Collage features the Gemma Tank in Nani Iro double gauze top left, Washi Dress in Lavish by Katarina Rocella, Gemma again with a long skinny scarf I whipped up with the leftover remnants, the Everyday Skirt in Tim Burton Jack Skellington print, the newest Rae release- "Isla" top in Far Away knit by Ceri Gwen, and the Dove Blouse- a new pattern from Megan Nielson.
(Click on names for links.)
Get the modern jersey knit if you're making Isla:
It's always so much fun to finish a garment--and doubly so when I can actually wear it! LOL Just keepin' it real.
I get a lot of questions about "which pattern do I start with if I'm a beginner?" and I always say- stick with the Indie designers. They have the fit right, the style is fresh, and there aren't weird wackadoodle instructions like you can get with the big box patterns.
Once you have some experience, the big box patterns are okay, but usually require tweaking and twerking.
I tend to hoard make up / skin care/ bath shit so I had to make this size large train case to hold my stash. This stellar sewing pattern is by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness... as if you didn't already know, right?
It looks way more difficult than it is. These would make amazing Xmas gifts.
Fabric is Avante Garde by Katarina Rocella. Stripes are a Robert Kaufman print that I really should just purchase by the bolt.
Stripes are my jam.
I kinda feel like it's BeetleJuice's fault.
Which brings me to the puzzle of WHAT am I going to be for Halloween?! I'm already past the "what will I make for my kids" thing this year. I made costumes last year, so this year it ain't happening. I told them the news and you know--they were all "oh, okay"---and went on playing with their Legos like nothing happened. It's like "HELLLLOOOOO"...do you not know what I go through to sew you these monstrosities? Have some damn respect. LOL LMAO
Cry or something.
Halloween 2015 with Pops keeping things classy with his Miller lite.
Fall has been too warm if you ask me. I keep blabbing on about Global Warming while my friend looks at me with wild eyes and fans herself through another hot flash. It's a b*tch all over I tell ya.
But at least we have sewing and quilting to keep us happy!
I put away my quilts sometimes if I feel they could've been better, but now I'm rather in love with this one, made with Pat Bravo's first Indie line. (Her second Indie comes out at Quilt Market in two weeks, and ships in the spring.)
I think my next quilt might be this pattern but made with Pat's new Indie line. Art Gallery fabrics has tons of free quilting and sewing pattern on their site. Not to mention their Look Books---swoon worthy. Triangles kinda freak me out because of their biased attitude, but whatever.
I'm ready to throw down.
Autumn is my absolute favorite.
When I smell the misty cool air, apple spice tea, or pumpkin bread baking, I get all Buddy-ish:
Speaking of Autumn, Quilt Market is at the end of this month in Houston.
I can't make it (I mean HELLO it's on Halloween!--seriously quilty people, what were you thinking?).... but I can't wait to see Instagram blow up with the photos. Abby Glassenberg has written a super informative article on Quilt Market in case you aren't in the know about it. While you're over there, sign up for her newsletter. It's seriously the best email I get all week. Every Wednesday. At 11 am.
Not that I wait for it or anything.
Lastly, these two issues of In Style magazine had me reading till 2 am. Usually that would require Edgar Allen Poe or Hilary Mantel, but I'm telling you- the articles are so good.
A lot of She Power going on here, and I like it.
I also really dig the Street Style pages. Real folks being themselves.
That's my zippy pouch tutorial on the left in Boo fabric, blown up about 250% to hold my emergency make up supplies. You know, in case I get pulled over and I'm in my jammies with no makeup on- I can quick swipe some lipstick on so I look Human. Don't lie, you have a stash too. Breath mints. Tampax. Cash for Starfucks. You get me.
Oh- and lastly lastly.... I VOTED.
Early. No lines. I highly recommend it you guys, it's essential this year to make your voice heard.