Sewing Meet-ups and Anxiety: I went to PR Weekend and Survived

So I haven't even started writing this post yet, and the sighs are already coming out. I have been planning to write this post for over a week now, and really struggling with exactly where to start with it. So I'll just start at the beginning. Lol

Back in February, while I was lying in bed with the flu, I got a message from one of my favourite sewing bloggers, Gillian. Gillian told me that she was speaking at PR Weekend in Ontario, and that she would really love it if I could come. First of all, I had no idea what PR Weekendwas and I had to look it up. LOL. And secondly, while I have always wanted to go to a sewing meet up, and I see them happening through instagram all the time, I've been mostly way too anxious to ever go. I am fairly introverted, and as I get older and start to realize more things about myself, I have noticed that socializing, especially with strangers really takes a lot out of me. I can do it, and sometimes I find it quite enjoyable, but it takes a lot out of me.  I also worry all the time. I worry about saying the wrong thing, about whether or not I have offended people and whether or not people will like me. It kind of sounds silly when I say it out loud, but the feelings are real, and they can sometimes be overwhelming. Sometimes it's easier to just stay in my little bubble where it's comfortable.

On top of all that, I have become a bit of a nervous traveller, which sounds kind of ridiculous because John and I travel quite frequently, and once I get to the place we're going to, I usually love it. But anyway, it's all stuff that I am working on, and I think it's really important to push myself out of my comfort zone sometimes, and build up some strength with experiences. I mean I'm never going to get better at something if I don't practice right? So after figuring out that PR Weekend is basically the website Pattern Review's, annual meet up and conference, I decided that I wanted to go. I also discovered that Stratford, where this year's weekend took place, is only about 30 minutes from where our middle son (Nick) is going to school. So perfect, John could come with me and visit with Nick while I went to Stratford. So I talked to John and we booked everything (along with tacking on a bit more travel to Montreal and to Halifax as well - go big or go home right?). I was a little nervous thinking about it, but I discovered that Helen and Caroline (who I have great online relationships with - and you might also know from the Love to Sew podcast) would be there, as well as my fellow Calgarian, Anya, who I had already met in person a couple of times. So that gave me some comfort - at least there would be some people I knew there. And I really, really wanted to be there to support Gillian.

To be perfectly honest, I knew I would be okay for day one of the weekend. Day one involved some great talks (Gillian's included), a pattern swap, a lunch and a dinner but it was all in the same place, and I told myself that worst case scenario, I could always escape back to my hotel room if I was feeling uncomfortable or not enjoying myself. It was day two that I was super nervous about. Day two involved travelling by bus to a town about 1.5 hours away, and then spending the day in that town shopping around, finding lunch, and then returning on the bus. I was super freaked out about the bus ride. Basically, my bladder is about the size of a walnut (and when I'm nervous, it's even smaller) and I'm not really great with car travel when I don't know exactly where I'm going, and where the pitstops are. Plus the idea of being cooped up on a bus wasn't very appealing. But I convinced myself, that the PR crowd is pretty much all women, and mature women at that, so I figured we would probably be in a coach style bus with comfy seats, air-conditioning and a bathroom, which would make it all bearable. I also thought, that absolute worst case scenario, I could just opt out of the second day. Which is probably what I should have done, but more on that later.

Here are some pics from the first day. It really was a lot of fun. I met some great people and actually enjoyed the socializing. It's really amazing to be in a room filled with people who are just as passionate about sewing as you are. It was really cool to chat with people about the outfits they were wearing and things they were making. I got to meet the mother-daughter duo behind Jalie Patterns, and chat with them about their new collection (and buy a ton of their new patterns LOL).  A couple of people even came up to me and told me they recognized me from my blog and instagram. That blew me away! 

 This is me, and Diane. Diane and I have had lots of interactions on Instagram, but I didn't recognize her until she told me her instagram name. What a world we live in?

