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Utensil Rolls

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I was 99% sure I would not be posting this month, as blogging has been a lower priority this summer than anytime in my blogging life thus far. When I have time to sew, that’s what I want to do, not photograph, edit, write, and have yet more screentime… Anyway I finished these as gifts literally this morning and realized they would be easy to photograph and I could get these out this month! So, here is a great gift idea for the zero-waste enthusiast in your life. Which will soon be all of us in California, as disposable utensils are slowly but surely on their way out . First up are these compact utensil cases I made as a wedding gift for my current boss. He had listed very similar utensil cases on his registry and I decided I could make them myself, for less than half the price. I held up a ruler against my monitor screen to approximate dimensions, did some math, and worked out a pattern to very closely mimic the listed product. And I am really growing up as a person because I made a p

Twin Morris Blazers

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This is a another placeholder post! I am a month behind lol. Pattern: Morris Blazer by Grainline Studio Fabric: Poly Suiting in "Biking Red" from JoAnn  

McCalls 7084 Shirtdress

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Well here we are, on the last day of the month, scrambling to get another blog post out. I’m back to sewing a bit this summer, but I’m still chipping away at my backlog. Introducing… this shirtdress that is somewhat reminiscent of a retro nurse’s uniform. This dress, like so many of my projects, was a long time coming. The fabric was acquired at the garage sale of legends in June 2019 where I picked up many other lengths of fabric that have since turned into garments. I actually bought the pattern probably within 6 months of acquiring the fabric, but I had no intention to pair them together. I knew from the near-outset that I wanted to make a collared shirtdress with this fabric, a length of 4 yards of businessman-baby blue with some texture to the weave. I initially assumed it was 100% cotton, but it crinkles so bloody much I think there must be a sizeable percentage of synthetic fibers in there too. I initially thought a good pairing would be with the Tilly and the Buttons Rosa Dres

Me Made May 2022 Recap!

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Today is the last day of May, and of Me Made May 2022! My fourth year. Finals mayyyy be next week, but in a lapse of (long-term) questionable judgement, I have put in the time for a monthlong recap chock full of pics from every single day.  Without further ado, buckle your seatbelt and let’s go. Part 1: The Pledge My 2022 pledge was to wear at least one me-made garment every day in May 2022. Mended or altered ready-to-wear garments and jewelry do not count as substitutes, but do count for extra credit. 😊 Spoiler alert: I succeeded in this every day. More thoughts to come.  Part 2: The Daily Pic I successfully took a pic every single day! Here they are, with labels of all the me-made garments. They are linked to the blog post where I’ve discussed them. Click for a larger view. Lucky you for this year, I think there are only three (!) garments that are still unblogged. (In other words, I’ve been operating on backlog and sewing almost not at all in my first year of grad school.)  May 1:

Crochet Produce Bag & Me Made May 2022

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Hey hey. Real talk, grad school is all-consuming and the only crafting I’ve done in 2022 includes: Finishing up a top that I will share eventually  Repairing my bike saddle cover, a sheet, and a vintage-from-Mom comforter I am not thrilled with this meager output, and for the sake of balance, mental health, etc. I wish I could find more time to craft. I cannot tell you how happy I felt spending an hour here and there on those repairs, which means I really miss it. But at least I am wearing a lot of handmade items and enjoying the fruits of my labor when I had more time to devote to creative practices.  Which brings me to Me Made May 2022 ! This will be my fourth (!) year celebrating handmade clothing with the making community. In 2019 , I barely had enough me-mades to make the month worthwhile. In 2020 , during the peak of pandemic shelter-in-place and easing into working from home, I had a lot of fun with it when little else was happening. Last year, in 2021 , what I would call the be