Sewing: Mini Hudson Pants

Kicking off 2015 with the newest pattern from Kelli of True BiasThe Mini Hudson Pants.  The first pattern she’s put out for children, and my fingers are crossed that she becomes a pattern-making machine, because I pretty much love everything she does.  I’ve been harboring a crush on her for years now, she was a major inspiration in learning how to sew for myself as well as the kids.

True Bias Mini Hudson Pants sewn by Adirondack Inspired

I loved the original Hudson Pants pattern for women, but I love them even more in miniature.   Continue reading

September Moments

Playing more monthly photos catch-up.  Maybe I can catch up by the new year…

Chloe, you couldn’t love second grade more.  I know this because you have told me.  Repeatedly.DSC_1032Conner, you were a little indifferent, and I think a little nervous.  You handled the school portion of the day fine, but were completely exhausted when you got home.  Which might read like you curled on the couch and fell asleep instead of kicking, screaming tantrums (you’re right, hanging up your backpack is TORTURE!).  Thankfully, this scene only lasted a month.  DSC_1054cLily, you didn’t go to school, but needed your backpack on and photo taken just the same.  And I complied, because of course I did, only to encourage your fantastical thinking and leave you in tears when no, you don’t get to stay at school with ‘all your fwieeeeennnnnnds!’DSC_1061This is our last year at home together, Lily!  You don’t know what that means, of course.  How next year will begin the schedule you’ll maintain for the next 13 years, and probably the rest of your life.  You would gladly go to school tomorrow if you could, but you enjoy your time at home, too.  You soak up your time as an only child, and we’ve had quite a few road trips already.  You make a great date, except you talk to everyone and they love to talk to you.  Unfortunately, Mama is an introvert and this is essentially a form of slow torture.  “She’s three.  Nope, my third.  Yes, she is always like this.”IMG_5629September brings peak colors around here, and this year was exceptional.  So we hike, in a month-long last ditch effort to hold on to summer.  IMG_5680 IMG_5691 PicMonkey Collage1 DSC_1242 PicMonkey Collage2 DSC_1308 IMG_5702 See ya September, you were a good one. IMG_5604

 

 

 

Sewing: Syrah Skirt

I have had my iphone for almost two years.  In that time, I have yet to download any photos.  I had never even plugged my phone into my computer or downloaded itunes.  So I’ve been running on low storage FOREVER, and the other day I uploaded hundreds of photos to my computer.  Like 1400.  Maybe 1600?   (aside–how can a device so user friendly be so annoying when it comes to doing stuff like this.  or separating accounts.  gah.)

Anyway, these were on there!  I tested the Syrah skirt by Selvage Designs for Lauren awhile back.  I actually almost didn’t.  It was summer and I wasn’t sewing that much, plus a maxi skirt.  On my petite frame.  Meh.  BUT!  This is like the sisterhood of traveling skirts.  It seems to fit everyone of every shape.  I modified the waistband slightly to fall from my hip where I wanted, but I don’t remember much about that now.  I made this skirt again in a solid and it wasn’t nearly as awesome as this version.  The big bold pattern (it’s ponte knit from Girl Charlee) worked perfectly.  My solid was from a ponte knit bought somewhere (I don’t remember) and it pilled and smelled like moth balls when I got to close to our pellet stove.  Fabric is a fickle thing.  I will be making another one next Spring (maxi skirts and snow don’t mix that well), and I will block it next time.  The skirt can be either two pieces (here) or four.  When I do it in four, I want to leave all three panels the same color with just a pop of some other color up the front.  It’s a sneaky slimming effect I’ve seen out there.

These were the quick test shots I sent to Lauren right after it came off the machine.  I used a filter, and it’s making the light colors pop.  The white on the skirt is actually cream.

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Sew to Sell and a giveaway (now closed)!

I think for any of us that have dusted off a machine and tried to figure it out, there comes a point where you wonder if you could make money from this little hobby.  The most ideal way, of course, would just to be clever, talented or witty on the internet and have that turn into dollar bills.  But how about method number two, where you actually make and sell those beautiful little handmades of yours?  If you’ve ever thought, dreamed, or fantasized about such a possibility, you’re going to want to pick up a copy of Sewing to Sell.  The best way to put it is how the author has put it… “it’s a sort-of love letter I wish I could have written to myself five years ago.”  Sold.  A perfect gift for yourself or your favorite crafter this Christmas.

