Friday, September 4, 2015

Sewing and Giveaway: Uncommon Goods for Fall (win $75 to shop)


This post is sponsored by Uncommon Goods, but all opinions and selections are mine. Uncommon Goods has provided a $75 gift credit giveaway to one of my readers! See the end of this post to enter.

We are so finicky, aren't we? Always anxious for the next season.... I was so happy to have a sunny summer but now I can't wait for the cool breezes of Fall.


So even though it's still warm outside I am getting ready! I'm looking through my stash of Fall fabrics and thinking about some handmade wardrobe items for myself and my girls. I'm looking online for fun Fall accessories. And I'm dreaming of a woodsy cabin where we can cozy up by a fire.

I sewed this maxi skirt from some crepe de chine chevron fabric I'd stashed away last Spring. I found it in a remnant bin! I wasn't quite sure what to do with such an oversized print (though I loved the colors) until I looked at the chevrons sideways and it suddenly looked right on for the tribal trend.


I didn't follow a pattern for the skirt. I cut half my waist circumference, marked the length and then drew the hem in an arc as wide as my 60" fabric allowed. It's probably a "half circle" maxi skirt.

I added a lining, which I hemmed separately, and sewed them together with 2" elastic for the waistband. It was really simple to sew, but I'd be happy to do a tutorial if you'd like.


I would love to wear this skirt with some trendy new jewelry for Fall. I picked some of my favorite things from Uncommon Goods inspired by the outdoors and natural materials.

1. A Mixed Metal Bar necklace would be a fun break from the collar/bib style, and would work nicely over a sweater: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/mixed-metals-bar-necklace
2. Speaking of mixed metals, I'm really into gold and brass this Fall. I would wear this Chunky Gold Heart Necklace all the time: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/chunky-gold-heart-necklace
3. These Stone Sea Glass earrings are my favorite shade of blue: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/2-stone-sea-glass-stud-earrings
4. I could imagine putting the location of my favorite place in the woods on this Custom Map Bracelet: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/custom-map-bracelet
5. This Trinity Wooden cuff would look fabulous with a rolled-sleeve denim shirt: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/trinity-wooden-cuff\
6. I would love to dangle this handcast (from the real thing) Blue Pinecone necklace around my neck this Fall: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/blue-pinecone-necklace

Do you know Uncommon Goods? Not only do they have a great selection of handmade jewelry (see here) and other unique (uncommon) products, but they are genuinely focused on sustainability. Part of their company mission (which you can read about here) is make certain they are environmentally friendly, socially responsible and an ever-more rewarding place to work. It's an approach to be admired, and one I hope becomes less and less uncommon.


You should check out their great selection of gifts for women, which is conveniently categorized here. It's never to early to get ideas for the holidays, or perhaps you want to treat yourself for getting the kids successfully back to school!

1. I've always wanted one of these Hand Embroidered State pillows to throw on the couch in my some-day cabin: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/hand-embroidered-state-pillows
2. Next to that couch will be a side table with a clever bowl for snacks, such as this Unzipped Glass Zipper Bag (we tend to be hungrier in the colder months): http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/unzipped-glass-zipper-bag
3. I wish I could put an agate wall with backlighting in my cabin bathroom but these Agate Coasters might satisfy my craving for semi-precious stone: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/agate-coasters-set-of-4
4. Cabin or not, this individually thrown Make Waves Yarn Bowl, is just the thing for curling up on the couch with some knitting this Fall: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/make-waves-yarn-bowl

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sewing: Linen Midi Skirt with Patch Pockets for WeAllSew.com


Hello! Meet my new puppy, and my new midi skirt. Everyone loves puppies, right? So I thought she'd make the perfect prop for photographing this linen skirt I made for BERNINA's We All Sew blog. (I'm an ambassador for the BERNINA brand. I sew with a BERNINA 580, which I love.)


I love the midi skirt trend in all its incarnations: pencil, pleated, full, wrap.... This full gathered skirt with patch pockets gives me the chance to revisit the skirts my friends and I wore (gasp!) a couple decades ago. Linen makes it lightweight and breezy so it's really easy to wear.


The pockets make it practical. And I think a high waistband is flattering on everyone.


I've been wearing this skirt with t-shirts and flip flops too. 

I've got a complete tutorial for making this skirt to fit your measurements at We All Sew. It's really quick to sew. It's not too late to jump on the trend!


To check out the other tutorials I've created for BERNINA view my We All Sew profile.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sewing: Nautical Dresses and a Pretty Piped Skirt (Pattern Preview)


It's Summer's end. At least in terms of our routine. we're headed back to school this coming week. So I had to get in one last, celebratory post for summer: some nautical dresses at the beach.


I'd had all this cute fabric sitting in my stash for a couple years and finally sewed something with it when I set up a crazy two-days-before-the-plane deadline for myself. I love this Dear Stella "Ahoy Matey" fabric with signal flags and sailboats, and the coastal sailboat scene canvas from Cath Kidston.


I sewed two sleeveless Sophisticate Dresses for Audrey and Scarlett. This is a pattern I've shared a few times before (originally here in a gold version, here in a houndstooth for Easter, and then here in a safari print) that's been partially drafted for more than a year now. It's not the only one, sadly. I really need to finish it because I love it.


And for Tess I sewed a Pretty Piped Skirt. This classic skirt has a flat front waistband with piping, and a gathered back waistband for ease of fitting and wearing. The first one I made is one of my favorite projects, a dog printed skirt with piped pockets. For this nautical version I made flap pockets. When I mentioned that the Sophisticate Dress isn't the only pattern sitting on my list, I was thinking of this skirt pattern too.


Oh well, with the change of seasons there's always the hope of finding more time in the routine! 


It's been great having some time to play as a family and now I'm excited about the Fall routine with new classes, teachers and things to learn! I hope you are looking forward to the change of seasons too.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Sewing: Maxi Lady Skater Dress in Black and White


It's another Lady Skater Dress. This time in a colorblocked black and white. Always a good choice I think. And maxi length again.



I have made this dress twice before, one that is camouflage, elbow length sleeves and a modified maxi skirt and another with short sleeves and the same modified maxi skirt. This time I used the skirt pattern provided with the pattern but just lengthened it to the maxi. I can't decide which I love more, but the twirl factor with this skirt is really fun. 



These dresses are so wearable! I'm going to keep making them. I love being able to throw one on and add shoes. And maybe a necklace. I made this black tassel necklace in about five minute. But then after taking these photos I remade it and like it even more. I'll share a tutorial soon in case you're not already making these.


This dress should take me nicely through the end of summer and then I'm picking out some fabrics for Fall because the Lady Skater would be so comfortable with boots. Maybe I'll try one in the original skirt length too. Who knows.



Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Sewing: Beach Robes 2015


It's become a tradition to go to the beach each summer. And it's becoming a tradition to sew beach robes for the trip. At least every other year. So here are the Beach Robes 2015. (...and 2013 and 2011)


This time I selected some very comfy towels from Target and made the robes extra large so the girls can use them for a couple years.


Maybe a bit too large? Their arms are going to have to grow....


If you've sewn with Dana's Beach Robe pattern you may be wondering how if these are her largest size, 3/4. No. I've sized up a few times so that Audrey's would probably fit a teenager.


The girls love them! And not just for the beach. These are our swimming robes all year round.


Hope you are enjoying the last days of summer!

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