Monday, March 28, 2011

Because I don't have enough to do...

I am participating in a tailoring sew-along over at pattern-scissors-cloth.  I'm so excited!  She's going to go into all the details of altering patterns, fitting, industry tips and tricks, and since I am a completely self-taught seamstress, I am excited to either: learn something new, or: confirm that I was doing it right after all!

I found this pattern that I just LOVE.  Of course I plan to alter it almost beyond recognition, but here's what I'm starting with.

Now I need to decide which fabric to use.  Both are nice washable wool blends.  The grey was a thrift store find and has a light weight black interfacing on the back, so it's quite stiffer than the black.  What do you think?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Amazing Spring Collection!

It's finally up!  With pictures and its own page!  HOORAY!!!!
You can see it's own special little page over there to the right where is says "pages; home; spring collection"
Cool huh?

I still have to make one more skirt, 2 more tops, and take pictures of my very cool RED purse.

Our afternoon in the Redwoods

Signs of spring

The beautiful Smith river

Me and the girls

One huge-o tree

Redwood Sorrel

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Photo shoot

I was finally finally finally(!) able to get some pictures of my Spring Collection.  Over the next few days I'll be editing pictures, opening the line up for pre-orders and getting it listed in my etsy shop.

I'm so excited!!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

This is how busy I am

I've been working on all kinds of wonderful stuff for my spring collection and pillows like an insane woman.  I'm in some sort of sewing mania.  I have turned out an tremendous volume of stuff and most of it I absolutely love!

Yes, I am showing off my mess.

But it does come with a price.

See my shirt from where I couldn't wait to leave the room to
try something on?  My kids are constantly appalled.

This is what my area looks like after just 1 day of sewing mania.  *facepalm*

Monday, March 7, 2011

Violet's skirt

Made by Me March is helping me to realize several things
1.  I'm way too busy to post every day
2.  I wear the same clothes every single week with very little variation.  I just don't have a lot of clothes.
3.  Boy do I need to lose some weight!

I was sick for 2 months, then okay for 2 month and then sick again for 2 months.  All I could do was sit around, eat and take pain pills that made me fall asleep.  My new years resolution it to lose 30 pounds which will get me back to where I was when I got pregnant with Willow 9 years ago.  I plan to make healthy choices and lifestyle changes and lose the weight in a healthy and not-obsessive way.  I've packed up all my too-small clothing by size so that every time I get to the 10 pound mark I can open a box and have clothes that will fit me, instead of having a closet loaded with things that won't fit.  The problem is, in the meantime, I have hardly any clothes!

So yes, losing weight is a health thing and a vanity thing, but it's also a logical thing.  If I lose weight, I don't have to do laundry so often!

Anyway, here's Violet in her MMM outfit for yesterday.  I took this adult skirt pattern, sized it down for skinny-mini, and added an underskirt.

It was a big hit in primary yesterday!  Click to see the details better.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

SheSpoke again....

So instead of working on my new spring line, I get to do a whole bunch more pillows for DeWayne!  Yay! 

Do you sense the sarcasm?

Not that I don't love DeWayne or his pillows, but I want to work on my stuff!  I've hired a model, I'm dying yards of fabric, I'm so close I can taste it!

Oh, and here's my MMM outfit for the day.

This is actually a top that I got on super clearance, but the neck was way too low, so I took it apart, took about 5 inches out of the neckband, add 2 more tucks, and put it back together.  It's one of my favorite tops, but it's really starting to wear out.  Maybe I'll have to use it as a pattern.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


I Cheyenne Nichols of My Little Sewing Blog do solemnly swear to.....well, kind of do the Made by Me March challenge presented by Zoe.

The problem is, most of my really cool made-by-me clothes are about 10 lbs too small, so I don't have a lot to show.  But my kids wear made-by-Mom (me) clothes every. single. day.  So if my clothes get boring, I'll just take pictures of them!

So here is day 1of Made by Me March.  My version of the Anita jeans which you will not see in further detail because I used inferior fabric and now there's a patch in a not-so-flattering place, but it's okay as long as I wear long shirts.

And a prototype of a top that may or may not be in my spring collection, but certain won't be in that color or fabric.  I like the style, but not the color or fabric.

Violet assured me that I would be cute if I posed like this.