A Hand Me UP!

Hand Me UP

This started life as size s/xs American Apparel tunic (or dress) that I bought my daughter for school, last year. I thrifted it for less than $10, but it’s not really her style, so it sat, unworn. To make it more Me-Styled, I chopped out the pockets, removed two little belt loops and the sleeves, then used them to make those sweet ruffled cap sleeves!!

Hand Me UP

I was motivated to, finally, refashion this top when I spotted this contest over on Kollabora.

Kollabora & Fashion ManifestoWhat can I say, I’m very easily swayed by the use of the word manifesto. I was also interested in getting back to refashioning. I still have quite the stash of thrifted this-could-be-turned-into-something-great articles of clothing. This was a nice, easy, reintroduction.

Hand Me UP

And it is DEAD comfy to wear on those no tight clothes PLEASE days we sometimes have.

Hand Me UP

It also looks cracking with leggings, little booties and my kick ass cape (told you I can’t stop wearing it! THANKS for all the cape LOVE, btw!!) that even my husband keeps telling me I look chic in.

Hand Me UP

That super neat bun ain’t bad, either!

If you’re on Kollabora, give me some love!

Scout Sew-Along Challenge Winners!

 To aid in getting back into my groove, let’s talk about winners!
The Scout Sew-Along Challenge Winners! Scout Sew-Along Challenge Winners!

Taking part in this Sew-Along was a lot of fun! I’m so flattered and pleased by the positive feedback I received and the extra Scout’s in my wardrobe are pretty awesome, too!!

Check out the two amazing ladies that won the sew-along! Click on the photos for more details and click around Laglov’s profile to see the other kick ass versions she made! And Sally made more than one version, too. It was Scout fever over at Kollabora!

Laglov’s Tulip Scout Laglov's Tulip Scout

Sally’s Color Block Scout Sally's Color Block Scout

Dudes. I really want to sew but it is SO HOT IN MY APARTMENT! We’ve always managed to get through the summer without an AC, but this year we might cave. It is brutal here in NYC. And the kids are stir crazy, so outside we go.

Wish me luck!

Scout! Scout! Knit it all Out!

Scout! Scout! Knit it all Out!

A knit Scout is
a. doable
b. wearable
c. fucking awesome!

d. all of the above!!

Scout! Scout! Knit it all Out!

Scout! Scout! Knit it all Out!

Top :: Scout Woven Tee, Theory brand knit from Mood
Jeans :: F21
Shoes :: Old Navy
Headband :: Scrap from another Mood knit.

Scout! Scout! Knit it all Out!

It’s safe to say that I LOVE IT!! In fact, I’ll be wearing it to work tomorrow ;o)

Don’t worry, it was worn for about twenty minutes to snap pictures. My little daughter is now the official photographer of the family! These are damn good pics for a 6 1/2 year-old!

Scout! Scout! Knit it all Out!

I made this little headband/scarf/thing-y out of a scrap of fabric leftover from my Hummingbird! It was a sewing with stripes kind of night.

Scout! Scout! Knit it all Out!

I’m so jazzed that the sew-along was such a success!! And I’ve been so inspired by all of the variations there! Dresses, two-toned, petal front, embroidered, lace, pleated! My neckline treatment was inspired by a version posted, there. It’s a teeny roll neck applied with Jen’s flat binding method.

And it is perfect! Lol
Scout! Scout! Knit it all Out!

I left it un-hemmed because this fabric distorts like a sonofabitch. It behaved everywhere except the sleeve hems which I took in a bit after the fact. I ran a line of basting stitches about 1/2 from the hemline to (hopefully) discourage any unraveling, there. I cut this version using the same modified pattern I created for the Sunshine-y Scout tunic. This fabric was so wide, I might have enough for another cropped version, too!

Will I ever get tired of making Scouts?? The sewcialist world wants to know!

The Scout Sew-Along :: Wrapping Up

Okay, peeps. I’ve posted my Scout modification notes over on Kollabora.

Scout Sew-A-Long @Kollabora!!

Things are popping over there! With new Scouts coming out of the woodwork!
Jen even uploaded a series of KICK ASS KNIT SCOUTS!! Yes, that needed to be in all caps ;)Screen Shot 2013-06-26 at 2.20.55 PM

She also posted her thoughts on the different types of jersey knits she used, complete with links to the actual fabric! I just missed this info by a few hours. I was probably in Mood while she was writing the post. Thank goodness for the wonderful salesperson that helped me. She saved me from standing around like an idiot trying to make a choice.

 I picked up a stack of knits for the Hummingbird Sew-Along and to try out a knit Scout. But my effing washing machine BROKE (*^*%*&%) so I have to wash everything by hand a bit later. I also grabbed some swimsuit lining from Spandex House. Which is a little creepy on the inside, I must say.

What do you think of the knit Scouts that Jen made? I love them! I  need some more slouchy tees for this oppressive heat we’ve been having!  I have so much sewing to do! I was so busy and beat these past few days, but I feel like my energy level has perked up.

Watch this space for some sewing!!

Scout :: Cropped & Dotted

Scout :: Cropped & Dotted

Another Sew Along Scout!!!

Top :: Scout Woven Tee
Skirt :: Advance 9916
Sandals :: Target

This time, cropped for some belly exposure. Well, more like ribcage exposure since you will NEVER see me in this top without something with a high waist paired with it ;)
I added little pleats to the sleeves rather than gather them. I think they look sweet!

