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7.18.2014

Galactic Cosi Swimsuit


Hello, and Happy Friday!

Today's an awesome day - it's COSI DAY!







When I first started seeing bits and pieces of the Cosi Swimsuit pattern coming together over on Suz's blog SewPony, I was SO. PUMPED. UP.  I had never had the desire to make Em a bathing suit until I saw this one.  It's just perfect!



Two super huge bummers to get out of the way.  One: my serger is in a bad, bad way and it ate my first Cosi. I need to get it tuned up before I ruin another thing!  Two: 5 minutes before this photo shoot, Em tripped knee first at about 30mph into a wrought iron candle stand (no lit candles involved!) and she was despondent. She wasn't hurt badly, but... you know. 4 years old. The struggle is real.




So that said, I did't get many pictures at all!  And I didn't successfully make the 3 Cosi's I planned to.  Le sigh. 

But this is no reflection on the pattern, which is truly fantastic.  It's actually like 10+ patterns in one!  The amount of style combinations you can put together to make your Cosi is bananas.  See:


Seriously!

For my super-simple halter version, I used this amazing galactic Lycra print from Spandex World.  The quality is so so nice ad substantial, and this particular print comes in other colorways!  The suit is lined with a super soft swimwear lining from The Fabric Fairy - another great source for swim fabrics.

The Cosi has wonderfully thorough instructions, and the pattern itself is drafted to perfection.  The fit of this suit!?  I couldn't believe it actually fit better than some store-bought suits Em has - and I MADE IT! There is nothing more satisfying than that. 


Nursing her wound, poor dear.

In the weeks leading up to this patterns' release, I gathered a respectable collection of swimwear fabrics, and made so many Cosi plans.  Once I get my act together, there will be many more of these puppies!  I'll be sure to share them. :)

I can't urge you enough to give this pattern a shot!  Suz has made swimsuit-making foolproof.  You can do it!  And don't let my serger woes scare you... you actually don't even need to use one - I am just a glutton for punishment it would seem.



Suz has also been kind enough to offer a coupon code - COSITOUR15 - for 15% off through the end of the Cosi Tour (psst, that's today!).  Head to the SewPony Vintage pattern shop and grab your copy!  Thank you, Suz!

And do check out the other, less grouchy/mortally wounded Tour participants:



Have a great weekend, everyone!

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7.16.2014

A Retro Rucksack!




Hello, and happy Wednesday!
Today I am pumped to be sharing with you my version of Radiant Home Studio's Retro Rucksack!

Retro Rucksack Inspiration Tour | Radiant Home Studio


I love this bag!  I am not a bag maker by any stretch (I've made one tote bag), so when Sara of Radiant Home Studio asked me if I'd be interested in joining her blog tour, I really had to think about it!  I didn't want to do her a disservice by destroying her gorgeous pattern.  But the style really appealed to me, so I quickly signed up and put m'big girl pants on.



So happy I did. Between the design and the built-tough construction of this bag, I can safely say it's going to get tons of use!  We're going camping this weekend, and I am stoked to stuff this bag full of... anything! Everything!

The lower fabric is a vinyl called Nassimi Vibe. It's discontinued, so if you want some, act fast!  I love how it looks like a woven fabric but it has the durability of vinyl.  The main floral fabric (brown + florals AGAIN SARAH?! Lol :) is an out-of-print Waverly fabric from the remnant bin at the retail store of the company I work for - OnlineFabricStore.net! It's truly hazardous heavenly to work there.

Speaking of ALL THE FLORALS, we're having a sale! All floral fabrics are 15% off until July 21st. I'm not asked to advertise these things, just love my job and want to share the awesomeness with you.  Get the florals before I do.

The amazing hardware is from BuckleGuy.com.  That transaction was smooth as silk.  They had everything I needed and it arrived super fast.  Will visit them again for sure!



The brown cotton webbing is from this lovely Etsy shop. Another smooth transaction there.  I had also purchased the wider width brown webbing from the same shop for the bags' shoulder straps, but when I sat it all together, it was too much brown. Even for me hahaha. 

