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February Roundup/TBT

It is the last day of February. Which means it is (kind of) my mom’s birthday!! (Happy Birthday!!!) It also means it is time for my February Roundup, to show you guys what I have been up to this month. What didn’t make it into the blog? But, it turns out, I was hella busy this month. I literally spent minimal time behind a machine and am definitely feeling the extra stress from that.

It has been a crazy month. I’ve been working overtime at the day job, and spending extra time trying to improve myself and my skills for my second job. Plus, a cousin was visiting, we rearranged a few spaces in the house, including part of the sewing studio, and I’ve been having some technical difficulties (basically, we moved the Tivo and now it doesn’t want to connect to the internet. How am I supposed to Netflix and sew without Netflix?!)

What I’m saying (and making excuses for) is that…I didn’t sew anything else last month. My Work It outfit and Double Duty zip up. That’s it. That’s all the sewing I did this month other than some alterations and mending (which are terrible tasks that I hate doing). So, instead of rounding up my non-existent sews, I’m going to do a TBT post along with some plans for next month.

I’m throwing pretty far back this week. This quilt is one I designed and made for two of my very best friends when they had their first kiddo. I so enjoyed picking out beautiful, fun fabrics and designing something unique and very them. Then the whole thing fell apart in the final wash, the week I was flying home to see them. (The fabric literally shredded. Never buying that brand again! Never.)

After pulling stitches from a still wet quilt (didn’t want to risk further damage in the dryer and on a super time crunch), I ended up redesigning the back in order to fix it with the scraps I had left, in the time I had left. Thankfully, I really like the end result. It is fun, the details are beautiful (to me anyway), especially those fun stitches I got to use, and after 3 washes, no further damage was noted.

I have no idea if they actually use this quilt, or the second one using some of their favorite clothes from his first year. But, I still haven’t made a quilt for their second little one and I really need to get on that! (Sorry V!! I swear I designed it before you made an appearance!)

I hope your February was more filled with soothing sews than mine (or whatever your relaxation activity is)! And I’m hoping March holds more stitches for me. I do have a couple days off work and am thinking I can get a sew or two in around hanging with the sister. Here’s to some throw back delight and a happy March!

Stephanie

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January Roundup

There are sews I don’t talk about here. Sometimes there is a solid reason for that. (Guys, my mom reads this blog. She doesn’t need to see some of the lacy bits I definitely don’t make.) Sometimes it is just lack of time. Even small pieces are fun to share and talk about. I could ramble about the simplest sew for way longer than I care to admit. There are just so many fun details to sewing!! Writing about them though, means taking photos, which I also like doing! But these things take time. Time I sometimes just don’t have.

Instead of just enjoying these beautiful sews for myself, or whoever I’ve made them for (hopefully) enjoying them, I’m going to share them! At the end of each month, I”ll gather up quick photos of each of the sews I haven’t shared yet, and combine them into one roundup post! I’m really excited, because, if we’re being honest, I tend to forget what I sewed even just three weeks ago. It just lives in the owner’s closet as if it were always there, and I move on to the next sew.

If we are trying for chronological order, then I’m going to start with the few things I managed to sew for my other sister while she was in town visiting. We had epic plans for ALL THE SEWS while she was here. Unfortunately, she picked up a bug at the airport and shared it with me. So the two of us spent the time she was here feeling terrible. On her last full day in Atlanta, we managed to make three pieces!

The first is this gorgeous ABB Tee from DIBY. She needed a warm, thermal shirt, so we grabbed this amazing brushed thermal from Mily Mae Fabrics. Goodness, y’all, it is so soft!!! I wish I had a better pic of just how beautiful this grey is. It is rich but soft. Definitely reading a bit more green in the pic she sent me. But, trust me, it is gorgeous. The fit on her shirt is perfect! But, due to the above mentioned illness, we didn’t get any modeled photos. In fact, I completely blanked on grabbing photos at all and had to ask her to grab a couple for me after she was home (and had worn it a few times!). This is a great basic top, and clearly appropriately named. (Also, it is free!!!) 😀

We also made a couple of her favorite tanks out of some lovely ITY we picked up forever ago at Fine Fabrics. She loves the fit of the Patterns for Pirates Free Spirit Tank. We don’t alter it for her hips, so it fits more like the Essential Tank (which is my favorite tank!). This is definitely her most requested sew, so I’m so glad we were able to get two done before I needed a damn nap.

I’ve been meaning (and needing) to make Virginia and I some comfy ass undies for a while. I won a gift card from Surge Fabric Shop a while back. I of course, immediately spent it on some gorgeous undie-worthy fabrics, because I’d heard some amazing things about their fabric for them. They’ve been sitting, waiting for me to actually make time for them. I even picked up FOE forever ago!! I’ve only got a pic of one pair of these comfy Bunzies, because Virginia got hers and I wasn’t going to ask for them back. 😀 (You might recall she got another pair out of this gorgeous navy from THE DEAL. I really need to make even more. They’re so fun!)

Now, I am not always going to be able to talk about each of my sews. I do still pattern test and sometimes, they just don’t release immediately. So, keep an eye out for a post soon about what I used this GORGEOUS Sly Fox Fabrics DBP for. I’m completely in love with it and so excited to share. This colorway, evergreen is currently sold out, though you can sign up for alerts if it comes back in stock. But they also have it in black and plum. (I’m secretly obsessed with the plum.)

After I sewed up that ridiculously soft fabric, I jumped back to some sewing for my other sister. While I was sewing, she was gluing and organizing patterns. She ended up with a great Made for Mermaids Nina that I made during testing and she just loves the fit. So, this is one of the patterns she prepped while I was sewing. She picked out this great french terry from Fine Fabrics. It is soft and lightweight. She doesn’t have this one yet, but I’m excited to see how it looks on her!

She has also been asking for a zip-up vest forever. It is one of the first things she asked for and I just haven’t made it a priority. (Have I mentioned I am a terrible sister?) I printed the 5oo4 Aspen Vest two autumns ago (seriously, 2017) and just hadn’t done the fit alterations she needed, even though I have a full bin of gorgeous fleece she has picked up from Joann Fabrics for a few vests. So, she finally gets one. And I have the pattern ready, after I see how it fits and make any change that might be necessary. I hacked this one to be completely self-enclosed, rather than using elastic to finish the edges. It is so, so soft. And I totally can’t wait to see what she thinks!!

Did I mention that she has no idea these are coming to her as soon as our visiting cousin heads home? If she reads this, it will be a (hopefully happy) surprise!! Love you, Vicki!! 😀

That is my sewing list for this month. It has been a productive, fun month and I can’t wait to see what February brings! What have you been working on?

Stephanie xx