Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Decision MADE

I have jumped back and forth on what to make myself for the challenge this month. But as I was standing in the cold this morning, feebly flailing my arms in an attempt to get the drop-off line parents to pull up, it dawned on me that a hood would have been super awesome. I could have at least had warm ears as I was being ignored.
Another layer wouldn't hurt either.
And then I remembered a sewing pattern that I had that would provide these things.
Not to mention some fabric that was just sitting there being all cute but not doing much else.

I am making myself a pullover hoodie using the Omni Tempore pattern by Sofilantjes. I have heard super good things about this pattern and I picked it up on sale after Christmas. The only thing that makes me nervous is that it doesn't include a hip measurement. I'll go by bust and hope for the best. If it is a little bit big, I'll layer it. If it ends up small, I'll shrink into it. I'm winning either way.

Now for the fabric choice:
I have houndsooth problems. 

It's a Ponte de Roma from Girl Charlee with a great stretch and a nice weight I picked up on sale during Cyber Monday. 

I am thinking it will be nice enough to wear at work when I get chilly, but still be casual enough to throw on with jeans. 

I'm printing the pattern after I submit this. I hope to cut it out this week and sew it up this weekend. Can't wait to share!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Sew Your Stash 2015

In an effort to keep myself accountable to my 2015 goal of sewing for me, I've joined the Sew Your (Pattern) Stash hosted by Sew Not Perfect.

Sew Your (Pattern) Stash 2015

She has created monthly themes as well to help us narrow down our pattern choices. I tend to be a bit overwhelmed with what I want to make (ALL THE THINGS) and end up making nothing at all. Or I just completely hoard my precious precious fabrics and then never sew them because I don't want to screw them up. 

It's a problem. 

Hopefully this will be part of the solution. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Goals for 2015

I've made a habit of setting goals (with varying degrees of success) and coming up with a focus word for the year. I really enjoy this little exercise and have come to look forward to it. I decided to be more specific this year and set quantifiable goals. So, my goals for 2015:

1. Sew at least one thing a month for me. 
It felt a little selfish to type that out. And that's the problem. It totally isn't selfish and it makes me so happy. I don't go out and buy a lot of clothes and I am shrinking a lot recently, so this is an easy way to get cheap(ish) clothes.

2. Exercise three times a week for a minimum of 15 minutes each time. 
15 minutes isn't the recommended amount. I know. But it is attainable and my focus is to create a habit. The 15 minutes is a baseline.

3. Develop and use a cleaning schedule
My husband is totally on board with this one, thankfully. I'm looking into Fly Lady though I found it totally overwhelming when I looked at it a few years ago. Maybe it is better now.

Three is all I have this year. But now for my word of the year! I've chosen:

verb: continue firmly or obstinately in an opinion or a course of action in spite of difficulty, opposition, or failure
 2014 was a great year and I will make 2015 one as well.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Handmade Review

The Betty Bowler from Swoon, Easy Fits for the hubby from Scientific Seamstress, Everyday Play Skirt for my nieces from Little Lizard King, swimsuits for my nieces from Peek-a-boo Patterns, Walbrook Boxer Briefs from Greenstyle, Centerfield Raglan from Greenstyle, Rigby Polo from Shwin Designs, tie from Sew Sweet Patterns, muscle tee from Peek-a-boo Patterns, cargo shorts from Peek-a-boo, Offbeat Oxford from Terra's Treasures, Taylor PJs for all the kids from Create Kids Couture, Mustache Christmas Tree Mug Rug from 3 Patch Crafts, Extraordinary Girl by Filles a Maman, fabric I used to make two shirts for me (top Santa Fe by Peek-a-boo and bottom Bella by Greenstyle), the outfit D got in a sewing swap. I didn't make them but wanted to include them! 

I made myself quite a few things this year! I made my husband a few things as well. He's getting more into me sewing for him and even requested a few things. Today I am making some more underwear for the whole family. My mom asked me why on earth I would make underwear.

After much contemplation I came up with the answer: Because I can!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

2014 in Review

I had a great year. Seriously. I feel like I figured out a lot of things about myself this year. These were my goals for this year:

1. Read more.
I did and I loved it. I also found it to be a really good source of stress relief for me too. Big win here. 

2. Sew for me.
I sewed more for myself this year than I ever have. Honestly that isn't saying too much (three shirts, a bag, and a mug rug), but check out my Pinterest board with the patterns I have planned. I have a Grace Top cut out and an Extraordinary Girl is waiting in the wings.

3. Move more and eat better.
I've lost 85 lbs, found a work out I enjoy and that kicks my butt in all the best ways. I've stalled a bit and while it is super annoying, I'm not discouraged. 

4. Create what I want to create.
I kind of just stopped sewing to sell. I didn't intend to, but it just happened. I made lots of things for people, but since I could never really find my focus in this specific area, I put my shop on vacation mode and I let it go. 

I can't wait to set my goals for 2015. I'm looking forward to another good year! 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sewing for me: some unexpected issues

One of my goals for the year was to sew more for me. I've been amassing some gorgeous patterns, made lots of plans, bought fabric, and attempted to sew some things.

