Tag Archive: Summer

Free Project – Crochet Barefoot Sandals

Free Project – Crochet Barefoot Sandals

PATTERN DETAILS HOW TO make the Crochet Barefoot Sandals| Fish PDF Pattern. Lovely and unique foot jewelry to wear on a beach wedding, festival, dance classes, yoga. Great gift idea! Following this pattern, you can make 2 different sizes (adult size and child size). The pattern is written in English in standard US terms. I […]

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Free Project – Citrus Coasters

Description This project makes three felt citrus coasters that measure 3.5″ in diameter each. Download Now

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Free Project – Kanata Kerchief Tank

Free Project – Kanata Kerchief Tank

PATTERN DETAILS This tank top has super-easy construction and uses very basic stitches, making it great for the advanced-beginner crocheter who’d like to try his/her first garment. Instructions are provided for increasing / decreasing the size of the tank. Due to the nature of the pattern, the suggested DK yarn could easily be substituted for […]

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Free Project – Kanata Kerchief Tank

Free Project – Kanata Kerchief Tank

PATTERN DETAILS This tank top has super-easy construction and uses very basic stitches, making it great for the advanced-beginner crocheter who’d like to try his/her first garment. Instructions are provided for increasing / decreasing the size of the tank. Due to the nature of the pattern, the suggested DK yarn could easily be substituted for […]

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Good Vibrations

Top: Goodnight Macaroon (40% when using code ANNIVERSARY until 7/30!) | White Jeans: Articles of Society (the best fit!) | Purse: BP. (similar) | Sunglasses: Le Spec | Earrings: Tuckernuck (similar) | Lips: Stila Stay All Day in ‘Patina‘ Today we are headed back from a little beach trip to celebrate my little sister (who […]

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Free Sewing Pattern – Womens Swim Cover Up

Free Sewing Pattern – Womens Swim Cover Up

PATTERN DETAILS A cute swim suit cover up for women. Perfect for going to an from the pool without having to change.. need to run into the store? No problem! Just throw on this cover up and be ready to go… In sizes xs-xxl you can make this swim cover in an evening. Download NOw

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Free Project – 6-9 Month Flower Sandals

PATTERN DETAILS Cute sandals for your 6-9 month old RECOMMENDED WITH THIS PATTERN Worsted weight yarn F Hook Download Now

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let’s give them something to talk about

Hello there! My goodness it’s almost the end of June.  I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to photograph this dress and write a blog post about it.  I had been saving it to do a Mood post, but kept pushing it back because I was having troub…

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Free Project – Life is Better in Flip Flops

Description I am always trying to find new ways to give practical, adorable gifts. Fill this beach bucket with a towel and some flip flops and you have the perfect summer gift! Download Now

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Six Easy Steps to Refresh Your Houseplants for Summer

Summer is finally here! After a cold, loooong winter I am so ready to air out the house, dig in some dirt, and update the closet! Just as much as I’m ready to refresh for summer, after lying mostly dormant and dusty all winter, my indoor plants are ready to stretch their leaves and soak…

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Free Project – Umbrella Fruit Skewers

Free Project – Umbrella Fruit Skewers

Description Make your own decorative fruit skewers by layering two sheets of cut paper and gluing to an 8” bamboo skewer Download nOw

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Paper Palm Frond Party Decor + Free Cut Files

If there is a plant that makes me think of summer, it’s definitely the palm. Which makes it great party decor to help ring in summer! Today I’ve teamed up with Michaels to bring you three ways to add a little palm leaf pizazz to your summer party. Since, we literally don’t have palms growing on trees…

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Giant Paper Flowers + Free Silhouette Cut Files!

