It’s been lots of family time and not much time on the blog for me lately — no big surprise there due to the holidays and the fact that I had the flu last week — but I feel like I’ve been leaving you guys in the dark about what’s going on around here, real-life-wise. I mean, you probably already know I have a baby on the way (and so far, so good, everything seems healthy and normal in the Baby Dept and I am so thankful for that), but I think I forgot to mention that we bought a house last month. So, guess what? WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!
This recent purchase is v. exciting (and yes, the decision to buy was definitely precipitated…
I have been sick in bed all weekend with flu, but I’m feeling a bit better today so I’m propping the ol’ bones up in bed to post some pics of my newest version of Josephine. Having the flu right before Christmas totally stinks, but it looks like I may be better by Christmas so I’m gulping tons of tea and trying to rest. Elliot had the flu last week and so I’m crossing all fingers and toes that Clementine won’t get it over Christmas. Both Mr Rae and I got flu shots this year, but we hadn’t taken the kids in to get theirs yet (parents-of-the-YEAR!!!), though as you can see a whole lot of good it did me, so I guess…
Let’s welcome Vanessa of LBG Studio for this season’s first KNITerview! Vanessa shares sewing projects, tutorials, and photography tips over at her blog, and the clean, modern look of her blog along with the amazing photography makes it a must-read for me. In addition to that, she sews all kinds of things out of knit fabric for her adorable daughter, so I knew she’d be a great person to ask to answer some questions about knits!!!
RAE: What’s your favorite thing to sew with knit fabrics?
VANESSA: I love sewing clothes for my kiddo using knits. I’m pretty much over sewing clothing with quilt weight fabric and usually end up using knits or wovens like voile or rayon challis. I think those…
***UPDATE January 7, 2014: this workshop is now full! If you’d like to be put on a waiting list, please send us an email (contact info here)***
I’m excited to announce that we’ve settled on a weekend in February for our next sewing studio workshop!!! Due to the fact that I have a baby on the way, this will be the last one I offer for a while. Come to Ann Arbor and cosy up in my studio away from the cold weather for a fun weekend of sewing, February 8 and 9, 2014! I’m also thrilled to announce that I’ve invited April Rhodes to lead the workshop with me; April is the creator of the Staple Dress and…
It’s been nearly two years since I posted the KNITerviews, a blog series on sewing with knit fabric. I can’t tell you how many people have told me they began sewing knits for the very first time simply based on that series (which is incredibly fun to hear, by the way — nothing makes you feel better about a post series than people who say they found it useful). Personally, I’ve learned a few new knit-sewing tricks myself since that series ran that I’d love to share with you, so I’ve decided it’s time to bring back the KNITerviews, this time with an all-new set of Knit Experts!!!
I’ll be kicking off Round 2 of the series this week with my…
One of the most common questions I got when the Ruby Dress pattern came out this summer was “can you add a sleeve to it?” It was hard for me to say “not yet!” but I knew that we had two new gathered sleeves coming out in both the Washi Expansion Pack and the Josephine pattern (we’re working on it!) that would work nicely with Ruby. I finally had a chance to test the Washi XP sleeve out on this Ruby top (fabric is Anna Maria Horner’s Field Study rayon challis) and it worked great!
I love a gathered sleeve because the generous fit means it’s comfortable, and it’s easy to sew because it will fit just about any…
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When the original Washi Dress Sewing Pattern was released over a year ago in August 2012, I was blown away by the response to the pattern. BLOWN. AWAY. Washi was the first women’s pattern I ever released, with the idea that I wanted to produce a flattering dress pattern for women that would work with cottons and not just apparel fabrics. I had no idea so many people would like it. I still sometimes have to pinch myself over how many of you have purchased the pattern, how many Washis have been made and…
One of the reasons I designed the Parsley Pants the way I did (as a 2-pc pant) was so that I could whip out pairs for my kids in no time flat. Seems the other patterns I had for pants often involved zip flies, recessed pockets, multi-pieced waistbands, or some sort of extra finishing at the cuffs or hems, and while I love those pant patterns too, they just aren’t FAST. You know? I wanted something like the Flashback Tee (another new striped Flashback for Clementine is shown below) something that could come together in an hour without too much hassle. And thus the Parsley Pant pattern was born.
But…there’s something that makes them even faster: upcycling…
Happy Monday everyone! Today I thought I’d show you how the ol’ handmade wardrobe is translating into maternity clothing. I’m now about 5 months along, so the baby bump is definitely starting to cramp my style, wardrobe-wise. Some of my tops and pants are starting to go into storage because they’re too short or too tight. But I’ve found a few things that are working!!
I was a bit surprised to find that the two shorter skirts I made with elastic waists this year (this one and this one) still fit pretty nicely, mostly because they have elastic in the back half of the waistband so I can push them down to my hips. Normally I wear them at the waist,…
Ever wonder what to do with all the scraps you accumulate when you sew all the time? Why not make a floor cushion? Using scraps makes them heavier and more substantial than if you fill them with stuffing or poly-fill. I always feel guilty throwing fabric away, but I’m not the sort of person who saves every little scrap for a future project. As much as I would love to use all those wonderful little scraps, I have to be realistic. Is it really going to happen? And if so, WHEN? Most of the scraps I produce (especially from garment fabrics, like knits and rayon) don’t really have any potential for reuse.
So I recently took a yard of velveteen (this one is from Anna…
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