Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What I Wore Wednesday 4/26

I sewed a couple versions of Fancy Tiger Crafts One Hour Top. The first version I made was out of a more stable knit than this one. The cotton jersey that I used for this top is very slinky and thin, and it doesn't hold it's shape that well. It wants to fall off the shoulder, Flashdance-style. Not my favorite look but ok for lounging around on weekends.

one hour top

Outfit Details:

I made a wearable muslin of the Colette Laurel blouse out of some mustard shot cotton from my stash. I've been wanting some spring tops with bell sleeves and I was going to modify the Scout tee until I happened to find this pattern in my stash that already had ruffled sleeves. The fabric is definitely on the sturdy side--the top wrinkles easily and the cuffs aren't as drapey as i'd like, especially b/c the sleeve cuff is a doubled layer of fabric. i have another version cut out and ready to sew and this time i'm using a thin cotton shirting with a single layer for the cuff. I do like the style and color of the blouse though and I'm sure I'll wear it occasionally.


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Monday, April 24, 2017

Odds 'n Ends April 2017


  • I recently watched season 1 of Mr. Robot and I was pretty blown away. The series was artfully put together and enjoyable to watch. there were so many references--to Stanley Kubrick films, Fight Club, American Psycho, and many others. it was fun to watch and pick out the easter eggs as they went by. I've read between the lines that Season 2 was not nearly as well-received as the first season, but my fingers are crossed that it'll be good.
  • Spicy and I have almost made it all the way through Sneaky Pete and I have to say that I'm fairly disappointed. It seems like there is a good show in there somewhere and I like a lot of the actors. I'm a big Justified fan and of Breaking Bad as well, but this show seems to be trying to cram too many plot points in one season. all of the plot threads make watching it tedious and difficult to follow and the run times of some of the episodes are just too long. i'm sure we'll watch the whole season eventually but to this point it's been a bit of a slog.
  • ok, so it's not technically even out yet (comes out Wednesday!) but I am SOOOO EXCITED about The Handmaid's Tale. i read the book in high school, and Margaret Atwood is my favorite author (though this isn't my favorite book--that would be The Blind Assassin). the casting seems fantastic and the previews look amazing. i will undoubtedly be glued to my tv come Wednesday.
  • NBA Playoffs: I mention this only b/c it's what i've been watching the most lately, and it's what's been making me fall woefully behind on podcast-watching again. Spicy and I are Boston Celtics fans, so it's been a bit of a roller coaster up to this point but for the most part it's been enjoyable.


  • I don't know if I will remember to talk about it during my next podcast, so in case I forget, I purchased a Craftsy class, Patternmaking Basics, The Bodice Sloper. I've recently become interested in being able to draft my own patterns. The class, which I have watched all the way through but haven't done any of the lessons yet, is incredibly labor-intensive and detailed. It's a lot of work to get a sloper that fits just right. The class only goes over the process of drafting a bodice sloper and doesn't include sleeves or using the sloper to draft patterns. There is a series of separate classes that build on each other. I understand why they did it this way b/c it is so much information, but it's a little disappointing to learn at the conclusion of the class that i still won't really know how to use a sloper unless i fork over more money for additional classes.

    Because of this, I think the next class I take will actually be the skirt sloper class. Drafting a skirt is quite a bit less complicated than doing a bodice and I think it would be a better entry point to begin with. Also b/c the fitting process is less involved the skirt class does include lessons on using your sloper to design different skirts. I think maybe if I take this class and follow it first, then I will have a better idea of how to make and use the bodice sloper. so if you are looking into drafting classes, i would highly recommend starting with the skirt class and going from there.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What I Wore Wednesday

Two outfits this week. The first features a refashioned men's shirt i bought at a thrift store ages ago. I used a few different tutorials for transforming it into an off-the-shoulder top. It was fairly easy--the only changes i made were to very slightly curve the shoulder cut (the tutorials say to cut straight across) and I also chopped off the sleeves and hemmed them b/c leaving them at their normal length made me look ridiculous. i'm not 100% positive that this is a good look for me but it was an easy entry point to try a trendy new style with very little investment.

I had bought some inexpensive white jeans from Poshmark but they weren't quite what i was looking for. since you can't return poshmark purchases unless there's something wrong with them, I decided to distress the jeans. i did a step hem, which i actually liked so much i transformed another pair of old jeans in the same way.


Outfit Details:

My second handmade piece this week is an oldie but goodie. I recently cleaned out my clothing fabric stash and I happened to find this top. I made it several years ago--it's a Built by Wendy Simplicity pattern using some Anna Maria Horner voile which is one of my all-time favorite prints. I think perhaps I was going to take it apart and salvage the fabric b/c the top is pretty tight. It's also funny to see my sewing evolution--I'm not sure when I made this top (EDIT: Just looked it up--it was 2010!) but the seams are completely unfinished on the inside, which I haven't done for many years. At any rate, I'm glad I kept it b/c it's perfect for spring.


