My Laurel Story…

A short and sweet story about a lovely pattern “Laurel” from Sarai Mitnick, the genius behind Colette Patterns.  “Laurel” is Sarai’s newest pattern and it also promises to be her  most versatile of all!  The pattern comes with 4 versions already included, but if you need more ideas, you can head on over to Colette Patterns for the “Laurel Extras”  and add 9 more!  Still not inspired?  Then hop like a bunny over to Flickr, where you will find Colette’s Sewing Group , with so  SEW many options it will BLOW YOUR MIND!!!!!!


Colette Patterns was/is running a contest.  I would sure HATE to be one of those judges!  There are some really lovely garments posted on the Flickr Pool, some truly stiff competition and some very hard decisions to be made by those judging folks.

This is what I entered…..

My version of the Laurel Dress.





Here is a close-up shot of the collar detail:


As you can see, I 86ed the sleeves, (those Cape Cod summers are hot and humid), I added a box pleat and a split front bodice, drawing attention to the “lines” of the fabric, I also added a decorative accent to the collar AND did an outside zipper in the back of the dress, instead of an invisible zipper…. Whew!  I packed a ton of elements into this usually simple dress to make it ALL MY OWN.  AND I have to say that of all the dresses I have sewn, I am mostly happy with this dress and I will wear it again.  The fabric is Jennifer Paganelli’s Happyland!  It is so darn comfy that it would be fitting for a huge Thanksgiving feast.  No buttons or belts to undo here- just fill ‘er up!!!

The inside is pretty also!Laurel


Before I go I would like to remind/tell you about Coletterie and Snippets.  Coletterie is Colette Patterns blog and Snippets are Colette Patterns weekly sewing tips.  You can subscribe to both of these and add even more sewing knowledge to your daily life.


I love Sarai’s Snippets, they are a quick read and truly helpful.

Something to think about!


Packing It In….Literally

When Sunday rolls around, our family will be headed for Cape Cod Mass, for 2 fun-filled months of beaching, biking, barbecuing…..”Todays post brought to you by the letter B”!!!!

 I just love the East coast, when compared to the West, here in California anyway, it is much simpler and easier, in a way.  You go to the beach covered in sunblock and read a book, while the kids swim and dig holes, many holes.  The people in the East are so Patriotic and friendly, they celebrate Independence Day as though it’s Christmas with all the houses decked out in Red, White and Blue, It is quite the event.

With my mom, safely home in Michigan from her vacay here in California I can now concentrate on packing for Cape Cod.  I am bringing many sewing projects to get me through the summer.  I have to say that I am pretty excited to narrow down those many  projects to a few.  Sometimes I have so many projects that I would like to accomplish that it becomes overwhelming and unattainable.  I also have a sewing workshop planned for late June that takes place in Vermont!  A place I have never been. This is a Heather Ross Workshop which should be a ton of fun!

Packing for Cape Cod is one thing, but I have also been trying to pack in a few sewing projects before heading East.  I have sewn another pair of Clovers, Iris Shorts and a Sencha.  All from Colette Patterns.  Here are a few photos.

This is my Sencha that I sewed with Liberty Of London Fabric.  I embellished this particular blouse with a piping that I made all myself!

Here are some close-up shots of my handy work.  And……

this is the blister that I acquired from turning my bias tape inside out onto the piping!  Ouch!

Clovers and Iris to follow…

Both in the same mellow yellow fabric.

One more thing before I go, I was pretty excited about this!

The lovely Caitlin from Coletterie and Colette Patterns contacted me and asked if I would like to be a featured seamstress of the week!  Jumping for joy, I gave her a very enthusiastic YES!

Here is the link to my feature.  I was just tickled pink with this opportunity that took place at the end of May.  For me, this was such an honor and I thank both Sarai and Caitlin for doing this for me.  Thank you!  I was also able to finish the MMM 2012 with much success! (Did I mention this in an earlier blog?  Sorry if I did).
 Very fun.  Thanks to everyone for all your encouragement!
This has been a very jam packed month!!!
Next time you hear from me I will be on Eastern Standard Time and loving it!!!

Sewing has killed my shopping bliss!

I don’t know about you, but I find some of my inspiration from what is going on in the retail world.  Current fashion trends don’t really interest me, I am more influenced by “vintage inspired” new clothing  with a 50’s flair.  One of my favorite afternoon outings is a leisurely browse through our local Anthropologie store in Corte Madera.  I especially like going on a Tuesday when they have the start of their weekly sale wink, wink.  Lately though I find my shopping bliss has been murdered by my enthusiasm to sew. This is a strange statement I know, but have you ever found yourself in a store looking at a particular item and saying, “why buy this when I know I can make it?”  Those on the outside look at you with eyes of envy because You Can Make it, but on the inside you know that you are NEVER going to get around to sewing, crafting, cooking, knitting or making that specific thing, BECAUSE you cannot stop time.  Time stands still for no man or woman.  

Just today I joyfully entered our Anthropologie store and quickly had that feeling again when I saw this lovely vintage inspired dress. 

Yes, I know I could make this lovely frock, unfortunately I cannot stop time.  If only we had more time in the day, right?  

This is another dress that when I saw it I had intentions of sewing I saw Emma Stone wearing it in the movie The Help-  I so love this dress!


Isn’t it amazing?- I am not sure if there is a name for this Peggy Hunt inspired neckline, but it just makes me swoon!  Sarai did a really nice nod to Peggy Hunt on her Coletterie Website displaying many of Ms Hunts’ gorgeous creations.  Colette Patterns and Coletterie offer an immense amount of sewing education for a sewist of any skill level.  When I have sewing questions I often always look to Coletterie for answers.  

So to say that sewing has “murdered” my shopping bliss, is pretty harsh BUT I have to say that the last 6 times I departed Anthropologie, I was empty-handed, but  with a mind full of many thoughts for future projects.  

The reality of THIS sewist (and to sew this blog up-arr arr, I couldn’t resist)?  Purchasing clothing off the rack doesn’t really float my boat anymore,  BUT buying yards and yards of fabric, scads of sewing patterns and notions gathering inspirations from shopping and movies makes me blissful and floats my boat!

What’s your Bliss and what floats your boat?  Has sewing ruined shopping for you as well?

Have a lovely weekend!