Monday, April 6, 2015

Returning / Beginning / Progressing

Oh, hello there little blog. How have you been? It's been a while...that's my fault, I suppose. I'm not sure if other creative types feel this way, but I find that my creative energy waxes and wanes. Sometimes more than others, and the last year and a half was obviously a waning period. I feel like I should recap my life? Perhaps just as a foundation for which I can build this kind of old/kind of new/kind of the same blog. My fiancee and I recently left the sunny foothills of California and moved to Charleston, West Virginia (fiancee! What? I know, I can barely believe it myself. I could blab on and on about him for hours, but more on that and other life changes later). West Virginia? Oh, yes. It's been an education for the two of us, undoubtedly (so many words and expressions I've never heard). He was accepted into an electrical lineman apprenticeship and while I am job hunting (and adjusting to living in what sometimes feels like a foreign country), I have been blessed with the freedom to do what I want for a while.  I am spoiled, I know. So, after shipping myself several boxes of fabric, and my beloved sewing tools, I got to sewing. I haven't felt this excited to sit at my trusty lil' sewing machine in quite some time, and I must admit that it feels good to be using my hands again. Emotionally, creatively, physically, I feel better. Too hippie? Eh? Oh well, it's true. I've had this vintage pattern in my stash for a while now, but I could never find the right fabric for it. 

Vintage 1960's Simplicity pattern. I can't recall the pattern number, but when I find it, I'll post it here. 

Lovely, lovely, lovely 100% Rayon by Heather Bailey from her Momentum line. 

I finished the circle skirt with bias tape, and because I never seem to have more than 2 feet of any one color, I pieced together hot pink, pink, light pink, and off white so that it has this sort of ombre transition around the hem. I love that you can see a pop of color now and then when the skirt moves. 

The highlight of the dress is obviously the back, with that awesome, oversized bow. 

Lastly, a few noted details. My shoes are "Galone" t-straps by Guess. The vintage heart bracelet is vintage from my Great Auntie Charlotte (who had killer taste). Also, I'm so, so glad to be back and I'm excited to hear from all of you again! Does your creativity also lag? Have you seen other things made out of this exquisite fabric? Do you have any wedding advice for me?! Share, share, share. Let's do this continuation, fresh-start thing together.  

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Post graduation life is weird. Living on your own is even weirder. There are certain things that you take for granted when you live with your parents, and even when you live with roommates. Living in my teensy-tiny little apartment is awesome in countless ways, but it is also rather strange at times, and I now realize the things I previously took for granted. Like garlic salt. I've never  had to buy garlic salt because someone else always had it. And despite the fact that there is only me to make messes now, I find that I still do as much cleaning as I did when I lived with other people. Too bad that didn't change! Anyway, when I moved I realized I didn't have one of the most simple things, a couch. Turns out that despite the fact that I'm feelin' pretty darn independent these days, I still need the help of my family. Thanks to my mom and dad, their endless creativity and a pretty neat stack of reclaimed wood, we were able to construct a lovely couch! Here is my sad, incomplete living room before...

Solid redwood from a pergola at The Benbow Inn in Humboldt County and tounge-and-groove slats from my sister's remodeled kitchen. 

Dad doin' his thing with the saw. 

Me using the nail gun. I could use that thing all day, it's fun! 


...and after!!

I recovered my pillows and the cushion I found with fabrics from The Tin Thimble to complete the look. Thanks to my parents for all their patience and help!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Hello! Well it's official, my life has been crazy. I graduated, moved into my own little place and started two jobs...all within a week! Whew. Having one day off a week, I have found that I am more productive than ever in the moments I have after work. In preparations for this year's Handmade Summer Wardrobe Fashion Show, I used Anna Maria Horner's beautiful "Field Study #4" linen and several New Look patters to construct a simple summery top. I used New Look #6902 (available at The Tin Thimble), cut to the length of a shirt, for the bodice top and straps and then I used New Look #6696 for the back. I love #6696 because it makes a SUPER easy shirred back that lets me avoid zippers, buttons and closures overall.

