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28 & Feeling Great

Happy Monday! Today is a happier Monday than most because it’s my birthday! I don’t usually talk about getting a year older, but I am looking forward to a really great year!

Today’s post is about a subject I’ve been super nervous to share. I’m always having an internal debate with myself if I should overshare parts of my life or not but I’m finally in a place where I want to talk about what life has been like the past couple years.

{If you don’t care to know about what’s been going on with me personally, you can scroll down to my active-wear sewing inspiration, I won’t be offended! :p)

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Living a creative life isn’t always fun. It isn’t always designing and sewing and taking pretty pictures. It can be lonely, terrifying, and if you aren’t careful, you can get sucked into the black hole of self doubt. I’ve dealt with these feeling for years, but for the last few years, my mental health has taken a huge toll on me and started affecting my physical health.

When I get into these dark periods, I tend to shut down. I get into a vicious cycle of telling myself I need to work harder, produce more content for my blog, make more bags for my shop, get more wholesale orders, post more on Instagram, forget to eat, and what business woman has time to workout? I tell myself that I’m not good enough, and it can get really hard to see other makers getting more followers and “likes” and then looking at your own content and feeling depressed.

Being a full time maker is hard. Working from home, sewing all day, browsing pinterest, wearing pajamas, fabric shopping, all sound like great things right? And they can be. But when you add in things like, spending every day by yourself with no one to talk to, handling every aspect of a business alone (making, photographing, listing, shipping, customer service, SEO, marketing, blogging), having creative blocks,  to-do lists a mile long, and don’t forget you have to make enough money to pay your bills. Sometimes it gets very overwhelming. And sometimes the last thing you want to do is read a nasty comment that was left for you on a blog post you worked really hard to create. (yes, it’s happened, yes I ignore them and delete the comments).

I try to push these feeling away when I’m with people, or when I write blog posts because you come here for inspiration and sewing projects, not to hear about how low I’m feeling that day. But at this point, I think it’s important to share my feelings because I’ve been working so hard to get to a good place and I finally found something that is working for me.

Flashback to earlier this year: I had an event to go to, and was reaching into my handmade wardrobe to pick out a dress. Five minutes later I was sitting on the floor crying surrounded by the contents of my closet because not one of my handmade dresses fit me. I spent years building pieces for my body, and they no longer fit.

I never wanted to admit that I was gaining weight. But it’s pretty hard to hide when you are 4’9″ and gain an extra 5-10 lbs. I could see it in my face, in my arms and definitely in my gut. What’s worse is that I could feel it. I was tired all. the. time. and I kept loosing motivation to do something simple like go outside.

My mental problems were finally interfering with my outward appearances and I couldn’t ignore the problems anymore.

Just over two years ago, I ran my second half marathon, and it was the worst race I’ve ever run. It was raining for roughly 20 miles, and at mile 5 I could feel my body wasn’t into it. But I pushed myself across the finish line because I didn’t think I could look at myself knowing I just gave up. After that race, I stopped running. I felt like such a failure, and instead of working harder to be better, I quit. It’s like a mental block came over me and I let it effect all parts of my life.

I didn’t think about gaining weight because it’s something that never happened to me, but it’s inevitable when you get older! Once it finally caught up to me, and my clothes didn’t fit, I knew I had to make a change. Physically, mentally, emotionally, I needed a re-boot because I was so tired of being tired.

When we moved into our new house in April, we got a Peloton bike, because I had been looking into one for a few months. I really wanted a treadmill, but we decided to wait after hearing Peloton was coming out with one of their own.

I started riding a few times a week, but also started having those same mental spurts come up about needing to work instead of workout. Then I starting riding with one instructor, Christine, who helped me flip my thinking. Every class starts with the phrase, “Drop your shoulders, drop your baggage” and exercise started becoming a release for me again, not just something you “should” be doing.

I’ve been feeling incredibly stressful over the move, and working on my etsy shop, while trying to make wardrobe pieces that I really want to wear, and taking care of an entire house, and producing content for other sites, but as soon as I get on that bike, it fades away. And after my ride, I feel relaxed, clear-headed and ready to take on what I need to.

I had forgotten how much I loved being active. And how much the activity helped with my mental health. And every day I look forward to riding and feeling sore! But I knew that being active wasn’t the only part of my life that needed to change.

