Cleaning and purging and watching

I took an entire afternoon, this weekend, and cleaned out my sewing closet. I organized and purged until it all was in order.

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Then I listed a few fabrics (like the ones above) on my local Buy Nothing Project group (including a HUGE garbage bag FULL of scraps). My closet was filled with things that I just won’t ever use. Raunchy biker babes? Virgin(s) of Guadalupe? Thankfully they have gone to other people who will put them to good use.

Now there is room for more. That is the whole point, right?

Then I watched the first episode of the second season of The Great British Sewing Bee (on YouTube). I really dislike reality shows, but this one is great. They are all so kind to each other and supportive. It is refreshing with all the informative content and lovely sewing people. You know where to find me for the next few nights, as I binge watch this entire season (and then there is a  whole other season to go!).

What have you done this weekend?

Not Just a Sunsuit Tour and a Giveaway!

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The lovely, Ajaire, of Call Ajaire invited me to be a part of her paneled Sunsuit tour, and of course I said I would! PLUS, the whole point of the tour is to show you how you can adapt this pattern and make it wearable in the Fall and Winter (which is coming rapidly), and you know how I love a challenge!

Honestly, I didn’t have to do much to it. AND what’s more, I made TWO.

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First, let me tell you, this is a hefty pattern. There are multiple views to make. Everything from pants, to maxi skirt, to sunsuits! You get a lot of bang for your buck with this one.

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I chose to do the paneled sunsuit view for a few reasons. One is that my youngest LOVES overalls and these really fit that bill nicely. The second reason is they are great for doing this:

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…which she does all the time. AND they don’t ride up when she does!

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No buckles, no closures. Really great fit. I added the patch pocket to the front (not part of the pattern).

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Double top stitching and faux piping too! That feather cotton fabric was my birthday present from The Bee. I love it so.

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I found the outer heavier fabric (feels like a bottomweight) at Goodwill. I thought it was black when I bought it, but in different light it looks blue. Either way, it works so well for this outfit!

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She shoved that entire apple into that pocket…

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and thought it was hilarious.

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Sometimes it is all too easy.

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Anyhow, moving on to the second sunsuit I made.

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*BTW; that face is in genuine awe. A plane was flying low over the trees. I told you. Sometimes it is too easy to amuse her.

This one, she requested to have a lower waistline (because she likes her pants to be under her bellybutton) AND be lined in flannel.

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Easy. I just didn’t fold up the waistband channel. Instead, I connected the top two layers with the bottom two layers. I also had to sew two lines of stitching for the channel instead of just one. I could have taken a little bit off of the top of the pants, but now she has a little room to grow.

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I used that periwinkle fabric from this project and lined them with sock monkey flannel. That trim is from the sewing expo. I had been saving it for something special. I am so glad I used it for these! My girl looks like she walked out of a Jan Brett (*A.L.) book.

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Ajaire’s detailed instructions have everything inside looking as pretty as it does on the outside.

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*It was 80 degrees outside when we took these. At least I know they are really warm!

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I bet they would also make great ski bibs if you had the right material!

Now the fun part for you… Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win one of 4 copies!

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Ajaire will also be offering the Paneled Sunsuit pattern at a 15% discount during the tour – from August 24th through September 4th. In addition…Anyone that joins the Designs by Call Ajaire Facebook group will have access to a coupon code for an extra 5% off (so a total of 20% off)!

Be sure to check out the other ladies on tour!

Tuesday August 25th: Skirt Fixation | Gracious Threads | Kimmie Sew Crazy | Shaffer Sisters

Wednesday August 26th: Kid Approved | Pinkel | Falafel and the Bee | Once Upon a Sewing Machine

Thursday August 27th: Buzzmills | Pattern Revolution | Sprouting JubeJube | Handmade Martini

Friday August 28th: That’s Sew Kari | Lulu & Celeste | Paisley Roots | Modern Handmade

Monday August 31st: Sew Cool for the Tween Scene | Kadiddlehopper | Imagine Gnats | Nap Time Creations

Tuesday September 1st: My Sweet Sunshine | Straight Stitch Designs | Handmade Boy | That’s What She Crafted

Wednesday September 2nd: Climbing the Willow | Rebel & Malice | GYCT Designs | Two-Many

Thursday September 3rd: The Crazy Tailor | sewVery | Just Add Fabric | Delia Creates

Friday September 4th: A Jennuine Life | Conversas de Hermanas | Made by Sara | Not Sew Fast

 

Lots of News

Along with all of the normal goings on here (like pattern tours, testing, and blogging about life), I have joined two teams!!

*BTW: these photos have nothing to do with the news. I just had them to share.

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The first is:

Blank Slate Pattern Team

I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of Melissa’s team of amazing women. I love sewing Blank Slate patterns, and now I get to do it as a job. How great is that?!

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and the second is:

 The UpCraft Club Team

This is another group of talented amazing ladies that I am so happy to be amongst! And I get to sew some more awesome patterns!

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Not sure if you noticed, but we have also changed themes so that those of you who visit my blog from your smartphone, will be able to see it! None of us actually have smartphones in this house, so I wasn’t aware my blog wasn’t compatible until recently. Please let me know if you have any trouble seeing anything!

What BIG changes are in YOUR life, lately?

We have a Winner!

Firstly, I must say that you all made me laugh. It was so much fun reading what you carry around! And suddenly, I felt like I wasn’t alone with the strange things I tend to tote.

In the spirit of sharing, I will tell you what is in MY giant bag:

wallet, checkbook, coupons, vaccination cards, epi pen, benadryl. list of my allergies, business cards, lipstick, calculator, measuring tape, many lists, receipts, gift cards, Q-tips, phone, petroleum jelly, hand sanitizer, first aid kit, elastic bands, tweezers, and change purse.

