received was stunning- rich color with a wonderful weave. It was a little gauzy and I was short on yardage to make a top but I really saw the ikat as a print in a homeware piece in our new apartment. So I set off making a quilt.

The Right Way to Attach a Patch

If you're anything like me, you love a good patch. It's the perfect way to spice up the clothes and accessories you wear every day, and you don't have to worry about it falling off like an enamel pin. However, I've learned from my days with non-DIY folk that a lot of them don't know how to attach a patch to your garment the right way. I figured I'd make a comprehensive post on the best way to attach a patch to your jacket, backpack, or who knows, even your knickers.

Bamboo Coat by Waffle Patterns: I tried.

Hello loyal readers, followers, and friends. I'm here to reveal the end of #coatgate and, well... i tried. It's not perfect. Definitely not perfect. But to date this is my most in depth project and I learned a lot along the way. The end result is wonky but wearable, and nobody who isn't a seamstress knows that it's a mess. 

Last Minute Galentines Gift: Reusable Makeup Pads

Last Year my good friend Stephanie of Fired Figments made me one of her classic dragon mugs in my favorite color (pink, duh) for Galentines Day and I did nothing. Let me tell you I looked like a DICK. So here's my suggestion to my seamstresses in the house for a quick sew that every gal can appreciate: no-waste reusable makeup pads. They may not be mosaic portraits made from the recipient's favorite soda, but they're do the trick. 

2018 Maker Resolutions

We've all seen everybody's Make 9 on instagram by now. I've even got one or two of mine out of the way already. But there are bigger things than a few specific patterns I want to pursue and learn in 2018. I've compiled a list of new creative things to explore in the new year, and I figured I'd share it with you to keep me accountable and help me along with your tips and tricks. 

Brave the Winter Blues: Geodesic Sweater by Blueprints for Better Sewing

Hi guys! Hope you're all braving the snowpocolypse out there, or if you're in a warm spot I hope you're living it up. This weekend temps were below 0 here in upstate and it was hard to leave the house at all. But every Sunday Sam and I try to go to this specific coffee shop in the city to sit down, talk about what we thought about that week, and plan the upcoming month. It was so cold this weekend I couldn't help but snuggle up in my freshly made Geodesic sweater. 

Evergreen Christmas Dress: Vogue V1558

Hey guys! If you’re waiting for the results of #coatgate, I’m afraid you’ve got a little waiting to do. I finally got my hands on the lining and interfacing, so it should come soon, but I’m really taking my time with this one. Until then, before I had my grubby mitts on the coat lining, I popped out a sweet evergreen christmas dress out of the Rachel Comey for Vogue Patterns V1558.

Welcome to #coatgate: Bamboo Coat Prep

Hello and welcome to COATGATE. 

I’ve become a little coat obsessed over here. Self care is kind of weird; sometimes I feel like busting out as many simple patterns as possible to feel super productive, and sometimes I feel like tacking one big project and carefully planning each step so you have maximum reward. Right now i’m stuck in the later as I work towards making my winter coat. 

Ready-to-Wear Bloggers Who Influence My Sewing Style

It sometimes feels like i've been reading style blogs ever since the birth of the internet. This is not true, I mostly played the Sims in the birth of the internet, but I remember very specifically the heart filling feeling of discovering my first fashion and DIY blogs when I was 14 and 15, and realizing that "fashion" is more than what my mom told me looked nice on me. I even started my own unbelievably terrible style blog when I was 16, which i hope no one ever looks at besides me for laughs. Every time I tried to start a ready-to-wear style blog I personally found it difficult and uninspiring, unlike the small home I feel I've found here with sewing and weird junk I think too hard about. But just because I can't handle a "style blog" doesn't mean I still don't consume them like cheesy chips. Today I thought I'd share some of the ready-to-wear style blogs that inspire my personal sewing, and hope you'll share some of yours too! 

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice: Fall Chambray Alder Shirt Dress

 As you may remember, I sewed up a floral Alder earlier in the year and totally loved the pattern. This also was the pattern that pushed me over the edge to start performing full bust adjustments on all of my patterns. I'd love to do a comparison post with a before and after full bust adjustment, so let me know if that would be something you'd be interested in. The floral alder had some discomfort and tightness in the bust, so I sized down the front bodice 2 sizes and performed a 1 inch adjustment. 

New Home Studio Tour

I finally am moved out of the Hungerford and into the new studio space in our house. I've made a few things in the space, but I think the true moment of new beginnings came when Sam installed my AC all of 2 hours ago. Speaking of which: what the heck? it's 90 degrees here in rochester today. I'm so sweaty I may just straight up melt into my own carpet. 

Flowers In Her Hair: Colette Aster Blouse

As an act of self care, I finally cut into my BELOVED Rifle Paper Co Rayon Challis (also I just figured out that it's pronounced shall-EE and not shallis like chalice? what the heck) which I had been hoarding for 6 months. I bought it for a different blouse pattern but i'm very happy with the Colette Aster, which I've admired from afar for a while but wrote off as something that would be unflattering on my body type.