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#Landscapes, #Mother Nature

Good morning everyone and welcome to another day in the kitchen of the Pie-and-Leer Woman!

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You know nothing quite warms my dainty heart like whipping up vittles for my extremely virile and all-American husband Lard! Today he’s out in the corral castrating the livestock and working up a manly appetite! So I’m in the kitchen as God intended making him a little snack! 2

Lard works so hard and he likes me pretty, so I always bake in a fresh new outfit with grease defying cleavage!

1 Today I’m wearing Burda 6974 and it it’s in a sassy knit geometric print so I can run out to the paddock and wrestle a calf if necessary, without getting any noticeable blood on me! The gathered front neckline has a draped center and reminds me of Darlin’ Lard when he tucks his bib into his flannel and tears into some ribs! 8

I got the fabric shipped from Fabricmart cuz it... [read more]

I’m on London time! Yeehoo! So, so happy to be back this year and I’m already enjoying the things I’ve missed about the UK while my three-year old works on the timezone – yes, Monster Munch crisps, jacket potatoes, Wensleydale cheese and M&S food have all featured in my first 48 hrs home. Forget your fancy dishes – THESE are the sorts of things you miss when you’re abroad. Just about to go out and indulge in a proper greasy spoon brekkie before heading to the Natural History museum with my gorgeous sister. Bliss!!

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Speaking of bliss, I have a little time to sum up some of 2018 in clothing terms and I really enjoyed taking part in Gillian’s Top 5 round up series last year. You can read all about the 2018 version over on her blog and I think it’s a very worthwhile bit of reflection. So let’s kick it off with my Top 5 Hits from 2018!

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I’m pleased to say I had a... [read more]

Just wanted to post a quick look at my second Bellavista top by Itch to Stitch.  I was able to make the cowl neck version with this one.  The cowl is a double layer of fabric which makes for a nicely enclosed hem and does make the cowl drape well.




Different knit fabrics will create a different cowl drape from what I have seen from other reviews. Here is a close up of mine.

The fabric is from Gorgeous Fabrics and I purchased this in 2016.  It is a double knit.

I made a few adjustments with this after making my first one and posted about it here.

I plan to take some shots of me wearing this tomorrow since we will be stuck in again this weekend because of rain and more rain!  I am thankful it is not snow!

As I have noted previously I am an affiliate of Itch to Stitch and if you click on the link in the left column and purchase a pattern(s) I will receive a commission.  Any opinions I give regarding ItS patterns are my own. 

More details later!

#Earth is Awesome, #Nature

I don’t like reading non-fiction.

There, I said it. It’s out in the open now.

The thing is, there are so many valuable insights available through reading non-fiction – I can’t ignore a huge swath of potential knowledge. So instead of avoiding it, I’ve been investigating different approaches to be more likely to finish reading non-fiction books and get more out of them.

Why am I reading this book? and other relevant questions

Figure out why you’re reading this book before you start. If you’re like me, you’ve chosen the book for a reason – determine what that reason is for you. Different questions may be relevant for reading different subjects. 

Here are some questions I came across while asking around:

  • How is this related to my research and the point that I’m trying to make?
  • What am I getting out of this? 
  • How can this help me? 

While you’re reading,... [read more]

Hello CSC! I hope you had a fantastic November. It was my birthday month so I had a great time by escaping to Varadero, Cuba for 5 days at the end of the month. Of course, I had to make some new things for the trip! 😉 As always, you have all been making such inspiring garments. Great job and keep up the great work!

 

@kristinesews made a Patterns for Pirates Free Spirit Tank // @sew_modern_sew_historical made a Sewing Workshop San Diego Tunic

 
@jemsewcreative made a Mandy Boat Tee // @jillypopssews made a Cashmerette Dartmouth top
 
@daisysewcrazy made a self-drafted top // @kristinesews made a Blank Slate Shoreline Boatneck
 
@itsmisscara made a Ellie and Mac Sitting Pretty top // @diaryofasewingfanatic made her TNT shirt in gorgeous large and small gingham fabrics
 
@joyfulemon made a Coffee and Thread Lana top // @sewmanju made a Tilly and the... [read more]
BusanA few weeks ago I tested another pattern for Itch to Stitch Designs* and like all the other patterns I've been lucky enough to test this year, the Busan top is a total winner for me!  I haven't been interested in anything with any sort of statement sleeve until this pattern came along and then I was completely obsessed with the idea of them.

