Finished: Floral Maxi Dress McCall's M7121

Finished: Floral Maxi Dress McCall's M7121

Hey friends!

It's a beautiful Saturday here in Chicago. I hope you are enjoying the bright sun and crisp fall air wherever you are. I, on the other hand, have been laid out sick this weekend. I don't know if it's the flu or what, but my roommate and I have been laid out on the couches, groaning and praying for the end to come swiftly. We make quite the pair. Don't you wish you were here?? Huh??

Anyways, I'll spare you the details of my weekend stuck indoors (seriously, is there anything worse than that when it's beautiful outside?) and instead share some details on a dress I made recently.

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Finished: Red Refashioned Tablecloth Dress and BONUS: Tips for Taking Better Pictures

Finished: Red Refashioned Tablecloth Dress and BONUS: Tips for Taking Better Pictures

Hey friends!

I'm generally not a fan of getting my picture taken. It seems like there's always something off about any picture that I'm a part of. It's a great photo, full of smiles, coy laughter, then BOOM - I jump in and it's all half-shut eyes, weird crinkles of skin, and crazy hand motions. I exaggerate (only a smidge) but I've always been self-conscious in front of the camera. It's just not my scene. I'm all, "What do I do with my hands?" and "Why do my eyes have to be open?" You may think the photos I take for this blog are ok, but you haven't seen what doesn't make it on here.

Which leads me into today's post. As I was editing photos of today's dress, I realized something - I actually like a lot of these pictures. I mean, I actually feel pretty positive feelings towards these pictures. Which got me thinking about why I liked these pictures and I realized it came down to two things:

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Resources for Sustainable, Organic Fabric

Resources for Sustainable, Organic Fabric

Hi friends! Today is all about sustainable and organic fabric options for the consciously minded sewist. In my quest for a handmade, ethically sourced wardrobe, it's been difficult to find fabric manufacturers that are well known and also conscious of how their fabric is made. Part of the issue with the clothing industry is not just who makes the clothes and how they are treated, but what fabrics are used and how those fabrics are processed. For example, did you know that cotton is one of the dirtiest crops on the planet? And not in a Christina-Aguilera-music-video kinda way. I've had to do some searching to find sustainable, organic fabric, and even then my options are limited.

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Finished: Floral Ponte Print McCall's 5845

Finished: Floral Ponte Print McCall's 5845

Hey friends! I hope you are having a lovely Saturday thus far. It's a rainy, blah-ish day here in Chicago. You know, one of those days that's a perfect excuse to stay inside all day and work on sewing projects? Yeah, well unfortunately, that's not in my future. Some good friends are moving today, and I promised to help out. Helping friends friends move in the rain - that's true love, folks.

Anyway, before I force myself to function for the day, I wanted to share a finished project with you all. And guess what?? It's another McCall's 5845 hack! The first one was the silk taffeta bridesmaid's dress I blogged about here. This one was the eh-I-have-time-so-why-not version.

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Christmas in Mexico

Christmas in Mexico

Hey friends!

So I fiiiiiinnnnally got around to editing my pictures from my trip to Ensenada, Mexico over Christmas (because better late than never, amirite?). My parents moved there at the beginning of last year to experience some adventure in their retirement, or "re-fire-ment" as they like to call it (da-dum-tsss). Major puns aside, it's been an interesting journey for them, moving to a new country, attempting to make friends and learn a new language in the process. I was really lucky to be able to spend some time there, especially over the holidays when what's familiar is so far away. I thought I'd share some of my favorite images from that trip.

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Finished: Navy Blue Silk Taffeta Dress

Finished: Navy Blue Silk Taffeta Dress

Hey friends! Happy Saturday! I love this time of year. The sun, the heat, the beach - August is when things get good and hot here in Chicago. People are happy and nice because there's sunshine (no polar vortex or snowpocalpse can keep us down!), and there's so many free things to do! Movies in the park, dancing in the parks, street festivals - Chicago is a great place to be in the summer (*end of shameless plug*).

You what else there is to do? Weddings. So. Many. Weddings. For three months this year, I was either in a wedding or attending some wedding-bridal-bachelorette festivity every weekend. I'm really happy for all my friends and family who've gotten hitched this year, but sometimes a girl needs a weekend of Netflix, sweatpants, and ice cream, ya know? My couch and my cat felt sadly neglected.

But one of the nice things about weddings upon weddings upon weddings is that I got to make a lovely dress which was first used as a bridesmaid's dress (been one of those 7 times now, *self-five*) and then re-worn to a friend's wedding two weeks later.

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Sweatshop: A Mini-series

Sweatshop: A Mini-series

Hi friends, One of my goals with this blog is to provide resources for empowering you to make informed and conscious decisions about your clothing and fabric purchases. So I will occasionally post documentaries, blogs, articles and other resources that I think are helpful or informative. I want to start out with a Norwegian mini-series called Sweatshop: Dead Cheap Fashion. It aired back in January and provides powerful insight into the fast fashion industry.

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So....

Hey there! It has been a MINUTE since I last posted something. And I'm sorry for that. Life became pretty overwhelming with lots of changes - school, work, relationships, moving....It's felt like I was just barely holding it together.

But one of the benefits of taking a hiatus is that I've been able to evaluate the kind of work I'm doing and how I want to share that in this space. I now have a sharper, clearer vision for how I want to proceed going forward. And I think you're going to like it. So that's it - stay tuned to see what else pops up along the way!

Upcycled Gray Button-Up Dress Shirt

Upcycled Gray Button-Up Dress Shirt

Hello all! I haven't been able to do much sewing in the past month or so, due to the vast mounds of books and schoolwork that overtook my sewing table. But now it is that magical time of year - spring break! And with it comes a little more time to sew. And with that, I give you my latest project:

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Finished Project: DIY Baby Blankets

Finished Project: DIY Baby Blankets

Hey there! I wanted to share a quick project that I did this week. My step sister-in-law is having a baby, and she's due in April. Yes, that is my stepmother's son's wife. Families can get so complicated. Anyways, since I've been on a slight sewing withdrawal due to excessive amounts of work and snow, I decided to share this project that took me all of an hour from start to finish.

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