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I have had many friends take a sewing needle through their finger, but have felt perhaps a bit proud of myself for never having such an injury.  Yesterday I was humbled.  While cutting white (of coarse) bias strips with my rotary cutter and at the same time watching an episode of Larkrise to Candleford (my latest obsession) I sliced a nice chunk off of my pointer finger.  It happened so fast and so easily that I was a bit stunned.  Let's just say that a lot of blood followed.  Nothing that needed stitches, but I fear that my finger will always be a bit skinnier.

Who knew that sewing could be such a dangerous activity and I wonder, what mishaps have you all had while sewing?



Remember how I planned what I was going to sew this spring?  Well, we are over half way through so I thought I would share with you how far I have come and some adjustments.

Original Plan:

Chambray Blazer - Done.  You can see it here.

Midi Skirt - Still working on it.  I am trying to decide if I should use the Rayon challis that I got or if I should just go buy some beautiful silk.

Lace Top - I made it and it was a disaster.  I think I just picked the wrong lace, but trust me, it was not good.  I think it will become a dress for my daughter.

Summer Scarf - I made it and you can can see it here.

Easy to Wear Tops - I have already made one and have a few more in the works.  I am pretty sure these will get tons of use during MeMadeMay.

Bathing Suit - I still really want to make this, but I think it is going on hold.  With MeMadeMay coming up I want to make stuff that I can wear right now.  Maybe I will pick it back up for my summer wardrobe.

I also have a maxi dress and skirt that I would love to get done this coming month as well, not to mention another blazer.  We will just have to see how much time I have.

How are you all doing with your spring wardrobes?



I finally finished the pattern for my toddler swing tank.  It is in size 2T and is free for download.  This has been a huge learning experience for me and a good trial run for some other patterns that I would love to eventually make available.

So here it is.  Click the following image to download the pattern.

I am working on a video of me making the tank so that sewers of all ranges will be able to feel confident making it.  Hopefully I can have that available by the end of the week.  In the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions or find any errors (I am sure there are some).



A good friend of mine Brie and her husband have been wrestling with infertility for the last five years.  They don't have any children, but desperately want to start a family.  They have tried everything within their means, and now IVF is the next step for them.  Unfortunately their insurance does not cover this VERY expensive procedure and so they have reached out to their family, friends, and community to help raise money to start their family and to raise awareness about Infertility.

On Saturday April 28th from 2-5pm they will be holding an IVF Carnival Fundraiser and Auction in Vancouver, WA.  Unfortunately I will not be able to attend in person since I live on the other side of the country, but to help them out I decided to donate this necklace for the auction.

If you would like to attend the carnival/auction (you could bid on my necklace :)) or even just donate to their cause please go to their blog here.

p.s. this necklace is based off of this tutorial that I tried before by ECAB.



I am excited to say that I am guest posting over at Elsie Marley today as we are ramping up for Kcwc next week on her blog.  Please pop over to say hi and see what I made using Rae's Flashback Skinny Tee Pattern.



Textiles Used: navy and fuscia heart shirting from

Sizing: great - according to measurements  

The Good:  I love the way that the shirt comes together.  It's a very modern fit of fitted at the top and more flowy at the bottom.  I also love how the hemline dips a bit lower in the back than in the front.

The Bad: nothing.

Changes Made:  I lowered the neckline by about an inch.  I also lengthened the sleeves a bit and took in about 1/2 inch of fullness in the sides.

Things I would change next time?  I would love to add a gathered sleeve that goes to the elbow.  Maybe try it in a silk blend.

Conclusion: Great pattern.  Perfect for my mom uniform of an easy to wear top and skinny jeans.  I think this will get a lot of wear.  Can't wait to make it up a few more times.  



 I actually made the mission maxi dress at the very end of fall last year, so unfortunately I didn't get my wear out of it then.  But I certainly am now.  It might be the most wearable and comfortable thing in my wardrobe.  I love throwing on a jean jacket and flip flops with it for everyday wear.  Yesterday I even pulled it down around my waist, put a thick belt on, and made it double as a maxi skirt.  I really want to make another one of these dresses, but I need to find some fun knits first.  Enough with the plain black that rules my wardrobe.

