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Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

What happened to the summer?  I blinked and it was gone.  We had an unusually long winter, an incredibly rainy spring that just wouldn’t end, and now after a summer without a single day over 100 degrees, it appears that fall is moving in.  I’m feeling totally cheated.

But I do love fall clothes, so I guess I’ll just embrace my layers and booties and hope for our usual long and beautiful fall season.

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Birthday shirt for the hubs

Well this is a rare treat!  It’s no secret that I spend most of my sewing time making things for myself, but on occasion I do sew for other members of my family.  I find it more difficult to sew for others in my household since I’m not actually in their heads and don’t know their every thought about what I’m making.

But this summer I set out to finally make Albert the button down shirt I’d been promising him for ages.  His birthday falls mid-summer, just a couple of weeks after Father’s Day, so I made this shirt as a combo birthday/Father’s Day present.

Creative Counselor: Birthday Shirt for the Hubs McCalls 6044

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Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

If we were having coffee today, I would happily report that everyone is back in school!  N and Baby J started earlier this week and are doing great.  Other than a slight mix-up on Baby J’s first day (his days are slightly different until he turns 2 in a couple of weeks due to state childcare regulations), everything is going smoothly.  They are very happy to be back in school!

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Instant Gratification (or not) — Jocole Skinny Pants

I wanted to love this pattern.  I really did.

Creative Counselor: Jocole Ladies Skinny Pants

All the other Capsule Sewalong ladies sang its praises from here to high heaven, along with all Jocole patterns.  So even though I’ve never sewn a Jocole pattern before, I had really high hopes for this pattern — the Ladies Skinny Pants.  Not to mention that if this pattern fit well, it would be a super comfy instant gratification sew, which is hard to come by in pants.

But it’s just not doing it for me.

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Rut?  What Rut?

Some people, seeing yet another tank top on my blog, might say that I am in a sewing rut.  But I say, no way!  It’s just Midwest summer :)

Creative Counselor: Plantain tank mash-up

Anyway, I’m “bringing home” this outfit that I originally posted over on the Sew the Show blog as my Modern-Family-inspired July Sew the Show outfit.

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Coffee Date {#65}

Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that this is a big Friday at our house — my first baby started kindergarten today!  He is nervous but excited and I know that he will have a great year.  His teacher is really sweet and seems like the perfect kindergarten teacher.  He has about 10 boys in his class, so there should be lots of opportunities for new friends!

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Happy birthday Washi!

The Washi dress, the very first women’s pattern released from Made by Rae, turned three years old this week!

Creative Counselor: Happy birthday Washi!

So I don’t typically celebrate birthdays for random patterns, but Rae decided to have a Washi birthday celebration and since Washi was one of the first patterns I sewed successfully for myself, I decided to join in!

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Scouting Around — Grainline for the Win.

I am seriously late to this party.  Sewists and bloggers have been sewing up and touting the virtues of the Scout Tee for what seems like years and I just recently got around to sewing one up!

Creative Counselor: Scout Tee

Now I know what the fuss was all about.

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Kymy Dolman: A pattern review

You all know I can’t post about a new pattern and pattern company without giving you all the nitty-gritty detail. My blog tour post on Saturday was getting way too long for my typical pattern review, so I decided to break it out and review separately.

Creative Counselor: Kymy Dolman Top by EYMM

Bottom line:  I was surprised at how much I liked this top, particularly since it’s a very simple design.  What I really love about it is the fit through the waist and hips.  I think it’s just so flattering and I can wear it with so many things.

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