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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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Boys Can Wear Pink!

It’s that time of year! Time for season 3 of Handmade Boy’s Boys Can Wear Pink blog tour. Given current events, it seems appropriate to take a few minutes to continue the efforts to break down gender stereotypes for both boys and girls.

Creative Counselor: Boys Can Wear Pink

I am blessed with two beautiful boys in addition to my girl, so while we have a healthy dose of pink in our house, it’s not overwhelming.  Still, when you ask my kids what colors they like (or when they randomly volunteer that information), my oldest will say in no uncertain terms, “I like all colors EXCEPT pink and purple.”

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Watcha Wearin’? A Velvet Penny Raglan, of course!

Happy 2017 everyone! Today I’m popping in as part of Tibeca’s Watcha Wearin’ January blog tour with a new make and maybe some style inspiration for the new year.  I’ll be participating every Friday this month, showing off how I wear some of my handmades in my day-to-day life.

Watcha Wearin' January

Today I’m showing off the new Penny Raglan that I made last month.  While my love for the Penny Raglan has already been documented, I haven’t pulled out the pattern since summer.  But I had leftovers from N’s velvet Christmas dress and wanted to make something for me, so when my eyes landed on my Penny pattern, I knew it was a match made in heaven!

Creative Counselor: Velvet Penny Raglan

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Poolside Party: I made a bikini!

Well, I’m popping in for a post today because it happens to be my stop on the Pool Side Beach Party tour hosted by Lulu & Celeste  and Sprouting Jube Jube.  And be sure to read all the way to the end for oodles of coupon codes and prizes!

When they announced this tour, I was intrigued because I’ve been meaning to make some swimsuits for ages, and even have a nice little stash of swim fabric stocked up.  It seemed like a good chance to jump on that boat!

But of course you need to actually get to a summer pool or beach party, and I at least like to wear something over my suit while in transit.  Enter my new summer love — the Grainline Penny Raglan:

Creative Counselor: Penny Raglan

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Make Laundry, Don’t Do Laundry: Ladies Harem Pants

Make Laundry

Laundry…ugh.  Who wants to do laundry, when it’s just as easy to make something new??

Okay, so I’m mostly kidding. Even though laundry is a real pain, I still do it.  But it’s kind of the ongoing joke in the sewing world that if you don’t have any clean clothes, there’s no need to cut into sewing time when you could just make yourself something to wear in the same amount of time.  Thus, the Make Laundry tour was born!

Creative Counselor: Pattern Emporium Harem Pants

A number of us crazy folks accepted the challenge to make a garment in the time it would take us to do a load of laundry, thus obviating the need for laundry that day.

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Where to Wear: Glamping in style

Oy, it’s been a busy month around here!  With two birthday parties (hosted by me) this past weekend, blog tours, not to mention my day job, I have felt really overcommitted.  But, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to participate in this tour because it’s always so much fun!

where to wear

My theme this time around is … Glamping!  Confession time — I had to look up glamping when I got this theme to figure out what the heck it even meant!  For those like me who are sooo not in the know, glamping is short for “glamorous camping.”  Something like enjoying the outdoors and beautiful hikes, etc. while staying in an air conditioned cabin.  Yurts and teepees are very popular with the glamping crowd too, I’m learning.

Where to Wear: Glamping

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The Long & Short of It — Prefontaine Shorts

Well, it just seems like I can’t get enough of blog tours lately!  When Ti asked me about joining this blog tour highlighting summer capris and shorts, and I realized that I didn’t even need to sew up anything new since I had an unblogged pair of Prefontaine Shorts, I figured what the hey?

Creative Counselor: The long and short of it

So I am here today showing off my fourth version of the Made by Moxie Prefontaine Shorts.  I haven’t sewn a lot of shorts patterns, but the fact that I’ve gone back to this one four times now should tell you something.  It should tell you that I really like it!

Creative Counselor: The long and short of it

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EYMM Mama & Me tour — California girls (and boys)

Since EYMM was having a Mother’s Day tour, I did something I have never done before — I made “mommy and me” outfits for not just one, but all three of my kids!

Creative Counselor: EYMM Mommy & Me Tour

**Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.  Also, I received the patterns free of charge for this tour.  I always try to keep my opinions honest and objective in spite of that.

So these may not scream “mommy and me” since we don’t actually match, but I just don’t do matchy-matchy.  Instead, I went with complimentary patterns and coordinating fabrics 🙂

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Dive into Dolmans: Wrap up and my thoughts

Well, it’s over — no more weekly dolman talk around here.  Or maybe there will be…

Dive Into Dolmans

I love that dolmans are a quick instant-gratification type of project.  If my pattern is already taped together, I can usually make it from fabric cutting to final hem in less than 2 hours.  That makes dolmans a perfect quick-fix project.

Over the last five weeks, I made 5 different dolmans:

Creative Counselor: Dolman wrap up

Week 1: The Tee by Cake Patterns | Week 2: Georgia by Blue Dot Patterns | Week 3: Aberdeen by Seamwork | Week 4: Olivia Oversize Tee by Maria Denmark | Week 5: Natasha by EYMM

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Dive into Dolmans: And now for something completely different — the EYMM Natasha

**Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.

Dive Into Dolmans

For the last week of our dolman tour, I went with a pattern that is basically the opposite of all my tour makes to this point.  I’ve always been intrigued by the EYMM Natasha (affiliate link) top, so when the opportunity arose to try it for this tour*, I jumped.

Creative Counselor: EYMM Natasha

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