My life the past few years (actually the past 7-8 years) has been surrounded by coffee and energy drinks. In college I survived on energy drinks and the older I got, the more coffee I consumed. I always vowed to eat good food, and since my parents own a farm, I’ve always had access to healthy meats and produce, but didn’t always prepare myself to eat right. (I have a strange obsession with potatoes in any and every form!)

I had been wanting to go on a cleanse, or diet plan, but was really looking for a complete lifestyle change. After doing some research, I decided to go Paleo. For those that don’t know, Paleo is the “caveman diet”, where you cut out all processed foods, sugar, beans, dairy, grains, and you are left with raw ingredients.

I’ve been Paleo for two months now and it has been amazing. After two weeks I started feeling a difference in my energy level, and at two months in, I barely have the cravings I used to get.

Paleo has forced me to plan my meals, and spend time in the kitchen cooking. It’s made me read labels, understand nutrition, and look forward to new recipes. It’s been hard to go out to dinner, and finding new ways to make my coffee without sugar has been…interesting…but I feel wonderful, and don’t have plans to stop soon.

With these changes, I’ve also made it a really important point in my life to slow down my sewing. I used to rush through projects because I wanted new pieces to share. I thought if I wasn’t making new things every week, people wouldn’t want to follow my sewing journey, but in reality I wasn’t always making pieces I loved. I also found myself getting super frustrated when projects didn’t work out!

Now I’m taking my time. I’m enjoying the process of a project coming together, not just rushing it along, and if I can’t find the right fabric or pattern, I wait until I do – because loved clothes last and I want to be 100% happy with my wardrobe.

I’ve also decided to reach out to get help with my etsy shop. I am really bad at SEO and marketing myself, and it’s only hurt my business. I’m re-focusing on my goals and patterns and working towards creating a sustainable and profitable business. I’ve signed up to be part of an “Etsy Tribe”, and I’ve learned that spending money on a program is much more motivating to do the work than finding free tutorials online.

I’m also very excited about moving my workspace into our attic. It’s another slow process, but I’m taking time to plan where to put my machines, what sewing table I want to get, and the best place for photoshoots and a real shipping station!

I am still very new in my journey, and while I am no expert in getting out of that mental block, I found what works for me. And now that I finally got all that off my chest (WHEW!) I’m excited to share more aspects of my personal life. And if you don’t want to read those parts then just scroll to the projects! =)

If you actually read all of that, thank you! I hope if you are feeling similar, feel free to reach out, I’m always willing to talk! (and if you don’t want to leave a comment, use the contact page!)

But since this is a sewing blog, and that was kinda heavy stuff for me to talk about all at once, I want to share a few projects I hope to get to soon!

  1. Joggers (is this the right word?) : After my workouts I want to curl up in comfy clothes, but not pajamas. I bought a really beautiful knit from JoAnn’s a month or so ago and am looking to make a knit version of Seamwork Moji!

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2. Sports Bras. I’ve made a few in the past but I’m ready to jump back on the wagon, and try out a few different patterns.

  1. Kaye (another Seamwork Pattern): I would be interested in adding cups to this one, but I love the longer length. The pattern also has a racerback variation which would be cool.

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3. Leggings. I love wearing shorts for running, but every time I ride on the bike, my shorts ride up really quick. So I need more leggings!

  1. See Kate Sew has a cute tutorial for lace up leggings.

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  1. The Petite Sewist has a great pocket tutorial that I think would add an awesome design detail to a pair of leggings.

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Do you have any active-wear sewing plans on your list? I’d love to hear about them!

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Mental health is SO IMPORTANT. I also think it’s important to do something about it if you are feeling stuck. I’m thankful to have a great support system. A fantastic boyfriend and wonderful parent’s and sister. And today, on my 28th birthday, I had my 50th ride with Peloton in my handmade leggings, and I am so happy to be on this journey. 

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#RefashionFriday Denim Jacket Re-mix

Happy Friday!

This refashion has been such a long time in the making, I am so excited to share it with you! The story for how this came about it a little long, so I wanted to share my photos in-between all that text!

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Before this refashion, the only denim jacket in my wardrobe was from middle school. I feel like I’ve mentioned that before here on the blog, but it’s true, my Gap Kids denim jacket is still getting its wear in my wardrobe. The sleeves are way too short, and the body looks awkwardly short with pants and shirts, so the arms always stay rolled, and I only wear it over dresses. I don’t wear it all that often, but I haven’t found a RTW version that I liked to replace it.

