Coffee Date {#54}

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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Coffee Date {#53}

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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Finally finished — my Purl Soho Stitch Block Cowl

Wooohoooo!!! This thing is finally DONE!!!!!!!

Purl Soho Stitch Block Cowl knit by Katie @

YESSSSSS!! Cowl is finished. This thing took for-ev-er.

Okay so now it’s almost spring, our temps are almost 60 and technically I finished this cowl a month ago.  But we had such a streak of cold weather (rather unusual for Kansas at this time of year) I wore it almost non-stop for at least 3 weeks straight.  After all, when it’s below freezing outside and you just spent 3 months knitting the warmest, squishiest, most wonderful cowl ever, naturally you must wear it every day.

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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 @

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


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 @

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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Coffee Date {#50}

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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