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We’re in West Michigan this weekend for a cousin’s wedding. Left Ann Arbor just in time to avoid Graduation Weekend Chaos, and then realized it is Tulip Time Insanity here in Holland. Next year: somewhere else.

beatrix: my newest pattern, Beatrix (you can see a version I’m working on, upper right), is in the works. We’re working very hard to get it done and get it done right. We’re finished with our second round of testing as of this week. You can see some great photos over at Cherie’s blog and more under the #beatrixpattern tag.

mmm15: I’m going to try to wear handmade this month as many days in a row as I can for me made may ’15. Never participated before, we’ll see how it goes. I certainly have enough handmade clothing to go for a month straight; the challenge seems more to be about getting a decent selfie more than anything else. Logging my ensembles over on The Gram.

baby update: dropped Hugo’s crib down to lowest setting and pulled up the rail now that he can reliably pull himself up, second tooth has appeared. Discovered he CAN crawl, but he’ll only crawl on our bed, not on the hardwood floors.

haircut: am feeling v. springy with a newly coifed head of hair, some teal extensions. This is my second time with color extensions (the first set was pink and much more subtle). I really like how you can just have them taken out when you’re sick of them. Cut off about 8″ of hair; it was nearly long enough to donate, but not quite.

watching: The Good Wife (very good), just finished Daredevil (enjoyed this quite a bit), the latest season of Girls (i love this show, but this season was a little meh), and some of The Americans (SO GOOD). I used to sew at night, now I watch TV. Must be the three kids thing.

pants: am reading Pants for Real People. I don’t have much to show for it yet, but I’ve decided that sewing pants for myself is on the agenda for this year (and FYI “pants” does not mean “knickers” here in the US; it means trousers).

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Doxies for Rossie

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My friend Karen LePage works with me here at the studio at least once a week; she’s been designing a new wrap skirt pattern for women for her brand new clothing label, Gentle Clothing, that we thought would be really fun with the Red Rover print from Small World. And who better to make it for than our local friend Rossie, dog lover and quilter extraordinaire? Rossie expressed an affinity for the red rover print pretty early on, so Karen whipped up this reversible skirt along with an indigo crossweave that I think is a fantastic combination. It was at the studio the other day, so I snapped some pics for our It’s a Small World (blog tour), after all.

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The little hand-stitched dog is just a great touch, don’t you think?

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As far as the pattern is concerned, the “Wander Skirt” from Gentle Clothing will be available soon. You can follow Karen at @gentleclothing on Instagram or sign up for her newsletter at GentleClothing.com if you’d like to know when it’s ready!

I think that about wraps it up for our It’s a Small World (blog tour), After All! Here are all the posts in the series if you’d like to take a look. I hope you’ve found it as fun and inspiring as I have!!!

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Small World is printed on 100% organic baby wale corduroy from Cloud9 Fabrics and is being sold in shops now. My sponsors Fancy Tiger Crafts and Fabricworm have it in stock now.

If you’ve been sewing with some Small World of your own, please share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #smallworldfabric or in the Small World Flickr Pool. I’d love to see what you’ve been making!

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Small World baby pants

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Though I have tons of ideas for things I want to sew with my Small World corduroy, the first thing to make it out of the gate was a pile of baby pants. Specifically, Big Butt Baby Pants. For most of Hugo’s life he’s been wearing these flannel ones and these (he’s just growing out of those ones now), so I started with a couple 12-18 month ones (the yellow and blue and pink) and then made a few 18-24 month ones (the balloons and apples) and then moved on to a 2T pair of Parsley Pants in the red. I’ll probably send a few to Penelopeanut but Hugieboogie is still going to be one Sporty Spice.

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He’s been pretty fond of moving himself around via the Retro Rocket and the Beep Beep, even though he still cannot walk or crawl. He also can’t really steer. But that just makes it a little more interesting.

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One more thing: for the first time, I’ve started putting size tags in the backs and good grief WHY DID I NOT DO THIS BEFORE?? Answer: because I hadn’t stumbled across this Etsy shop yet (she’s on vacay as of this writing but should be back soon). You’re welcome.

