My Tchotchke Pincushion

I caught sight of a cute little pincushion on Instagram last week, and of course I can’t find it again. It was a ceramic animal with a hollow space and it had a velvet pincushion in the hollow space. I believe the one I saw was completely hand made and so it was very cool. This is my semi-homemade (like Sandra Lee from Food Network) version.

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Style Arc Adeline: The dress I thought I could never love…

There are some styles of dresses that I never wear because I don’t have a defined waist. I wear a lot of empire waists and princess cuts in an effort to create one. That’s my own brain worrying about what is flattering and how other people perceive the shape of my body. That is a whole thing! I’m learning to un-learn those worries and thoughts.

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So I never expected to love the Style Arc Adeline, but I thought it looked great on Jenny from Cashmerette and Meg from Cookin’ and Craftin’. I also thought it looked pretty comfortable, so I thought that even if I didn’t love it, I could wear it to run errands and around the house on days when I don’t feel like wearing pants. (Everyone has those days!) I fell in love! I LOVE THIS DRESS! I would wear it everyday if I wouldn’t get weird looks.

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Shrimp, Bok Choy, and Tofu, Oh My!

Last year in a brainstorming session for an upcoming event at work I pitched a ramen-themed photo booth. I love a weird/unique photo opportunity! I work at a non-profit arts center. The event was part of a ramen bowl exhibition and on the closing night we would serve ramen and sake, and people could take the bowls they bought from the exhibition right off the wall and get them filled with ramen.

Since nearly every person that works here is an artist we were not short of talented individuals to create a large stand up ramen bowl, giant ramen noodles, giant chopsticks, and a celery hat.

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My contributions were more along the sewing line. I made 3 little plush bok choy, a jumbo shrimp named Ernesto, and some tofu cubes.

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V8615 Very Easy Vogue: Emerald Pocket Dress

One of my very best and oldest friends got married on April 1st! I am so very happy for them and they are so well suited for each other. They met at a rockabilly bar and danced the night away. So it is not a surprise that their wedding is 1950’s rockabilly themed.

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My dress had to be tea length, emerald green, a fitted waist with a flared skirt and it had to have a 1950’s vibe. After 3 bodice muslins, I finally got Vogue 8615 to work for me. And it has pockets!

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How to Add Bra Strap Holders

I have been working on Vogue 8615 for as a bridesmaid’s dress for a 50’s type rockabilly wedding. It’s pretty much finished, but even though I brought the boat neck in 2″ on each side, it still shows my bra straps.

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Le Sigh. I have 3 strapless bras and I hate them all. They just don’t feel very secure to me and they droop. Most people don’t know that the band around your back actually does most of the heavy lifting (pardon the expression) and the straps do more like 25% of the supporting. So when you take away the straps the band has to do more work, meaning it is tighter, thus creating…

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I want to befriend some new colors!

There are some colors that I have been avoiding, even as they have continued to pop up in my social media feeds with ever-increasing popularity.

Let’s start with Big Floral Prints:

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I love big floral prints! I am drawn to them in fabrics and in home decor, like the beautiful floral wallpapers below.

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Yet, I have never purchased a large floral print for anything. I guess my biggest fear is that I will end up looking like I am wearing a mumu.
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Kwik Sew 3980: Memee’s Birthday Pajamas

I recently went to visit my grandmother in Texas for her birthday. I love it there! She lives very close to the border. It is nice and warm and while things in St. Louis are still in Winter Mode, Texas plants are blooming away!

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I decided to use my sewing powers for non-selfish reasons, for once, and made her a pair of pajamas. Now my Memee is very particular about her pajamas. These are her requirements.

  1. No cotton. The only pajamas she will wear are slippery nylon which are damn near impossible to find!
  2. No buttons down the front. If you do manage to find the unicorn of pajamas, they have buttons down the front which poke her in the middle of the night.
  3. The tops and bottoms should be matching colors.

Enter the Kwik Sew 3980 Pajama Set version A with some very nice lace details! I have finally found the pattern that will encompass all of those requirements!

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2017 Sewing Goals

I hope you are looking forward to a new year as much as I am! It’s time to start thinking about my reading and sewing goals for the year. 2 years ago I decided to start using Goodreads.com to keep track of the books I had read for the year. It turns out that it motivated me to “read harder” or really read more books that were not in my normal repertoire. Last year I discovered Margaret Atwood, Octavia Butler, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, while rediscovering Barbara Kingsolver, Neil Gaiman, and Lois Lowry. P.S. I am always open to book suggestions, so feel free to share them with me!

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Top 5 Hits of 2016

Crafting a Rainbow is on of my favorite blogs to follow! Partially because she takes such beautiful joyful photos of her makes, someday I would like to take an outdoor photo, but I am just so shy. The other reason I love the blog is because she does things like #sewingtop5 of 2016! It is just a good way to reflect on a few of the things you have made for the year! I’m shocked I actually made 13 finished pieces this year so I am going to revisit the hits!

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