Wednesday, May 25, 2016

sierra and watson and nora

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Some days, you start out feeling so confident.  The sewing is going amazing, everything is falling where it should and the look is working out.

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When I am feeling a little overwhelmed I take the time to do a small project. In this case, I decided to try Madalynne's Sierra pattern. It went together great and everything fit as it was supposed to. I was running a little low on coordinating lace:elastics:notions ratio So this set is a little mixed in colors. One alteration I made was to add a back "T" strap. I don't like halters. I tend to start looking like a turtle and get a weird neck ache after wearing any halter too long. The extra strap really helped.

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While I was on a roll, I picked up more elastics and notions at Mill End, and then went to work on a long overdue project for a friend.  I am getting ready to send her the mushroom dress, and her birthday is around this time, so I thought I would make that Watson she had asked for and a little Nora panty to coordinate.
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Nora comes with a full back option as well, but this was a specific request. I just hope it fits.  We don't live close to each other, so I will have to get feedback after she receives it. If all goes well, hopefully I can get it together and make her a few more. I'm not sure how I like the adjustable sides. I personally love string bikini, but when I make more, I think I am going to make them with the sides set. This is the first pair I have made, and they could have been a lot better, but they will work perfect to check the size.

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I have had my confidence shaken on a monthly repeat. These projects really helped me feel accomplished, but also, that I really do know what I am doing. I'm not naturally a combative person, nor do I handle aggressive criticism well, really at all. If I am being completely honest, my ability to filter out the hard negative thoughts gets harder the more I perceive failure. Like most people, I respond better to positive critique.
I've been really grateful to get suggestions, help, and learn new skills and methods. I've been more inspired in the last year than I have in twice that. But, I've also had to develop a thicker skin. That seems to separate me more and more from the people around me.
I've always felt that a certain level of vulnerability yields the heart in any project.  But, maybe that's the problem. I approach each project as an artistic expression, rather than a craftsman manufacturing a perfect product.
This is showing in the boys too. I've been having a harder time relating to them in a positive way. Especially my elder child. I feel terrible after they leave for school and I realize that I have been sarcastic and guarded all morning. Or that all I can think of is going back to bed...
They have been dishin' it right back and suffering with their social relationships as well. I can't say that it is all my fault, or that it is anyone's fault. Growing up is hard. No matter how old you are.
I am just reminded again that maybe my problems are not important because those two loves of mine are the absolutely most important thing. Helping them find their way in the world is my mission. Challenge accepted.

How do you handle the negative around you? Are you able to constantly look at the brighter side, the glass half full? Do you have any inspirational suggestions?

Monday, May 23, 2016

Cochall preview

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Meet the Cochall Cozy. I'm working on a series of cozy staples and this one made sense.  It's a Raglan sleeve pullover you can customize with a hood, flash dance style, or just a collar... (pshaw, just a collar...)

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The thing is, I don't have it together yet, so this is a Me Made May 16 tie in and probably will be ready for the fall as a pattern.

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I made this Hoodie version in Charley Harper knits, but it was just a little too small for me. Luckily I know some beautiful souls that are just a little smaller than me! Also- I tried to give it to my 10 year old son. He agreed it was really cozy, but admitted he wouldn't wear it because it has clouds on it. Apparently clouds are not manly. Just for that I might make him a pink one.

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So beautiful Nora gets to enjoy the loveliness of Charley Harper from Birch! 

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Knowing that my first one was too small, I had this light, loopy and lovely french terry from Mill End. It had a really unique selvedge fray that I wanted to incorporate. For the main shirt, I kept the loopy side toward my body. I reversed it for the cuffs, and kept that frayed side out. I also reversed it on the waistband.

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I wanted to have a really cozy top, something I was cool with throwing on over whatever, or nothing. So, I gave it the Flash Dance off the shoulder look. I cut the collar a little wider and left the edge raw.  I did a trace line of stitching to keep it from over stretching.

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(this is my- I'm working on it- face.)

In other news, I just realized its Kids Clothes week.  So I am going to jump on that, both my boys need some new gear and its perfect timing. Just a recap: we've got daily Me Made May insta posts. Now there is Kids Clothes week... I think I will keep that on the KCW site and do a post at the end of the week to recap.

Friday, May 20, 2016

baby gifting -

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Over the years I have gotten better and better at making baby gifts.  I have learned a few things about the process of gifting and after having had my babies go through the littles stage and are now into lego and not handmade, I understand the joy in having something absolutely unique.

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We don't know as many people having babies right now as we did at one point.  However, we do have one new babe coming into our circle in a few weeks! The parents have chosen to let themselves be elated and surprised, so there isn't a gender known yet.  Although, in this day and age, that is a really fluid concept anyway.

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Knowing that most people in this particular circle are probably going to be going towards the cutsie greens and yellows, I wanted to go with black and white, gray and teal! It just so happens that I had the perfect Madre Beads in mind for this gift as well!

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I made 2 layette gowns ( original tutorial here).  This time though, I used a rib knit to finish the hem and cuffs and made it a little snugger than I have in the past.  I also used a very geometric teal and white double gauze for a receiving blanket, similar to what I did here. Icing on the top is the Madre Beads and a little moon teether.

