• Sewing

    Sometimes Mondays.

    …build confidence. The photo below is from yesterday morning, after I finally got up the courage (and the brain power*) to take my new serger out of the box and flip through the manual.“Overwhelmed” would’ve been an understatement (not only because I’ve used a serger exactly once – the night of my Lark Tee sewing class – and even then all I did was serge four edges of a t-shirt). ¬†I decided to wait another day (there was a silver lining – my craft room is now completely neat and tidy … and I knitted ūüėČ ). Thanks to that *below, I didn’t go to knitting this afternoon. Instead, I…

  • Sewing

    FO Friday | Lark Tee.

    I am delighted that the unraveled story I shared here last week has a happy ending! It took a week for me to get up the courage to try again, but thanks to a walking foot, a lot of practice on test strips and a few YouTube videos, it’s finished.¬† I’m really proud of how it turned out. I ended up using a narrow zig-zag stitch with the walking foot for the topstitching and it worked great.¬† Even better – it fits! The pattern is Lark Tee by Grainline Studios and the fabric is Art Gallery’s Splendid Oath Ink, purchased at Topstitch, to go along with the Learn to Sew…

  • Knitting,  Sewing

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    For the first time in months, I joined my “Starbucks Knitting Group” this afternoon. It was wonderful to catch up in person over latt√©s and chai tea. They started a Mosaic-along last month (whew, no FOMO for that one since I finished up Sam’s just about a year ago). That’s me knitting a sock in the foreground. And Becca is sitting opposite me – with two knitting projects (Mosaic and Soutache¬†– a little FOMO about that one) and yards of fabric destined to become smocks for her and another friend. The smock pattern was designed by Ellen Mason, a brand new name for me. Becca found her through a friend…

  • 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 ūüôā 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…

  • Just Life

    TGIF.

    Happy Friday, y’all! Friday is one of my favorite days of the week (still, even retired) and my usual rotation of Friday posts – finished objects, Cheers! and TGIF – are always fun ones to write. I did finish a dress this week, and I have a solid plan for new cocktail (once I can visit the grocery store on my own), but for this week, it’s TGIF! Thinking about¬†… zippers and buttonholes. in other words, taking my sewing to the next level. a level that even has me thinking about a mostly handmade wardrobe. Marc has been super encouraging about my sewing (he offered to drive me to Joann’s…

  • 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 Esm√© 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…