Gradient Plantain

Gradient Plantain

I needed a palate cleanser after a(nother) failed attempt at pants.

I needed SOMETHING to feel good in after days and days of warm, boring clothes.

GO AWAY WINTER

Boo.

Gradient Plantain

But YAY for quick shirts.

Even if I now know for sure that I cut the pattern too small. I suspected so (this is actually my 3rd tee from this pattern).

C’est la vie.

Gradient Plantain

I like the way each section is different.

I like how well it looks with these almost black jeans.

And I even like these hazy pics of me wearing it.

Gradient Plantain

Pattern :: Deer & Doe Plantain

Fabric :: Ombre Rayon from Metro Textiles

Kermit-y Day

There was someone feeling green in my family. I spoke too soon about that stomach bug being gone. Son#1 stayed home today. He beat the record for most up-chucks in a day :(

Kermit Day

This is dressing for slightly bloated comfort ;o)
Sweater :: Old Navy
T shirt :: Old Navy
Jeans :: Forever21
Shoes :: Old Navy
Grinch Bag used to carry snacks/lunch/travel teacup/sometimes knitting :: Target ;o)

Kermit Day

Kermit Day

Time to dye that bleached section blue, again.

Kermit Day

This look was also comfy for a quick garment district run to Pacific Trimming for Archer buttons.
Bought #buttons for my #Archer shirt from pacific Trimming. Two choices. Will they motivate me to finish??  #garment #district #newyork #nyc #sewcialist
Of course, I didn’t have the fabric with me. DOH!
Here is a better pic of them, together with the fabric.

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And a picture I didn’t even realize I snapped! Lol

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WOMAN, PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN ONCE IN A WHILE!!

You were all so awesome in your thread selection and take it in, let it out advice. So, I’ll ask you, what do you think?
Blue-ish? Or, pewter-pearl-ish?
Consider this a #sewicialist community Archer! LOL

Pink, Black, Bangs, Braids

Don’t you hate when your hair looks great and you have nowhere to go??

This was the night before work, when I untwisted my hair to braid it for the next day.

Twists Out

Of course, if I had untwisted it in the morning it never would have looked this good, lol

It ended up like this for the day. Not bad!

Bang & Braids

I was super comfy for work as I planned to go to Pacific Trimming beforehand and knew that would involve a bit of walking. I went to buy shoulder pads for my coat.

But I nearly had a commuter rage breakdown while on the Q train. Some clueless idiot in front of me thought he should have a backpack AND a HUGE shopping bag in the sardine can the train becomes at rush hour and an asshole behind me was still wearing her backpack.

I was sandwiched by fools.

And then the train stopped in the tunnel for 5 mins (which feels like 5 million) on a tilt, so I felt like I was going to fall over.

SIGH

I’m smiling here because this was taken at the end of the workday. I arrived home to kids doing homework and I had cooked so much food this weekend that there was no need to make dinner.

Basically, a perfect evening.

Pink, Black, Bangs, Braids

Sweater :: Calvin Klein
Tunic :: Old Navy
Leggings :: Old Navy
Socks :: F21
Boots :: Target

Pink, Black, Bangs, Braids

And to make it sweeter look what my big girl wore to school today!! She likes it! She really likes it!

I’m participating in Debi’s Sew Grateful week.
Look for a giveaway later!

New York, I Love You

Living in this city has many, many perks. One that I’m only now coming to appreciate is that it’s visited by people from all over the world. I think NY’ers have this innate dislike for tourists. I think it comes from dodging them as they stare in wonder at things we take for granted. But, now that so many cool people that I “know” live elsewhere in the world I’m so glad that they choose to come here and stare!

A current visitor to my fair city, the gorgeous, leggy Rachel of House of Pinheiro, contacted me to see if I wanted to meetup while she was here. Uhm….YEAH!! I’m so lucky that she was free during the day! I miss so many things due to timing. Anyway, I had bragged posted about my pattern haul on Instagram and the comments quickly became a logistics discussion when I revealed that there were more to be had. Working around the seller’s availability and that of two super cool (and busy) career girls, Ginger and Oona, a plan was hatched.

I would meet Rachel after I dropped of the kiddies and we would swan around the Garment District until it was lunch/meet G&O/pattern shopping time in Brooklyn. We met in Metro Textiles but left Kashi’s house empty handed and headed to Mood where we were mesmerized by the double faced wool and other expensive beauties.

Gorgeous Rachel!

Ikat @ Mood

We spotted these on a truck’s flatbed on the way to grab some hot chocolate to thaw out.
Funky Machines on the Street

Rachel snaps me, snapping the machines

We stopped at a place whose name I ALWAYS forget. Rachel and I split a length of never ending stretch plaid that took team effort to yank out of the bin. Look for two continent twin garments in the future ;p From there we stopped at SIL Thread and were astonished by the largest scissor I’ve ever seen close up.

We also realized that this place was stocked with horse hair braid in mind blogging widths! One package was easily about 5 or 6 inches wide. We bought a couple yards in with more reasonable dimensions and dashed off to B&J Fabrics. These cuties that great you when you step off the elevator are lovely, but the prices inside were not. Yikes!

Teeny Drapred Dress @ B&J Fabrics

We left there and hot footed it over to the train station to head to BK. After great luck in the train arriving quickly, having empty seats, no smelly passengers and only one short term singing session, we made it there in record time. When we stopped in front of Peaches, Ginger was walking out of the door of the restaurant while Oona waved to us from down the street.

Perfect timing.

I only have this blurry photo as witness of our dining. I was famished! And had already taken a bite of what was an extremely tasty turkey meatloaf sandwich. You all are lucky this is not a pic of an empty plate!
Lunch @ Peaches in Brooklyn

I regretfully left the ladies as I had to pick up my children. But, they had the directions to pattern mecca. They were not disappointed!

Ginger and Oona Pet Patterns

All in all, a fantastic time was had by all!!

And no cameras were harmed in the making of this meetup ;p

One Big, Happy (International, Sewing) Family

I have been super lucky recently and I’d like to shout out the peeps responsible. It’s an international round up of sewing related awesomeness. I have been featured two, very cool, places. It’s always SO nice to make something that you love and have others love it, too!

Let’s head to

Canada

The super sweet Kristiann, of Victory Patterns fame, asked to feature my Roxanne on her blog:
My Roxanne :: Featured @ Victory Patterns!

I was so honored! Not only did I love working with her pattern, I truly have not interacted with a sweeter business owner!

Next, to

Australia

The same week, Erica of Recycled Fashion Finds featured my Black & White at the Night Circus refashion:
Black & White :: Featured @ Recycled Fashion Finds!!

I’m really proud of this outfit so it pleases me so much to know that it was well liked by other refashionistas!

A much anticipated package from super groovy StephC of Cake Patterns also arrived this week! As excited as I was about the package making it from 3Hours Past the Edge of the World, I was expecting an epic battle at the post office. New Yorkers will sympathize with me. Postal relations are crap here. But it was DEAD easy to get it!!

Watch this space for more of that awesome (though wrinkled from travel) dress!!

And back in

New York

I already waxed poetic about the chance to shibori dye with ladies full of awesome, but in this same week, I was able to see Christine again, squeeze Oona in welcome (back to NY) and congratulations AND meet Maddie!! I had to run relatively quickly (kids to pick up from school and all that) but the short visit was more than worth it!! I was even, lovingly, badgered into buying some gen-u-ine garment district fabric!

The sewing community is spread all over the world. I’m so happy to know peeps from all corners of it!!