This is me, and Diane. Diane and I have had lots of interactions on Instagram, but I didn't recognize her until she told me her instagram name. What a world we live in?

 This is me and Anya. Anya is so lovely and incredibly funny. When you're around her, you immediately feel at ease.  Not to mention she is an incredibly talented sewist. I am so lucky to have her in my hometown (when I'm there) and I look forward to hanging out with her more.

This is me and Anya. Anya is so lovely and incredibly funny. When you're around her, you immediately feel at ease.  Not to mention she is an incredibly talented sewist. I am so lucky to have her in my hometown (when I'm there) and I look forward to hanging out with her more.

And here I am with Caroline. Caroline and I have been emailing back and forth for forever and she is just the sweetest friend. It was so amazing to finally meet her in person, and someday I'll get to Vancouver and hopefully get to sew with her too!

Me and Gillian. Gillian has been a huge inspiration to me ever since I started sewing and found sewing blogs. I love her style and her attitude. She is incredibly supportive and her smile lights up a room. She was so fun to hang out with, and I know if we lived closer together, we'd hang out all the time.

 Here is Gillian during her talk about photography. It was excellent, and if you haven't already, you should check out her  Better Pictures Project  on her blog. Sooo much good information.

Here is Gillian during her talk about photography. It was excellent, and if you haven't already, you should check out her Better Pictures Project on her blog. Sooo much good information.

This is me and Lori. During Gillian's talk, she asked us to pull out our phones and take a selfie. Lori was right beside me, so we did it together. Lori is so friendly, and I loved that when I looked over at her during some of the talks, she was knitting. She is also one half of the duo, the Clothes Making Mavens, which is another fantastic sewing podcast.

I kept missing selfie opportunities with Helen, but I did get this one. Helen is amazing - she is incredibly talented, really grounded, and she is super fun to talk to. You guys probably know that I am a pattern tester for her, and she is so awesome to work with. I'm wearing my York Pinafore which she designed, in all of these photos. 

This photo was taken after the break on the first day. We did a costume change because after dinner, they were planning to judge the optional camp shirt and pj contest. Spoiler alert, I didn't win, but Anya won the camp shirt contest. 

I feel like this photo encapsulates Gillian and my personalities so well.

So this brings us to the dreaded day two. Ha ha! I had asked one of the PR organizers on day one, what to expect in terms of buses for day 2, and I was surprised to find out that they had rented school buses. Plain, old fashioned, yellow school buses. I found that quite crazy especially because it had been so hot in Stratford, and this was a group of women, not children. Anyway, I understand organizing something like this takes a ton of effort and I also know that school buses are probably cheaper. Anyway, I wasn't the only one not looking forward to school buses. Ha ha! Gillian, Anya, Helen, Caroline and I all decided it would be better to go in a car. And we bumped into Helena and Lori in the hotel lobby, who also decided to take their own car. 

This is from left to right, Anya, Gillian, Caroline, Lori, Helen, me, and Helena (the other half of the Clothes Making Mavens duo). This is us just before we left the hotel on day 2.

I should mention here, that I had not gotten much sleep during the night, I had eaten way too much sugar, and I was a bit hopped up on excitement and nervousness. But all things considered, I didn't feel to badly. Anyway, we all hopped into Caroline & Helen's car, and it wouldn't start right away, I'm not sure why, but it did end up starting in the end. But this made us all feel a bit wary of getting stuck somewhere, so we decided to go in Anya's little rental car instead.

We had planned to eat breakfast in Stratford, but the restaurant we wanted to go to was packed and the wait looked huge, so we grabbed a coffee and then were on our way. Oh, and this had been another factor for me throughout the weekend, I wasn't eating enough - I'm currently on a pretty strict elimination diet, so I'm not eating eggs, dairy, or gluten, among other things - and my plan is to be on it for at least a year, so I couldn't just go off of it for the weekend. I hate being such a pain in the butt when it comes to food (or anything really) and I was lucky that there were some gluten free options at the included meals, but staying away from eggs and dairy on top of gluten is really tough. So anyway, I had mostly been eating granola bars I had brought, coffee and some candy that Helen and Caroline brought (Sour Patch Kids? Yes please!).

