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1. Read about Ysolda’s trip to Lorna’s Laces, and how she got to dye yarn in her signature shade of red.  Lucky duck.

2. Sew a stack of these to wear with my beloved Gap t-shirts for summer.

3. Go to the library and check out some summer reading.

4. Bake a batch of individual Strawberry-Rhubarb Galettes for Mother’s Day.

5. Order some veggies to plant in our new garden.  These look tasty!

6. Buy some colorful fat quarter bundles over at Spool. {I like Purple is the New Black.}

7. Read through my new knitting book.  Subsequently, buy lots of yarn.

8. Finish up an old knitting project.

9. Buy some concert tickets for the 4th of July weekend.  But most importantly:

10. Have a Happy Mother’s Day!

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Easter is tomorrow, so around here that means dress making!  The girls picked out this colorful fabric – bright aqua cotton with sparkly peep-like bunnies all over.  I’m not sure it would have been Jaime’s first choice, but sometimes it good to let the kids have a little creative control; it makes them feel like they are part of the process!  The bunnies are kind of sweet in a sugary-confection kind of way:

The pattern is from a book Mom Jodie generously sent to us from Oregon called Absolutely A-Line:

The book gives you a way to make 26 different dresses from one pattern.  Jaime kept it simple and went with a basic A-line shift – no bells, no whistles, just a simple dress for Katie to run around in and still look cute for pictures.  Not that she doesn’t always look cute in pictures:

There was a little surprise added to the dress that Katie just loved – a little carrot button and pink ribbon closure:

It was the icing on the sparkly bunny cake.  Katie got to wear her dress to school on Thursday for their Easter party, which she was pretty excited about.  I love that she gets excited about wearing homemade things to school.  She always wears her Mom’s creations proudly, which is just the sweetest.

One dress down, two more to go…We hope you all have a very Happy Easter!

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Seriously, Jenny and I have a problem.  A simple Friday evening conversation over dinner about needing to go shopping for a dress to wear to a sunrise beach wedding on Monday (that Jenny needed to attend) turns into project runway in the sorella household.  Instead of shopping for a dress, we shopped for fabric on Friday at 7:30pm.  And instead of using the dress pattern we purchased, we decided it would be easier (ha!) to just drape, pin and cut the fabric into the dress we envisioned.  

After pouring a couple glasses of wine, we took out some breezy white stretch cotton gauze we had purchased a few weeks ago (for nightgowns, of course) and started draping.  After about an hour, here’s what we had in mind:

long looked too much like the bride's dress ...

long looked too much like the bride's dress ...

And thirty minutes later we had …

short is chic!

short is chic!

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Using this as our “pattern”, we layed each piece out on the gorgeous mallard blue cotton we had purchased and cut!  About two hours later we had …
pieced together at about 1am ... was taken the following morning after some coffee!

pieced together at about 1am ... pic was taken the following morning after some coffee!

The back was tricky, considering we decided to do a portrait neck line and neither of us had ever done one before!
after a bit of fiddling, we got it right!

after a bit of fiddling, we got it right!

At about 2pm (we started sewing again on Saturday around 9am), we had finished.  However, after some sit tests, Jenny decided that the white lining was not going to work after all.  So we then took about 90 minutes and ripped it out.  SO FUN … 🙂  We love our reverse sewers!  (aka seam ripper)  Here’s the final product, and Jenny loves it!  (and she looks gorgeous in it as well)  Next time we’ll include some darts, and probably some seaming at the waist line.  But for our first non-pattern grown up dress, I think it’s pretty good!
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the back of the dress

the back of the dress

easy sash!

easy sash!

ready for departure

ready for departure

I can’t wait to see the pics from the sunrise wedding tomorrow!
 
~ Jaime
 
 

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{my first dress}

{my first dress}

You may have seen this dress before, most recently on Katie.   This is the  fifth habitual dress that has been made in the studio – the third in this exact fabric combination, but it’s the first time I’ve ever sewn a dress all by myself!  That’s right – I decided to cut, press, pin and sew (with french seams, of course) this dress all without Jaime – on the day I needed to give it as a gift, no less.