Outfit Details:

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

What I Wore Wednesday

I won't do this feature every Wednesday, just when I have handmade items to show. I like to see examples of how other people style their me-mades with their everyday wardrobes, so I thought I'd contribute.

This week I have a new Grainline Studio Tiny Pocket Tank (now Willow Tank & Dress) to show. I've had this pattern in the stash forever, and I've made it a few times in the past. This one uses a Heather Ross Briar Rose strawberry fabric (one of my all-time faves). Because it's a quilting cotton, it doesn't drape as nicely as it could, but it's definitely a wearable tank.


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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

March 2017 Stash Report and Q1 Goals Update

Point Me Socks

March (and Year-to-Date) Stash Totals

Project Yardage: +2371 (+12003) yds

Incoming Stash Yardage: -3326 (-8875) yds

Difference: -955 (+3128) yds

Project Weight: +646 (+3788) g

Incoming Stash Weight: -953 (-2931) g

Difference: -307 (+857) g / -.68 (+1.89) lbs

Notes: This was my first month underwater. A lot of the stash added was handspun and KAL prizes, but I bought quite a bit of personal stash too.

March (and Year-to-Date) Handspun Totals

Handspun Weight: +24 (+51.2) oz

Incoming Fiber Stash Weight: 0 (-8) oz

Difference: +24 (+43.2) oz / +1.5 (+2.7) lbs

Notes: Has to be my best month for handspun ever. I don't know if I'll ever top this.

March Project Totals

5 finished objects

  • 4 pairs of socks
  • 1 shawl

For me: 3

For others: 0

For design samples: 2

5 skeins of handspun

March (and Year-to-Date) handspun yardage: 1676 (2744) yds

Active WIPs: 1 pair of socks, 1 sweater, 1 shawl, 2 blankets, 1 handspun project

Abandoned 2017 WIPs: 0

Q1 Goal Check-in

Crafty/Business Goals

  1. Do what I feel like doing: I'm following this for the most part.
  2. Knit 26 pairs of socks: on track
  3. Knit 12 Personal Sock Club socks: on track
  4. Knit 12 Desert Vista Dyeworks socks: on track
  5. Knit 1 square a day on my sock yarn blanket: exceeding goal--knitting 10 squares a week
  6. Finish Granny Rectangle Blanket: it's in hibernation for now, but i've made good progress.
  7. Knit 3 sweaters: Finished 1, second in progress
  8. Reduce my stash: I was doing pretty well until March.
  9. Limit crafty stash/pattern purchases to immediate cast-ons: i've actually stuck to this for the most part, with some sock yarn slippage, b/c of course.
  10. Podcast once a month: on track
  11. Publish 4 designs: i've already published 3 with another coming this Friday. Yay!
  12. Keep up with business bookkeeping: I'm doing it while complaining the whole time.

Life Goals

  1. Do Capsule Wardrobe challenge once a quarter: I did this in the winter, discovered I hate it, will never do it again.
  2. Cook/bake more: i've been making some fun treats on the weekends. bad for my waistline, but tasty nonetheless.
  3. Be more frugal: needs improvement

Monday, April 03, 2017

Show Notes for Podcast Ep 46: Sewing Revival

Please join our Ravelry Group. We have two 2017 KALs, the Kindnessalong and the Sockalong, going on over there. The prize was announced for the Feb-Mar Kindnessalong.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Odds 'n Ends March 2017

I'm a bit late getting this post up, but March has been kind of blah on new and interesting media content.


  • Harry Potter Audiobooks: so i'm perfectly aware that i'm extremely late to the party on this one, but I just had to comment that Jim Dale is an excellent narrator. I loved his narration on Pushing Daisies and his HP narration is just as good. I'm up to book 6 now and the series has taken up quite a bit of my listening time.
  • Slate's Amicus with Dahlia Lithwick: If you are interested in the Supreme Court, you should listen to this podcast. She has really interesting interviews, often with one of the parties in Supreme Court cases. Though I would recommend skipping the most recent episode, #63, as she talks to an author who wrote a fictional story about the Court and honestly it's kind of stupid. the rest of the episodes she talks about real life stuff though, and it's well worth listening to.


  • iZombie Season 2 (on netflix): I took a break between seasons so it took me a bit to get through this one, but I really enjoyed it. I'm a big Veronica Mars/Party Down fan, so seeing guests from those shows pop up was super fun.


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