My Tieks Experience — Are they Worth the Money?

A few weeks ago, I was asking around in the Capsule Wardrobe Facebook group for recommendations for flats, and someone asked whether I’d tried out Tieks.  She said they’re expensive, but people rave that they are the most comfortable and durable flats they’ve ever owned.

I had never heard of Tieks, but I’m always on the search for the perfect flat.  I love wearing flats, but most that I’ve had have come up short.  I checked out the site, and immediately fell in love with all of the gorgeous, saturated colors and was intrigued by the materials and design.  I could tell that these had the potential to be as awesome as their reputation.

Creative Counselor: Tieks Review

I read a lot of online reviews as well, uniformly glowing about how amazing these shoes are.  Since I loved the colors and have been searching for perfect flats for years, I decided to give them a try.  And since I love to opine on all these sewing and fashion, I will share my experience with you lovely folks!

**For anyone wondering, I paid full price for these shoes and received absolutely no kickbacks or freebies.  I’m not being compensated in any way for reviewing these shoes and providing my thoughts. I didn’t even get a discount.

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Pattern Review: WBM Daisy Dropped Shoulder Blouse

So today I’m back with a full-on review of the Daisy Dropped Shoulder Blouse that has already appeared twice on this blog without a proper review!

Creative Counselor: Daisy Dropped Shoulder blouse

I received this pattern free of charge (full disclosure) to pair with the WBM slim fit pants that I tested a couple of weeks ago.  For that pairing, I made this black top.  And I liked it so much that I immediately made another!

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Sewing for the (big) boy

I went to look for my post about this outfit I made for J late last fall, but I realized that while I blogged about it for the (now inoperable) Sew the Show blog, I never wrote about it here!

Creative Counselor: Ried's Classic Chinos

Well, time to change that🙂

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I’m back and Sew Ready for Fall!

Hello my peeps!  I hope everyone had a great summer like I did.  It was nice to step back from some commitments for a few months.  As you saw, I did a lot of pattern testing over the summer, more than I usually do, which was good to fill some holes in my wardrobe.  But with fall just around the corner (my oldest starts school on FRIDAY, and my daughter is only a week away from her first day of kindergarten), I’m getting back to the good ol’ blog.

Creative Counselor: Sew Ready for Fall

And to celebrate the end of summer, I’m kicking off my fall blogging with a big ol’ tour that includes a big ol’ giveaway for you! (So be sure to read all the way to the end to get all the details).

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Filling holes in my closet — WBM Slim Fit Pants

I think this may be the first time a Wardrobe by Me pattern has ever appeared on this blog!  Not because I haven’t wanted to sew any of these patterns, but I just hadn’t gotten around to it (story of my sewing life).

But work pants are a huge hole in my closet, so I jumped at the chance to test the new Slim Fit Flat Front Pants from Wardrobe by Me.

Creative Counselor: WBM slim fit pants

These are a classic chino with slim legs.  They have a flat front, full zip fly, back darts, and a waistband with belt loops.  These photos are of the tester version of the pants, but the final pattern didn’t change much, so they should still give a really good idea of how the final pants look.

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Luna Loungewear

The latest Love Notions pattern has released and once again I tested it (Disclaimer: I am one of Love Notions paid testers, meaning that I get a small stipend for testing the pattern and then talking about it after release).

This time Tami decided to make sure that we were all as well dressed at night as we are during the day.  Hence the Luna Loungewear (affiliate link) pajama set:

Creative Counselor: Luna Loungewear

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Pattern Testing: Blank Slate Leralyn

If you’re thinking that I’ve been doing a lot of pattern testing for my summer “off,” you would be right.  There aren’t too many things that entice me to unpaid pattern testing anymore, but one of the rare reasons why I will do so is if I’m looking for motivation to make a particular category of garment.  That was my reason for testing the KBSD shorts I showcased earlier this week, and it was also my reason for testing this new pattern from Blank Slate Patterns — the Leralyn Dress.

Creative Counselor: Leralyn Dress

A loose shift dress has been on my need-to-make-now list foreeeeeever, but other projects always kept jumping in front of it.  I knew that testing would finally give me the kick in the bum that I needed to add this dress to my wardrobe.

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Cali & Co Contributor!

I’ve been having a nice little blog break this summer, and taking some time to really think about how I want to use this space going forward.

One hard reality for me is that if I want to keep this space alive, it ultimately needs to support itself.  Meaning that it needs to eventually bring in enough income to cover the cost of the materials and considerable time that goes into putting it together.

To accomplish that, I will ultimately start working on forming partnerships with businesses that make sense for this blog and readership, and on growing this little community.  I have a couple of things in the works that I’m really excited about, and I’m talking more about one of them today.

I was very honored to be selected as an official contributor to the new Cali Fabrics blog that will be launching August 1!  I’m a big Cali Fabrics fan anyway, so this wasn’t a big leap for me, but I’m very happy that Ron and the Cali Fabrics team is taking a leap of faith with me🙂

Starting in August, you will find me periodically over at the new Cali Fabrics blog talking about their fabrics and the things I make with it.  And of course you’ll continue to see lots of Cali Fabrics goodness here🙂

I’m excited about all the possibilities here, and even have my first project complete and ready for photographs!