I am in love with the giant paper flower trend. It’s just so fun that you can create something so beautiful and larger than life from just…paper! I first saw Miranda and then Miranda and Dana share a tutorial for it and I knew I just had to try it, but with my Silhouette Cameo. So, I’ve…

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How to make an 80’s inspired side ruffle knit skirt DIY

Here is a new, modernized spin on an 80’s skirt – the side ruffle knit  skirt perfect to dress up or down this upcoming season. Supplies + Instructions: All you need is 1.5 to 2 yards of light to med weight knit fabric that has good stretch. Make 2 rectangles or squares depending on the length

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Coolest Pool Floats To Relax On This Summer

Coolest Pool Floats To Relax On This SummerThere are a lot of awesome things about summer… the warm weather, the BBQ’s, the time out of school. But there is one thing that is all kids favorite and that is the swimming pool! I loved getting a couple new pool floats every year as a kid and now they are even better. There…

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Pool Bag Hacks You Have To Try This Summer

Pool Bag Hacks You Have To Try This SummerA good pool bag is a summer necessity. Make sure you are totally prepared for a hot day at the pool with these genius pool bag hacks you have to try this summer! Pool Back Hacks You Have To Try This Summer Never forget the essentials with this pool bag checklist. via Moritz Fine Designs…

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Easiest Way to Avoid Elementary Student Summer Slide

Summer Brain QuestThis post is inspired and sponsored by Workman Publishing. Summer. How I love it…yet, it comes with complications. For me, it is 3 boys who are not only out of school for 3 months, but not even wanting to THINK about school for three months. Not even a little bit. In the past, I have…

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60 Super Fun Family Time Activities

family time activity juicy juiceAll this #familytime fun is sponsored by Juicy Juice There’s no time like family time and these 60 Super Fun Family Time Activities will keep your family busy all summer long! With summer right around the corner, my family has been brainstorming ideas we can do together. From outdoor family time to family crafts and…

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Itsy bitsy Heiress Bikini and rashie

  Sharon, from Swimstyle Patterns, contacted me a few weeks ago to see if I’d like to try one of her patterns. I was under no obligation to blog about it, but I’m very impressed, so I want to share my experience. I’d already discovered this Australian indie pattern maker a few months earlier via […]

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Itsy bitsy Heiress Bikini and rashie

  Sharon, from Swimstyle Patterns, contacted me a few weeks ago to see if I’d like to try one of her patterns. I was under no obligation to blog about it, but I’m very impressed, so I want to share my experience. I’d already discovered this Australian indie pattern maker a few months earlier via […]

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No-Sew T-Shirt Produce Bag

Got some old T-shirts lying around? Make a produce bag! You’re reducing your carbon footprint and recycling all in one step. This is a really simple project that only takes three things: a T-shirt, sharp scissors, and some Liquid Stitch fabric glue. Easy! I originally shared this project as a sewing project. If you want to make bags in different sizes, that would be a great post to check out.

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Summer in silk: Springfield Top & M6931 maxi skirt

I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but this summer in Boston has been brutally hot. One day my car got to 38.5 degrees celsius…. oof! And when it’s that warm, I just want to wear flowy silk and maxi skirts, so naturally, I had to whip up a new summer outfit. The {…Continue Reading}

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common welsh green

Probably my dorkiest title to date. If you’re not well-versed in the Potter-universe, this title refers to the species of dragon that a certain Miss Fleur Delacour had to pass in the first task of the Triwizard Tournament (Goblet of Fire). And yes, tha…

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Free Project – Camping Themed Flashlights

Free Project – Camping Themed Flashlights

   Description Put on a lights and shadow show with these rough and ready flashlight cover designs that will light up your camping trip. Enjoy your shadow puppet show! If shapes are unclear, get a little closer to the wall or wall of your tent. Download Now

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DIY Berry Bucket Tutorial

One of my favorite things about moving to the pacific northwest has been the summers full of berry picking sprees. Raspberries and cherries are ready in June, Blueberries follow close behind, and in August, blackberries come on. No joke, you can literally pick wild blackberries at almost every corner. It’s my favorite! To help us with our berry picking game, I decided to whip up these cute berry buckets! The

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Adventures in drafting // linen dragons

This top completely unintentionally reminds me of Daenerys from Game of Thrones. I originally set out to copycat this top from Urban Outfitters and decided to use the leftover linen from my Mystery Fabric Contest dress. Somehow I ended up with a cute summery top that totally looks like something Khaleesi would wear if she were […]

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post-vacation grays

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Phew! Is it just me, or has July really flown by in a steamy wave of hot, sticky, summer days? Seriously you guys… It’s already August?! Honestly, I can’t complain, I spent a whole week of this past month vacationing with my family in Disney World – Mom, Dad, sister, two brothers, a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law, and six nieces and nephews all under the age of 8!!! It was the absolute best kind of chaos imaginable. Of course, me being me, I decided I had nothing to wear for said vacation and that I needed a whole new summer wardrobe a smooth 5 days out from my flight. And I had to make my dream capsule wardrobe because… duh! Completely rational. 

