Sewing leggings and dresses this week

Liquid Metal leggings for Ruby per request. 

Leggings are incredibly easy to sew- don't be scared.  I borrowed by friend's serger (Baby Lock Imagine--and yes, it's totally worth the money)-- which made sewing these up even easier, but- my first three pairs were done on the home sewing machine. Knit doesn't ravel or fray, so it's completely ok to sew on the home sewing machine.  Want to try? Here is a free pattern I Googled with directions and everything. 

Here are some of the ones I made for my kids:  (I'm also going to sell a few pairs on Etsy of my signature mismatchy legs pairs because they are awesome.) LOL

This dress took me longer than usual to sew up, but I think it might be my FAVORITE EVER.

The sewing pattern is Simplicity 3775 and I used a Nicole Miller knit jersey fabric, which is so awesome. 

I usually support Indie home shops, 
but I couldn't resist the sale right now at Joann Fabrics--- 
all Nicole Miller is 60% off!! 

I mean RUN to the store. 
I've gone back four times this week.
** It's a problem. LOL

I extended the sleeves about 3" and cut off 4" on the hemline. I made view F. The size 10 fits like a glove- check the measurements on the back of the package, as sewn garments are WAY different than store bought sizing. I just purchased some jeans in a size 6, but I couldn't fit my arm into a size 6 sewn garment. Just a word of caution in case you didn't realize.    ;)

In more Knit News, I tested a fun and fast dress for Terri this week, so I'll share that as soon as she launches her new pattern. 

 I love her garments because they are modern and fast to sew.

 Have you seen Legends? It's next on my list. I love that neckline!

 You can find her patterns HERE.

Also this week I had a lovely huge quilt I made that I ripped apart and made into Yoga Bags and this Emblem duffel-- pattern is by Sew Sweetness, click on Emblem duff. 

I just adore the inside.

I hand stitched parts of it, and decided to not bend down the sides and stitch them as instructed, because-well--if we're being honest here, I was feeling a tad lazy.

I always use By Annie's Soft and Stable foam as stabilizer in my bags now, I just love the way it adds structure but not weight or stiffness. I could bend this/ fold it up if needed, but it stands on its own otherwise. It's really good stuff! Get some here.

I made these extra huge Yoga bags so they fit my extra fluffy yoga mat plus winter clothing and a towel:
My supermodel BFF Leslie models

I super want to get back into Hot Yoga. It is so tough- a true workout. I remember once when I took my friend Allison with me to class and we did this pose:

...and I passed out. Like total blackness... 
It was weird waking up with the teacher bending over me "are you okay?" She said I must have lots of blockages and things I didn't want to think about. Hmmm... I think it was just totally unnatural for me to bend like that. LOL

Speaking of yoga and stuff, have you heard of the magazine Happinez ?

It is SO GOOD- the articles, the images, the inspiration.
I have issue 3 and am reading the section on Mudras currently.

From the website:

In other news, have you seen Tales By Light on Netflix? It is AMAZING! I don't know what else to say other than I was totally mesmerized and had my throat thickening with emotional reactions to everything the camera caught. An astounding body of work, don't miss it.

Hectic times call for unusual measures, which is why it's the perfect time to try meditation. 
Headspace has a trial offer right now for 99 cents. 
I love using this app. I can listen anywhere, using my little phone ear buds makes it really easy. They have as short as 2 min meditations, though usually I like to do the 10 to 20 min sessions. They have a kids section as well, a big help as the Kadampa Meditation Center here in Madison is sometimes hard to fit into our schedule. 

My Cousin (you can follow him here on IG) recently visited Israel, and I can't wait to see his all of his amazing photography. I find other cultures fascinating and invigorating. From what I've seen so far, this trip was a major life event. Where have you traveled that really touched you deep within? Was it the land, the people, or was it mystical?  For me, it was definitely the area around Tintagel, Cornwall where I traced my family roots to. I wrote about it a little bit on our first trip here. It was like nothing I've felt before, and I think about that coastline so frequently I can't help but wonder if the memories of my ancestors are in my DNA.  That's another topic- Noetic Science.

We've needed lots of laughter around here lately. Here is a link to 30 Books that make Kids Laugh out Loud.  

Another good link to save to your Pinterest is 15 Movies from the 80's to watch with your Tweens and Teens. I feel good just thinking about it. :D



  1. meow, meow, meow. I am working towards having enough confidence to wear pants like that. Wish me luck! Hugs!

  2. The leggings! That dress!! I'm going to buy fabric. ❤️

  3. I'm scared to try sewing clothes - what if I spend all that time and it sucks? LOL. Funny that the same fear has never stopped me from making quilts that suck!

    1. I've made a lot of clothes that suck- so I cut them up later to make other stuff or force them on unsuspecting friends and/or family members. BAHAHAHAHAHA And...I've never seen anything you make suck, ever... We should bring our "suckiest project" to the next strip club and have them be prizes. LOL

  4. What a great pair of running tights. Finding a quality pair of compression leggings that are not between forty and fifty dollars is very hard to come by. Then finding cheaper tights that will hold up for run and run let alone the first ten minutes is even harder.

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  8. Perfectly comfortable plus size yoga pants and Trade your old, baggy sweatpants for a pair of perfectly fitted. I think don't miss the opportunity to wear leggings pants.

  9. Stirrup leggings are a very versatile item in your wardrobe. Since they connect to the feet, it's very complementing for those with shorter legs.

  10. The leggings! That dress!! I'm going to buy fabric

    Thank for sharing!

  11. I am working towards having enough confidence to wear pants like that. Wish me luck! Hugs!

    Phong Nha from 6best


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