Mollie Makes and a call for Totoros everywhere

Today, one of my old tutorials for a felt flower pin is posted on the Mollie Makes blogMollie Makes is a lifestyle and craft magazine for people who live and love handmade.  Their magazine is a BIG DEAL so I’m extremely excited to have my tutorial posted on their blog.

I’m also a little embarrassed because I made this tutorial a long time ago (you know, like a whole 8 months ago) and my tutorial photos are pretty bad (that polka dot background and horrible indoor nighttime lighting!?  Ugh!).  Anyways, hop on over to Mollie Makes to check out my tutorial if you haven’t seen it before, and definitely check out their Projects link for tons of inspiration for fall projects.

Also, with Halloween right around the corner, I know that a lot of people have been working on their own handmade Totoro costumes based off the one I made last year.

I feel bad because I said I would try to make a pattern for the costume by this Halloween and I never did.  I didn’t even do a tutorial for the costume, but people are giving it a shot anyways, and I’ve already received pictures of some really incredible Totoro costumes that readers have made!

If you’ve made a Totoro costume (or are making one right now), I would LOVE to see a picture of your finished costume!  Eventually I want to do a round up here on the blog sharing all of your Totoro inspired creations, so please email me your photos (or a link to the photo if you’ve posted it on your blog or in an online photo album).  When you send me your photo please let me know if I can share it here on the blog and any links you’d like me to include (if you have a blog or something).

Remember, you can always add pictures to the you & mie flickr group also!  I love to see what you guys have made using my tutorials or projects for inspiration.  It makes me so so happy! :)

In other announcements, there are a lot of exciting series coming up over the next few months that I get to be a part of.  Today, Jen of iCandy Handmade announced their upcoming series, Basic Bodice Design.

In this series, all of the guests are going to be taking a very basic dress bodice design and making adjustments to create totally different looks.  And there will be tons of tutorials showing you how!  There will also be linky parties so that you can share your creations too!  Go check out the announcement.  The series starts in mid-November and runs till mid-January.

How is your Halloween prep coming?  Are you making costumes?  I’d love to hear about what crafty projects or decorations you’re working on.  Hideko convinced me to make another costume for Yuki (since she doesn’t like the rain cloud one) but I’m really scared that she will refuse to wear this one too.  Here’s a little sneak peek though.

Thank you for stopping by!  :)

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Spring Top #2 and Prepping for KCWC

So after I finished my Wiksten Tank Top I was motivated to try more sewing for me and I even had a vision for my second Spring Top Sewalong entry.  I finally got around to sewing it, and just barely made the deadline.  And you know what?  I don’t like it.

(trust me, it looks worse in person)

I’m not going to get into the details, but I’m pretty sad that I wasted so much time on it.  I threw it in the pool just for the hell of it, but I doubt I’ll ever wear it.  Does anyone recognize it?  Yup, it’s the adult version of the top I made Yuki for my signature look for the PR&P Sewalong last season.  I think I’m better off sticking with kids clothes.

And speaking of kids clothes, KCWC is here!!

This is my first time participating but I’m super excited.  I LOVE that so many people in the online sewing community are participating.  I see almost all my favorite bloggers talking about it and I haven’t seen that kind of across-the-board participation in other events.

So I’ve got my list of projects – 1 big one and several small ones – we’ll see what I actually finish.  And despite a hectic weekend, I was able to get some prep done.  No thanks to this little “helper.” :P

I haven’t quite figured out my schedule or plan of attack.  Do I spend a little time each day working on the big project plus one small project?  Or should I try and tackle the big project first and then get done what I can after that?

I’m thinking I’ll go with the former, because I’d like to have at least one or two things done by the end of the week and who knows if I can even complete this big project in one week.  The big project, in case you’re wondering, is the Jumprope Dress by Oliver + S.  My first O+S pattern!  Can’t wait.

And I’m going to try to take pictures and blog about it as I go, but man, it’s feeling pretty ambitious.

Here’s a sneak peek of my fabrics.  Pretty drab for spring kids clothes huh?  What’s up with that!?

