Monthly Archives: October 2013

My Version of the Laurel + I’ve Neglected the Change In Season

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You know word vomit made famous by Mean Girls, right?  This post is going to be my word and picture vomit about fall because it’s long overdue, and that’s what girls do–gush about fall.  Although, I hate Pumpkin Spice Lattes, a modern girl’s first, and arguably most beloved, fall staple.  So, there’s that and I may not be a girl after all.

In my last post I mentioned that I’ve been working on my first dress made from a pattern produced by an independent company, and I am so excited about the finished product.  It’s a shift dress that is just what my closet was missing for the fall.  This Colette pattern, the Laurel,  has very easy-to-follow instructions, and I’m thinking that I would find the same to be true for all of their patterns.

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Pattern: The Laurel by Colette Patterns // Fabric: Free Spirit Dena Tangerine Ikat Medallion Orange // Boots: similar found here

The Coletterie is the the blog that goes along with Colette Patterns and is abounding with advice, tips, and glimpses into their studio.  I felt like I was getting lost in a sewing rabbit hole as I was going through it, but I certainly wasn’t complaining.

In other news,  my October has been splendid.  It included Mid-term break which was much needed.  Enjoy this photo montage of some moments from my October.  It’s been a crazy one and I’ll be sad to see it go in 3 days.

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What have you been up to this October?

Peace and Progress,

JQ

Pattern Love

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When I first started sewing, I used patterns produced by big pattern companies like McCall’s, Simplicity, and Butterick.  They served me well in that I was exposed to a wide variety of skills .  Now that I have those skills in my arsenal, I’m wanting to explore how I can use them in more ways than just during step nine of this particular skirt pattern.

Cue independent pattern companies.  After doing some research, I have found quite a number of smaller sewing companies or individual people that create and produce their own patterns that I am dying to try.  I think most of the reason I’m so excited to try these patterns is because the people behind them are so inspiring.  I could be making my own patterns one day if I felt so inclined, and that kind of thinking is just what I need right now.  You are directly involved in every decision that will go into a piece that will be shown off to the world and, in this way, sewing is very liberating.  Sometimes I forget that and become bogged down by the amount of decisions.  But they are a direct reflection of you in every sense, and that is refreshing.

My top 5 independent pattern designers (no particular order):

1. Jamie Christina

2. Salme

3. April Rhodes

4. Megan Nielsen

5. Deer and Doe

I’m in the process of making a dress from an independent pattern blogger and will debut the end product in my next post!

Peace and Progress,

JQ

Crocheting v. Homework

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A hard day of unproductive work in academia’s eyes. This will come in handy when I’m trekking to classes // Yarn: Joann

There was a clear winner today, no doubt about that.  The impending winter started showing its ugly head with a sun no where to be found, spot showers, and bursts of winds that likened me to Marilyn Monroe as  I walked to Chapter meeting in my Pin Attire dress.

I started this scarf in the morning when I couldn’t peel myself out of bed.

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I spent the night at Heather’s since she’s a Townie (aka someone who is from Kirksville). As soon as I pulled out the yarn to begin this morning, her three-legged cat, Ron, was all about it. That’s him staring me down waiting for his chance to attack.

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Ron finally decided he couldn’t wait any longer and the yarn had to be in his mouth asap.

I finished it when I went to the library foolishly thinking I would get any real work done.

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Thank goodness I finished. Naturally, the library is freezing right about the time heat should be kicking on.

I don’t think there is a good way to explain any crocheting technique in words.  It is very much a craft that requires trial and error, or visuals, or a person next to you who knows what heck they’re doing.  That’s how I learned.  It was finals week last year, and I was grabbing at anything to do that wasn’t studying every chance I got.  Luckily, so was my good friend Heather who more than happily took breaks from Econ to explain to me the way of the loop.

Here are a few links to YouTube tutorials that I found helpful when Heather wasn’t around:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmo2QiOsi-A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWw8DtvnxRg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-CnU0C2WKw