Sew the Show: My 90s-themed Victoria Blazer

And now the second part of my Sew the Show outfit — my cropped Victoria Blazer from By Hand London! (Find the first part here).

Cropped By Hand London Victoria Blazer sewn by Katie @

90s-inspired Victoria Blazer

I love my tank dress, but I knew that I wanted something to throw over it to make it an “outfit.”  I initially thought about using my awesome floral twill for a jean jacket, but realized that a very-casual jean jacket wouldn’t be as useful for me as a blazer.  I had the Victoria Blazer pattern in my stash, and with its 90s style, it was a match made in heaven!

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Mission Maxi dress for Sew the Show sewn by Katie @

April Sew the Show Outfit #1: Rachel

Well, if I found the March Sew the Show theme, Boardwalk Empire, less than inspiring, the April theme was the exact opposite!  Alida announced the April theme early on the Facebook page and I was thrilled to see that it was Friends!


This show is such a throwback to high school and college for me.  The show premiered in 1993 and ran for 10 years.  I was a freshman in high school in the fall of 1993 and graduated in 1997.  I finished up my undergrad degree in 2001 and graduated from law school 2004.  So basically, Friends was a constant throughout these very influential years.

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Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

Happy Friday! Is anyone else as ready for the weekend as I am?  Work has been busy but not soooo busy that I’m drowning (yet — trial prep starts in earnest soon and then oy).  My exhaustion is primarily due to the fact that I’ve been working on some sewing projects after the kids go to bed at night and I started reading the Divergent trilogy and staying up way too late to finish just one more chapter!

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My Me-Made May Pledge

Yay, my favorite time of year is approaching: Me-Made May! I love the camaraderie and community that goes along with MMM so I always want to participate.

This year May will be challenging because I’m scheduled to be in trial for the first three weeks. That means I’ll have to wear business formal dress every day and won’t have any time to fill holes that I discover during the month.

As a result, my pledge isn’t as ambitious as it would otherwise have been but I think it’s doable.

Without further ado, here is my pledge for Me-Made May 2015:

“I, Katie of Creative Counselor (, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’15. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade items each work day and all handmade items each weekend day for the duration of May 2015.”

Who else is playing along this year?

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Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

Happy Easter to all out there who celebrate this holiday, and happy weekend to those who don’t!

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that this holiday has really sneaked up on me.  I don’t have a single Easter basket supply yet, and J has informed me that the Easter Bunny hides candy eggs in the backyard for an Easter egg hunt on Easter morning.  Really, buddy?  Weeeeelllll, we’ll see about that!

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The (Lingerie) Game is Afoot! My Watson Bra and Panty Sets.

“When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

When I began sewing almost 4 years ago, I would have thought it impossible that one day I would make all my own lingerie.  Now that I have made my first bra and panty set, I know that, while it may seem improbable, one day it will be the truth!

(Apologies in advance for the upcoming photo dump :) )

Watson bra and panty sets sewn by Katie @

My pretty Watson bra and panty sets.

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Nutmeg knickers by Colette Patterns sewn by Katie @

Sew the Show: A Little Half-Hearted

I have to admit, I was a little disappointed when I saw the March selection for Sew the Show — Broadway Empire. I had never seen it before but a 1920s-era mobster show just really didn’t sound like my cup of tea either in a show or style. Still, I kept an open mind and gave it a try.

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Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

Happy Friday! After a couple days of cold and rain, it is beautiful again in Kansas and this weekend promises more of the same.  The warmth and sun puts me in such a good mood after winter.  I know there are many out there who dread the coming of summer, but I love it — the baking sun, the green grass, the blue sky…I pretty much love everything about summer.

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Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

Hello on this beautiful spring day!  I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and a great start to spring break (if your break hits this week like ours does).

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that we had a nice weekend with my parents. They were down for their monthly visit and it was sunny and warm the whole time they were here. We played outside, went to the park, hiked, rode bikes, and ate out since we didn’t feel at all like cooking. Spring weekends are just so much more pleasant than winter ones!

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On Dress Forms

A couple of posts about dress form popped up in my feed last week (Cloth Habit here, and Clothing Engineer here), which got me thinking about my own.

I do actually have a dress form, which may come as a surprise to some because it rarely, if ever, appears on this blog.  That’s because I hardly ever use it.  And that’s because it’s the wrong size.

You might think that the sizing issue should have been apparent when I ordered it, but in my defense, it really wasn’t.  I ordered a professional body form from The Shop Company many moons ago when reviews and discount codes for them were all over the sewing blogosphere.  It’s a very nice quality dress form (very nice, particularly considering the cost), and my measurements put me exactly in a size 10.

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