Sewing

My first quilt, finished

I finished my first (independent) quilt! This truly was a labor of love in regards to time investment, but it's oh-so-gratifying to finish a long term project. It wasn't difficult by any means, but took diligence and perseverance. I love the finished quilt and I'll gladly make more quilts in the future, once I finish up a few other lingering projects. If you follow me on instagram, you've probably seen a fair amount of in-progress thoughts and photos...

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Sewing clothes + slow as a good thing + weekending

I hadn't planned on writing a post today, but there's a lot I want to say this weekend. First of all, today is one of those really wonderful days: the leisurely, slow, but also oddly productive ones, with a side of beautiful weather. Nicholas threw out his back (or it's a pinched nerve or something) so we've been laying low and we stayed home from church so he could rest and ice. While he rested, I read my Bible, journaled, updated my habit tracker in my bullet journal, sipped on my coffee, and organized a list of "things I'd like to sew...

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Finished blush Blackwood cardigan & sewing advice for beginners

I know I talked a lot about "slow making" in my previous post, and then I went and made 3 garments in 3 days, and you may wonder at the seemingly contrary nature of it all. However, I don't intend for the term "slow" to apply to the rate at which I finish things, although it certainly could, especially with knitting. I've noticed a few patterns about my creative production, so to speak, the key one being that I enjoy new skills best during a creative burst. Remember that time when I sewed a bunch of zippered pouches (here, and here)? Or when I knit tons of tiny stuffed hearts? Or I made multiple new flannel pillow covers?  In one of these "bursts," I get repetition of new skills and satisfaction is seeing improvement in my skills in real time...

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Finished Reversible Metamorphic dress

I'm slowly chipping away at the list of things I want to knit or sew in 2018, and in the process, I'm gradually overcoming my apprehension about garment making. My first sewing project of the year is a Reversible Metamorphic dress. I love this dress. It's comfortable on its own, and I know it's easily adaptable to a year-round piece with creative layering with long-sleeve tee underneath, or leggings, or a cardigan on top, etc...

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Toaster #2 sweater, finished

I did it. After owning a serger since Christmas, I finally overcame my fear of the serger and put it to good use. And in the process, I made the coziest sweatshirt (sweater)? I'm not sure what to call my Toaster #2 sweater, but I do know that I love how it turned out.There was a lot of "prep work" for this project: research high quality serger thread, research how to thread a serger, research how to adjust tension on a serger, and practice sewing on scraps first, plus tracing and cutting out the pattern pieces...

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