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We’re winding down our It’s A Small World (blog tour), After All this week. Here’s a list of the other posts in the series:

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Small World is printed on 100% organic baby wale corduroy from Cloud9 Fabrics and is being sold in shops now. My sponsors Fancy Tiger Crafts and Fabricworm have it in stock now.

If you’re already sewing with some Small World of your own, please JOIN US! and share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #smallworldfabric or in the Small World Flickr Pool!

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Up So High Moss Skirt

Hello everyone! Jess is stepping in today to show you the Grainline Moss Skirt she made as part of our Small World Blog Tour!! Without further ado, here’s Jess:Small World Moss Skirt
Heyyy there Raeders! (or do you prefer to go by Raesins?) I thought I’d show you that big kids can wear Small World too! I’ve had the Grainline Studio Moss Skirt Pattern for a couple of years now, and I’d even sewn up a muslin and made sizing adjustments before setting it aside. But the second this Up So High yardage entered my sewing lair, I started cutting out this little number.

It is kind of little, eh? It’s advertised as a mini skirt, though, so I can’t complain. I usually wear skirts like this with tights or leggings, and they’re more of a cold-weather staple for me, but this does make for a wonderful summer skirt if I do say so myself. Lest the mini-ness of this skirt deter you from trying it, let it be known that (a) my legs are disproportionately long for my 5′ 6″ body; and (b) the Moss Skirt pattern does have an option to add hem bands for extra length. Also: since I purchased my copy, Jen has updated the pattern with a little added length, and it’s now available in print format too!

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The pockets on this skirt are fully functional. Look! I can actually fit my big man hands into them! This is the single most exciting thing about this pattern; all my store-bought jeans and skirts have tiny, pretend, why-bother pockets, and this is such a great example of why making my own clothes is so gratifying.

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The Moss Skirt pattern is definitely more advanced than the average women’s pattern in my stash, but the details aren’t too tricky with a little practice. Know that it is completely worth your time to do a couple of practice zipper flys before diving in on the real thing. You might even have a small temper tantrum when you attach the pockets to the pocket linings, but that’s totally normal if you cut out the wrong-sized linings (ahem).

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This corduroy is so soft and easy to work with. I didn’t have any trouble with the fabric stretching and shifting while I sewed, which is something I’ve previously experienced with other corduroys. I can’t wait to make more garments with Small World. Don’t you think a pair of Maritime Shorts would be amazing in, say, the Apples print?

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Big thanks to my friend Kanitta in DC for the photo shoot!

Here are the all the stops on the It’s A Small World (blog tour), After All so far:

Stay tuned for more Small World…I’ve hopefully got a couple more posts coming yet!

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Small World is printed on 100% organic baby wale corduroy from Cloud9 Fabrics and is being sold in shops now. My sponsors Fancy Tiger Crafts and Fabricworm have it in stock now.

If you’re already sewing with some Small World of your own, please JOIN US! and share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #smallworldfabric or in the Small World Flickr Pool!

This blog is proudly sponsored by

Small World Backpack

I was going to post a new Small World project of my own today, but yesterday got away from me and Hugo is on nap-strike today so that’s just not happening. But then Cherie went for the big win with her SECOND Small World post of the week and it was so amazing I just had to make sure I posted about it:

Small World Backpack by Youandmie

KILLING IT, I tell you. The Cuteness.

CLICK HERE TO SEE CHERIE’S SMALL WORLD POST

Here are the all the stops on the It’s A Small World (blog tour), After All so far:

Stay tuned for more Small World…I’ve hopefully got a couple more posts coming yet!

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Small World is printed on 100% organic baby wale corduroy from Cloud9 Fabrics and is being sold in shops now. My sponsors Fancy Tiger Crafts and Fabricworm have it in stock now.

If you’re already sewing with some Small World of your own, please JOIN US! and share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #smallworldfabric or in the Small World Flickr Pool!

This blog is proudly sponsored by