Scout :: Cropped & Dotted

I also made the hem a tiny bit hi-lo. What can I say, I really like that look with a woven tee! The curved lines at the side speak to me. I hope to get my thoughts (and photos) together to share how I modified this and the sunshine tunic version up on Kollabora.

Scout :: Cropped & Dotted

I pointed this buggy out to the kids.
Scout :: Cropped & Dotted

They had a teeny freak out when I let it crawl on my hand.
Scout :: Cropped & Dotted

My childhood self also shouted “WTF!?!?!?” as I would never have willing let a bug crawl on me then, lol! Right after the little lady snapped this, it flew away and made them all scream!

Me and the littler three were on our way back from hanging out with Mikhaela and her crew at the sweetest little party! We don’t go to many b-day functions, but I’m so glad we did this time. We had such a nice time. And stumbled across the perfect place to snap a few pics.

Good times.
Scout :: Cropped & Dotted
PS- My husband told me I looked like a little kid, today! I think it might be the midi skirt length paired with flats, lol. AND This cropped Scout also marks the THIRD project I’ve squished out of this dotted rayon challis! Stash busting for the WIN!

Sunshine Scout on a Graffiti Day!

Sunshine on a Graffiti Day

My first Scout made for my Kollabora Sew-Along!

It’s sunshine in garment form! Look at it gloooow with the setting sun hitting it!

Sunshine on a Graffiti Day

Modified, a bit. Tunic-ish length, looser body, SUNSHINE-Y color!

Top :: Grainline Scout Woven Tee
Jeans :: F21
Sandals :: Target
Bracelets & Elephante Necklace :: from my Sissy
Jade ring :: my late granny’s

Sunshine on a Graffiti Day

Sunshine on a Graffiti Day

Making this nearly beat me. Started too late, had too much to do the last few days, the twins graduated today and the cloud of fatigue that hovered over me tried to take me down.

BUT I WON!!

Sunshine on a Graffiti Day

You guys can win, too!! Jen and Kollabora have cooked up something good!! Check it out here!
Scout Tee Sew-Along Challenge!

And, for those of you new to sewing (are there any new sewists following this blog?) I’ve added more construction steps over on the Sew-Along page.

Scout Woven Tee Sew-A-Long :: Size & Fabric!!

Scout Sew-A-Long @Kollabora!!

Hiya!! Thanks for all the lurve for my sleeveless Archer!! It’s so damn cold here today, I think sleeved and ruffled Archer might get some wear. Hmph!

It’s JUNE, DAMMIT WHERE IS THE SUN?!?! Ahem…

About the Sew-A-Long, I’ve posted some tips on choosing the perfect size and fabric for your Scout Woven Tee over on Kollabora.

So, grab a measuring tool, or four ;)….

Choosing The Right Pattern Size

Measure a top you like the fit of…  IMG_7598

Measure your pattern piece…

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And make a Scout to fit!

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It’s time to go stash diving…

Choosing the Right Fabric for your Pattern

And meet me at

Kollabora!!

Kollaborative Knock Out

Knockout Fingerless Gloves

I picked the absolute PERFECT DAY to photograph my new mitts!!
When I came up from the subway, it was snowing!

Knockout Fingerless Gloves

Knockout Fingerless Gloves

Snow and new mitts go hand-in-hand like….tea and new mitts, lol!
It was nice to wear them to stay warm outdoors and get cozy indoors.
In other words, perfection!

Knockout Fingerless Gloves

I have my friends at Kollabora to thank for the yarn and the kick in the ass to knit ;P They get my vote as most awesome online maker community. Not because they send me things, but because they reached out to me personally during hard times last year. And sent me virtual hugs, along with you all, when I really needed them.

They’ve also featured me in their Meet the Maker series! It’s always so hard to talk about yourself….until you get going and realize you’ve written almost a 1000 words in your sleep deprived mania. LOL I’d be embarrassed if I didn’t how awesome everyone on their team is. What can I say, they ask great questions ;p

Knockout Fingerless Gloves

Mitts :: Kollabora Knockout Fingerless Gloves
Scarf :: Claudia’s Scarf Pattern (a gift)
Hat :: All Day Beret
Coat :: Banana Republic
Jeans :: Old Navy
Boots :: Target

Knockout Fingerless Gloves

I finished a new knit dress.
And I still have two skirts I haven’t shown you all yet.
And I have awards to thank people for.

I’ll be around a lot, it seems.

Stay warm!

Snap it. Share it. Prizes!!

My Shake it Like Anne romper was a winner during Kollabora‘s Snap it. Share it. contest they ran a little while back!!

Here are my prizes*!!

Snap it. Share it. Prizes!!

Colette’s Crepe dress pattern, a MASSIVE piece of this fabric from Mood and another groovy button and sticker to add to my collection (those Smarties are, of course, gone!)!! Hey, I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it here, but my husband wears the mini (hot pink) button he got when he came to the BurdaStyle book party with me on his hoodie ;o) He’s only removes it when we wash it. He’s so cute.

I cannot wait to use this fabric!! In fact, it’s already being pre washed. I see some hot pink pants produced pronto!! And I have the perfect embroidered fabric to make Crepe with!! But first, the finishing touches must be put on my Sew Weekly project. Hopefully the weather cooperates with me tomorrow and I can get some outdoor pics.

*In you were wondering, the super groovy team over at Kollabora offered me the sewing prize and I most graciously accepted it ;o)