chambray archer for the bolt blog

i’m really enjoying building my wardrobe up with handmades that i can wear on a daily basis. somewhere in the last year or so, the clothes i’ve been sewing became the clothes i reach to wear first – not just because i made them and i’m forcing myself to, but because they’re actually my favorite pieces in the closet!

chambray archer

take this shirt, for example.  if you’ve seen me in person in the last few weeks, you’ve probably seen this shirt.  i just LOVE this thing and i can’t stop wearing it.  i finished sewing on those buttons, put it on, and it immediately became part of my regular rotation.  the perfect chambray from Bolt and Grainline’s Archer are just a really good team, you guys.

chambray archer

please head on over to the Bolt blog for more pics and info about my new favorite shirt (i made a few fit changes this time), and hey check it out – Bolt sells Grainline paper patterns in the shop now!  go go go!  i may even see you there – after i saw this post of their new arrivals, i can’t wait to get all up in that nani IRO (it looks like they have the fabric i made my previous Archer with)!

chambray archer

oh sorry, gotta mention one more thing – the bag i pose with in the photos was made by my friend (and Archer maker supreme) Kelly out of Pendleton wool.  she used my tutorial and this thing is awesome and i feel way cooler than i am when i take it out on date nights.  thanks Kelly!


>   > >   check out my Bolt post here   < <   <


vintage may guest: groovybaby….and mama

vintage may 2014

my final guest for this year’s Vintage May is Trine of Groovybaby.…and Mama!  Trine is the mother of four beautiful children and lives in Denmark.  i first found Trine’s creations on Pinterest, and assumed based on her modelesque children and super stylish garments that those pins were from a high end, unaffordable boutique, not a mom sewing for her kids just like me!

like so many of my guests this year, Trine constantly inspires me with her taste and her creations – there was one time she posted a beautiful dress in the morning and i made my version that same day!  touches of neon?  galaxy fabric?  leather pockets?  she’s a master.  Trine also sews beautiful garments for herself, and is currently competing in Project Sewn – I’m pretty sure she made it through to the finals, so be sure to follow along to see what she sews for her finale look!  i can’t wait.

for Vintage May, Trine sewed a lovely dress for her daughter using vintage fabric from one era and a vintage pattern for another.  it’s gorgeous!  head on over to Groovybaby….and Mama for her post!  thanks so much, Trine!

groovybaby...and mama

and don’t forget to check out Jess’ guest too!

have a great weekend everyone – and please come back early next week for a roundup of the series and your sewalong creations – you still have time to add them to the flickr group if you haven’t yet!  we’ve also got a SUPER AWESOME GIVEAWAY coming too!  just, you know, as a thanks for following along.



vintage may guest: true bias

vintage may 2014

today’s guest is Kelli from True Bias.  i just love so many things Kelli makes.  like “i want to steal it from her closet” type stuff.  she has great taste and mega skills.  Kelli WON Sew, Mama, Sew’s Super Online Sewing Match, and takes pattern making classes in her spare time…the girl is legit!  i really want to use her cocoon cardigan tutorial, i love this shibori dyed shirtthis backpack, this amazing bag.  i could just look at her projects all day – she makes stuff with style.

today she made a super cute outfit for her daughter based on a vintage pattern – isn’t the back so great?  head over to True Bias for her post!  thanks, Kelli!

true bias

be sure to head on over to craftiness is not optional today for her guest!


vintage may: buzzmills


vintage may 2014

my guest today is Jane of Buzzmills.  when i was pulling together my invitation lists for Vintage May this year, Jane quickly came to mind.  way back when i put out my sweet tartan dress tutorial, Jane sewed one!  and when we did Vintage May, Jane sewed along!  it’s just so exciting for me, and i’ve always been grateful to her for that (she sewed my summer nightgowns too!).  Jane is a creative soul, and though her blog you can see she is totally committed to instilling her kids with that creativity as well.

my favorite thing Jane has made is this dress – it’s GORGEOUS.  i love that she encourages her kids to be awesome and also love that she sews for herself and home too.

her post today is pretty great – look at that toddler belly framed by stripey suspenders!  teehee!  go check out Buzzmills to see the rest!  thanks Jane!

UPDATE: and don’t miss her smocked playsuit, posted a day later!!  so perfect.


and then check out the most gorgeous handsewn thrifted dress over on CINO!  CINO!  CINO!


vintage may: petit á petit and family

vintage may 2014

my guest today is two years in the making!  during the first Vintage May, a gal named Celina of petit á petit and family emailed me to see if she could add a few photos to our flickr group of things she’d sewn a while ago.  at that time, she only rarely blogged her sewing, but she was already making quite the name for herself on Pinterest.  that’s where we first found each other (she now has almost 3 million Pinterest followers, holy cow!!!).  in the two years since, Celina has been sewing a LOT more regularly, and her impeccable taste quickly got her noticed in our little community!  she seems to be involved all sorts of cool projects these days – she’s both co-creator of STYLO magazine and designer in the very cool Willow & Co. pattern collective, both of which are the new hotness.

i love how Celina uses color and pattern and always tries new things – this outfit blew me away, as did this one, and all of this was so great too!  i love how she really commits with her photography and styling.  Celina is just an inspiring person with tons of ideas, and i love people like that.  they push everyone around them to be more creative!

for her post today, Celina made a fantastic swimsuit and fancy coverup inspired by 70s bohemian style for her daughter – and its all gorgeous!  go see!


rumor has it there’s a pattern in the works, too!  awesome.

you know the drill – head on over to craftiness is not optional to check out the beautiful garment Jess’ guest made today!