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Yep. I made underwear.

There are some things not worth sewing yourself.  I used to put underwear in that camp:  pretty cheap, a rather unsung sort of garment.  Not the sort of thing one can brag about in that “look what I just made” sort of way.  But. Enter into the picture one boy so appreciative of anything sewn and a desperate need for
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Sugar Maple Recap

  Well hello there, Strangers.  You’d think, by my lingering absence, that Summer had swallowed me whole and spit me out this side of August.  And you’d be right. Thankfully I have regained some equilibrium in time to deliver our thrilling recap of this year’s Sugar Maple Music Festival.  If you’ve hung around here for any length of time, you’ll
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Five Things: Tunic Time

Some time last summer I had an important revelation about the jersey knits that dominated my wardrobe’s upper half:  they weren’t doing me any favors.  They have no filter.  They reveal all – every. topographical. detail. of this worn-in Momma body.  These shirts are Captain Obvious.  They’re not doing me any favors.  Woven fabrics, however, like the linens and cottons
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Five Things: Solstice Garb

It is with a bit of an embarrassed cough that I introduce the following trio of sewn things, pulled off the sewing machine right before Solstice.  Winter Solstice.  Still, they are awesome and bear recording here, even if their timeliness is in question. I began with this lovely embroidered dresser scarf, captured here in the warm glow of a dark,
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Five Things: Finished Objects

Welcome to Five Things (I’ve Neglected to Mention).  It’s a short run of a series I conceived of in a desperate attempt to get back into the blogging habit.  It’s been a bit sparse here of late, and not because there wasn’t plenty to write about.  So while the keyboard was mostly silent, the needle and thread were not, nor
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Sewn: Lady Grey Jacket by Colette Patterns

(Lady Grey by Colette Patterns) Hot off the sewing machine is this lovely velveteen jacket in a color I shall call Electrified Red-Pink.  It’s not for the faint-of-heart, but when paired with this lining of deep plum, I think it’s dynamite. Right?  I wish I could wear it inside out.  It reminds me of an art concept that I first
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Winter insists upon epic projects.

My hands have not held a knitting project in weeks.  My sewing machine sits in chilly silence, murmuring weak pleas of encouragement to continue work on an array of woolen undershirts for the whole family.  A pile of vomit-bedding waits for me to uncurl from my protective fetal position and fire up the washing machine.  A blog sits silent for
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Respectfully submitted.

Consider this my report on the sewing portion of the Sugar Maple music festival.  I apologize for its tardiness.  Only two items were started and finished before I ran out of steam. (because, let’s face it – the sewing certainly did not start when I said it would) For Mr. Halloween, a lovely mix of bats and cats.  The 4-yr-old
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It’s a good lineup this year.

Today –being the Monday before the Sugar Maple Music Fest — is traditionally the day when I lament the fact that I can’t/won’t be making family outfits to mark our attendance.  But we all know what crack-smoking talk* that is by now, right? We all fully understand that the handmade attire is compulsory for my family’s attendance, in accordance with
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Make a Magnetic Pincushion

Check your hardware store for a pair of ceramic block magnets. Scrounge up a neat old tin container.  Antique stores are filthy with typewriter ribbon tins and other appropriately-sized metal containers.  I’ll bet even an Altoids tin would work. Ka-pow! I’ll wager that making one before the start of KCW will increase your efficiency next week by a minimum of
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