Your makes 2018

You’ve sewn a staggering amount of handmade stuff with my patterns this year! I’m seriously blown away by all of the fantastic things you’ve posted online or sent to me directly in my inbox. As a result, we’ve featured so many of your makes this year in my email newsletters, posts on Instagram, and on Facebook.

I thought it would be fun to round them all up into a blog post for those of you who prefer to digest your MBR content via the blog or a blog reader. In no particular order, here are the delightful makes we featured from you this year (please note that not all of these were made in this calendar year, but rather featured this year; also please accept my apologies if we missed anyone — it was a LOT of photos to go through)!

above, top left: Mac @macsmakespace | right: Hannah @heritageninja 
bottom left: Kelly @hellomister | right: Anna @noodlehead531

Let’s start with some delightful Cleo skirts!

above, top left: Katie @cablesancalico | right: Katie @katielewisstudio
bottom left: Sarah @incompletestitches| right: Whitney @whitneyknits

(for more Cleo inspo, check out the hashtag #cleoskirt)

Mac of @sewalteredstyle / these photos posted here

Next up, some fantastic Ruby tops and dresses! We expanded the size range of Ruby — up and down — this year in both PDF and print; a big thank you to our fantastic Ruby testers (some of them featured below) as well!

top left: Megan @joyfulemon  |  right: Carly @carlyrm
bottom left: Julie @juliehoch5 |  right: Ellen @handmade3d
top left: Karie @karie_twokwikquilters  |  right: sparkyjoneshats
bottom left: Cherie @youandmie |  right: Jaclyn @jaclynp
top left: Natalie @sewhungryhippie  |  right: Jaclyn @jaclynp
bottom left: Mary @francesmakes |  right: Joan @joan.in.stitches

Jade Tee & Isla Dress

My new pattern this year was the Jade Tee (the Jade Tees shown below were also featured in the Jade Tee Tester Roundup):

And of course, you wasted no time combining it with it’s sibling pattern, Isla, into some fantastic knit dresses:

above, left: Morgan (via Facebook) | Right: Jade @jadevanluitgaadren
Julie @nursebean82, one of our Jade testers, made a bunch of fantastic Isla dresses with Jade sleeves!
left: Katte @mothertotem| center: Natalie @sewhungryhippie
| right: Claire (via facebook)

Next up, some of your fabulous Beatrix tops:

above, top left: Meg @cookinandcraftin |  right: Mac @macsmakespace
bottom left: Lindsay @momowool | Kim Stonemountain blog 

The toddler backpack is another oldie-but-goodie from the kids’ pattern collection. Some of these cute versions even feature added pockets and extra details not in the pattern — you guys are so creative!!!

above left: Brittany Woiderski | right: Jenny Teo

above, top left: Lindsey @penandpaperpatterns | top right: @casalinga_creativa
bottom left: Brittney @brittneylaidlaw | bottom right: Cherie @youandmie

Two more classic kids’ patterns are the Flashback tee and Parsley pants:

top left: Lindsay @lindsayinstitches| right: Jane @buzzmills
bottom left: Diana @bi.o.ka | right: Kim @helloyouitsme
linen parsley pants / made by rae
above: Sarah @makemoremud

above, top left: Rachel @rachelstitchedtogether | right: Kristin @skirtastop
bottom left: Brittney @brittneylaidlaw | right: Lauren @rhapsodyfiber

Of course, the Geranium Dresses you made this year were incredible. Seeing all of the bows and collars and sleeves and other extras we put out last year with the expansion pack come to life made them that much more magical!

above, top left: Delia @deliacreates | middle: Monica @sasaloo.living | right: Sarah @whistlingirlknits
bottom left: Marta @martamoosh | middle: Whitney @whitneyknits | right: Kelly @athreadthatbinds
above: Samantha (via Facebook)
above, top left: Delia @deliacreates |right: Anna (via Facebook)
bottom left: Dianna @diannamartin | bottom right: Amanda @winlowoaks

It’s always exciting to see what you do with my fabrics. Here’s a couple of beautiful quilts made with my Fanciful fabric, which released this year:

above, left: Lou @imstudiolou | right: Nicole @modernhandcraft

Check out this pair of adorable baby sunsuits:

left: Linda @sewlindasews | right: Rachel @rachelstitchedtogether

I also couldn’t resist sharing my friend Meg’s awesome handmade Washi dresses and Cleo skirts, styled to perfection:

above: Melissa @clutteredcurator

It’s always fun to see what you do with the Washi pattern, too, from classic Washis to versions you’ve made using the expansion pack.

right: Chase @blacksquirrelberkeley
above, top left: Katie @katiekortmanart | right: Sarah @sarah.a.robinson
bottom left: Marissa @slabtownslubs | right: Lucie @nelliefromthefarm

Katrina Rodabaugh, author of the recently-released book “Mending Matters,” made a particularly special hand-dyed version of the Washi dress this year. The embroidered details, thoughtful process, and modifications she made to the pattern (which she shared over at @katrinarodabaugh) were a great reminder to savor the process of making.