So when Seamwork Audrey came out, I knew it was a pattern to go on my “make list”. My initial thought was to make it out of recycled materials, because there is a crazy amount of used denim in the world! The only old jeans I had in my stash were a mix of light and dark denim and I just didn’t want that much shade difference to make it look super upcycled. Not having the proper pieces, I decided to wait to make it.

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A few weeks ago I was thrifting for some jeans for another project (I’ll share soon!) and had some leg remnants left over – as well as an extra pair I didn’t end up using for the other project. So I finally had a good amount of fabric to play with!

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The plan was in place, the materials gathered, I was ready. Then I saw this beautiful photo on pinterest and a little lightbulb went off in my head. I would finally be able to use this fabric remnant I’ve been dying to use!

We all have those pieces in our stash that you have a general idea for, and even though it doesn’t feel 100% right, there is an eventual purpose for that fabric. No, just me the hoarder? Alrighty then.  Well, I had this remnant I got from a friend and the print was so beautiful, I wanted to make a shirt for myself to enjoy the print. I was struggling with finding the right pattern and fabric to mix with it, and (if you zoom in on the photo) there were grommets on each panel, so the only true usable piece was the top corner. So this piece sat until I could spend more time on it. (I should also mention it’s similar to a quilting cotton)

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After seeing that inspiration, I knew this fabric was destined to go with my new denim jacket.

I have a huge problem when it comes to sewing projects, because even if I have a whole pile of unfinished things, I need to start new ideas to constantly keep my mind flowing. So I left behind a dress due in a few weeks and cutting out new backpacks to make this jacket.

Seamwork’s goal has always been about quick projects you can finish in a few hours, and I’m not sure why my mind accepted that to be true for something like a denim jacket. They shifted their pattern’s a few months ago to be a little more detailed, so this project took way longer than expected. I was hoping to finish last week, but I really wanted to take more time to make it perfect, so I waited to share and I think it was worth it.

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Audrey has a lot of pattern pieces.  And since I’m tiny, my jeans are tiny, so I had a lot less fabric to work with – and I really had to stretch my thinking when cutting out the fabric. I used one pair of remnant jean legs, one full pair of jeans, and had to make the sleeves and a few other pieces out of fabric leftover from my handmade jeans, as well as using the fabric remnant for the back piece and pocket linings.  If you want to make your own recycled denim jacket, I would suggest to get 4-5 pairs, to be safe.

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I have seen versions of recycled denim jackets (scroll down to see more inspo!) and knew I wanted mine to have symmetry and purpose, not just a bunch of scraps thrown together. I made sure each side “matched” denim (ex. each center middle panel were cut from the same pair of jeans). When it comes to using multiple pieces to make something new, it really comes down to fabric placement to create the final look.

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Details about Audrey:

Cut: Size 2

Modifications to pattern: Added 1″ to the sides of Back Center Panel & removed 1″ from Back Side Panel.

Problem Areas: The welt pockets. I’ve made welt pockets before (Refashioned Bomber) but they are not commonly on my radar. Once I read the directions about 10 times to let them really sink in, it all clicked. Seamwork does have an article about Welt Pockets, which is a great resource as well.

Everything else went together smooth. I also ran out of topstitching thread, so not all areas have the pretty gold stitching, but I think it works out well that way.

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Details about my back modification: My fabric panel had this beautiful border and I wanted to use at least a bit of it on the back. To make this happen, I extended the back center panel 1″ on both sides, and took 1″ from the back side panel to account for the modification. I also quilted my back fabric to give it a little more body. It was a simple quilting, but adding batting and a backing, definitely gave the back a sturdier feel.

I added this lace leftover from my refashioned kimono right under the panel. Originally I had it going cross the entire back, but re-did it to go across just the panel as it looks cleaner.

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My hope for this jacket is to rough it up a little. It does have a worn in feel since it’s almost all used jeans, but taking some sand paper or a razor to a few sections is something I’m looking into. I also wouldn’t mind adding more trim if I come across cohesive trim I like. I really feel like this could turn into one of those pieces that stays in my wardrobe until I’m old and grey and my kids want to borrow it for a “retro feel”. I’m excited to see what adventures there are for this jacket in the future.

