Christmas Tree Skirt

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For the past few years we’ve been using a blanket as a tree skirt for the holidays. I wanted to up our game this year, and make a skirt that would complement our dining room, where we put our tree. Red would not do.

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Holiday Sewing: Ice Skate Ornaments

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I’ve started a bit of a tradition with my mother-in-law. For the past two years, Brandon’s parents have come over for Thanksgiving. Over the holiday weekend, his mom and I make a new set of Christmas ornaments. Last year we made ornaments reflecting my heritage: Scandanavian fabric stars a la Crafting a Rainbow. This year we made little felt ice skates, which is a nod to Brandon, who has played hockey since age 3.

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Ballet-inspired wrap top: Simplicity 8424

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I did a little impulse shopping at Joann’s over the Black Friday holiday. On Wednesday, I took advantage of their 5 for $5 sale on Simplicity patterns and picked up this pattern, along with a few others. I then went back on Friday and bought the fabric for this project. This fabric was just 40% off (no better than a regular day at Joann’s), but I bought it anyway. It is a fairly thin poly-spandex blend from their activewear section. It’s nothing special, but I wanted a grey performance material and this fit the bill.  Continue reading

North Point Trousers

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Since learning how to sew, I’ve become so picky with how my pants fit that I now only own two pairs of pants: these Ginger jeans and these crazy elastic-waisted Sadie pants. All of my other pairs of pants (both RTW and me-made–see failed Colette Clovers here) have been given away or trashed. With the arrival of fall, I decided that it was time to make a proper pair of pants for myself. Enter the North Point Trousers by Itch to Stitch.

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Sewaholic Oakridge Blouse

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When Sewaholic released the Oakridge Blouse and the Granville Shirt in rapid succession back in 2015, I immediately gravitated toward the Granville. I’ve made it 5 times now (see here, here, here, here, and here) and have plans for at least 2 more. The Oakridge also seemed interesting, but it sat on the back burner. Finally, almost 2 years later I’ve gotten around to making it.  Continue reading