Just Want to Share

No baby news yet. Any second now, though! Just wishing my sewjo matched my waistline. I really want to sew cute summer dresses but this belly has not turned into a pumpkin yet!! Also it’s impossible to cut out large pattern pieces without getting exhausted in the process.

Anyway, my mother passed on a sewing book from a recently deceased relative (also got a bunch of patterns from their stash about two months ago). I don’t have the BH&G famous red-check cookbook but I do have their sewing book now!

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From my quick flip-through it’s quite a bit of basic sewing techniques. And really sweet drawings! I just think it’s a cool find. Anyone else have one? I’ve seen (and own) a vintage Reader’s Digest guide, but I didn’t know BH&G made one too.
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I also broke what has felt like a fabricfast – but I guess that was a false feeling since I have purchased baby/maternity specific fabrics in the last 9 months. Anyway, Hawthorne Threads won me over with their recent sale email. I was still restrained, but they did spoil me with the shipping being so fast! I swear I ordered in the middle of the night on Friday and the package was waiting for me when I got home from work on Monday!
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Eucalyptus print rayon and Bisou Zoo cotton. No specific plans for either.
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Two Crafty Calaveras and a Mr Bones panel – that glows in the dark! I think I’m making a table runner that can also hang on the wall.

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Additional SHB Makes

The Small Human Being (SHB) will be here in 5 weeks or less! I’ve been trying to sew up some last minute things while I have the quiet time. Also, my best friend from pre-school is also in the family way – only about 7 weeks behind – so I whipped some things up for her and her SHB too.

Things for my bae:
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The “Preparing for the SHB” Makes

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Fabric: Navy ponte knit $8
Pattern: Self-drafted
Notions: bias scraps for shoulders $0
Time to complete: About 2-3 hours
First worn: To work
Wear again? Yep!
Total price: ~$8
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Pantone (3rd Month of the Year) Madness

There’s a design blog pitting all of Pantone’s Colors of the Year against each other to find the winner (à la March Madness basketball brackets). They’ve done four match-ups but they’re still on the first round so there’s still time to participate.
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It must be how they’ve set up the seeds that I’ve noticed a significant pattern and bias for choosing Color of the Year. Notice how many blue-greens are seeded against a warm pink/red? Blue Iris, Mimosa and Sand Dollar suddenly stand out as being the only variations from this norm.
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The “Nesting” Dress

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Fabric: Green knit from stash, polka dot knit from Jackman Fabrics $8?
Pattern: Self-drafted
Notions: Elastic for the waist and shoulders $2
Time to complete: A slow-poke around 5-6 hours.
First worn: To work Wednesday
Wear again? Yeah
Total price: $10?
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The “Make Room for the Bump” Shirts

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Fabric: Green spots cotton from stash
Pattern: None
Notions: None
Time to complete: Less than 2 hours
First worn: To work this week
Wear again? Yup
Total price: ~$0
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Year in Review 2014

Soooo I sort of dropped off the face of the blog Earth last year. I did sew a little but not nearly as much as years previous. I also didn’t purchase a lot of fabric! I bought three things for my birthday, and three double knits that were on sale. And I’ve used all but one of those six fabrics so far!

Here are some things that didn’t make it to the blog this year (most of which weren’t even on my Instagram) These are “quick and dirty” pictures that I took in rapid succession this morning, so hair/face/pose is a little wonky at times.
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P1080764 copyFabric: Navy chiffon with white dots $11, opaque navy chiffon under layer $8 on clearance?
Pattern: Great British Sewing Bee Tunic
Year: 2013
Notions: Bias tape for edge finishing
Time to complete: Something like 8 hours
First worn: To a wedding in August
Wear again? Need to fix a bit of the neckline, but yes
Total price: ~$19
Wore this with gold heels and the gold belt seen here to my cousin’s summer wedding. I must have forgotten or blocked out how difficult it was to work with two slippery layers. I literally have no memory of making this dress.
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