Inspiration: 

This etsy shop is filled with “festival style” denim jackets and it’s huuuuge embellishment inspo!

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Add a little colored denim for a more unique look.

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or mix light and dark denim like this:

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The Pin that started it all.

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The next jacket isn’t super related but I have to share because it’s amaaazing!

A girl after my own creative heart: Once Upon A Lauren was featured on Hoboken Girl awhile ago and I’ve been in love with her work since! Tell me this hand-painted leather jacket isn’t drop dead GORGEOUS! Thrift Upcycling at it’s finest!

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If you spot a great denim or leather jacket at a thrift store, or have one gathering dust in the back of your closet, I hope this inspires you to have a little fun!

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Janome Skyline S9: Mother’s Day Tea Bag Holder

I’m back with another project using my amazing Janome Embroidery Machine! I wanted to share something quick and simple, with so much room for customization! You can download and print out the Janome PDF instructions HERE.

I’m usually pretty good at gift ideas. There are a ton of things I want to buy for people, but usually way out of budget. Over the years I’ve been doing well with handmade gifts and my ultimate go-to is this tea bag travel wallet.

It started with needing a gift for my mom. She is an avid tea drinker- like 4-6 cups a day tea drinker. She gave up caffeinated tea a few years ago and has been hooked on only specific kinds of herbal. If you are a tea drinker, you know that most restaurants and diners have unlimited supply of coffee but can really lack when it comes to tea. My mom started carrying her own tea bags wherever she went, in a little plastic baggie. It was obvious she needed a home for her stash.

I made her a little tea holder, then started getting some requests for more! My sister was next, her tea bag holder was a Christmas gift. I have one in the queue for Drew’s sister and decided to make his mom one for Mother’s Day!

This has become such an awesome gift I wanted to share a tutorial so you can make your own- or gift one!

You will need:

Scrap Fabric, 1 Button, Piece of  Ribbon, Water Soluble or Erasable Pen/Pencil, Embroidery Supplies

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Step One: Cut 4 pieces of fabric 5″ x 7″, one will be your outer, and three will be inside. If you are adding embroidery, cut one piece stabilizer, otherwise, cut one piece interfacing. (The stabilizer/interfacing will go on the outside layer, attach.)

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Step Two: Embroider your front piece. Fold your front piece in half width-wise and lightly mark the piece in half. This will show you roughly how much of the front piece will show in the front of the wallet. You will only be able to fit a small amount of embroidery, but have fun with it! I used small lettering and small butterfly design in the machine. There will be a button sew onto the front, so keep that in mind when designing your front.

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Step Three: Take two of the interior pieces to become pockets. Fold each one in half lengthwise and iron. Topstitch both pieces.

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Step Four: Measure 1″ up from the bottom of the last piece of fabric you have left. On this line, pin one of your pocket pieces. Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Step Five: Take your second pocket and line it up with the bottom of your interior piece, below the first pocket. Sew in place.

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Step Six: Mark the center of your pockets. Sew this line from the bottom up to the top of the pockets.

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Step 7: Cut a 6″ piece of ribbon or bias tape, pin to the center of your pockets. Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Step 8: With right sides together, sew interior to exterior, leaving a 3″ hole.

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Step 9: Turn wallet right side out and iron wallet. Topstitch around wallet and sew the bottom closed.

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Step 10: Fold wallet and position ribbon towards the front. Mark where your button should be sewn. Sew your button on, only going through first layer of fabric.

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And you are done! Pair with a few boxes of tea bags, a cute travel mug and you have a great, easy gift!

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My Sister’s Storybook Baby Shower

It’s almost October and I never shared the details from my sister’s baby shower! Sorry in advance for photo overload!

My sister has always loved reading, and is an English teacher, so books are clearly her thing. We thought storybooks would be a great theme for her shower, and as I recently learned, it’s a pretty popular theme. My mom, sister and I were all part of planning and I was the main maker.

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Her invitations came from etsy, and they were adorable! You can find them here. We also chose to do the “bring as book” and “diaper raffle” at the shower, which worked out really well.

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We had the shower at a restaurant so the only other thing we really had to plan were the centerpieces. We wanted to do a different book on each table and chose some of our favorites/most popular books for each table. I put together all the centerpieces with items from around our house, a little bit of crafting and some store bought items. I wanted each table to have a common thing so I made round place-mats in different fabrics. Here’s the breakdown!

