Sidewalk Showcase starts today!

My Sidewalk knits collection for Cloud9 Fabrics is now available in shops, and I have really enjoyed seeing all of the projects that are cropping up online (there are some really great ones under the #sidewalkfabric tag on Instagram)! I’ve asked a few of my sewing friends to share their projects over the next week, and we’re kicking off the Sidewalk Showcase today with two great posts:

Natalie at hungryhippie sews made these pajamas for her daughter Ruby and took some super cute and funny photos!

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Head over to Natalie’s blog for even more awesome pics of these jammies (and the dog!!), as well as a great recommendation for those of you wanting to learn more about sewing with knits.

Caitlin at Fancy Tiger Crafts made these adorable rompers with matching hats for her sister’s twins! GAH THE CUTENESS. I can’t even handle it.

GreenBee-Modern-Layette-Romper

Head over to the Fancy Tiger Crafts blog for more details and pics of these cute little garments!

We’ll have a bunch more posts to share next week, so stay tuned here on the blog, on Instagram, and on Facebook. And remember to share your projects too! Use the #sidewalkknits tag if you share on Instagram; I’ll be featuring a bunch of your projects in the coming week as well!

Sidewalk knits are designed by me for Cloud9 fabrics and are 100% organic cotton interlock. The entire collection is now available in shops both online and locally (visit this post for a shop list). For more Sidewalk, check out the Sidewalk projects I’ve posted here on the blog or the #sidewalkfabric tag on Instagram.

Why can’t I stop watching the Gilmore Girls?

This is going to reveal how tragically unhip I am (and this has absolutely nothing to do with sewing, so if you’re only here for that, you can stop reading now), but I need to come clean, even though it is terribly embarrassing. Dear friends, I can’t stop watching the Gilmore Girls. A quick check of my Netflix history reveals I’ve been watching it since September of last year…SEPTEMBER. And nothing else since then.

I can’t remember exactly why I started watching it, but I think the marketing campaign around their reunion show “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” probably had something to do with it. I never watched the show when it was on TV, but it always had a vague whiff of “Felicity” about it that kept me away. And now, after nearly half a year of alternating between falling asleep each evening halfway through an episode only to have to rewatch it the next night and binge-watching it until 1 AM in the morning, I’m still not finished with it (so please, no spoilers in comments!!!).

I’m not sure why I continue to watch it, except that I think maybe now it has become a kind of personal challenge. I’m also fascinated slash puzzled by why I (and other people) like the show so much, so I keep tuning in, hoping for clues. But the main reason I keep watching is that I actually do like it. The characters are lovable and the show is wholesome and idyllic and square-sauce-vanilla, so it serves as a sort of balm for me from the toxic political atmosphere of late.

I was delighted yesterday when I discovered that one of the podcasts I’ve been listening to, The Simple Show, had dedicated an entire episode last fall to discussing the show (warning: the podcast does have some broad plot spoilers, though I didn’t mind it too much), so I’d recommend it if you’re a Gilmore Girls fan: I loved how they covered their least favorite characters and what they really disliked about the show in addition to what they love. Listening to that podcast yesterday, I started to get it. Also: I have the podcast to thank for discovering this awesome video of all of Kirk’s jobs.

I dislike the show for a number of reasons. The deliberate placement of minority extras in the background of scenes to make up for the lack of diversity in the main cast makes me cringe, and the theme song is pretty terrible. Sometimes the acting is downright awful. The last season (which I’m currently about 3/4 of the way through) is not great, as the show’s main creator had left by that time, and Karen informed me the other day that she didn’t love the reunion show, but I am bound and determined to watch this through to the bitter end, EVEN IF IT KILLS ME.

So tell me, have you watched Gilmore Girls? If so, do you love it? Hate it? Why do people love this show so much?

PS. I’m Team Kirk, in case you couldn’t tell.

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Cleo Skirt Inspiration

I really enjoy cruising around on Pinterest on a Saturday morning with a cup of coffee. Lately, I’ve been collecting some skirt images that have me really excited to sew the Cleo Skirt. Here are 25 skirts from my Lovely Skirts board to give you some ideas and inspiration!