Check out these awesome collars:

left: Shannon @littleluvins | right: Sonia @soniarearose
bottom left: Sarah @sarahgoldenart | bottom right: Allison @allisonehs

And even more Washis I love:

Washi Dresses / made by rae
Left: Grace @beyond_measure_UK | right: Ashley @sassafrasgirl
bottom left: Marissa @slabtownslubs | (See my IG post for tagged sewists)
above, top left: Kjerste @waxandwool  | right: @thequilterstrunk (sewn and modeled by Natasha @housefulofstitches)
bottom left: Mary @seemaryquilt | right: Ali @ali1ali_ 

THE PATTERNS

Here are all of the patterns/tutorials featured in this post.

Women’s

Cleo Skirt
Washi Dress / Washi Dress Expansion Pack
Beatrix Top
Ruby Top & Dress
Jade Tee
Isla Dress

Children’s

Geranium Dress / Geranium Expansion Pack
Parsley Pants
Flashback Tee
Toddler Backpack
Baby Sunsuit (free tutorial!)

Thank you to everyone who shared their makes and tagged me — I just love seeing everything you make with the patterns! It’s truly wonderful to have hard evidence that you’re using the patterns to sew clothes for yourselves and your mini humans rather than letting them languish in your download folders. It also helps ease my anxiety re: state of the planet to think that every piece of handmade clothing is potentially one less thing you’re buying from the insidious fast fashion machine that is destroying the environment and enslaving other humans. So well done and thank you, everyone!!

As always, please share your photos and tag me so I can see them (@madebyrae or #madebyrae)!

Here’s to another great year of making, my friends!

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Your Me-Made-May Makes

May has drawn to a close, and with it ends “Me Made May,” the fantastic month-long celebration of wearing handmade clothing, where makers wear and post their handmade makes online. If you’re not already familiar with this online event, you can see all kinds of posts under the #mmmay16 tag on Instagram (even if you don’t have an IG account, you can click on that link to see all of the photos!). There’s also a great interview with Zoe Edwards, who started Me Made May, over on the Colette blog.

I love seeing all of your Me Made May makes, so here’s a roundup of a few of my favorites!

Don’t you love these Rubies? These ladies used the Ruby Dress & Top pattern to create some great dresses and tops:

Your Me-Made-May Makes!

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Ruby, Washi, Bianca, Beatrix, and Luna (clockwise from top left):

Your Me-Made-May Makes!

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These photos are from Julie’s Instagram feed:

Your Me-Made-May Makes!
Check out Julie’s blog too! She just posted an amazing roundup!

Two Beatrix TopsBianca Tunic, and a Josephine Blouse (love how Marie used the selvage for the button band on her Beatrix!!):

Your Me-Made-May Makes!
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These Ruby tops are all from Hayley’s Instagram feed:Your Me-Made-May Makes!
I love how Hayley added the Washi cap sleeve to so many of her Ruby tops … am contemplating a tutorial.

A handful of the many fantastic Washi Dresses that were posted:

Your Me-Made-May Makes!
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Some spectacular pairs of Luna Pants:

Your Me-Made-May Makes!
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More great Washi Dresses. Those florals are really fun, aren’t they?

Your Me-Made-May Makes!
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I just love how so many people share their love for sewing and wearing handmade during the month of May. I’m so happy that so many of you are using my patterns to make clothing for yourselves and so glad you are enjoying the patterns. Thanks to all of you who shared your lovely MBR makes for us to enjoy!

PS. Special thanks to Jess for linking up all of these photos to their owners; that was no small feat!

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Your Luna Makes!

As the Luna Pantsalong begins to wind down, I wanted to share a bunch of the fantastic photos you have been posting online of your Luna Pants. I love the different fabrics that are chosen and the fun styles represented here!luna pantsalong roundup - made by rae

above left: Kristin / right: ourkookylife

luna pantsalong roundup - made by rae
above left: jesworcestermakes / right: indie_sew

luna pantsalong roundup - made by rae
above left: Robert Kaufman / sewhungryhippie (Who has made and blogged a bunch of great pairs!!)

luna pantsalong roundup - made by rae
above, left: inkandindigo  / right: teridodds1

luna pantsalong roundup - made by rae
above left: joislateagain / right: gogolittlered

luna pantsalong roundup - made by rae
above left: clairejc (with cat! ) / right: laurenddesign

luna pantsalong roundup - made by rae
above, top left: nique_et / right: davenjilly
bottom left: jessamyb / right: teaandkisses

luna pantsalong roundup - made by rae
above, left: Darla (my mother in law, who has been on a huge sewing kick lately, also wearing her first Josephine blouse!) / right: jessamyb

luna pantsalong roundup - made by raeabove: rchlsymns (+adorable bebe)

Finally, I have to show you this adorable photo by Angela of Sew Snippet (see her blog post with more photos here), who also made a pair of matching Moon Pants for her daughter. Isn’t that cute?

