Trish Stitched at the Tinicum Arts Festival

My car is finally unloaded, my sewing machine is well rested and I can actually start thinking about something other than booth design. Last weekend I attended my third craft show, the Tinicum Arts Festival in Bucks County Pennsylvania. Tinicum Park is located right outside of Frenchtown, NJ (the cutest little town) and I was excited to be part of such a big event. There were so many crafters- many woodworkers, potters and painters, even TWO broom makers! There were a few bag makers, but none as colorful as me.

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It was a long weekend, and my stress level was super high because there are so many little details involved, it’s easy to forget something. Friday night we went to set up my tent and it was pouring rain so hard we couldn’t even put the tent up. My parents and I wound up leaving my tent and tables in my “spot”. The next morning my mom and I got to the field early to set up my booth. After the set up, the rain came back and we had showers off and on the entire day. Sunday thankfully saw lots of sun and people were more inclined to come out and shop. The weekend as a whole was long but I had some great sales and met some wonderful people which is what counts.

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I’ve been planning my booth out in my mind for months and had new ideas I wanted to try for this show. The most eye catching addition was my name sign. I got wood letters from Michaels on super sale and my mom modge podged polka dot fabric onto each letter. My dad drilled two holes into the tops of each letter and I strung them together. We also spray varnished them so they were safe in the rain.

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I’ve also been making a lot more recycled bags and wanted a larger display for them, separate from my non-recycled bags. So they got their own table, with some added shelves for height. I have a few more ideas for this section of my booth, to show the process that goes into a recycled bag.

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I found this old flower cart in my parent’s barn and thought it would make a cute addition to the front of my booth to offer a small sampling of the bags I make. It was also a good opportunity to put my business cards on this table because when my booth was full, walker-bys were able to take a card and come back later.

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Most of my displays stayed the same from my first few shows, as I wasn’t focused on changing their look. I love my tote bag display and the card holder display and won’t be changing them anytime soon. I would like to create a new display for my small pouches and my non recycled clutches. I love the suitcases but am ready for something new.

Trish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade Bags

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A majority of the comments I received were about selling on etsy. There were multiple shoppers who had their own craft and wanted to sell online but etsy intimidated them. I am a huge fan of etsy because it is an easy, inexpensive way to sell all over the world. I’m not an expert on the subject but know that etsy works for me. One day I would like my own standalone site but am happy with what etsy offers right now. If you are nervous about starting an etsy shop, just go for it! You will never be fully ready, and it takes so much work, but if you really want to sell your craft- do it!

The show was as great as it was for one reason only. My awesome support team. My dad made sure my tent was sturdy, and even made me concrete weights to tie to each side. He made sure all the extra structures, like my tote rack and flower stand, were secure. My sister helped cut fabric for my name sign and showed up with her husband on Sunday for support. My boyfriend, Drew, was fully understanding of why the apartment was a mess and I had supplies all over the place the past few weeks. He also stopped by on Sunday for a few hours. And my mom…my amazing mom. She was there the whole time. She helped me set up, she was my “right hand man” and she made sure I ate. I am so lucky that even if my family thinks I’m crazy, they support me.

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I don’t have any other shows coming up but I’m looking into some winter ones. Hoboken has a holiday show and I think it would be really cool to do a show in my own town. I’m also looking into a few larger shows in the city- Brooklyn specifically.

And I’m so happy I get to think about sewing clothes again! My sister’s baby shower is in a few weeks and I am almost done with my dress. I’m also making a dress for my sister to wear, which just needs a final fitting, and I’m making a special handmade gift for the baby! It’s crazy how quickly the time is flying by, July is almost over and before we know it, there will be a little baby bundle in our lives.

Pineapples and Pom-Poms Dress

Happy Summer! I’ve been in full on handbag making mode for a craft show I have coming up but managed to squeeze this dress into some late night sewing sessions. After a lot of basics sewing, I was in the mood to make a cute summer dress and this is the result!

