Coffee Date {#70}

Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

Hello, happy Friday everyone!

Well it has been an absolutely beautiful couple of weeks here in Kansas.  Not that I’ve had tons of time to enjoy it — work has been busy these days!  

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that J stayed home from school with some flu-like virus the last two days, which was a real bummer.  He actually doesn’t have school tomorrow (end of the quarter) so assuming that he’s feeling better we’ll take him to the preschool tomorrow and he can spend the day playing with his best buddy!  They go to different elementary schools, but have been best friends since the day they met so we try to get the boys together on a regular basis even though they’re at different schools.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that Baby J is at about the cutest age ever!  His language is developing so quickly now.  We actually have conversations.  He loves to come up to me and ask, “How you doin’ Mama?”  I’ll say, “I’m doing okay, how are you doing,” to which he responds, “I doin’ otay.”  And then moves on to his next task.

Two may just be my favorite age.  Sure, two-year-olds are kind of a pain in the a$#, but they’re so incredibly cute and you almost want to puke.  The older ages are great too, especially since I can have actual conversations with J and N, but there is something special about 2.

If  we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’ve spent most of the week sewing for Albert!  The new Seamwork issue was all menswear, and both of the patterns address a huge hole in his wardrobe.  So he got two new sweaters this week — I’ll have to post about them soon!

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

And More Leggings

And I’m back with MORE leggings!  When I was planning out my fall capsule, I knew I wanted to make 4 bottoms, that I didn’t want to do any skirts (since I knew I wouldn’t wear them) and that I wouldn’t have time to make too many complicated pieces.  Enter leggings.

Creative Counselor: Virginia Leggings

These are the Megan Nielsen Virginia Leggings, a great pattern for basic leggings.

I’m not going to go on too much about this pattern.  It’s good, as is every MN pattern I’ve worked with (I’m a bit of a MN fangirl, as you may know if you’ve followed this blog for a while).  Great fit, simple construction, straightforward instructions.

Creative Counselor: Virginia Leggings

This pattern is drafted for knit fabrics with 40% stretch.  That would make it a great pattern if you wanted a pair of cozy French terry or fleece leggings, or a more sturdy pair of ponte leggings.

What it’s not the best for is super stretchy bamboo/spandex jersey, like the fabric I used to make my leggings.  Don’t get me wrong — these leggings are super soft and comfy.  But since the pattern is drafted for something with slightly less stretch, my leggings tend to get a little stretched out at the knees and butt after a few wearings.  I really should have gone down at least one size for this fabric.

Creative Counselor: Virginia Leggings

Still, I like them.  They’re incredibly comfortable and I will undoubtedly wear them a lot. But I’m also still trying to get over the fact that, to me, leggings still seem like pajamas.  In fact, every pair of leggings that I’ve ever owned have very quickly found their way into my pajama drawer and stayed there.  We’ll see if these capsule leggings ultimately avoid that fate.

Creative Counselor: Virginia Leggings

Pattern: Virginia Leggings by Megan Nielsen Patterns.

Cost: $11.45

Size: S.

Fabric: Bamboo/spandex jersey from

Difficulty: Beginner.  Leggings are quick and easy, perfect for even a beginner.

Techniques required: Working with knits, sewing curves on knits, attaching an elastic waistband.

Similar patterns: Leggings patterns are a dime a dozen.  If you can’t find a leggings pattern, you’re just not looking.

Modifications: None.

Fit: Good.  I wish I would have gone down a size with my fabric, but otherwise the fit is good..

Pattern format: PDF.  This is the only Megan Nielsen pattern I’ve ever used in PDF format, and it was just fine.  There are only 2 pattern pieces so it’s not too cumbersome to piece together.


  • Easy, simple construction.
  • Good fit.
  • Quick to put together.  Only 4 seams and a waistband.
  • Good for sturdier or warmer fabrics.


  • Not great for very stretchy fabrics without sizing down.
  • I don’t love the waistband instructions.  This one uses a casing, which is fine, but the elastic isn’t the most secure.  I prefer the method from the Ooh La Leggings.

