Mrs. Roper and the Reverse Mullet

No, I’m not writing children’s literature … I’ve just started naming all my newest creations.

Those who know me best know that I have an, ahem, interesting personal style. Yes, I like trends and what’s going on in the fashion world. But I also like lots of color and pattern. Recently I wore a beautiful, multi-colored Scout tee that I had made years ago and a friend exclaimed that it was so pretty and she wasn’t used to seeing me in such bold colors and patterns. I was shocked! Had I accidentally become … a NEUTRALS person? (No offense to all my beloved friends who love neutrals … we just all know that’s not me.)

So when Kimberly from Straight Stitch Designs asked me to help test her newest pattern (have you noticed I kind of love pattern testing for Kimberly?), I said yes! And dug into my craziest fabrics.

First up is what I call my Mrs. Roper top. Because doesn’t this look like something made from one of Mrs. Roper’s housedress/caftans? (I evidently have a thing for her. It’s not the first time I’ve referenced her in a handmade item.) I bought like 4 yards of this fabric for $4 or something from a thrift store. It’s definitely 100% polyester. Which means it’s highly flammable … but also, spit-up and food spillage just wipes right off. So, I’ll take it.

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The bias cut of the Bryant Dolman not only provides beautiful drape, but it also allows for patterns to be highlighted in such an interesting way.

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And I personally love a drapey, slightly oversized top. It is flattering, feminine, and COMFORTABLE.

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Then I got all excited about making a second Bryant out of this fantastic tie-dye rayon jersey … and after cutting out the front, I realized that I didn’t have enough left for the back. I know, I know … measure twice, cut once, blah blah blah.

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So I improvised with some lovely chiffon I had in my stash for the back of my Bryant. And voila! The Reverse Mullet was born.

You know … party in the front, business in the back.

This one has a slightly different fit as the pattern is intended for knits, but the back is a woven. Still, I find it rather flattering and a fun mash-up to a great pattern.

Thanks for having me back, Kimberly! Grab your own copy of the Bryant Dolman while it’s on sale!

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Phinney Ridge

Y’all … it turns out that babies and blogging don’t mix, huh? My last post here was May 17, 2016. And our Jack was born May 18, 2016. So … yes. Proof. But 9 months in, 9 months out, and here I am returning to my sweet little corner of the internets. Before I jump in to sewing, here’s this cutie for your viewing pleasure:

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Okay, on to the sewing!

This week I had the privilege of doing another pattern test for Kimberley at Straight Stitch Designs. She creates wonderful patterns … designs for clothing I wear over and over again. The Phinney Ridge cardi is no exception.

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In Kimberley’s words, the Phinney Ridge is “classic meets comfort.” I literally couldn’t agree more. What’s more cozy than throwing on a cardi? And is there anything that makes you feel more put together than a well-fitting cardigan? Come on.

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You know how hygge is the 2017 trend of word and lifestyle? That’s how I feel about the Phinney Ridge. Just cozy and homey and GOOD.

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Both of my cardis were made with jersey knit. The striped fabric I bought for dirt cheap last summer when Hancock’s was going out of business. I should be embarrassed by the amount of fabric I bought from Hancock’s last summer (spoiler: I’m not embarrassed at all. I’m rather pleased.)

The floral fabric was given to me (isn’t that so nice?!?!?) by someone in a local sewing facebook group. And isn’t it so pretty and springy? I love it.

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My next version is going to be a knee length version in a lightweight rayon jersey (also bought last summer from Hancock’s). I can’t wait to throw that on over everything. But first, I have to go take care of this guy…

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Good thing he has two super-hero sisters to help me.

Happy President’s Day!

If you sew (and you should definitely give it a shot, friends), grab your own copy of the Phinney Ridge Cardi from Straight Stitch Designs now while it’s on sale!

Real life in these pictures.

So, if you have ever read or looked at a sewing blog before, you are immediately noticing a difference in my pictures and the standard fare on sewing blogs. Y’all, so many of these women are artists with their cameras. I admire them. I kind of want to be them. But you know what … I’m not them.

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I was trying to take an action shot of my adorable Staple Dress by April Rhodes in real life … but I got photo bombed by this cutie.

The quality of photography in blogging is one of the many things that kept me away from blogging for a long time. Then I realized that so much of why I create is to fit into my lifestyle. And my lifestyle is crazy and hectic and kind of messy and very chaotic. So it feels inauthentic to only share here pictures that have perfect lighting and posing and hair and makeup (ahem … let’s just all pretend I know how to do any of those things).

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What? You can’t see the awesome details of my adorable Piko top here? Weird. I don’t see the issue …

That’s not to say you’ll never see a good picture here. I have a fancy camera, y’all. One day, I might even take a picture or two and post it. One day, I may even have a real photo shoot. I’m not saying it won’t happen. But for a blog to be realistic for me, most of my pictures will be good ol’ iPhone pics. And a lot of selfies.

Because evidently I will always be a teenage girl at heart.