Waxing poetic about cardigans

Creative Counselor: Cardigan round up

Believe it or not, I don’t actually like making cardigans.  If that’s the case, you may be wondering, why are you part of a blog tour about cardigans??  Valid question!

Even though I kind of detest making cardigans, I love wearing them, especially in the fall and winter, and because of that, I’ve found myself making quite a few over the years.  I’m hot and heavy into preparing for an upcoming trip, so I haven’t had the time (or motivation, let’s face it, it’s hard to get motivated to sew cardigans when it’s 90+ degrees out) to make any cardigans, so instead I’m rounding up a few of my favorites that I’ve made over the years. (Warning: it’s also a tour of Katie’s hairstyles over the last few years — wow, I look different in some of these photos!)

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Tieks Round 2 (and 3)

Creative Counselor: Tieks Round 2 and 3

It hasn’t been that long since I bought my first pair of Tieks and posted about my initial impressions (find that here).

Well since then, my mustard Tieks have fully broken in and become the shoes I reach for first.  I’ve worn them to work, running errands, to the park, even on the 2 1/4-mile round trip walk to and from my kids’ elementary school.  I’ve worn them wandering around town all day long, even to the point that J noticed, leading him to comment, “Wow, Mom, you must really love your new shoes.”

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Grainline Penny Raglan

***This post originally published on the Cali & Co blog***

If you’ve ever read my blog, it should be no surprise that I love loose, oversized garments, particularly those in bamboo jersey.  And this Penny Raglan (which I originally featured as a Cali & Co contributing blogger) is one of my all-time favorite flowy patterns.

Katie Lee: Penny Raglan

Photo Credit: Go Dream Photos

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Canyon Cardigan — still hanging on to summer

Welp, that was an unexpected weeklong break!  Oh well, worse things have happened🙂

Creative Counselor: Canyon Cardigan

And in the meantime, I tested the new cardigan just released by Love Notions — the Canyon Cardigan (affiliate link)!

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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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