1.Madeline

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The Eiffel Tower is a jewelry holder from Michaels, I covered a cardboard oatmeal box with felt to look like Madeline’s coat and we had a straw hat to which we added a simple black ribbon to complete the look.

2. Dr. Seuss (Cat in the Hat)

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About a week before the shower I suggested we get real goldfish for this table. After the ok from my sister, we all thought it would be cute for each little girl to go home with a goldfish, so we bought three! (not too many kids came to the shower). For the vase, I glued stripes of felt onto a glass vase to look like Dr. Seuss’s Hat. We also found these cool pom poms at Michaels to use on the table.

3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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 The caterpillar is made out of felt and glued into the bud holder. We couldn’t find fake fruit so we added some real pieces around the center to go with the story and a couple red flowers to the sides.

4. Alice in Wonderland

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This is my favorite. My sister got me an Alice teacup from Disney years ago that we used as a mini flower vase. My mom had a vintage Alice in Wonderland book that we added to the table. And for the “drink me” detail, I filled small jars with pink confetti!

5. Winnie the Pooh

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My sister loves Pooh so she contributed one of her actual stuffed animals to the table! For the small vase, I glued rope around the glass and glued a yellow ribbon on top. My mom found a small bee in our basement and it was just so perfect! The larger vase is decorated, although you can’t see. I hot glued yellow felt to the top to make it look like honey was dripping from inside.

6. Peter Rabbit

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 I found everything for this centerpiece in our greenhouse. A small garden rabbit and tiny watering can made this theme fun! I made the felt carrots to add in a little crafting.

I worked with my mom to customize the flowers for each table to go with the theme. They all came from our garden and really brought everything together.

One of my favorite parts was the favor. I made bookmarks with our brand new Silhouette Cameo paper cutter  and attached candy boxes to each bookmark. I wish I got a better picture of the boxes. They were from etsy, and each box had a different picture of a children’s book cover on it! So cute! We filled the candy boxes with strawberry candies that my grandma always had in her purse and her house. It was really special to have a little memory of her at the shower.

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Everything went smoothly, even though it was raining by the end of the shower. My sister received so many wonderful things for her baby.

I previously shared my shower gift to my sister but didn’t share her dress! I made her a knit tube top dress with the circle skirt. I had to make a few alterations because she grew right before the shower but it looked so cute on her. (Sorry I don’t have nicer pictures!)

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In other news, I recently did an interview with Kollabora! For those who don’t know, Kollabora is an awesome craft sharing site that I’ve been posting on for years! I love seeing all the projects, it feels like a great mix between Instagram, blogs & pinterest.

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We are expecting baby any day now, so I’m not sure how much sewing I’ll be doing! Have a great week!

 

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Pneuma Tank, Running Top with Added Bra Cup Pockets! 

Hello, hello! I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas, mine was pretty spectacular and I can’t wait to use my new luggage from Drew for our upcoming vacation. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned Cath Kidston here before but for those of you who don’t know, I’m obsessed with that woman and have been eyeing her travel bags for some time. This is the newest piece added to my collection. It’s gorgeous.

 With the holidays coming to an end, I can finally get back to my regular schedule. I made this top last week but haven’t had the chance to photograph it. So here’s my new workout top, featuring my brand new hair cut! I got about 11″ chopped off and I love having my bob back. Also, if you have been considering making a large cut, please think about donating your hair! This will be my third time donating my hair to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths. Here’s the link to the site, if interested.

Anyway, back to my top. The Pneuma Tank has been high on my wish list to make because it is a pattern with both a sports bra and a top. I really want to invest in making active wear but want to start with patterns that will give me options to form a wardrobe. So this one is like two patterns in one.

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I have issues with sports bras. Because my active wear is mostly meant for running, I need the upper chest support, even though I don’t have much to support. If a bra doesn’t have cups in it, I won’t buy it. I feel uncomfortable without cups and very self conscious, especially if it’s cold outside. So while the pattern doesn’t have an option to add cups, I found this AMAZING tutorial on how to add them. It’s from La Petite Josette and it’s full of photos and details for every step of the way. I did a few things differently because I was making the full top, not just the bra, but still used almost the full tutorial.