{the beautiful neckline}

{the beautiful neckline}

Four hours after I read through the pattern, the dress was completely finished.  Surprisingly, the french seams were not as difficult as I thought they would be, and I just love the elegant way they finish the garment:

{neat, tidy seams}

{the raw edges are completely enclosed}

The soft, dusty colors and the 1930’s feel of both of these fabrics are quite charming.   The orange thread was chosen because that is what the machine happened to be threaded with – thankfully, it matched the fabric, because I have no idea how to thread a sewing machine.  Or a bobbin…

{the sweet butterfly sash}

{the sweet butterfly sash}

Overall, I am just so pleased with how this turned out!  I can’t wait to try sewing something else…

~Jenny

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Remember this cuteness?  Well, I swiped one of Jaime’s onesies and made this:

{the little pumpkin set}

{the little pumpkin set}

I used some of the scraps from the baby quilt Jaime had made and cut out a rough pumpkin shape and a stem, then hand-stitched them to front of the onesie.  Then I used some green embroidery thread and hand-embroidered some little curliques, which are hard to see in 2am light:

{the sweet, frayed edges}

{the sweet, frayed edges}

The stitching is not perfect or even, but I think that just adds to the charm of it, don’t you?  I love how this set matches the quilt, which matches the onesies and burp-cloths she made. They are just perfect for a fall baby!

We also made a onesie for the Sweet Pea hat and wellies out of some blue and green flannel. I cut out a green pea pod and some blue peas and Jaime free-hand machine quilted them to front.  She is going to get better pictures of those next weekend when she goes to visit Kristen.

Now I am thinking that we should have made some matching pants…one thing always leads to another – it never ends!

Off to work on a ‘non-baby’ project… ~Jenny

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she's ready for vogue bambini

she's ready for vogue bambini

This weekend was FULL of sewing.  The Bernina was officially renamed by Erin – who called it Mommy’s Bernito.  Bernito it is. 

I started the sewing weekend off on Friday night by cutting two dresses (same style as the strawberry dress) in different fabrics for Erin and Meghan.  Everything was cut and pinned before retiring to bed for the night (who cares that it was 1am?  I cut and pinned TWO dresses!) so that I could finish up the dresses on Saturday.

On Saturday morning, before doing anything else, Erin and I ventured out to our local quilters store: The Quilters Hive.  We roamed the store looking for fabric for Aunt Kristen’s new baby (blanket!), and manly fabric to begin Mike’s father’s day present – boxer shorts.  Of course we did not buy a stitch of fabric for either of those projects.  Instead, we purchased “baby cow” fabric for Erin.  She wanted baby cow pajama pants.  I could not resist … and it took no time at all to stitch up these bloomers.  Just a couple of hours! 

baby cows abundant

baby cows abundant

darling little pink polka dot ruffles

darling little pink polka dot ruffles

pockets on back and side - which are NOT big enough for soft dora.

pockets on back and side - which are NOT big enough for soft dora.

I did not start them until Saturday evening, because I first had to complete Meghan’s dress, which came out just adorable.  She’s worn it for two days now.  I am going to try to peel it off her for a bath tonight.

As for fabric for Mike’s father’s day present, I was thinking of going with Heather Ross’ mermaids. 

 
super soft after washing!

super soft after washing!

 

 But I came across these very manly, father’s day-ish fabrics at Joanns fabric (Mariner’s Cove by M’Liss Rae Hawley), so into the cart they went and the first pair came off Bernito yesterday afternoon!  Three more pairs are cut and edged, ready for Bernito at my leasure this week.

 first completed pair (on test fabric)

Oh, did I mention I made crumb cake??

 

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{my treasured featherweight}

First, let’s just start off by saying I will post one entry for every 10 or so Jenny makes.  She is so inspirational and committed to these things.  Me, I sort of fly by the seat of my pants, which often leads to a non-committal attitude around things that are optional and not required.  Poor Jenny ….

However, this whimsical nature of mine does have its advantages.  Take sewing, for example.  I literally learned how to straight stitch on a Singer Featherweight from my Mother-in-law (henceforth referred to as Mom Jodie) two years ago.  She travelled across the country (from Oregon to Delaware!) to visit us and along came a video camera bag from 1985, which had the darling Featherweight 221 snugly contained for my sewing pleasure.

Oh Mom Jodie didn’t push … she showed me how to thread the needle and wind a bobbin.  She showed me how to straight stitch and how to backstitch.  I learned how to top stitch and make a basic baby burp cloth.  This was my repertoire for two years … flannel baby burp cloths.  Don’t get me wrong, they were AWESOME – and friends and family adored them.  But alas, I grew bored of the burp cloths and away went the Featherweight and all of Mom Jodie’s hopes and dreams of having a daughter who would sew along with it.

Then a strange thing happened.  We moved.  We got a new house in January and with it came a renewed interest in sewing.  I wanted to sew something for the house … something simple … like a shade for the bathroom!  A roller shade … it was a perfect idea.

roller shade fabric

Straight stitches, very little room for error.

roller shade set up

And it was beautiful.

roller shade bathroom

And the spark was reignited . . . ~Jaime

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