Seamwork Weston Shorts + Megan Nielsen Matilda Dress Hack Pattern Review

It has been such a struggle to get pictures of a finished sewing project recently! I have tried on three separate occasions to photograph a cheery yellow dress and every time the pictures have been a colossal flop. It is surprisingly difficult to capture yellow accurately. Most of the time it ends up blurry or blown out. . . Gah! I just want to show you the dress!! 

But I did manage to get some decent pictures of a different outfit. Lets discuss the top first.

How to Be a Pattern Tester: It's So Much More Than Just Getting Free Patterns

I love pattern testing. It is one of the most enjoyable experiences I have found since starting my blog way back when. At first I would read about other crafters doing pattern testing, but then I started itching to try it out for myself! It took me a while to figure out how to get into pattern testing pools, but once I did it seemed like I kept finding more and more!

In my experience, this is how pattern tests usually work out:

Jennifer Lauren Handmade Pippi Pinafore Dress Pattern Review

The Pippi Pinafore Dress by Jennifer Lauren Handmade is a sweet overall dress with pockets, side button closure, buckles, and a slightly flared skirt.

Overall/Pinafore style garments are some of my favorite. When I was younger I had a pair of bib shorts that I wore non-stop. It is a scheme of mine to figure out how to make a similar pair for myself now. But until that's sorted, I would have no problem making a dozen or so Pippi dresses to satisfy my pinafore dress addiction.

Let's Help Abundant Earth Fibers!

Hello my dears,

If you haven't heard, Lydia and the team of Abundant Earth Fiber were headed to Stitches West this past week. When they stopped at a hotel one night, someone stole their entire trailer of yarn/fiber inventory. They are still reeling from this devastating loss! Weeks and maybe even months of hard work all gone in a moment. While they expect to have their inventory restocked in about eight weeks, there is still a massive amount of work to do.

Happy Valentine's Day (Free Gift!!)

Hello my dears!

It's Valentine's Day, and, while it isn't a universally favored holiday, I love an excuse to eat chocolates and maybe have a bit of self-pampering. Plus, I'm not at all averse to the sudden abundance of pink, red, and hearts! Seriously, I love hearts. I couldn't tell you why, but they are one of my favorite shapes. I am perfectly determined to one day make myself a dress or blouse covered in hearts!

Now, it wouldn't be a proper celebration of Valentine's without some manner of gift giving. And I have a rather lovely present for all of you!

Choosing Not to be a "Pinterest-Perfect" Blogger

Hello my dears,

I haven't the faintest idea on what to write about today. I know I want to write something, but my mind is just a blank!

I could talk about the glorious smell of the rain sprinkling down outside. Or plopping on the floor in front of our big window in the foyer attempting to capture a picture of the elusive male cardinal that frequents our bird feeder. Or perhaps I could tell you how much I am enjoying working away on my shawl test knit. But that all seems so inconsequential.

A Second Attempt - Tilly and The Buttons Cleo Dress Review

Hello my dears,

In late 2016, I attempted to sew a Cleo dress. I made it out of a floral needlecord or corduroy, depending on which you call it. I was less than impressed with the finished dress. It was lumpy, bumpy, and all sorts of unflattering!

I was extremely disappointed! I have seen so many versions of the Cleo dress on a variety of different ladies and it always looks stinking adorable. Why didn't it work for me? What had I done wrong?

Well, I've sewn up another version of Cleo and it has been a rousing success. Let me tell you what I learned.

DIY Faux Bird Tree Bookend Tutorial

Hello my dears,

I have been totally reorganizing my studio over the past couple of weeks and one of the things I need desperately was bookend. I have quite a few sewing, knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, and drawing books on top of my cubby shelf and they have a bad habit of toppling over whenever I pull one book out.

Enter my bird tree bookend!

First Day of Work

Hello my dears,

Today was my first day of work at my new job and I absolutely LOVED it! I am going to be working two or three days a week at a local quilt shop. Which means I'll be spending loads of time surrounded by gorgeous fabrics. Can it get any more amazing than that?? Yes. Yes it can.