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A few months ago I was browsing JoAnn’s fabric selection online and saw the most amazing pineapple print (currently on sale!)  I scooped up 2 yards of this beauty and kept it in my stash waiting for the perfect pattern. I chose Kenedy by Seamwork Magazine because of the surprise back and the relaxed fit. Since the beginning of Seamwork, I find that when the patterns are first released they don’t entice me to sew because I am not in the mindset to sew that specific pattern. But once the patterns sit for a few weeks, and I keep seeing different versions online, it’s like my mind suddenly becomes aware of how amazing the pattern is and how perfect it would be in my closet. It happened with my Cape and the Nantucket Shorts and I already have plans for Moji pants. I also made Oslo but have yet to blog about it. I know you are probably tired of hearing how amazing Seamwork is but I love having an entire pattern library at my fingertips. And I still branch out with other patterns, I have a Rebecca Taylor dress from Vogue on my list next!

Pineapples and Pom Poms - Trish Stitched

Pineapples and Pom Poms Dress - Trish Stitched

This fabric was much more sheer than I expected so I bought a simple white cotton to use for lining. Then the most amazing piece of equipment came into my life. I got a serger! It’s a beautiful little Janome and I’ve been constantly using it. So I serged each white lining piece to each pineapple piece to make them basically one piece of fabric. This way I wouldn’t have to worry about building a totally separate lining and all the seams were serged inside!

Pineapples and Pom Poms - Trish Stitched

Pineapples and Pom Poms - Trish Stitched

I knew this dress needed a little something extra, I mean, if you are going to wear a pineapple dress it should be as cute and bold as possible right? So some hot pink bias binding and a little pom pom trim were added!

Pineapples and Pom Poms - Trish Stitched

Pineapples and Pom Poms - Trish Stitched

Kenedy went together like a dream. I cut the smallest size, 0, and it went together super fast. I love the shape of this dress and the surprise back. I can see this as a very flattering style for multiple body types. If I was in need of a quick dress for an event- I would turn to this pattern in a beautiful solid- it’s a great mix of modesty in the front and sexy in the back.

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As I mentioned earlier, I have a craft show next weekend! My sewing studio is a mess, fabric is all over the place and I’ve been prepping every second I get. This is my first juried show, which means my craft had to go through a panel of judges to say whether I was the right fit for the show and if my product was of good quality and I am, in fact the crafts-woman. But I got in! And now I will be selling at the Tinicum Arts Festival. It is supposed to be a wonderful show, over 300 vendors, so I’m hoping for a successful weekend.

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I’ve been working on updating my booth display and have some really cool features coming up that I’m excited to share. If you are in the area, come by and say hi! I’ve been making so many new pieces, most of which are one of a kind, so if there’s something in my shop you like, grab it before it goes!

Also…it’s taken me OVER A YEAR to figure out how to link my shop to my blog but there is now an adorable little button on this blog that says SHOP! It’ll take you right to my etsy store! YAY!

Lou Box Top & Baseball Skirt

I added a few new pieces to my wardrobe during Me Made May, more specifically, I added two new patterns. I mentioned the Lou Box Top and the Baseball Skirt a few posts ago but didn’t go into too much detail about each and wanted to wait until I made a few versions to share my thoughts.

Let me start off my saying, these patterns are amazing. They are so easy and quick to make and have so much room for variations. So far I’ve made two Lou Box Tops and two Baseball Skirts. All out of fabrics that have been in my stash- YAY for stash busting!

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The first versions I made was the printed top and grey knit skirt that I wore during Me Made May. I wanted to sew a straight Lou Box Top to learn about the fit so I made the basic version from knit I got from Girl Charlee a few years ago. It fits great and the length is exactly where I like my tops to fall so I was happy I didn’t have to alter the pattern at all.

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I knew right off the bat that I wanted to shorten the skirt and even out the hem. I shortened the pattern around 2″ but think it’s a little too short. I love the feel of this fabric and the look of it in a skirt but I think I’m going to keep this as a bathing suit cover up- or just wear it in my sewing studio, which is what I’ve been doing.

