Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Handmade McCall's 7247 in Double Layered Knit

Hello there! Yesterday may have been National Coffee Day, but I think I'm celebrating today. I've had several extra cups this morning while I slowly pencil in the next week's to-do's. A high point of the beginning of this week: this incredibly comfy top I made from McCall's 7247. I used two layers of soft, 100% cotton jersey knits. The outside is a heather gray (available here), and the inside is a beautiful violet (not available anymore). 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Our Beautiful Engagement Photos by Permanent Glimpse Photography

Photo by Permanent Glimpse Photography
As a female creative entrepreneur, I do not take lightly the talent and passion of other working women. Because she is incredibly good at what she does, and because she is such a genuinely sweet person, I consider myself blessed to have befriended Marie Clark of Permanent Glimpse Photography. When Marie offered to take engagement pictures for Daniel and me I was absolutely elated. For those of you in the Northern California region, I can't recommend Marie enough. She is an absolute doll to work with and made us feel comfortable and able to be ourselves. Our pictures turned out, not only visually gorgeous, but they reflect our relationship and are honest to who we are. Miss Clark, you are truly talented and we thank you so much for these lovely glimpses. We'll treasure them forever.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sewcabulary: Twenty Nine Essential Sewing Tools

I honestly believe that the quality of tools you buy will affect the overall quality of your project. Many of my tools have been collected over the years, and some of them are from my great aunt (which means they're about 40-50 years old). Because higher quality tools last longer (and save you money in the long run), I recommend spending on them more up-front. I've compiled a list of my absolute favorite and most used tools. I have not been sponsored by anyone to make this list, and the tools featured are so only because I personally love them. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Handmade McCall's 3341 in Wool Plaid

I had this wool saved for a wrap skirt (see this post about those) but when my pattern hadn't arrived yet, and I had the itch to sew, I decided on McCall's 3341 instead. This awesome little skirt took only a couple hours to make, and consisted of 6 pattern pieces. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sewcabulary: Fourteen Key Terms for Understanding Patterns

Good morning! I am so excited to announce Sewcabulary. These weekly posts will introduce basic, and some intermediate, sewing terms, skills, tools and techniques to help you jump into the world of sewing, or improve your current skills. As a sewing teacher for over 5 years, I've had the amazing opportunity to welcome my students to the world of sewing and to watch them get excited about this skill set. I'm so pleased to be able to continue that process through this blog! Today we'll talk about some basic symbols and terms you'll see on sewing patterns. If you have questions, please, comment away! Thanks for joining!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Why I Love Wrap Skirts - Three Variations in Three Different Fabrics

Ahhh, the wrap skirt. The easy to make, universally flattering, chameleon of a garment. Day to night? The wrap skirt's got you covered. Spring to fall? Consider it done. I have a very exciting package of wool and other fall apparel fabrics coming my way and one of the first things I'm going to make is a wrap skirt, you can see that here. For now, here are three different wrap skirts I've made using three different fabrics. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Thursday, September 3, 2015

At Home in the Kitchen

I woke up this morning thinking about scones. Yes, scones. Of the many things I miss about being near my family, missing out on their culinary talents hangs out near the top of my list. It was always a good day when my mom would call and say "I made waffles/doughnuts/bacon/scones/etc., come get some." Now when I want delicious food that reminds me of home, I have to make it myself. Sigh. I until 7am (her time) this morning to ask my mother for her scone recipe and promptly got to work. Because they're so good, I thought I'd share the love. You can put just about any fruit/nut/confection combination. This morning I chose chocolate chips, but raisins, walnuts, pecans, cranberries, dried apricots and almonds are all delicious additions as well.