As with all of the Itch to Stitch patterns it is sized from 00-20.  The pattern goes together easily and other than the few pleats at the sleeve cap, this is absolutely no more difficult than sewing a regular long sleeve t-shirt with a cuff.  Add a few minutes (maybe ten or 15 minutes more) onto to your normal sewing time for a basic tee and you've got a garment that takes the t-shirt shape and kicks it up a notch or two!

You can make it out of so many  fabric too - sweater knits, sweatshirt knits, french... [read more]

Are you ready to read about what never got worn? Or never even made it to the blog? It’s time to tell all! 

I spent a long time playing with the fit on my Closet Case Patterns Sasha trousers, but I never once wore this pair. Brown is just not my colour! I did wear my colourful pairs though. 

My attempt to sew a Simplicity pattern left me frustrated with the sizing… and the plunging neckline requires a cami which throws the whole thing off for me. Not to fear, though – I found some scraps, so next summer I’ll fill in the neckline a bit and see how I like it! 


I really liked this SBCC Flora dress when I made it… but once fall rolled around, I realised it is SHORT! I’ve tried it on with leggings but it doesn’t feel right… so it might just become a t-shirt at some point. I’m not loving drapey styles like this or my Ebony dresses the way I... [read more]

A quick update to let you know that I’m currently hosting an instagram flash sale in my stories over on my instagram profile!

Deep discounts on everything that’s ready to ship!

Shop now & it will ship on Monday!

lace lingerie bralette and boy shorts

The post Instagram Flash Sale Ready To Ship! appeared first on Hanne Vandersteen.

I conquered my biggest fear and went and talked to Lisa on the Maternity Sewing Podcast! In this episode you’ll find out what my tips are for a good nursing bra and why I think you should get yourself some nice ones!

Nursing bras are something that I’m very passionate about since my struggles to find nice ones for myself. That’s also a reason I added them to my current collection, which you can find here!

You can listen to the full episode here.

The post All about nursing bras on the Maternity Sewing Podcast! appeared first on Hanne Vandersteen.

I was lucky enough to get on Sarai Mitnick’s schedule for this edition of The Sewcialists Interview. Sarai started Colette Patterns 9 years ago, and launched Seamwork Magazine over 4 years ago. Colette has been on the forefront creating a more inclusive size range and finding pattern models to represent a broader segment of the population, so they were a natural fit for an interview here on the Sewcialists.

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Becky (B): Starting off a bit basic, how did the name “Colette” come to be?

Sarai (S): It was named after my cat, actually.

B: And was she named after the French actress/author?  

S: Yes. She (cat) passed away, but she lives on in the company!

B: Seamwork is a much more utilitarian-practical name, whereas I feel Colette is a lot more whimsical. Is that correct?

S: Well, Colette was started nine... [read more]

Time for some easy sewing projects. This time it is two t-shirts. The first is from my self-drafted relaxed fit t-shirt pattern. The second is a variation on a boat-neck t-shirt from Knipmode. Before I go any further, I’d like to say a big thank-you to those of you who voted or commented on the ...

#Beautiful, #Awesome Earth
poppy jazz dandelion baby dungarees reversible
Having a baby is life changing. Shock horror, it has made me sew for someone other than myself. No, let me reword this -- it has actually made me want to sew for someone other than myself. I mean, look at these chubby cheeks... how can I not shower her with handmade outfits? 
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I am partial to a good pair of baby dungarees. So when I saw the Poppy & Jazz Dandelion pattern by the wonderful Lisa at Sew Over It, I knew I had to make a few for Freya. I mean, they are reversible, which means two outfits in one. Bonus! 
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And making baby clothes is seriously stash-busting. Remember my nursing sweatshirt? I didn't use up all the the multi-fleck fleece sweatshirt fabric, but what was left was nowhere near enough to make anything meaningful for me. But for baby? It opened up a whole host of opportunities. The fabric is warm and cosy (seriously, wearing the [read more]
Dropping in to let you know I have a guest post over on the Minerva Craft blog featuring a gorgeous pink coat made in their poly/viscose coating and the Waffle Patterns Bamboo coat patten!

xoxo,
allie

ps: see the first pink coat here.



this post may contain affiliate links.

 

More tees!  Whether they’re shortsleeved for the summer, 3/4 for just about all year round or long sleeved for the cooler months, you just can’t beat tees for filling wardrobe gaps.  They don’t take much fabric, certainly don’t take much time to make and are a very satisfying, sewjo boosting project to whip up!  I’ve recently added 3 new tees to my wardrobe, and added 1 to Daughter No1’s.

 

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So what patterns did I use this time?  Let’s start with the Uvita top from Itch to Stitch.  As said before, this is a free pattern when you sign up to newsletters.  I really rate this pattern, it just works so well.  I bought a piece of blue and white jersey from Rosenberg & Son at the Knitting and Stitching Show in October, this was my first victim!  I love the swirly white dots.  I ran up the Uvita in an afternoon and it’s been in constant rotation since then!

