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striped julia cardigan in britex knit

22 Aug

The changing of the more “extreme” seasons to the more “transitional” ones always causes me to want to refresh.  And after a nice and toasty summer around here, I’m excited for it to be cardigan and jeans weather again.  So, for my latest project as a Britex Blogger, I chose this great heathered gray and navy stripe cotton knit to make a lightweight cardigan to ease me into fall.

britex stripe julia cardigan

The pattern I used is the Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations.  The collar of the Julia Cardigan is what drew me to it – it’s a flattering shawl style, which I thought would look great with the striped, drapey knit that I chose.  It’s one of those designs that seems to look good on everyone!   Continue reading

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big fox little fox fanfare sleep sack

18 Aug

my friend Rae’s adorable line of flannel for Cloud9 Fabrics, called Fanfare, is BACK!  fun new colors, same cute animals, and i’m excited to be part of the blog extravaganza today!  my kids are still squeezing into the fanfare pajamas i made them last fall even though both are about 2” too short now, so these prints are definitely kid-pleasers!

fanfare foxes sleep sack

i decided to sew a Lua Sleep Sack by Straightgrain Patterns for my littlest guy, in Foxes in Gold.  i haven’t sewn much for him yet, but i thought this would be the perfect project to keep him cozy as we head into fall in the next month or so.  it’s been a pretty toasty summer around here, Portland-wise, but we had a few days of cooler weather last week and it put me in the mood for autumn.

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flashback class picnic shorts on the line

7 Aug

this outfit is pure summer in oregon, 80s style – the way i remember it.

class picnic shorts and oregon love tee

french braids, tan skin, play clothes, and bare feet.  days were spent outside with my sisters and the neighbor kids – running through sprinklers, bike riding, and sometimes my mom would make a jug of kool-aid to drink on the back deck.  you know, to beat the thirsties.

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chartreuse + moonlit playtime dress

5 Aug

today i’m posting over at the Oliver + S blog with what they call a “wardrobe edit,” where i list what i would make if i had all the time in the world, all the fabric budget in the world, and any oliver + s pattern to sew with.  OH HOW I WISH!!  i picked a few things for E, an outfit for O, and even something for baby C (who is such a fun little fella these days – sleeping through the night and giggling is the BEST).  it was fun to pull together – check it out!    

at a certain point while writing the wardrobe edit post, i got a bee in my bonnet to MAKE one of the things – i guess to show i’m serious or something.  so here it is…look number 1 from the wardrobe edit post…the chartreuse + moonlit playtime dress!

chartreuse and butterfly playtime dress

somehow i had missed this butterfly print in the initial cotton + steel hullabaloo and only came across it recently on Miss Matatabi.  it’s quiet but oh man is it beautiful.  it’s from moonlit by Rashida Coleman-Hale – i got it at Modern Domestic, you can get it here.   Continue reading

stitched together for rachel: a little star

28 Jul

one of my favorite kids clothes bloggers, Rachel from Stitched Together, is having a baby any day now!  it will be her fifth child (!) and the new little gal definitely deserves some special gifts and attention.

star mobile ornament

another sweet blogger, Victoria, had the idea to make Rachel a collaborative baby mobile and contacted some of Rachel’s bloggy friends to secretly plot and sew.  we set a color theme of navy, gold, mint, white, and peach – all used in a favorite fabric line, ARIZONA by April Rhodes.  i love the colors in April’s line, so this was great news to me!

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