Anyway back to the story, I was in the back of the car between Helen and Caroline, and I started to feel a little uneasy, but I figured I'd take a few deep breaths and be okay once we got going. So I did, but then I started to feel a little claustrophobic, and then it seemed like we were driving way out into the country, not on the main highway, and I started to feel more anxious. I had looked at the route on my phone before we left and I thought we would be on the main highway, which has lots of gas stations and places to stop (which was how I was reassuring myself about the drive), so when we seemed to get off that route, I started to feel even more anxious. Of course, we all had our phones and a car GPS, so we weren't ever going to get completely lost, but anxiety isn't rational - fear isn't rational. Anyway, I'm sure my breathing must have changed a bit, because Caroline looked over at me with concern, and said are you okay? And that was enough for the flood gates to open. The tears came out, and I couldn't stop them, and then it became a vicious circle.  I was crying because of my anxiety, and because I was feeling trapped in the car, and then crying even more because I hate causing a scene, and then crying more because I was embarrassed and I felt like I was ruining everything and crying more because I'm 38 years old and I should be able to sit in a car for an hour and a half without having a panic attack. Then on top of that, I had to pee and my stomach started gurgling. It was not fun! But luckily, the car that I was in was full of amazing, caring and understanding women, (thank you again Helen, Caroline, Gillian and Anya!) and they took really good care of me. They made a bunch of stops, gave me lots of hugs and reassurance, and then helped me make a plan to get into a better space. It was really incredible actually. So what ended up happening, was, the ladies got the GPS reprogrammed to go off the planned route, and go to Waterloo which wasn't very far, and I texted John and Nick to come and pick me up at a Tim Horton's near the highway. I didn't feel really good about missing out on the day, but at this point, I knew that I wouldn't be able to calm down if I stayed in the car, and I also didn't want the rest of the group to spend the day worrying about me. And even now, I know it was the right decision. All the ladies were really great and texted me later in the day to tell me they still loved me, and to check on me, and that really meant a lot. I was sad to have missed out on the fabric shopping (and more camaraderie), but I think we all know I have more than enough fabric, so that wasn't the end of the world either.

You might wondering why I would share all of this. Well, a few reasons really. I feel like it's really important to be honest about who I am - I mean it can't be all sunshine and rainbows all the time. And, I really think that I am probably not alone in my struggles with anxiety. I was pretty embarrassed at the time, but I'm human, and I cry, and I have anxiety; it's part of who I am. I think that it's important to talk about our feelings and experiences, and also mental illness of all varieties. It's important to be open about not only our successes but also our struggles and imperfections. I mean we're all human and we all go through similar experiences, no matter how unique we think we are. I know I take great comfort in knowing I'm not alone, and when I read about someone else having similar experiences to mine, I feel less alone. I am a huge worrier, and that's one of the reasons why I love sewing. It really grounds me in the moment and keeps me present, so I can imagine there are other people out there sewing/knitting/crafting/arting for the same reasons.

So, do I regret pushing myself and going to PR Weekend? Absolutely not! I had a really great day that first day, and I learned a lot about myself on the second day. I wanted to go to support Gillian during her talk, and I did that. I am also proud of myself for not hiding my true self, and for being vulnerable. Would I go to PR Weekend or something similar, again? Yes! I know now some things I could do next time, to help make it better/easier for me, but I also know that I can do it. And I feel like I made some really true friends through all of this (hopefully, they feel the same way). So moral of the story, if you push yourself to go to a sewing meet up (if that's important to you), and your worst case scenario happens, it can still be okay - it's okay to be vulnerable, and to be yourself. Plus, this just gave me more evidence that sewing people are the best people. ;)

So there you go, if you made it through this super long post, thank you so much! I hope you aren't thinking, boy that Heather is a complete basket case, but if you are, that's okay too. Now you know. Ha ha ha! If you've had similar thoughts or experiences and you want to share, please do in the comments, or if you don't want to share publicly, feel free to send me an email. 

