Jennifer Lauren Handmade Sorrel Dress Pattern Review

Jennifer Lauren Handmade Sorrel Dress Pattern Review

I whipped up this Sorrel dress a few weeks ago as my final tester version for Jen of Jennifer Lauren Handmade. She opened a Kickstarter on November 1st to fund the process of getting the Sorrel dress available as a printed pattern (rather than just a PDF like the rest of her patterns) and her initial goal was fully funded within 24 hours!! Wow! She has since added a stretch goal of getting another of her patterns printed too.

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Jennifer Lauren Handmade Felicity Dress Pattern Review

Jennifer Lauren Handmade Felicity Dress Pattern Review

I purchased the Felicity dress pattern several years ago during a Black Friday sale. I’ve sewn up one version in a solid yellow mystery fabric from my stash but it has been extremely difficult to get good pictures of it. Something about all the yellow throws off the lighting of my camera.

This past week I finally made a second version and I love it even more than the first!

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October 2018 Make for MCBN - Deer and Doe Lupin Jacket Review

October 2018 Make for MCBN - Deer and Doe Lupin Jacket Review

I have finally tackled a jacket!! To be honest, I wasn’t sure if this was something I would ever be that interested in trying. Outerwear, other than jersey cardigans, has always intimidated me. That is definitely one benefit of the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. Once I’ve decided on a project, I am committed!

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Deer and Doe Cardamome Dress WIP Progress 1

Deer and Doe Cardamome Dress WIP Progress 1

As you may have seen from this post, I’ve made one version of the Deer and Doe Cardamome dress so far. I cannot express how pleased I am with how it turned out and I immediately started digging through my stash to find fabric for a second version.

I purchased this lovely quilting cotton from a semi-local fabric shop and I originally was planning to make my bazillionth version of the Megan Nielsen Matilda dress from it. But that plan has been ditched and it is now well on its way to become Cardamome #2.

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Pumpkin Wool and Honey Sweater - Andrea Mowry WIP Progress 1

Pumpkin Wool and Honey Sweater - Andrea Mowry WIP Progress 1

Have you seen Andrea Mowry’s Wool and Honey sweater pattern?? I fell in love with it the moment I laid eyes on it. I purchased the pattern the day it was released and that is something I NEVER do. Not because I don’t want to buy all of the amazing patterns that indie designers are releasing, but because I don’t usually have lots of extra room in my budget for knitting patterns that I may or may not use.

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Jennifer Lauren Handmade Felicity Dress WIP Progress #1

Jennifer Lauren Handmade Felicity Dress WIP Progress #1

I am sewing up a second Jennifer Lauren Handmade Felicity dress out of some gorgeous fabric I received in the last round of Fibre Share. I haven’t blogged about the first version because it is yellow which, I have discovered, is incredibly hard to photograph! I have attempted three separate photoshoots none of which have resulted in good pictures. There were some adequate ones, but I’m too picky to want to use those.

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September 2018 Make for MCBN

September 2018 Make for MCBN

Do you have a specific independent sewing pattern company that you just cannot seem to get and use enough of their patterns? I do! I am still obsessed with Deer and Doe. I am determined to make nearly every one of their patterns.

My current favorite of their patterns is the Cardamome dress. That bib detailing is amazing! I waited for such a long time to attempt sewing my version of this dress because I was quite worried that it wouldn’t look at all right on me.

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Knitcrate Unboxing - September 2018

Knitcrate Unboxing - September 2018

Thanks to some of you lovely people using my referral link, this month I was able to spoil myself a bit by purchasing both a Knitcrate Artisan box AND a Knitcrate Membership box.

The colorways that Knitcrate has put together for September are truly stunning. I love nearly every single one of them and wish I could buy all the yarn! Interested to see which colorways I got in my boxes? In this unboxing vlog you can see exactly what the yarns and patterns look like.

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Corbel Sweater | Finished Project

Corbel Sweater | Finished Project

I fully intended to write at least two more WIP posts for this sweater, but I ended up being sick for a week which threw off all of my plans. In the end I was just hurrying to try and get my Corbel done by the test knitting deadline. I nearly made it. I finished it two days late, but Claire was absolutely lovely and didn’t put any extra pressure on me.

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Episode 50 || Minis Yarn Club, Lofoten, and a Petticoat

Episode 50 || Minis Yarn Club, Lofoten, and a Petticoat

I can hardly believe I've finally made it to Episode 50! What a milestone that is! 😱 The podcast has been so unpredictable throughout this year that I wasn't sure I'd ever get to this point. I want to thank each and every one of you who has watched, commented, liked, and subscribed. Your support means the world to me and I am so glad I get to talk about all of my crafty shenanigans with you. 😘

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