The second version of the Lou Box Top I really wanted to use the leftover fabric from my Fall Vest but didn’t have quite enough for the entire top. I pulled some white cotton out of my stash and did a little creative color blocking to make it work. I LOVE this top. I love the fabric & color and the fit is great. Since it wasn’t made out of knit I did add the button close in the back to make it possible to take on and off. The little rose button is one of my favorites and I only have one so I love that I was able to use it in an apparel project.

Lou Box Top and Baseball Skirt- Trish Stitched

Lou Box Top and Baseball Skirt- Trish Stitched

Lou Box Top and Baseball Skirt- Trish Stitched

Lou Box Top and Baseball Skirt- Trish Stitched

Version #2 of the Baseball Skirt is so perfect. I decided to make the pattern as is, and not alter the length to see how it would look. I figured I would hem it more after I was finished but after wearing it- there is no need! The fabric is left over from my Cranberry Anorak– and just like with the Anorak, I wanted a cargo looking piece, without making it in the typical cargo green that has become very popular.

Lou Box Top and Baseball Skirt- Trish Stitched

Lou Box Top and Baseball Skirt- Trish Stitched

Lou Box Top and Baseball Skirt- Trish Stitched

This skirt is so good. It’s amazingly comfortable, the fit is awesome and the length was such a pleasant surprise. I was nervous the length would make me feel dowdy but it feels like a grown up mini skirt. I love that I can dress it up or make it casual and not have to think if my butt is hanging out.

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Next I want to make a longer version of the grey skirt since I still have grey fabric in my stash. I also want to look for some striped knits for more Box Tops.

And how cute is this pin I got on etsy?! If you follow makers on Instagram, chances are you follow Arrow Mountain who makes handmade wooden buttons. She started a new collection of maker pins, including a sewing machine, serger, pattern drafting and knitting needles. So freaking cool- I had to get one!

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Dress to Romper Refashion

Since I bought my first romper a few years ago I’ve been on a search to add a handmade one to my wardrobe. Rompers make getting dressed in summer so easy. One piece to look put together, without the worry of a wardrobe faux pas that a dress can bring. I tried a pattern from McCalls but it didn’t work and after that discouragement, the idea was set aside.

My sister recently cleaned out her closets and being a teacher, she had a lot of dresses and cardigans. We do not have the same style- although we are very close in size. She is very “pink” and preppy and I am a little more relaxed and am not as fond of pink as she is. She always offers me first dibs on her clothes before they go to the donation bin and sometimes I will take a tank top or a tee shirt. But this round a beautiful dress was in the pile and I couldn’t let it go.

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The dress is from The Limited, one of my sister’s favorite stores. I usually don’t like their apparel but this dress was just so cute! As I’ve mentioned before, dresses are not part of my everyday wardrobe but I thought I could make an exception with this one. Originally I was just going to hem it up a few inches and call it a day but I wanted to be able to wear this dress more than for a special occasion.

I thought about turning the bottom of the dress into a pair of shorts to make a romper and set out to find a tutorial. I found this blog, which was helpful, but I will say, each dress will differ. I did a test on a dress that was in my donate pile and that was a major failure. Like, I can’t even wiggle into it. One of the reasons why it ended so bad was because the dress was too form fitting to begin with. If you want a romper from a dress, choose something with some body, pleats or gathers. With the test dress I also found it is best to not cut so high in the crotch. You can always make it smaller, and I had to alter the crotch area several times to get a better fit, but cut too high to start and there is no going back.

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I am so happy with the result and love having another option for refashioning dresses. There was another piece that I took from my sister’s pile to refashion which I hope to work on this week. Sometimes refashioning can be a scary venture because you don’t want to ruin the clothing if something doesn’t work out but if you don’t take the chance, you won’t grow as a sewist. Had I decided to leave this as a dress, I wouldn’t know that turning this into a romper was possible- and not that hard! I’ve had quite a few refashions that haven’t worked and those pieces are unwearable but I’m still happy to have tried it. If you are having doubts about a refashion, test it out on a piece from the thrift store before your final garment. But give it a chance! Try something new!

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There’s also an article about refashioning in Seamwork Magazine which is a great read! I’ve also (slowly) been putting together a pinterest board of refashions & ideas!

