Reflections on the New Year…

This year was my best and worst year for making.

I made more quality work than I think I ever have.

But I feel that I slacked on the documentation.

I set myself time goals and felt overwhelmed by them.

But I did actually get projects finished.

I had ambitious making goals.

But those goals stifled my creativity.

The take away?

Feeling like I had to complete these items in a certain time crunch made me feel boxed in. Also having to confront the fact that I may not have as much time to sew as other makers was a real struggle for me this year. (Oh how I wish I had a stay at home job). However, by being more organized and meticulous I was able to complete the project and not have a lingering WIP. No dates, more lists, less worry.

I do not like taking pictures of myself so that holds me back when posting finished clothes. I started this blog to be more of a journal to document projects and such. This year I have decided to take a more creative documentation approach. I’m going to take inspire by Not A Primary Color’s sketchbook and sketch out my designs and ideas. Creative documentation.

I made a lot of making goals in 2017 (don’t get me wrong, goals are good) but not many of them panned out. I finished maybe one of my #2017MakeNine.  I noticed that I worked better and had more creative vision when I just mad the next thing on mind whenever I wanted to. Make in the moment.

2017 Timeline Recap

January – Started with planning and ambition #2017MakeNine (never completed)



February – I participated in the #Monetaparty


April – Purchased these amazing custom labels


May/June – Planned a wedding and made my reception dress (not pictured/blogged)

July – I got married! / Cross-stitched a pineapple on the honeymoon (not blogged)



August – Finished this Gretta tank in time for the eclipse (not blogged)


September – Started my first knitting project


October – Blogged my Osaka skirt / made a matching banana/scrunchie set (not blogged)



November – Made my first Willow tank (not blogged) / Refashioned paid top (not pictured/ blogged)


December – Finished my first knitting project, a modified Easy Breezy sweater / a Tilly and the Buttons overall dress / Christmas stockings / a self drafted knit hat





Here’s to a new year, new ideas, and new makes!






[Featured picture used from Bob’s Burgers Wiki – if you’re not watching Bob’s Burgers you should be, just sayin]


Osaka – The Modern Reversible Skirt

I’ve been dying to make Osaka by Seamwork Mag (from their March 2015 issue find it here) but I couldn’t find the right fabric for it. Who knew I would stumble upon  just what I needed at the thrift store?! I usually look in the skirts for long or too big ones. I use them for either the fabric or I alter them to  my size. When I saw this skirt I knew it would be perfect for the pattern. (Do ya’ll remember Parisian’s?)


The Pattern: Osaka from Seamwork Magazine
The Fabric: Wool blend from second-hand skirt; Black wool from Jo-Anns
Modifications: In my version I swapped the buttons for large snaps.
Styling & Versatility: So far I’ve worn it with simple tees that can match either side. As for versatility, that’s a no brainer! It works two different ways and the color makes it simple to wear.
Overall Review: I’ve worn it several times so far and I absolutely LOVE it. It’s perfect for combining “scrap” fabric pieces


[Side A]


[Side B]





Knit Happens

Do you ever go through phases with hobbies? Like I’ll be totally obsessed with crosstitch/embroidery and get bored and then move on to EPP. Well currently I’m on the knitting cycle of obsession. That can be attributed to fact that I finally figured out how exactly to knit. Before now it was just multiple failed attempts and frustration. That was until I stumbled upon Wool and the Gang. They’re not just a cool name but community of modern knitters and awesome yarns.

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Awesome yarns like their Billie Jean Yarn made from recycled jeans and Jersey Be Good made from recycled t-shirt factory off-cuts. There’s also tons of other types of yarns, kits, tools, free patterns, and most importantly (for me at least) video tutorials.

So what am I working on in my current knitting-obsessed state? A variation of WATG’s Easy Breezy Sweater.



The yarn I’m using is some that I inherited and is what I’m calling my ‘muslin’ yarn. Its a vintage Jade Green Himalaya Yarn from Columbia Minerva.  Cross your fingers I don’t run out!

I’m not even finished with the front panel and what have I learned? Knitting is great for carpooling and horrible for patience. I average about 3 rows a day. So I’m going to be done with the project maybe next year……..

I’m obsessing over knitting supplies as well. On the wishlist is:


They also have a ton of beautiful supplies like stitch markers and driftwood needles.

Fringe Association (the blog of Fringe Supply Co.) is also great resource for knitters.

Sidebar: until I get this bag I’m in the process of making the Stowe Bag by Grainline Studios/Fringe Supply Co.


This handy little tool holds stitch markers, cable needles, tapestry needles, and even a magnetic row counter (this comes separate).


