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Adler Shirtdress Sew Along!

I teased a couple weeks ago that I had my eye on Grainline Studio’s lovely Adler Shirtdress, which prompted my buds Katie of Under the Red Umbrella and Laura of DoogKnits to get together and organize a sew along!

Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress

Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress

It kicked off on Monday with Katie’s teaser, here I am following her today, and look for Laura’s update on Friday. She posted a great teaser already, though! So you know this lady is pumped.

Jen's Sew Along!

Jen’s Sew Along!

Jen over at Grainline Studio’s blog is running an amazing sew along right now, too, which I know is helping me a whole lot!

A Big Fat Mess

A Big Fat Mess

I meant to have a lot more WIP to show off today, but sadly time got away from me! I had some time yesterday to sew, but I’m headed to Michigan this morning for a long weekend and I didn’t want to leave the house looking a mess while I was gone for 5 days. You know, considerate!

So I took the 51 page PDF print out of the pattern, took a bunch of hours to tape that sucker together, and cut all my fabric and interfacing.

Ready to Cut Fabric!

Ready to Cut Fabric!

Pile o' Pieces!

Pile o’ Pieces!

So as soon as I’m back in Chicago I’ll be ready to go. I left all the pattern pieces pinned to the fabric so that I don’t forget anything! Hopefully I won’t be too confused when I dig back in.

In the mean time, keep an eye on DoogKnits and Under the Red Umbrella for unofficial Adler Shirtdress sew along fun, and of course Jen at Grainline Studio for actual sewing information. That woman knows what she’s talking about! I can’t wait to learn everything I’m going to learn about sewing while stitching up this dress!

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It’s El Matador Week at Holla Knits!

Me Rocking my El Matador!

Me Rocking my El Matador!

Laura Rocking El Matador, too!

Laura Rocking El Matador, too!

Remember this gem from last year’s Spring/Summer 2013 Holla Knits Collection? It’s on sale this week! Snag it for $3 all week long.

And keep your eye on the Holla Knits Blog this week for styling posts. It’s such a fun pattern, and one I’m really proud of, so get over there and take advantage of this great sale!

Pretty Little Amsterdam WIP

A couple weeks ago I shared with you my Pretty Little Paris FO, and since finishing that one I couldn’t wait to start stitching up Pretty Little Amsterdam!

Pretty Little Amsterdam Progress!

Pretty Little Amsterdam Progress!

Starting to Look Like Something!

Starting to Look Like Something!

I’ve been working on this for a couple weeks now. It’s been my I’m-About-To-Pull-My-Hair-Out project, for when I need to take a step back and regroup. As you can see, I’ve had those moments a lot lately! Th Fall Collection of Holla Knits has been particularly difficult and down to the wire, but now that it’s miraculously coming together I’ve buried myself in this mindless cross stitch, and it’s pretty glorious.

Pretty Little Amsterdam, by Satsuma Street

Pretty Little Amsterdam, by Satsuma Street

Especially when I know it will soon look like this! Pretty Little Amsterdam by Satsuma Street. It’s coming together slowly but surely.

What do you use as your mindless I’m about to go crazy craft? Do you stick to mindless knitting or do you branch out?

FO: Jamie and Diana’s Baby Bibs

I’m up to my eyeballs in friends having babies this fall, so prepare yourselves for a barrage of baby gifts, starting with a set of adorable baby bibs!

I Love Stockinette Baby Bibs by Laura Treadway

I Love Stockinette Baby Bibs by Laura Treadway

Knit Picks Comfy Worsted

Knit Picks Comfy Worsted

Greens!

Greens!

I found this cute baby bib pattern – I Love Stockinette Baby Bib by Laura Treadway – and I loved the way people were choosing two colors and then alternating MC and CCs, making a nice set of bibs. So I stocked up on some Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in nice baby colors that weren’t SUPER baby, so I can have baby bibs ready for a baby shower at a moments notice.

What’s great about these is that they are totally washable and pretty quick knits. I knit one of these at a White Sox game a couple weeks ago! The shaping at the top is nice, and the applied Icord will never not be magical. Look for more of these in the future!

Pattern: I Love Stockinette Baby Bib by Laura Treadway

Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Peapod and Jalepeno, just over half a skein of each

Needles: Size 7s, 16″ circ and 2 dpns

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Mid-Week Kalamazoo Field Trip

Every summer a local to West Michigan small chain of fabric stores called Field’s Fabrics take turns having tent sales where they put a ton of their fabric on sale for between $1-3 a yard. My mom and I use to drive around to a bunch of locations and pick up a ton of fabric! I haven’t gotten a chance to do that in a few years, but this year I had a ton of sewing projects piled up and knew I had to make time to take advantage of the sales.

Fabric Hall!

Fabric Haul!

On Tuesday my friend Laura and I drove up to the Field’s Fabrics Kalamazoo location, just over 2 hours away from Chicago. My mom drove down from Allendale to meet us, too! So the three of us hunted for deals, and it was awesome.

Patterns Galore!

Patterns Galore!

So what’s the plan here?! Starting top right, that square grey-low fabric will soon be a Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress! Hopefully.

Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress

Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress

SO CUTE! I’ve been dying to sew up Jennifer’s patterns, and now I’m finally making steps to do that!

The center bottom floral print and the top left orange flag print fabric will both be Grainline Studio Scout Tees:

Grainline Studio Scout Tee

Grainline Studio Scout Tee

And the teal and yellow circle print fabric is kinda slinky and sheer which I love! It will be Built by Wendy Tee from Simplicity, pattern 3835:

Built by Wendy Top

Built by Wendy Top

Which I’ve made before! If you’d like to go into the way back machine I knocked out two of these tops in 2010! I still wear that blue one all the time.

Pile of White Stuff

Pile of White Stuff

I also got a pile of white silky fabric and lace because I’m making another pair of tap pants. Remember these?

Tap Pants!

Tap Pants!

I followed this how to make tap pants tutorial from MakeZine before, and I’ve got to use them again because I’m getting married and my dress is pretty short!

Oh, did you see how I just slipped that in there? Yeah I’m getting married!

Ohh I'm Getting Married!

Ohh I’m Getting Married!

Shane and I are getting married while we’re in Europe in September. Crazy right? So yeah I snagged my dress at H&M the other day but it’s a teensy bit short, so I’m going to whip up some cute tap pants to wear under them. If you’d like to go back into the way back machine, I cranked out my first pair – that I also still totally wear all the time! – back in 2011.

Bias Tape Maker!

Bias Tape Maker!

Another super exciting purchase made on Tuesday was a bias tape maker! I’ve been wanting one of these for a long time, and am excited to finally have stumbled upon one. All the bias tape!

So look for some fun sewing projects to show up here shortly. I’ve got to knock out a couple more sweaters for the Holla Knits Fall Collection, but then I’m sewing my fingers off! I’m very excited to get started!