kcw | swingset tunic + clover shorts. . .

The weather has been plotting against me lately when it comes to photo shoots. And driving. It seems we end up with a thunderstorm pretty much every evening. You know, the kind that comes out of no where and threatens to wash everything away. Anyways, we got about ten rain free minutes last night at the park so I was able to grab a few photos to share. This top. . .I'm a little bit in love with it! 

kcw | swingset tunic. . .

My first finish for this round of Kid's Clothes Week is this Swingset Tunic - pattern by Oliver + S and fabric by Robert Kaufman! I'm working on a pair of shorts to go with it and hope to take photos of the outfit on the kiddo this evening. I'll share all the details in that post! 

winner, winner. . .

I'm going to spend this week working on Kid's Clothes Week stuff and am really looking forward to it! Anyone sewing along? Are you a prepper or do you just wing it? I think I'm somewhere in between. I've printed and cut out a couple of patterns so far and have a few specific things planned but still have some ideas swirling around in my head. Can't wait to see what everyone is sewing up for the week!

I'm also working on finishing up a blog re-design / makeover. It's been like a year in the making which is kind of absurd but that's what happens when you have to Google your way through html and css. I've learned a lot though so there is that. Things might start looking a little crazy here during the final stages of this pet project of mine but hopefully not for long!

Last but not least, the winner for the Michelle Patterns giveaway is comment #11 - Penny D! Congrats, Penny! Thank you to everyone that entered.

p.s. a blog post with no photo is kind of boring so I included an "outtake" photo from my card wallet shoot.  It's kind of random but I love how the reflection ended up in focus while everything else is blurred. I never gave much thought to photographing reflective surfaces (not much of a selfie taker here) but may have to experiment more. 

michelle patterns | $10 shop credit giveaway. . . (closed)

I have a fun giveaway for you today! Some of the very first pdf sewing patterns I came across and used when I first started sewing several years ago were Michelle Patterns. I'm pretty sure that's when my love of sewing bags started. These patterns are so well written and easy to follow and I always love the finished product. You can check out other projects I've made with these patterns here.

pattern workshop | review + flash sale

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I've released two patterns this year, the Aster Cardigan (my first clothing pattern!) and the Senna Tote. I was able to create these patterns with lots and lots of help from my friend Lauren's Pattern Workshop. I learned so much through this workshop and more importantly, was able to do it at my own pace. The way the workshop is organized, you can go through the material in whatever order you choose which was really helpful to me as I was learning while working on the patterns I mentioned. Previously, I used Photoshop to digitize my pattern pieces and Pages to put together the tutorial. It worked but took forever and was not a straightforward process. Don't get me wrong. . . I love Photoshop. I use it pretty much every day for photo editing and graphic design type stuff. It's just not meant for pattern drafting or digitizing. Enter Lauren's class - I now know my way around Illustrator and InDesign! I did use those programs (Illustrator and Pagemaker as it was called in the 90's) back in college but I pretty much had to start over. 

life in black + white | july. . .

I'm a couple of days late getting this post up! Better late than never though, right? The kiddo and I hung out the park recently and I snapped a few photos of her while she was telling me all about her friend Bob, the pinecone. This kid. She likes to name things. Anyways, she told me that we needed to take Bob home to keep him safe. She also thought that he might enjoy going down the slide. It was another one of those moments that I don't want to forget and will miss when she gets older and thinks it's silly to play with pinecones or name inanimate objects. 

the senna tote is in the shop!

The Senna Tote pdf sewing pattern is now available to buy! The pattern includes an 18 page detailed and fully illustrated step by step tutorial with lots of helpful tips. Make sure to grab your copy now so that you an take advantage of special intro pricing - the pattern is only $8 until 7-11-2014.
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