I’ve been wearing a lot of knit maxi skirts this summer because it’s been terribly hot in New York and I find them to be way cooler on the legs than jeans. I didn’t own any maxi skirts until this season but after buying a few second-hand skirts from thredUP and realizing they are in fact super comfortable in the summer, I knew it was time to make my own. Coincidentally Birch Fabrics just released a new collection called Tall Tales and asked if I’d like a few yards to show and tell.
ERMAHGERD! I finally made myself some Hudson Pants! This awesome pattern by Kelly of True Bias has been on my radar for a while now …probably years actually, and with a little extra motivation (i.e. my #2016MakeNine sewing challenge and two great fabrics) I now own a pair. Or I guess I could say this pair owns me since I haven’t taken them off in days! No shame.
So far July has felt extremely productive. I released my first PDF pattern, spoke at a local Quilt Guild meeting, visited friends, attended a family picnic, enjoyed the beautiful summer weather and sewed/knit many things! I now have a pretty big backlog of projects to share but until I can catch up here’s a peek at some recently finished objects, plus a few Works In Progress.
This venture has been a long time in the making and I’m so excited to finally share it with you – I’ve just launched my first sewing pattern! I’ve been talking about releasing my own patterns for years now and it’s taken me that long to learn everything I needed to know in order to do it all on my own. I have lots of ideas and partially completed patterns to catch up on, but I had to start with this pattern first.
Next up in the “Will She Ever Knit Anything Besides A Hat” Series is… another hat. Sometimes I wish I had all aspects of my life narrowed down as well as my knitting focus is because things would probably be a lot easier. It’s hard for me to pin point my favorite food, or favorite thing to sew, or wear, (or, you know, what I want to be when I grow up) but when it comes to knitting I’ve got it all figured out. I like hats. I know eventually I’ll try branching out and knitting other things but I’ll always go back to hats. So without further delay, here is my new hat, my old cat, and some random off-the-cuff ramblings.
It’s been about a year since I made a button-up shirt, which is far too long when I think about how often I wear one. Archer has always been one of my favorite patterns, probably the one I’ve sewn the most, so it was high time to add a new one into rotation. I’ve been considering a sleeveless Archer for quite some time now, not just for summer wear but for all-season wear as well. I love the look of a button-up but I hate when the sleeves get bunched up under my sweaters. I knew there had to be a better way and when I stumbled upon Elizabeth’s genius solution my suspicions were confirmed. A sleeveless Archer is in fact the ultimate all-season staple!
The last two weeks have been a little rough but I’m keeping busy and staying positive. I’ve been doing a ton of sewing lately, mostly for other people but I did manage to make myself a humble Lark Tee out of some super soft grey jersey from Denver Fabrics that I bought not too long ago. This t-shirt was a satisfying make for me because it perfectly coincides with where I left off on my last post about wearing and loving what I sew, but it’s grown to mean so much more than that.
If you’re a crafter on the internet no doubt you’ve heard of So Zo’s Me Made May challenge. For those who aren’t familiar, Me Made May is a month-long challenge designed to encourage people who make their own garments to actually wear and love what they’ve made, everyday, for 31 days. Though I have more than enough me-made clothing to do that, the ‘actually wear and love‘ is the part I struggle with. This year I’ve been silently participating in Me Made May, keeping a journal instead of taking daily selfies, as an effort to really reflect on what the words wear and love mean to me.
If you pick up a copy of Simply Knitting magazine this month you’ll see a familiar face! Well, two familiar faces actually because the interview also features Lucille. The article is written by Judy Darley and it’s probably my favorite feature to date. I took a ton of photos of Lucille and I to send along with my interview and I wanted to share them here, too. You don’t mind a bunch of photos of Lucille wearing handmade hats, right? I figured probably not. 😉