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V9251, Turn Up The Heat!

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Hey guys! I hope everyone's July is going swimmingly. July and August are tied for my favorite months of the year. I am a sucker for Summer Heat. It's also Leo season grrr :) I've been enjoying snatches of this Summer wherever and whenever I can. Life has been busy as ever, and I often find myself wishing there were more hours in the day. There simply is not enough time for all the easy breezy Summer dresses I would like to make. That it's beautiful outside more often than not also calls me away from my sewing machine quite a bit. I love sewing, but I love nature more. Here is my latest make!
This is V9251, a beautiful and simple pattern that hasn't forgotten how to turn up the heat. My version is sans pockets and sleeves; I simply didn't think the dress needed either. I know for extremely skilled seamstresses, making patterns with tons of details and flourishes can be very gratifying as you are able to really showcase your own crafts[wo]manship. I am in a pla…

Spring Daisy V1287

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Oh, hey guys! Remember me? It's been a while! [Boring blogger apology for not posting in 2 months] Can you ever forgive me? Keith and I moved last month, from an apartment into a charming, tiny Victorian house here in Bellingham (renting, not owning, in case you're curious). And the house in the pictures above is not where we live lol. I imagine that house belongs to a very old, very sweet lady with many doilies, and many cats. We bought our first dining room table, and have been doing other strange things like buying art to put on the walls. We have been moving away from our bachelor/ette pad mentality, and attempting to embrace adulthood and home decor. "Let's become one of those couples that makes everyone use coasters!" I said gleefully to Keith during a recent trip to Bed Bath and Beyond. "And if they don't use coasters, we'll start droning on about how beautiful and expensive all of our wood furnishings are." This idea pleased me a great …

Sointu Kimono Tee

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Oh heyyy guys! The weather decided to play nice with us today up here in B-Ham. The sun even teased us with a couple appearances. Heading down to the beach for some photos was an obvious choice. The light was pretty soft even in midday due to the cloud cover. I'm becoming something of a cloudy day hedonist living in this part of the country. 
I made the Sointu Kimono Tee by Named Patterns. This went together like cake using my serger and a commodious knit. This pattern was comprehensible and a breeze to sew up. There's not a whole lot to say about this one except that I'm pleased with how this turned out and plan to actually wear it a lot.
Other than that, 2017 is off to a promising start. I have been going to the gym 3-4 times weekly, usually with Keith, and I even have some cool new IT Band issues to show for it! So I'll probably be focusing on upper body this week :/ . Keith and I are also looking for a new place in April, so we are keeping pretty busy these days.

NYE Dress V1498

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Oh hello, my lovelies. I thought I'd come back to show you how my NYE dress turned out. We went down to Seattle this year, and Ubered it to about 6 different bars and restaurants since we still haven't explored the city all that much, and we are still trying to figure out where our scene is. Seattle lovers/explorers/dwellers: give me your recommendations, please and thank you. I actually asked one of our Uber drivers where everyone was headed (I was trying to tap into Seattle nightlife, feel me?), and she said, "I've literally been driving in circles all night." Great. Thank you. Seattle is such a chill city though, I'm not convinced it ever gets wild. Where I come from gunshots, fireworks, and screaming people punctuate holidays, celebrations, and other events. We had a fun time exploring and trying new places, and went to bed approximately 1 minute after midnight like the old people that we are.

Onto the dress! This is another Nicola Finetti design, V1498.…

2016 Year In Review/ 2017 Outlook

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Hey guys, I figured I'd keep up with the blogging Joneses by posting a year in review. 2016 was a big year for me, sewing and otherwise. When I started this blog in 2015, I thought I knew a lot more about sewing than I actually did. And the deeper I fell down the sewing rabbit hole, the more I realized I still had to learn. While I learned some new skills this year, I think more than anything, I became much more comfortable with some of my existing skills, increasingly more confident in my ability to create wearable garments.

Here are some other things that happened in 2016:

I moved cross-country from Chicago, IL to Bellingham, WA with my boyfriend. After living in Chicago for 28 years, my nerves were frazzled, and I was ready for a change. You might have guessed this, but Chicago and Bellingham are night and day. Where Chicago is big, noisy, full of crime and culture, Bellingham is small, quiet, full of nature and an insulary sense of community. When people ask me what living in…

Grinch Green V1490

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I feel like a naughty little elf in this dress. Or a gamine Grinch. Every year around the holidays, Keith teases me and calls me The Grinch. To be fair, I do have some Grinch-esque tendencies, such as calling Christmas a consumerist holiday (well it is, OK?), and generally not being as merry or as bright as some people would like. After years of defending myself against these wild accusations, this year I figured I'd just go with it and make a Grinch-green dress. Way to turn it around on him, right? Anyway, I have to make this post quick--I've got dinner with me--I can't cancel that again.
This is a Nicola Finetti for Vogue pattern. I confess I didn't know the designer until seeing her recent Vogue release, but she has some rad stuff. It still blows my mind that we seamstresses can access designer patterns and make our own versions--it's like being let into the designer's head and allowed to make edits/changes.
Anyway, I decided this pattern is exactly the rig…

Love And Other Artistic Mistakes

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Hey guys! How was everyone's November?! Keith and I spent a couple days in Las Vegas this month. It has gotten dark and gloomy in the Pacific Northwest of late, so escaping to a sunny locale felt incredible, if only just for a long weekend. We had a low-key Thanksgiving with just the two of us, so we roasted a duck instead of cooking a whole turkey. If you have never tried cooking a duck before, I highly recommend it. It's fairly easy, only takes about two hours, and comes out tender and fatty (in a yummy way).

You're probably wondering what's up with the title of this post. A few weeks ago, I publicly declared my love for this blue plaid flannel on instagram. Big mistake. I mean, not loving it in the first place, but telling everyone that I loved it so that the pressure was on to make it into something great. I really wanted to turn it into something beautiful. So of course, I vacillated over which pattern to use, asking people their advice (never a good plan because…