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Monday, June 10, 2013

Busy Lady

So the last time we chatted, I was sewing things backwards!  I'm pleased to say that everything turned out perfectly and here are the photos to prove it!  Stella is modeling the Skip and Play Pants and the Daphne wrap top by The Cottage Mama, which are soon to be offered as pre-order in the Etsy shop.

I think she is writing her first novella.  What do you think?

This might just be my most favorite picture of Stella ever.
Back of the wrap shirt.

Front of the wrap shirt.

Detail shot of her capris.

Chasing the geese - because she can!

This is the Gossie and Gertie shot.  

So sweet!

It seems that every time I get behind the camera, I miss it more.  I have branched out in so many crafty areas that sometimes my true passion (photography) gets the short end of the stick.  This mini session in the oppressive heat yielded some great shots and I'm wondering if it would be as much fun with someone else's kid.  I haven't shot others in a long while and am throwing around the idea of maybe doing mini sessions after supper or on the weekends this summer....I'm thinking lemonade stand, wagon/bike wash, sweet sunsets, families, etc.  This could be fun or a crazy hair-brained idea.  I'm sure my hubby will let me know which it is! Ha!  Just for giggles though - what do you think?



Monday, June 3, 2013

Triumphs and Failures

So as many of you know the weather in Oklahoma is pretty sucky right now.  And by sucky, I mean gigantic tornadoes that want to suck away our towns.  :(  Today, I finally got back into the sewing room and attempted to get my homework revived.

I am in the middle of pattern testing and am loving this experience.  For those of you that don't know, pattern testing is when a designer drafts a pattern for a piece of clothing, etc. and calls on other sewists to try it out.  As a tester, you have to make the item, critique the process, and help the designer make the very best consumer-ready pattern that they can.  It can be grueling work for both the designer and the testers, but so far, this one is going swell!  Huzzah!

On to today's triumph - PIPING!  I did it!  I added piping in one long continuous four foot length to my top. Woo!  *waving arms around like an idiot*  It wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be.  Honest!  I used my zipper foot and just went slow and voila!

And then there's that stinking failure...the whole time Sweet Stella was my human mannequin for my fit tests...I WAS PUTTING THE TOP ON HER BACKWARDS.  Yup.  The entire time.  I didn't realize it until I went to chat with the other testers, saw their photos, and went OMG!!!  I'm doing this bassackwards! Sheesh!  Thank goodness I didn't take her portraits in the outfit yet because I'm sure I would have looked like a complete idiot!  Can any of you relate?!?  No?  You're all amazingly bright and would never make something backwards right?  Oh Lawd!  *slaps forehead*

Soooo...yeah.  That's my day today.  Homework up to my ears tonight just in time for tomorrow's weather prediction of you guessed it...more tornadoes.  Pbbbbbbt.