As always, thanks for reading, and I hope to be back here again soon!

 

 

Dogwood Denim Apron & A Giveaway!

Hey Everybody! How are you? I'm back in Calgary and starting to get settled in. This week has been a bit of a whirlwind with packing up, travelling, unpacking, and catching up on things at home. Anyway, the weather is starting to warm up so it's all good. 

I have a bit of a different post for you today, because I didn't actually make this apron, but I've sure had a blast using it. Ha! A few weeks ago, my friend Alina (from Dogwood Denim), asked me if I would like to try out one of her denim sewing aprons and review it on my blog. And you know me, it's hard to turn down anything denim. 😜

*Disclaimer: Alina did send me this apron for free, but as always, I promise to give you an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

First lets talk about the details. This sewing apron comes in 4 different colours, and I chose medium blue. I'm a sucker for a nice medium blue denim. This is a 12 oz, raw denim, and it's the perfect weight for an apron. The backing, and lining of the pockets, is made from an organic cotton twill, which helps keep the apron soft and not too heavy. 

The first thing I noticed about this apron when I pulled it out of the package, was it's precise construction, and secondly, it's sturdiness. And it has so many great pockets! The belt is adjustable and it has a heavy duty plastic buckle, which makes it easy to get on and off.

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I've had that little Frida button (it's by Mindy Lacefield) on my table for a long time, it just seemed right to add it to my apron. 

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As you can see, I have had no problem filling up the pockets with all my trusty tools. Alina told me that this apron was actually born when she was at one of the Fashion Incubator Boot Camps  she attends (essentially, she goes and works in a factory and learns the ins and outs of clothing construction and manufacturing). She needed a sturdy apron that would hold all her tools, and allow her to easily move around the factory. Alina created this design, and it wasn't too long before everyone in her camp wanted one, so she decided to start selling them on her website. 

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Anyway, I don't know about you guys, but my "sewing" room is set up so I have to move around quite a bit, from machine to table to ironing board and back again, and I'm constantly leaving my tools everywhere. This apron makes it so nice having everything right at my finger tips. When I first got it, I was worried that I might not use it, but honestly, it's so handy! And now that I've been wearing it while I sew, I'm not sure I'll be able to go back. 

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Here I am in action. Seriously, it's so nice to have everything in one place, and I always lose my rotary cutter or my seam gauge underneath fabric scraps or pattern pieces, so it's nice to have easy access to everything.

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In these photos, I'm wearing jeans, but often I sew in my pyjamas or leggings which don't have pockets, so this apron really helps me out then too. And if you look closely, you'll see it's getting some wear, as I've already dribbled coffee on it, so it saves my clothes too. 

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So I've talked a little bit about Alina and Dogwood Denim before, but I had a great phone conversation with Alina just before she sent me this apron, so I feel like I can share a little more about what she does now. Dogwood Denim was born out of Alina's love for jeans, and not being able to find a great fitting pair.  Not only has she had her own struggles finding nice jeans to fit her body, she's watched several of her friends go through the same thing. I think as sewists, we can all relate to that. Anyway, her goal is to make women a great fitting pair of jeans, out of high quality, sustainable (and possibly organic) denim, that will last. She is about to start taking orders for custom jeans, and she is hoping that once she has a good sample of women's bodies, that she'll be able to come up with a few great fitting styles that she can then make and sell, along with her custom fitting. Doesn't that sound awesome? Anyway, if you are interested in having a custom pair of jeans made just for you, head over to the contact page of her website and message her.

And in the meantime, Alina has kindly offered to give away one of her fantastic aprons to one of you lovely readers. The winner will be chosen by random draw, and to enter, simply leave a comment here, or head on over to Instagram and follow Dogwood Denim. There will be a post there too with the giveaway details, and if you would like extra entries, just tag a friend under the post. The contest closes Sunday November 19th at midnight MST.

