senna totes in the wild + a sale


I've been meaning to a do a round up of some of the amazing Senna Totes I've spotted on blogs and Instagram (#sennatote) and here it is! I hope those of you making Senna Totes continue to share photos because I love seeing them! You'll find links for each bag I'm featuring today below - make sure to check out the individual posts for reviews, tips, tricks, and inspiration.

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Also, I thought I'd have a little sale this week so if you haven't picked up the pattern yet or want to try out another, here is your chance! Enter code "fallsale" to save 30% off any pdf sewing patterns in my shop. (sale ends Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 11 pm CST)


little joey | make it perfect patterns


I made the kiddo a new top using the Little Joey pattern by Make It Perfect which Toni was kind enough to send over. It's seriously cute! It comes with a few options and I chose to do the regular collar and mid length sleeves. The only changes I made was to shorten the skirt to tunic length and made the pouch pocket a bit taller. It's a simple enough sew and came together fairly quickly. I made the size 4 and the fit is spot on.

selfish sewing week | super tote


I have yet to venture into sewing clothing for myself so when Rachael of Imagine Gnats invited me to sew along for Selfish Sewing week, I was a little stumped. Not for long though! I'm a believer in the idea that you can never have to many bags. I've had this Super Tote pattern (designed by the awesome Anna of Noodlehead) sitting in my to do pile so that's what I decided to make. It took me a while to figure out what fabrics to use - I kind of wanted to use leather for the gusset but that didn't pan out. I ended up trying out some waxed denim from this shop. Very sturdy stuff! I added some leather straps (also from this shop) and used some Cotton + Steel XOXO in Dandelion for the main bag panels. Yellow makes me happy! For the lining I used some white Kona - I tend to like linings nice and bright. 

shibori pouch | kollabora + jo-ann tutorials


I worked on a fun project this weekend - shibori dyeing! I've dyed fabric before with less than stellar results so I was a little nervous going in but managed to get some pretty cool results!  Kollabora and Jo-Ann have teamed up to create some cool craft tutorials including how to make a shibori tablecloth, a zipper pouch diy, and stamped leather coasters. I used all three tutorials to create the pouch I'm sharing here. I absolutely love my pouch and still have lots of cool fabric left over for future projects!

tutorial | patchwork zipper pouch


So, this is actually an update of the very first tutorial I ever posted on this blog. Figured it could use a little sprucing up! I've changed a few small details of the tutorial and took new photos, etc. It's a really simple project, it's quick to make, and is a fun way to show off little bits of your favorite fabrics.


pineapple persimmon dress | willow + co patterns


I finally got around to making this dress I've had in my mind for a while. I spotted this pineapple print fabric on Girl Charlee a while back and thought it would be perfect for sewing up a Persimmon dress. The fabric is peachskin and I don't think it's available anymore but there is a knit pineapple print here.  It was kind of tricky to work with because it doesn't want to hold a crease but I managed to get it to work. I made the size 4T and it fit perfectly other than it being a little short but that's only because I forgot to lengthen it. My kiddo is long and skinny and I almost always forget to lengthen patterns. Silly me. No worries though, she can wear shorts under it while it's still hot out and then she can wear it with leggings and a cardigan in cooler weather. The only change I made to the pattern was to make regular straps instead of ties.

I wanted to try out a new spot to take photos at and headed to the old "downtown" area of a city nearby. I was up for an adventure and the rest of the gang was not. The kiddo informed me that taking photos was boring and spent most of the photoshoot making farting noises (last photo) and sticking out her tongue. Never a dull moment. 

Don't forget to enter the Willow & Co Back to School Sewing contest! You can link up your outfits through the end of Monday, September 1, 2004. There's still time to sew and enter! You don't want to miss the chance to win some really great prizes.

  fabric | girl charlee     pattern persimmon dress by willow & co   shoes | birkenstock   cardi | zara (similar)


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