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Based on my measurments, I made the XXS, and could still shorten the length just a bit. The bra is a little tighter than desired but I think that’s because I needed to add extra layers for the cups. Fabric for the tank is from Fabric.com, it’s called Cool Max Knit and the turquoise is sold out now but some other colors are still available. The bra fabric is a fat quarter from Spoonflower. The design is Plus Plus Cross Geometric Modern Patterns by LittleSmileMakers, printed on Performance Pique. I love this print, and love even more that the colors go so well with my turquoise solid.

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Making active wear is definitely an accomplishment for me. Some sewing projects are rewarding but running wear is even more enjoyable to make because I get to use it more than a pretty dress or skirt. I have so many ideas for active wear and plan on taking that “New Year” motivation and running with it! (pun kind of intended).

Also, can you believe it’s the end of the year already? I feel like I didn’t accomplish my sewing goals- doesn’t it always go that way?! I want to write a yearly wrap up post and hopefully it will be up before the year is over.

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Hellooo Holidays! Etsy Sale!

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Just a quick post to let you know that there’s a little sale going on in my etsy shop! 15% off everything with the code: HOLIDAY15. I have so many new pouches, totes, coin purses, and gift card holders- perfect for gift giving! And something brand new, I’ve now opened my shop to international shipping! I’ve wanted to do that for a while but was just nervous. I’ve never shipped overseas but ya just gotta go for it, right?

The code is good until end of the day today (November 30th)!

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The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Exciting news everybody! Katy over from Made By Katy nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! It’s always such a good feeling to be recognized by your peers for your work and I thank Katy very much for thinking of me!

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Here’s how the award works!

Award Guidelines:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.

2. Display the award logo in a blog entry

3. List the award guidelines so your nominees will know what to do

4. State 7 hidden facts about yourself OR 3 things that inspire you.

5. Nominate other blogger friends for the award.

I was browsing Katy’s blog one day and saw her post about making her own wedding dress! To me, this is one of the coolest sewing accomplishments. And my first “hidden fact” (which isn’t actually hidden at all.)

1. It is my ultimate sewing goal to make my own wedding dress. I actually plan on making two (one ceremony and one party) if I ever get married haha

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2. I hated my boyfriend when I first met him. We did a group project together in college and Drew thought he would be the project manager. He didn’t seem to know that I take a lot of pride in my projects. I guess he liked my stubbornness because after the project was over, he wouldn’t leave me alone. We’ve been together almost 4 years now.

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3. I take Halloween very seriously. It is my all time favorite holiday because, duh, sewing costumes of course. I already have the next two years planned out for Drew and I. He may refuse to take pictures with me but I’m happy he actually dresses up now.

4. I love working. I love being busy and having a goal to achieve.

5. My sister and I are complete opposites. I am very “tomboy” and outdoorsy and she is the princess in the family. She is my best friend, and while we are two years apart in age, people think we are twins. This photo was from our prom (her senior, my junior) and this sums us up pretty well. Her nails done, bright pink dress and me with a beehive wearing polka dots. The second photo from her wedding, yes she wore a tiara.

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6. My favorite movies are Almost Famous and The Nightmare Before Christmas. (I’m slightly obsessed with Tim Burton)

7. I want to create an empire. I know that’s a really bold statement but I am working towards my future and see my sewing as something that can take me places. I want to inspire people- not only to learn to sew and make beautiful things themselves- but to love handmade items and buy from people who create with their hands and appreciate the art they produce. I’ve been lucky enough to be part of a community that believes in the handmade movement (seamstresses need to stick together you know!) but I want to grow that community and minimize the idea of mass producing products. Handmade is such a beautiful word and I want to be part of those that praise its meaning.

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I’m nominating:

1. Jane, from Jane Makes. She just finished making her own shoes (AMAZING!) and she did this really wonderful project called Morsebags Challenge, which I encourage you to check out and join in if you have the opportunity.

2. Hannah from Palindrome Dry Goods. She has beautiful photography and her apparel projects are stunning. She has an etsy site as well, filled with great handmade makes!

3. Laura from Laurasaurus. This girl has been with me for a while and she always has a sweet comment to say! I love her wardrobe and she does a great job of mixing work wear with fun, beautiful pieces.

Thanks for inspiring me ladies!