Sew Snippet luna pants

Thanks to everyone who shared their wonderful Luna Pants photos, and please keep posting your pics with the tag #lunapantspattern or #lunapantsalong, or just send me a pic!

You can see all of the Luna Pantsalong posts over on the Luna Page.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Made in 2015

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At the beginning of last year I had a ridiculously long list of things I wanted to sew. I also had a baby who was less than a year old who was still nursing, but he had just started daycare part-time so I could smell freedom on the horizon. There’s something about having next to no time for yourself that makes the brain go nearly crazy with ideas, am I right? He was sick a lot from day care, I was driving back and forth to nurse him during the day so I didn’t get much done, and I still couldn’t figure out how I was going to make this 3-kids thing work, so I was frustrated. Instead of throwing myself into despair (OK…so that’s not exactly true, I wrote a long rambling blog post entitled “The Struggle is Real” which I never had the guts to post because I was afraid it might come off as too self-pitying), I put all the ideas for sewing projects onto a piece of paper and hung it up on a door in my studio.

2 made by rae 2015

As the year progressed, I found moments to sew, so I started a second list, entitled “2015 Makes,” and hung it up next to the “Ideas for Sewing in 2015” list (see the pic at the bottom of this post?) so I could chart my progress. In previous years my blog has been the primary way that I log my projects, but after years of blogging I think I’ve finally realized that it will always be impossible to get *everything* on the blog and it isn’t going to get any easier with a toddler (and honestly, last year I still was grappling with whether or not it was still really worth it to blog, with Instagram and Facebook and all — but my thoughts on that will have to wait for a different time).

3 made by rae 2015

I also started photographing some of the finished projects against a plain wall since getting pictures of worn clothing on my kids and myself is also something I have to be more realistic about; it’s just tough to do. I didn’t get pictures of everything on my “Made in 2015” list, but it still gives me a sense of accomplishment. You might recognize some of the things in these photos, I only found time to blog some of them so some of them you’ve never seen before. And while it would have been nice if I could have written “I made this!” posts about all of these things, I’m OK with how it all went down; this has been a year about letting go for me. I also want to make sure you know that other hands helped make some of this stuff as well (Karen and Tashina), so that’s something else to consider when looking at these projects.

4 made by rae 2015

In addition to sewing and blogging some things I made, I managed to launch three patterns this year; Moon Pants for kids; and Beatrix and Luna Pants for women. We even had a sewalong for Beatrix. All of this would not have been possible without the stellar team that backs me up: Elli, Jess, Karen, and Tashina (who has just launched her own jewelry business!!) and Tashina’s replacement, Melissa. Their hard work behind the scenes has allowed me the privilege of staying home with Hugo three days a week while still keeping the MBR machine running. Nobody can do it all, least of all me, and I’m so grateful to have these awesome people to have my back.

sewing list : made by rae 2015

I’m also grateful for all of you who have read, commented, and supported my shop and business this past year. Thank you so much for reading! Feel free to leave a comment if you want details on anything pictured here; I’m happy to answer or point you toward the right post if applicable.

Here’s to another year (and a new list) of sewing! Oh, and here are a few previous year-in-review posts if you’re interested: 2012 / 2013 / 2014

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Parsley & Moon Pants Roundup

Now that it’s fall and I’m working on sewing my own pants, I thought it would be fun to take a look at what people have been making with my kids’ pants patterns!

parsley & moon fall 15 roundup

top left: Jane’s kids are comfy in chambray Geranium Dress and Parsley Pants
top right: Tuxedo Stripes!
bottom left: Anna used some Rain Walk (her line for Cloud9 Fabrics) to make Geranium and Parsley
bottom right: Angela made these Moon Pants with a Flashback Sweatshirt (here’s the whole outfit)

The Parsley Pants pattern is so simple and infinitely adaptable. Once you get the basic steps down, you can customize the style (by adding pockets! a flat front waistband! tuxedo stripes!) and combine fabrics to make Parsleys into PJs, dress pants, costumes, you name it.

The Moon Pants are newer to my pattern collection, and they’re wonderfully comfy and whimsical, in keeping with the current supercomfy-yet-kindadressy trend that seems to have taken hold. While this pattern does lend itself to girls’ pants, I made it into a pair of sweatpants that look great on Elliot, and I can see it in a linen blend as warm-weather pants for boys.

