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Retro Tiny Pocket Tank


Tiny Pocket Tank I’m back from a mini family vacation in Wisconsin, and am heading off to New York/Boston tomorrow, (So exciting! I’m hoping to see Purl Soho and stop in at the Webs yarn warehouse among family visiting and such!) so while I’ve been making a few things here and there, I haven’t gotten many projects finished. Today I’m going to share what I wore to church a few weeks ago. This is one of my favorite outfits- I feel pretty and fancy in the sequined circle skirt, and the handmade top complements it and makes a bold statement on its own. It’s so fun putting two items together that are both super patterned and great stand alone pieces. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but it’s nice not being afraid of my clothes and constraining my style!Hello, sparkly skirt!I’d been looking for a go-to summer tank top pattern, and when I saw Grainline Studio’s Tiny Pocket Tank Pattern, it looked perfect! I raised the neckline by 2″. I might even raise it more next time. I had to adjust the top quite a bit, doing an SBA (small bust adjustment), and it ended up changing the placement  of the side seams (they angle out differently, if that makes sense). Bust darts are kind of a headache! Luckily, the swirly bird print doesn’t make the darts super obvious. These retro birdies are printed on some kind of synthetic from the thrift store. The manufacturer’s copyright identifying mark along the selvedge says “Klopman Mills – Div. Burlington Industries, inc. 1971”. So it kinda counts as vintage and brand new. The 70s are not my favorite decade, but I love this print! It looks totally modern and totally isn’t! Tiny Pocket Tank  Outfit Details Skirt: Thrifted/ Top: Tiny Pocket Tank by Grainline Studios/ Necklace: Christmas gift/ Leather Headband: Handmade by me/ Bracelets: Handmade by me

Tiny Pocket Tank  Big thank you to Tikvah for the dreamy, green, photos! Tiny Pocket TankTiny Pocket Tank Untucked (One shot untucked. It works super well with jeans and a cardigan like this.)

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Black Apple Dolls

ImageThese cuties are for some kiddos I babysit for. I’m a big fan of Emily Martin (a.k.a.The Black Apple), and when I saw her sweet doll pattern from Martha Stewart, I knew I’d have to make one someday. Well, I finally have! I started on these last year, and had the girls basically done, but the poor little boy has been languishing my the sewing machine, faceless until very recently. I went with eyes similar to these dolls that Emily made. (<—-Aren’t they adorable?) The pattern was supposed to be enlarged, but I just printed it out as-is, making for a more petite doll.ImageHe has a face! (And teeny blue glasses!) (And a little hat to jazz up his solid-colored outfit!)ImageThe headbands are a piece of fold-over-elastic sewn onto friendship bracelets. They also double as hair ties! I’m kind of in love with them.ImageThis doll got a wee green sweater and starry legs.ImageImage This one is my favorite, I think. She gets to wear a fluffy pink tutu.ImageI’m excited to wrap these up and give them to their recipients!

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Life Right Now

ImageHi! It’s been a while! With school starting (and Cross Country practice nearly every day) I haven’t been making much, but looking at these pictures of what I have been working on, color seems to be a reoccuring theme! These friendship bracelets (above) are the perfect craft for bus rides to Cross Country meets- no scissors, glue, tape, or steady surface needed!ImageI’m part of a small group-type thing at my church, and we decorated these notebooks to journal in. Funny thing is, I was oh-so-carefull about how the front (above) looked, and took my time with it, and just sort of stuck things together quickly on the back side (below), but I like the back better! I guess I went with my instinct (or just kept adding things until it looked good!)ImageI’m in the process of sewing up a Forty Minute Tote from The Purl Bee. It is taking way longer than forty minutes, that’s for sure. Apparently, it’s a lot harder than it looks to cut two straight pieces of fabric! I’m lining it with this very cool vintage (does it count as vintage if it’s from the 70s?) bird and cloud-swirl fabric, which I ironed on a too-hot setting and I think stretched out a little. But I’m the one who’ll be using the bag, so it won’t matter too much….Image

P.S. My pig-riding mochis were featured on the Mochimochi Land blog! It made my day!

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