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Autumn is my absolute favorite season. I love the transition of weather and wardrobe, the changing of leaves, the need to bundle up, and yeah, I love Pumpkin Spice Lattes.


After a solid week of being sick, I’m finally starting to feel better! Whatever respiratory virus I was incubating now seems to be on the outs, so after my pattern drafting class this morning, William and I wanted to take Lucille for a nice long walk. Especially since the weather was nice and I could actually breathe through my nose again.




I feel like there’s some pressure in the blogging world to never post the same outfit twice. Do you ever feel that way? I rarely ever show wardrobe repeats because I’ve made some things that I hardly wear, and some that I wear to death. You probably don’t want to keep seeing the things I wear over and over, but today I wore two handmade items that have graced this blog before.


Recognize the scarf? It’s the cowl I made back in February, that I predicted would get more wear by me even though I made it for William. Who would have guessed I had such foresight. Not that anyone could blame me of course because it’s a pretty cute accessory if I do say so myself.


This dirndl skirt also made an appearance fairly recently, and I’ve been wearing it constantly since then. I find it to be super comfortable and perfectly suitable for most things, including tromping around in the woods with an adventurous dog.




After today’s class, I decided there is no way in hell that I’m going to recreate that fancy green 1940’s wrap dress. I knew pattern drafting wasn’t easy, but after today’s sloper attempt I just want to make something I’m truly proud of and something that fits me better than anything I’ve ever made. I’m not going to be able to truly concentrate on the fit if I’m working too hard to recreate an impassible design (impassible – because nothing’s impossible – but seriously, recreating that dress would probably make me lose all my hair a second time, and I kinda really love my real hair now that’s it’s back. Ha!). So yeah, no. No fancy 1940’s dresses with ruching up the wazoo.


I will certainly be sharing all about my pattern making process as I work through the class. I plan to put together my first basic sloper dress this week.


Also this week: Wil and I are finishing up the Fall For Cotton finished project slideshow (finally, I know! Sorry for the delay!)! Tomorrow: Craftsy is announcing the official nominees in the Craftsy Blogger Awards, so if you’d like to nominate Lucky Lucille for the sewing category (with best photography as a specialty) today is the last day to do so. …Did I mention I’d love you forever and ever if you happen to nominate Lucky Lucille?

**UPDATE – Thanks to you, I made it as one of four official nominees!! THANK YOU!! Now the real voting has begun. Click here to vote for Lucky Lucille in the Craftsy Blogger Awards!


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  • Nadine

    I am glad you are feeling better! I just looove autumn….especially today, because this is THE perfect autumn-day πŸ˜€
    Best wishes from Germany and take care πŸ™‚

  • Juliana


  • I ADORE the fall, especially October! πŸ™‚ I love the cold, foggy mornings and the sunny cool afternoons with brightly coloured leaves everywhere, and getting out the warm blankets and fuzzy socks ^__^

    I think repeat photos of makes are awesome – after all, isn’t making something worth wearing again and again what we all strive for? πŸ™‚ Cheers to feeling better and making stuff you love πŸ™‚

  • Totally my favourite season, too. In fact, I love it so much that I decided to drive from Baltimore to Buffalo recently to see it all in action… and I wasn’t disappointed! So beautiful. And I ate several pumpkin spiced macarons on the way up πŸ™‚ But what is that bizarre bloom you have in your photo? I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Very intriguing!

    • I’m sure that was a very beautiful drive indeed! The plant I’m holding is called Spotted Knapweed (I think). I’ve always found it to be rather pretty but apparently it’s an invasive species and farmers hate it. I don’t think they’d mind if I picked it all haha! πŸ˜‰

  • stgilbert

    I love this outfit! Your knee socks are cute and look very cozy. Very nice cord jacket, too. And, of course, Miss Lucille is adorable as always!!

  • Katy June

    I love seeing people’s repeat garments! One of the greatest joys of making your own clothes, in my opinion, is creating something that is your own personal uniform. Please don’t hesitate to point out the stuff you wear to deathβ€”especially since you have such a unique style. It provides a lot of inspiration for ways to incorporate vintage sewing projects into a 2013 lifestyle.

    • Aww thank you, Katy! That makes me feel so much better when you put it that way πŸ™‚

  • My Sewing Suite

    Lovely Photos, glad you are feeling better. I nominated you.

  • zilredloh

    I love your photoshoot with wearing your everyday clothes – no worries about us seeing things twice. It feels more ‘real’ this way. πŸ˜€

    Glad you’re feeling better! Being sick is no fun.

    Totally went and nominated you today for best photography. Cheers lady!

  • it is so beautiful where you live!

  • Love the cowl and the skirt – I read your blog regularly and didn’t realise they were repeats – looks great in the one outfit.

    I know what you mean though, but there comes to a point we can’t keep buying/making/ thrifting new stuff now can we?! πŸ˜‰

  • Beautiful photos! I just love (and miss) Autumn. Good luck with your pattern drafting class! It sounds like such an amazing challenge!

  • Lovely photos! And don’t worry, blogger or no, I think most of us can’t afford wearing totally differnet clothes anyway, so there’s no problem if you wear the same thing in 2 blog post. Apart from that, I’m curious about this scaly-looking flower/plant on the 3rd picture – do you happen to know its name?

    • Well thank you, and you’re right, I suppose no one really cares what you wear in blog posts! Good to know πŸ™‚

      I’ve always known that funny looking plant to be called “Milkweed”. It’s a very interesting plant to look at!

  • Glad you are feeling better!

  • Lovely photos, Lovely clothes and one nomination coming your way. Glad your health is on the Up!

  • We all love you, no matter what you wear πŸ˜‰

  • You’re an autumn loving lass after my own heart. This season is pure magic for me! It’s usually so short lived here in Canada (and as it got off to a very damp, cold start this year, it’s going to be even more brief than usual), but in a way that just makes me adore – and aim to savour each fleeting moment of it – all the more. You really, really look beautiful. So cozy, sweet and seasonally attired. Terrific shots and outfit styling, gorgeous lass!

    β™₯ Jessica

  • You look effortlessly stylish and gorgeous and I’m so glad you’re feeling better πŸ™‚

  • Katherine

    Who cares about repeat garments? I like to try and work out which garments are wearable and are worn, with love, frequently and which, though gorgeous, never make the ‘practical for my life style’ pile. We are a nosey bunch! Glad you are feeling better. The weather on your side of the Atlantic looks decidedly colder than ours. I finally put the central heating on, for a limited time, on Saturday. It is grey and damp – yes English Autumn has finally arrived.

  • I thought you’d come over to England for a holiday for a moment – the countryside looks so similar!

  • Blargh- the photo people from my event the other weekend are taking their time getting things posted. Alas. I suppose my Fall for Cotton stuff won’t be posted for a while longer. Your pictures, however, are lovely!