{Sew the Trend} Bell Sleeves

{Sew the Trend} Bell Sleeves

My most recent project is the new bell sleeve blouse from Megan Nielsen, the Dove. View 1 is a super wearable shirt - great for casual wear in fabrics like flannel or chambray, or office attire in lawn, voile, or rayon challis. Views 2 and 3 have a little extra drama in flared sleeves that make great statement pieces - perfect for my "I never wear dresses, but I'd like to feel extra dressed up for Easter" sewing purposes. 

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{DIY Decorating} Color Theory

{DIY Decorating} Color Theory

8 months ago, I sat on the floor of my new-old home, a fanned wheel of Benjamin Moore paint colors before me, absolutely paralyzed with indecision. Our 5 week reno was nearly complete, and I was fresh out of decision-making-mojo. Our contractor - bless him - tried his darndest to explain color theory to me, sadly.. to no avail.

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{Read Across America} Happy Dr Seuss Day!

{Read Across America} Happy Dr Seuss Day!

4PM on Tuesday, I picked up a robo-call from my daughter's school informing me that Thursday was "Read Across America" Day in honor of Dr Seuss's 113th birthday. 8AM Wednesday I thought to myself "Hey, I could make outfits for that!". What is it about mornings and that first rush of caffeine that puts such fantastical thoughts in my head?

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{Wardrobe Planning} My Custom Color Palette

{Wardrobe Planning} My Custom Color Palette

I've long believed "Custom Color Palettes" are sort of like horoscopes. They're fun to read about, fun to know, easy to "believe" if you want to - easy to discredit if you don't. I've even rolled my eyes in the past hearing people cry "I can't wear ___! I'm a cool autum!" NONSENSE. The only reason you can't wear that could would be if your hands fell off when you tried to put it on, and nobody was around you to finish dressing you. (That's a really weird image to start a blog post. Your welcome for that!)

But Seamwork published an article in 2015 that I've JUST now caught wind of (Thanks Capsule Friends!) - and it feels way more science-based than "color guides" of seasons past,  so I gave it a whirl!

This is NOT my process. This is theirs. They deserve full credit for this genius-ness. And you should definitely take time (immediately!) to go read it in full. This blog post is simply my experience with the process, and ways I tweaked it along the way. Enjoy!

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Pairing Fabrics with Patterns - Easy Tools For Successful Sewing!

Pairing Fabrics with Patterns - Easy Tools For Successful Sewing!

You've measured your PDF pattern's 1 inch square. And you've prewashed your fabrics. You used a new needle, and even bothered to change your serger thread (go you!) to match your fabric choice. You iron every seam down and back. You meticulously clip every stray thread, and pluck every basting stitch... 

But in the end, none of it mattered. Because THAT fabric with THAT pattern is a hot mess. And had you known you'd be doomed from the start, that crinkled up garment on the floor would still be uncut yardage full of potential. If only there was a way to make sure your pairings would always work out! Some magical tool that would guarantee your success!

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Beyond Organized: Tips for an Inspiring Sewing Space

Beyond Organized: Tips for an Inspiring Sewing Space

Hey there readers! It's been a while! Kind of a recurring theme in my blog intros in 2016, huh?? Well new year, new home, new blog goals! Including a profound desire to share with you my recent creative endeavors in the world of home decor, DIY wall art, and some personal photography projects I have planned. So today's post is the first nod in that direction, and meant to compliment my guest blog on Project Run & Play today. If you haven't already, go check out my sewing space organization tips!

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{Social Sewing} Top Knot Tour

{Social Sewing} Top Knot Tour

There have been so many inspiring Top-Knot creations made throughout this pattern release tour! (Links to those below) Long and short sleeve versions, short and pant versions, and dresses with skirts of all lengths. But MY task today was to create a top-knot-inspired pattern hack. So here - you're going to see...

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