Works in Progress

I’m chugging along on about five different projects simultaneously right now, getting ready for Spring Top Week plus Mr Rae and I are going to ITALY (!!!) in a couple of days…have I started packing? No. Do I keep cutting new spring tops? Yes. Do I have a travel purse/bag to take along to Italy? No. Do I keep obsessing about sewing one even though I have no time? Yes. Why am I even blogging right now? I don’t know. Ack!

Anyway, I am so excited about this trip I could squeal. We’ll be back in about a week and a half (btw if you want a Toddler Backpack pattern before I go you have Friday to get one). Here are some bits of WIPs to keep you busy guessing in the meantime:

: : a little zig, a little zag : :

: : a pleated pocket : :

: : more pleats and a ruffle : :

: : midwest modern and some vintagey flowers : : hrrmm…there’s a lot of pink in this post!

: : and one last little WIP, due to be completed this summer : :

That’s going to make Spring Top Week a bit more interesting, isn’t it?

69 thoughts on “Works in Progress

  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! What exciting news! It will make spring top week exciting =)

    Enjoy your trip

  2. Whoo hoo!! Congratulations. Yes, lots of spring/summer tops will be needed.
    Italy..on my wish list to visit. I hope you have a fabulous trip.

  3. CONGRATULATIONS! Actually, I think you’ll be more motivated than EVER to make some cute summer tops. πŸ˜‰

    Have a great trip, and congrats again!

  4. Yaaaay you!!! Congratulations!! And all the pink, hmmm are you thinking what i’m thinking?
    Where in Italy are you going?

  5. Congratulations! How exciting for your family. Have fun in Italy. I was there several years ago and have such fond memories. Ciao!

  6. Wow, how exciting!! I loved the way you slipped that amazing news into your post (no pun intended!) How dreamy for you, a gorgeous trip to Italy and a new life to look forward to. Hope the trip is wonderful x

  7. Oh what Joy!

    congratulations…have a wonderful and safe trip to Italy!


    Lady M

  8. how wonderful! I was sad that I couldn’t benefit (ummm, copy) from spring top week because I’ve got a bun in the oven as well, but now! I can’t wait to see how you style a pregnant belly!

  9. Congratulations! I am a new reader and am enjoying your blog. I too have a baby due this August. Can’t wait to see the tops:)

  10. how wonderful! I was sad that I couldn’t benefit (ummm, copy) from spring top week because I’ve got a bun in the oven as well, but now! I can’t wait to see how you style a pregnant belly!

  11. Congratulations! Enjoy your trip, and I look forward to seeing all of your finished projects as they come due πŸ™‚

  12. Ooh, wonderful news all around! I’ll have to look up the pattern number of my favorite maternity top (that, if you extend, makes a really sweet dress.) Have fun in Italy!

  13. congratulations!!

    i have a maternity skirt pattern that has the elastic waistband (under belly one) that i’m working on to make into a pdf to sell. would you be interested in testing it for me? it’s simple. just a-line and lined.

    hooray for italy. i’m so jealous!

  14. I am a new follower to your blog and I love everything you do. Congrats!!! Have fun in Italy.

  15. What a happy post! That’s some fantastic news! And talk about teases with all those close ups…. I am really excited to see that ruffled number all done up!

  16. Congratulations! This has to be the baby year! There will be 3 new babies in my family! I’m very happy for tou! Have a nice trip to Italy and don’t eat to much Pasta. πŸ™‚

  17. Congrats! I look forward to seeing the pleated/ruffled pink top and how you used the mermaid fabric. Have a fantastic trip!

  18. Congratulations! Sewing for a baby is so much fun! I love the ruffled and pleated pink jersey. Can’t wait to see the final product.

  19. Congratulations to you! Another perfectly adorable, impossibly blonde child forthcoming! Horray!

    That trip to Italy should be tons of fun!

  20. Congrats! So exciting! Can’t wait to see all those cute tops too. And Italy! Have a super time.

  21. OMG, congrats! I hope I am able to visit Italy sometime before I die. The tops look incredible!

  22. Congratulations! Already looks like he/she is going to be a cutie. ;0p

    I am excited about you hints too! Love the fabric choices.

    We just went to Italy in December. It was wonderful! Have fun!

  23. Italy!!! Wow, you’ll have to share with all of us when you get back. You have some fun WIPS, but your last picture is the most precious;)

  24. Aw… what wonderful news! I put your button on my blog today, as I will be joining you for the tops week! Have a great trip!

  25. I love your blog and am very excited for your little-one-to-be and the trip. Enjoy every moment! Thanks for all your great ideas and inspiration.

  26. congratulations!!

    And have fun in Italy, I’m there now – Tuscany, seeing my parents …

    Have a really good trip,

  27. Oh boy! I hope that means even more wonderful baby projects from your creative self. Neat! Enjoy yourselves in Italy – my husband proposed to me there and our 5 year anniversary is this summer. A wonderful place to spend time together.

  28. So happy for you!! Italy and the baby! [not necessarily in order of importance =) ]

    I’m just now reading Eat, Pray, Love [so behind in my reads] and I so enjoyed her writings about the food in Italy. Hope you thoroughly enjoy your vacation.

    Can’t wait to see your WIP! Shirts and baby!! =) Again…soooooo happy for you!

  29. A baby!!!!!!!!!!!!


    I think that blogland is a fertile place! ahahah! Lots of new babies coming!!

    Kisses from Rio!

  30. You know, it’s so weird! I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while now, and even though I barely know you–only know you through your blog– I’ve been convinced that you were pregnant!!!! Congratulations! And have a wonderful trip to Italy!

  31. Hey!! Congrats girl! YOu have quite a bit on your plate now don’t you? Have a great trip and I can’t wait to see all these things come together!

  32. You’re going to LOVE Italy. I went there on my honeymoon a year and a half ago and I still think often of the things we saw. SO beautiful! And Congratulations on your great news!! I envision flowy, blousy tops in your Spring Top Week lineup… πŸ™‚

  33. ok ok so you haven’t gone yet right …. tell me your not there. tell me you were not in the earth quake!!

  34. Hey, that’s great! Congrats on the trip–am totally envious, never been to Italy!–and the new little one–am totally envious, keep pushing my Sweet Husband for another one! And I’m loving that pleated pocket–I’m on version 8003 over here, and I still don’t have one I really like–yours is great!

  35. congrats, rae!! that's so wonderful πŸ™‚
    btw – my sis-in-law LOVED the BUTTERCUP BAG & is proudly prancing around nyc showing it off!!! wanted you to know your creation is being well loved!!
    ps – can't wait to hear about your trip & reallllly can't wait for your shop to be back up – i need the backpack pattern!! πŸ™‚

  36. I ran across your blog one day and enjoy checking it. Was excited to read you’re going to Italy! My husband and I are going this summer…I hope your trip is delightful!

  37. First, a big congrats on the baby, SO great!

    Second, I keep coming back to this post to look at the pleated pocked– SO cute, I’m a fairly new sewer, but I’m trying to figure out how to copy it πŸ™‚

    Your blog is the best, I really love it.
    (PS: I just started the toddler back pack, yey!)

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