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Knits Are Not Created Equal

In a perfect world you wouldn’t have to think about stretch percentages and fabric content when working with knits.  You could grab any knit from your stash and it would work the same as all the other knits when making the same pattern.

Unfortunately that isn’t the case, many times you have to make some adjustments to a pattern even when the fabric you are working with is one of the listed fabrics.  What it comes down to is that all knits are not created equal.

Grading Between Sizes

There are very few people that can look at a size chart and find that their measurements fit exactly into one size.  More often than not you have different sizes for the different places you measure such as bust, waist and hips.  For me this was the biggest draw to sewing my own clothes, I could never find clothes like dresses and tunics that would work with a small bust and a larger hip.  As soon as I saw my first nested womens pattern I was hooked!

Obsessed and Okay With It

I have what some would call an obsessive personality.  For the most part that is good.  I find something I like or am interested in and then I am all gung ho.  I research and plan and research and plan and eventually either that thing happens or I move onto something new.

If you follow me on Instagram you have seen the first part of the week I was obsessed with leggings, if you don’t follow me you really should my life is totally interesting :).  I loved the pair I made so much I wanted to sew through my whole stash of knits making leggings.  I made two pairs but already have 3 more fabrics lined up to make more.  They are just so comfortable and I know something I will wear all the time.

Twirling in the Park with the Mae Tunic

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The day is finally here and I couldn’t be more excited to share with you the pattern I have been working on thanks to the help of the always amazing Lauren Dahl and her course on Pattern Workshop (affiliate link).  You can check out my review of the first half of her course here.  I hope to have a review of the second half of the course in the next few weeks, but you know I actually have to finish the course first 🙂

Repurposed Organization

Living in an old farmhouse with so much charm has been really fun.  Our home has crown molding throughout, amazing old wood doors, large baseboards and old windows.  While the windows are really fun and add to the charm of our house they don’t bode well for keeping the house warm in the winter or cool in the summer as they are all painted shut.  More and more houses in our neighbourhood are removing the old windows and putting in new more energy efficient windows.  We haven’t gotten there yet but it will definitely be in our future.

Felt & Fabric Memory Game

 I am constantly looking for projects that will use up my ever growing stash of fabric scraps.  For some reason I can never quite get rid of fabric even if I have less than a few square inches because you never know when you need a scrap of fabric.  This is one of the projects that is easy to make and uses some of those small scraps of fabric you have lying around.

For a few years I have been thinking about making a fabric memory game for my kiddos but never seemed to sit down to do it, thankfully that all changed today.

Artwork Display

As most parents of small children can attest, you end up with a large amount of paintings and drawings.  With both kids in preschool we also end up with art projects multiple times a week.  Needless to say I wanted to create a place to display some of their art work that wasn’t just the fridge.

Since it is no surprise I love a gallery wall and embroidery hoops I thought this artwork display would be a great addition to my living room gallery wall.

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Men’s Dress Shirt to Fitted Tunic

Digging through my pile of thrift store finds I came across this x-large men’s dress shirt I had purchased and planned to refashion to a tunic for myself that I could wear with leggings and my favourite black boots.

It is exactly what I wanted, really big and long enough for a tunic.

First step was to put the shirt on and pin where I wanted it to come in.  As you can tell by the pin placement the shirt needed to come in quite a bit to fit me.  Because of how much the shirt had to come in I knew the pocket was going to need to be removed.  So I went ahead and started unpicking the pocket.

Dress to Skirt Refashion

I am linking up today with Sew Much Ado and her We did it Wednesday post.  Check out all the other fun things people made today.  There is loads of inspiration to be had on her blog today.

When looking through my closet recently I came across a dress that was never in a million years getting worn again.  I would imagine that I am not the only person that has clothes like that.  At some point you bought it and liked it but then things change like your style or body shape and it no longer works.  You can always donate that clothing item but if it is a fabric that you like why not try to refashion it into something new for your wardrobe.