Sooooooo . . . what are you going to be sewing??  What’s your plan of attack?

This week

I had things I wanted to blog about this week, but I’ve been so busy sewing!  I’m psyched that I finished my Sportswear outfit for the Project Run & Play Sewalong!  Here’s a sneak peek.

I can’t wait to see my little monkey wearing it!  I’ll try show you the rest later this week.  I have to say upfront though, I totally FAILED at all of my goals.  Oops.

Last night, I got to meet up with Kristin from skirtastop who was in town for work.  She’s even more awesome in person than she seemed online (if that’s possible) and now I can say I’ve met my first bloggy friend in person!  She’s kind of been my sewing and blogging mentor, so it was really fun to talk about EVERYTHING.  Too bad we forgot to take a picture together!

Our first stop?  Britex.

4 floors of fabric, ribbons, buttons and every other sewing supply you can think of.  And not just a little of everything, A LOT of everything.  It was a bit overwhelming but I was able to find some fabric that I’m going to use next week for KCWC.  The fabric there is pricey, but I feel like a whole new world was just opened for me.  My bank account better watch out!

Last weekend was the start of the Cherry Blossom Festival.  The weather was great and the blossoms and blossomed!  It really feels like spring is here (which means summer is just around the corner!!).

Like my Instagram pics? :)

Hope you’re having a great week too!

Sneak Peek: Fabric Books

I’ve been so absent from blogland this week :(  But I’m still here and as busy as ever!  I wanted to show you a couple of things I’ve been working on.

I have two custom projects lined up for my friend Amy (yes, I’m taking custom orders – just email me!) and the first is a fabric photo book for her son, Julian.  She saw the one I made for Yuki and wanted one for Julian, especially he doesn’t get to see his family all that often.  I’m not done with it yet, but it’s coming together pretty nicely so far.  Here’s a few pics of the project in progress . . .

Hopefully I can finish this up by this weekend and start on the other project for Amy.  I’ll share about that one later.

And do you remember this sneak peek from FOREVER ago??  Well I was super psyched about this project back in SEPTEMBER and worked on it furiously for a few days and then it went into my “pending pile” to die :(  But I’ve dug it out from the pile and I’m determined to give it new life!

That’s right, another fabric book, but this one is about colors!  And if all goes well, this will be available for purchase in the etsy shop!  It’s about half done now, but my goal is to finish them by early next week before the Thanksgiving madness.  Do you think I can I do it??

Sneak Peek: New Sewing Machine

Sorry to keep you in suspense!  I thought I’d be able to post before the weekend, but I’ve been buried in work and projects and then went out of town for the weekend.  I don’t have time to tell you all about it now, but here’s a peek at what was inside ONE of the boxes.

I’m excited and proud to introduce (one of the) newest additions to my work space, MY NEW SEWING MACHINE, my first sewing machine EVER!  It’s a Brother PC-420 and it is incredible.  I’ll give you a full review once I’ve spent more time on it, but I just wanted to show you one of the reasons I’ve been so busy – I can’t get off the machine!  I want to call in sick from work and sew, sew, sew!  Stay up all night and sew, sew, sew!  This thing has more settings and feet and stitches than I’ll ever need, but it’s nice to know they are there!  Now I have to read the 200 page manual and figure out how to use everything.  And maybe give her a name?? :)

Now, I don’t think that new and fancy machines are necessary for good quality sewing.  The ones I’ve borrowed in the past were excellent machines and I was perfectly happy with them (and extremely grateful that I was able to use them).  But it feels good to finally have my own machine.  And to have something BRAND new.  I feel like I have to take good care of it.  And make amazing things with it.  And I WANT to make amazing things with it.  And it was all possible because of some very generous and loving friends and family members.  They pulled together to give me the money for the machine.  Their support and belief in me as I pursue my passion is priceless.  And now they’ll be a part of everything that I sew!  And any successes I have, will be thanks to them.  And through all the struggles I have, I know they’ll be right there with me.  And now I’m getting ridiculously cheesy, so I need to stop.

I LOVE MY NEW MACHINE.  Now I just need more time to play on it!!