Some knits I bought for shirts.

So far there are two things that I have made that I wear on a regular basis. Only one of which that I actually wear to work. Two sit in my closet, mostly done but ill fitting. I'm hoping once my weight gets down even more, I'll have more success with them fitting (for those of you following along at home, I'm at 78lbs lost, yay!).

I think the problem is me, or more accurately, my body shape. I'm a pretty extreme pear shape. Even when I grade up the bottom of a shirt I haven't had a lot of luck with things fitting me and looking really nice.

Which kind of defeats the point of sewing for me, which is to have nicely fitted clothing that is just my style. But don't worry, I am going to persevere. I am NOT throwing in the towel.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Clothing Exchange Goodies!

Daniel loves what he received in the online clothing exchange! Our swap partner has mad sewing skills and did an awesome job matching his style. She hand cut out the applique and stitched it on. It is amazing and I plan to duplicate it for other super heroes he likes.

We need a landscaper at school asap. 

And to show how hard it is to get a pic of this kid. Here he is with his head cut off because he wouldn't stop jumping! 

I've also decided to sew a few things for his back to school wardrobe. Here's a screenshot of  my really ambitious list I have started of things I want to make for his Fall school wardrobe. 

My favorite pattern designers for clothes for Daniel are Peekaboo Pattern Shop, Shwin Designs, Terra's Treasures and Blank Slate Patterns. They all have a great selection of boy patterns with a lot of style. (Those are all non-affiliate links. I just like the patterns they make!)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kid's Clothes Week Recap

This post contains some affiliate links just so you know what you are clicking. ;)

I ended up not knowing it was Kid's Clothes Week until the second or third day. I managed to sew up two things, and they weren't even for my child!

I was participating in an online clothing exchange and sewed these up for a little boy a few states away. Daniel was totally jealous and requested some replicas.

This is the Maui Muscle Tee from Peekaboo Patterns. This was a super fast sew. I upcycled an adult-sized Captain America tee because I knew this particular boy was a fan. I think I could make like three of these an hour. So satisfying! 

Next up I made the Castaway Cargos also from Peekaboo Patterns. Can you tell who sponsored this swap? I was a bit intimidated by these. They have six pockets, a knit waistband, and a faux fly. I used a black lightweight denim with a slight stretch and contrast stitching for a little style.It is practically invisible here, but all the visible stitching is red. Boys clothes have much more subtle style and I like to add little details. 

This was my very first time with welt pockets. The instructions were a breeze and I think they turned out relatively nice. I have some ideas how to make them better next time though, like cutting even closer to the seam allowance instead of being a pansy about it. 

There are supposed to be flaps on the leg pockets but I totally forgot and I wasn't about to pick out that crotch seam for a SECOND time. 

Daniel tried these on and commented about all the pockets. The front pockets were small, but good. The back pockets had lots of room. The side pockets were good for storing things. That's practically a rave review. 

I can't wait to see what Daniel gets in the swap. I'll be sure to share once it gets here. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kid's Clothes Week

Egads, I almost missed it again. It is half over, but I'm not throwing in the towel. Stay tuned for some awesomeness coming.

kid's clothes week

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

So, yeah, there's this thing...

And I'm super nervous to talk about it, but it's my blog, right? And there are like 2 readers (maybe) and 40 bots, so I figure I'm pretty dang safe here.

I'm 32 and last November I reached this moment of clarity. I'm sure we have all been there, it was one of those perfect moments where you can clearly see exactly what needs to happen and how it needs to happen. Then all of the sudden this plan forms and you have more motivation than you have ever dreamed of and know exactly what to do.

Yeah, it was amazing. And I'm still riding the wave here in July.

My big epiphany was me. More specifically creating a healthier me and doing it all the right way with good ol' diet and exercise.

So here I am 8+ months later, own 60 pounds, and rocking a very different view of food.

If you are interested in knowing what I did and am still doing, read on my friend. If not, skip the bullets.

  • It started with calorie counting. I know it isn't fun or glamorous, but it works. Every time someone asks, "What's your secret???" They look so disappointed when I tell them the truth. Everyone's caloric needs are different and I've had to tweak mine several times. My max right now is 1550 a day. I've gone much lower and I've gone a bit higher. This is the number that is working for me right now though.
  • I added exercise later. I'm an emotional eater and it took a while for me to not be totally neurotic. I wanted to make a big lifestyle change so I took small but firm steps in the right direction. 
  • I log everything I eat using My Fitness Pal. I think for some people this would be a negative thing, but it has helped me. I like the accountability. 
  • When I screw up I don't let myself spiral down. If I had that piece of cake that I didn't have calories for I didn't throw in the towel and eat the rest of the cake. That's like taking a baseball bat to your car because you got a door ding. Forgive and move on. 
I'm still trekking along on my journey, but I am very proud of what I have accomplished so far. I don't plan on talking a lot about weight loss in general, but I did put a little weight loss button on the right sidebar there if you are interested in watching that number go up.