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Cogwheel Baby Cardigan

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Our sweet little granddaughter Emersyn turned 2 this month, so I knit up the   Cogwheel Baby Cardigan by Lisa Clarke for her birthday knit.            I love this slip stitch, patterned yoke.....so fun to knit!

  Yarn used was Lion Brand Basic Stitch acrylic for ease of care and wearability. Acrylic yarns have come a long way from those I  first started knitting 40+(!) years ago......this yarn was a joy to work with and is very soft. In my opinion, it is helpful to  use a yarn that can be machine washed when knitting for a busy toddler.       I was able to snap a couple of quick pics of Miss Emmy wearing her new hand knit, though they are a little blurry as she doesn't stay still for very long!




Wordless Wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday

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New Look 6672

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Sewing up my gray, ivory and mustard module last winter/early Spring, I learned that a more organized approach to garment sewing was a good plan for me at the moment. So, for this summer I pulled mostly black and white fabrics from my stash and liked what I saw! Of course, we all know what a great combination black and white is, especially for summer. 
I was lacking a basic white top, and when I saw this pattern:  New Look 6672 I was intrigued! There was a lot in this design that appealed to me: the faced v-neck, the cute released pleats in the front, and the high/low hem. The fabric I pulled is a linen/poly blend I believe, as it presses nicely and really doesn't wrinkle at all. (No clue when or where I bought it! LOL)


Wordless Wednesday

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Kwik Sew 2948 top with Megan Nielsen Tania Culottes

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Hello, hello!
After a much needed break from posting to social media, and writing  blog posts, I am back  to post some of the garments I have made over the last few months. 
Back in March (which seems like a lifetime ago!), I participated in the Great Module Sew Along (see my blog post HERE). Today I am wearing two pieces from my module : 


Kwik Sew 2948 (OOP):


Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns:

I used a vintage poly double knit in a mustard color (a gift from a dear friend, now deceased)  for Kwik Sew 2948. This pattern has been in my stash FOREVER, and I'm so glad I kept it as I love this top! This was the first time I used this pattern, and I see that I could benefit from a small sway back adjustment. Other than that, it's just what I was looking for, both as a sleeveless top and a layering piece for cooler weather.


The Tania culottes were a dream to sew as well, and the rayon twill I chose to use had been living in my stash for a while and it was a perfect match for …

Sewing for the Grandkids: Easter 2020

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Can I talk a little about how much FUN it is to sew for grandchildren?
Before we were all in isolation, I had planned to make matching Easter outfits for our 5 grandchildren, ages from 1 year to 4 years.  I was browsing through Hobby Lobby one day, and found this lovely cotton floral. I knew I wanted to use gingham as well, and was able to find that at HL too. 
Planning to go on a sewing retreat with my local quilt guild in early March, I figured that would be the perfect time to work on this project. Little did we know that the next week we would all be following the Stay at Home orders of self-isolation!  Since 4 of our grandchildren live out of state, I was sure to get current measurements before I started. 



Using downloaded PDF patterns from indie designers made it much easier to make the various sizes I needed for the little girls' dresses. The  Willow Top, Tunic and Dress from Sew a Little Seam was just what I was looking for! I wanted a gingham bodice with a floral skirt, …