Even though we released the Josephine Tunic & Blouse when hot weather was the furthest thing from my mind, View C has instructions to make a sleeveless top with side vents. Jaime from Fancy Tiger Crafts made a gorgeous version out of Cloud9 Fabrics’ Palos Verdes Voile.
Terri at Fa Sew La has made a bunch of Josephines already! Here’s her sleeveless one:
As the mercury rises, I’ve rekindled my love for the Ruby Dress & Top pattern. It sews up so quickly, and…
Now that my newest pattern, Bianca is out in the world, I want to take a minute to say a big THANKS!!! to the patient and prolific ladies who tested the design during production.
When we have drafts of pattern pieces and instructions ready for testing, you wouldn’t believe the flurry of email, photos, and spreadsheets that ensues! It’s pretty fun, but it takes a lot of work! Thank you, ladies, for all your time and helpful feedback! Now for a sampling from our testers’ photos:
Ashley’s top looks rad with or without a cardigan:
Brooke blogged about her Nani Iro double gauze Bianca right here.
Kelly sewed up two Biancas in no time flat. Isn’t the contrast lacy facing pretty…
Well, folks, Spring Top Sewalong 2014 has come to an end. Didn’t we have fun, though? Let’s take one more little dip into the Flickr Spring Top Sewalong 2014 Pool:
Sarah blogged about her self-drafted top here.
Ashleigh’s adorable hoodie has probably been a go-to during this cool spring.
Bubalo Jo’s modified Tova.
Meg’s Lisette Attache looks like the ideal white blouse to me!
I love Nicole’s Summer Concert Tee.
Jessie’s Riding Peplum is perfect and springy with skinny jeans. And those boots!
Emily’s modified Sorbetto tank.
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Only four days left of the Spring Top Sewalong! Thought I’d give you a sampling of some of my favorites from the Flickr Pool.
Here’s Jo’s Hi-Lo Top in such a pretty rosy print:
Michelle of Handmade Martini upcycled an old shirt for this self-drafted this tank and blogged about it here.
I love the fabric (Leah Duncan Tule) that Carrie in Stitches chose for her Washi Tunic!
Swoon! Blogged here.
Jessi made a bunch of Lane Raglan tops; I’m diggin’ this sweatshirt one!
Natalie blogged about her peplum top here,
It is **about time** we showed off some of the awesome tops you’re all making. Holy smokes, is the Spring Top Sewalong Flickr Pool ever full of good stuff, people! Thanks for taking the time to put your photos in there. It’s fun to see what patterns are trending, what fabrics everyone is loving, and how each sewist adds her own flair to different designs.
Here’s just a little slice of what we’re loving these days. Where applicable, the links below the photos will take you directly to each person’s blog post. From there, you’ll get more info about the pattern and in a lot of cases you’ll get to see more photos too!
It’s been awhile since we showed off some Made By Rae stuff sewn by YOU! And with Kids Clothes Week just around the corner, we thought it’d be fun to help everyone get inspired.
We love to peruse the Rae Made Me Do It Flickr Pool to see the whimsical details that make these handmade things so special. There are some amazing fabric and color combos in this particular roundup. Such fun!
The Geranium Dress has become such a staple!
People have been telling me “you’ve had an exciting year!” and when I look back on 2013 I have to admit that is probably true. It doesn’t feel any more crazy or busy than other years, but I know I’ve had more time to dedicate to this blog and patterns and such (can you say “kids in school”), so I guess that’s made me more productive professionally, at least as professional as a self-trained-amateur-blogger-turned-designer with Rae-DD can be. HAH. A bunch of other bloggers posted their “Top 5 for 2013,” and because I’ve really enjoyed reading their posts I thought I would write one for Made by Rae. You know, the other thing everyone seems to be doing is picking their “one word.” I started…
It’s been a really fun week, starting with the Studio Retreat last weekend here in Ann Arbor. We had such an awesome group of ladies here, and a lot of great sewing and learning happened. It was really, really fun. Shannon (one of the attendees) wrote a lovely post about it so if you want to see her pictures and notes on the weekend, you should definitely check out her post.
We told the kids what the baby is going to be (any guesses???) this week, and that was really fun. My belly continues to get plenty of kisses and snuggles, and Elliot and Clementine keep reminding me not to “squash it!”
Now that my Ruby Dress & Top pattern is out, I want to say a big THANK YOU to the people who tested the pattern before we released it to the masses! This group of gifted ladies sewed up a batch of Rubies with impressive speed: we emailed them the test pattern on a Friday morning, and by Sunday evening, they’d started sending photos and feedback. Wow!
It’s essential to see how the pattern works up in different sizes, how it works for different body types. Getting feedback about the instructions and fit helps us make sure all the pattern pieces are just right in each size, so we really appreciate the hard work these ladies put into testing Ruby out for us.
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