Designer Knock-off

Well, I don’t know if BCBG really counts as a designer, but the price certainly qualified ($400).  Here’s the story: My brother-in-law sent me a link to a dress he really wanted to buy for his wife as a present for their 1st anniversary, “because she would look so beautiful in it”.  (I know, awwwwww….gag…. 

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Cures for a sewing funk

I wouldn’t say I’m in a sewing funk, more so an “I want to sew things I want to sew, not things I need to sew” funk.  I am very proud to say that I spent a whole Saturday doing fiddly little things that just needed to get done. But rather than show you the… 

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I Hate to Disappoint Adrianna

Well, folks… Adrianna has been on vacation this week. As she ran out the door, she sent me a message that said “the blog is yours!” I feel like what she meant was: “Do something amazing! Go! I want to be impressed by your amazingness the moment I get back!” Uhm….. I’m looking around, and… 

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Petal Shirt: A Tutorial

So, last time I made this shirt, I didn’t call it anything.  I’m officially naming it the “Petal Shirt”.  I know, creative, right?  I didn’t inherit my mom’s ability to come up with funny pun-y titles. You’ll need a yard of nice soft knit, coordinating thread, some fusible interfacing, and 1/4 inch elastic.  Make sure… 

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Scary Sewing

Today a friend brought over her $170 pair of Seven Citizens for Paper, Cloth, Rock & Republic Jeans.  Or something like that.  You know, the jeans you only read about in the magazines? And she wanted me to hem them.  As in, cut into them.  As in, irreversibly change them for all time. I used… 

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I Spy Spoonflower Fabrics in my Mailbox… For Real This Time

Ta da! The first fabrics are here. Paper cranes, alligators (or crocodiles?) superheros and monsters (or aliens?) that look and feel beautiful. These fabrics aren’t cut yet– they were sent directly to me from Spoonflower after two international participants ordered them. Since I am one of those folks who can appreciate the pains of living… 

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Oh my gosh, you guys

Did you read Friday’s post from Oops I Craft My Pants yet?  I know, I know, she just posted it.  But I couldn’t help but repost it immediately.  It’s just the coolest thing.  It’s a functionality in Google Reader that allows you to read each new post on your blog list on their actual blog.  And… 

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Mrs. Jewell’s Sewing Kit

As the second of my two-in-a-day shopping posts, this bargain hunt was not what I expected. After G Street yesterday, I grabbed a quick lunch with hubs and then we closed on our new house. New to us, anyway. (Sooo relieved. Much has changed in the home-buying process in recent years, as it should, but… 

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G Street Solo

Two posts in one day. That’s my plan, because I have been soaking up the wondrousness of shopping in America. Not just shopping, but my favorite kind of shopping: bargain hunting. Yesterday I had both kids taken care of for the morning (thanks, mom-in-law!) and was moooore than excited to get out and about with… 

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Care Cares

What a super fun surprise in my mailbox! (I also thought about titling this post “My Dealer Delivered”) Why did I arrange them this way? I don’t know. I was losing light quickly, and wanted Care to know that the package had arrived. And why do I think you need to see my toes? I… 

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Ruffly Voile Skirt: A tutorialish

This is the result of one old stained shirt and over 500 inches of bias cut strips of voile. Instead of a tutorial, here are the basic steps: 1. Make a fold-over knit waistband.  2. Make a simple tube skirt, slightly a-lined.  The front and back will be identical, the top should sit comfortably on… 

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