Isn't that fabric just fantastic? It was lovely to cut and sew and I would highly recommend it. The colors are so beautiful. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Off to a Late Start

For the past 3 years now, I have always been on the ball when it came to preparing for The Tin Thimble's Handmade Summer Wardrobe Fashion Show and coordinating Fashion Week. This year, I am so elated to say, is our fourth annual event and I am as excited as ever to begin preparing. It is with a sheepish smile that I admit, however, that I am not so prepared this year. The show is a mere 4 months away and I am just now completing my first piece. I cringe. Anyway, check back in for more pieces in the following weeks and months, this first piece has me thoroughly inspired and excited to create more!

The pattern is Butterick 6582. It is made with a vintage cotton/poly floral voile is some of my favorite, neon colors. 

It is fully lined with 100% pima cotton, which gives the skirt a healthy amount of body and is perfect to swish around in.

Zip back with two buttons at the top. Found a belt at Target that matched perfectly. 

Green velvet bows on the shoulders make the dress extra girly and fun.

Fluorescent orange pumps from DSW by Jessica Simpson. They're my multi-purpose graduation shoes and I plan on wearing them as often as I possibly can. 

I hope to wear this outfit to my best friends' graduation celebration in Humboldt County in May. I cannot wait to celebrate such a great day with them in such a fun dress!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Quarter-Life Crisis


Gosh, I'm so sorry for my absence! It's been too long. Things in my life have been a little...hectic. I'm graduating from college in May (just a mere 53 days from now) and am finding myself at one of those places you commonly hear referred to as a "crossroads". The scary and exhilarating fact of complete independence lies before me. Living on my own in my very own apartment, paying all of my own bills (Family, thanks for all the help these past few years!), making all my own money.
I look back on the college town I've fallen in love with, all the incredible friends I've made and the general shenanigans Chico and my friends have gotten us into. I look forward, somewhat reluctantly, somewhat excitedly, to what happens from here on. Two jobs, starting a new chapter, making new friends, learning new skills and I think, "Does this mean I'll be a...a...a grown up? A real grown-up, adult-like person?" Weird.
I always knew I'd be excited to graduate college and move on with life but I was unprepared for the overwhelming amount of changes and decisions that would come with this graduation business. So to distract myself from the absolutely confusing mixture of melancholy and thrilling emotions I've been feeling, I've been trying to stay focused on the little things like...

...the beautiful spring weather, and all the blossoms that come with it. 

...graduation preparations that involve parties and purty dresses. Dress from Anthropologie. Shoes from DSW.  

...sewing pretty spring items for Etsy and Mending Mondays (for my local followers, there's more information on my Facebook page).

...beginning projects for the Tin Thimble's Fashion Week

I will have some exciting projects to share with you soon, so please stay tuned. Happy Spring, everyone! As always, comments and shares are greatly appreciated and make me glow with happiness!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Something for the Sister

When The Tin Thimble received the entire line of Colette patterns I felt like a little kid at Christmas. I went through the box saying" Ooh, look at this one!", "Ah, this is so cute!", "Eeek, I love this one!". The Colette patterns were followed by two large (and very exciting) boxes of apparel fabrics, and I took it as a sign. I made the Colette "Hazel" with a wool/poly blend plaid and wool gabardine. I made it as a shop example and it just so happened to fit Emma to a tee (lucky brat). 

Yep, that's a contrasting pocket. Love!

How cute is she? Gosh. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Winter Warmth

Hello! How is everyones winter going? Here in Northern California it's freakin' cold. Real cold. I hope everyone is staying warm! Speaking of staying warm, some of you may remember when I made my man a quilt to keep out the Quincy cold. Well, when he took that blanket back to his Mom's house, his brother began to use it more than Matthew did. So for Christmas, I was asked to make Sean a quilt of his own. Again, I'm not a quilter, but I must say, making these is fun. Maybe it's because I get to use wools and corduroys and heavy fabrics that I don't often sew with. Maybe it's because I can sew them up so quickly, maybe it's just because I'm making them for special people. I don't know, all I know is that this one was just as fun to make as Matthew's.

The top is made from new and vintage wool, wool gabardine, corduroy, flannel and cotton.

The flannel on the left and the wool/poly blend on the right are available at The Tin Thimble.

The back is some fantastic vintage wool yardage that very closely resembles an old army blanket and the middle is a god-awful double knit, burgundy (ew), vintage polyester. Sean said he likes Matthew's quilt because it's heavy, and my god, nothing is as heavy as double knit polyester. It's also ridiculously warm. 

Happy belated New Year everyone! I've been busy working and have more exciting things to share with you soon. Stay warm!