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Madeline X 2 for Halloween!

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Just look at those girls! Little sweethearts, for sure (I should know, I'm their Grandma!).
My daughter Kristen has always loved dressing up for Halloween, and now she has a blast dressing  her 2 daughters ages 3 and 8 months for the holiday.
At the beginning of Sept she sent me a text with a photo of some Madeline costumes she had  seen on Etsy, with the comment: "Are you thinking what I'm thinking...?" YES! I jumped right on board and offered to sew the costumes for my granddaughters, as I knew I would have as much fun sewing them as they would have wearing them.
I knew I had Simplicity 4243 in my pattern stash.  I had made it before and so I  knew it would fit baby Estie:

Lucky for me, I have a sewing buddy who loves vintage patterns and often gifts me with  them when she finds them when scouring estate sales.
 This one is a Vintage Simplicity 5948 from 1965:

which was a perfect fit for Jolene, age 3! A quick run to JoAnn Fabrics for the blue twill, and  I was …

Butterick: Lisette B6244

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I am still sewing down my stash (with a new purchase here and there, of course!), and I found this VERY open  weave tweed-like fabric in my fabric cupboard.  I do know that this has been  in my fabric stash for many years:  I can't remember where I bought it. It may have been off the red tag clearance tables at Joann's, but that purchase was made a l.o.n.g. time ago. Is it home dec fabric? Not sure, the weave is so open. But the fabric is drapey, and my sewing buddy Karen suggested that I use it in a  waterfall-type jacket. 
Butterick 6244 is a Lisette pattern from a while back, but it is still available on  the Butterick website.



Log Cabin blanket KAL (2013!)

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Take a look at this little bit of lovely! Rooting around in my knitting closet for some stash yarn, I found this unfinished  knit blanket. For several years I knit with a fun group of ladies at a local yarn shop  called Sweet Pea's (now closed), and each year we would do a block-of-the-month knitted blanket. This log cabin from 2013(!) is more like a strip-of-the-month, but you get the idea.

Two color ways were offered, if I remember correctly, pastel colors as  well as the more autumnal jewel tones pictured above.  Kits were made up using  Berroco Vintage worsted yarn, and each week we would  be given the yarn and the next set of instructions. As you can see, each strip has a different stitch pattern.  It was a fun way to try new textures, which I loved. Knit on larger needles (10 1/2?), it is very drapey and cozy. And washable, which is key for a blanket, in my opinion.

You might be wondering why this project sat it time out so long? Well, I had approximately 36 inches or so of…

Nightshift Shawl

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I have a finished project, and it's for me!
The  Nightshift Shawl by Andrea Mowry was a fun, quick knit.  I purchased a kit from Diane, who owns  Dye Lots Studios on Etsy, and her hand dyed worsted was a dream to knit with. 
After washing with SOAK and  blocking out this shawl is so soft!
It is more blanket-like than scarf-like, but one I  will wear a lot with our cold Michigan winters.

New Look 6378

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New Look 6378: what's not to love?! I have had this pattern for a while now, and had this lovely poly fabric from Fabric Mart Fabrics in my stash. Lucky me, I had enough to make the long duster version......and I LOVE it! And it fits the criteria for the #joyvivtopper challenge on Instagram, which was my motivation.
This pattern allows for a quick and easy project, and I sewed it right out of the envelope without any alterations to fit. None are needed, due to the boxy style. I have made a couple of other kimono-style toppers in the past, and I feel like I am always pulling at the neckline to keep them on my neck and shoulders. This topper has a better fit across the neck and shoulders, and stays put! I did make only one change, and that was to narrow hem all edges, rather than used the miles of purchased bias tape that was called for in the pattern (?!).  
I'd recommend that you consider this pattern for a quick boost to your wardrobe.....grab some fun, flowy fabric and get s…

Simplicity 8640: a favorite!

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If you have been following my blog for awhile, you'll know that sewing dresses is one of my favorite things! I've had Simplicity 8640 on my radar for some time, and when pulling fabric to "sew down some stash", I found this striped linen blend. I do  not have any notes on when or where I purchased it, so it has to be a l.o.n.g. time ago!
Simplicity's description for this pattern is as follows: Float in comfort with this Misses'/Women's loose fitting dress or tunic by designer Elaine Heigl. Features handkerchief design with length variations. Also: "not suitable for stripes"
   I beg to disagree!


I like Views A and C, and chose View A's longer length. LOVE that handkerchief hem!



POCKETS! I admit to not following the pattern for pocket placement, as I had read other reviews stating that the  pattern placement was low. I just tried it on, and sewed the pockets on last, trying my best to  somewhat match the stripes. 




Placing the bodice pattern p…

F.A.S.T. Gala 2018: Hand knits for Angelman's

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I remember having a sweater that knit up the back when my kiddos were young, and that is what I wanted to make for the silent auction at the F.A.S.T. Gala in December, 2018 to benefit Angelman Syndrome research.
I picked up the Valley Yarns bulky from Webs, who was vending in Aug 2018 at Stitches Midwest. The lime green and the gray are both so gender neutral in this day and age of   "pink for girls, blue for boys" (that makes me a little crazy!).
                                                      (My haul from Stitches Midwest 218)

These sweaters did turn out very cute, but the pattern.....agh!!  Minimal directions, and confusing charting took some of the fun out of  this project. And then I found one of the balls of grey yarn was missing
and so I ordered more yarn. Of course, a couple of months later I found
the lost ball, which had somehow rolled under the driver's seat
of my car....!!
 But, I tried to focus and knit encouraging thoughts and lots of love into thes…