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A Negroni Shirt for My Husband

IMG_8728I have finally ventured into the realm of menswear. I finished this shirt at the beginning of the month, but I didn’t managed to coerce my husband into standing still for pictures until the end of last week. He refused to let me take his picture for a while because he doesn’t like having pictures of himself anywhere on the internet.

I’ve been saying that I would make him a shirt for years now, and I finally decided that it was about time I made one. I finished this shirt for his birthday at the beginning of August, but I had to make a few adjustments. So, he didn’t actually end up wearing it out until my birthday last week. Continue reading

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Turquoise Polka Dot Hummingbird

IMG_8051Being the procrastinator that I am when it comes to photographing projects, I have created quite the backlog. Rather than going in chronological order, I’ve decided to skip around and share some of my more recent makes. I made this top about 3 weeks ago.

I’d been saving this knit polka dot material for a Hummingbird top since I bought it at a thrift store a couple of months ago. It came in a $1 bag with mostly 1/2 yard cuts of material. I had a little more than half a yard to work with, but I was determined to make it work. Happily, I was able to just squeeze all of the pattern pieces onto the material. Continue reading

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Me-Made-May ’13 Week 5

IMG_20130530_175104I know we’re a couple days into June now, but here’s the final weekly wrap-up for Me-Made-May. I succeeded in taking my daily photos, but I definitely crashed and burned on the looking nice everyday front…

I’m glad that I participated this year, but I am ecstatic to be done taking pictures of myself everyday.

So, how did I do? Well, this was my pledge for the month:

I, Becca, of Creative Notions, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’13. I endeavor to wear a different handmade garment every day for the duration of May 2013. I also pledge to sew at least two new garments and two activewear garments.

I wore a handmade garment everyday, without any outfit repeats. Everything I wore was me-made, aside from cardigans and jeans. I did wear my jeans a couple of days, which made me realize that I really need to experiment with making a pair myself. I realized that most of my spring and summer wardrobe is made by me. However, if I tried this challenge in fall or winter, I would have mostly repeats.

I more than met my sewing goal, too. I made 8 new items, several of which have not been posted yet. MMM gave me the boost I needed to be productive.
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My First Kelly Skirt

IMG_7551Guess what? I finished a new skirt last week, and I can tell she and I are going to become good friends over the next few months.

I wore this skirt last week, as you saw in my MMM post on Sunday. I finally got around to taking some pictures of it.

When I came across the floral denim, I knew immediately what I wanted to make with it. As soon as I got home, I ordered Megan Nielsen’s Kelly skirt pattern. Continue reading

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A Summery Dress & Some Spiky Thistle

IMG_7446When I saw this thistle on the side of the road, I thought it would make the perfect backdrop for a couple pictures. Unfortunately, a couple of pictures is all I got in because there was a sudden influx of passersby.

I tried to take one of those giant thistle flowers home with me, but there were spikes on everything, including the leaves. Yikes! I don’t think I’d ever been close enough to thistle to realize how “thistle-y” it is. Ha! My penchant for doting on weeds is becoming well-documented. I’m once again guilty of being a weed-lover, because I think thistle is really cool looking. If I could’ve taken one of the stalks home with me without getting bloody, I would’ve.

Anyway, let’s talk about the new dress…I have made this design several times over the past three years, or so (the ones below are some of the custom orders I did through my Etsy shop). It usually popped up in the form of a top, with a cowl or a split cowl. Continue reading

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Me-Made-May ’13 Week 4

IMG_20130520_161158Are we there yet?! I’m so ready to be done taking pictures of myself everyday. It’s becoming a bit of an annoyance. We’re almost there though. Only a few days left in May. Good thing too, I’ve worn just about every single me-made I have.

Just to give you a new face to look at, here’s sweet little Newton. He says, “Hi, everyone!” Oh yeah, and as you can see in the last photos, I just received my new glasses. Now, I have a pair to wear with blues, greens, and blacks and a pair to wear with all the other colors. I’ve never had two pairs of glasses at once. I’ve usually either lost or broken my old ones by now. :-P
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Black & White Peter Pan Collar Dress

IMG_7159I have yet another finished project from my unfinished object pile to share with you. I’m sure you’re getting tired of hearing that, but you know it’s only because you’re jealous of my discipline. ;) Anyway, this is the dress that I referred to a few days ago in the post about my tie neck dress.

I started this dress during my trip to California at the end of last summer. While there, I went to the thrift store with my sister and found this argyle dress. I brought it home, not knowing what I’d do with it. I really thought the argyle part of the dress was ugly, but I liked the bottom half. So, I ended up cutting the skirt off and using it to make a new dress. Continue reading

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Purple Chevron Renfrew

IMG_6888For my first day of Me-Made-May yesterday, I wore another recently completed Renfrew.

It was a Sewaholic pattern day, apparently, because I paired my Renfrew with my Thurlow trousers…

I’ve had this vintage, light purple knit in my stash for a long time. I think I acquired it at a yard sale a couple years ago. It has a cute, raised Chevron pattern.

I cut the same size as my first Renfrew (4 at the bust and hips, curving to a 0 at the waist). However, the fit is much more snug than the first top because this knit has a lot less stretch than I realized. Continue reading

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Mad Men Sewing Challenge Dress Complete…Barely

IMG_6658I finished my Mad Men Dress, just in time. I was so glad to have an extension.

I aimed to have this dress done on Friday (the original deadline), but I’ve been distracted since Thursday. We’re redoing our whole yard. We’ve been pulling out concrete, filling the pool in, clearing, pruning, tilling, etc. I’ve had to dig up and temporarily pot a lot of plants to replant when we’re finished. Needless to say, I’m amazed that I managed to just squeeze this dress in by the extended deadline…

I used Butterick 2952 as a base pattern, and made a lot of alterations and additions. Continue reading

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More Unselfish Sewing

DSCN1429I have more unselfish sewing to share with you. I made a dress for my momma, using my self-drafted cowl top pattern. I’m getting pretty good at pattern grading, but it still took me a while to get the fit of the pattern right. It was well worth it though.

I took my “first draft” of the dress with me to California in February, had my mom try it on, and took notes on alterations I needed to make. I had to take most of the dress apart and resew it. I finally finished the alterations a couple of weeks ago and sent the dress to her with the dress I made for my youngest sister. Continue reading

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