So I hemmed and hawed about what to use for those backpack style straps, until I set eyes on my yoga strap.  Ha!  It was the perfect accent to the light grey/blue subtleties in the floral print. It was also exactly the width and length called for in the pattern.  What the what?!  LOVE. IT! Sorry not sorry, yoga strap.



Huge amounts of space.



Recessed zipper to keep all your things safe.



Pockets on either side, perfect for a phone or compact umbrella. So cool.

I failed to get pictures of the inside (DAH!!!), but it's got two perfect pockets - one a large, stabilized patch pocket (ideal for a tablet or book), and the other an easy to install zipped pocket.  Perfection.



I am loving this bag, guys!  It was not hard to make at all - it was smooth and so rewarding! Pick up your copy HERE, and make an awesome rucksack!


Make sure you visit the other stops on the tour - so much creativity, and not a single bag looks alike!

Retro Rucksack Inspiration Tour:

 Tuesday, July 15th Quarter Incher || Dandelion Drift 
 Wednesday, July 16th Glitter + Wit || EmmylouBeeDoo 
 Thursday, July 17th Casa Crafty || Behind the Hedgerow 
 Friday, July 18th SewVery || Raspberry Sunshine 
 Saturday, July 19th Mia's Creations || Made By Sara

Have a good day, guys!
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5.23.2014

Vintage May!

 
Hello!
 
Today, I get to share with you my take on Vintage May, an awesome series curated by Jess of Craftiness is not Optional and Kristin of Skirt as Top.
 
I was SO EXCITED to be asked to be a part of this series!
 
 
http://skirtastop.com/

 
 
I have a humble, yet beloved vintage pattern collection... I started collecting them when Em was just a baby.  The 40's and the 70's are my favorite eras... Random, right? :)  Here are some of my favorites:
 
 
 
For this occasion, I was going to make a yellow gingham romper from another vintage pattern I have, but when I went Google searching for inspiration pics, the first thing that popped up was a certain gingham romper made for Vintage May by Jess herself.  Lol. Ooops.
 
So I changed things up, and settled on this pattern:
 
 
 
 
Which I've also actually made before, right here!

 
 
This time, for the shorts I used the Clover pattern from Willow & Co.  They are sooooo adorable!  These short were a snap to make, and I truly enjoyed the entire process.  Also enjoyable - sewing with this clay-hued stretch twill from Mood.  I actually bought this fabric to make a Moss Skirt for myself.  I'm hopeful I have enough left. :)

 
 
The super sweet white floral used for the halter top is a rayon challis from Denver Fabrics.  Hello my name is Sarah, and I am addicted to rayon challis.  And florals.  Nice to meet you.
 
Em's shoes are vintage suede Sperry's from this little Etsy shop.  So sweet.

 
 
I love how this outfit turned out!  It doesn't necessarily scream vintage, but there is a classic vibe to it.  I love it.  :)
 
Cheeeeeeese!

 
Thank you so much Kristin and Jess for having me as part of Vintage May!  It really was a blast to poke through my vintage patterns again.
 
 
Have a great weekend, everyone!
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5.21.2014

Shandiin Tank & Tunic - New Pattern Release


Hello, everyone!

SO EXCITED to let you know that my newest pattern, the Shandiin Tank & Tunic, is officially released!

The Shandiin (pronounced 'shun-deen'; Navajo for 'sunshine') Tank and Tunic is the perfect Summer top. The A-line shape allows for little bodies to stay cool in the heat, as does the unique back crescent cut-out. The Shandiin has sturdy-yet-feminine narrow straps, hem facings, and options galore. 

Button-front Tunic version:




Solid front Tank version:




Puffed hem Tank version:




Tomorrow I will share my testers' versions - wait until you see just how creative you can get with this pattern!

You can purchase the Shandiin Tank & Tunic pattern here on Etsy, or here on Kollabora!


I hope you like it guys!  Happy sewing!

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