You can take a look at the Parsley Pants and Moon Pants pattern info pages for size charts and ideas, and don’t forget to peruse my tutorials for all my free tips and tricks! Here are just a few:

Tuxedo Stripe Tutorial
Kneepads – 3 ways
Sweatpants with a drawstring

(Did you know that each of my patterns has an info page dedicated to it here on the blog? All you have to do is type “made-by-rae.com/____” into your browser and fill in the blank with the pattern name. There you’ll find photos, size and yardage charts, a link to the shop to purchase the PDF, and thumbnails and links to all the blog posts related to that pattern. For example: Washi,Beatrix… etc. Everything relating to that pattern in one place.)

Yay for all the pants! Get inspiration and share photos on the following platforms:
Moon Pants Flickr Pool#moonpantspattern on Instagram
Parsley Pants Flickr Pool / #parsleypants on Instagram

Josephine Fall Roundup

I’ve been seeing some great Josephines on blogs and social media lately. When I realized they were all putting me in mind of cooler weather, I figured it was time to round them up here for some fall styling inspiration. Some are more recently made than others (see Venus in the bottom right there? She was one of my testers, and already appeared in the tester roundup! but it’s one of my faves); all are just lovely.

made by rae josephine fall 15 roundup

top left: Patricia of Fox Threads / top right: Beth of Sew DIY as a guest on Indiesew
bottom left: Emily of In the Selvage / bottom right: Venus in the tester roundup ; and on Flickr

I’ve been admiring these Josephines by Kelly-Anne (aka Crafty Teacher Lady) for quiiiite some time now. I definitely need to make a plaid Josephine now. ACK it’s so great:

crafty teacher josephine quad

top: plaid tunic / bottom: yellow blouse

Wearing Josephine with skinny jeans or leggings and boots is so comfy. I love it when an outfit is just as cozy as PJs but looks put-together enough to leave the house and go to work/errands/happy hours.

Find the Josephine Blouse & Tunic pattern in my shop; and for more inspiration, check out the Josephine Sewing Pattern Pool on Flickr and on Instagram under the tags #josephinepattern, #raemademedoitand #madebyrae.

Beatrixalong Roundup

Remember the Beatrixalong? A few weeks ago I hosted a sewalong to welcome my newest pattern, Beatrix, into the world, and a bunch of you participated and made some awesome tops!

Let’s take a look at some photos from those of you who sewed along on Instagram and Flickr. It was really exciting to see all these Beatrixes coming to life!

beatrixalongin progress
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And it was even more fun to see them materialize into finished tops…

beatrixalong finished
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And then the most fun of course was seeing them modeled by their makers:

beatrixalong worn
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This is just a handful of the sewalong photos; you can see even more on Instagram (#Beatrixalong) or in the Beatrix photo pool. Thanks to everyone who participated!

If you want to make your own Beatrix, you can get your pattern here. All of the Beatrixalong posts are now on their own page, so if you’re still working you can access them any time you like for tips and tricks and all sorts of detailed photos showing you how to make your own Beatrix!

I always love to see what you’re making with my patterns, so please post your Beatrixes on Flickr in the Rae Made Me Do It pool or the Beatrix Sewing Pattern Pool, or on Instagram / Facebook / Twitter with the following tags: #beatrixpattern, #raemademedoit, or #madebyrae!

Introducing: Sewing Superstars

Today I want to kick off what I think will be a fun series! Quite often the people who get featured on my blog are already well-known makers and bloggers. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; I think it’s inevitable that many of the friends I’ve made since I starting blogging are now well-established in the sewing community because let’s be honest I’ve been at this for a very loooong time. But very frequently when I’m scrolling through Instagram checking the #raemademedoit or #madebyrae tags or looking through the Rae Made Me Do It photo pool on Flickr, I stumble across a new face who grabs my attention because they are putting out some really amazing work, often with my patterns (which I’ll highlight here) but also very frequently other designer’s patterns, or even their own designs. That’s the great thing about social media: ANYONE can put work out there that is really fantastic.

The purpose of this series will be to highlight some of these “Sewing Superstars” who might not have made it onto your radar; maybe someone who is really prolific with their sewing, or clearly skilled in some area, or doing something interesting or different with patterns, or maybe it’s just someone who consistently nails it with their fabric/pattern combinations. I’m calling this series “Sewing Superstars!” because I find their work inspiring and they deserve recognition, and I’ll be featuring each person with a special post (they’ll also receive a fabric gift certificate to thank them for letting me feature their work, as well as just being awesome). I’m hoping that you’ll find someone new that you might not have already been following! And if you have someone you want to nominate, please feel free to comment!

Check, please!

Array

I’m falling hard for checks, gingham, and plaids right now y’all. It really puts me in the Christmas spirit! Green, black, red!!! The images here are screenshots from my newest Pinterest board, Check, Check.

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Other random plaid-related thoughts:

Do you love it too? Or does plaid just bring back bad memories from the 90’s (grunge, anyone)?

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