Hi friends! First things first, that little bit of belly you see above is indeed a baby bump. The little one is due in August, which means I'm about half way through this pregnancy. My husband and I are in a race to see which will come first - the new baby or the finished kitchen.… Continue reading Lessons Learned Working with a Border Print
What a lovely weekend we had here in Seattle! The sun was out, and I had the pleasure of hosting all of these lovely ladies in my house. I can tell you for a fact that our orbicularis oculi were getting a workout! I mean, look at those gorgeous smiles! Since many of them don't have… Continue reading Seattle Sewing Saturday Success
I have to admit that I've had very little time this week to think about this week's SOS: Photography post. I was so motivated last week when I posted about smiling for the camera, but then life got in the way this week. So, this tip came together quickly through a conversation with my husband last… Continue reading Photography: Lighting
Last night I was reading a few pages in the baby book What's Going on in There?: How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life. I started it ages ago, but these days I only seem to be able to read about three pages a day! The few pages in question… Continue reading Have fun when you take those blog photos! Or, flex that orbicularis oculi!
As 2013 comes to a close, I can't help but jump on Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow's "Top 5" craze that's going around the sewing internets. Unfortunately, one of the things that has been impacted the most by this pregnancy in the last two months is my grasp on creative writing. Seriously, these days when… Continue reading Reflecting on 2013
Well, I did it again. I made another one of BurdaStyle's Twisted Maxi Dresses out of one of Mood Fabric's silk jerseys. And, there was no oops about it. I got so much use out of my first silk jersey maxi dress this summer that I just had to make another to carry me through… Continue reading Silk Jersey Twisted Dress Redux – Shorter yet Warmer
My newest MSN make is up on their blog today. Check it out over there if you want a sneak peek before it goes live here tomorrow! Pattern: BurdaStyle Twisted Maxi Dress 02/2013 #115 with sleeves from Sewaholic Renfrew Fabric: Mood Fabrics Taupe/Black Geometric Jersey Prints with a hem band from Mood Fabrics black jersey
While I was working away on my winterized BurdaStyle Twisted Dress, which I've also written about here and here, I ran into a few seams that dead ended into no other seams. Take this one for example:The seam itself is the center front seam, but it splits at the top to become the bodice's twisted… Continue reading Securing the End of a Serged Seam
I've started working on my winterized BurdaStyle twisted dress, the one that I mentioned the other day as wanting to shorten and add sleeves to. Step one is to clean up the back v-neck edge with some self binding. I really like this step - the way the instructions have you do it makes a great… Continue reading Perfect Edge Stitching with a Stitch-in-the-Ditch Foot
One of the key lessons I took to heart from Lynda Maynard's Sew the Perfect Fit Craftsy class was to walk the seams of a garment in order to understand how things are going to fit together or to adjust them if they've gone askew during the fitting process. Lynda uses an 18-inch transparent ruler… Continue reading SA Curve Measuring Wheel: Review and Discount!