Alterations, oh my!
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4d ago
Alterations/repairs are bad words around these parts.  I will avoid stitching a button back onto a store bought sweater for YEARS.  It's ridiculous, but true.  I am willing to spend countless hours sewing away on a complicated project that I have made from scratch and takes months to complete, but ask me to "fix" something on a finished item and I will avoid it like the plague. In other words, it takes a lot for me to make changes to an existing garment.  But I thought that this skirt would pair perfectly with my sweater, so I decided to make the skirt work for me, e ..read more
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Jammy Tweeds
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1w ago
I have had the Encyclopedia of Knitting in my knitting library for many years.  One of the main reasons I purchased the book for was this sweater pattern, and last year, I finally got around to knitting my own version. I have no idea why it took so long.  Sure, I was distracted by other newer and shinier patterns, but every once in a while I would come across the book and it would remind me that I wanted to try out that sweater pattern. In November, I was looking for a new knitting project to sit with on the couch since Mr. Tino has been rather demanding of my attention these ..read more
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Jumpers & Pinafores
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2w ago
When I was picking out fabric for this jumper, I knew that this green piqué was a top contender.  What really made my final decision, though, was this blouse, because I knew that the two garments would make a great pair.   I also had plans to pair it with one of my holiday themed blouses, which you can be sure that I did last month! As someone who has a bad habit of making separates that don't match much of anything in my closet, two perfect outfit matches is way ahead of the game. I do wonder if my subconscious repeatedly tricks me into making things tha ..read more
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A Vintage Style Jumper
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3w ago
While Simplicity 9449 might not be the most interesting design in the world, I knew that I needed this pattern in my collection as soon as I saw it.  Not only that, I liked it so much that I actually decided to make the pattern in a timely fashion.  That rarely happens around these parts. The next step was to choose my fabric, and I just happened to have the perfect cotton piqué fabric on hand, purchased from Mood Fabrics after a recent obsession with the fabric weave.  Unfortunately, I did not have enough yardage.  Drat my habit of purchasing fabric without a patter ..read more
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Strawberry Tweed
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3w ago
I purchased this yarn during a Knit Picks sale back in June of 2021; I wasn't sure about the color, but the price was right, so I thought that I would take a chance.  After all, what's a few more skeins of yarn to add to the stash?  Well, it arrived, and I was concerned that I had made a mistake, and it wasn't the right color pink for me.  Fast forward a few months, and I decided that I wanted to make a version of Poison Grrls "Sodapop Sweater."  I had enough of the tweed yarn for the design, and the color was beginning to grow on me. You can probably tell where this is g ..read more
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Polka Dots & Circle Skirts
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3w ago
Here is further proof that I am obsessed with this wool melton Stanwyck Skirt.  I think I am going to have to make another!  The only question is, what color? But what I am most excited about here is that I am finally getting around to posting photos of my Ostara Top.   I tested this pattern for Jennifer Lauren Handmade back in February 2018 in a different fabric, and I knew at the time that I was going to make another; the only question was when. So after I finished this dress and had a small amount of leftovers, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the scraps. The top ..read more
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Fluffy Knits
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1M ago
It is currently a very gloomy evening, and the rain is threatening to start at any moment.  There has been a fair amount of precipitation around these parts lately, which means it is ideal knitting weather, or at least, it feels that way.  This sweater was blocked last week, and since I am doing my best to post in a more timely manner, here is the finished sweater.  I can't promise to have finished pictures posted any time soon, but baby steps . . . I began this project in late November and finished it before the new year, which is a quick turnaround for me when it comes to kn ..read more
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2022, A Year in Review
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1M ago
Vogue 1863 /  Stanwyck Skirt // New Look 6486 Circle Skirt /  Jailbird Blouse // Rose Cafe Bustier / Stanwyck Skirt Ah yes, it's that time of year again; time to sift through of all of the handmade items that made it to the blog this year.  I am actually surprised that I posted as much as I did.  There were plenty of unmotivated and stressed out moments in 2022, but we made it through.  And as always, the creative side of my life helps me navigate the crummy parts. Advance 6821 // Brooklyn Jacket / McCalls 7677 McCalls 7929 ..read more
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Tiki Queen
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1M ago
I think it's safe to say that 2022 was the year of the sequins as far as my sewing adventures are concerned. I finally finished my spangled circle skirt, made a matching top, encrusted a belt with super sparkly stuff, and finished a second top, sans peplum (even if I still haven't gotten around to blogging about it). There were also a fair amount of novelty prints sprinkled in there for good measure.  So as a final post for the year, this project seemed like a good choice. In fact, a large part of the inspiration behind this dress and bolero was the fact that I thought that apply ..read more
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Classic Styling
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1M ago
I managed to finish my Christmas frock with plenty of time to spare, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make another holiday themed item.  Vogue 1863 came out earlier this year, and I was very excited to see another vintage reproduction released with some lovely details. The collared blouse takes quite a bit of yardage, which I only realized after deciding that it was the pattern that I had my heart set on making.  Fortunately, I had enough of this berry print stashed away with my Christmas cottons, which seemed like a sign that they were meant to be paired together ..read more
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