• Knitting,  Sewing

    Three on Thursday | Making for Europe.

    Yesterday’s Soyokaze finish was the last “official make” I’d planned for our trip. Doesn’t it look great with the tote?of course you do have to imagine it on me … with no pin holding it in place. and for sure a top. and pants. The tote was a lot of fun to make (even the cutting wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be) and the lining fabric – a Rifle Paper Co print on canvas (purchased at my “local” fabric store – sadly, the shop is a 45 minute drive in good traffic, but still…) – makes me smile every time I see it. Thanks to those finishes, I…

  • Knitting,  Sewing

    Three on Thursday | Making.

    September is always a month I look forward to – back-to-school, college football, cooler temperatures (sweater weather!), Charlie’s birthday – and this year promises something new. My mom invited me to accompany her on her first trip to Europe; we are headed to Vienna on the 24th for a cruise on the Danube River! I’ll have a lot more to share about our trip – but for today (after all it is Thursday) – it’s three things I’m making to wear while I’m there. We’ve been stalking the weather forecasts for Vienna (we’ll be there for three days at the beginning of the trip) and Nuremberg (two days at the end)…

  • Just Life,  Sewing

    Tiny Moment Tuesday.

    I hope you weren’t expecting to see a third – successful – attempt to start Soyokaze 🙂 I did wind that mess of yarn into a neat ball, but that’s all that’s happened with that project since yesterday. maybe tomorrow I’ll have a good (un) unraveled story to share! But for today, I have two tiny moments … that tell a different part of the story I’d like to remember about what’s happening in my life right now. I joked with Kym last week that this blog seemed to be morphing into mere-et-feets. and I wouldn’t blame y’all for rolling your eyes at one more reminder that I broke a…

  • Sewing

    Sewing Progress.

    All this time at home has been good for many things, but I’m especially thankful for the push to get back into sewing. Ditto the internet for patterns and tutorials … and so many of you with experience for your encouragement and advice! With four solid successes,  all of which include darts and facings, I decided I was ready to tackle the Uniform Tunic. I knew (thank you Kat and Kym) that the Uniform darts would require some adjustments. whoa. no kidding! The Uniform pattern is the one on the bottom. Next is the Esmé tunic (which I’m wearing in the bottom two photos above) and on top is the Willow…

  • Sewing

    FO Friday | Willow Tank & Another Kiomi Top.

    I shared this selfie on Instagram Tuesday afternoon. My first Willow Tank turned out really well! I was definitely intimidated by the bias bindings and those 1/4″ seams. Turns out, I have a 1/4″ presser foot from my quilter-wanna-be days! Worked like a charm. I was a little unsure about the fit at first – maybe it was big?. All the lovely sewists who share their projects on Instagram don’t really show much at all about fit (and let’s not even talk about how unhelpful the “garment on a hanger” or “garment on the floor with a pretty flower” photos are!) and most of the woven garments in my closet…

  • Books,  Sewing

    Unraveled Wednesday | Bingo!

    Yes indeed! I finished three more books this week and finally made not one, but two Bingos! As much fun as it is to check off those boxes, it’s even better when the books are really good: Homegoing (upper left corner). I finished this dark-early yesterday morning and I’m still trying to wrap my head around everything I want to say about it. But I’ve already told three people since then that they must read it (and I do think this is a “read with your eyes” book; I don’t say that very often, but there are a lot of characters to keep straight and the language is so beautiful you…

  • Sewing

    FO Friday | Kiomi Top.

    I’m wearing it as I type this … with a smile on my face. Marc’s playing golf this afternoon or I’d have a modeled shot to share. This is my third garment from Lotta Jansdotter’s Everyday Style. I have fabric/plans to make another top and a dress with this pattern (top in the gray printed linen and dress in the Liberty lawn – left and second to left respectively  – which I bought last month at Purl Soho). I’m glad I decided to tackle a top version, with linen I bought at JoAnns, first. This was my first time making/applying bias binding and my first time in many years sewing…

  • Sewing

    Sometimes Mondays.

    …provide the perfect opportunity to wear a new outfit! Yes! I finished the Esme Top to accompany the Owyn Shorts (both patterns from Lotta Jansdotter’s Everyday Style). The fabric is from last month’s visit to Purl Soho (1-1/2 yards of Watercolor Linen in Lilac Bark – $31.20). I think Marc smiled when I told him I’d used 30 dollars of fabric to make this. I couldn’t tell for sure though since my back was turned. My Monday afternoon knitting group includes a few seamstresses. It was especially nice to debut this first handmade outfit with ladies who “get it”. The pattern really does fit me well (I made the XS with…

  • Sewing

    Sewing Shorts!

    That’s right, y’all – I finished the shorts! and I’m officially launching the Sewing category on mere-et-filles! I’m going to wait until the top is finished to model them for you. But they fit – elastic is good that way 😉 – and I’m proud of how nice they look on the outside and the inside. I was also surprised how quickly the “actual sewing” was. I spent a few hours cutting the pieces, a few more hours researching seam finishing techniques*, half an hour practicing seams and the overlock stitch, and just a couple of hours sewing (even with having to rip and re-stitch the second hem twice). There…