Blackbird Sewing Club

Hey Everybody! Finally, I'm back with some current sewing!! Woo hoo! And as you can see, I'm also here with some snow and cold weather. I took these photos on Sunday at the Lake, as we drove back to Calgary on Monday for the winter. I cannot believe how much snow we left in BC, and how much we came home to in Calgary. It's kind of crazy, and it's cold!! I'm just not ready for this! I was just settling into fall.

Anyway, this is a collaboration post of sorts. A couple months ago, Gillian (from Craftin' A Rainbow and the Sewcialists) and Margo (from Creating in the Gap) and I were chatting on Instagram, and we thought it would be cool if we all sewed a garment from the same fabric, and then shared it on our blogs and Instagram at the same time.  And to make it even better, we thought because we're all Canadian, why not get our fabric from our a Canadian store. 

Of course, Blackbird Fabrics was the answer. If you've followed me for even a short time, you already know that Blackbird Fabrics is one of my all time favourite shops. Caroline (the owner)  really has a great eye, and a fantasticly curated selection of gorgeous fabrics, and with free shipping in Canada when you spend $100, how can you not shop there? I mean for us Canadians, with a terribly weak dollar, and horrendous shipping costs (not to mention customs and duties fees) when you shop from the States, Blackbird Fabrics is a no brainer.

So, then came the hard part: choosing a fabric. Being the indecisive person that I am, I was no help. So we decided to contact Caroline and see if she had any suggestion for us, and not only did she agree to choose a fabric for the three of us, she sent us each 2m for free. How awesome is that? She kept it a secret from us, and sent us each a mystery package. It was so fun to open the surprise package, and find this gorgeous double knit inside. It was love at first sight. Plus it feels amazing too.

Originally, I was thinking of making some sort of dress, although I really didn't have a pattern in mind, but when I showed it to John, he was like, "you need to make a sweatshirt out of that! Something you'll wear all the time, because that fabric is beautiful". So naturally, I went back to my TNT Hey June Halifax Hoodie. I just love this pattern, and because of the lovely drape this double knit fabric has, I knew it would be perfect for the cowl neck.

This sweatshirt is my new favourite thing. It's so warm and snuggly, and I love the colours so much!! Plus every time I look at it, I'll think of Gillian and Margo, and that makes me happy. Sewing friends are the best!  Sadly, this fabric is already sold out. Blackbird Fabrics is definitely one of those shops where when you see something you love, you need to jump on it right away, because things sell out fast. I was shocked at how quickly both colorways of this fabric sold out (well not really, because I know how amazing it really is. Ha ha!). Anyway, I hope you'll check out both Margo's and Gillian's blogs for their posts, and if you are looking for more details about how I sewed this pattern, see this post or this post).

Hope you all are enjoying your November so far!

Hey June Cheyenne

Hey Everybody! I'm back with some more old photos, and some seemingly old makes. I guess they're not that old, but January for the jeans, and April for the shirt seems like sooooo long ago.

So I've already talked about the jeans, but I'll go over the details of these ones quickly. These are the Itch to Stitch Liana Stretch jeans again with the skinny leg in a size 8.  I didn't make any alterations to these ones, except to change the back pocket. I stole the pocket piece out of my Angela Wolfe Angel Jeans pattern, as I really like that pocket (it's a bit bigger that the Liana jean pocket). This black denim came from Threadbare Fabrics, and unfortunately it's sold out. It's a really nice denim, and probably the blackest denim, I've sewn with yet. So there you go, those are the jeans. ;)

Now, onto the Hey June Cheyenne Tunic. After my great succes with the Halifax Hoodie pattern, I was anxious to try the Cheyenne Tunic. This pattern comes with two veiws, but as you probably know, I'm a sucker for a collared shirt, so I went for the traditional view A.

