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!

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.

Twist of Lime

Twist of LimeFirst, there are truly no words for your absolutely awesome and kind words on my last post!!! I am continually amazed by our online community and I am so happy to be surrounded by so many amazing, supportive, beautiful and talented people!

It’s funny, actually. How one responds to any kind of outpouring of good feeling…I struggled with feeling embarrassed by it rather than embracing it. Do any of you do that with compliments? I did my best to resist those feelings and instead allowed myself to feel good, really good about overcoming that hurdle, sharing it with you all and accepting your compliments.

All kinds of growth and progress.

I’m also a more-than-usually proud Mama, today. My oldest cleared a hurdle this week, too!! She kicked ASS at school today. They have two read-aloud share with parents/teachers/community type events and she really struggled with it the first time. Today, kicking ass and taking names! She was also awarded this Confidence bracelet at their morning meeting. This is so HUGE! So many teachers, and even some of her fellow students, complimented her and marveled at the changes in her.

Kill them with CONFIDENCE

I’m patting myself on the back for another reason, too. Do any of you have an iMac? Where the geniuses at Apple decided to put the SD card slot RIGHT UNDER THE EFFING DISC DRIVE?!?!?

Yeah, got mine stuck in there. And used my Google-fu to find a solution and got the sonofabitch OUT! Never underestimate my resourcefulness when it comes to avoiding paying to repair a stupid mistake I’ve made ;)

Twist of LimeTop :: Archer
(Obnoxiously bright Lime) Tank :: Tarjay
Jeans :: Old Navy
Kicks :: MIA

Scout Woven Tee Sew-A-long!!!

I am so excited to be at the helm of Kollabora’s Scout Woven Tee Sew-Along! This is my first time *blushes*! It’s no secret that I think Grainline’s Jen is awesome!! Her design aesthetic fits in perfectly with my favorite things to wear. Of all of her patterns, Scout is my absolute favorite! Super easy to stitch up. Super stylish. Super easy to modify. Super easy to change up depending on your fabric. Super, super!

If you’d like to follow along, check in over at Kollabora!

Scout Sew-A-Long @Kollabora!!

Summer Street Art Series Commences!!

Summer Street Art Series

A great summer day!! Out in the sunshine with my children, wearing sandals and shorts, spotting beautiful street art!!! Some of my favorites!!

Top :: Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank
Shorts :: Refashioned Old Navy capris
Sandals :: F21

Summer Street Art Series

I don’t like the bug part, though ;)
Summer Street Art Series

MMM.D16&18 :: Tiny Pocket x Two

This version, made in thin rayon challis, used the last, last, last of the fabric from this Scout and my Darling Ranges dress.
I LOVE no waste sewing!

MMM.D16 :: Color Block Tiny Pocket Tank

MMM.D16 :: Color Block Tiny Pocket Tank

MMM.D16 :: Color Block Tiny Pocket Tank

Top :: Color Block Tiny Pocket Tank
Jeans :: F21
Shoes :: Old Navy

This version is made with quilting cotton I bought forever ago to knock off another seamstresses version of Macaron. This is an unfortunate instance of getting to a fabric late, but still a little too soon. I recently made up a vintage pattern that this would have AMAZING in! But, I love this, too.

MMM.D18 :: Scalloped Tiny Pocket Tee

MMM.D18 :: Scalloped Tiny Pocket Tee

Top :: Scalloped Hem Tiny Pocket Tee
Pants :: H&M
Shoes :: Old Navy

I used a super sneaky trick for this hem. I am WAY to impatient (and bad at maths) to work out my own scallops, SO I used the Meringue skirt from the Colette Patterns Handbook, instead! This had two great results. One, the hem is fucking perfect! And two, I knew the longer length would fit over my hips! I’ll show you how I layered and traced, soon.

MMM.D18 :: Scalloped Tiny Pocket Tee

I did deviate from the CPH instruction in one way. I attached the facings, first. Then I stitched the front and back pieces together. You can kind of see it here.

MMM.D18 :: Scalloped Tiny Pocket Tee

This tunic was also a bit of a test. I want to me make this dress. I have a really pretty cotton/linen fabric that would be a good replacement for this. But, I think the color would look so sweet made into another of this dress.

What do you all think?

Archer Hits The MARK!!

Archer Hits the MARK!!

Archer Hits the MARK!!

Archer Hits The MARK!!!

Can you even believe I made this!!! Jen, you are a talented, talented woman!! Without the sew along posts I would NEVER have had such success with this project!!! Making Archer has taught me SOOOO much!!

The biggest lesson:
If it’s not quite right, rip it out and do it again! And again, if necessary

I really hate to do things more than once. But to get the result I wanted, it was absolutely necessary rip out and try again. Several times. And that’s fine.

The collar went smoother than I thought it would and the cuff was dead easy!! The process also forced me to get over my fear of buttonholes and buttons!!! The four step one on my Janome is so much easier than the automatic one!! I love that I control the length, these would have been too small otherwise. I also tried the buttonhole foot from my broken machine and it worked!! All of this adds up to me feeling seriously anxious tackle my next shirt!

Or at least project with buttons, lol.

Archer Hits the MARK!!

I’m pretty pleased with the fit, though I could probably go a size down and be just fine. I have a narrow torso that’s swallowed up a bit. I don’t mind with this style of shirt, though. I am loving the sleeve length!! I have long arms, coupled with my smaller upper body = button down shirt sucky fit.

Archer Hits the MARK!!

Archer Hits the MARK!!

But not with handmade!!!

Here’s the rest of my outfit.

Archer Hits the MARK!!

Coat :: Steve Madden
Sweater :: Sean John (menswear)
Scarf :: Thrifted
Chambray Shirt :: HANDMADE BABY!!
Shorts :: Thrifted & Refashioned Kenneth Cole (Menswear) Trousers
Shoes :: H&M

This is also the first time I’ve worn my hair down like this since I cut it nearly three years ago. Progress!!

Archer Hits the MARK!!

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And here are some indoor pics of Archer.

Just because!!

Archer Hits the MARK!!

Archer Hits the MARK!!

Archer Hits the MARK!!

Archer Hits the MARK!!

Thanks to Rose de Wolfe for modeling!! And thanks to Oona for the sweet deal on her!!

Archer Hits the MARK!!