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I hope all goes smoothly for our new friends and their new bundle! We are always available to babysit!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Me Made May 2016 week 2

Its been another week of Me Made May. If you were following along on Instagram this week, you have already seen my posts, but here is  a little collage of them for you:

So clockwise from top left, what is me made? well: 1. Cine tank and First ever Hudsons 2. Scout tee I never blogged but wear all the time 3. Wanderer Pencil skirt (sewers gotta sew shirt from See Kate Sew) 4. Another Scout tee I never blogged 5. My favorite Jilllian Cardi (also not blogged, but the link to the hudsons will take you to another Julia) and one of my first ever creations a braided neckline tank made before I was a blogger... yikes. 6. My flannel and pleather Archer 7. My favorite Prairie Underground inspired leggings and a cool as h*#$ sweater from the Goodwill!

I've been having a lot of fun forcing myself to pull out some old favorites, and while I am doing this I am discovering a lot of pieces I made but I am probably never going to wear again. So, if you don't mind hand sewn gear, I am going to offer these up for sale at a very discounted rate!

My party frock $25.00 free shipping in the US

All of these pieces are made to fit me. I am small in the chest, small/medium in the hips and butt.  average height at 5'6". So in general I make an xs/s or a 4/6 US, without editing length of sleeve or length of shirt/skirt from pattern specs. 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Out and About Dress

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Happy Mothers Day!
Do you like my new Birki's? I painted my toes just to show them off. My feet and legs and hips have been hurting so much with flip flop weather, it was just time to get a new pair of GOOD summer sandals. What a lovely dress to wear them with too! This is my mushroom printed Out and About Dress. The pattern is by Sew Caroline and is available at Nic and Fig's as well as this fabric. I taught a class last weekend and this was my personal sample. Lucky me, just in time for a Mother's day outing to Grandma's!

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My sisters pampered me and my mom and my grandmother by letting us chat while they set up brunch and cleared it away. Ralphie was over the moon for a neighbor dog Emma (I've posted her before). We enjoyed a lovely day, and now I am looking forward to an essential oil scented bath and Then Game of Thrones! But more about the pattern...

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At first I thought it should be tighter, especially around the waist.  But after wearing it all day, I actually really like it as it fits from the pattern. It's light and airy and lovely.
I really like the cuff finishing. Sometimes with knits, there isn't a cuff in the pattern, and I find you end up with wonky hem lines depending on your knit. This pattern is sweet, simple and when I taught this the other weekend, everyone came away with a well fitting garment.

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This is also my Sunday wrap up of week 1 of Me Made May. I thought I would share my pledge and share what I wore all week!

I, Kelley of and @casakelley , sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '16. I endeavor to wear at least 2 handmade pieces each day for the duration of May 2016. I make so much that I need to figure out which pieces I actually enjoy wearing the most. You can follow me daily on instagram and weekly on my blog. Looking forward to it!!!

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So from top left clockwise:
1. an edited Cine Tank with a silk back and jersey front, tutorial coming soon. I made it that day and also wore handmade underpants (not pictured...)
2. Stretch twill Hudsons based off of this pair by Lauren Dahl of Baste and Gather, these have not been blogged yet but soon.
3. A Cine tank dress I made last summer from some seriously buttery soft knit by April Rhodes for Art Gallery (again, handmade undergear)
4. Purple Aidez knit by me and refashioned top from so many years ago while I took Murphy to the doctor.

clockwise from top left:
5. My Peri Pullover from last fall again handmade underpants
6. El Tigre Alder dress and a watson hiding under there
7. A Julia Cardi from fabric I got in San Francisco, not blogged yet, but soon and a Watson
8. The Out and About Dress blogged today, handmade undergear.

In my pledge, I said I would wear at least two items I made. Just to be clear, in the future I am not going to point out that I almost wear Undergarments that I made.

Friday, May 6, 2016

this week in knitting- Craft Social terrarium hanger

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This last week, Craft Social was lovely. Quiet, calm, just a couple friends chatting and stitching. I worked on a mini embroidery I will show you later.

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 We enjoyed the time to sit and visit and stitch.  Sarah is relearning cross stitch, so she came with a pattern and I set her up with the materials she needed to make it happen! (she wants to do a series of mason jars for her new kitchen!)

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Next Tuesday, I'm making terrariums if you would like to join me?

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I decided to knit this pretty little hangar for a fish bowl terrarium, It is from a tutorial on Kollabura. I may knit up a few more, if any of you would like one let me know! You can sign up and pay for materials on, or shoot me an email:

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

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It's Cinco de Mayo! I am going to take this opportunity to introduce you to Mr.Thrifty (actual product name for this skeleton model)! Mr.Thrifty came from my mom's house.  He is in my living room and will change outfits on the regular. Today, he is sporting a genuine Pendleton woolen mills poncho and a jaunty felt hat.

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I have never made a doll size hat, I feel like this went ok.  The poncho is just cut from scraps. I may add some fringe at some point, so I haven't hemmed it.

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Mr.Thrifty is hanging out with his friend Yucatan Sam and Don Quixote. They are ready to party and throw Don Quixote into the river (after all it was the Spaniards that Mexico fought for Independence from, friends or not...)note: I was wrong. Mexico's independence day is in September, its a common American faux paux to confuse the two days. They fought a small independence from France on May 5 though... 

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He's gonna play some clay flute while he is at it.