It comes in four colors, or flavors (strawberry, blue frost, vanilla, and lemon)

Their blog also shows you how to make adorable animal poms.


She also makes lovely hand carved hairpins, crochet hooks, needles, and illustrations.

I also found out that Birmingham has a knitting shop?! I can’t wait t visit and see what they have.


Other Resources/Shops:

Purl Soho

Twig and Horn

Craft South

A Verb for Keeping Warm

Knitters Tool Kit




Custom Labels

Yesterday was definitely a happy mail day. I finally received some custom clothing labels! These labels are from New York Custom Labels and the whole process was super easy.

I designed a simple label format in illustrator. I chose the unbleached cotton labels that are folded on each end. It took about 4 weeks to receive them but they were definitely worth the wait.

I contemplated getting woven labels and I’m so glad I didn’t. I love the look of these and plus they’re soft. So no irritation like you might get with woven tags.

I love how the tag sort of seals the deal on a garment and makes it feel finished.



This month I killed two hashtags with one stone, I marked Moneta off my #MakeNine list and I joined the #MonetaParty! What is the Moneta Party you ask? It was basically an instagram show and tell with lots of goodies and prizes. This party was hosted by the ‘Triple Stichers’ Rachel of Rach Against the Sewing Machine, Elle of Sew Positivity and Abigail of Sew Abigail. Now on to my Moneta!

You’ll notice that my Moneta is not a dress. This is because I dumbly ordered the wrong amount of fabric. Despite that semi-fail it actually turned out pretty cute!

Size: Medium

Version: 2 but with shorter sleeves and I shortened the skirt to about 12 inches

Fabric: The fabric is speckled jersey by Robert Kaufman. It’s an adorable cream jersey knit with little dots of color mixed in. I ordered it from Purl Soho (you can order it here)


Notes for next time:

I used stabilizer for the seams and sleeve hems but failed to add it to the neckline and it stretched.

The fit was perfect so I didn’t have to make any alterations.

USE A SERGER. I didn’t use one this time since mine needs to be serviced but I definately will next time. It would have made the inside a lot cleaner.

*Sidebar: you see that bracelet? (not my FitBit) It’s a ruler! You can get yours at Fringe Supply Co. (It’s currently sold out but I don’t doubt that she’ll restock in the near future)






I don’t normally set New Years Resolutions. They usually go unaccomplished and I work better with short term goals. However, when sewing clothes and creating a wardrobe you need a game plan. I’m taking a que from Sew DIY and creating a #2017MakeNine list.


Here’s my list!

  1. Coco by Tilly and the Buttons (my plan is to make the dress with the collar) – Sew-A-Long
  2. Brooklyn by Seamwork – Pattern alteration
  3. X-Seamed dress by McCall’s #9426 (I haven’t decided which version yet, I love them all!)
  4. Moneta by Colette (the version with 3/4 length sleeves) – Sew-A-Long
  5. Moji by Seamwork (I have this super soft chambray I’ve been dying to use)
  6. Addison by Seamwork – Pattern alteration
  7. Willie by Seamwork (with gathered drop waist alteration)
  8. A-line dress by Butterick #3002 (Short sleeved version)
  9. Alder by Grainline Studios – V-Neck Modification – Sew-A-Long


How to Cover the Back of Your Embroidery Hoop

img_4734I recently sold a piece on Etsy and I needed a clean way to cover the back stitches. I’ve experimented in the past with different ways to do this and decided to share the best way with ya’ll!

Here’s how to do it.


Paper (cardstock)

Glue stick

Finished work and embroidery hoop

Printer (optional)


Figure out how big your hoop is, either by measuring or by looking on the hoop itself for a number.


If you are measuring your hoop, use the inside hoop and measure from the outside of the wood.


Now depending on what equipment you have you can either draw out the circle by tracing it, create it in Illustrator/Photoshop/InDesign or use a few of the standard templates I’ve provided (download at the bottom).


I prefer to use a heavy paper but copy paper works just fine. In the top picture, I recycled and used a brown paper grocery bag (I really like how that one turned out). Cut out your circle.

*Bonus Tip: If you use a brown paper bag, iron it first so it will lay flat. 

Now it is time to decorate the back if you want. Stamp your logo, write a sweet note, or leave it blank (I added my logo to the back when I made my template in Illustrator). I have also provided you with a few templates as well (download at the bottom). 


Now flip your work over and position the circle where you want it. Use a glue stick to glue it to the back of the fabric.


Now put the work back into the hoop, pulling it tight as you go.


Tighten hoop and cut off excess fabric.


If you want the work to be permanent, you can glue the fabric around the edges of the hoop. 

And that’s it! Simple huh?