Whew. I carry around a lot of stuff.

Anyhow…on to announcing the winner of the Tulip Tote PDF pattern.

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*drum roll*

Comment #6: Melinda

“Let me see here, I have a leather wallet that has cards & cash, a fabric pouch that I keep a measuring tape in, my keys, my phone, my business cards, lip gloss a pen and a Sharpie. I switch purses pretty often, but the contents are usually the same.
If I win, I am totally making a lips version of this purse!!”

Congratulations Melinda! Look for my confirmation email. I would love to see your “lips version” when you make it!

Tulip Tote and a Giveaway!

When Sarah (of Blue Susan Makes and co-Author of Just for you *affiliate link*) asked if I would like to sew up her brand new bag pattern, I immediately said YES! Sarah is so fantastic, I just knew her pattern would be too.

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The Mini Tulip Tote is a sweet little bag that closes with two magnetic snaps, meant to be carried on your lower arm, but I made mine with the longer strap option so it can be carried on the shoulder too.

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Don’t let it’s size fool you, though. This bag is super roomy inside! I was actually surprised by it.

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The sides are rounded because of the ruching and the boxed corner bottom so you can fit quite a bit in this little bag. And it has two pockets inside. You know I LOVE pockets!

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The best part about it, though is that it is super sturdy and can stand up on its own! It helps that I used this lightweight denim for my outer fabric and fusible quilt batting inside. I LOVE how it came out.

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Now here comes the fun part for YOU. Sarah is generously offering a copy of her PDF pattern to ONE lucky winner!

All you have to do is leave a comment here telling me the contents of your purse. Seriously. I want to know what YOU carry around!

I will let Random.org choose the winner on Friday.

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And if you cannot wait until then to get your copy, you can purchase one in the Blue Susan Etsy Shop.

Good Luck!

*Oh and BTW: I received a copy of this pattern from Sarah for free, but as always all opinions are mine mine mine. She did not ask me to gush. I did that all on my own.

Brazi for my girl

Remember the Brazi I made for myself? Well, I decided to try again. Only this time I would use 2 way stretch fabric instead of 4, and increase my seam allowances, and finally, shorten those straps.

Well, I guess I went a little too far to the left, because

IT DIDN’T FIT!

*sigh*

But, it DID, however, fit my 15 year old.

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And she LOVES when I sew for her.

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I love when I can give her my mistakes, and she makes them look good.

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Such a cute back.

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One of these days, I will get a Brazi of my own. For now, though, I am happy this one will be worn.

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What have YOU made today?

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My 43rd Birthday is coming up in a few days, and to celebrate, I made myself a sassy new dress.

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I used the off-the-shoulder variation pattern from Sew Many Dresses by Tanya Whelan

*affiliate link*

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I was not asked to review this book, but I feel compelled to share my opinion anyway. I really loved how there are just a few base bodice patterns and she walks you through altering them to create completely different looks! This one was made with a princess seamed bodice, and then I altered the shoulders, according to the book’s directions. Brilliant!

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It is written so clearly and the bodice change was really easy to do.

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For fabric, I used a red flat bed sheet (one of my favorite fabrics to use) and lined it with the same fabric I used for this dress. The only thing I needed to buy was the invisible zip. YAY for being thrifty(while aging).

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I was on the fence about adding boning to it, so in the end, I didn’t. But I cannot seem to solve the sinking boob problem that comes with wearing a strapless bra! I feel like it would require some heavy duty armor to keep my girls in place. Sheesh. For now, I am hiking the bra up, inappropriately in public, by reaching down the front of my dress.

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Anyhow, I think this dress fits my birthday theme this year (the movie Chocolat),*affiliate link* perfectly. I have a theme every year and make my guests dress up. Oh yes I do. We plan on having only desserts to eat. I can’t wait!

How do you celebrate getting older?

Closet into mudroom

We have lived in this house for almost 4 years now, and over these past years have been getting to know what we want where. We rent, though, so are limited in the radical changes we can make (or want to make). Paint, a little wood, and some removable installations are where it is at, for us.

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This is how the closet started out. It was gross…and the first thing you see when you open the door!

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For a while, it looked like this. I was babysitting children during the week, so it had to be simple and accessible for them. But I have always dreamed of having a mud room. Seriously. It is the little things.

So I took everything out, and revamped it over this past weekend.

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I gutted the whole thing, patched up all the holes, gave it a fresh coat of paint, and started again. This time, I painted the trim white, along with the top shelf. Then we all built the bench. I say “we all” because the girls painted the cinder blocks, Jim cut the wood planks and installed them, and I painted the planks and made the cushion and pillow. It was a family effort, and I really love it.

On the left side, there are two more hooks for our library bags, and a basket for our umbrellas. We only have three bins underneath for shoes, but have been making it work (even though there are four of us).

I wasn’t sure how I would like the cinder blocks. I really didn’t want it to feel like a college dorm room, but I didn’t want to build anything that we couldn’t easily take apart, either. Since they are painted, and mostly covered, I think they look good! I actually love walking into our home and seeing it.

How about you?

What is the first thing you see when you walk into YOUR house?

Just for You : Night Circus Skirt

I decided to make myself something this week. Another creation from Just for You by Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield and Sarah Markos (*affiliate link*).

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I made the Night Circus Skirt which is a 6 paneled skirt with a side zip. It sewed up quick and easy. My kind of project!

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I used this periwinkle bottom weight and since I only had one color, I top-stitched the seams down twice to define the panels.

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I am thrilled with how it came out!

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But I didn’t stop there. I also whipped up a hat using the free pattern for the Rosabelle Hat by Elsewhen.

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I used the same fabric.

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Now I have a cute skirt and hat, just in time for the rain to return!

What have YOU made today?