Me Made May Week 4 to Finish & Thoughts

Congratulations to everyone who completed Me Made May! We did it! 31 days of wearing handmade items- whew! May has been a crazy month. I started out thinking I’ll never get to wear some of my summer pieces and it turned out I didn’t have enough to wear! Spring was skipped over and Summer temperatures showed up. Here is the last week and a half of May:

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Day 22: I don’t have a picture of my outfit because I only wore my cross body as my handmade item. It was my sister graduation party (she finished grad school!) and I was going to wear a dress but it was too chilly so last-minute outfit change didn’t leave much room for handmade.

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Day 23: I bought this awesome bundle pack from SEW DIY. It’s the Lou Box Top and Baseball Skirt. I finished both of my wearable muslins and wore them together. I can’t wait to make more of these, total staple patterns! I already have a few versions of each in my “to make” pile, so I’ll blog about these shortly!

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Day 24: My Floral Astoria. It was the last day before the heat wave started and I managed to sneak my favorite Astoria into Me Made May. Also featured are my “paint pants”. There are paint splatters all over these but they are so comfy it is totally acceptable to wear them around the apartment.

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Day 25: My handmade cross body repeat! I was caught off guard with the heat and had no idea what to wear. But my shorts are “me altered” so that counts too, right? I also got a little cactus! I have a serious problem with keeping things alive so I’m hoping to not kill a cactus.

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Day 26: Copy & Paste Tank in fabric left over from my first Bombshell Skirt.

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Day 27: Refashioned Nantucket Shorts and another Copy & Paste Tank. I’m still getting used to wearing these shorts in public as they are so easy to wear they feel like pajama bottoms! I keep forgetting I have another blouse to make into another pair.

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Day 28: I was laying in the sun for a while in my Floral Bombshell. I’m debating if I should make a new swimsuit this year or not. I have 3 great handmade ones, I don’t know if I really need another.

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Day 29: Floral Galaxy Shorts! Made from my Leggings Pattern and leftover swimsuit fabric. These are so comfortable!

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Day 30: The air conditioners are officially in the windows and they won’t be leaving until October. When Drew is home, I freeze with the AC’s on so having this knit dress was a good wear.

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Day 31: My latest refashion which I will be posting about later! Dress turned romper! I am going to be wearing this piece all the time.

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As I mentioned in last week’s Me Made May post, I’ve become ok with donating the pieces I just don’t wear- even if they are handmade. I’ve gotten rid of a few so far, mostly refashioned pieces I just can’t love. I binged a garbage bag full of clothes, and I’m a small person so that’s a lot of clothes!

Of course, just as I thought last year, I didn’t have enough basic pieces to mix in and out of my ready to wear wardrobe. I also realized another hole! I have no handmade causal summer dresses! I have a formal one, and a ton of ready to wear ones but none I could wear for the challenge. I already have one planned but might have to add another one or two to the make list. Oh man, just in this post alone I think I added 5 projects to the pile.

I have a little confession to make. A thought that has been running around my mind a lot as I’ve seen others wardrobes.

 For some time, I’ve wanted to be one of those women with a “capsule wardrobe”. You know, have like 15 basic pieces that are always on rotate. I get so jealous seeing these women with wardrobes that are so put together and cohesive and I take a look at my wardrobe and it’s all over the place. I don’t have a defined style. My love of florals beat solid any day and buying anything in grey or black usually leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Over the past few months I’ve been thinking about getting rid of all my clothes and starting over with basics, but I recently realized that just isn’t who I am. I love color. I love prints. I like basics and all, but would feel a wardrobe full of them would be so boring! It’s taken me a lot of time to step back and see that cohesive life isn’t for me. So maybe my closet will be a little …full… but it makes me happy. And that’s what fashion is all about. So yes, I do plan on making basics- every girl needs some plain tees- but I can’t give up my fun prints and bold colors.

So all you beautiful women with organized- color coordinated closets, I will admire you from afar and love your simplicity but stand here proudly in my loud apparel.

I’m looking forward to an awesome Summer (and as stated above) have a lot of projects to work on. What are your Summer sewing plans?

