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I’m moving in with my mother.

I finally talked my mother into sharing her unbelievable creativity with the world! She’s started an Etsy shop and I connived a blog out of her too. And since we are now living long distance but still talk about our projects all the time, it seems only fitting that we share our virtual creative space (and this way we won’t get our fabric stashes confused. Oh, wait, I would totally benefit from that. Dagnabit). So I’m moving in to my mother’s…blog.

Please drop by to say hello! Sorry in advance for the hassle if you deem it worth your while to update your feeds. 😉

I was going to wax an elephant for a moment here, on my last sulala post, but I’ll just say this: thanks. Even after I thought I’d quit with blogging, I found myself thinking about my readers, the blogs that I read, and the projects I’d seen. No matter how many “official” sites there are out there, I nearly always choose a blog for knitting and sewing patterns, for ideas for babies, and cripes, let’s be honest–for humor at 3 am when I haven’t slept in a few days. Not to mention that blogs were a lovely human connection when I didn’t know a soul in my new state except the squatter who lived beneath our dumpy apartment.

I’m learning how to be fulfilled with making do, and a lot of that has to do with the glimpses of the fabulous lives I watch you all leading and writing about–fabulous not because they are magazine-spread worthy (or maybe they are, for example if this is your bedroom rug), but because they are yours and you are thoughtful enough to share them.

And I promise to continue my long, confusing, parenthetical sentence structure no matter what my URL my be.

PS. Still working on the tutorial T-shirt romper. I’d like to update the horrendous pictures! In the meantime, have you seen Dana’s 90 minute shirt that uses similar techniques? Check her out!


I’m not really here (but I’m not all there, either)

Cheekiness aside, sorry for missing all of your comments!

Last week I was in the land of dial up internet and no cell phone service (aka, rural Ohio), this week I’m back in Boston, next week we close on our condo on Monday and leave for my SIL’s wedding on Tuesday, and the week after that we move. So you can see that my title refers to my physical status in addition to my mental state. I really am neither here nor there (anybody else singing “The Grand Old Duke of York” in your head right now? “And when they’re up, they’re up. And when they’re down, they’re down. And when they’re only halfway up they’re neither up or down”).

The scariest part is, what if this is my new normal?

But look! I’ve finally gotten around to posting pictures of Gracie’s Easter outfit!

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The story is brief: I wanted to make a sweater for her out of this reclaimed yarn (no pattern, just a simple raglan), which happened to match this gifted fabric perfectly. I used view B of Butterick 3782, and contented myself with only a small amount of being put out with pattern makers who believe that a baby’s weight is the only measurement that matters. To make up for it I indulged in a little bit of self-righteous disgust that the inside finishing was so incomplete and lined the entire dress.


Then I made these shoes, which were indeed easy and foolproof. Sorry I didn’t get a good shot of those. Grace is moving too fast for my camera these days.

And, since I made a sweater it ended up being hot on Easter so I made a romper with bloomers, too. Very easy–look for my romper tutorial soon (or maybe in June sometime).

Thanks for stopping by!

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Jeans day 2

On track! Only tomorrow will tell if they are a hit or a miss…

PS Those are baby feet in the background!

Is it Monday already?

What’s my excuse for missing Monday this week? A little thing called Patriots’ Day. Now there’s something I like about living in Massachusetts! Random holidays are always a check in the “pro” column.

Last week:

I did manage to make a little dress for Gracie. It’s a test run for a dress that will match her cousin at my sister-in-law’s wedding. I need to add buttons and buttonholes today.

This week:

I’m going to make a few of these fabric high chairs for gifts, some shoes to match the dress I finished last week (of course, you saw that one coming six miles away), and I’d like to start my next pair of jeans. We’ll see!

Now for real content: I had thought that Tom’s trench was the sewing highlight of the year. I was wrong. I’ve started making sleepers for Gracie out of old T-shirts, and have been delighted to find it to be easy and have great results. She’s getting so big, I need to make up another batch. No serger needed!

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need to fine tune my snap placement

Because I’m certainly not going to shut up

All this talk about the Jalie jeans and I still haven’t shown you mine! And I finished a new shirt!

I’m short on words today, but the short of it is that I love these jeans. These were supposed to be a test pair (thus my nickname on the rear. I mean seriously, who DOES that??), but they fit right out of the envelope. I’ve since made a pair of cords with this pattern and have two more denim pairs cut out and waiting to be sewn.

My thoughts:

-finish every seam. Serge (I wish), zigzag, pinking, whatever. You’ll wear these enough to merit it.

-take your time on the pocket topstitching. I’ll show you my method for symmetrical topstitching when I get around to making my next pair.

-look through the pattern first and plan to minimize rethreading your machine for the topstitching, especially at the beginning.

-if you were worried about how they’d wear, these have been in heavy rotation since January and quickly acquired that worn look (let’s call it patina, shall we?) that non-sewists pay the big bucks to find.

Ok, the shirt is view B from New Look 6407. This pattern was one of my first sewing projects back in the summer of 2008, and in my new sewer bliss I made 3.5 muslins to get the fit right. (I must not have blogged about it! I’ll have to go find it and take a picture.) Anyway, I was so pleased with myself that I immediately cut out another one. And proceeded to not make it for almost two years. Go me! But in the interest of clearing out the backlog, I pulled it out a few weeks ago and was delighted to find not only had I not cut out all the pieces, but I’d unintentionally added a seam to the center back. Go me, again! And the fit wasn’t as spot-on as I’d thought (either that or having a baby changes your figure or something. They used to be up there!). But it’s done and I’m happy. The white sleeves were the pieces I had to scrounge for and I like the effect. Wish I’d messed up cutting the collar too!


