Category Archives: Pattern Review

Knock it Off — My Modcloth Knock Off

I had so many options and such grand plans for my stop on the Knock It Off tour this year!  But when it came right down to it, I went for something simple.  That’s partly because I really do prefer simple shapes and simple clothing, and partly because my spring pretty much went to hell in a handbasket.  Work has been crazy busy ever since the beginning of the year, and then my husband blew out his Achilles, and my oldest had a rare autoimmune reaction to a virus and spent 5 nights in the hospital.  Whew!

Creative Counselor: Knock it off tour

 

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Made: Pirate Pencil Skirt

Patterns for Pirates has many lovers in the indie sewing world, but it’s not a designer I’ve used very often.  I do have several of their patterns, so maybe I’ll have to work my way through reviewing them.

Even though I haven’t used their top or dress patterns, I am a fan of their Pirate Pencil Skirt, which is free to members of the Facebook group.  I love me a good knit pencil skirt — they are easy to wear in almost any situation and take virtually no time to sew!

Creative Counselor: Pirate Pencil Skirt

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D&D Melilot Shirt

Long time no see, friends!  I hope everyone has had an adequate 6 weeks since I last checked into this space.  If I said that I had a great 6 weeks, I would totally be lying.  To be honest, the last 6 weeks have been rather shitty in my corner of the world.  My husband ruptured his Achilles in late February playing basketball with the first graders, so he has been in a boot and using a scooter to get around for the last 5 weeks.  He had surgery to repair it 3 weeks ago.

And we have spent the last 3 days with my oldest an inpatient at the children’s hospital, with expectations of being here at least another 5 days or so.  He had a very rare reaction to some sort of viral infection.  Still trying to figure out exactly what, though he tested positive for flu and little sister has mono.  Yeah, when it rains it pours.  “Go big or go home” is the Lee motto this year.

Creative Counselor: Melilot Shirt

Anyway, before the proverbial shit hit the fan around here, I managed to complete this Deer & Doe Melilot shirt, which further cemented my love for D&D patterns.  They’re just so nice!

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Doing a Lil’ Laundry

It’s all about the kiddos this week!

It’s the Daddy-Daughter dance at school tonight, and the girl requested a new dress for the occasion.  She was in my fabric room last week and pulled out a galaxy print jersey (that I got aaaages ago from Girl Charlee) as the perfect fabric for her dress.  And lo and behold, I had cut a dress for her out of that exact fabric about a year ago!

Creative Counselor: Lil Laundry Day Tee

It was fate.

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Panama Tee dress for “night”

I managed to sneak in my “night” dress for the “Day and Night Dress Challenge” just under the radar!

Creative Counselor: Panama Tee Dress

The day part of this challenge was easy — pretty much anything went for that one.  But night was a little more challenging.  I don’t have many occasions to wear fancy dresses, date nights tend to be pretty cas, and when I do want a night dress, I typically don’t wear black (a random, in my opinion, requirement for the “night” dress).

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D&D Arum — my “Day” dress

Before the ice-storm-that-wasn’t, I managed to get some photos of this dress last week when our temps hit the 60s for a few random days.

Creative Counselor: Arum Dress

This is my “day” dress for the Day and Night Dress Challenge on Elizabeth Made This.  It’s also a Pinterest-inspired make.  I saw this dress on Pinterest and knew I wanted it, but I didn’t want to buy it since I had never heard of the seller before and I get a little skeptical of clothes from unknown makers that randomly pop up all over social media feeds.

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Wrapping myself in warmth, aka the Named Talvikki Sweater

I spent a few lovely days in Minnesota and northern Wisconsin over New Year’s this year — I say lovely because even though it was flipping cold and snowy outside, we were cozy and warm inside with wonderful friends and a brand new baby to help snuggle.

And while I was there, hunkering down from the cold, I managed to crank out this Named Talvikki sweater!

Creative Counselor: Named Talvikki Sweater

**All photos in this post are courtesy of Crystal Liepa Photography

I’ve had my eye on the Talvikki ever since its release earlier this fall, and it is just as warm and snuggly as it looks in the listing photos.

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The Runway Skirt

Oh, it was so warm when I took these photos!  As I’m sitting here in my frigid office looking at the even more frigid parking lot, I am, as is my habit in the wintertime, pining away for summer.

But back to the matter at hand!  I pre-tested the Runway Skirt for Audrey of Skirt Fixation and Savvy Patterns, and I am just now getting around to showing off my skirt!

Creative Counselor: Runway Skirt

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