Overall grade: B. Good basic leggings pattern, which every seamstress needs, even if you just use them for pajamas, like me :)

Ooh La Leggings

Continuing with my capsule wardrobe pieces, let’s talk about the Papercut Patterns Ooh La Leggings.

Creative Counselor: Ooh La Leggings

This was probably the capsule piece about which I initially had the most reservations, but in the end, it’s one of my favorite pieces!

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Dropje Vest: All the Deets


Creative-Counselor: Dropje Vest

I knew I wanted to add a vest to my fall capsule, and there aren’t very many indie vest patterns on the market.  In fact, the Dropje Vest** by Waffle Patterns may be one of the only ones!  (Hint to indie designers — make a vest!).  But the pattern was really good.  I made no fit alterations, and it ended up fitting exactly how I like straight out of the envelope.

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My Fall Capsule Challenge

As you may have seen, I finished my fall Momiform capsule and revealed it last week.  You’ll see my detailed thoughts on each of those patterns over the coming weeks.

Creative Counselor: Momiform MAKEover Fall Capsule Reveal

But I had a thought recently that I needed something to make sure that I wear these capsule pieces on a regular basis.  One thing about my default “Momiform” — it’s comfy.  Like really comfy.  The jeans are so well worn and broken in that they’re soft as suede.  The t-shirts and sweatshirt are that lovely cotton/poly American Apparel blend that feels like butter on my skin. So I fear that I will still default to it even though it all looks like it would be appropriate for an extra on The Walking Dead (shameless plug: TWD is the upcoming October Sew the Show choice — if you don’t follow me over there, you should!).

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Knock ’em Dead — the Sallie Jumpsuit

Since fall is officially here (though you may not know it from our temps!), I finally made the full-length Sallie jumpsuit I’ve been coveting since the pattern’s release.  We had a party to attend when the Plaza art fair was on over the weekend, so it was the perfect opportunity.

Creative Counselor: Sallie Jumpsuit

Let’s cut to the chase: I looooooove this jumpsuit!  I think it may be the most comfortable and flattering garment that I’ve ever sewn for myself!

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Coffee Date {#69}

Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

Wow, it’s been a while since we’ve had a coffee date!

I feel like I’ve been a sewing fool lately, at least on here.  I’m not actually sewing much more than I usually do, but I finally feel like I’m getting some sort of system worked out for all the blog photos.  I found a place in my backyard where I can take decent shots (thanks Crystal for showing me the right angle!) and now that the kiddos are all in school 3 days a week, I can usually talk Albert into taking photos over lunch break for me once a week.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that we are finally becoming good Catholics again.  Now that J is in kindergarten he officially started religious education class after church on Sundays so we’ve been going every week.  It’s been a while and it’s nice to get back in that routine.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I realized last night that I am such a Midwest girl.  I’ve was bi$*^ing all winter and spring about wanting summer, and then I looooooved summer while it was here (short though it was for us).  But then last night as I was walking down to my sewing room, I had this fleeting thought about how nice it would feel to put on a thick sweater, leggings and slippers, and curl up under a warm blanket with my knitting while it snowed.  Yep. I like my seasons just like a good Midwestern girl!

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that I am sitting here right now listening to Baby J refuse his nap.  I put him down about an hour ago and he’s been talking and now fussing in his bed ever since.  J and N both gave up napping entirely at 2 1/2 and I fear that Baby J will follow suit.  On the one hand I will miss the quiet time that a nap provides, but on the other hand it is soooooo much easier to schedule out our day when we don’t have worry about a nap!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we’re in what is probably the most gorgeous time of the year here.  The temps still top out in the low- to mid-80s, but it’s 60s in the morning and evenings.  It’s sunny and dry with that beautiful clear blue sky that John Denver sang about.  One of my favorite times of year.

Well, it’s clear that a nap isn’t happening today, so I’m headed to get the baby boy up and go about our day.

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

Jumping on the Joggers Trend — Woven Anima Pants

Somehow or other the earlier review that I did of the Papercut Patterns Anima Pants disappeared into the blogosphere (grrrr — I hate losing work product!).  I wasn’t going to post about these until next week, but I’ve gotten so many questions about them that I decided to push up the date.

Creative Counselor: Anima Pants

So here they are — my woven Anima pants!

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