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This is where I’d normally insert a little anecdote about how I drove myself crazy up until 4am the night before my flight, manically serging seams, and accidentally snipping holes in the crotches of shorts or something, but, actually, the whole thing went pretty smoothly. I finished all my sewing a day or two ahead of me leaving. I know. Totally undramatic ending to that tale. Either I’m getting better at this whole sewing thing, or I just hit a pretty good patch of dumb luck, because that scenario should have been a recipe for disaster!

I did have a few requirements for my last-minute mini vacation wardrobe, which I think helped make things go a bit smoother  – it had to be comfortable, it had to be cool (temperature-wise, though I wouldn’t turn my nose up at attitude-wise either) I had to be able to get on rides in it, and (most importantly) no shmancy new patterns! It either had to be an uncomplicated pattern, or a TNT pattern. Basically something that I could go on autopilot and whiz through without a lot of fussing with instructions or figuring out complicated seams, etc. This meant that I wasn’t making the most exciting of clothes, but, man, have they ever been getting a lot of wear!

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I already shared this outfit on the Mood Sewing Network blog, but I’m hoping to share a few more of my vacation makes in the coming weeks. First up was another Grainline Studio Penny Raglan.  If you’ve seen me in the last three weeks, I’ve probably been wearing one of these tees! I am the proud owner of four already, and I just plan on adding more! They are truly my perfect casual top, plus they are dead easy to bang out factory style, so busting out 3 in one go was just about as time consuming as making one. The version pictured here is made in some lovely, drapey Heathered Gray Stretch Viscose Jersey. This fabric makes such a lovely casual top. It’s more opaque than tissue-weight jersey, but still has the same weightless, fluid feel.  It was the perfect pairing for the Penny Raglan.

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I had been wanting a loose, casual woven pant to wear on those days when I not-so-secretly resent having to put on clothes (which is, like, everyday).  I’ve seen so many cute styles on blogs and social media, but for some reason I just couldn’t quite commit to a pattern or fabric.  Then one day, I don’t know what happened, but it was like something finally clunked into place inside my brain and I realized I already had the pattern and fabric sitting at home.  With a few minor adjustments to the shape of the leg, the True Bias Hudson Pants made the perfect casual pant I was looking for.  The true icing on the cake was this Rag & Bone Off-White/Black Striped Cotton Woven from Mood online. This is essentially a double gauze fabric, and if you’ve never worked with double gauze what are you waiting for?! It’s so stupidly soft. If I look a bit rumpled in these photos it’s because I’ve worn and washed these pants several times since making them, they are just that good.

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True story: I actually bought a few yards of this fabric months ago, and then just last month, while perusing the Mood Fabrics site again, I saw it, forgot that I had already bought the same fabric, and bought some more. And I don’t regret it. You can really never have enough of such a great fabric.  To add visual interest to these pants I cut the pocket bands on the bias, and the waistband, and back pocket on the cross-grain to break up the vertical stripe.  The back pocket I actually added on whim, as it’s not an actual feature of the Hudson Pants, but I wanted something to break up the back view.

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I usually have a strict “no pants” rule between the months of June through September, but these pants are so light and airy that they’ve been getting a lot of wear during these steamy days.
Hopefully if I can get my picture-taking and blogging act together I will have more of my quick vacation-wardrobe makes to share with you guys. I won’t bore you with every iteration of the Penny Raglan that I make (you can tune into my Instagram for that) but I’ll try to throw together another post on the more interesting stuff. No promises, though, it is the end of summer, and the beach is calling my name…

What have you guys been sewing to keep cool? Is anyone thinking about Fall *shudders* ? I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I’ve been daydreaming about some knitting projects – a sure sign that my brain is coming to the end of summer, even if the hot weather will be sticking around for a few more months!

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Ruffle top(s)

both tops: self-made, tutorial here // shorts: AE Reasons why this is the perfect top for summer: It takes like 30min to put together. No joke. No bra necessary. The ruffle conveniently hides everything. (Ok, to be fair ladies with a certain amount of boobage might not be able to get away with that as […]

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