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WIP it good

Well, I’m not gonna lie, the leaves are starting to fall, that smell of autumn is in the air, Pumpkin Spiced Lattes are abound and I’m finding it realllllyyyyy difficult to sit behind my computer. The late Summer/Fall season is my absolute favorite so I plan to be outdoors as much as possible, soaking it all up along with the last warmth of the sun before the stark winter of Western New York moves in. One thing I would like to do is bring my camera out with me more often and document some of this favorable season, but until then, here’s a bit of what I’ve been documenting (rather poorly and sporadically) lately…


Block printing! I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not to re-open my online shop. I really miss making little things, packing them up, and shipping them off to loving homes. I miss it a lot. So currently I’m working on some small runs of hand printed items for another holiday pop-up shop starting in October. Shown above is a large zipper pouch I recently made in an original print I’m calling Night Messenger.


Next week I finally get to share my latest Archer Button Up (I also really miss sewing button-up shirts!) for the Homestead Fabric blog tour, hosted by Birch Fabrics. I’m super excited about this one! Spoiler alert: There are a lot of really cute sheep involved.

Aside from many physical WIPs, I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of mental Life-In-Progress work, too. You know, reflecting on the self and making goals for the future, etc. The change in season definitely has that affect on me and I’m sure I’m not alone in that sentiment. Getting out, taking walks and enjoying the fresh air is good for the soul. …so is hot apple cider so I’m excited that seasonal beverage is right around the corner, too!


I’ve also been thinking a lot about my handmade wardrobe for Fall and I’ve definitely got some gaps to fill. I really want to try an experiment with a super mini capsule/daily uniform type thing and just sew an Alder, an Oslo, and a pair of leggings over and over and over again. I keep going back to this outfit in my head, and when Jen recently posted her Alder for All Seasons my scheming was only amplified! Last winter I was a hermit shut-in and lived in leggings, those Under Armour style warm-y shirts, and grandpa sweaters. Every. Day.

Now, the only thing missing from that Hermit Bumsville outfit equation is an Alder shirtdress and voila! Super comfy cold weather clothes that are still acceptable for a hermit to wear that one time they actually leave the house 😉

What kinds of things are you working on lately?


  • jannapyj

    I’ve been trying to find the perfect Summer sleeveless top pattern, but now that Fall is approaching I’ll get back to my short sleeve flannel tops. They are so versatile! I can even wear them when it warms up due to the loose kimono shape I make them up in. I really like the idea of layering a cardigan with a sleeveless top though, so maybe I’ll go for another round.

    PS: I just adore the bottom left photo!!!


  • Oslo is a quick pattern to sew up. In a weekend you could have a few in your closet, especially if you did some assembly line sewing! Do you have any recommendations for good sweater knits? I got a few when I went to Michael Levine, but they seem harder to find online.

  • Debby

    I too am in Western New York. It is just so absolutely wonderful here this time of year. I work online from home and have the hardest time concentrating when I just want to be soaking in the delicious air hiking some where! Anyways, love that zipper pouch. It is lovely.

  • Feathers and stars….love!!! Your printed fabrics are simply enchanting, dear gal!

    ♥ Jessica

  • Piper Springs

    Beautiful stamped textile! I am wanting plaid, plaid, plaid.

  • I love your mini capsule idea – so perfect! I’m all for leggings and Oslos (I’ve made a new one) and I’d like to add Hudson Pants to that 🙂 I love how everything coordinates beautifully in your first photo. Bring on the sheep!

  • Julia Yunker Miller

    I live in Houston so “Fall” is more of a concept than a reality.In fact, I’m still looking for clothes suitable for 90 degrees outdoors but ice-cold A/C in. I really like your zippered bag! And I’m looking forward to the sheep.

  • Debora McFearin

    Love Fall and I too need to refresh the wardrobe!

  • You should totally make an Alder! I knocked out four at the beginning of the summer and have basically been living in them. They’re nice with bare legs when it’s hot, and perfect work wear with leggings underneath. I’ve already got a couple autumn-weight ones planned out.

  • gorgeous print…. I made a bag in similar colours last spring (and now thinking of trying it again but adding print after seeing yours). winter sewing is harder as you are trying to be warm and practical and if you live in a cold house (me) you still end up wearing an assortment of cardis on top. but this year I think I am ahead as I have made a tweed wrap skirt and denim dress, and a convertible poncho (and they seem to work well with the cardis!)

  • I can’t believe it’s fall already!there are some serious wardrobe gaps to fill!

  • sarahsmu

    Oh man. I’ve always thought Lucille is cute, but I never realized she has a HEART on her BOTTOM. Amazing.

    What I’m making right now is a relentlessly practical array of work garments….but I’m enjoying it l.