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In addition to the how-to, Lindsay includes 16 patterns and encourages you to go make (and sell!) them.  I have to say, when I first started reading sewing blogs and such, I was taken aback by the sketched out bib ‘patterns’ with the disclaimers on them.  No selling.  Um, wait, what?  I’m pretty sure you just traced a bib from Target with a sharpee…    So anyway, I love Lindsay’s spirit of generosity in this endeavor and you will too.  One of my favorite parts is that she includes the typical price range for each project.  It is impossible to compare your handmade items to anything sold in stores, and I’m horrible about breaking down the cost of my materials and my very-interrupted time to figure out how much something should actually cost, so I really liked having the reference points.

I wanted to sew up something from the book, and then…I got detoured.  My ideas almost never come first, they typically come as I’m making something and then scrap it and go in an entirely different direction.  I’m guessing that’s what happens for a lot of us.  We need a starting point, a spark of inspiration, and then we go out and make it our own.  Now you can make it your own…and sell them!  For this project, I wanted to make the placemats and potholder patterns in the book and scale them down for the kids’ play kitchen, but I got really sidetracked on the placemats and decided to embroider pretend-play placemats.

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(Want to see other items sewn from this book.? Here are the sweetest little pincushions ever, I love these totes for gifts, and I need this bag next summer!)

Want to win a copy of Sew to Sell?  Of course you do.  Just leave a comment below by the end of Wednesday, December 10th!  And follow along the tour for more chances to win…

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Gardenia Dress by Cali Faye

A month or so ago, I was researching the Cali Faye Perri Pullover.  I had seen it around, mainly the little girls version, and thought it would be a nice change from yoga pants and GAP hoodies for wearing around the house.  While I was doing some extensive market research on the pattern (i.e., asking sewing friends on facebook to upload their versions…), I happened to see a pattern tester call on the Cali Faye facebook page for the new Gardenia Dress.  (note…the perri pullover links to her etsy shop, the gardenia dress links to her website)

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Perfect.  Timing.  I would get a chance to test out her patterns before buying, and well…make this dress, which I liked even more than the perri.  Knit dress with long sleeves and a gathered skirt?  Yes, please.   It really couldn’t get more fall perfect.  Or Monica perfect, really.  Love me a dress.  Especially a cozy knit one.  Looking at this photo of myself is kind of funny, because in my head I was wearing a TON of eye make up.  I’ve been a little obsessed with this site, and felt very ‘made up.’  Ha.  Hahahahaha.  On the flip side, I think I’ve mastered the “no-make-up make-up” look.

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This is my tester version, so it isn’t quite right, but I love and wear it anyway.  After the testing, the sizes were all scaled down a size, so this is essentially a size too large.  The yoke hits at a weird place in this version, and it’s…well…just too big.  I think it may actually be a couple sizes too big on the top.  It doesn’t show a lot in these photos because of course, you go through and pick out the best ones, but I swim in it.  The thing is, I still love it and wear it once a week!

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I have the new version printed, taped, and traced (two sizes smaller than this one) ready to go, now it’s just time to find some fabric and share.  As far as the pattern goes, it is beautifully tiled and easy to print, tape and follow directions.  The pattern pieces are overlayed with a grid, which I love for matching and taping.  I don’t like just relying on the one little triangle to match up, you know?  Next time I sew I may add some clear elastic at the waist, or maybe some interfacing, just to help it keep it’s shape.

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Now that the days are so short (and getting shorter…) I can’t rely on my husband to take photos, so this marks my first tripod photoshoot.  Here is Lily to help me, bed-head and all ;)  She didn’t last long in that little nightgown, it was FREEZING outside.

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I’m s-l-o-w-l-y building up my handmade wardrobe.  I’m having trouble figuring out how to online fabric shop and pick good fabrics.  That is definitely what is slowing me down the most.  What are your favorite types of knits and online knit sources?  I’m thinking soft and don’t pill after a few washes… :)  This is some sort of knit from Jo-Ann, and it’s actually been holding up really well!