Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Lately :: Week 4

We've made it through four weeks of Sunday Lately linkups!  Woot!  Let's keep the party going!
This week's themes: Updating, Reminding, Needing, Amusing, Being

Updating: My wardrobe with a lot of new sewing projects.  I'm sorry if you're a follower of this blog and you feel like you've seen about a million photos of me smiling for the camera awkwardly in new clothes that I've sewn.  But it's not ending quite yet.  I've tapped into a network of awesome women who create and share up-to-date trends in clothing that we can make with our own sewing machines at home.  And I love it.

Reminding: Myself about my 2015 resolutions.  One of my biggest ones is to learn "self-love".  Which might sound funny but it's something I've struggled with my whole life.  I've always been outwardly confident and inwardly a mess of a person and I'm trying to figure out how I can change that.  I even saw it with my Momma and sister when we were in St. Lucia last week.  We all tear ourselves apart and focus on the things we don't like, rather than realize how amazing the big picture is.  Bennett gets after me all the time about this.  2015 is my year to make me love me a little more.

Needing: To keep working on getting back into a routine.  Last week was a good start.  Now I need to keep the ball rolling.  I've got a list a mile long of things I'd like to try or make happen for my shop...and I can't get to them if I can't get the things that are most important and pending under control.  I think I'll master this over the next couple of days, no problem.

Amusing: Myself with photos from the last few years of our lives.  Yes, I'm still working on 2011's scrapbook.  But I'm nearing the end so I can almost start on the next year and then only be three years behind instead of four.  Win?  Perhaps.  But it's a hoot when I get to look back at pictures like the one below and see how much we've changed in such a short amount of time.  Bennett and I look like babies!!  And so does Louis, obviously.  That was a given.

Being: An uncontrollable crazy person when it comes to the pests in our house.  You think I'd be used to it by now.  We live in a home that was built in the early 1900's and it's big with a giant basement.  Surrounded by woods.  So we get everything under the sun in here.  I can handle my fair share of bugs that come around these parts...but when a mouse enters my general area?  All hell breaks loose.  Bennett saw one in my studio the other day and I almost refused to go in there.  I was terrified of my toes being eaten off while I was sewing.  Isn't that nuts?  We ended up catch-and-releasing that little toe-eater into the great outdoors and I haven't seen signs of him since.  But that doesn't mean I've let my guard down.  No way, no how.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Leslie Knope is My Spirit Animal

I love strong, funny, smart, feminine, sweet, kickass women.  I've probably mentioned this five thousand times.  Amy, Tina, Mindy and Zooey are basically my dream women in Hollywood right now.  I would marry them all if I could.  Or be their BFF's.  Or stalk them.  Whichever.

Not only is Amy Poehler the actress one of my favorite people, so is her character on Parks and Recreation.
Basically everything Leslie Knope does is something I have/would do...except for the fact that I don't work for the government.  I am just as intense as her about some things and just as nerdy as her about everything else.  I love Leslie Knope.  (Lester Knoff?)

Much like my *NSync tshirt, I've had this on my mind for a long time and couldn't help but make this.  Because Leslie Knope truly is my Spirit Animal.  And I might as well shout it from the rooftops....or my shirt.

Want one of your own?  You've got it!
Head over to my shop and get one of your own: Leslie Knope is My Spirit Animal tee

(And maybe someday soon I will actually post something on this blog other than photos of me.  Sorry!)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Carefree Cardigan by Patterns for Pirates

Patterns for Pirates is now my go-to for patterns involving anything for me or Louis.  (Sorry Bennett.)  Judy just knows what I'm needing to add to my wardrobe before I even know it!  I love her style and that I get to use her genius patterns to make something for me.

I tested the Carefree Cardigan by her and I ADOOOOOOORE it.  Not joking one bit.  I even made a second one so I could wear it on the plane on my way to St. Lucia last week.  (ie: I sewed instead of packed and prepared for my out-of-the-country trip.)  I wanted something that would be comfortable, cute, light and yet warm.  It was the perfect travel companion.  

As always, P4P's patterns are easy to make work for you and there is a large range of sizes.  There are always a lot of options for sleeve length/design/style/belts/etc in everything I've ever sewn from her and this cardi was no exception.  Thankfully (because it's stupid cold here) I was selected to make a long-sleeved version.  But I can see how the shorter sleeves would be excellent for transitional weather.  Right now, West Virginia is cold and all I want to do is bundle up and cuddle under and in things.

I wish I could give you better information about the fabric that I used, but I can't.  I found it at JoAnns for super cheap a long time ago without a real idea of what I'd make with it.  I haven't been much of a leopard print girl since the 90's when I was rocking it pretty hardcore in middle school.  So this was an impulse purchase.  It has an amazing drape but is a huge pain in the ass to sew with.  It stretches before you can even get it up to the machine and I had a heck of a time getting it to work for me.  But I do love the end results.

The banded parts are pieces of black tshirts that I had laying around.  Nothing fancy about it!

I sewed a size Large but could have easily made a medium, given the weight and stretch of my fabric.  If I do ever get around to buying the fleece I saw in JoAnns that has my name on it, I'll most likely stick with large.  It's crazy how different the sizing can be when you just change the fabric up a bit.  My cardi fit just fine but it certainly had room in it than I normally prefer.

Maybe I'm crazy.  But I feel like things that are more form-fitting or curve-hugging actually make me look slimmer than when I wear baggier things to try and hide my "fluff".  As long as it's not skin tight, I prefer a little closer fit just to make me feel less frumpy. 

^^ Oh that picture?  I was all "I'm going to be cute and throw a snowball at the camera with *perfect* timing and it's going to be an awesome picture".  And then my hand froze, I barely made a snowball and the timing was terribly off.  Whoops.  I tried?

The Carefree Cardigan pattern is releasing TODAY.  RUNNNNNN and get a copy of it.  You will not be sorry!

You can find Patterns for PIrates: Etsy | Facebook | Craftsy

Other patterns I've sewn and reviewed by Patterns for Pirates:
lumberjack shirtwomens raglan

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