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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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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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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!

For the Love of Dresses and Tunics: La Bella Donna

Well hello there!  I am here this lovely Friday participating in the very first Love Notions blog tour — For the Love of Tunics and Dresses.  I’m sharing how I will wear one of my favorite Love Notions patterns, La Bella Donna (affiliate link), for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday.

Creative Counselor: For the Love of Tunics and Dresses, La Bella Donna

So Valentine’s Day … one of my least favorite “holidays,” to be honest.  I hate to be a Valentine’s grinch, but I’ve really just never seen the point.  When I was single, it was just depressing, and now that I’m married with kids, it’s just an expensive date night.

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Grainline Archer, Zombie style

Can you tell that I’ve had cold-weather clothes on the mind?

Actually, I had a little bit of foresight this year and managed to sew ahead of the cold season.  That means I’m actually wearing handmade clothes most days!

Creative Counselor: Grainline Archer

This is another pair of shirts that I originally made for another purpose — the pink and black flannel debuted over on the Sew the Show blog back in October, and the black and white gingham was part of my Where to Wear blog tour outfit.

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Keep me warm! — The Jalie Drop Pocket Cardigan

I know some of you are enjoying gloriously warm temperatures (I’m looking at you Aussies), but here in Kansas the weather has turned downright frigid of late.  (I use the term “frigid” loosely.  Our highs have still been above freezing and we’ve gotten lots of rain and no snow, but still.  I’m cold).

With winter steadily marching towards us here in the north, it seemed a good time to review the Jalie Drop Pocket Cardigan that I made waaaaay back in August as part of my fall capsule.

Creative Counselor: Jalie Drop Pocket Cardigan

I had my eye on a pattern like this for a while.  I’m a big fan of the long loose cardigans, and I can only take so much of that shawl stuff around my neck.  The drop-pocket cardigan seemed like a perfect fit for me.

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