Based on the size chart I fall into a size Large, but I thought based on the finished measurements, that might be a bit too big/oversized for me. So I compared the pieces to my Sewaholic Granville pieces and decided the Medium would be fine, and I was right. I think the large would have definitely been to big in the shoulders.

I ended up shortening the sleeves by 2', but I left the body at the regular length. This length is perfect for tucking in, but I think next time I might make it slightly shorter if I want to leave it untucked.

I'm super happy with how this shirt turned out. The pattern instructions are fantastic, and if you've never made a button up shirt before, this would be a fantastic pattern to start with. This flannel fabric is also from Threadbare Fabrics, and I just love it. The only thing to be aware of, is that it shrinks!! ALL flannel shrinks, so it would be a good idea to give it a couple of runs through the washer and a hot dryer before you sew.

I love the pockets and cuffs on this pattern, and the tower placket on the sleeve is great! It's also worth noting that the collar on this shirt is quite a bit bigger than the Grainline Archer or the Sewaholic Granville. I actually quite like it, but it took a bit of getting used to. ;) I think the fit is right in between the Granville and Archer. The Archer is quite boxy, while the Granville is quite fitted, so the Cheyenne is a happy medium. This is all dependent on which size you choose though.

So there you go, another post on the books. Hopefully I'll get to some more recent makes soon, but as it's snowing here today, at least this one is seasonably appropriate. 😜

Liana Stretch Jeans with Pocket Flaps

Okay, we're making our way into something a bit more seasonally appropriate: the Liana Stretch Jeans by Itch to Stitch. This was actually my third time making this pattern. If you've followed me for awhile, you'll know I LOVE sewing jeans. It really is a true passion of mine. Anyway, I've tried a number of patterns, and while this one was in my pattern stash for quite a while, it took me a while to actually sew it up.

Back in January, I sewed up two pairs of Lianas and loved them. I was blown away by how well they fit me right off the bat. My first two pairs are size 8s, with no changes whatsoever. It was like the pattern was designed for me! I didn't even have to shorten the legs (they were a little long but I always cuff my skinny jeans so that's how I wanted them). Woo! Anyway, I wore those first 2 pairs almost exclusively for about 3 months, and decided that I would like another pair with a slightly higher rise, which is where this pair came in.

A really great thing about this pattern, is it comes with 3 different leg styles: skinny, straight, and bootcut. As I am quite partial to a skinny leg, of course that's what I chose for all three pairs. It also has the option of a pocket with or without the flap. I had never tried pocket flaps before, so I decided to give those a go too.

Anyway, I started with a straight size 8 again, and raised the rise by 1". I made the flap pockets as drafted but decided they were a bit small, so I unpicked them. You see, in my opinion, if you want your butt to look huge, sew on small pockets LOL. Anyway, after I consulted my Instagram sewing friend, and jeans maker extraordinaire, Alina, I decided the pockets needed to be much bigger! I used the original pattern pocket pieces, and enlarged them with my little home photocopier/scanner, and it worked brilliantly. How great is it to have sewing friends!?!

John wasn't a fan of the larger pockets at first (he thought they were a bit too big), but they grew on him. ;) I just think the larger pockets help balance the space out. If the pockets are small, it just looks wrong to my eye (and my butt looked HUGE). You might have a different preference, and that's totally cool. I think that's one of the beautiful things about making your own jeans, you can make things the way you want to. Anyway, I never would have thought to go quite this big without Alina, and she also looked at lots of photos of my butt, and for that I am very grateful. 😜

For this pair, I used a 9.5 oz Cone Mill S-Gene denim from Threadbare Fabrics, and I used the same bright orange topstitching thread that I used on my Hampton Jean Jacket (I'm wearing my first pair of Liana Stretch jeans in that post too).

The Liana pattern is great; well-drafted with detailed instructions, and there is a sew along to go with it on the Itch to Stitch blog too. I would definitely recommend this pattern, and will be making it again. I have full intentions to try both the straight leg and bootcut versions too.