Cleo Skirt Inspiration

I definitely need to find some palm print fabric (1), STAT. I love the two floral prints in flowy rayon and longer length here (2 & 5). Solids are a great skirt option too; I love the pale hues of that pale pink (3) and off white skirt (7), and that bright yellow skirt (6) is so cute with a striped knit tee and belt. That navy skirt (4) is so elegant with heels and a clutch. How about two bright solids for View A of the pattern (8)? And a lovely skirt in bias-cut checks (9).
Inspiration for Cleo

That gingham skirt (10) at the top was the inspiration for my own gingham version of Cleo. Some lovely dark green print mixing happening here (11). More great polka-dotted skirts (13 & 17) and a fantastic floral print (16). How do you feel about electric yellow (14)? I love it! And that color-blocked silk version (15) inspired my Black Silk Cleo.
Cleo Skirt Inspiration

Some more great solid (18,19,20,23), checked (22) and dotted (25) skirts; so cute paired with striped tees or tights! That bright abstract print version (24) with the tucked in shirt, gold accessories, and gorgeous bun is giving me serious style envy. And while the mini-skirt here (21) is definitely shorter than something I would wear personally, I still love the combination of abstract floral print with a striped tee.

All images via my lovely skirts Pinterest board

Need to sew a skirt right now? You can find the Cleo Skirt pattern in my shop!

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Loominous Cleo Skirt

Loominous Cleo Skirt / made by rae

Loominous Cleo Skirt / made by rae

Another Cleo Skirt for me! This fabric…GAH…just…love. With a black tee and boots, it’s a great outfit for winter (I wear black leggings underneath).

Loominous Cleo Skirt / made by rae

Back view:

Loominous Cleo Skirt / made by rae

Side view:

Loominous Cleo Skirt / made by rae

Loominous Cleo Skirt / made by rae

Fabric: Loominous II by Anna Maria Horner

Pattern: Cleo skirt, Views A + B combined

How to: Cut the View A skirt but use the View B length line at the bottom (I also added 2 more inches to the length for my 5’8″ height). Add pockets and construct as if you were making View A, but omit hem bands and then hem up as if it were View B. I also chose to fold up a smaller hem allowance to make the skirt 3″ longer than the pattern intended.

Loominous Cleo Skirt / made by rae

I think the photo above gives you an idea of how this fabric moves; it’s really light (loosely woven = great drape) and a similar weight and behavior to shot cotton, if you’re familiar with that. Wore this outfit for a date night with Mr Rae last weekend. Woot woot!

Loominous Cleo Skirt / made by rae

You can make your own with the Cleo Skirt pattern, now available in my shop!

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Cleo Skirt in rayon

Rayon cleo skirt

The type of fabric you choose for a sewing project can really transform it. Here’s an example: I made this lovely Cleo Skirt with rayon, and it’s quite different than the gingham one I posted the other day. The gathers stand away from the waistband less, and the rayon fabric (this is a Cotton + Steel rayon, designed by Sarah Watts, that I’ve been hoarding for awhile) drapes and hangs much more closely to the body. If you don’t love the extra volume that a full skirt adds to your waist and hips, using a drapey fabric like rayon is a nice option. Personally I’m pretty banana-shaped (thank you to Deborah for informing me of this additional body shape), I don’t mind the extra volume as it gives me more shape, but I also love how this one skims the body, and the flowy fabric is of course also very silky and comfortable to wear.

Rayon cleo skirt

Rayon cleo skirt

Rayon cleo skirt

Rayon cleo skirt

I think the deep colors in the print make this skirt look more wintery than some of my other skirts. With black tights, a sweater, and boots, it’s perfect for the cold weather.

Rayon cleo skirt

The Cleo Skirt is now available in my shop!! You can see all of the Cleo skirts I’ve made on my Cleo page.

PS. Check out this awesome rayon skirt that Amelia made! Isn’t it absolutely gorgeous?!?

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