make it perfect pattern parade: nani iro shearwater kaftan & giveaway!

10 Jul

FINALLY!  a lovely double gauze garment just for me!

nani iro shearwater kaftan

i’ve bought double gauze fabric a few times, and i’ve always ended up using it for those pesky kids.  haha.  i actually intended on making something for E with this too, but it was just perfect for my next self-sewing project….even though i had only 1.5 yards of it, about half a yard less than the pattern calls for.  there was a lot of planning before i cut.

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a summer groutfit

7 Jul

can’t stop.  won’t stop!

gray union st tee and maritime shorts

the comfy summerwear separates just keep happening!  i had the idea to make this shirt and post it along with my last one, but ran out of sewing time.

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cropped hudson pant

3 Jul

aaaand i’m back with more self sewing!  pattern testing this time, for my friend Kelli of True Bias.  I’m a big fan of Kelli’s – i was fortunate to have her as a guest for vintage may this year, and my intro for her links to my many favorite past Kelli projects.  she has a comfortable yet fashionable style that i enjoy very much, so when she asked if i’d test her hudson pant pattern, i was totally in.

cropped hudson pants

the hudson pant is a stylish lounge pant, which you can make ankle or calf length.  it being summer, i made the calf-length, though for some reason i made them in a somewhat heavy sweatshirt knit (?).  haha they’re multi seasonal, right? Continue reading

a pink union st tee

26 Jun

hey look!  it’s a basic, solid-colored, easy peasy t-shirt!

pink union st tee

and i’m soooooo excited about it!! Continue reading

watercolor & watermelon swimsuit

24 Jun

i didn’t get around to doing a 2013 recap / 2014 goal setting post this year like i’ve done in the past, but if i had, it would’ve likely said to “tackle a few new things i’ve never sewn before.”  i love pushing my skills bit by bit…and swimwear was definitely on that “never done it, want to!” list, like jeans and my first zip fly were!


watercolor & watermelon swimsuit

this is the cosi swimsuit, a brand spankin’ new pattern from Suz at Sew Pony – i just couldn’t wait to sew it up!  the pattern goes from size 6 months to 10 years and there are a bunch of different views included in the pattern (seven!) but i chose a pretty basic version as my first attempt at swimwear – view C, which is a halter suit with leg ruffles.  squee!  leg ruffles! Continue reading


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