If you didn’t already know, it is Selfish Sewing Week hosted by the lovely Rachael of Imagine Gnats and Kollabora. This is a week where we celebrate sewing for ourselves. So set aside the projects for friends, kids, customers 🙂 and sew something everyday purely for yourself. I will be participating this week and I look forward to seeing everything you are sewing.
Rachael is also hosting a giveaway on her blog where you can win 40 patterns from a great group of indie designers as well as a gift certificate to Indiesew. My Ravenna pattern is among those being offered so throw your name in for a chance to win it.
Last week I introduced you to my first pattern, Ravenna, and I couldn’t be more excited for the response it got. You are all so great!
The real people to thank for this pattern are my amazing testers who stuck through MANY revisions and helped me to refine the pattern in a way I never could have done on my own. When you look at a pattern for weeks you stop noticing the details. The steps all make sense to you because they make perfect sense in your head, you forget that every person who makes the pattern isn’t going to be in your head.
It’s here it’s here the day is finally here! You can now purchase your own copy of Ravenna!
When I decided on a whim last May to sign up for Lauren Dahl’s Pattern Workshop (affiliate link) course I never could have imagined I would actually get to this point. I had absolutely no knowledge about pattern drafting at all. If you could see the first email I sent Lauren with a bunch of ridiculous questions you would laugh, I had no idea what I was doing.
Today I am teaming up with Indiesew who last week launched a curated collection of 6 indie patterns that be mixed and matched to create a fall wardrobe. These pieces are all amazing in their own right but when paired together you really are set for the fall and beyond. Who doesn’t love a great collection of patterns, especially patterns that can all work together giving you so many different options.
Fall is by far hands down my favourite season of the year. I absolutely love the crisp air and the falling leaves and I may be partial but I am pretty sure that there is no better place to be than the Pacific Northwest in the fall.
I was asked by the lovely Annika of Nah-connection to take part in a blog hop that has been making it’s rounds through the blogoverse. While I haven’t met Annika in real life our paths have been crossing a lot lately in various testing groups and most commonly in the Facebook group for the Pattern Workshop course we are both taking. If you haven’t been to her blog you need to head over there now. Not only is her style great but did you know that she blogs in English AND German.
Growing up with 2 sisters all I ever knew was girls. When I got pregnant with Sophie I knew without a doubt that I was having a girl. I just always pictured myself with girls, at least 2 but maybe even 4. Clearly that was the no kids person talking, because reality is 2 kids is enough 🙂
When I got pregnant with Benny I knew without a doubt that it was a boy. Before we found out the sex I tried to convince myself that it was a girl but knew deep down that wasn’t the case. Don’t get me wrong I was so excited but still surprised I was actually having a boy.
When I first started this blog I gave you a glimpse into my sewing space, which at the time was a table in the laundry room. Make sure to check out how clean and organized that space was, as I cover my face in embarrassment. I can’t believe I actually posted pictures when it looked like that. I guess you can guarantee I will keep it real around here.
Thankfully I redeemed myself and posted again about my sewing area but this time with it all organized and clean.
When Mandalynn of Striped Swallow Designs hinted during the testing for the girls coachella shorts that she would be releasing a women’s version I was sold. The girls shorts were an easy sew and since I used knit for Sophie’s shorts I already had fabric ideas swirling. Lucky for me Mandalynn picked me to test the women’s version.
My original plan was to make a version out of the same pony fabric I made Sophie’s out of but then while walking the aisles of Joann’s looking for something else I came across this double sided black and white knit and knew it had to be a pair of Coachella’s for me.
Caila of Caila Made just released a new pattern, the Desert Rose Dress and Tunic, and I was one of the lucky ones that got to test it. Listen to me when I say this pattern is amazing and so easy to sew up. You have to head over to her shop right now and get this pattern.
Don’t worry, I will wait…
Okay now that you have the pattern let’s talk about what I like to call the Tale of Two Tunics and a Dress.
Today I am joining the pattern blog tour for the Uptown/Downtown Dress by Terri of Sew Straight and Gather and I couldn’t be more excited. I have been following along with Terri as she was creating this dress using the Pattern Workshop Course (affiliate link) we are both in and jumped at the chance to be a part of her blog tour. Sophie is always requesting new dresses and I knew that the twirl factor of this dress would be right up Sophie’s alley.