Have you sewn your own jeans yet?

PS: If you want to learn more about Alina, and her jeans expertise, check out her website Dogwood Denim, or find her on Instagram. She's based in Canada, and currently, she's getting ready to take orders for women's custom jeans. How cool is that?  (Sidenote: I have no affiliation with Alina or Dogwood denim, but we're sewing friends and I love what she's doing so I wanted to mention that too. Woo!)

Iconic Patterns Dress #1306

Okay, catch up post number 2. Here I am with an incredibly seasonally inappropriate dress. Ha ha!! Actually if you're in the Southern Hemisphere, where this pattern originated, we're in good shape. 

I really don't know how I found this pattern, it must have been on Instagram. Having never made anything from Iconic Patterns before, I was a little bit hesitant, but the pdf was reasonably priced and I love the design, so I decided to just go with it.

Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised. The pdf went together really well, and while the instructions are a bit minimal, there is a bit of a sew along on the blog that was very helpful. 

Aren't those pockets cool? And the cute little cap sleeves?? 

I made a straight size 12, and then got a little ambitious with the shortening. I took 4 inches off the hem (what was I thinking!!), which ended up being about an 1.5" too much. But nonetheless, I still wore it this summer (with little shortie shorts underneath), and I think with a cardigan and leggings, and boots, it will work for the fall and winter too. 

This fabric is a stretchy cotton that I bought somewhere in London. Maybe Goldhawk Road, or maybe Walthamstow Market. To be honest, I'm not really sure, it's been in my stash for quite awhile. But I love the colours, and its lovely and soft.

Are you blinded by my super white legs? I made this dress back in July and took the photos a few days after I made it. We had a super hot and sunny summer, but I prefer to stay inside with the air-conditioning and my sewing machines. Can you tell? Ha ha!

Hope you guys are having a great Fall so far. I can't believe it's mid-October already!!! Where has the time gone??

True Bias Lodo Dress

Oh my goodness people!! What happened to me? In my last post, I was all, oh yeah, I'm gonna catch up with my blog. I had all these photos ready, and then....I disappeared. Well not completely, I'm always lurking around on Instagram. Ha ha!! Anyway, my poor neglected blog. So let's catch up! I was a tester for the True Bias Lodo dress back in March. Was it really that long ago?? Oh my gosh!!

Anyway, I want to keep this catch up post short and sweet, so here we go. I made view B (the short version) in a size 12 and shortened it at the hem by 3 inches. I used a mystery Ponte fabric which I believe came from my local Fabricland.

What can I say? This is another great pattern from Kelli of True Bias! The instructions are detailed as always, and while it's a knit dress, it has woven facings. The knit this patten calls for, is quite stable, so the woven facings work really well/ Plus they are easy to sew and a great way to use up scraps. I'm sure you all have see this pattern popping up a ton over the summer on Instagram. It's quick and easy to sew, and super easy to wear too. 

Honestly, I wasn't 100% sold on it being my style, but after wearing it a ton over the summer, I was convinced. I have plans to make a couple more, and GASP I might even try the 3/4 length version. ;)

Okay, there we go first catch up post done, now onto the next! 

More Halifax Hoodies!

Heeello!! Told you I made a ton of these Hoodies. Ha ha! I actually have a couple of sweatshirt versions and another cowl neck version too - they just didn't make it into photos yet. Anyway, not too much else to say about this pattern, except that I love it! If you'd like to read a more detailed review of this pattern from me, please see this post.

I made all of the following hoodies out of french terry from L'oiseau Fabrics. it's a beautiful weight and was lovely to work with, and the prints! I love all the prints!! It was hard to narrow it down because they have so many, but I managed to. Ha ha! If you've never ordered knits from L'oiseau, I highly recommend it. They are a Canadian company (local to Calgary actually woo!) and stock some really beautiful fabrics.

Anyway, I'll leave you with all the photos and I'll be back with something different in my next post, I promise. Ha ha!