popping in with a little birthday present i made for my sister Laura. she loves to bake but doesn’t own a stand mixer (!), so for her “main present” the family teamed up on funds to help her buy one. couldn’t just leave it at that, though! had to make her a pot holder too.
i love to make pot holders as gifts. they satisfy the urge to do a little bit of quilting, they’re super practical, they’re quick and fun. i can make them with scraps or a fat quarter in an evening. haha too bad my own pot holders are basic black ones that i bought when i was in college…
it’s a difficult thing to design a unique children’s dress these days. super difficult. the market is flooded with patterns, and now that i’ve been sewing dresses for this little gal for about 5 years, i’ve gotten to the point where i’m able to sew a lot of things with only a quick glance at the instructions. a lot of it just becomes intuitive. that’s all well and good, but it’s also very refreshing to sew something that feels new and different!
this dress, the Fawn Lily by Rebecca of rock the stitch (for willow + co) is new. different. fresh. crisp. Continue reading
i had it in my head that i wanted to make this exact dress, and it was driving me bonkers that i couldn’t find the time to get it done earlier in the summer! but finally, with a labor day vacation to central oregon looming, i got it made.
the pattern is jamie christina’s mission maxi view A, a dress i’ve seen lots of gals make (my all-time favorite is Kelli’s tie dye version). i bought the paper pattern at Bolt, which was a good decision (vs PDF) because the two pattern pieces were so big, i had to move to my living room floor just to trace my size!
E’s first day of first grade is today, so i made her a new dress…yesterday!
first grade already, i can’t believe it. she learned so much “big kid stuff” over the summer (riding a bike! swimming! whistling the imperial march!) and she’s super excited to start a new school year. we were out of town for the long weekend, so i had to choose a quick-yet-satisfying dress to sew for her to wear on her first day. i think i picked a good one.
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.
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