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Whoa. Since 2002 I have been blogging in some form. It started out on Live Journal and then transferred over to Blogger. Sometimes posts would be written and go up several times a week, sometimes two posts in a day. Now it looks like the "latest" post was almost a year ago 😳

In comparison to the past my completed knitting, quilting, and garment sewing completed projects have dwindled... And it has been rough on me. Being creative with fabrics, patterns, and yarns was, and is, my solace in dealing with depression and anxiety. The first five months of motherhood was rough on me mentally. Dean didn't sleep, therefore I didn't sleep. And I didn't have time for the comfort of hobbies.

Fast forward a year. He is sleeping through the night and takes a nap during the day. He goes to bed around 8:00 each night. That gives me an hour or two of "me" time to sew, knit, quilt, and read. Oh, and crochet! I used my "free time" during the pandemic to learn a couple of stitches for a scrap blanket.

Everyone says that it gets easier and that there will be time in the future for my projects. It's true. Each day is a little easier. And each evening I look forward to knitting a few rows, sewing a couple of quilt blocks, or working on a new garment... if I have the energy. It's truly what gets me through the day. My hobbies save me. Has anyone ever mentioned being a mom is hard? 😜 Because it is.

There is more to come shortly...

Mom life, blog life.

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Can you really call yourself a blogger when you don't blog? This space has been silent for the last 7 + months, shout out to baby Dean for that. According to the last post back in February I was pregnant, now let's time travel ahead to September 2019 and I have a seven month old baby. Whoa!

If it seems like I am complaining about not having time to write, that is NOT the case. Life fucking rules right now. The first five months of Dean's life were rough, but each day gets a little easier and more manageable. Now that he sleeps through the night and actually naps, I have a little free time in the evenings. Time for knitting, reading, quilting, or sewing clothes. And wine.

It's a bit daunting going from zero time for hobbies to having an hour or two each night. What to do? Start a new knitting project or finish an old one? Trace a sewing pattern or cut out a pdf? Pick out fabrics for a quilt back? Watch 90 Day Fiance or complain about not having a show to watch and spend twenty minutes trying to find something that's interesting? Read one of the books I can't seem to stop buying despite having shelves of unread novels?

Sometimes the nicest thing in the world is doing nothing. Lying in bed with the fan on, eyes closed. A cat purring beside you. Watching your sleeping baby breathe in and out while the ocean waves on the sound machine lull him to sleep.

I'll get back to my projects one day. For now, life revolves around my guy.


Seamwork Almada

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Hiiiiiiiii! It's definitely been a minute since my last post and I've had a major change in my life. If you don't already know from following me on Instagram, I'm pregnant. Despite a lack of blog posts, sewing still has been happening behind the scenes (or in front of the scenes if you follow me on Instagram, but whatever), however, I have been more thoughtful about where my time is being spent in regards to sewing patterns.

One factor I always think about when making something is "will this get worn?" If the answer is "no" or "maybe, once in a while" then the pattern usually isn't purchased/sewn. Yes, there are some special exceptions, but 95% of the time that's how my mind works. Time is very precious and making clothing that is useful is really important to me. And when your back hurts, it's hard to get comfortable, and breathing normally is a luxury then time is extra precious.

So, what I'm trying to say is that I was able to sew this Seamwork Almada robe in an old school pre pregnancy Erin sewing session that was completed in an afternoon. I wanted to make a robe to wear in the hospital, for nursing, for this maternity photoshoot, and even out and about in the summer. This robe is the definition of multi use to me.

The fabric was purchased from Hart's Fabric in Santa Cruz last month and it's a lightweight cotton voile in my favorite color (or non color if you want to go that route), black. It's sheer, so if this is going to be worn out on the town then I'll probably wear a tank underneath and leggings. But isn't the black so good? Yeah, this is going to get worn a lot for sure.

The Almada Robe was released a while back, maybe a two or three years ago? It's one of those patterns that I slept on and am confused why I didn't make much sooner. Directions were to the point and easy to understand. I omitted the snap on the front and it doesn't seem like it shows too much boob when tied correctly, interfaced the sleeve cuffs and waist ties for more structure, and used store bought bias tape which was kinda stiff in a good way. Still kinda in awe that this was all sewn in a day since that hasn't happened in a long time. Maybe the fact that the photoshoot was scheduled that afternoon put a fire under me haha.

Shoutout to the wonderful Kacie Jones for taking these photos. I met her through my BFF Ariana and have had the opportunity of working with her a few times now. She gets my style and vibe and Luke and I just adore her. I'm posting some photos that are more artsy and less focused on the garment, so deal with it πŸ˜€

Power Clash!

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Power clashing is when you wear leopard print shoes, a black and white striped t-shirt, and a floral corduroy pinafore. Ok, that is not the exact definition of power clashing and I don't know what the official definition is, but I feel like this outfit fits the description of what I imagine it to be.

Top: A Grainline Studio Lark Tee. Crew neck neckline with short sleeves. There are different neckline options and this is my first time sewing a crew neck (with this pattern) and I like it. Nothing super exciting to say about the construction of this, just serged and zig zag stitched my heart out. While making a knit t-shirt isn't the most exciting garment to sew, I LOVE making them. I like making things that don't chill in my closet and Lark fits well in my life and on my body haha. I've made two Larks with the v-neckline and I wear them constantly. Oh, striped knit is from The Fabric Store in Los Angeles (RIP).

Pinafore: The Helen's Closet York. This was the first Helen's Closet pattern I had sewn and let me just say, I am a fan! Her instructions are thorough, I like that she gives a quick overview on making adjustments if needed, and I like the diagram that helps assess the fit.

