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wip it good


I thought I’d pop in and share a bit of what I’ve been working on lately. First up, I’ve got a new pattern by Anna Maria Horner in queue. It’s a really neat pieced circle skirt that I can’t wait to make! I think the yardage charts might be wrong though because I could only fit 7 of my 8 blue panels on the recommended fabric no matter which way I tried. I’m not super upset about it though because that just means I have a real excuse to BUY MORE FABRIC! Ha! …Ew, and maybe a new ironing board cover while I’m at it.

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it was the woodcutter


I’ve been on a Miss Fisher kick again and recently watched Season 1 Episode 12 (where Jane dresses as Little Red Riding Hood and Arthur talks of the woodcutter), hence the name of the blog post. I really should have called it How To Dress Inappropriately For The Weather though since it was about 30 degrees out, with scattered snow showers, when William and I took these photos. FREE-ZING!

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second star to the right


I want to thank everyone for your kind words and suggestions on my last post (so many of us have the same favorite shows!!). I’ve been losing my mind not being able to do the things I used to do, especially without pain, but I’m trying to keep my chin up and not be such a sourpuss about it. My blog isn’t going anywhere, I’ll just be checking in a little less frequently since I can’t sew as fast as I used to, and I’m not supposed to be typing. …oops. I’m looking into a dictation software called William Waldon: Best Boyfriend Ever, but he’s not able to help me right this minute so I’ll have to make this quick!


With a daily cap on how many hours I’m allowed to use my hands, I’ve been looking at sewing projects that are more simple with less pieces. I’ve also been concentrating more on my role as “director of blog photography” to channel some hands-free creativity mojo outside of my sewing room. Yesterday I was bored out of my mind and desperate to force some of my creative energy into something, so I spent a good few hours bossing Wil around in a state forest. He’s a really good sport about it.


More Photos, Less Typing is going to become a common theme on my blog as I work through these wrist issues. I’ve even considered a post series where I share some photos I’ve taken with no text at all. We’ll see I suppose, but I do know for sure that I’ll be sewing a lot of sleeveless tunics for the foreseeable future! I hope you like this outfit because it’s pretty much going to be my winter uniform.


Sewing Project Details
Pattern – Butterick B6099
Fabric – Civil War Repro from Jo-Ann’s
Buttons – Pretty Plums pack c/o Button Lovers


Outfit Details
Belt – Target
Socks – Target
Sweater – Gap
Tunic – made by me
Leggings – Old Navy
Lace Slip – thrift store
Boots – Addict by VOLATILE
Glasses – El Ria c/o Victory Optical

photos by William Waldon








I’ll leave you with a nerdy outtake…


Me – “Do I look like a serious wizard?” Wil – *laughing* “I love that you just asked me that and you’re not joking.”

p.s. my brother saw this outfit and told me I look like Mad Max Peter Pan so I guess Post Apocalyptic Woodland Faerie is my new signature style. I’m totally okay with that.

Second star to the right and straight on til morning ;)


p.p.s – we did a pretty good job of hiding my stupid wrist braces in all of these shots! Yes!

the island of misfit tunics


I have this sad bin in my closet that’s full of forgotten handmade items, much like The Island of Misfit Toys. Do you have a box like this? I can’t bring myself to part with these items yet so they just live in limbo in this big plastic bin. Well I decided to sift through it the other day and I found this tunic I made when I was still living in Vermont, so it must be almost two years old, and previously unblogged. I’m rather fed up with pants lately after sewing a million muslins so I decided to boycott them for the time being and wear leggings instead. Conveniently, leggings and tunics are a winning combo.


Oh, and p.s. I HAVE PINK HAIR!! Now for those who don’t know, I’ve been wearing wigs on and off for nearly a decade. Sometimes for fun and sometimes for medical reasons (due to my skin disorder), so this is not the shortest my hair has ever been (nor the pinkest for that matter) but it’s certainly a big change from the luscious ginger locks I’ve been sporting all summer! I decided to ditch the wigs for a while because they’ve been giving me massive tension headaches, plus I really want to wear my handmade hats, and when you wear a hat on top of a wig it kinda feels like a really awkward layer cake hoisted onto your head. So a pink pixie it is!


I’ve been battling tendonitis or carpel tunnel or something for the past several (several) months, and I’m in denial that I need to see a doctor, so I’m trying to cut down on the typing. …which I’m currently doing with a brace on each wrist. So let’s cut right to the details! I can’t remember what pattern I used to make this tunic but I do remember the fabric is from the collection Far Far Away III by Heather Ross. I llllooooovvveeee itttttt.


Outfit Details:
Tunic – made by me
Glasses – El Ria c/o Victory Optical
Boots – VOLATILE Addict
Leggings – Old Navy
Scarf – A gift from England
Earrings – Target
Sweater – Old Navy
Belt – Potomac Leather
(via the Renaissance Festival …because I’m a nerd)

photos by William Waldon



Doesn’t my unnaturally shaped elf ear match my pixie haircut rather well? It’s like I was born to have pink pixie hair or something.


I’ll leave you with some outtakes ;)


Do you have a sad bin of misfit handmade items? Do you shuffle through it from time to time and give things a second chance? Usually when I do that I remember why they ended up in the bin to begin with lol. This tunic is a wee tight in the armhole.

Oh, and who wants to start a No Pants Club with me? The only prerequisite is you need at least four pants muslins that have been banished to The Corner of Frustration (okay maybe just one muslin if it was traumatizing enough that you can’t even fathom four) haha! That’s your free pass to the No Pants Club. And no, leggings clearly don’t count as pants ;)


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Fabric wizard and wielder of needles with a passion for bygone eras and natural things. Making magic and messes in the backwoods of New York.

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