Completed Work Staples: The Sutton Blouse

And now for the other part of my Sew the Show outfit — the True Bias Sutton Blouse.

True Bias Sutton Blouse sewn by Katie @ www.creative-counselor.com

Sutton Blouse — please forgive the wrinkles!

Another hole in my wardrobe is woven blouses.  Now that I’m in a more formal office, it’s nice to have some proper blouses to wear to work and to court, rather than knit tanks and t-shirts.  The Sutton Blouse was an obvious place to start.

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The Absent Woman

Hellooooooooo!

It’s been too long, my dears.  I just realized that I have been absent from this space for a month and haven’t posted anything substantive about sewing in longer than I care to calculate.  I wish I could tell you that the cause of my absence was something fun and exciting but my mother taught me not to lie.

Last month, Alida from Alida Makes announced a really fun sew along for the year called Sew the Show.  Each month she selects a Netflix show and asks sewists to make an outfit inspired by that particular show.  Like many others out there, I use my sewing time to catch up on Netflix shows, so I loved the idea of this challenge!

The first show Alida selected was new to me — a BBC drama called The Honorable Woman.  Since I had never seen it before, obviously I had to watch the show to get inspiration for my Nessa Stein-inspired outfit.  I can already tell that this monthly challenge will be both good and bad for my TV-consuming habits!  I loved The Honorable Woman.  I watched the whole mini series in just a few days — I couldn’t pull myself away!

But on to my outfit.  Nessa Stein, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal — wears simple, utilitarian, but classically beautiful business dress clothes.  She has a penchant for solid-color silk blouses, wide-leg trousers and simple shifts.  She also spends a lot of the show in her silk undergarments, but I opted to build my work wardrobe with this challenge instead :)

Delia Creates Pleated Pencil Skirt sewn by Katie @ www.creative-counselor.com

My Nessa Stein-inspired outfit.

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Coffee Date {#51}

Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you that it’s been a seriously rough week at our house. J was sick but that actually wasn’t our major stressor. I can’t really talk about it here but I’m hoping next week will bring some resolution.

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Is January too early to plan for Me-Made-May?

Ok so I know it’s only January and Me-Made May is still 3 months away, but I’m already starting my planning!

You see, I love participating in MMM every year — it’s such a great way to connect with the larger sewing community — but this May will present a few me-made challenges for me. Specifically, I am scheduled to be in a 3-week trial for almost the entire month!

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Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

If we were having coffee today I would tell you that we are having a nice reprieve from our arctic weather. It’s a sunny 50 today and my kids are really excited that they’ll get to play outside. Isn’t it crazy how winter conversation seems to revolve around weather? I guess it affects our day-to-day lives more than anything else at this time of year.

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What I Wore Wednesday — A dress! (And E-Shakti review but no giveaway)

One of my favorite style bloggers is Audrey from Putting Me Together. She doesn’t profess to be cutting edge but she has good, solid style tips for looking put together for the office when you’re short on time.

This year she’s started a weekly PMT Style Challenge to try to break out of style ruts. Since I am terrible about falling into style ruts I thought I’d follow along. The first week’s challenge was simple: wear a dress.

Well that seems simple enough but I NEVER wear dresses in the winter! I am generally anti-tights and it’s way too cold to wear dresses without them right now. But I sucked it up, pulled out my tights and put on … a dress!

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Coffee Date {#49}

Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

Well I’ve been knitting up a storm over the last several weeks and have even done a fair amount of sewing, but the documentation is what does me in during the winter months. Guess that’s why I’ll sometimes have 3+ sewing posts a week during the summer and go 3 weeks (or more) without one during winter. C’est la vie, I guess.

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Coffee Date {#48}

Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that right now I am officially unemployed! Well, kind of. Wednesday was my last day at the firm that I’d been with for 12 years (2 summers in law school + 10 years as an attorney). Monday I start with a new firm, and I’m really excited about the transition. It was weird last week realizing that I’d never walk through these doors as an employee again.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that Baby J has very suddenly entered his Terrible Twos. I’m guessing every parent out there is well aware that the Terrible Twos start long before age two and last well after that particular year is finished. I always know that the Twos will strike, but it catches you off guard when the sweet, pleasant, happy-24-hours-a-day baby suddenly becomes a clingy, obstinate, tantrum-throwing A-hole. Baby J’s favorite word these days is “NOOOOOOO” yelled at the top of his lungs. At least he’s still stinkin’ cute. I stand by my theory that toddler cuteness is an evolutionary , survival-of-the-fittest thing. Otherwise I feel pretty sure that humans might follow the way of the guppy and eat their young.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that we are all really ready for school to start on Monday. Two weeks is a long time to be home doing nothing when kids are used to the structure of school every day. They’re bored and cranky and totally have cabin fever by now. I am not one of those mothers who is sad when school vacations end. To the contrary, I’m the mother who think, “Oh thank the good Lord they’re going back.”

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that Albert and I are now 3 days into our second Whole 30. I seriously needed a reset after the sugar-fest that is Thanksgiving and Christmas. We started off the month with our favorite carnitas, but overall we’re planning to be a bit more low-key this time than the last time around.

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Here is my typical breakfast, particularly during a Whole 30:

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Eggs, sausage, spinach, avocado and a few olives. It’s chock full of protein, good fats and veggies, and it keeps me full until lunchtime. Anyway, I won’t go into a full-blown Whole 30 post, but I am excited to be starting this.

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?

Top 5 of 2014: Top 5 Goals

And now for the biggie! I’ve reflected on 2014, identified hits, misses and highlights and reflected on my sewing habits and processes. Now what am I going to do about it in 2015?

I treat my yearly goals as just that — goals, not hard and fast “must do or else I’ve failed” resolutions. These goals are things I’d like to focus on not just this year but just in general, but I also won’t beat myself up if they don’t happen.

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Top 5 of 2014: Top 5 Reflections

Reflecting on my sewing habits over the last year was a good exercise. Some of these reflections were pretty obvious and some more of a revelation.

Sometimes it seems crazy that I spend so much of my time doing something that pays me exactly nothing, but I really do love it. And something to which I devote so much of my time and energy definitely deserves some good reflection:

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