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.
Every time I look at the Geranium Dress flickr pool, I can’t help but emit little squeaks, ooohs, and awws at all the beauties in there. The Geranium pattern has proven to be so versatile — as a dress or a tunic with different styles (sleeves/no sleeves/ruffle sleeves/pockets/no pockets), and it’s popping up as anything from totally casual play dresses all the way on up to fancy flower girl dresses!
I must also commend you on the fine photography in the photo pool. You’re capturing the little girls in your lives at such candid moments. Here are a few of my favorites from this summer:
Rachel blogged about her daughter’s dress here.
I love the Briar Rose…
I can hardly believe that some kids are already back in school! August school seems totally wrong to me, especially since it’s just starting to feel like summer here in the Midwest. Some of you have been thinking ahead though and have already been sewing backpacks using my Toddler Backpack Pattern for the coming school year. I love the print combos on this one. Are those tiny polka dots on the aqua fabric? Why yes, they are.
I’m always a sucker for transportation prints. Kokka really pulls out all the stops with the Echino line (the two on either side below). Don’t you think someone needs to make a backpack Right. Now. with the scooter print??And those…
Let’s do a little dive into the Washi Dress photo pool, shall we? We are just a week shy of my Washi Dress Pattern’s first birthday! I love wearing my Washis, and it thrills me to see how many of you wear yours, too. I never could have imagined the proliferation of this pattern. What lovely specimens you have all created!!
Jemellia blogged about her closetful of Washis (above) here. She decided to sew a Washi every day for a week. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT??? I am totally amazed.
Check out Megan’s first Washi! Love the paisley print.
Kids can really wear any color and print combo and look cool, but I think shorts in particular lend themselves to more wild and playful motifs than pants. I also love the patchwork effect of colorblocking in a bunch of these photos.
Hi, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and, if you’re in the States, a wonderful holiday, as well! Our family had a lovely vacation week last week in North Carolina with my parents and seesters and brothers-in-law. Elliot and Clementine are the only two grandchildren, and they certainly love having the attention of that many grownups. We had a nice week on the beach, had great weather, and I got to relax and unwind after a busy weekend at Quilt Market in Portland the weekend before. I can’t wait to show you some pictures from Quilt Market!
I’m wrapping up the Spring Top Sewalong this week, so today I wanted to show you a bunch of lovely tops from the sewalong photo group…
It’s time for another roundup from the wonderful collection of photos in the Celebrate the Boy Flickr Pool. Please please share yours, too! Today’s theme is…STRIPES! Here’s my second rule when it comes to sewing boy clothes:
I feel like the addition of stripes automatically makes clothing 100% more interesting. Thin stripes, bold stripes, contrast stripes, understated stripes? I love them all. The Show your Stripes Turtleneck is one of many striped tees I’ve made for Elliot (there’re a couple more in this post). They’re always a hit. Striped fabric is pretty easy to find (or make! check out Dana’s DIY-fabric post here!), which is definitely a plus when it come to sewing for boys.
Left: yellow striped…
The Geranium Dress sewing pattern has only been around since just before Christmas, so I’m really amazed at the number of beautiful little dresses that you’ve already posted in the flickr pools. Check out these cuties!
I love the contrast in on these two. See how the polkadot lining is such a playful compliment to the elephants on the bodice? And the green flutter sleeves in the middle make a great trim for the whimsical little girls in the print.
And what little girl doesn’t need a polkadot dress? I ask you.
These two are just…
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