Saturday, October 18, 2014


I decided, after getting sick, that Facebook is getting to be a ridiculous time waster; consequently, I decided to learn how to knit. There were other reasons too. I have been swooning over the most darling knit projects that I see on Instagram and other lovely spots on the internet.

So, after watching several you-tube videos, I started. My first hat was cute, but too small.
Worsted weight, size 9 needles.

This is my second hat. In reality, it should be the fourth or fifth hat because of how many times I pulled stitches out to start over again. I didn't mind though, because I like (so far) knitting for the sake of knitting. It is so soothing.

Irish Aran Homespun, size 4 needles.

This is my second project. It is a good deal harder to stitch with smaller needles, but I still like it. I haven't ripped massive amounts of stitches yet, though I have somewhat of a foreboding that it is still to come.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fabric hoarding pays off

I found a new addiction. These zippered pouches are the most satisfying way to use all of the designer scraps that I have been hoarding. I am thinking about making a tutorial for these. Would anyone be interested? It is quite simple- a great project for beginners. 

These are for sale in my Etsy shop..If you see something here that is no longer available (I never listed the Tardis pouch, but I can easily make you one!), feel free to message me for a custom order. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

We've moved!

I am getting back to sewing now. We moved about three weeks ago- back to our home state. Our house is mostly unpacked. Really- all of it is, except my husband's office which is in a dreadful state. The reason why is that we need new bookshelves. My brother is making them for us- I am excited about that. Until then, the room's door will be firmly shut when company comes.

We live on a lake! This picture is a little fuzzy (phone picture), so you can't see the lake outside very clearly. I will say that in person, the view is amazing. I can watch boats go by very frequently. The lake is much bigger than it looks in this photo. It is a long lake, though were live where it is rather narrow.

My sewing room (!) is a dream. It isn't much to look at yet, but it is so nice having an area devoted to sewing, so I don't have to sacrifice my kitchen table anymore. I've already been sewing a lot. I have several orders to finish. They never stop.

Our new parish is great. I used to talk about a lot of personal matters on this blog, but decided that I would rather keep my privacy since I was frequently getting new traffic from sewing posts. If any of you have been following long enough to remember- my husband is an Orthodox priest (Christian, not Jewish- though he is half Jewish :) ). We moved from our beloved monastery because he was assigned to a parish. It is in the foothills of the Adurondacks, which is my favorite part of NY.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The last Washi top for a while

Phew! It has been a busy few days!

We are moving to Upstate NY in a couple of weeks. Fr. Matt is going to be the priest at a parish there. I am excited about it, but also quite sad to leave our beloved monastery.

Any who, this photo was from a project before the craziness began. I had to finish an order for a little girl's dress, so I cut this out while I was at it.

I think it is my favorite fabric of all time. It is a cotton linen blend from South Korea.

South Korea has completely won my heart for beautiful fabrics.

I can't say how much I want to make a tablecloth out of this. Haha

Well- time to do more housework!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Another Nani Iro Double Gauze Washi top

I can't help myself.


Double gauze is so soft and comfortable to wear. It is perfect for summer.

I have found that there is somewhat of a trick to sewing double gauze. Mostly, it sews and cuts like any other cotton. However, if you don't give generous seam allowances, the fabric along the seams will likely begin to fray- more than standard quilting cotton.

Shirring the back is surprisingly easy as well. You only need to load the bobbin with elastic thread. 

I just bought some dreamy floral linen. A huge part of me wants to make another Washi top with it, but I am starting to worry that it may be too many, haha.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Confessions of a designer fabric addict.


I have been busy busy busy. I have been making lots more baby dresses for my shop.

This is what I have in stock now. Most of these are either 0-3 months or 3-6 months. Do yo know why? Laziness. I didn't want to print out and tape and cut and insert-other-first-world-problems-here a new pattern size, haha. I finally got myself to print out most sizes, so expect more larger sizes.

Any who. Here'e the rub: I love love love designer fabrics. Designer fabrics are often much higher quality in the printing and materials- and the designs are just adorable.

The middle dress is a Liberty of London lawn. It sews like a dream- the fabric is so fine and crisp. On the right is the Spring 2014 Nani Iro double gauze. So soft and lovely.

Sewing with fabrics like this is so much fun. I am sure the dream will wear off with time, but for now I am somewhat addicted to it. I want to sell these not just to make money, but just so that I can keep making them.

If you are interested, they are in my shop!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

An elephant for Katherine

This post is very late. I made this Elephant for a Christmas gift. Katherine loves elephants, so I decided to make her one. Since then, it has become her favorite toy and she sleeps with it every night. Win!

Forgive the blurry camera phone photo. This is the only picture I took before Christmas. I sewed it while she was playing in the other room. I would hide it under cloth when she came in the room where I was sewing (when it began to look like an elephant). I did not use a pattern- I made it up as I was going along. It is made out of some baby bunting that I never used. The dress is a preemie dress that I was given when it looked like Katherine would be born early.

Since then, I have made it some new clothes. This is an altered Geranium dress and an apron. I really want to make more clothes for her. I made the mistake of looking things up on Pinterest and wanting to explode from how cute handmade doll clothing (Waldorf) can be.

When I was making the dress, Katherine told me, "Mommy, you are like a store." Haha.

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