This is View A, the view with the large scoop side pockets. Oh, don't see the pockets? That's because I pattern matched themmmmmm! They're pretty decently camouflaged and I'm pleased with the outcome. If I was fancy and did gifs this would be where I upload something of me dancing around with my hands in my pockets.

The armholes and neckline are finished with bias tape. Attaching the bias tape was the most time consuming part of sewing. That said, I sewed this pinafore in a day, so it really didn't take too long since I was using premade tape. I used scraps, so my neckline is finished in black and the armholes are finished in red. It's so satisfying using up weird and random bits of bias tape from previous projects for some reason.

Current status: comfy dress (I've never worn a pinafore before and the word doesn't roll off my tongue very easily) in a fun corduroy print from Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley, California. It was one of those impulse buys that needed to be immediately purchased so it could sit in my stash for a few years haha. Luckily I bought three yards of it because I needed to use more fabric than the pattern called for. The cutting layout had the front and back pieces going in opposite directions, which wouldn't work with the fabric pile. I ended up cutting the fabric with the selvedges together and the pattern pieces going in the same direction. Problem solved.

I'm bad about updating my blog, but I just wanted to say that I appreciate all of you who still read and comment on my posts. xoxox

Quilt Life

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One of the differences between sewing a quilt and sewing a garment is that quilting is NOT an instant gratification project. I'm not saying that making all clothing is quick, but I can pump out a knit t-shirt in a couple of hours and I have never made a quilt anywhere near that quickly. Elisabeth is hosting a quiltalong for the book she cowrote with Nichole, The Fussy Cut Sampler, and there have been several blocks that I have spent hours cutting and sewing. Yes, hours plural. No, not instant gratification. For sure, strangely satisfying though.

I think this is my favorite block so far. The fabric is all designed by Libs Elliott and I love her stuff!

What I'm trying to say is that I have been spending more time at my sewing machine and less time with my knitting needles. 50% of sewing time has been working on garments and 50% has been working on quilts. Productivity wise, when it comes to finished projects, my numbers have been down, but once I finish up some of the bigger projects in the next few months I feel like I will have something to "officially" show for it. In the meantime, here are some photos of my current quilt WIP for The Fussy Cut Sampler QAL!

These blocks are insane, colorful, mismatched, definitely not perfect, and SO fun to make. I'm learning a lot and having a blast. I hope all QALs are like this. I might be hooked.

Larry Bird loves guarding my blocks 😐. Anyway, happy Tuesday!

Addison Aloha

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This tank adds to the Tom Selleck garment situation I have going on in my closet and I'm not mad about it. If you lurk back in my blog you will definitely notice the Hawaiian vibe I've had going from the beginning. My first ever wearable garment was a pencil skirt made in a plumeria print and a leopard print for the facing and today I'm posting a Hawaiian inspired fabric tank with leopard shoes. Some things never change πŸ˜‚ I guess I know what I like!

I don't know if I've ever blogged about anything sleeveless, as I don't usually wear anything that shows my upper arms. At work it's always long sleeves and on the weekend I get wild and go with short sleeves. For whatever reason I have always felt weird about showing my arms, but the temperature is rising and it's almost summer, so I decided that I just don't care anymore. Since coming to this conclusion a whole new world of patterns has opened up. Tank top season is here and I'm going to get ready for it.

Or maybe you think I'm trying to show off my sickkkkk tat? That honestly doesn't have anything to do with it, but I will talk about it for a sec since it's in your face and I like giving shout outs to people and places that rule. My friend Gary (who owns Sink or Swim Tattoo in Grover Beach, CA) came up with the concept/drawing and tattooed me several weeks ago. Gary is my bud, I've known him since I was a teenager and actually used to work for him in his shop (bet you didn't know I used to work in a tattoo shop back in the day), so I feel like I've known him for forever. We even have friendship tattoos! I know first hand that he keeps his business really clean, he's very talented, his employees are all down to earth and super chill, and he let me watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer (tv show) while I got my first tattoo in 2004. So he's a solid dude and I highly highly recommend him if you're looking for some work.

Ok, back to my Seamwork Addison. Technically this should have been sewn in a light weight fabric like linen or rayon, but I really wanted to use this Blend Fabrics quilting cotton. It gives a vintage vibe to the fabric that I'm into. Hawaiian fabric can go really right or really wrong. And fast. This fun print paired with the pussy bow add on bonus collar for Seamwork subscribers just worked like peanut butter and jelly. Or coffee and donuts. Or Tom Selleck and wild Hawaiian fabric 🌺🌺🌺🌺. That said, the print itself is great, but the quilting cotton is definitely a little bulky around the neckline. Maybe I should just follow the fabrics that patterns suggest in the future idk.

Bow detail.

As with all Seamwork patterns I have sewn, Addison was a fun and uncomplicated garment to make. No pattern adjustments were made and I don't think that any need to be made for my second version. I might tack down the facing in "the ditch" (that's my quilt talk coming out) to minimize the chances of it riding up, but that's probably the easiest "adjustment" ever. Speaking of the facing and all hemming on this tank, I didn't follow the directions and serged the bottom to keep it from unraveling, folded it up a half inch, and then stitched. That's me being lazy and keeping it real.

The exciting construction bit would be the burrito method for attaching the lining to the main fabric pieces. I've only burrito-ed once and it was a longgggg time ago. Thankfully the directions/diagram for Addison made total sense and created such a nice finish. And the fit! I'm stoked on the fit. My bra straps aren't hanging out, the arm holes aren't super baggy or digging into my armpits, and the bust is fitted without being uncomfortable. I'm going to make another version with the pointed collar soon. And of course I need a version in all black because that is my life.