There are exciting things afoot for garment sewers thanks to the masterminds at Cotton & Steel. Perhaps you’ve already seen their gorgeous cotton lawns and double gauze, but now …there are RAYONS! That’s right, new rayon fabrics, and they’re beautiful.

I’m honored to be included in the official Frock Fabric Tour, along with some other amazing sewing wizards, to help kick off this new collection. I can’t wait to see what everyone makes!

Here’s the tour schedule, along with everyone’s details, if you’d like to follow along:

frocktour2(photos via Cotton & Steel on instagram)

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I recently bought the new Granville shirt pattern by Sewaholic, (which if you haven’t seen yet I highly recommend checking out because it’s beautifully tailored) and though it’s not on my immediate to-sew list, I couldn’t help but peek through my stash to see if I had anything that might work well with the pattern. This amazing vintage fabric was a gift from a blog reader (Thanks, Jackie!) and I’ve been saving it away for the perfect project (one that I’ve mastered the fit of and will actually wear and love, of course). Once I pulled out the fabric I grabbed some thread off my table and set it on my ironing board, which is set up near my sad stash of yarn that’s been terribly neglected since my wrists have been bothering me. Well, once all the colors kept popping out at me I couldn’t help but make a little collage, and an accidental color palette was born!


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Reenactments are something I really, really enjoy doing, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend many last year at all. One of my favorite events is a WWII reenactment held at Fort Indiantown Gap every January in Annville, Pennsylvania: Battle of the Bulge Commemoration Living History Week. It’s only open to the public on Saturday (January 31st) but if you’re in the Annville area I highly recommend checking it out!

I’m not able to attend this year’s event either (insert super sad face) but I wanted to post a few photos from last year’s event that never made it to the blog. I did share just a few pictures last year of my Knit For Victory project, and a few more photos from the year before (which was my very first reenactment!), but neither of those posts included details of my Women’s Land Army impression, so I decided to do a bit of a flashback today.


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If there’s one thing I’m good at doing, it’s being brutally honest about myself on the internet. Whatever, no one can say anything hurtful about me that I haven’t already said to my own face, so at risk of publicly embarrassing myself, let me tell you a funny story about how naive I am. I don’t claim to be a super experienced seamstress, I’d say I’m intermediate at best, so quite often I find myself having these ridiculous moments of epiphany when I realize how much of an idiot I am. I don’t take anything in life too seriously, so I rather enjoy laughing at myself when I make these epic “discoveries”. See I used to think “wearable muslin” meant you could sew a pattern right out of the envelope, for the first time, in any fabric, in hopes it would turn out okay and you could actually wear it. In fact, if you asked me last month I’d tell you “Oh yeah, I have tons of wearable muslins!” …lies!! ALL LIES I tell you. No my friends, I have tons of me-made garments that don’t fit quite right, made up in fabric that I don’t quite love, sitting in a box in my closet. I don’t think those “muslins” count as “wearable” at all.


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If I learned anything last year it’s not to set too many goals in stone. However, one can’t really reach goals without at least some kind of direction and a rough plan of action. To better set myself up for success I have several goals, stretch goals, and absolute bottom line goals in mind to help me achieve my big sewing accomplishment this year: wear one handmade garment everyday for the entire month of May (you can read more about this goal in my previous blog post).

I can list any numerical goal of things to make, but if I can’t narrow down WHAT I want to sew/wear/love for Me Made May then I’m pretty much hopeless. After all, I already have a bin full of me-mades that never get worn. As you may have noticed, I’ve been living in leggings, over-sized sweaters, and looser dresses/tunics for a while now. I’ve also had a big itch to sew something vintage, but nothing in my stash suits my needs at this time.


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Last month, right before Christmas, I got to stay with Tasha while she was visiting her mom here on the East Coast. This was the second time I got to stay with Tasha and her family (our first meeting was back in March) and it’s always a lot of fun. …that’s a massive understatement actually. My cheeks were sore from smiling and laughing for an entire weekend straight! This time we planned outfits made with matching fabric and got up to all sorts of shenanigans thanks to an inflatable alligator. Tasha’s mom willingly documented (and encouraged) the ridiculousness, which you can see much more of in Tasha’s blog post.


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Today I’m super excited to share another Victory Optical review with you! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Victory Optical, they’re a newly resurrected eyewear company whose roots go back to 1941 when the company was originally founded. When I say resurrected, I don’t mean in the sense like Madewell, I mean the third (and fourth!) generation of the original owner have picked up where their grandfather left off, reproducing the same amazing styles that were so popular throughout the 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond.


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Just a quick post today to share some sketchbook doodles inspired by a vintage Swedish greeting card from 1948. I bought a few holiday cards from a super awesome vintage shop while visiting my aunt (as well as Tasha and her mom!) last month, and just had to share this one because it’s one of my favorites.


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This is going to be a tendinitis friendly post where I let the photos do most of the explaining for me, but I did want to share a little bit about the “guts” of my latest sewing project: The Crazy 8s Full Circle Skirt. I’m rather proud of the way it came together since I’ve never done a pieced project like this (I’ve only made one quilt in my life thus far). I took extra steps to make the insides look just as nice as the outside, which is something I started really striving for last year.


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This skirt took me no less than forever to finish. It wasn’t difficult to put together, but there was a lot of “sew a little, then sit and wait” kind of stuff going on with this particular project, which is why it’s been seven weeks since ordering the fabric to actually calling it done. Spoiler alert: I still really, really love this skirt!! It was worth the wait.


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