The unofficial subtitle of this post is “I wish I lived closer to my grandma so I could take pictures in her yard all the time… and so I could see her more often :-p” The temperature is so hot here so most days I cant bare to leave the house in anything but a swingy dress. However when Rae of Made by Rae asked me to be a part of her blog tour celebrating the paper pattern release of the Cleo skirt I just had to oblige. She pretty much hooked me when I saw there was a midi length version and duh…pockets. Read on for all the dirty details! (And I do mean dirty… this project met an untimely end.)
Get ready for a handmade shorts blast! For the next three weeks I will be sharing with you my three (yes three!) most recent makes – all of which are shorts. Basically I was looking for holes in my closet and found that I’d like to have some more non-denim shorts… because now that I’m over 30 I felt the need for some “grown up shorts” – if that’s even a thing. Keep reading to learn more about this first pair, a slightly longer crisp tan linen set.
That time is here!! Can you believe its already June? At the beginning of this year, I shared my 6-month Spring/Summer handmade wardrobe plan. I’m really proud of myself for keeping up with my monthly sewing goals so far. Now its time to share my prospects for Fall & Winter. I’ve already started pre-cutting everything and I’m all excited to get sewing. Bonus points for me – almost all of these fabrics came from my stash! I’m making less multiples for Fall/Winter because I know theres so much going on with holidays and such I didn’t want to put too much on my plate. There’s some great stuff ahead, keep reading for all the juicy details!
I am extra excited to share this project with you because THIS is my completed garment for the 2017 Restyling Exchange!!! Which means that this is actually not a project for me, its for my Restyle-ee Allie from IndieSew. She should have received it by now but I haven’t heard from her (probably just keeping it quiet till the reveal this weekend).. but I REALLY hope she loves it because I feel like I have all the heart eyes for this top and it was hard for me to give it back to her! Keep reading for the full evolution story and lots of pictures without my face in them.
You read that right! This post is all about great trouser style pants patterns and where to find them. If you check into the Studio often you will know that I recently conducted a survey to do some market research for my work-in-progress indie sewing pattern company. If you took my survey, THANK YOU so much! Really, all of the answers I collected were so insightful and will definitely help to inform the decisions I make going forward with Amy Nicole Studio. I hope to share a round up of my survey results soon, but this post is actually inspired by some of those results as well.
I was so surprised to hear that many of you felt that something missing from the indie pattern community was good, non-jeans pants patterns. Now I know that recently most of the pants pattern released have been jean-focused. But y’all… there are so many great trouser patterns out there! In fact, I have a whole pinterest board devoted to them (yes I know I pin a lot of jumpsuits.. perhaps they need their own board). So I decided that maybe it was time for a little round-up of some of the indie pants patterns that I think are particularly interesting.
Back again for round 2! If you caught me last week I was sharing my view B Alder which I made the bold claim of being my new favorite dress. So I guess that would make this my second new favorite dress (because it’s still pretty awesome)! What makes this dress extra special is the fabric! Keep reading for all the details.
Ok seriously… this is me officially saying I’ve learned my lesson. When a new pattern comes out, and it looks amazing, and it’s totally you, and everyone is RAVING about it… DON’T put it at the end of your TBS (to be sewn) list for goodness sake! Jump on the dang bandwagon and move that baby to the top!!
In other words… may I introduce to you my new favorite dress.
This, my friends.. is a post of mourning. I mean, HOW CUTE is this shorts set!!?? It’s such a shame however, that it no longer exists. But before I get into that sad tale lets talk about the good times we’ve had.
I am absolutely in love with this swingy shape on everything. Its so fun and flirty.. just be careful not to wear it on a windy day! I’ve seen this silhouette everywhere lately from dresses to knit tops, and it’s no mystery why. The shape is very forgiving, very flattering on many figures, and very on trend.
When I made my floral tap shorts last month I immediately had the idea to make matching tops for a vintage inspired shorts set. I just love how back in the day the ladies shopped for whole outfits which were more often than not completely matching. Obviously now days we are more into versatility and a wardrobe that mixes and matches with itself. The fun thing about making a set is that you can wear it together for a fun little out or separate. Keep reading for details on this duo.