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After a year of working through the process of wardrobe education and planning, and learning to understand color as it relates to my taste and style. I came out of the year long "Sewing With a Plan" process with a deeply renewed sense of confidence and trust in my choice of clothing, whether I  make the garment myself or purchase ready to wear.
https://www.sewtofit.com/2018/12/diy-casual-sequin-pant-set-fashionistas.html
I had no clue what my style was, I would just make whatever came to mind, or across the "inter webs" with no direction for how it would fit into my wardrobe life.   We learned to understand style and aesthetic from our Wardrobe Consultant, aka, Roz of Sew Much Fabric.  She taught us how to pinpoint our personal style esthetic and taste in clothing, and evaluate our lifestyle or wardrobe life. Mine turned out to be my all time favorite: Bohemian, aka BOHO.  My secondary style aesthetic,  "Urban Chic" came as a... [read more]
After a year of working through the process of wardrobe education and planning, and learning to understand color as it relates to my taste and style. I came out of the year long "Sewing With a Plan" process with a deeply renewed sense of confidence and trust in my choice of clothing, whether I  make the garment myself or purchase ready to wear.
https://www.sewtofit.com/2018/12/diy-casual-sequin-pant-set-fashionistas.html
I had no clue what my style was, I would just make whatever came to mind, or across the "inter webs" with no direction for how it would fit into my wardrobe life.   We learned to understand style and aesthetic from our Wardrobe Consultant, aka, Roz of Sew Much Fabric.  She taught us how to pinpoint our personal style esthetic and taste in clothing, and evaluate our lifestyle or wardrobe life. Mine turned out to be my all time favorite: Bohemian, aka BOHO.  My secondary style aesthetic,  "Urban Chic" came as a... [read more]

‘Tis the season of being broke-ass! So I thought I’d share with you some of the free patterns I’ve discovered lately. Maybe something here works with some fabric in your stash, so you don’t have to lay out any cash to get your sew on. That’s what I call #brokeasssewing!

Jalie’s Yoko sweater – just released today! Thanks to Dawn and Mayra on That Sewing Blab for telling us about it on their show last night. I have a big pile of blush pink sweater knit and this is EXACTLY the sweater I want to make with it. And as with all Jalie patterns, it comes in an incredible range of sizes including girls and women. [Note: at the time I published this, the Jalie website appeared to be down. The link should work once they have it back up and running. Maybe everyone rushed for this free pattern at once and broke the internet!]

Jalie Yoko sweater pattern drawing

DIBY Club Anything But Basic Tee, [read more]

Greetings, fellow curvy sewists!

It’s been a while since the last time that we asked for reader input on what you wanted to see on the CSC blog. As we wind down our Curvy Year of Sewing challenge, the editorial staff has started discussing what sorts of posts we want to work on for 2019.

Please fill out the survey below and let us know what curvy sewing topics YOU want to read about in the coming year. Also, if there’s a guest post that you’d be interested in writing or a pattern that you’d like to review for us, please let us know that in the survey, too!

We’ll post the results and any trends that emerge in early January. Thank you!

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The Tessa Sweater Dress I made to share this week helps me get close to having all the winter wardrobe pieces I need this year. I really like wearing dresses, but it can be hard to feel warm enough in the cold months, so I’m hoping a nice sweater dress will do the trick. When … Continue reading Tessa Sweater Dress- featuring DG Patterns Ribbed Knit

When my friend died of colon cancer, I dutifully volunteered to complete two memorial quilts for her children. Her family had gathered her clothing into paper grocery bags and together we diligently went through the pile, me being careful to honor my friend’s memory by slowly—almost reverently—folding and unfolding each garment in front of her seven- and ten-year old. I had promised them that their quilts, made from their mother’s clothing, would be done by her one-year death anniversary. Every time I was at the elementary school, her son’s expectant face twisted upward and asked, “Is my quilt done yet?”

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I ended up breaking my promise. I failed him and his sister because I had been diagnosed with my own cancer:  breast cancer.

I had an aggressive kind with the highest mortality rate of the five different types of breast cancers. At 45-years old, I was... [read more]

Yeah…wouldn’t want it to shrink.

Go ahead and keep it- I don’t think the owner is coming back.

I think those cleaning fumes have gotten to Vaq’

Just tell me what the point is here. Please.

Only 11 pieces in this collection. Funding pulled just 11 too late.

I don’t care for it coming

Or going-

Photo credits: vogue.com

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