I taught myself how to knit around Christmas of 2012 and one of my goals for 2016 is to really advance my skills. As I mentioned in my last post, there’s a rather complicated looking hat on my #2016MakeNine list that I’m excited to tackle but I wanted to ease into charted knitting slowly in order to set myself up for success. The Rosebud Pattern by Brooklyn Tweed is a really excellent pattern for doing exactly that.
It’s been four months since introducing the #2016MakeNine Challenge so I figured it was a good time to assess where I’m at with my goals. I haven’t made the biggest dent in my list but any progress is still good progress. January is always a tough time for me to make sewing goals because the extreme change in weather as the new year moves on tends to shift my focus and my style when it comes to a handcrafted wardrobe. My initial reason for starting the challenge was to give myself some sort of basic direction to work towards. Even if the original patterns never made it out of the envelope, I’d still have some similar themes and style guidelines to follow. I’m glad I gave myself permission to make changes to the plan because I have made a few adjustments so far.
Today I’m sharing two projects over on the Mood Sewciety Blog, and spoiler alert, they’re two of the most gratifying garments I’ve made in a long time. I’m not going to lie, when Mood first contacted me with the opportunity to guest post for them, my initial thoughts were “I’ve got to make something super fashionable and on-trend in order to do their fabrics justice, It’s Mood!” and “What’s the most expensive, fancy fabric I can spend my $50 allowance on?!” – Well, tempted as I was to go that route, in the end I just had to be me.
Mood Fabrics recently contacted me with the opportunity to craft a project for their guest blogger program and I can’t wait to share what I’ve made! Though my original plan for the fabric is the polar opposite of what I ended up with, I’m super happy with it. I don’t know if it’s the recent snow storm we got in NY or the fact that cold/flu season seems to have found its way into my household in lieu of Spring, but something was working against me when starting my projects. I’ve always associated Mood Fabrics with fashion forward, designer apparel and I really wanted to create an impressive outfit worthy of that description. Well sometimes, as they say, you don’t get what you want but you get what you need.
Over the past year fellow blogger Gillian, of Crafting A Rainbow, has been on a mission to learn new camera techniques and take better photos for her blog. In case you missed it, she’s featured me as her sixth and final muse for The Better Pictures Project. I’m SO inspired by her posts in this series and it’s been awesome to follow along. I really enjoyed answering Gillian’s interview questions and sharing some tips for better blog pictures.
To follow up with my last post about things I’ve learned sewing with knits, I have photos of me actually wearing said knits! The pattern is Lark, by Grainline Studio, which I just bought online last month and couldn’t wait to make. The fabric I used came to me courtesy of Organic Cotton Plus (in exchange for a review) and while the fabrics weren’t my favorite on their own initially, they ultimately became my new favorite shirts! Let me explain…
Up until pretty recently I had a Love/Hate relationship with knits. I love wearing them, hate sewing them. Well, “hate” is a strong word, and I certainly don’t dislike sewing with knits anymore, but I used to. I didn’t even have any good reasons to dislike knits other than thinking they were too fussy to deal with compared to wovens, or took a lot of specialized equipment in order to look well-made. I had a moment last year where I realized I needed to start sewing basics if I was ever going to have a me-made wardrobe I actually wore and loved. Since then I’ve been
trying to change changing my attitude (don’t try, do!), and my approach, when it comes to sewing with stretchy fabrics.
Seven years ago today I rescued my furry soul mate, Lucille. Since we don’t really know exactly when she was born, my family has always treated this day as her birthday. She’s estimated to be 10 years old now! We definitely don’t need a special day as an excuse to shower her in love and extra attention (because she gets that every day) but it’s certainly nice to look back and remember the day that we rescued her.
Though you can’t tell from my moodily lit photos, it was an amazing SEVENTY THREE DEGREES in Western, NY today. How’s that for an early Spring?! I can’t remember the last time I felt warm while outside and my cats and I were seriously loving it. Granted, it’s only March and New York gets a notorious late Spring snow in April (practically guaranteed). And of course, right at the time I took these pictures, the sun disappeared and that “It’s going to rain at any second” type of wind blew in to erase all photographic evidence of such an amazing record warm day. But! Let’s not overlook the fact that it’s March 9th and I’m sharing my latest sewing project …which is a tank top …and I’m wearing it outside …and I’m not freezing!
Today’s prompt in the Spoonflower Design-A-Day Challenge is Block Printing and I’m honored to be sharing a mini How-To on their blog. The #SFDesignADay challenge is delivered as a daily email prompt to inspire designers to create a new print each day using a different medium or method. I decided the challenge was a good excuse for me to create a brand new print especially for the tutorial. I’m really intrigued by Spirit Animals and their meanings (Isn’t that such a fun thought? I’m pretty sure Lucille is my Spirit Animal, IRL) so that’s where the inspiration for this little “bear spirit” comes from.