I’d like to make a khaki skirt as well as a pair of dark brown linen loose capris to wear with this shirt this spring & summer.


yikes! Center back seam because I didn’t cut on the fold.


*The title of the post is because I’m still laughing about this post on Ann’s Gorgeous Fabrics’ blog. No, I’ve never seen that movie, but I look kind of like a zombie in that last picture, so I’m breaking my no face rule. You didn’t recognize me anyway, did you?

PS Not so short on words after all, hmm?

Isn’t it odd how Monday gets later every week?

Well, let’s not argue over semantics. I’ll get straight to the punch. I may not have made much progress on my projects last week, but my position as enabler extraordinaire has been sealed. Not only did I aid in the purchase of a dress form, I also talked not one but both of my visiting friends into trying the Jalie jeans pattern! I’ll have to wait patiently to see finished shots for you. Oh, and one of them used to be a non-sewer. Now she’s plotting to steal her mother’s sewing machine.

Apparently I am wicked powerful. Consider yourself warned!

Pretend Monday

First, a question for you. I was in my favorite fabric store last week and saw a brown linen with a kind of coppery shimmer to it. Ooo, I thought, that would make a cool jacket for spring. Like this one. Now given that I am a teensy bit fashion challenged (I exaggerate. I’m actually quite fashion challenged) and generally averse to wearing fabrics that sparkle, I thought it might be best to ask you guys before I bought shimmery, nay, sheen-y fabric. So what do you think?

Well, now down to the bad news: my first chance to keep a schedule on the blog, and I blew it. The good news is that I only blew it according to the calendar that the rest of the world follows. In my head, since I got so little accomplished yesterday I am declaring today Pretend Monday, and thus am right on schedule.

Lest you think I am being flippant with dates, my inspiration came from the dear old Ohio State University–excuse me, the dear old THE Ohio State University. (Speaking of which, you are entirely responsible for breaking my bracket early on, OSU. But I suppose since I filled it out alphabetically I’m not that surprised.) Back to the story…one winter quarter was only nine weeks long because of an early Easter. So the first Friday of the quarter was declared “Productive Monday” or something like that in order that we had an extra Monday of class, presumably because there are more classes on Mondays than on Fridays. I’ve always felt that with that declaration the university higher-ups finally acknowledged that most Mondays are, in fact, not productive.

If you’re still reading, then perhaps I have managed to distract you from the fact that I missed my Monday post. The irony of the missed post is that I have exactly zero sewing goals for this week. I’ve got some friends coming in to town (Hi Carla & Julie!), and coupled with that I’m basically rearranging my entire yucky apartment to try to make it a little bit accommodating to guests. So goodbye, Singer, hello scrub brush!

I’ll make it up to you with some pictures of Grace’s Easter outfit in a few days, how ’bout that?

Holy cow, I made this

There are some things that just seem beyond make-ability. And yet I have often been surprised and delighted to discover that I’m wrong. Granola and yogurt, for example.

And trench coats–well coats in general–and certainly a man’s coat.

Scratch that–anything for Tom (he’s the DH, remember? Using a name is so freeing!) that will get worn outside the house, or at least outside his shoes.

Don’t get me wrong, Tom is incredibly supportive of me, almost to the point of being too supportive (if I have to ‘splain that it may require a separate post). But let’s be honest, the kinds of things I usually make don’t really blip on his radar.

Neither did this undertaking when I undertook it, to be honest. Well, it was scary for me too, to be very honest. I made this in September, and it has been in a closet waiting for buttonholes and buttons (and admittedly because it looked frumpy on the hanger and I was chicken.) But here it is! It fits! I did it!

Ladies and gents, meet Tom’s new trench coat:

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The fabric is something off the JoAnn’s clearance table. It is completely water repellent, and strangely crinkly. It didn’t take an ironing too happily, so we’re calling the look rugged, got it?


Half lining. But why? If I make this again I’ll just line the whole jacket. The half lining makes no sense. But I did get to do Hong Kong finishing on the seams which was great fun.


How did I make these splendid keyhole buttonholes on my old Singer, you ask? Ah, that secret too will soon be revealed.


It’s ok, take a moment to admire my welt pockets. I even practiced because the fabric was so unforgiving, and I couldn’t be more proud of them.

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(Now, I realize that this whole post may be extremely off-putting as it tiptoes into the realm of self-horn-tootage. But I’m ok with that. First off, I’m pretty proud to have finally made something for my husband that he really likes! And second, I have a 6 month old. I accomplish approximately 2.3 things a day, and if one of those is the dishes life looks grand. If not, well, this sewing success will have to sustain me as my long-lost glory days.)

what does it say about you…

…if, when planning the upcoming week, your heart starts to pitter patter at the thought that you might finally have time to darn all of your holey socks?

help! cute has overtaken me!

…and I know it is a disease because not only am I sewing cute things for Gracie, but now I’ve started making cute things for baby boys too! And I feel a bit clever about the whole episode. This is serious.

DSC03422.JPGfor my nephew M: hat is a download from McCalls, onesie is mine, shoes are the cloth baby shoe pattern (told you I love it!)

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