Mint & Floral Rain Coat

Back in January I realized a hole in my wardrobe during a trip to Florida. We got caught in the rain several times and I tried so hard to find a basic coat with a hood at the parks but had to cave into the awful poncho all the tourists wear. I couldn’t find something simple, lightweight, and something I could wear without it screaming “Minnie Mouse”. Of course this was my fault for not planning properly but it did give me a new sewing goal!

Back when I made my Winter Caramel Coat from Waffle Waffle Patterns, I mentioned I wanted to make one for every season because the shape is great and I love that it has a hood. And I’m so happy I went with the pattern again for this coat!

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Fabric came from Denver Fabrics, and I was a little disappointed when it arrived. The image online was much more “mint” than it looks in person. I do wish it was a little darker in color but I wasn’t about to throw 3.5 yards out the window. The fabric is called “jacketing” and while I won’t be protected in a torrential downpour, I wanted a light rain coat for passing showers and this fabric fits the bill. One day I hope to make a more heavy duty one but that wasn’t the plan this time around. The floral print is also from Denver Fabrics and I’m so happy with how perfectly the floral looks with the mint!

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The biggest requirement for this coat was to have a hood. I have multiple trench coats but NOT ONE has a hood! What was I thinking when I bought them? They were cute and I couldn’t pass them up. But this time- no way. I needed a hood. Thankfully, the Caramel Coat is cute and has a great hood so, win-win!

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For some other details: I did extend the length of the pattern by about 2″. I had a problem with the cuffs. I just couldn’t seem to get them in properly and they are a little longer than I like so I’ll have to go over them again. I’m also now looking at the photos and seeing a small problem on the front hem and will have to redo the stitching there.

We’ve been getting a decent amount of rain this Spring but I didn’t get to finish this coat until most of it had passed. I’m looking forward to wearing it the rest of spring and summer though.

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And just throwing it out there but any other bloggers get an irrational fear of moving when doing a photoshoot?  I had just ironed this and didn’t want to move a muscle until the camera went off. I also realized just how bad this stuff wrinkles! I’ll be starching this piece but any other tips for keeping it crisp?

Week Three: Me Made May 2016

Almost to the finish now with Me Made May. Week Three finally saw some repeats in handmade- but I’m happy it took to week three to get there! This tells me I’ve been making enough pieces to build a useable wardrobe- one that I actually want to wear. It’s also taught me that it’s ok to get rid of the handmade pieces that I think I’ll wear but just sit in my closet. There are a few pieces I no longer reach for so why keep them around, even if they are handmade? I used to think it was something sinful to get rid of a handmade item- I know how much time and cost went into the piece, why would I toss it? But just like any clothing item, it has seen it’s day in my wardrobe and now it’s time to make room for something that better fits my life and style.

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Day 15: My Aires Leggings from Seamwork Magazine. I now have Sunday’s off and for the first time in like, 6 years, my Sunday’s are real rest days. It’s so cool having a day to spend time with Drew and my Sunday Style will definitely start reflecting the change.

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Day 16: Pneuma Tank from Papercut Patterns. Monday was a day in the sewing studio and I took out my Pneuma Tank to wear.

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Day 17: Band of Florals Tee and a Refashioned Skirt. I always forget how much I love this skirt until I wear it. I just can’t wear it for work on the farm so it doesn’t get as much use as it could.

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Day 18: Another Copy & Paste Tank. This one (unblogged) has a band of sparkles with fabric left over from Rainbow Fish.

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Day 19: First Repeat! Florals and Stripes Boat Tee– and a basket full of Asparagus

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Day 20: Kimono. Made this piece last year during Me Made May. I wear it more in the Summer time but it is a great piece for an easy outfit.

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Day 21: Another Repeat- Cranberry Anorak. I also toted my handmade Vinyl Tote.

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And I wanted to share a picture I found the other day! Remember this dress I refashioned? It was my Grandma’s and when I was cleaning, I came across a picture of her wearing the original dress! Here we are side by side. I think she would like the modern version as much as hers.

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