I don’t want to jinx myself by saying this out loud but I think Spring has finally made its way to upstate New York! I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I kind of hate blogging during the winter months. I know hate is a strong word but I really, really struggle to go through the motions of sharing my projects when it’s snowy and dark. But, that hasn’t stopped me from sewing and knitting! I have at least five un-blogged projects that I can think of off the top of my head that I’ve made since January, probably more than that, but here’s my most recent make – The Elise Tee by Fine Motor Skills.
Today, March the 14th, marks exactly 8 years since I rescued my furry soul mate, Lucille – The namesake of this blog. We count today as her birthday so she’s estimated to be 11 years old now. I originally wrote her adoption story back in 2015 but I wanted to re-share it for any new readers who don’t know her story. Lucille is a massive part of my life. She IS my life. Any dog owners out there who equate their dogs with children know what Lucille means to me and how much light she’s brought to my life over the past 8 years. This story is a long one and it’s emotional for me to share, but here goes…
The past few days have been unseasonably warm which is triggering a serious bout of Spring Sewing Fever. Most of the patterns on my #2017MakeNine list are more suited for cool weather, I guess that happens when you build your list in January, so I’m thinking I might make a second mood board specifically for Spring and Summer. Right now I’m totally obsessed with two things: Peg Pants and Camisole tops.
Last year I started designing patterns under the name Rochelle New Handcrafted but I always kinda knew at the back of my mind that name would evolve. I didn’t expect it to happen so soon but at the end of last summer I started brainstorming what other kinds of patterns I wanted to develop and why. As I got more serious about the types of things I wanted to create and the bigger picture for my future as a pattern designer, a few specific words started getting louder in my head. Words like fiber, community, company, homemade… it was all starting to come together.
Yes. This is a blog post about yet another Lark Tee. I’ve sewed the Lark t-shirt sooooooo many times now and I’ll never stop. There are a ton of other t-shirt options out there but I tried the Lark first and it fit me so well that I stopped looking for other patterns, and I’m totally okay with that. I don’t feel a need for pattern variety or to spend money on other patterns. I’m interested now in more of a capsule approach to my pattern stash so be prepared to see a ton of repeats from me this year – It’s actually what I’m striving for! I did add some small modifications to this version though, just to mix things up a bit.
One thing I really want to do this year (besides sew ALL THE LEGGINGS) is sew more outside my comfort zone. One great way to do that is to say “Yes!” when fabric shops ask if you’d like the opportunity to try out some of their stock, especially when such stock includes stretch matte vegan leather and you’ve never sewn (or worn!) such a thing before. So without further delay, here’s my final fabric review for Girl Charlee and a love letter to the Papercut Patterns Ooh La Leggings.
One of the projects on my 2017 Make Nine list is leggings, in fact I vowed this year would be the year of finding the most perfect-for-me pair of leggings ever. Well there’s no better motivator to start on that quest than teaming up a fabric company known for knits and testing what they have to offer. Girl Charlee Fabrics very kindly sent me some of their brand new 100% USA made knit fabric, as well as the Sloan Leggings by Hey June patterns. Here are my thoughts after working with both…
I have three completed sewing projects to share with you this month but I wanted to finish the last week in Gillian’s Top Five round up first, and this prompt is all about goals. I already set a few sewing and knitting goals with my 2017MakeNine challenge but it’s essential to get specific about your aspirations in order to have a clear vision of what you’re actually working towards. If I were to pick one “spirit word” to channel in 2017 it would be BUILD. This year I will build a wardrobe, build strength, and build a brand.
I’m almost done working through Gillian’s Top Five challenge and this week I’m sharing some favorite reflections of 2016. Today, the first day of the new year, feels like a good day to reflect on some things I got right last year and want to carry with me moving forward.
For this week’s ‘Top Five’ roundup I’m sharing my top five non-sewing related highlights of 2016. This was actually a hard list for me to compile because so much of what I do that feels highlight worthy involves sewing. In fact most of the things on this list still relate to sewing, just in a more indirect way. Oh well, I can’t help it – I’m kind of obsessed with sewing!