Jean Jacket - thrifted / dress self made Mission Maxi / bracelet - gift / flip flops - Gap

top - Old Navy / skirt - self made Mission Maxi as skirt / shoes Aldo

Pattern: Mission Maxi

Textiles Used: black knit from JoAnns

Sizing: The sizing was great.  

The Good:  So easy to wear and comfortable.  I love how it turned out.  I want to make many more.  I thought that the instructions were very easy to follow and the pattern teaches you some basics for sewing with knits too.

The Bad: nothing.

Changes Made:  I had to take the neckline up by about an inch otherwise no changes at all.

Things I would change next time?  I think I would like a fuller skirt from the waist down.  I think it would also make a great knee length dress.

Conclusion: Great pattern.  Very on trend and super fast to whip up.  I made this pre serger and it was really doable without a serger.  Highly recommended.



It's my birthday today and so I bought a serger!  I ended up just going with the Brother 1034D.  There were enough great reviews of it that I felt like I had to give it a try at the price.
So far I have just done a few preliminary runs with it and it seems to be doing pretty good.  It's no Bernina, but that is not what I was expecting.  I can't wait to get my hands on some fabric to serg something.



A few months ago I was at a get together with some girlfriends and someone posed the question:

"If you have 15 minutes to yourself, to do whatever you want on the internet, where do you go?"

This turned into quite the conversation as everyone talked about their love of politics, reading the Wall Street Journal, or watching Ted Talks.  I, on the other hand, immediately knew that I would go straight to Pinterest and Googlereader.  Apparently my friends are much more intellectual and aspiring than I am, but hey that's who I am.  And I am thankful for their good influence on me.

So here you have it:  

My name is Kelli and I am addicted to Pinterest.

And just to prove it here is my easter outfit.  I saw this on pinterest the other day and immediately thought - hey I have everything in that outfit in my closet right now.  All I had to do what take about 10 inches off of the $2 thrifted skirt and it was a perfect midi.  (This is one of those rare moments when procrastinating was good.  In the year and a half that the thrifted skirt hung in my closet midi skirts came into fashion.)

My version:

shirt H&M / skirt Thrifted and Upcycled by me / shoes Aldo

Pinterest via Lulu's:

original source www.lulu'



I am pretty bad about making decisions.  Especially when it comes to fabric buying.  I never want to pay for shipping, which means that I usually wait until I need a large amount of fabric.  I leave 20 or so items in my cart for a week while I hem and haw and rethink until I finally narrow them down and hit the purchase button.  Well, I hit the purchase button last night and now these beauties are on their way to my doorstep.  All from Fashion Fabrics Club.

As you can probably tell I am a little obsessed with rayon challis right now.  I feel like it is such a wearable fabric.  It's easy to sew, inexpensive, soft, and still very flowy.  I can't wait to make the skirt from the orange fabric.  And the heart fabric at the end - my personal favorite.  Can't wait to wear that top with skinnies this summer.  I am making three tops for myself, which are going to be very used as I decided to join memademay this year - my first time to ever join in.  I'm pretty excited.  Any tips for being successful?
Mango Orange Challis for an everyday midi skirt
Black and White Dot Challis for a Scout Tee
Mint Challis for an easy top
Plaid Shirting for a short sleeved button down for my husband.
Fuschia / Navy heart Shirting for a Scout Tee



Now that I am moving to NYC in the near future, it has become apparent that I am going to need to get rid of most of my fabric stash.  I have a lot of scraps that I am going to have a really hard time parting with, so I decided to get going on some of those leftovers for small items for my 2 year old daughter.  I wanted something simple that I could customize.  I found that a lot harder to find than I would have thought - especially for a little girl.  Why do all little girl's patterns have to be covered with bows and ruffles and petticoats?

I drafted up this little tank top in a size 2T for my daughter with some leftover Chambray blazer fabric.  I like that it is a blank slate that could easily become a dress, or tunic, or add pockets, pleats, buttons, etc...

I am working up some pdfs and directions so that you guys can make some up yourself.